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to this Effie-she's strange to this place and to its certain must be passing through her own mind, 80 ways, and to a' our ways, Mr. Sharpitlaw; and she that her answers became a kind of thinking aloud, a greets
, the silly ta wpie, and she's breaking her heart mood into which those who are either constitutions already about this wild chield; and were she the ally absent in mind, or are rendered so by the tempo means o' taking him, she wad break it outright." rary pressure of misfortune, may be easily led by a
" She wunna hae time, lad,” said Sharpitlaw; skilful train of suggestions. But the last observation the woodie will hae its aino her before that a of the procurator-fiscal was too much of the nature of woman's heart takes a lang time o' breaking." a direct interrogatory, and it broke the charm accord That's according
to the stuff they are made o'; ingly: sir," replied Ratcliffe -" But to make a lang tale What was it that I was saying?'' said Ethe, startshort
, I canna undertake the job. It gangs against ing up from her reclining posture, seating herself up my conscience."
right, and hastily shading her dishevelled hair back * Your conscience, Rat?'' said Sharpitlaw, with from her wasted, but still beautiful countenance. She & sneer, which the reader will probably think very fixed her eyes boldly and keenly upon Sharpitlaw ;gatural upon the occasion.
“You are too much of a gentleman, sir,-1oo much Ou ay, sir," answered Ratcliffe, calmly, " just my of an honest man, to take any notice of what a poor conscience; a'body has a conscience, though it may creature like me says, that can hardly ca' my senses be ill wunnin at it. I think mine's as weel out o' the my, ain-God help me!", gate as maist folk's are; and yet it's just like the noop Advantage!-! would be of some advantage to of my elbow, it whiles gets a bit dirl on a corner.” you if I could,” said Sharpıtlaw, in a soothing
tone; "Weel, Rat," replied Sharpitlaw, "since ye are and I ken naething sae likely to serve ye, Effie, as nice, I'll speak to the hussy mysell."
gripping this rascal, Robertson." Sharpitlaw, accordingly, caused himself to be in to dinna misca''him, sir, that never misca'd you ! troduced into the little dark apartment tenanted by Robertson ?-I am sure I had naething to say the unfortunate Effie Deans. The poor girl was seats against ony man o' the name, and nuething will i ed on her little flock-bed, plunged in a deep reverie. say: Some food stood on the table, of a quality better than * But if you do not heed your own misfortune, Efis usually supplied to prisoners, but it was untouched. fie, you should mind what distress he has brought on The person under whose care she was more particu- your family," said the man of law. larly placed said, " that sometimes she tasted nae "O, Heaven help me!" exclaimed poor Effie-"My thing from the tae end of the four-and-twenty hours poor father--my dear Jeanie-, that's sairesu to bide to the t'other, except a drink of water."
of a'! O, sir, if you hae ony kindness--if ye hae ony Sharpitlaw took a chair, and, commanding the touch of compassion for a the folk I see here are as turnkey to retire, he opened the conversation, endea hard as the wa'-stanes-If ye wad but bid them let vouring to throw into his tone and countenance as my sister Jeanie in the next time she ca's ! for when much commiseration as they were capable of ex- I hear them put her awa frae the door, and canna pressing, for the one was sharp and harsh, the other climb up to that high window to see sae muckle as sly, acute, and selfish.
her gown-tail, it's like to pit me out o' my judgment." How's a' wi' ye, Effie?-How d'ye find yoursell, And she looked on him with a face of entreaty so
earnest, yet so humble, that she fairly shook the steadA deep sigh was the only answer.
fast purpose of his mind. Are the folk civil to ye, Effiez-it's my duty to "You shall see your sister," he began, "if you'l! inquire."
tell me," then interrupting himself, he added, in a Very civil, sir," said Effie, compelling herself to more hurried tone, -"no, d-n it, you shall see your answer, yet hardly knowing what she said.
sister whether you tell me any thing or no." So say And your victuals," continued Sharpitlaw, in the ing, he rose up and left the apartment. same condoling tone" do you get what you like ? When he had rejoined Ratcliffe, he observed, "You or is there ony thing you would particularly fancy, are right, Ratton; there's no making much of that as you:r health seems but silly ?"
lassie. But ae thing I have cleared--that is, that Ro"It's a very weel, sir, I thank ye," said the poor bertson has been the father of the bairn, and so I will prisoner, in a tone how different from the sportive wager a boddle it will be he that's to meet wi' Jeanie vivacity of those of the Lily of St. Leonard's !-"it's Deans this night at Muschat's Caim, and there we'll a' very gude-ower gude for me."
pail him, Rat, or my name is not Gideon Sharpit 'He must have been a great villain, Effie, who law." brought you to this pass,” said Sharpitlaw.
