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gets her meat clean and warm, ang I'll try to gar her | her, though his tongue failed distinctly to announce it he down and take a sleep after dinner, for deil a ee Father,” said Jeanie, replying rather to his action she'll close the night. I hae gude experience of these than his words, "ye had better not." matters. The first night is aye the warst o't. I hae "In the strength of my God," answered Deans, never heard o' ane that sleepít the night afore trial, assuming firmness, "I will go forth.” but of mony a ane that sleepit as sound as a tap the And, taking his daughter's arm under bis, he began night before their necks were straughted. And it's to walk from the door with a step so hasty, that she nae wonder--the warst may be tholed when it's kend was almost unable to keep up with him. A trilling -Better a finger aff as aye wagging."
circumstance, but which marked the perturbed state of his mind, checked his course. Your bonnel,
father?" said Jeanie, who observed he had come oui CHAPTER XXI.
with his gray hairs uncovered. He turned back with Yet though thou mayst be dragg'd in scorn
a slight blush on his cheek, being ashamed to have To youder ignominious tree,
been detected in an omission which indicated so Thou shalt not want one faithful friend
much mental confusion, assumed his large blue ScotTo share the cruel fates' deeree. --JEMMY DAWSON.
tish bopnet, and with a step slower, but more comAFTER spending the greater part of the morning in posed, 'as if the circumstance had obliged him to ais devotions, (for his benevolent neighbours had summon up his resolution, and collect his scattered kindly insisted upon discharging his task of ordinary ideas, again placed his daughter's arm under his, and labour,) David Déans entered the apartment when resumed the way to Edinburgh. the breakfast meal was
prepared. His eyes were in The courts of justice were then, and are still held voluntarily cast down, for he was afraid to look at in what is called the Parliament Close, or, according Jeanie, uncertain as he was whether she might feel to modern phrase, the Parliament Square, and occuherself at liberty, with a good conscience, to attend pied the buildings intended for the accommodation the Court of Justiciary that day, to give the evidence of the Scottish Estates. This edifice, though in an which he understood that she possessed, in order to imperfect and corrupted style of architecture, had her sister's exculpation. At length, after a minute of then a grave, decent, and, as it were, a judicial aspect, apprehensive hesitation, he looked at her dress to dis- which was at least entitled to respeci from its anticover whether it seemed to be in her contemplation quity. For which venerable front, I observed, on to go abroad that morning. Her apparel was neat my last occasional visit to the metropolis, that moand plain, but such as conveyed no exact intimation dern taste had substituted, at great apparent expense, of her intentions to go abroad. She had exchanged a pile so utterly inconsistent with every monument her usual garb for morning labour, for one something of antiquity around, and in itself so clumsy at the inferior to that with which, as her best, she was wont same time and fantastic, that it may be likened to to dress herself for church, or any more rare occasion the decorations of Tom Errand the Porter, in the of going into society. Her sense taught her, that it Trip
to the Jubilee, when he appears bedizened with was respectful to be decent in her apparel on such an the tawdry finery of Beau Clincher. Sed transeat occasion, while her feelings induced her to lay aside cum cæteris erroribus, the use of the very few and simple personal orna- The small quadrangle, or Close, if we may presume ments, which, on other occasions, she permitted her. still to give it that appropriate, though antiquated self to wear. So that there occurred nothing in her title, which at Litchfield, Salisbury, and elsewhere, is external appearance which could mark out to her properly applied to designate the enclosure adjacent to father, with any thing like certainty, her intentions on a cathedral, already evinced tokens of the fatal scene this occasion.
