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fering, had he known that his daughter was apply- | her lover. She answered only with tears ; unlese, ing the casuistical arguments which he had been when at times driven into pettish sulkiness by the using, not in the sense of a permission to follow her persecution of the interrogators, she made them abrupt own opinion on a dubious and disputed point of con- and disrespectful answers. troversy, but rather as an encouragement to transgress At length, after her trial had been delayed for one of those divine commandments
which Christians many weeks, in hopes she might be induced to speak of all sects and denominations unite in holding most out on a subject infinitely more interesting to the sacred.
magistracy than her own guilt or innocence, their "Can this be?" said Jeanie, as the door closed on patience was worn out, and even Mr. Middleburgh her father" Can these be his words that I have finding no ear lent to further intercession in her be heard, or has the Enemy taken his voice and features half, the day was fixed for the trial to proceed. to give weight unto the counsel which causeth to It was now, and not sooner, that Sharpitlaw, reperish ?-A sister's life, and a father pointing out how collecting his promise to Effie Deans, or rather being to save it!-O God deliver me !--this is a fearfu' dinned into compliance by the unceasing remontemptation."
strances of Mrs. Saddletree, who was his next-door Roaming from thought to thought, she at one time neighbour, and who declared it was heathen cruelty imagined her father understood the ninth command to keep the twa broken-hearted creatures separate, ment literally, as prohibiting false witness against issued the important mandate, permitting them to our neighbour, without extending the denunciation see each other. against falsehood uttered in favour of the criminal. On the evening which preceded the eventful day of But her clear and unsophisticated power of discri- trial, Jeanie was permitted to see her sister an minating between good and evil
, instantly rejected an awful interview, and occurring at a most distressing interpretation so limited, and so unworthy of the crisis. This, however, formed a part of the bitter Author of the law. She remained in a state of the cup which she was doomed to drink, to atone for most agitating terror and uncertainty-afraid to com crimes and follies to which she had no accession; municate her thoughts freely to her father, lest she and at twelve o'clock noon, being the time appointed should draw forth an opinion with which she could for admission to the jail, she went to meei, for the not comply.-wrung with distress on
her sister's ac- first time for several months, her guilty, erring, and count, rendered the more acute by reflecting that the most miserable sister, in that abode of guilt, error, means of saving her were in her power, but were and utter misery. such as her conscience prohibited her from using, tossed, in short, like a vessel in an open roadstead during a storm, and, like that vessel, resting on one
CHAPTER XX. only sure cable and anchor,-faith in Providence, and
Sweet sister, let me live! a resolution to discharge her duty.
What sin you do to save a brother's life, Butler's affection and strong sense of religion would Nature dispenses with the deed so far, have been her principal support in these distressing
That it becomes a virtue.-Measure for Measure. circumstances, but he was still under restraint, which JEANIE DEANS was admitted into the jail by Rat. did not permit' him to come to St. Leonard's Crags; cliffe. This fellow, as void of shame as of honesty, and her distresses were of a nature, which, with her as he opened the now trebly secured door, asked her. indifferent habits of scholarship, she found it impos- with a leer which
made her shudder, "whether she sible to express in writing. She was therefore com- remembered him ?". pelled to trust for guidance to her own unassisted A half-pronounced and timid."No," was her ansense of what was right or wrong.,
It was not the least of Jeanie's distresses, that, al- "What! not remember moonlight, and Muschat's though she hoped and believed her sister to be inno- Cairn, and Rob and Rat?" said he, with the same cent,
she had not the means of receiving that assursneer; –"Your memory needs redding up, my jo." ance from her own mouth.