"But,” said Ratcliffe, perhaps because he was in The remark was dictated partly by a natural feel no hurry to see any thing which was like to be coning, of which even he could not divesi himself, though nected with the discovery and apprehension of Roaccustomed to practice on the passions of others, and bertson, "an that were the
case, Mr. Butler wad hae keep a most heedful guard over his own, and partly kend the man in the King's Park to be the same per by his wish to introduce the sort of conversation son wi' him in Madge Wildfire's claise, thai headed which might best serve his immediate purpose. In the mob." deed, upon the present occasion, these mixed motives "That makes nae difference, man,” replied Sharp of feeling and cunning harmonized together wonder- itlaw-"the dress, the light, the confusion, and mayfully; for, said Sharpitlaw to himself, the greater be a touch o' a blackit cork, or a slake o' paint-hout, rogue Robertson is, the more will be the merit of Ratton, I have seen ye dress your ainsell, that the bringing him to justice. "He must have been a great deevil ye belang to durstna hae made oath t'ye." villain, indeed," he again reiterated ; "and I wish I "And that's true, too,” said Ratcliffe. had the skelping o' him."
"And besides, ye donnard carle," contined Sharp “I may blame mysell mair than him," said Effie; itlaw, triumphantly, "the minister did say, that he "I was bred up to ken better ; but he, poor fellow," thought he knew something of the features of the - (she stopped.)
birkie that spoke to him in the Park, though he could "Was a thorough blackguard a' his lifc, ļ dare not charge his memory where or when he had seen bay," said Sharpillaw. "A stranger he was in this them." country, and a companion of that lawless vagabond, "It's
evident, then, your honour will be right," said Wilson, I think, Effie?"
Ratcliffe. p"It wad hae been dearly telling him that he had " Then, Rat, you and I will go with the party purna'er seen Wilson's face.”
night, and see him in grips, or we are dono "That's very true that you are saying, Effie,” said wi' him." Sharpitlaw. · "Where was't that Robertson and you "I seena muckle use I can be o' to your honour," were used to howff thegither? Somegate about the said Ratcliffe, reluctantly. Laigh Calton, I am thinking.",
"Use ?" answered Sharpitlaw-"You can guide The simple and dispirited girl had thus far followed the party-you ken the ground. Besides, I do not Mr. Sharpitlaw's lead, because he had artfully ad- intend to quit sight o' you, my good friend, till I hayo usted his observations to the thoughts he was pretty him in hand."
"Weel, sir," said Ratcliffe, but in no joyful tone of commands and coaxing 'entreaties she set alike at acquiescence; "Ye maun hae it your ain way--but defiance, and threats only made her sulky, and alto. mind he's a desperate man."
gether intractable. "We shall have that with us,.' answered Sharpit- "Is there no one of you," said Sharpitlaw, impelaw, " that will settle hin, if it is necessary." tiently, that knows the way to this accursed place
“But, sir," answered Ratcliffe, I am sure I couldna -this Nicol Muschat's Cairn--excepting this mad andertake to guide you to Muschat'sCairn in the night- clavering idiot ?" time; I ken the place, as mony does, in fair daylight, "Deil ane o' them kens it, except mysell," exbut how to find it by moonshine, amang sae mony claimed Madge; "how suld they, the poor fulo arags and stanes, as like to each other as the collier cowards ? But I hae sat on the
grave frae bat-fleeto the deil, is mair than I can tell. I might as soon ing time till cock-crow, and had mony a fine crack seek moonshine in water."
wi Nicol Muschat and Ailie Muschat, that are lying "What's the meaning of this, Ratcliffe ?" said sleeping below." Sharpitlaw, while he fixed his eye on the recusant, The devil' take your crazy brain," said Sharpwith a fatal and ominous expression, "Have you itiaw;"
will you not allow the men to answer a forgotten that you are still under sentence of death ?" question ?"
