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cairn, from which it was at first averted. She was of scorn-"And where will be to-morrow 3–or, at first disappointed. Nothing was visible beside the where will you be to-night, unless you swear to walk little pile of stones, which shone gray in the moon by my counsel ? --There was one accursed deed done light. A multitude of confused suggestions rushed at this spot, before now; and there shall be another on her mind. Had her correspondent deceived her, to match it, unless you yield up to my guidance, and broken his appointment ?-was he too tardy at body and soul." the anpointment he had made ?--or had some strange As he spoke, he offered a pistol at the unfortunate turn of fate prevented him from appearing as he pro- young woman. She neither fled nor fainted, but sunk posed ?-or, if he were an unearthly being, as her on her knees, and asked him to spare her life.” secret apprehensions suggested, was it his object "Is that all you have to say," said the unmoved merely to delude her with false hopes, and put her to ruffian. unnecessary toil and terror, according to the nature, "Do not dip your hands in the blood of a defence as she had heard, of those wandering demons?-or less creature that has trusted to you," said Jeanie did he purpose to blast her with the sudden horrors of still on her knees. his presence when she had come close to the place "Is that all you can say for your life ?-Have you af rendezvous ? These anxious reflections did not no promise to give ?--Will you destroy vour sister, prevent her approaching to the cairn with a pace that, and compel me to shed more blood ?" though slow, was determined.
"I can promise nothing," said Jeanie, * which is When she was within two yards of the heap of unlawful for a Christian." stones, a figure rose suddenly up from behind it, and He cocked the weapon, and held it towards her. Jeanie scarce forbore to scream aloud at what seemed "May God forgive you !" she said, pressing her dhe realization of the most frightful of her anticipa- hands forcibly against her eyes. tions. She constrained herself to silence, however, "D-n!" muttered the man; and, turning aside and, making a dead pause, suffered the figure to open from her, he uncocked the pistol, and replaced it in the conversation, which he did, by asking in a voice his pocket-"I am a villain," he said, "steeped in which agitation rendered tremulous and hollow, " Are guili and wretchedness, but not wicked enough to do you the
sister of that ill-fated young woman ?! you any harm! I only wished to terrify you into my
I am, I am the sister of Effie Deans !" exclaimed measures-She hears me not-she is gone!--Great Jeanie. And as ever you hope God will hear you at God! what a wretch am I become !" your need, tell me, if you can tell, what can be done As he spoke, she recovered herself from an agony to save her!"
which partook of the bitterness of death ; and, in a "I do not hope God will hear me at my need," was minute or two, through the strong exertion of her the singular answer." I do not deserve-I do not natural sense and courage, collected herself suffiexpect he will." This desperate language he ut- ciently to understand he intendei her no personal tered in a tone calmer than that with which he had injury. at first spoken, probably because the shock of first No!" he repeated; “I would not add to the addressing her was what he felt
most difficult to murder of your sister, and of her child, that of any pvercome. Jeanie remained mute with horror to hear one belonging to her!-Mad, frantie as I am, and language expressed so utterly foreign to all which she unrestrained by either fear or mercy, given up to the had ever been acquainted with, that it sounded in her possession of an evil being, and forsaken by all
that ears rather like that of a fiend than a of human being. is good, I would not hurt you, were the world offered The stranger pursued his address to her without seem- me for a bribe! But, for the sake of all that is dear ing to notice her surprise. "You see before you a to you, swear you will follow my counsel. Take this wretch, predestined to evil here and hereafter." weapon, shoot me through the head, and with your "For the sake of Heaven that hears and sees us," own hand revenge your
sister's wrong, only follow said Jeanie, "dinna speak in this desperate fashion the course--the only course, by which her life can The gospel is sent to the chief of sinners--to the most be saved." miserable among the miserable."
