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upon errands about the shop business, and some and the fate of the being to whom her fall had given times by a little degree of impatience which she ma- birth, Effie remained mute as the grave, to which she nifested at being rebuked on such occasions. But seemed hastening; and indeed the least allusion to she good-naturedly allowed, that the first was very either seemed to drive her to distraction. Her sisnatural to a girl to whom every thing in Edinburghter, in distress and in despair, was about to repair to was new, and the other was only the petulance of a Mrs. Saddletree to consult her experience, and at the spoiled child, when subjected to the yoke of domestic same time to obtain what lights she could upon this discipline for the first time. Attention and submis. most unhappy affair, when she was saved that trousion could not be learned at once-Holy-Rood was ble by a new stroke of fate, which seemed to carry not built in a day-use would make perfect.
misfortune to the uttermost. It seemed as if the considerate old lady had pre- David Deans had been alarmed at the state of saged truly. Ere many months had passed, Effie be- health in which his daughter had returned to her pacame almost wedded to her duties, though she no ternal residence; but Jeanie had contrived to divert longer discharged them with the laughing cheek and him from particular and specific inquiry. It was, light step, which at first had attracted every custom- therefore, like a clap of thunder to the poor old man er. Her mistress sometimes observed her in tears, when, just
as the hour of noon had brought the visit but they were signs of secret sorrow, which she con of the Laird of Dumbiedikes as usual, other and cealed as often as she saw them attract notice. Time sterner, as well as most unexpected guests, arrived wore on, her cheek grew pale, and her step heavy, at the cottage of St. Leonard's. These were the The cause of these changes could not have escaped officers of justice, with a warrant of justiciary to the matronly eye of Mrs. Saddletree, but she was search for and apprehend Euphemia, or Effie Deans, chiefly confined by indisposition to her bedroom for accused of the crime of child-murder. The stunning à considerable time during the latter part of Effie's weight of a blow so totally unexpected bore down service. This interval was marked by symptoms of the old man, who had in his early youth resisted the anguish almost amounting to 'despair. The utmost brow of military and civil tyranny, though backed efforts of the poor girl to command her fits of hyste- with swords and guns, tortures
and gibbets. He fell rical agony were often totally unavailing, and the extended and senseless upon his own hearth; and mistakes which she made in the shop the while were the men, happy to escape from the scene of his
awaso numerous and so provoking, that Bartoline Sad- kening, raised, with rude bumanity, the object of their dletree, who, during his wife's illness, was obliged to warrant from her bed, and placed her in a coach, take closer charge of the business than consisted which they had brought with them. The hasty reme. with his study of the weightier matters of the law, dies which Jeanie
had applied to bring back her fa. lost all patience with the girl, who, in his law Latin, ther's senses were scarce begun to operate, when the and without much respect to gender, he declared noise of the wheels in motion recalled her attention ought to be cognosced by inquest of a jury, as fatuus, to her miserable sister. To run shrieking after the furiosus, and naturaliter idiota. Neighbours, also carriage was the first vain effort of her distraction, and fellow-servants, remarked, with malicious curi- but she was stopped by one or two female neighbours, osity or degrading pity, the disfigured shape, loose assembled by the extraordinary appearance of a coach dress, and pale cheeks, of the once beautiful and still in that sequestered place, who almost forced her back interesting girl. But 10 no one would she grant her to her father's house. The deep and sympathetic confidence, answering all taunts with bitter sarcasm, affliction of these poor people, by whom the little and all serions expostulation with sullen denial, or family at St. Leonard's were held in high regard, with floods of tears.
filled the house with lamentation. Even DumbieAt length, when Mrs. Saddletree's recovery was like dikes was moved from his wonted apathy, and, groply to permit her wonted attention to the regulation of ing for his
purse as he spoke ejaculated, Jeanie, her household, Effie Deans, as if unwilling to face an woman!-Jeanie, woman! dinna greet-it's sad investigation made by the authority of her mistress, wark, but siller will help it;" and he drew out his asked permission of Bartoline to go home for a week purse as he spoke. or two, assigning indisposition, and the wish of try- The old man had now raised himself from the ing the benefit of repose and the change of air, as the ground, and, looking about him as if he missed motives of her request. Sharp-eyed as a lynx (or something, seemed gradually, to recover the sense of conceiving himself to be so) in the nice sharp, quillits his wretchedness. Where," he said, with a voice of legal discussion, Bartoline was as dull at drawing that made the roof ring,
"where is the vile
harlot, inferences from the occurrences of common life as that has disgraced the blood of an honest man
? any Dutch professor of mathematics. He suffered Where is she, that has no place among us, but has Effie to depart without much suspicion, and without come foul with her sins, like the Evil One, among any inquiry.