"No, sir," said Ratcliffe, that's a thing no easily The officers obtaining a moment's audience while put out of memory, and if my presence be judged Ratcliffe diverted Madge's attention, declared that necessary, nae doubt I maun gang wi' your honour. though they had a general knowledge of the spot But I was gaun to tell your honour of ane that has they could not undertake to guide the party to it by mair skeel o' the gate than me, and that's e'en Madge the uncertain light of the moon, with such accuracy Wildfire."
as to ensure success to their expedition. "The devil she has I-Do you think me as mad as "What shall we do, Ratcliffe ?" said Sharpitlaw; she is to trust to her guidance on such an occasion ?" "if he sees us before we see him,--and that's what
"Your honour is the best judge," answered Rat- he is certain to do, if we go strolling about, without cliffe; “but I ken I can keep her in tune, and garr keeping the straight road, - we may bid gude day to her haud the straight path-she aften sleeps out, or the job; and I wad rather lose one hundred pounds, rambles about amang thae hills the haill simmer baith for the credit of the police, and because the night, the daft limmer.”
Provost says somebody maun be hanged for this job *Well, Ratcliffe," replied the procurator-fiscal, "iro Porteous, come o't what likes." you think she can guide us the right way--but take "I think," said Ratcliffe, "we maun just try Madge; heed to what you are about your life depends on and I'll see if I can get her keepit in ony better order your behaviour."
And at ony rate, if he suld hear her skirling her auld It's a sair judgment on a man,” said Ratcliffe, ends o' sangs, he's no to ken for that that there's ony
when he has ance gang sae far wrang as I hae body wi' her. done, that deil a bit he can be honest, try't whilk "That's true,” said Sharpitlaw; "and if he thinks way he will."
her alone he's as like to come towards her as to rin Such was the reflection of Ratcliffe, when he was frae her. So set forward-we hae lost ower muckle left for a few minutes to himself, while the retainer time already--see to get her to keep the right road." of justice went to procure a proper warrant, and give * And what sort o'house does Nichol Muschat and the necessary directions.
his wife keep now?" said Ratcliffe to the mad-woThe rising moon saw the whole party free from the man, by way of humouring her vein of folly; "they walls of the city, and entering upon the open ground. were but thrawn folk lang syne, an a' tales be true. Arthur's Seat, like a couchant lion of immense size- Ou, ay, ay, ay-but a's forgotten now,”' replied Salisbury Crags, like a huge belt or girdle of granite, Madge in the confidential tone of a gossip giving the weredimly visible. Holding their path along the south- history of her next-door neighbour-"Ye see, I spoko ern side of the Canongate, they gained the Abbey of to them mysell, and tauld them byganes suld be byHolyroodhouse, and from thence found their way by ganes-her throat's sair misguggled and mashackered step and stile into the King's Park.. They were at though she wears her corpse-sheet drawn weel up first four in number-an officer of justice and Sharp- to hide it, but that canna hinder the bluíd seiping itlaw, who were well armed with pistols and cutlass-through, ye ken. I wussed her to wash it in St. Anes; Ratcliffe, who was not trusted with weapons, lest thony's Well, and that will cleanse if ony thing can he might, peradventure, have used them on the wrong But they say bluid never bleaches out o'linen Claith side; and the female. But at the last stile, when they. Deacon Sanders's new cleansing draps winna do' entered the Chase, they were joined by other two offi-|I tried them mysell on a bit rag we hae at hame that cers, whom Sharpitlaw, desirous to secure sufficient was mailed wi' the bluid of a bit skirling wean that force for his purpose, and at the same time to avoid was hurt some gate, but out it winna come-Weel, observation, had directed to wait for him at this place. ye'll say that's queer; but I will bring it out to St. Ratcliffe saw this accession of strength with some Anthony's blessed Well some braw night just like disquietude, for he had hitherto thought it likely that this, and I'll cry up Ailie Muschat
, and she and I will Robertson, who was a bold, stout, and active young hae a grand bouking-washing, and bleach our claise fellow, might have made his escape from Sharpitlaw in the beams of the bonny Lady Moon, that's far and the single officer, by force or agility, without his pleasanter to me than the sun-the sun's ower het, being implicated in the matter. "But the present and ken ye, cummers, my brains are heteneugh already. strength of the followers of justice was overpowering, But the moon, and the dew, and the night-wind, they and the only mode of saving Robertson, (which the are just like a caller kail-blade laid on my brow; and old sinner was well disposed to do, providing always whiles I think the moon just shines on purpose to he could accomplish his purpose without compromis- pleasure me, when naebody
sees her but mysell.". ing his own safety,) must be by contriving that he Thisraving discourse she continued with prodigious should have some signal of their approach. It was volubility, walking on at a great pace, and dragging probably with this view that Ratcliffe had requested Ratcliffe along with her, while he endeavoured, in the addition of Madge to the party, having considera- appearance at least, if not in reality, to induce her tu ble confidence in her propensity to exert her lungs. moderate her voice. Indeed, she had already given them so many speci- All at once, she stopped short upon the top of a litmens of her clamorous loquacity, that Sharpitlaw tle hillock, gazed upward fixedly, and said not one half determined to send her back with one of the offi- word for the space of five minutes. "What the cers, rather than carry forward in his company a per- devil is the matter with her now ?" said Sharpitlaw son so extremely ill qualified to be a guide in a secret to Ratcliffe--"Can you not get her forward ? expedition. It seemed, too, as if the open air, the ap- "Ye maun just take a grain of patience wr net proach to the hills,
and the ascent of the moon, sup- sir," said Ratcliffe " She'll no gae a foot faster than posed to be so portentous over those whose brain is she likes hersell." infirm, made her spirits rise in a degree tenfold more "D-n her,” said Sharpitlaw, "I'! take care sho loquacious than she had hitherto exhibited. To silence has her time in Bedlam or Bridewell, or both, for her by fair means seemed impossible; authoritative she's both
mad and mischievous."