"Alas! is she innocent or guilty ?" " Then should
I have my own share therein," said "She is guiltless-guiltless of every thing, but of the stranger, "if you call it sinful to have been the de- having trusted a villain !-Yet, had it not been for struction of the mother that bore me-of the friend that those that were worse than I am-yes, worse than I loved me of the woman that trusted me-of the inno- am, though I am bad indeed-this misery had not eent child that was born to me. If to have done all befallen.” this is to be a sinner, and to survive it is to be misera- And my sister's child—does it live?" said Jeanie. ble, then am I most guilty and most miserable indeed." "No; it was murdered the new-born infant was
Then you are the wicked cause of my sister's ruin?" barbarously murdered," he uttered in a low, yet stern said Jeanie, with a natural touch of indignation ex- and sustained voice ;-"but," he added hastily, " nos pressed in her tone of voice.
by her knowledge or consent.". “Curse me for it, if you will," said the stranger; " Then, why cannot the guilty be brought to just "I have well deserved it at your hand."
tice, and the innocent freed?" "It is fitter for me," said Jeanie, " to pray to God "Torment me not with questions which can serye lo forgive you."
no purpose," he sternly replied --" The deed was done "Do as you will, how you will, or what you will,” by those who are far enough from pursuit
, and safe he replied, with vehemence; "only promise to obey enough from discovery -No one can save Effie but my directions, and save your sister's life.”
yourself." "I must first know," said Jeanie, "the ineans you "Woe's me! how is it in my power?" asked Jeanie, would have me use in her behalf."
in despondency. No!-you must first swear-solemnly swear, that "Hearken to me!-- You have sense--you can apyou will employ them, when I make them
known to prehend my meaning-I
will trust you. Your sister you.
is innocent of the crime charged against her""Surely, it is needless to swear that I will do all "Thank God for that!" said Jeanie. that is lawful to a Christian, to save the life of my "Be still and hearken !--The person who assisted sister ?"
her in her illness murdered the child; but it was "I will have no reservation!" thundered the stran- without the mother's knowledge or consent-She is ger; " lawful or unlawful, Christian or heathen, you therefore guiltless, as guiltless as the unhappy innoshall swear to do my hest, and act ,by my counsel, cent, that but gasped a few minutes in this unhappy or-you little know whose wrath you provoke !" world--the better was its hap to be so soon at rest.
" I will think on what you have said," said Jeanie, She is innocent as that infant, and yet she must du who began to get much alarmed at the frantic vehe---it is impossible to clear her of the law!" Inence of his manner, and disputed in her own mind, "Cannot the wretches be discovered, and given up whether she spoke to a maniac, or an apostate spirit to punishment?" said Jeanie. incarnate"I will think on what you say, and let you Do you think you will persuade those who are ken to-morrow."
hardened in guilt to die to save another --Is that ina "To-morrow!" exclaimed thu man, with a laugh (reed you would lean to"
.." But you said there was a remedy," again gasped "are you afraid of what they may do to you? I tell out the terrified young woman.
you even the retainers of the law, who course life as "There is," answered the stranger, "and it is in greyhounds do hares, will rejoice at the escape of a your own hands. The blow which the law aims creature so young--so beautiful ; that they will not cannot be broken by directly encountering it, but it suspect your tale; that, if they did suspect it, they may be turned aside. You saw your sister during would consider you as deserving, not only of forgive the period preceding the birth
of her child-what is ness, but of praise for your natural affection." so natural as that she should have mentioned her "It is not man I fear," said Jeanie, looking upcondition to you? The doing so would, as their cant ward; "the God, whose name I must call on to goes, take the case from under the statute, for it re- witness the truth of what I say, he will know the moves the quality of concealment. I know their jar. falsehood." gon, and have had sad cause to know it; and the "And he will know the motive," said the stranger, quality of concealment is essential to this statutory eagerly; "he will know that you are doing this-not offence.* Nothing is so natural as that Effie should tor lucre of gain, but to save the life of the innocent, have mentioned her condition to you--think--reflect and prevent the commission of a worse crime than -1 am positive that she did."
that which the law seeks to avenge." "Woe's me!" said Jeanie," she never spoke to me "He has given us a law," said Jeanie, "for the on the subject
, but grat sorely when I spoke to her lamp of our path; if we stray from it we err against about her altered looks, and the change on her spirits." knowledge - I may not do evil
, even that good may "You asked her questions on the subject?" he said come out of it. But you---you that ken all this to be eagerly. "You must remember her answer was, a true, which I must take on your word, --you that, ir confession that she had been ruined by a villain I understood what you said e'en now, promised her yes, lay a strong emphasis
on that-a cruel false vil, shelter and protection in her travail, why do not you lain call it-any, other name is unnecessary; and step forward, and bear leal and soothfust evidence in that she bore ander her bosom the consequences of her behalf, as ye may with a clear conscience
?" his guilt and her folly; and that he had assured her * To whom do you talk of a clear conscience, he would provide safely for her approaching illness. woman ?" said he, with a sudden fierceness which -Well he kept his word!" These last words he renewed her terrors, to me?- I have not known spoke as it were to himself, and with a violent ges- one for many a year. Bear witness in her behalf ?ture of self-accusation, and then calmly proceeded, a proper witness, that, even to speak tbese few
words "You will remember all this? That is all that is to a woman of so little consequence as yourself, must necessary to be said."