the children of God ?-Where is she, Jeanie ?- Bring It was afterwards found that the period of a week her before me, that I may kill her with a word and intervened betwixt her leaving her master's house a look !" and arriving at St. Leonard's. She made her appear. All hastened around him with their appropriate ance before her sister in a state rather resembling sources of consolation-the Laird with his purse, the spectre than the living substance of the gay and Jeanie with burnt feathers and strong waters, and beautiful girl, who had left her father's cottage for the women with their exhortations. "O neighbourthe first time scarce seventeen months before. The o Mr. Deans, it's a sair trial, doubtless--but think of lingering illness of her mistress had, for the last few the Rock of Ages, neighbour-think of the promise !" months, given her a plea for confining herself en- "And I do think of it, neighbours-and I bless tirely to the dusky precincts of the shop in the Lawn- God that I can think of it, even in the wrack and market, and Jeanie was so much occupied, during ruin of a that's nearest and dearest to me-But to she same period, with the concerns of her father's be the father of a cast-away-a profligate--a bloody household, that she had rarely found leisure for a Zipporah-a mere murderess!-0, how will the walk into the city, and a brief and hurried visit to wicked exult in the high places of their wickedness! her sister. The young women, therefore, had scarcely the prelatists, and the latitudinarians, and the hand; seen each other for several months, nor had a single waled murderers, whose hands are hard as horn wil scandalous surmise reached the ears of the secluded hauding the slaughter-weapons--they will push out inhabitants of the cottage at St. Leonard's. Jeanie, the lip, and say that we are even such as themselves. therefore, terrified to death at her sister's appear- Sair,
sair, I am grieyed, neighbours, for the poor castance, at first overwhelmed her with inquiries, to away, for the child of mine old age—but sairer for which the unfortunate young woman returned for a the stumbling-block and scandal it will be to all tensime incoherent and rambling answers, and finally der and honest souls!" fell into a hyaierical fit. Rendered too
certain of her Davie--winna siller do't ?" insinuated the Laird, sister's mistortune, Jeanie had now the dreadful al- still proffering his green purse, which was full of ternative or cummunicating her ruin to her father, guineas. or of endeavouring to conceal it from him. To all "I tell ye, Dumbiedikes," said Deans," that if tellwestions concerning the name or rank of her seducer, ing down my haill substance could hae saved her
frae this black snare
, I wad hae walked out wi' nde- may, I shall feel thêm the lighter, if they divert me nok thing but my bonnet and my staff to beg an awmous from the prosecution of my duty. for God's sake, and ca'd mysell an happy man-But Thus thinking and feeling, he quitted the ordinary if a dollar, or a plack, or the nineteenth part of a path, and advanced nearer the object he had noticed. boddle, wad save her open guilt and open shame frae The man at first directed his course towards the hill, open punishment, that purchase wad David Deans in order, as it appeared, to avoid him; but when he never make!-Na, na, an eye for an eye, a tooth for saw that Butler seemed disposed to follow him, he a tooth, life for life, blood for blood-it's the law of adjusted his hat fiercely, turned round, and came forman, and it's the law of God.-Leave me, sirs-leave ward, as if to meet and defy scrutiny. me I maun warstle wi' this trial in privacy and on Butler had an opportunity of accurately studying my knees."
his features as they advanced slowly to meet each Jeanie, now in some degree restored to the power other. The stranger seemed about twenty-five years of thought, joired in the same request. The next old. His dress was of a kind which could hardly be day found the father and daughter still in the depth said to indicate his rank with certainty, for it was of affliction, but
the father sternly supporting his such as young gentlemen sometimes wore while on load of ill through a proud sense of religious duty, active exercise in the morning, and which, therefore, and the daughter anxiously suppressing her own feel was imitated by those of the inferior ranks, as young ings to avoid again awakening his. Thus was it clerks and tradesmen, because its cheapness rendered with the afflicted family until the morning after Por- it attainable, while it approached more nearly to the teous's death, a period at which we are now arrived. apparel of youths of fashion than any other which
the manners of the times permitted them to wear. Il
his air and manner could be trusted, however, this CHAPTER XI.