In the meanwhile, Madge, who had looked very | Wildfire's the words of which bore some distant anapensive when she first stopped, suddenly burst into a logy with the situation of Robertson, trusting that the vehement fit of laughter, then paused and sighed bit- power of association would not fail to bring the rest terly,--then was seized with a second fit of laughter, to her mind : -then, fixing her eyes on the moon, lifted up her "There's a bloodhound ranging Tinwald wond, voice and sung
There's harness glancing sheen "Good even, good fair moon, good even to thee;
There's a maiden sits
on Tiowald brae, I prithee, dear moon, now show to me
And she sings loud betwoen." The form and the features, the speech and degree, Madge had no sooner received the catch-word, than or the man that true lover of mine shall be."
she vindicated Ratcliffe's sagacity by setting off at "But I need not ask that of the bonny Lady Moon-score with the song: ken that weel eneugh mysell-true-love though he
"O sleep ye sound, Sir James, she said. wasna-But naebody shall say that I ever tauld a
When ye suld rise and ride), word about the matter-But whiles I wish the bairn There's twenty men wi' bow and blade nad lived-Weel, God guide us, there's a heaven
Are seeking where ye hide." aboon us a'," -- (here she sighed bitterly), "and a Though Ratcliffe was at a considerable distance bonny moon, and sterns in it forby," (and here she from the spot called Muschat's, Cairn, yet his eyes, laughed once more.)
practised like those of a cat to penetrate darkness Are we to stand here all night?” said Sharpit- could mark that Robertson had caught the alarm. Saw, very impatiently. Drag her forward." George Poinder, less keen of sight, or less attentive, Ay, sir," said Ratcliffe,"if we kend whilk way was not aware of his flight any
more than Sharpitto drag her, that would settle it at ance.-Come, law and assistants, whose view, though they were Madge hinny," addressing her, "we'll no be in time considerably nearer to thecairn, was intercepted by the Lo see Nicol and his wife, unless ye show us the road." broken nature of the ground under which they were
In troth and that I will, Ratton," said she, seizing screening themselyes. At length, however, after the him by the arm, and resuming her route with huge interval of five or six minutes, they also perceived that strides, considering it was a female who took them. Robertson had fled, and rushed hastily towards the
"And I'll tell ye, Ratton, blithe will Nicol Muschat place, while Sharpıtlaw called out aloud, in the harshbe to see ye, for he says he kens weel there isna sic est tones of a voice which resembled a saw-mill at a villain out ohell as ye are, and he wad be ravished work, "Chase, lads-chase haud the brae- I see to hae a crack wi' you like to like, ye ken--it's a him on the edge of the hill!" Then hollaing back proverb never fails-and ye are baith a pair o' the to the rear-guard of his detachment, he issued his deevil's peats, I trow--hard to ken whilk deserves the further orders : “Ratcliffe, come here and detain the nettest corner o' his ingle-side.".
woman-George, run and keep the style at the Duke's Ratcliffe was conscience-struck, and could not for- Walk--Ratcliffe, come here directly—but first knock bear making an involuntary protest against this clas- out that mad bitch's brains !" sification. "I never shed blood," he replied. "Ye had better rin for it, Madge," said Ratcliffe,
"But ye hae sauld it, Ratton-ye hae sauld blood "for it's ill dealing wi' an angry man." rnony a time. Folk kill wil the tongue as weel as Madge Wildfire was not so absolutely void of comwi' the hand-wi' the word as weel as wi' the gul-mon sense as not to understand this innuendo; and loy!