If Jeanie's distresses had admitted of aggravation, The double-dealing of Ratcliffe in the matter of it must have been to find her sister under the charge Robertson had not prevented his being rewarded, as of such a profligate as this man. He was not, in double-dealers frequently have been with favour and deed, without something of good to balance so much preferment. Sharpitlaw, who found in him some that was evil in his character and habits. In his thing of a kindred genius, had been intercessor in his misdemeanours he had never been bloodthirsty or behalf with the magistrates, and the circumstance of cruel; and in his present occupation he had showa his having voluntarily remained in the prison, when himself, in a certain degree, accessible to touches of the doors were forced by the mob, would have made humanity. But these good qualities were unknown it a hard measure to take the life which he had such to Jeanie, who, remembering the scene at Muschat's easy means of saving. He received a full pardon; Cairn, could scarce find voice to acquaint him, that and soon afterwards, James Ratcliffe, the greatest she had an order from Bailie Middleburgh, permit thief and housebreaker in Scotland, was, upon the ting her to see her sister. faith, perhaps, of an ancient proverb, selected as a I ken that fu' weel, my bonny doo; mair by token, person to be intrusted with the custody of other de- I have a special charge to stay in the ward with you linquents.
a the time ye are thegither." When Ratcliffe was thus placed in a confidential "Must that be sae?" asked Jeanie, with an imsituation, he was repeatedly applied to by the sąpient ploring voice. Saddletree and others, who took some interest in the "Hout, ay, hinny," replied the turnkey; "and what Deans' family, to procure an interview between the the waur will you and your titty be of Jim Ratcliffe sisters ; but the magistrates, who were extremely hearing what ye hae to say to ilk other ?-Deil a word anxious for the apprehension of Robertson, had given ye'll say that will gar him ken your kittle sex better strict orders to the contrary hoping that, by keeping than he kens
and another thing is that them separate, they might, from the one or ihe other, if ye dinna speak o' breaking the Tolbooth, deil a extract some information respecting that fugitive. word will I tell ower, either to do ye good or iN." On this subject Jeanie had nothing to tell them : She Thus saying, Ratcliffe marshalled her the way to informed Mr. Middleburgh, that she knew nothing of the apartment where Effie was confined. Robertson, except having met him that night by ap- Shame, fear, and grief, had contended for mastery pointment to give her some advice respecting her in the poor prisoner's bosom during the whole mornsis'er's concern, the purport of which, she said, was ing, while she had looked forward to this meeting; betwixt God and her conscience. Of his motions, but when the door opened, all gave way to a confused purposes, or plans, past, present, or future, she knew and strange feeling that had a tinge of joy in it, as, nothing, and so had nothing to communicate. throwing herself on her sister's neck, she ejaculated
Effie was equally silent, though from a different "My dear Jeaniel-my dear Jeanie ! it's láng since cause. It was in vain that they offered a commuta- I hae seen ye." Jeanie returned the embrace with an tion and alleviation of her punishment, and even a earnestness that partook almost of rapture, but it was frec bardon, if she would confoss what she knew of only a flitting emotion, like a sunbeam unexpectedly
penetrating betwixt the clouds of a tempest, and ob- "It was ane that kend what he was saying wees scured almost as soon as visible. The sisters walked eneugh," replied Jeanie, who had a natural reluctance together to the side of the pallet bed, and sate down at mentioning even the name of her sister's seducer. side by side, took hold of each other's hands, and "Wha was it?-I conjure ye to tell me," said Effie looked each other in the face, but without speaking a seating herself upright.-"Wha could tak interest in word. In this posture they remained for a minute, sic a cast-by as I am now?-Was il-was it him?" while the gleam of joy gradually faded from their fea- Hout," said Ratcliffe, "what signifies keeping tures, and gave way to the most intense expression, the poor lassie in a swither? I' se uphaud it's been first of melancholy, and then of agony, till,
throwing Robertson that learned ye that doctrine when ye saw themselves again into each other's arms, they, to use him at Muschat's
Cairn. the language of Scripture, lifted up their voices and "Was it him?" said Effie, catching eagerly at his vept bitterly,
words-was it him, Jeanie, indeed 2-0, Even the hard-hearted turnkey, who had spent his was him-poor lad, and I was thinking his heart was life in scenes calculated to stifle both conscience and as hard as the nether millstane---and him in sic danger feeling, could not witness this scene without a touch on his ain parl--poor George!" of human sympathy. It was shown in a trifling ac- Somewhat indignant at this burst of tender feeling tion, but which had more delicacy in it than seerned towards the author of her misery, Jeanie could not to belong to Ratcliffe's character and station.