person seemed rather to be dressed under than above is all the counsel that we two have shared,
his rank; for his carriage was bold and somewhat The sisters vows, the hours that we have spent
supercilious, his step easy and free, his manner daring When we have chid the hasty-footed time
and unconstrained. His stature was of the middle For purting us-Oh! and is alt forgot?
size, or rather above it, his limbs, well-proportioned, Midsummer Night's Dream.
yet not so strong as to infer the reproach of clumsiWe have been a long while in conducting Butler ness. His features were uncommonly handsome to the door of the cottage at St. Leonard's; yet the and all about him would have been interesting and space which we have occupied in the preceding nar- prepossessing, but for that indescribable expression rative does not exceed in length that which he actu- which habitual dissipation gives to the countenance, ally spent on Salisbury Crags on the morning which joined with a certain
audacity in look and manner, of succeeded the execution done upon Porteous by the that kind which is often assumed as a mask for cone rioters. For this delay he had his own motives. He fusion and apprehension. wished to collect his thoughts, strangely agitated as Butler and the stranger met-surveyed each other they were, first by the melancholy news of Effie -when, as the latter, slightly touching his hat, was Deans's situation, and afterwards by the frightful about to pass by him, Butler, while he returned the scene which he had witnessed. In the situation also salutation, observed, " A fine morning, sir-You are in which he stood with respect to Jeanie and her on the hill early." father, some ceremony, at least some choice of fitting "I have business here," said the young man, in a time and season, was necessary to wait upon them. tone meant to repress further inquiry. Eight in the morning was then the ordinary hour for "I do not doubt it, sir," said Butler." I trust you breakfast, and he resolved that it should arrive before will forgive my hoping that it is of a lawful kind he made his appearance in their cottage.
Sir," said the other, with marked surprise, "I Never did hours pass so heavily. Butler shifted his never forgive impertinence, nor can I conceive what place and enlarged his circle to while
away the time, title you have to hope any thing about what no way and heard the huge bell of St. Giles's toll each suc- concerns you." cessive hour in swelling tones, which were instantly "I am a soldier, sir," said Butler, "and have a charge attested by those of the other steeples in succession to arrest evil-doers in the name of my Master." He had heard seven struck in this manner, when he A soldier ?" said the young man, stepping back, began to think he might venture to approach nearer and fiercely laying his hand on his sword— A sol to St. Leonard's, from which he was still a mile dis- dier, and arrest me? Did you reckon what your life tant. Accordingly he descended from his lofty station was worth, before you took the commission upon you?" as low as the bottom of the valley which divides Salis- "You mistake me, sir," said Butler gravely; "neibury Crags from those small rocks which take their ther my warfare nor my warrant are of this world. I name from Saint Leonard. It is, as many of my am a preacher of the gospel, and have power, in my readers may know, a deep,
wild, grassy valley, scat- Master's name, to command the peace upon earth and tered with huge rocks and fragments which have good-will towards men, which was proclaimed with descended from
the cliffs and steep ascent to the east. the gospel.” This sequestered dell, as well as other places of the A minister!" said the stranger, carelessly, and open pasturage of the King's Park, was, about this with an expression approaching to scorn. "I know time, often the resort of the gallants of the time who the gentlemen of your cloth in Scotland claim a had affairs of honour to discuss with the sword. strange right of intermeddling with men's private Duels
were then very common in Scotland, for the affairs. But I have been abroad, and know better gentry were at once idle, haughty, fierce, divided by than to be priest-ridden." faction, and addicted to intemperance, so that there Sir, if it be true that any of my cloth, or, it might lacked neither provocation, nor inclination to resent be more decently said, of my calling, interfere with it when given; and the sword, which was part of men's priyate affairs, for the gratification either of every gentleman's dress, was the only weapon used idle curiosity, or for worse motives, you cannot have for the decision of such differences. When,
therefore, learned a better lesson abroad than to contemn such Butler observed a young man, skulking, apparently practices. But, in my Master's work, I am called to to avoid observation, among the scattered rocks at be busy in season and out of season; and, conscious some distance from the footpath, he was naturally as I am of a pure motive, it were better for me to in. led to suppose that he had sought this lonely spot cur your contempt for speaking, than the correction upon that eyil errand. He was so strongly impressed of my own conscience for being silent." with this, that notwithstanding his own distress of "In the name of the devil !'' said the young man mind, he could not, according to his sense of duty as impatiently," say
what you have to say, then; though a clergyman pass this person without speaking to whom you take me for, or what earthly concern you him. There are times, thought he to himself, when can have with me, a stranger to you, or with my ac the slightest interference may avert a great calamity- tions and motives, of which you can know nothing when a word spoken in season may do more for pre- I cannot conjecture for an instant," vention than the eloquence of Tully
could do for reme- "You are about," said Butler, "to violate one of dying evil- And for my own griesa, be they as they your country's wisest laws-you are about, which in
much more dreadful, to violate a law, which God | The stranger covered his face with his hand, as if himself has implanted within our nature, and writ-on sudden
reflection, and then turned away, but stop ten, as it were, in the table of our hearts, to which ped when he had walked a few paces; and seeing every thrill of our nerves is responsive."