which was that day to be acted. The soldiers of the The preparations for their humble meal were that City Guard were on their posts, now enduring, and morning made in vain. The father and daughter now rudely repelling with the butts of their muskets, sat, each assunting the appearance of eating, when the motley crew who thrust each other forward, to the other's eyes were turned to them, and desisting catch a glance at the unfortunate object of trial, as from the effort with disgust, when the affectionate she should pass from the adjacent prison to the Court imposture seemed no longer necessary,
in which her fate was to be determined. All must At length these moments of constraint were re- have occasionally observed, with disgust, the apathy moved. The sound of St. Giles's heavy toll an with which the vulgar gaze on scenes of this nature, nounced the hour previous to the commencement of and how seldom, unless when their sympathies are the trial ; Jeanie arose, and, with a degree of compo- called forth by some striking and extraordinary cirsaire for which she herself could not account, as- cumstance, the crowd evince any interest deeper than sumed her plaid, and made her other preparations for that of callous, ynthinking bustle, and brutal curia distant walking. It was a strange contrast be-osity. They laugh, jest, quarrel, and push each other tween the firmness of her demeanour, and the vacil to and fro, with the same unfeeling indifference as if lation and cruel uncertainty of purpose indicated in they were assembled for some holiday sport, or to all her father's motions; and one unacquainted with see an idle procession. Occasionally, however, this both could scarcely have supposed that the former demeanour, so natural to the degraded populace of a was, in her ordinary habits of life, a docile, quiet, large town, is exchanged for a temporary touch of gentle, and even tímid country-maiden, while her human affections; and so it chanced on the present father, with a mind naturally proud and strong, and occasion. supported by religious opinions, of a stern, stoical, When Deans and his daughter presented themand unyielding character, had in his time undergone selves in the Close, and endeavoured to make their and withstood the most severe hardships, and the way forward to the door of the Court-house, they most imminent peril, without depression of spirit, or became involved in the mob, and subject, of course, subjugation of his constancy, The secret of this to their insolence. As Deans repelled with some difference was, that Jeanie's mind had already an- force the rude pusnes which he received on all sides, ticipated the line of conduct which she must adopt, his figure and antiquated dress caught he attention with all its natural and necessary consequences of the rabble, who often show an intuitive sharpness while her father, ignorant of every other circumstance, in ascribing the proper character from external aptormented himself with imagining what the one sister pearance. might say or swear, or what effect her testimony
" Ye're welcome, whigs, might have upon the awful event of the trial.
Frae Bothwell origgs,' He watched his daughter, with a faltering and in- sung one fellow (for the mob of Edinburgh were at decisive look, until she looked back upon him, with thai time jacobiticaliy disposed, probably becauso a look of unutterable anguish, as she was about to leave that was the line of sentiment most diametrically the apartment
opposite to existing authority.), My dear lassie," said he, "I will”-His action, hastily and confusedly searching for his worsted mit
"Mess David Williamson,
Chosen of twenty, tens and staff, showed his purpose of accompanying
Ran up the pupit stair, • A kind of worsted gloves used by the lower orders.
And sing Killiecrankie.
chanted a siren, whose profession might be guessed do at the Circuit The High Court of Justiciary is by her appearance. A tattered cadie, or erra d por- aye fenced.-But, Lord's sake, what's this o't?-Jeater, whom David Deans had jostled in his attempt to nie, ye are a cited witness-Macer, this lass is a wife extricate himself from the vicinity of these scorners, ness-she maun be enclosed-she maun on nae ac, exclaimed in a strong north-country tone, “Ta deill count be at large.--Mr. Novit, suldna Jeanie Deans ding out her Cameronian een-what gies her titles to be enclosed ?" dunch gentleman's about ?"
Novit answered in the affirmative, and offered to “Make room for the ruling elder,” said yet another; conduct Jeanie to the apartment, where, according "he comes to see a precious sister glorify God in the to the scrupulous practice of the Scottish Court, the Grassmarket!"
witnesses remain in readiness to be called into court "Whisht; shame's in ye, sirs," said the voice of a to give evidence; and separated, at the same time, man very loudly, which, as quickly sinking, said in a from all who might influence their testimony, or giv low, but distinct tone, "It's her father and sister." them information concerning that which was passing
All fell back to make way for the sufferers; and all, upon the trial. even the very rudest and most profligate, were struck Is this necessary?” said Jeanie, still reluctant to with shame and silence. In the space thus aban- quit her father's hand. doned to them by the mob, Deans stood, holding his "A matter of absolute needcessity," said Saddledaughter by the hand, and said to her, with a coun- tree;, whá ever heard of witnesses no being entenance strongly and sternly expressive of his inter- closed ?" nal emotion, Ye hear with your ears, and ye see "It is really a matter of necessity," said the youngwith your eyes, where and to whom the backslidings er counsellor, retained for her sister; and Jeanie reand defections of professors are ascribed by the scof- luctantly followed the macer uf the court to the place fers. Not to themselves alone, but to the kirk of appointed. which they are members, and to its blessed and in- *This, Mr. Deans," said Saddletree, "is ca'd sevisible Head. Then, weel may we take wi' patience quetsering a witness; but it's clean different (whilk our share and portion of this outspreading reproach. maybe ye wadna fund dyt o' yoursell) frae sequester:
The man who had spoken, no other than our old ing anes estate or effects, as in cases of bankruptcy. I friend Pumbiedikes, whose mouth, like that of the hae aften been sequestered as a witness, for the Sheprophet's ass, had been opened by the emergency of riff is in the use whiles, to cry me in to witness the the case, now joined them, and, with his usual taci declarations at precognitions, and so is Mr. Sharpit. turnity, escorted them into the Court-house. No law; but I was ne'er like to be sequestered o' land opposition was offered to their entrance, either by and goods but ance, and that was lang syne, afore I the guards or door-keepers; and it is even said, that was married. But whishtwhisht! here's the Court one of the latter refused a shilling of civility-money, coming." tendered him by the Laird of Dumbiedikes, who was As he spoke, the five Lords of Justiciary, in their of opinion that "siller wad mak a' easy."' But this long robes of scarlet, faced with white, and precedea last incident wants confirmation.