choose such an hour and such a place as this. When But I cannot remember," answered Jeanie, with you see owls and bats fly abroad, like larks, in the simplicity, "that which Effie never told me." sunshine, you may expect to see such as I am in the
Are you so dull-so very dull of apprehension ?" assemblies of men.-Hush-listen to that." he exclaimed, suddenly grasping her arm, and hold- A voice was heard to sing one of those wild and ing it firm in his hand. "I tell you," (speaking be- monotonous strains so common in Scotland, and to tween his teeth, and under his breath, but with great which the natives of that country chant their old balenergy,) "you must remember that she told you all lads. The sound ceased--then came nearer, and was this, whether she ever said a syllable of it or no. renewed; the stranger listened attentively, still holdYou must repeat this tale, in which there is no false- ing Jeanie by the arm, (as she stood by him in mo hood, except in so far as it was not told to you, be- tionless terror,) as if to prevent her interrupting the fore these Justices-- Justiciary--whatever they call strain by speaking or stirring: When the sounds their bloodthirsty court, and save your sister from were renewed, the words were distinctly audible: being murdered, and them from becoming murderers. When the glede's in the blue cloud, Do not hesitate-I pledge life and salvation, that in
The lavrock lies still, saying what I have said, you will only speak the When the bound's in the green-wood, simple truth."
The hind keeps the hill." "But," replied Jeanie, whose judgment was too The person who súng kept a strained and powerful accurate not to see the sophistry of this argument, voice at its highest pitch, so that it could be heard at "I shall be man-sworn in the very thing in which a very considerable distance. As the song ceased, my testimony is wanted, for it is the concealment for they might hear a stifled sound, as of steps and whis. which poor Éffie is blamed, and you would make me pers of persons approaching them. The song was tell a falsehood anent it.”'
again raised, but the tune was changed : "I see,” he said, " my first suspicions of you were "O
sleep ye sound, Sir James, she said, right, and that you will let your sister, innocent, fair,
When ye suld rise and ride 1 and guiltless, except in trusting a villain, die the death There's twenty men,
wi' bow and blade, of a murderess, rather than bestow the breath of your
Are seeking where ye hide." mouth and the sound of your voice to save her." "I dare stay no longer," said the stranger; "return
"I wad ware the best blood in my body to keep her home, or remain till they come up-you have nothing skaithless," said Jeanie, weeping in bitter agony, to fear-but do not tell you saw me your sister's fate but I canna change right into wrang, or make that is in your hands." So saying, he turned from her, true, which is false.
and with a swift, yet cautiously noiseless step, "Foolish, hard-hearted girl," said the stranger, plunged into the darkness on the side most remote
The Scottish Statute Book, anno 1690, chapter 21, in conse from the sounds which they heard approaching, and quence of the great increase of the crime of child murder, both was soon lost to her sight. Jeanie remained by the from the temptations to commit the offence and the difficulty of cairn terrified beyond expression, and uncertain wheabsence or direct proof, the jury were directed to receive as evither she ought to fly homeward with all the speed she dence of the crime having actually been committed. The cir- could exert, or wait the approach of those who were cumstances selected for this purpose were, that the woman advancing towards her. This uncertainty detained should
have concealed her situation during the whole period of her so long, that she now distinctly saw two or three livery, and that, combined with these grounds of suspicion, the figures already so near to her, that a precipitate flight child should be either found dead or be altogether missing would have been equally fruitless and impolitic. severe act. But rluring the author's memory a more lenient course vas followed, and the female accused under the act, and conscious of no competent deferice, usually lodged a petition to the
She speaks things in douht, siroyod by the charge, she was willing to submit to sentence of That carry but half
sense : her speech is nothing, nanishment, to which the crown counsel usually consented.