Butler follow him with his eyes, called out in a stern "And what is the law you speak of?" said the yet suppressed tone, just as if he had exactly calcu. stranger, in a hollow and somewhat disturbed accent. lated that his
accents should not be heard a yard be “Thou shalt do po MURDER," said Butler, with a yond the spot on which Butler stood. deep and solemn voice.
way, and do mine ersand. Do not look after me. I The young man visibly started, and looked consi- will neither descend through the bowels of these derably appalled. Butler perceived he had made
a fa- rocks, nor vanish in a flash of fire; and yet the eye vourable impression, and resolved to follow it up; that seeks to trace my motions shall have reason to Think,” he said, "young
man," laying his hand curse it was ever shrouded by eyelid or eyelash. Be kindly upon the stranger's shoulder, "what an awful gone, and look not behind you. Tell Jeanie Deans, alternative you voluntarily choose for yourself, to kill that when the moon
rises I shall expect to meet her or be killed. Think what it is to rush uncalled into at Nicol Muschat's Cairn, beneath Saint Anthony's the presence of an offended Deity, your heart ferment. Chapel." ing with evil passions, your hand hot from the steel As he uttered these words, he turned and took the you had been urging, with your best skill and malice, road against the hill
, with a haste that seemed as against the breast of a fellow creature. Or, suppose peremptory as his tone of authority... yourself the scarce less wretched survivor, with the Dreading he knew not what of additional misery to guilt of Cain, the first murderer, in your heart, with a lot which seemed little capable of receiving aug. his stamp upon your brow-that stamp, which struck mentation, and desperate at the idea that any living all who gazed on him with unutterable horror, and man should dare to send so extraordinary a request, by which the murderer is made manifest to all who couched in terms so imperious, to the half-betrothed look upon him. Think”.
object of his early and only affection, Butler strode The stranger gradually withdrew himself from un- hastily towards the cottage, in order to ascertain how der the hand of his monitor; and, pulling his hat far this daring and rude gallant was actually
entitled over his brows, thus interrupted him. "Your mean- to press on Jeanie Deans a request,
which no prudent, ing, sir, I dare say, is excellent, but you are throwing and scarce any modest young woman, was likely
10 your advice away. I am not in this place with vio- comply with. lent intentions against any one. I may be bad enough Butler' was by nature neither jealous nor superyou priests say all men are so-but I am here for stitious; yet the feelings which lead to those moods. the purpose of saving life, not of taking it away. If of the mind were rooted in his heart, as a portion you wish to spend your time rather in doing a good derived from the common stock of humanity. It action than in talking
about you know not what, I was maddening to think that a profligate gallan will give you an opportunity. Do you see yonder such as the manner and tone of the stranger evinced crag to the right over which appears the chimney of him to be, should have it in his power to command a lone house? Go thither, inquire for one Jeanie forth his future bride and plighted true love, at a place Deans, the daughter of the goodman; let her know so improper, and an hour so unseasonable. Yet the that he she wots of remained here from daybreak till tone in which the stranger spoke had nothing of the this hour, expecting to see her, and that he can abide soft half-breathed yoice proper to the seducer who no longer. Tell her, she must meet me at the Hun- solicits an assignation; it was bold, fierce, and im ter's Bog to-night, as the moon rises behind St. An- perative, and had less of love in it than of menace and thony's Hill, or that she will make a desperate man intimidation. of me."