by their mace-bearer, entered with the usual formaliAdmitted within the precincts of the Court-house, ties, and took their places upon the bench of judg. they found the usual number of busy office-bearers, ment. and idle loiterers, who attend on these scenes by The audience rose to receive them; and the bustle choice, or from duty. Burghers gaped and stared'; occasioned by their entrance was hardly composed, young lawyers sauntered, sncered, and laughed, as when a great noise and confusion of persons strug. in the pit of the theatre; while others apart sat on gling, and forcibly endeavouring to enter at the doors a bench retired, and reasoned highly, inter apices ju- of the Court-room and of the galleries, announced ris, on the doctrines of constructive crime, and the that the prisoner was about to be placed at the bar. true import of the statute. The bench was prepared This tumult takes place when the doors, at first only for the arrival of the judges: The jurors were in at- opened to those either having right to be present, oi tendance. The crown-counsel, employed in looking to the better and more qualified ranks, are at length over their briefs and notes of evidence, looked grave, laid open to all whose curiosity induces them to be and whispered with each other. They occupied one present on the occasion. With inflamed countenanside of a large table placed beneath the bench; on the ces and dishevelled dresses, struggling with, and other sat the advocates, whom the humanity of the sometimes tumbling over each other, in rushed the Scoitish law (in this particular more liberal than that rade multitude, while a few soldiers, forming, as it of the sister country) not only permits, but enjoins, were, the centre of the ride, could scarce, with all to appear and assist with their advice and skill, all their efforts, clear a passage for the prisoner to the persons under trial. Mr. Nichil Novit was seen act- place which she was to occupy: By the authority of ively instructing the counsel for the panel, (so the ihe Couri, and the exertions of its officers, the tumult prisoner is called in Seottish law-phraseology,) busy, among the spectators was at length appeased, and bustling, and important. When they entered the the unhappy girl brought forward, and placed be Court-room, Deans asked the Laird, in a tremulous twixt two sentinels with drawn bayonets, as a priwhisper, "Where will she sit ?".
soner at the bar, where she was to abide her deliver Dumbiedikes whispered Novit, who pointed to a ance for good or evil, according to the issue of her vacant space at the bar, fronting the judges, and was trial. about to conduct Deans towards it.
“No!" he said; "I cannot sit by her-I cannot own her--not as yet, at least-I will keep out of her sight,
CHAPTER XXII. and turn mine own eyes elsewhere-better for us baith."
We have strict statutes, and most biting laws
The needful bits, and curbs for headstrong steedaSaddletree, whose repeated interference with the Which, for these fourteeu years, we have fet sleep, counsel had procured him one or two rebuffs, and a Like to an o'ergrown lion in a cave, special request that he would concern himself with
That goes not out to prey.- Moasure for Measure. his own matters, now saw with pleasure an oppor- "EUPHEMIA Deans," said the presiding Judge, in tunity of playing the person of importance. He bus- an accent in which pity was blended with dignity, sled up to the poor old man, and proceeded to exhibit "stand up and listen to the criminal indictment now nis consequence, by securing, through his interest to be preferred against you." with the bar-keepers and macers, a seat for Deans, The unhappy girl, who had been stupified by the in a situation where he was hidden from the general confusion through which the guards had forced a eye by the projecting corner of the bench.
passage, cast a bewildered look on the multitude of " It's gude to have a friend at court," he said, con-faces around her, which seemed to tapestry, as it utioing his heartless harangues to the passive anditor,' were, the walls in one broad slope from the ceiling who neither heard nor replied to them; “ few folk to the foor, with human countenances, and instinct put mysell could hae sorted ye out a seat like this-ively obeyed a command, which rung in her ears like the Lords will be here incontinent, and proceed in the Trumpet of the judgment-day. manier to trial. They wunna fence the court as they "Put back your hair, Effie,” said one of tne macers.