Yet the unshaped use of it doth move This lenity in practice, and the comparative infrequency of the
The hearers to collection; they aim at it, crime since the doom of public ecclesiasticul penance has been And botch the words up to fit their own thoughts. generally dispensed with, have led to the abolition of the statute
llamilla of William and Mary, which is now replaced by another, imposlag banishment in those circumstances in which the crime was
LIKE the digressive poet Ariosto, I find myselli Cormerly capital. This alteration took place in 1803.
under the necessity of connecting the branches of mo
Bory, by taking up the adventures of another of the the preacher himself wad be heading the mob, though characters, and bringing them down to the point at the time has been, they hae been as forward in which we havt left those of Jeanie Deans. It is not, bruilzie as their neighbours." perhaps, the most artificial way of telling a story, but “But these times are lang by," said Mr. Sharpitit has the advantage of sparing the necessity of re- law.. "In my father's time, there was mair search gunning what a knitter (il stocking-looms have left for silenced ministers about the Bow-head and the such a person in the land) might call our " dropped Covenant-close, and all the tents of Kedar, as they stitches; a labour in which the author generally ca'd the dwellings of the godly in those days, than toils much, without getting credit for his pains. there's now for thieves and vagabonds in the Laigh
* I could risk a sma' wad," said the clerk to the Calton and the back of the Canongate. But that magistrate," that this rascal Rateliffe, if he were time's weel by, an it bide. And if the Bailie will
get insured of his neck's safety, could do more than ony me directions and authority from the Provost, I!!! ten of our police-people and constables, to help us speak wi' Daddie Rat mysell; for I'm thinking I'll to get out of this scrape of Porteous's. He is weel make mair out o' him than ye'll do." aequent wi' a' the smugglers, thieves, and banditti Mr. Sharpitlaw, being necessarily a man of high about Edinburgh; and, indeed, he may be called the trust, was accordingly empowered, in the course of father of a' the misdoers in Scotland, for he has the day, to make such arrangements, as might seem passed amang them for these twenty years by the in the emergency most advantageous for the Good name of Daddie Rat."
Town. He went to the jail accordingly, and saw "A bonny sort of a scoundrel," replied the magis- Ratcliffe in private. trate, "to expect a place under the city!"
The relative positions of a police-officer and a pro“ Begging your honour's pardon,"
said the city's fessed thief bear a different complexion, according to procurator-fiscal, upon whom the duties of superin- circumstances. The most obvious simile of a hawl tendent of police devolved, "Mr. Fairscrieve is per- pouncing upon his prey is often least applicable. fectly in the right. It is just sic as Ratcliffe that the Sometimes the guardian of justice has the air of a town needs in my department; an' if sae be that he's cat watching a mouse, and, while he suspends his disposed to turn his knowledge to the city service purpose of springing upon the pilferer, takes care so ye'll no find a better man.--Ye'll get nae saints to be to calculate his motions that he shall not get beyond searchers for uncustomed goods, or for thieves and his power. Sometimes, more passive still, he uses sic like;--and your decent sort of men, religious pro- the art of fascination ascribed to the rattle-snake, and fessors, and broken tradesmen, that are put into the contents himself with glaring on the victim, through like o sic trust, can do nae gude ava. They are all his devious flutterings; certain that his terror, feared for this, and they are scrupulous about that, confusion, and disorder of ideas, will bring him into and they are ná free to tell a lie, though it may be for his jaws at last. The interview between Ratcliffe the benefit of the city; and they didna like to be out and Sharpitlaw
had an aspect different from all these. at irregular hours, and in a dark cauld night, and they They sate for five minutes silent, on opposite sides of like a clout ower the croun far waur; and sae between a small table, and looked fixedly at each other, with the fear of God, and the fear o' man, and the fear o' a sharp, knowing, and alert cast of countenance, not getting a sair throat, or sair banes, there's a dozen unmingled with an inclination to laugh, and resem. o our city-folk, baith waiters, and officers, and con- bled more than any thing else, two dogs, who, prestables, that can find out naething but a wee bit paring for a game at romps, are seen to couch down, skulduddery for the benefit of the Kirk-treasurer. and remain in that posture for a little time, watching Jock Porteous, that's stiff and stark, puir fallow, was each other's movements, and waiting which shall worth a dozen o' them; for he never had ony fears, begin the game. or scruples, or doubts, or conscience, about ony thing So, Mr. Ratcliffe," said the officer, conceiving it four honours bade him."