The suggestions of superstition seemed more plau "Who, or what are you," replied Butler, exceeding- sible, had Butler's mind been very accessible to them ly and most unpleasantly surprised, "who charge me Was this indeed the Roaring Lion, who goeth about, with such an errand ?"
seeking whom he may devour? This was a question "I am the devil !" -answered the young man which pressed itself on Butler's mind with an earnhastily.
estness that cannot be conceived by those who live Butler stepped instinctively back, and commended in the present day. The fiery eye, the abrupt demea himself internally to Heaven; for, though a wise and nour, the occasionally harsh, yet studiously subdued strong-minded man, he was neither wiser nor more tone of voice,--the features, handsome, but now cloudstrong-minded than those of his age and education, ed with pride, now disturbed by suspicion, now in. with whom, to disbelieve witchcraft or spectres was famed with passion-those dark hazel eyes which he held an undeniable proof of atheism.
sometimes shaded with his cap, as if he were averse The stranger went on without observing his emo- to have them seen while they were occupied with tion. "Yes! call me Apollyon, Abaddon, whatever keenly observing the motions and bearing of others name you shall choose, as a clergyman acquainted those eyes that were now turbid with melancholy, with the upper and lower circles of spiritual denomi- now gleaming with scorn, and now sparkling with nation, to call me by, you shall not find an appella- fury-was it the passions of a mere mortal they extion more odious to him that bears is, than is mine pressed, or the emotions of a fiend, who seeks, and own."
seeks in vain, to conceal his fiendish designs under This sentence was spoken with the bitterness of the borrowed mask of manly beauty? The wholo self-upbraiding, and a contortion of visage absolutely partook of the mien, language, and port of the ruined demoniacal. Butler, though a man brave by princi- archangel; and, imperfectly as we have been able to ple, if not by constitution, was overawed; for inten- describe it
effect of the interview upon Butler's sity of mental distress has in it a sort of sublimity nerves, shaken as they were at the time by the horwhich repels and overawes all men, but especially rors of the preceding night, were greater than his unthose of kind and sympathetic dispositions. The derstanding warranted, or his pride cared to submit stranger turned abruptly from Butler as he spoke, but to. The very place where he had met this singular instantly returned, and, coming up to him
closely and person was desecrated, as it were, and unhallowed. boldly, said, in a fierce, determined tone, "I have told owing to many violent deaths, both in duels and by you who and what I am-who, and what are you? suicide, which had in former times taken place there; What is your name?"
and the place which he had named as a rendezvous "Butler," answered the person to whom this ab- at so late an hour, was held in general to be accursed, rupt question was addressed, surprised into answer from a frightful and cruel murder which had been ing it by the sudden and fierce manner of the querist there committed by the wretch from whom the place
Reuben Butler, a preacher of the gospel." took its name, upon the person of his own wife. It At this answer, the stranger again plucked more deep over his brows the hat which he had thrown Nichol Muschat, a debauched and profligate wretch, having back in his former agitation. "Butler !" he repeated, conceived a hatred against his wife, entered into a conspiracy --the assistant of ine schoolmaster at Libberton ?} with another brutal libertine and gambler, named Campbell
Burubank, (repeatedly mentioned in Pennycuick's satirical "The same." answered Butler, composedly. poems of the time,) by which Campbell undertook to destroy em
was in such places, according to the belief of that sacred page which he studied. His features, far from period, (when the laws against witchcraft were still handsoine, and rather harsh and severe, had yet, from in fresh observance, and had even lately been acted their expression of habitual gravity, and contempt for upon) that evil spirits had power to make themselves earthly things, an expression
of stoical dignity amidst visible to human eyes, and to practice upon the feel- their sternness.He boasted, in no small degree, the ings and senses of mankind. Suspicions, founded on attributes which Southey ascribes to the ancient such circumstances, rushed on Butler's mind, unpre- Scandinavians, whom he terms "firm to inflict, and pared as it was, by any previous course of reasoning, stubborn to endure." The whole formed a picture, to deny that which all of his time, country, and pro- of which the lights might have been given
by Rem. fession, believed; but common sense rejected these brandt, but the outline would have required the force yain ideas as inconsistent, if not with possibility, at and vigour of Michael Angelo. least with the general rules by which the universe is Deans lifted his eye as Butler entered, and instantly governed, --a deviation from which, as Butler well withdrew it, as from an object which gave him at argued with himself, ought not to be admitted as once surprise and sudden pain. He had assumed probable upon any but the plainest and most incon- such high ground with this carnal-witted scholar, as trovertible evidence. An earthly lover, however, or a he had in his pride termed Butler, that to meet him, young man, who, from whatever cause, had the right of all men, under feelings of humiliation, aggravated of exercising such summary and unceremonious au- his misfortune, and was a consumination like that thority over the object of his long-settled, and appa- of the dying chief in the old ballad—"Earl Percy sees rently sincerely returned affection, was an object my falli" scarce less appalling to his mind, than those which Deans raised the Bible with his left hand, so as superstition suggested.