while Ratcliffe, in seemingly anxious haste of obe It is the bonny butcher lad,
dience, hastened to the spot where Sharpitlaw waited That wears the sleeves of blue,
to deliver up Jeanie Deans to his custody, she fled He sells the flesh on Saturday,
with all the dispatch she could exert in an opposite On Friday that he slew.""
direction. Thus the whole party were separated, and * And what is that I am doing now
?" thought in rapid motion of fight or pursuit, excepting RatRatcliffe. "But I'll hae nae wyte of Robertson's cliffe and Jeanie, whom, although making no attempt young bluid, if I can help it, then speaking apart to escape, he held fast by the cloak, and who reto Madge, he asked her, “Whether she did not re- mained standing by Muschat's Cairn. member ony o her auld sangs?"
"Mony a dainty ane," said Madge; "and blithely can I sing them, for 'lighsome sangs make merry
CHAPTER XVIlI. gate." And she sang,
You have paid the heavens your function, and the prisoner the "When the glede's in the blue cloud,
very debt of your calling.' The lavrock lies still :
Measure for Measure. When the hound's in the green-wood,
JEANIE DEANS,--for here our story unites itself The hind keeps the hill."
with that part of the narrative which broke off at the "Silence her cursed noise, if you should throttle end of the first chapter, while she waited, in terror her," said Sharpitlaw; "I see somebody yonder.- and amazement, the hasty advance of three or four Keep close, my boys, and creep round the shoulder of men towards her, was yet more startled at their sud the height. George Poinder, stay you with Ratcliffe denly breaking asunder, and giving chase in different and that mad yelling bitch; and you other two, come directions to the
late object of her terror, who became with me round under the shadow of the brae." at that moment, though she could not well assign a
And he crept forward with the stealthy pace of an reasonable cause, rather the cause of her interest. Indian savage, who leads his band to surprise an One of the party (it was Sharpitlaw) came straight unsuspecting party of some hostile tribe. Ratcliffe up to her, and saying, “Your name is Jeanie Deans, saw them glide
, avoiding the moonlight, and keep- and you are my prisoner," immediately added, "but ing, as much in the shade as possible. "Robert- if you will tell me which way he ran I will
let you go." son's done up," said he to himself; "thue young *I dinna ken, sir," was all the poor girl could utter; lads are aye sae thoughtless. What deevil could he and, indeed it is the phrase which rises most readily hae to say to Jeanie Deans, or to ony woman on to the lips or any person in her rank, as the readiest earth, that he suld gang awa and get his neck raxed reply to any embarrassing question. for her? And this mad quean, after cracking like a Butit! said Sharpitlaw, "ye ken wha it was ye pen-gun, and skirling like a pea-hen for the hail night, were speaking wi', my leddy, on the hill side, and behooves just to hae hadden her tongue when her midnight sae near; ye surely ken that, my bonny clavers might have done some gude! But it's aye the woman ?" way wi' women ; if they ever haud their tongues ava', "I dinna ken, sir," again iterated Jeanie, who ye may swear it's for mischief. I wish I could set really did not comprehend in her terror the nature
of her on again without this blood-sucker kenning what the questions which were so hastily put to her in this I am doing. But he's as glegas MacKeachan'selshin, moment of surprise. that ran through sax plies of bend-leather and half "We will try to mend your memory by and by, hinan inch into the king's heei.
ny," said Sharpitlaw, and shouted, as we have already He then began to hum, but in a very low and sup- told the reader, to Ratcliffe, to come up and take peasca wne, the first stanza of a favourite ballad of chargeof her, while he himself directed the chase after
Robertson, which he still hoped might be successful. in order to satisfy herself whether he had been disAs Ratcliffe approached, Sharpitlaw pushed the young turbed by her return. He was awake, ---probably nad woman towards him with some rudeness, and be slept but little; but the constant presence of his own taking himself to the more important object of his sorrows, the distance of his apartment from the outerquest, began to scale crags and scramble up steep door of the house, and the precautions which Jeanie banks, with an agility of which his profession and his had taken to conceal her departure and return, had general gravity of demeanour would previously have prevented him from being sensible of either. He argued him incapable. In a few minutes there was was engaged in his devotions, and Jeanie could disno one within sight, and only a distant halloo from tinctly hear him use these words: "And for the other one of the pursuers to the other, faintly heard on the child thou hast given me to be a comfort and stay to side of the hill, argued that there was any one within my old age, may her days be long in the land, achearing. Jeanie Deans was left in the clear moon- cording to the promise thou hast given to those who light, standing under the guard of a person of whom shall honour father and mother; may all her pur she knew nothing, and, what was worse, concerning chased and promised blessings be multiplied upon whom, as the reader is well aware, she could have her; keep her in the watches of the night, and in the learned nothing that would not have increased her uprising of the morning, that all in this land may terror.