exclaiming="0 Effie, how can ye speak that unglazed window of the miserable chamber was open, gate of sic a man as that ??? and the beams of a bright sun fell right upon the bed * We maun forgie our enemies, ye ken," said poor where the sufferers were seated. With a gentleness Effie, with a timid look and a subdued voice; for her that had something of reverence in it, Ratcliffe partly conscience told her what a different character the closed the shutter, and seemed thus to throw a veil feelings with which she still regarded her seducer over a scene so sorrowful.
bore, compared with the Christian charity under “Ye are ill, Effie," were the first words Jeanie which she attempted to veil it. could utter; "ye are very ill."
" And ye hae suffered a this for him, and ye can "O, what wad I gie to be ten tịmes waur, Jeanie! think of loving him still ?" said her sister, in a voice was the reply-" what wad I gie to be cauld dead betwixt pity and blame. afore the ten o'clock bell the morn! And our father "Love him?" answered Effie-"If I hadna loved put I am his bairn nae langer now-0, 1 hae nae as woman seldom loves, I hadna been within these friend left in the warld!--, that I were lying dead at wa's this day; and trow ye, that love sic as mine is my mother's side, in Newbattle kirk-yard ! lightly forgotten ?-Na, na-ye may hew down the
Hout, lassie," said Ratcliffe, willing to show the tree, but ye canna change its bend-And O Jeanie, is interest which he absolutely felt, "dinna be sae dooms ye wad do good to me at this moment, tell me every down-hearted as a that;
there's mony a tod hunted word that he said, and whether he was sorry for poor that's no killed. Advocate Langtale has brought folk Effie or no!"; through waur snappers than a' this, and there's no a "What needs I tell ye ony thing about it," said cleverer agent than Nichil Novit e'er drew a bill of Jeanie. "Ye may be sure he had ower inuckle to do suspension, Hanged or unhanged, they are weel aff to save himsell, to speak lang or muckle about ony has sic an agent and counsel; ane's sure o' fair play body beside." Ye are a bonny lass, too, an ye wad busk up your That's po true, Jeanie, though a saunt had saiu cockernonie a bit; and a bonny lass will find favour it," replied Effie, with a sparkle
of her former lively #i' judge and jury, when they would strap up a grew and irritable temper.. But ye dinna ken, though some carle like me for the fifteenth part of a Hea's do, how far he pat his life in venture to save mine.". aide and tallow, d-n them."
And looking at Ratcliffe, she checked herself and was To this homely strain of consolation the mourners silent. returned no answer; indeed, they were so much lost "I fancy," said Ratcliffe, with one of his familiar in their own sorrows as to have become insensible of sneers "the lassie thinks that naebody has een bu Rateliffe's presence. "O Effie," said her elder sister, hersell- Didna I see when Gentle Geordie was seek " how could you conceal your situation from me? ing to get other folk out of the Tolbooth forby Jock O woman, had I deserved this at
your hand ?-had ye Porteous ? but ye are of my mind, hinny-better six spoke but ae word--sorry we might hae been, and and rue, than flit and rue-Ye needna look in my shamed we might hae been, but this awfu' dispen- face sae amazed, I ken mair things than that, maysation had never come ower us."