partly to screen his face, and putting back his right His limbsexhausted with fatigue, his mind harassed as far as he could, held it towards Butler in that powith anxiety, and with painful doubts and recollec- sition, at the same time turning his body, from him, tions, Butler dragged himself up the ascent from the as if to prevent his seeing the working of his counte. valley to Saint Leonard's Crags, and presented him- nance. Butler clasped the extended hand which had self at the door of Deans's habitation, with feelings supported his orphan infancy, wept over it
, and in much akin to the miserable reflections and fears of vain endeavoured to say more than the words-"God its inhabitants.
comfort you-God comfort you !"
“He will-he doth, my friend," said Deans, assy
ming firmness as he discovered the agitation of his CHAPTER XII.
guest ; "he doth now, and he will yet more, in his Then she stretch'd out her lily hand,
own gude time. I haye been ower proud of my sufAnd for to do her best;
ferings in a gude cause, Reuben, and now I am to be " Hae back thy faith and troth, Willie,
tried with those whilk will turn my pride and glory God gie thy soul good rest!" Old Ballad.
into a reproach and a hissing. How muckle better I *COME in," answered the low and sweet-toned hae thought mysell than them that lay saft, fed sweet, foice he loved best to hear, as Butler tapped at the and drank deep, when
I was in the moss-haggs and door of the cottage. He lifted the latch, and found moors, wi' precious Donald Cameron, and worthy aimself under the roof of affliction, Jeanie was Mr. Blackadder, called Guessagain; and how proud unable to trust herself with more than one glance I was o' being made a spectacle to men and angels, towards her lover, whom she now met under circum- having stood on their pillory at the Canongate afore stances so agonizing to her feelings, and at the same I was fifteen years old, for the cause of a National time so humbling to her honest pride. It is well Covenant ! To think, Reuben, that I, whae hae been known, that much, both of what is good and bad in sae honoured and exalted in my youth, nay, when I the Scottish national character, arises out of the in- was but a haffins callant, and that hae borne testitimacy of their family connexions. "To be come of mony again' the defections the times yearly, honest folk," that is, of people who have borne a monthly, daily, hourly, minutely, striving and testify, fair and unstained reputation, is an advantage as ing with uplifted hand and voice, crying aloud, and highly prized among
the lower Scotch, as the em- sparing not, against all great national snares, as the phatic counterpart, to be of a good family," is nation-wasting and church-sinking abomination of valued among their gentry. The worth and respecta- union, toleration, and patronage, imposed by the last bility of one member of a peasant's family is always woman of that unhappy race of Stewarts; also accounted by themselves and others, not only a against the infringements and invasions of the just master of honest pride, but a guarantee for the good powers of eldership, whereanent I uttered my paper, conduct of the whole. On the contrary, such a called, a 'Cry of an Howl in the Desert,' printed at melancholy stain as was now Aung on one of the the Bow-head, and sold by all Aying stationers in town children of Deans, extended its disgrace to all con and country-and now". nected with him, and Jeanie felt herself lowered at Here he paused. It may, well be supposed that once, in her own eyes, and in those of her lover. It Butler, though not absolutely coinciding in all the was in vain that she repressed this feeling, as far good old man's ideas about church government, had subordinate and too selish to be mingled with her too much consideration and humanity to interrupt sorrow for her sister's calamity. Nature prevailed; him, while he reckoned up with conscious pride his and while she shed tears for her sister's distress and sufferings, and the constancy of his testimony. On danger, there mingled with them bitter drops of grief the contrary, when he paused under the influence of for her own degradation.