know that thou hast not utterly hid thy face from When all in the distance was silent, Ratcliffe for those that seek thee in truth and in sincerity." He the first time addressed her, and it was in that cold was silent, but probably continued his
petition in the sarcastic indifferent tone familiar to habitual depra-strong fervency of mental devotion. vity, whose crimes are instigated by custom rather His daughter retired to her apartment, comforted, than by passion. This is a braw night for ye, that while she was exposed to danger, her
head had dearie," he said, attempting to pass his arm across been covered by the prayers of the just as by an helher shoulder, "to be on the green hill wi' your jo." met, and under the strong confidence, that while she Jeanie extricated herself from his grasp, but did not walked worthy of the protection of Heaven, she make any reply. "I think lads and lasses," con- would experience its countenance. It was in that tinued the ruffian, "dinna meet at Muschat's Cairn moment that a vague idea first darted across her at midnight to crack nuts," and he again attempted mind, that something might yet be achieved for her to take hold of her.
sister's safety, conscious as she now was of her inno "If ye are an officer of justice, sir,” said Jeanie, cence of the unnatural murder with which she stood again eluding his attempt to seize her, ye deserve charged. It came, as she described it, on her mind, to have your coat stripped from your back." like a sun-blink on a stormy sea; and although it * Very true, hinny,
said he succeeding forcibly instantly vanished, yet she felt a degree of compoin his attempt to get hold of her, "but suppose I sure which she had not experienced for many days, should strip your cloak off first ?"
and could not help being strongly persuaded that, by "Ye are more a man, I am sure, than to hurt me, some means or other she would be called upon, and sir,” said Jeanie; "for God's sake have pity on a directed, to work out her sister's deliverance. She half-distracted creature !"
went to bed, not forgetting her usual devotions, the ** Come, come," said Ratcliffe, "you're a good-more fervently made on account of her late deliverlooking, wench, and should
not be cross-grained. I ance, and she slept soundly in spite of her agitation. was going to be an honest man-but the devil has We must return to Ratcliffe, who had started, like this very day flung first a lawyer, and then a woman, a greyhound from the slips when the sportsman cries in my gate. I'll tell you what, Jeanie, they are out halloo, so soon as Jeanie had pointed to the ruins. an the hill-side-if you'll be guided by me, I'll carry Whether he meant to aid Robertson's escape, or w you to a wee bit corner in the Pleasance, that I ken assist his pursuers, may be very doubtful; perhaps he o in an auld wife's that a' the prokitors o' Scotland did not himself know, but had resolved to be guided wat naething o', and we'll send Robertson word to by circumstances. He had no opportunity, however, meet us in Yorkshire, for there is a set of braw lads of doing either; for he had no sooner surniounted the about the mid-land counties, that I hae done busi- steep ascent, and entered under the broken arches of ness wi' before now, and so we'll leave Mr. Sharpít- the ruins, than a pistol was presented at his head. law to whistle on his thumb."
and a harsh voice commanded lim, in the king's It was fortunate for Jeanie, in an emergency like name, to surrender himself prisoner. ' "Mr. Sharpit the present, that she possessed presence of mind and law!" said Ratcliffe, surprised, "is this your honour? courage, so soon as the first hurry of surprise had "Is it only you, and be d-d to you?" answered enabled her to rally her recollection. She saw
the the fiscal
, still more disappointed "what made you risk she was in from a ruffian, who not only was leave the woman ?" such by profession, but had that evening been stupi- "She told me she saw Robertson go into the ruins fying, by means of strong liquors, the internal aver-30 I made what haste I could to cleek the callant." sion which he felt at the
business on which Sharpit- "It's all over now," said Sharpitlaw;" we shall law had resolved to employ him.
see no more of him to-night; but he shall hide him"Dinna speak sae loud," said she, in a low voice, self in a bean-hool, if he remains on Scottish ground "he's up yonder."
without my finding him. Call back the people, Rat"Who 1-Robertson ?" said Ratcliffe, eagerly. cliffe.”