suited his dignity to speak first, you give up busi" He was a gude servant of the town," said the ness, I find ? Sailie," though he was an ower free-living man. “Yes, sir," replied Ratcliffe; “I shall be on that But if you really think this rascal Ratcliffe could do lay nae mair-and I think that will save your folk as ony service in discovering these malefactors, I some trouble, Mr. Sharpitlaw ?" would insure him life, reward, and promotion. It's "Which Jock Dalgleish" (then finisher of the law an awsome thing this mischan e for the city, Mr. in the Scottish metropolis) "wad save them as easily," Fairserieve. It will be very ill
taen wi' abune stairs. returned the procurator-fiscal. Queen Caroline, God bless her! is a woman-at least Ay; if I waited in the Tolbooth here to have him I judge sae, and it'e nae treason to speak my mind fit my cravat-but that's an idle way o' speaking, sae far--and ye maybe ken as weel as I do, for ye hae Mr. Sharpiulaw." a housekeeper, though ye arena a married man, that "Why, 1 suppose you know you are under sentence women are wilfu', and downa bide a slight. And it of death, Mr. Ratcliffe ?" replied Mr. Sharpitlaw. will sound ill in her ears, that sic a confused mistake "Ay, so are a', as that worthy minister said in the suld come to pass, and naebody sae muckle as to be Tolbooth Kirk the day Robertson wan off; but nuo put into the Tolbooth about it."
body kens when it will be executed. Gude faith,
he "If ye thought that, sir," said the procurator-fiscal, had better reason to say sae than he dreamed of, be "we could easily clap into the prison a few blackguards fore the play was played out that morning !" upon suspicion. It will have a gude active look, and "This Robertson, said Sharpitlaw, in a lower I hae aye plenty on my list, that wadna be a hair the and something like a confidential tone, "d'ye ken, waur of a week or twa's imprisonment; and if ye Rat--that is, can ye gie us ony inkling where he to thought it no strictly just, ye could be just the easier be heard tell o'?" wi' them the neist time they did ony thing to deserve "Troth, Mr. Sharpitlaw, I'll be frank wi' ye ; it; they arena the sort to be lang o' geeing ye an oppor. Robertson is rather a cut abune mea wild deevil ho tunity to clear scores wi' them on that account. was, and mony a daft prank he played; but except "I doubt that will hardly do in this case, Mr. Sharp- the Collector's job that Wilson led him into, and tlaw," returned the town-clerk; "they'll run their let: some tụilzies about run goods wi' the gaugers and ters, and be adrist again, before ye ken where ye are." the waiters, he never did ony thing that came near
"I will speak to the Lord Provost," said the magis- our line of business." trate, "about Ratcliffe's business. Mr. Sharpitlaw, "Umph! that's singular, considering the company, you will go with me, and receive instructions--some he kept." thing may be made too out of this story of Butler's "Fact, upon my honour and crerlit," said Ratcliffe. and his unknown gentleman-I know no business gravely." "He keepit out of our little bits
of affairs, any man has to swagger about in the King's Park, and that's mair than Wilson did ; I hae dune busiand call himself the devil, to the terror of honest folks, ness wi' Wilson afore now. But the lad will come on who dinna care to hear mair about the devil than is in time; there's nae fear o' him; naebody will live the said from the pulpit on the Sabbath. I cannot think life he has led, but what he'll come to sooner or later." A Scottish form of procedure, answering, in soine rospects,
“Who or what is he, Ratcliffe ? you know. I 8:10 to the English Habeas Corpus
pose?" said Sharpitlaw,
"Hu's better born, I judge, than he cares to let on; "I dinna ken," said Ratcliffe; "it's a queer way of he's been a snldier, and he has been a play-actor, and beginning the trade of honesty-but deil ma care I watna what he has been or hasna been, for as Weel, then, I heard and saw him speak to the wenca young as he is, sae that it had daling and nonsense Effie Deans, that's up there for child-murder." about it."
"The deil ye did ? Rar, this is finding a mare's "Pretty pranks he has played in his time, 1 sup- nest
wi' a witness.-And the man that spoke to But
ler in the Park, and that was to meet wi' Jeanie "Ye may say that,” said Ratcliffe, with a sar: Deans at Muschat's Cairn-whew! lay that and that donic smile; "and," (touching his nose,) "a deevil thegither! As sure as I live be's been the father of Amang the lasses."
the lassie's wean." "Like enough," said Sharpitlaw. “Weel, Rat "There hae heen waur guesses than that, I'm cliffe, I'll no stand niffering wi' ye; ye ken the way thinking,”' observed Ratcliffe, turning his quid what favour's gotten in my office; ye maun be usefu'.' tobacco in his cheek, and squirting out the juice.