the bitter recollections of the moment, Butler instantly As Butler entered, the old man was seated by the threw in his mite of encouragement. fire with his well-worn pocket Bible in his hands, the "You have been well known, my old and revered companion of the wanderings and dangers of his friend, a true and tried follower of the Cross; one youth, and bequeathed to him on the scaffold by one who, as Saint Jerome hath it, 'per infamiam et of those, who, in the year 1686, sealed their enthusi- bonam famam grassari ad immortalitatem,' which astic principles with their blood.. The sun sent may be freely rendered, 'who rusheth on to immortal its rays through a small window at the old man's life, through bad report and good report.' You have back, and, shining motty through the reek,” to use been one of those to whom the tender and fearful the expression of a bard of that time and country, souls cry during the midnight solitude, Watchman Ilanined the gray hairs of the old man, and the what of the night ?-Watchman, what of the night? woman's character, so as to enable
Muschat, on false pretences, her throat almost quite through, and inflicting other wounds to obtain a divorce from her. The brutal devices to which He pleaded guilty to the indictment, for which he sufferoa these worthy accomplicer
resorted for that purpose having fail. deathHis associate, Campbell, was sentenced to transporta ed, they endeavoured to destroy her by administering medicine run for his share in the previous conspiracy. See MacLaurin's of a dangerous kind, and in extraordinary quantities.
Criminal Casos, pages 64 and 738. This purpose also failing, Nicol Muschat, or Muschet. did In memory, and at the same time execration, of the deed, Inalis or the 17th October, 1720, carry his wife under cloud
of Cairn, or pile of stones, long marked the spot. It is now almon Right to the King's Park,
adjacent to what is called the Duke's totally removed, in consequence of an alteration on the road in Walk, near Holyrood Palace, and there took her life by cutting that place.
And, assuredly, this heşvy dispensation, as it comes sometimes think myself as ignorant as if I were inter not without Divine permission, so it comes not with- rusticos. Here when I arise in the morning wi' my out its special commission and use.'
mind just arranged touching what's to be done in "I
do receive it as such," said poor Deans, return. puir Effie's misfortune, and hae gotten the haill sta ing the grasp of Butler's hand; "and, if I have nottute at my finger-ends, the mob maun get up and been taught to read the Scripture in any other tongue string Jock Porteous to a dyester's beam, and ding but my native Scottish,” (even in his distress Butler's a' thing out of my head again.' Latin quotation had not escaped his notice,) "I have, Deeply as he was distressed with his own domestic nevertheless, so learned them, that I trust to bear calamity, Deans could not help expressing some in. even this crook in my lot with submission. But 0, terest in the news. Saddletree immediately entered Reuben Butler, the kirk, of whilk, though unworthy, on details of the insurrection and its consequences, I have yet been thought a polished shaft, and meet to while Butler took the occasion to seek some private be a pillar, holding, from my youth
upward, the place conversation with Jeanie Deans. She gave him the of ruling elder--what will the lightsome and profane opportunity he sought, by leaving the room, as if in think of the guide that cannot keep, his own family prosecution of some part of her morning labour. from stumbling? How will they take up their song Butler followed her in a few minutes, leaving Deans and their reproach, when they see that the children of so closely engaged by his busy visiter, that there was professors are liable to as foul backsliding as the off- little chance of his observing their absence. spring of Belial! But I will bear my cross with the The scene of their interview was an outer apartcomfort that whatever showed like goodness in me ment, where Jeanie was used to busy herself in ar. or mine, was but like the light that shines frae creep- ranging the productions of her dairy. When Butler
ng insects, on the brae-side, in a dark night-it found an opportunity of stealing after her into this kythes bright to the ee, because all is dark around it; place, he found her silent, dejected, and ready to burst out when the morn
comes on the mountains, it is but into tears. Instead of the active industry with which a puir crawling kail-worm after a'. And sae it shows, she had been accustomed, even while in the act of wiony rag of human righteousness, or formal law: speaking, to employ her hands in some useful branch work, that we may pit round us to cover our shame." of household business, she was seated listless in a
As he pronounced these words, the door' again corner, sinking apparently under the weight of her opened, and Mr. Bartoline Saddletree entered, his own thoughts. Yet the instant he entered, she dried three-pointed hat set far back on his head, with a her eyes, and, with the simplicity and openness of her silk handkerchief beneath it, to keep it in that cool character, immediately entered on conversation. position, his gold-headed cane in his hand, and his "I am glad you have come in, Mr. Butler," said whole deportment that of a wealthy, burgher, who she, "for-for--for I wished to tell ye, that all maun might one day look to have a share in the magistracy, be ended between you and me it's best for baith our if not actually to hold the curule chair itself. sakes."