"Ay," replied Jeanie; "up yonder;" and she point- Ratcliffe holloed to the dispersed officers, who en to the ruins of the hermitage
and chapel. willingly obeyed the signal; for probably there was "By G-d, then," said Ratcliffe, "Ill
make my ain no individual among them who would have been of him, either one way or other--wait for me here." much desirous of a rencontre hand to hand, and at
But no sooner had he set off, as fast as he could a distance from his comrades, with such an active run, towards the chapel, than Jeanie started in an and desperate fellow as Robertson. opposite direction, over high and low, on the nearest * And where are the two women ?” said Sharpitlaw. path homeward. Her juvenile exercise as a herds- "Both made their beels serve them, I suspect," rewoman had put "life and mettle" in her heels, and plied Ratcliffe, and he hummed the end of the old never had she followed Dustiefoot, when the cows songwere in the corn, with half so much speed as she "Then hey play up the rin awa bride, now cleared the distance betwixt Muschat's Cairn
For she has taen the gee." and her father's cottage at Saint Leonard's. To lift " One woman," said Sharpitlaw,-for, like all the latch-to enter-to shut, bolt, and double bolt the rogues, he was a great calumniator of the fair sex,* door to draw against it a heavy article of furniture, (which she could not have moved in a moment of Holland to obtain the surrender of the unfortunato William
* The journal of Graven, a Bow-street officer, dispatcheu 16 less energy) so as to make yet further provision Brodie, bears a reflection on the ladies somewhate that put against violence, was almost the work of a moment, in the mouth of the police officer Sharpitlaw. It had been found yet done with such silence as equalled the celerity.
difficult to identify the unhappy criminal; and, when a Scotca Her next anxiety was upon her father's account, dence on the point required, his son-in-law, a clergyman in Ain
gentleman of respectability had seemed disposed to give cvi and she drew silently to the door of his apartment, sterdam, and his daughter, were suspected by Graves to have
one woman is enough to dark the fairest ploy that:| ed-may have been unable to afford to it. And yet it ever was planned; and how could I be such an ass is certain, if the woman is found guilty under the as to expect to carry through a job that had two in it? statute, execution will follow. The crime has been But we know how to come by them both, if they are too common, and examples are necessary. wanted, that's one good thing."
"But if this other wench," said the city-clerk," can Accordingly, like a defeated general, sad and sulky, speak to her sister communicating her situation, it he led back his discomfited forces to the metropolis, will take the case from under the statute." and dismissed them for the night.
"Very true," replied the Bailie; " and I will walk The next morning early, he was under the neces- out one of these days to St. Leonard's, and examine sity of making his report to the sitting magistrate of the girl myself. I know something of their father the day. The gentleman who occupied the chair of Deans--an old true-blue Cameronian, who would see office on this occasion (for the bailies, Anglicé, alder- house and family
go to wreck ere he would disgrace men, take it by rotation) chanced to be the same by his testimony by a sinful complying with the defecwhom Butler was
committed, a person very generally tions of the times; and such he will probably uphold respected among his fellow-citizens. Something he the taking an oath before a civil magistrate. If they was of a humorist, and rather deficient in general are to go on and flourish with their bull-headed ob education; but acute, patient, and upright,
possessed stinacy, the legislature must pass an act to take their of a fortune acquired by honest industry, which made affirmations, as in the case of Quakers. But surely him perfectly independent; and, in short, very hap- neither a father nor a sister will seruple in a case of pily qualified to support the respectability of the office this kind. As I said before, I will go speak with which he held,
them myself, when the hurry of this Porteous investiMr. Middleburgh had just taken his seat, and was gation is somewhat over their pride and spirit of jebating, in an animated manner, with one of his contradiction will be far less alarmed, than if they colleagues, the doubtful chances of a game at golf were called into a court of justice at once." which they had played the day before, when a letter And I suppose Butler is to remain incarcerated ?" was delivered to him, addiessed "For Bailie Middle- said the city-clerk. burgh; These: to be forwarded with speed." It con- For the present, certainly,” said the magistrate. cained these words :
"But I hope soon to set him at liberty upon bail."..