"Certainly, sir, to the best of my power--naething "I heard something a while syne about his drawing for naething-I ken the rule of the office," said the up wi'a bonny quean about the Pleasaunts, and that it Ex-depredator.
was a' Wilson could do to keep him frae marrying her.' "Now the principal thing in hand e'en now," Here a city officer entered, and told Sharpıtraw said the official person, " is this job of Porteous's; that they had the woman in custody whom he had an ye can gie us a lift-why, the inner turnkey's of directed them to bring before him. fice to begin wi', and the captainship in time-ye un "It's little matter now," said he," the thing is derstand my meaning ?"
taking another turn; however, George, ye may bring “Ay, troth do I, sir; a wink's as gude as a nod to her in." a blind horse; but Jock Porteous's job-Lord help The officer retired, and introduced, upon his return, ye - I was under sentence the haill time. God! but a tall, strapping wench of eighteen or twenty, dressed I couldna help, laughing when I heard Jock skirling fantastically, in a sort of blue riding-jacket, with for mercy in the lads's hands! Mony a het skin ye tarnished lace, her hair clubbed like that of a man, a hae gien me, neighbour, thought I, tak ye what's Highland bonnet, and a bunch of broken feathers, a gaun : time about's fair play; ye'll ken now what riding-skirt (or petticoat) of scarlet camlet, embroihanging's gude for."
dered with tarnished flowers. Her features were "Come, come, this is all nonsense, Rat,” said the coarse and masculine, yet at a little distance, by dint procurator. "Ye canna creep out at that hole, lad; of very bright wild-looking black eyes, an aquiline you must speak to the point, you understand me, if nose, and a commanding profile, appeared rather you want favour; gif-gat
makes gude friends, ye ken.” handsome. She flourished the switch she held in "But how can I speak to the point, as your honour her hand, dropped a curtsy as low as a lady at a birth ca's it,” said Ratcliffe, demurely, and with an air of night introduction, recovered herself seemingly ac great simplicity, “when ye ken I was under sentence, 'l cording to Touchstone's directions to Audrey, and and in the strong-room a' the while the job was going opened the conversation without waiting till any
questions were asked. And how can we turn ye loose on the public again, "God gie your honour gude e'en, and monyo' them, Daddie Rat, unless ye do or say something to deserve bonny Mr. Sharpitlaw !–Gude e'en to ye, Daddie
Ration-they tauld me ye were hanged, man! or did "Well
, then, d-n it!" answered the criminal, ye get out o John Dalgleish's hands like half-hangit since it maun be sae, I saw Geordie Robertson | Maggie Dickson ?" among the boys that brake the jail; I suppose that "Whishi, ye daft jaud,” said Ratcliffe, “and bear will do me some gude?".
what's said to ye.' "That's speaking to the purpose, indeed," said the "Wi' a' my heart, Ration. Great preferment for office-bearer; " and now, Rai, where think ye we'll poor Madge io be brought up the street wi' a grand find him ?"
man, wi' a coat a' passemented wi' worsetlace, to “Deil haet o'me kens," said Ratcliffe; "he'll no speak wi' provosts, and bailies, and town-clerks, likely gang back to ony o' his auld howffs; he'll be and prokitors, at this time o' day--and the haill town off the country by this time. He has gude friends looking at me 100–This is honour on earth for anes ! some gate or other, for a' the life he's led; he's been Ay, Madge" said Mr. Sharpitlaw, in a coaxing weel educate."
"and ye're dressed out in your braws, I see; -"He'll grace the gallows the better," said Mr. these are not your every-days' claiths ye have on." Sharpidlaw; "a desperate dog, to murder an officer Deil be in my fingers, then!" said Madge-"Eh, of the city for doing his duty! Wha kens wha's turn sirs !" (observing Builer come into the apartmeny) it might be next ?–But you saw him plainly ?" there's a minister in the Tolbooth-wha will ca' it As plainly as I see you."
a graceless place now ?---I'se warrant he's in for the "How was he dressed ?" said Sharpitlaw. guide auld cause--but it's be nae cause o' mine," and
"I couldna weel see; something of a woman's bit off she went into a songniatch on his head; but ye never saw sic a ca'throw.
" Hey for cavaliers, ho for cavaliers, Ane couldna bae een to a' thing."
Dub a dub, dub a dub; "But did he speak to no one ?" said Sharpitlaw.