For her beautiful and abundant tresses of long fair spring, as an event most likely to be the consequence anmarried women were not allowed to cover with such circumstances, she could not alternatively show any sort of cap, and which, alas! Effie dared no by proof, that the infant had died a natural death, or longer confine with the snood, or riband, which im- produce it still in life, she must, under the construcplied purity of maiden-fame, now hung unbound and lion of the law, be held to have murdered it
, and dishevelled over her face, and almost concealed her suffer death accordingly." features. On receiving this hint from the attendant, The counsel for the prisoner, Mr. Fairbrother, the unfortunate young woman, with a hasty, trem- man of considerable fame in his profession, did not bling, and apparently mechanical compliance, shaded pretend directly to combat the arguments of the back from her face her luxuriant locks, and showed King's Advocate. He began hy lamenting that his to the whole court, excepting one individual, a coun- senior at the bar, Mr. Langtale, had been suddenly
was so called to the county of which he was Sheriff, and lovely amid its agony, that it called forth sal murmur of compassion and sympathy. Appa- the panel his assistance in this interesting case. He rently the expressive sound of human feeling recalled had had little
time, he said, to make up for
his infe. the poor girl from the stupor of fear, which predomi- riority to his learned brother by long and minute renated at first over every other sensation, and awa: search; and he was afraid he might give a specimen kened her to the no less painful sense of shame and of his incapacity, by being compelled to admit the acexposure attached to her present situation. Her eye, curacy of the indictment under the statute. which had at first glanced wildly around, was turned enough for their Lordships," he observed, to know, on the ground; her cheek, at first so deadly
pale, that such was the law, and he admitted the Advo began gradually to be overspread with a faint blush, cate had a right to call for the usual interlocutor of which increased so fast, that, when in agony of relevancy. But," he stated, that when he came shame she strove to conceal her face, her temples, her to establish his case by proof, he trusted to make out brow, her neck, and all that her slender fingers and circumstances which would satisfactorily elide the small palms could not cover, became of the deepest charge in the libel. His client's story was a short, crimson.
but most melancholy one. She was bred up in the All marked and were moved by these changes, ex- strictest tenets of religion and virtue, the daughter copting one. It was old Deans, who, motionless in of a worthy and conscientious person, who, in evil his seat, and concealed, as we have said, by the corner times, had established a character for courage and of the bench, from seeing or being seen, did never- religion, by becoming a sufferer
for conscience sake." theless keep his eyes firmly fixed on the ground, as if David Deans gave a convulsive start at hearing determined that, by no possibility whatever, would himself thus mentioned, and then resumed the situhe be an ocular witness of the shame of his house. ation, in which, with his face stooped against his
"Ichabod!" he said to himself="Ichabod ! my hands, and both resting against the corner of the glory is departed!
elevated bench on which the Judges sate, he had While these reflections were passing through his hitherto listened to the procedure in the trial. The mind, the indictment, which set forth in technical whig lawyers seemed to be interested; the tories put form the crime of which the panel stood accused, up their lip. was read as usual, and the prisoner was asked if she "Whatever may be our difference of opinion," rewas Guilty, or Not Guilty.
sumed the lawyer, whose business it was to carry his Not gulty of my poor bairn's death,” said Effie whole audience with him if possible, "concerning the Deans, in an accent corresponding
in plaintive soft- peculiar tenets of these people,” (here Deans groaned ness of tone to the beauty of her features, and which deeply,) " it is impossible to deny them the praise of was not heard by the audience without emotion. sound, and even rigid morals, or the merit of training
The presiding Judge next directed the counsel to up their children in the fear of God; and yet it was plead to the relevaney; that
is, to state on either the daughter of such a person whom a jury would part the arguments in point
of law, and evidence in shortly be called upon, in the absence of evidence, point of fact, against and in favour of the criminal; and upon mere presumptions, to convict of a crime, after which it is the form of the court to pronounce more properly belonging to a heathen, or a savage, a preliminary judgment, sending the cause to the cog- than to a Christian and civilized country. It was nizance of the jury or assize.