"Do you rest upon the testimony of that light"I know you to be a sensible and a considerate ma- headed letter ?" asked the clerk. gistrate, and one who, as such, will be content to * Not very much," answered the Bailie ; " and yet worship God, though the devil bid you. I therefore there is something striking about it 100-it seems the expect that, potwithstanding, the signature of this letter of a man beside himself, either from great agiletter acknowledges my share in an action, which, in tion, or some
great sense of guilt".. a proper time and place, I would not fear either 10 "Yes," said the town-clerk, "it is very like the avow or to justify, you will not on that account re- letter of a mad strolling play-actor, who deserves to ject what evidence I place before you. The clergy-be hanged with all the rest of his gang, as your bo man, Butler, is innocent of all bui involuntary pre-nour justly observes." sence at an action which he wanted spirit to approve I was not quite so bloodthirsty," continued the of, and from which he endeavoured, with his best set magistrate. “But to the point. "Butler's private phrases, to dissuade us. But it was not for him that character is excellent; and I am given to understand, it is my hint to speak. There is a woman in your by some inquiries I have been making this morning, jail, fallen under the edge of a law so cruel, that it that he did actually arrive in town only the day be has hung by the wall, like unscoured armour, for fore yesterday, so that it was impossible he could twenty years, and is now brought down and whetted have been concerned in any previous machinations of to spill the blood of the most beautiful and most in these unhappy, rioters, and it is not likely that he nocent creature whom the wails of a prison ever gir should have joined them on a suddenty." dled in. Her sister knows of her innocence, as she "There's no saying anent that-zeal catches fire communicated to her that she was betrayed by a vil- at a slight spark as fast as a brustane match," oblain.-0 that high Heaven
served the secretary. "I hae kend a minister wad Would put in every honest hand a whip,
be fair gude day and fair gude e'en wi' ilka man in To scourge mé such a villain through the world!' the parochine, and hing just as quiet as a rocket on a "I write distractedly--but this girl-this Jeanie stick, till ye mentioned the word abjuration-oath, or Deans, is a peevish puritan, superstitious and scru- patronage, or siçlike, and then, whiz, he was off, and pulous after the manner of her sect; and I pray your up in the air an hundred miles beyond common man. honour, for so my phrase must go, to press upon her, ners, common sense, and common comprehension." that her sister's life depends upon her testimony. But "I do not understand," answered the burgherthough she should remain silent, do not dare to think magistrate that the young man Butler's zeal is of that the young woman is guilty-far less to permit so inflammable a character. But I will make furher execution. Remember the death of Wilson was ther investigation. What other business is there fearfully avenged; and those yet live who can com- before us ?" pel you to drink the dregs of your poisoned chalice.- And they proceeded to minute investigations conI say, remember Porteous, –and say that you had good cerning the affair of Porteous's death, and other counsel from
ONE OF HIS SLAYERS.' affairs through which this history has no occasion The magistrate read over this extraordinary letter to trace them. Iwice or thrice. At first he was tempted to throw it In the course of their business they were interrupted aside as the production of a madman, so little did by an old woman of the lower rank, extremely hag
the scraps from playbooks," as he termed the poeti- gard in look, and wretched in her apparel, who thrust cal quotation, resemble the correspondence of a ra- herself into the council room. tional being. On a re-perusal, however, he thought " What do you want, gudewife ?–Who are you?” that, amid its incoherence, he could discover some- said Bailie Middleburgh. thing like a tone of awakened passion, though ex- "What do I want! replied she, in a sulky tonepressed in a manner quaint and unusual.
"I want my bairn, or i want naething frae nane " It is a cruelly severe statute," said the magistrate oye, for as grand's ye are." And she went on mutto his assistant, and I wish the girl could be taken tering to herself, with the wayward spitefulness
of from under the letter of it. A child may have been age. They maun hae lordships and
honours, nae born, and it may have been conveyed away
while the doubt-set them up, the gutter-bloods! and deil a mother was insensible, or it may have perished for gentleman amang them. Then again addressing want of that relief which the poor creature herself - the sitting magistratę, “Will your honour gie me helpless, terrified, distracted, despairing, and exhaust- back my puir crazy bairn ?- His honour!-I hae kend usel arguments with the winess to dissuade him from giving doubt the daughter and parson would endeavour to persuade tuis testimony. On which subject the journal of the Bow-street him to decline troubling himself in the matter, but judged he officer proceeds thus:
could not go back from what he had said to Mr. Rich. NOTA Sair thon a granifest reluctance in Mr. and had no BENE. No misckies but a woman or a priest in il-here both.'