Rochefoucault, who has torn the veil from so many "Ended !" said Butler, in surprise ; "and for what foul gangrenes of the human heart, says, we find should it be ended ?-I grant this is a heavy dispensasomething not altogether unpleasant to us in the mis- tion, but it lies neither at your door nor mine-it's
an fortunes of our best friends.
Mr. Saddletree would evil of God's sending, and it must be borne; but it have been very angry had any one told him that he cannot break plighted troth, Jeanie, while they that felt pleasure in the disaster of poor Effie Deans, and plighted their word wish to keep it." the disgrace of her family, and yet there is great But, Reuben," said the young woman, looking at question whether the gratification of playing the
per- him affectionately, "I ken weel that ye think mair of son of importance, inquiring, investigating, and laying me than yourself; and, Reuben, I can only in requital down the law on the whole affair, did not offer, to say think mair of your weal than of my ain. Ye are a the least, full consolation for the pain which pure man of spotless name, bred to God's ministry, and a sympathy gave him on account of his wife's king, men say that ye will some day rise high in the kirk, woman. He had now got a piece of real judicial though poverty keep ye down e'en now. Poverty is a business by the end, instead of being obliged, as was bad back-friend, Reuben, and that ye ken ower weel; his common case, to intrude his opinion where it was but ill-fame is a waur ane, and that is a truth ye sal) neither wished nor wanted ; and felt as happy in the never learn through my means.". exchange as a boy when he gets his first new watch, " What do you mean ?" said Butler eagerly and which actually goes when wound up, and has real impatiently; or how do you connect your sister's hands and a true dial-plate. But besides this subject guilt, if guili there be, which, I trust in God, may yet for legal disquisition, Bartoline's brains were also be disproved, with our engagement?-how can that overloaded with the affair of Porteous, his violent affect you or me?''. death, and all its probable consequences to the city How can you ask me that, Mr. Butler ? Will this and community. It was what the French call l'em- stain, d'ye think, ever be forgotten, as lang, as our barras des richesses, the confusion arises from too heads are abune ihe grund? Will it not stick to us, much mental wealth. He walked in with a con- and to our bairns, and to their very bairns bairns ? sciousness of double importance, full fraught with To hae been the child of an honest man, might bae the superiority of one who possesses more informa- been saying something for me and mine; but to be tion than the company into which he enters, and who the sister of a -0, my God!"-With this excla. feels a right to discharge his learning
on them without mation her
resolution failed, and she burst into a pasmercy. * Good morning, Mr. Deans-good-morrow sionate fit of tears. to you, Mr Butler, -I was not aware that you were
The lover used every effort to induce her to com acquainted with Mr. Deans."
pose herself, and at length succeeded; but she only Butler
made some slight answer; his reasons may resumed her composure to express herself with the be readily imagined for not making his connexion same positiveness as before. No, Reuben, ru with the family, which, in his eyes, had something of bring disgrace hame to nae man's hearth; my ain tender mystery, a frequent subject of conversation distresses I can bear, and I maun bear, but there is with indifferent persons, such as Saddletree. nae occasion for buckling them on other folk's shou
The worthy burgher, in the plenitude of self-import-thers. I will bear my load alone the back is made ance now sate down upon a chair, wiped his brow, for the burden.". collected his breath, and made the first experiment of A lover is by charter wayward and suspicious; and thie resolved pith of his lungs, in a deep and dignified Jeanie's readiness to renounce their engagement, unsigh, resembling a groan in sound and intonation der pretence of zeal for his peace of mind and respect. Awfu' times these, neighbour Deans, awfu' times!" ability of character, seemed to poor Butler to form a
"Sinfu,' shamefu', heaven-daring times," answered portentous combination with the commission of the Teans, in a lower and more subdued tone.
stranger he had met with that morning. His voice ** For my part,".. continued Saddletree, swelling faltered as he asked, "Whether nothing but a sense with importance,' " what between the distress of my of her sister's present distress occasioned her to talk friends and my puir auld country, ony wit that ever in that
manner ?" I had may he said to have abandoned me, sae that I And what else can do sae?" she replied with sim