true," he admitted, that the excellent nurture and The counsel for the crown briefly stated the fre- early instruction
which the poor girl had received, quency of the crime of infanticide which had given had not been sufficient to preserve her from guilt and rise to the special statute under which the panel stood error. She had fallen a sacrifice to an inconsiderate indicted. He mentioned the various instances, many affection for a young man of prepossessing manners of them marked with circumstances of atrocity, as he had been informed, but of a very dangerous and whieh had at length induced the King's Advocate, desperate character. She was sed iced under promise though with great reluctance, to make the experi- of marriage, --a promise, which the fellow might have ment, whether by strictly enforcing the Act of Par- perhaps, done her justice by keeping, had he not at liament which had been made to prevent such enor- that time been called upon by the law to atone for a mities, their occurrence might be prevented. He crime, violent and desperate in itself, but which be expected,” he said, “to be able to establish by wit came the preface to another eventful history, every nesses, as well as by the declaration of the panel step of which was marked by blood and guilt, and herself, that she was in the state described by the the final termination of which had not even yet statute. According to his information, the panel had arrived. He believed that no one would hear him communicated her pregnancy to no one, nor did she without surprise, when he stated that the father of allege in her own declaration that she had done so. this infant now amissing, and said by the learned
This secrecy was the first requisite in support of the Advocate to have been murdered, was no other than indictment. The same declaration admitted, that the notorious George Robertson, the accomplice of she had borne a male child, in circumstances which Wilson, the hero of the memorable escape from the gave but too much reason to believe it had died by Tolbooth Church, and, as no one knew better than the hands, or at least with the knowledge or conchis learned friend the Advocate, the principal actor in sent, of the unhappy mother. It was not, however, the Porteous conspiracy.' necessary for him to bring positive proof that the "I am sorry to interrupt a counsel in such a casa panel was accessary to the murder, nay, nor even to as the present," said the presiding Judge
put was murdered at all. It was must remind the learned gentleman, that we 18 trasufficient to support the indictment, that it could not velling out of the case before us. be found. According to the stern, but necessary se- The counsel bowed, and resumed. He only judget! verity of this statute, she who should conceal her it necessary," he said, to mention the name and pregnancy, who should omit to call that assistance situation of Robertson, because the circumstance in which is most necessary on such occasions, was which that character was placed, went a great way hed already to have meditated the death of her off- in accounting for the silence on whicb his Majesty'.
dletree to Dumbiedikes, when the Counsel had ended contents, given in the judicial form, in which they his speech. "There's a chield can spin a muckle may still be found in the Books of Adjournal. pirn out of a wee tait of tow! Deil haet he kens The declarant admitied a criminal intrigue with mair about it than what's in the declaration, and a an individual whose name she desired to conceal. surmise that Jeanie Deans suld bae been able to say “Being interrogated, what her reason was for secrecy something about her sister's situation, whilk surmise, on this point? She declared, that she had no right to Mr. Crossmyloof says, rests on sma' authority. And blame that person's conduct more than she did her ne's cleckit this great muckle bird out o' this wee own, and that she was willing to confess her own egg! He could wile the very founders out o' the faults, but not to say any thing which might crimiFirth.-What garr'd my father no send me to Utrecht ? nate the absent. Interrogated, if she confessed her -But whisht, the Court is gaun to pronounce the situation to any one, or made any preparation for her interlocutor of relevancy."
confinement ? Declares, she did not. And being in, And accordingly the Judges, after a few words, re- terrogated, why she forbore to take steps which her corded their judgment, which bore, that the indict- situation so peremptorily required? Declares, she ment, if proved, was relevant to infer the pains of was ashamed to tell her friends, and she trusted the law: And that the defence, that the panel had com- person she has mentioned would provide for her and municated her situation to her sister, was a relevant the infant. Interrogated, if he did so? Declares, defence : And, finally, appointed the said indictment that he did not do so personally; but that it was not and defence to be submitted to the judgment of an his fault, for that the declarant is convinced he would assize.
have laid down his life sooner than the bairn or she had come to barm, . Interrogated, what prevenied
him from keeping his promise? Declares, that it CHAPTER XXIII.
was impossible for him to do so, he being under troy
ble at the time, and declines further answer to this Most righteous judge ! a sentence. -Come, propare. question. Interrogated, where she was from the pe
Merchani of Venice.