Have at old Beelzebub, They were a' speaking and gabbling through
Oliver's squeaking for fear." other," said Ratcliffe, who was obviously unwilling "Did you ever see that mad woman before ?" sulit to carry his evidence further than he could possibly Sharpiulaw to Butler, help.
“Not to my knowledge, sir," replied Butler "This will not do, Ratcliffe,” said the procurator; "I thought as much," said the procurator-fiscal, yoụ must speak out-out-out," tapping the table looking towards Ratcliffe, who answered his glance emphatically, as he repeated that impressive mono- with a nod of acquiescence and intelligence. syllable.
" But that is Madge Wildfire, as she calls herself," "It's very hard, sir," said the prisoner; "and but said the man of law to Butler. lur the under-turnkey's place”
Ay, that I am,” said Madge, "and that I have And the reversion of the captaincy-the captaincy been ever since I was something better-Heigh ho of the Tolbooth, man that is, in case of gude be--and something like melancholy dweli on her feahaviour."
tures for a minute) -"But I canna mind when that Ay, ay,” said Ratcliffe, "gude behaviour ! - there's was-it was lang syne, al ony rate, and I'll ne'er fash the devil. And then it's waiting for dead folk's my thumb about it.shoon into the bargain."
"I glance like the wildfire through country and town; But Robertson's head will weigh something," I'm seen on the causewny-I'm seen on the down. said Sharpıtlaw; "something gay and heavy, Rat;
The lightning that flashes so bright and so fret, the town mann show cause-ihat's right and reason
Is scarcely so blithe or so bonny as me." --and ten ye’il hae free om to enjoy your gear ho "Haud your tongue, ye skirling limmer!" said ina Destly."
officer, who had acted as master of the ceremonies to
this extraordinary performer, and who was rather "And where did he change his clothes again. scandalized at the freedom of her demeanour before hinnie!" said Sharpitlaw, in his most conciliatory a person of Mr. Sharpitlaw's importance haud manner. your tongue, or l'se gie ye something to skirl for!" The procurator's spoiled a'," observed Rateliffe,
"Let her alone, George," said Sharpitlaw, "dinna dryly. put her out of tune; I had some questions to ask her And it was even su; for the question, put in so But first, Mr. Butler, take another look of her." direct a shape, immediately awakened Madge to the
*** Do sae, minister--do sae," cried Madge; "I am propriety of being reserved upon those very topics on as weel worth looking at as ony book in your aught which Ratcliffe had indirectly seduced her to become - And I can say the single carritch, and the double communicative. carritch, and justification, and effectual calling, and "What was't ye were speering at us, sir?" she the assembly of divines at Westminster, that is," resumed, with an appearance of stolidity
so speedily (she added in a low tone,) "I
could say them anes- assumed, as showed there was a good deal of knavery but it's lang syne--and ane forgets, ye ken." And mixed with her folly. poor Madge heaved another deep sigh.
"I asked you," said the procurator," at what hour, **Weel, sir," said Mr. Sharpitlaw to Butler," what and to what place, Robertson brought back your think ye now?"
clothes." * As I did before," said Butler; that I never saw Robertson ?-Lord haud a' care o us! what the poor demented creature in my life before." Robertson ?"
Then she is not the person whom you said the "Why, the fellow we were speaking of, Gentle rioters last night described as Madge Wildfirepu. Geordie, as you call him."
"Certainly not," said Butler. "They may be near "Geordie Gentle !" answered Madge, with wellthe same height, for they are both tall, but I see little feigned amazement--"I dinna ken naebody they ca' other resemblance."
Geordie Gentle." Their dress, then, is not alike?” said Sharpitlaw. "Come, my jo, said Sharpitlaw," this will not "Not in the least," said Butler.
do; you must tell us what you did with these clothes "Madge, my bonny woman," said Sharpitlaw, in of yours.". the same coaxing manner, " what
did ye do wi' your Madge Wildfire made no answer, unless the quesilka-day's claise yesterday'?"
tion may seem connected with the snatch of a song *I dinna mind," said Madge.
with which she indulged the embarrassed investi"Where was ye yesterday at d'en, Madge ?" gator :
"I dinna mind ony thing about yesterday," an- "What did ye will the bridal ring--Bridal ring--bridal ringi swered Madge; "ae day is eneugh for ony body to What did ya wi' your wedding ring, ye little cutty quean, di wun ower wi' at a time, and ower muckle sometimes." * But maybe, Madge, ye wad mind something
i gied it till a sodger, an auld true love o mine, 0," about it, if I was to gie ye this half-crown ?” said Of all the madwomen who have sung and said, since Sharpitlaw, taking out the piece of money. the days of Hamlet the Dane, if Ophelia be the most
That might gar me laugh, but it couldna gar me affecting, Madge Wildfire was the most provoking. mind."