riod she left her master, Mr. Saddletree's family, until It is by no ineans my intention to describe minutely her appearance at her father's, at St. Leonard's, the the forms of a Scottish criminal trial, nor am I sure day before she was apprehended : Declares, she does that I could draw up an account so intelligible and not remember. And, on the interrogatory being reaccurate as to abide the criticism of the gentlemen of peated, declares, she does not mind muckle about it, the long robe. It is enough to say that the jury was for she was very ill. On the question being again impanelled, and the case proceeded. The prisoner repeated, she declares, she will tell the truth, if ir was again required to plead 10 the charge, and she should be the undoing of her, so long as she is not again replied, "Not Guilty,” in the same heart-thrill asked to tell on other folk; and admits, that sho mg ione as before.
passed that interval of time in the lodging of a woThe crown counsel then called two or three female man, an acquaintance of that person who had wished witnesses, by, whose festimony it was established, her to that place to be delivered, and that she was there that Effie's situation had been remarked by them, delivered accordingly of a male child. Interrogated, that they had taxed her with the fact, and that her what was the name of that person? Declares and reanswers had amounted to an angry and petulant de- fuses to answer this question. Interrogated, where she nial of what they charged her with. Buy as very lives? Declares, she has no certainty, for that she frequently happens, the declaration of the panel or was taken to the lodging aforesaid under cloud of accused party herself was the evidence which bore night, Interrogated, if the lodging was in the city hardest upon her case.
or suburbs? Declares and refuses to answer that In the event of these Tales ever finding their way question. Interrogated, whether, when she left the across the Border, it may be proper to apprise the house of Mr. Saddletree, she went up or down the southern reader that it is the practice in Scotland, on street ? Declares and refuses to answer the question. apprehending a suspected person, to subject him to a Interrogated, whether she had ever seen the woman judicial examination before a magistrate. He is not before she was wished to her, as she termed il, by compelled to answer any of the questions asked of the person whose name she refuses to answer? Dehim, but may remain silent if he sees it his interest clares and replies, not to her knowledge. Interroto do so. But whatever answers he chooses to give gased, whether this woman was introduced to her by are formally written down, and being subscribed by the said person verbally, or by word of mouth? De himself and the magistrate, are produced against the clares, she has no freedom to answer this question. accused in case of his being brought to trial. It is Interrogated, if the child was alive when it was born ? thie, that these declarations are not produced as be- Declares, that-God help her and it!- it certainly ing in themselves evidence properly so called, but was alive. Interrogated, if it died a natural death only as adminicles of testimony, tending to corrobo- after birth? Declares, not to her knowledge. Inrate what is considered as legal and proper evidence. terrogated, where it now is? Declares, she would Notwithstanding this nice distinction, however, in- give her right hand to ken, but that she never hopes troduced by lawyers to reconcile this procedure to to see mair than the banes of it. And being interrotheir own general rule, that a man cannot be required gated, why she supposes it is now dead ? the declato bear witness against himself
, it nevertheless usual- rant wept bitterly, and made no answer. Interroga, ly happens that these declarations become the means ted, if the woman, in whose lodging she was, seemed of condemning the accused, as it were, out of their to be a fit person to be with her in that situation? own mouths. The prisoner, upon these previous Declares, she might be fit enough for skill, but that examinations, has, indeed the privilege of remaining she was a hard-hearted bad woman. Interrogated, silent if he pleases; but every man necessarily feels if there was any other person in the lodging exceptthat a refusal to answer natural and pertinent inter- ing themselves iwo? Declares, that she ihinks there rogatories, put by judicial authority, is in itself a was another woman; but her head was so carried strong proof of guilt, and will certainly lead to his with pain of body and trouble of mind, that she mindbeing committed to prison ; and few.can renounce ed her very little. Interrogated, when the child was the hope of obtaining liberty, by giving some spe- taken away from her? Declared, that she fell in a cious account of themselves, and showing apparent fever, and was light-headed, and when she came to frankness in explaining their motives and account- her own mind, the woman told her the bairn was ing for their conduct. It, therefore, seldom happens dead; and that the declarant angwered, if it was that the prisoner refuses to give a judicial declaration, dead it had had soul play. That, thereupon, the woin which, nevertheless, either by letting out too much man was very sair on her, and gave her much illof the truth, or by endeavouring to substitute a ficti- language; and that the deponent was frightened, and tous story, he almost always exposes himself to sus crawled out of the house when her back was turned, picion and to contradictions, which weigh heavily in and went home to Saint Leonard's Crags, as well as che ruinds of the jury.
a woman in her condition dought. Interrogated, why The declaration of Effie Deans was uttered on she did not tell her story to her sister and ather and other principles, and the following is a sketch of its
*Le was able to do. VOL. IIL