The procurator-fiscal was in despair. "I'll take * But, Madge," continued Sharpitlaw," were i to some measures with
this d-d Bess of Bedlam," said send yon to the wark-house in Leith Wynd, and gar he, " that shall make her find her tongue." Jock Dalgleish lay the tawse on your back".
Wil your favour, sir," said Ratcliffe,, "better let * That wad gar me greet," said Madge, sobbing, her mind settle a little-Ye have aye made out some but it couldna gar me mind, ye ken."
thing." *She is ower far past reasonable folk's motives, "True," said the official person; "a brown shortsir,” said Ratcliffe, "to mind siller, or John Dalgleish, gown mitch, red rokelay-that agrees with your or the eat and nine tails either ; but I think I could Madge Wildfire, Mr, Butler ?" Butler agreed that it gar her tell us something."
did so. “Yes, there was a sufficient motive for lak. *Try her then, Ratcliffe," said Sharpitlaw, " for ing this crazy creature's dress and name, while he I am tired of her crazy pate, and be
dd to her." was about such a job." "Madge," said Rateliffe, "hae ye ony joes now?" "And I am free to say now," said Ratcliffe
An ony body ask ye, say ye dinna ken.-Set him “When you see it has come out without you," into be speaking of my joes, anla Daddie Ratton!" terrupted Sharpitlaw. "I dare say, ye hae deil ane?".
"Just sae, sir," reiterated Ratcliffe. "I am free to See if I haena
then," said Madge, with the toss say now, since it's come out otherwise, that these of the head of affronted beauty-"there's Rob'.the were the clothes I saw Robertson wearing last night Ranter, and Will Fleming, and then there's Geordie in the jail
, when he was at the head of the rioters. Robertson, lad-that's Gentleman Geordie-what "That's direct evidence," said Sharpitlaw; "stick think yeo that?"
to that, Rat--I will report favourably of you to the Rateliffe laughed, and, winking to the procurator- provost, for I have business for you to-night. It fiscal, pursued the inquiry in his own way. "But, wears late; I must home and get a snack, and I'll Madge, the lads only like ye when ye hae on your be back in the evening. Keep Madge with you, Ratbraws--they wadna touch you wi' a pair o' tangs cliffe, and try to get her into a good tune again." So when you are in your auld ilka-day rags.".
saying, he left the prison. "Ye're a leeing auld sorrow then," replied the fair one; "for Gentle Geordie Robertson put my, ilkaday's claise oni his ain bonny sell - yestreen, and gaed
CHAPTER XVII. a through the town wis them; and gawsie and grand he lookit , like ony queen in the land."
And some they whistled-and some they sang,
And some did loudly say, "I dinna believe a word o't," said Ratcliffe, with Whenever Lord Barnard's horn it blew, another wink to the procurator. "Thae duds were " Away, Musgrave, away!" ao the colour o' moonshine in the water, I'm
Ballad of Little Musgraus. thinking, Madge-The gown wad be a sky-blue scar- WHEN the man of office returned to the Heart of let, l'se warrant ye ?**
Mid-Lothian, he resumed his conference with RatIt was nae sic thing," said Madge, whose unre- cliffe, of whose experience and assistance he now tentive memory let out, in the eagerness of contra- held himself secure. "You must speak with this diction, all that she would have most wished to keep wench, Rat--this Effie Deans--you must sift her a concealed, had her judgment been equal to her incli- wee bit; for as sure as a tether she will ken Robert nation. It was neither scarlet nor sky-blue, but son's haunts--till her, Rat-till her, without delay.? my ain auld brown threshie-coat of a short gown, Craving your pardon, Mr. Sharpitlaw," said to and my mother's anld mitch, and my red rokelay-turnkey elect," that's
what I am not free to do. and he gaed me a croun and a kiss for the use of "Free to do, man? what the deil ails ye now 14 them, blessing on his bönny face-though I been a thought we had settled a' that." dear one to me."
"I dinna ken, sir," said Rateliffe; "I hae apokon