be.” “And what gude was that hae dune ?" answered O my God! my God!” said Effie, springing up the prisoner. Na, na, Jeanie, a' was ower when and throwing herself
down on her knees before him ance I forgot what I promised when I faulded down –"D'ye ken where they hae putten my bairn ?-0 the leaf of my Bible. See," she said, producing the my bairn! my baimn! the poor sackless innocent sacred volume," the book opens aye at the place o' new-born wee ane-bone of my bone, and flesh of my itsell. O see, Jeanie, what a fearfu' scripture!" flesh!-0 man, if ye wad e'er deserve a portion in
Jeanie took her sister's Bible, and found that the heaven, or a broken-hearted creature's blessing upon fatal mark was made at this impressive text in the earth, tell me where they hae put my bairn--the sign book of Job: “He hath stripped me of my glory, and of my shame, and the partner of my suffering ! tell me taken the crown from my head. He hath destroyed wha has taen it away, or what they hae dune wi't!" me on every side, and I am gone. And mine hope " Hout tout," said the turnkey, endeavouring to hath he removed like a tree."
extricate himself from the firm grasp with which she Iana that ower true a doctrine ?" said the prisoner, held him, " that's taking me aj my word wi' a wit-"Isna my crown, my honour removed? And what ness-Bairn, quo' she ? How the deil suld I ken ony am I but a poor wasted, wan-thriven tree, dug up by thing of your bairn, huzzy? Ye maun ask that of the roots, and Aung out to waste in the highway, chat auld Meg Murdockson, if ye dinna ken ower muckle man and beast may tread it under foot ? I thought o' about it yoursell." the bonny bit thorn that our father
rooted out o' the As his answer destroyed the wild and yague hope yard last May, when it had a' the flush o' blossoms which had suddenly gleamed upon her, the unhappy on it, and then it lay in the court till the beasts had prisoner let go her hold of his coat, and fell with her trod them a' to pieces wi' their feet. I little thought, | face on the payement of the apartment in a sirong when I was wae for the bit silly green bush and its convulsion fit. flowers, that I was to gang the same gate mysell.". Jeanie Deans possessed, with her excellently clear "O, it ye had spoken a word," again
sobbed Jeanie, understanding, the concomitant advantage of prompt "if I were free to swear that ye had said but ae itude of spirit, even in the extremity of distress. word of how it stude wi' ye, they couldņa bae touched She did not suffes herself to be overcome by her your life this day.
own feelings of exquisite sorrow, bus, instantly applied "Could they na?" said Efe, with something like herself to her sister's relief, with the readiest reniedica awakened interest--for life is dear even to those who which circumstances afforded ; and which, to do keel it as a burden--"Wha tauld ve that. Jeanie ?" Ratcliffe justice, he showed himself anxious to sum
gest, and alert in procuring He had even the deli-1. I must needs say,” interposed Ratcliffe, * that it'e cacy to withdraw to the farthest corner of the room, d-d hard, when three words of your mouth would so as to render nis official attendance upon them as give the girl the chance to nick Moll Blood, that yos little intrusive as possible, when Effie was composed make such scrupling about rappingt to them. Denough again to resume her conference with her me, if they would take me, if I would not rap, to all
Whatd’yecallum's-Hyssop's Fables, for her life-1 The prisoner once more, in the most earnest and am 'us'd to't, b-t me, for less matters. Why, I have broken tones, conjured Jeanie to tell her the particu- smacked calf-skint fifty times in England for a keg lars of the conference with Robertson, and Jeanie of brandy." felt it was impossible to refuse her this gratification. “Never speak mair o't," said the prisoner. "It's
Do ye mind,” she said, " Effię, when ye were in just as weel as it is-and gude day, sister; ye keep the fever before we left Woodend, and how angry Mr. Rateliffe waiting on-Ye'll come back and see your mother, that's now in a better place, was wi? me, I reckon, bef here she stopped, and be me for gieing ye milk and water to drink, because ye came deadly pale. grat for it? Ye were a bairn then, and ye are a wo And arc we to part in this way," said Jeanie, man now, and should ken' better than ask what and you in sic deadly peril ? O, Effie, look, but up, canna but hurt you-But come weal or wo, I canna and say what ye wad hae me do, and I could find in refuse you ony thing that ye ask me wi' the tear in my heart amaiet to say that I wad do'."
"No, Jeanie," replied her sister, after an effort, "I Again Effie threw herself into her arms, and kissed am better minded now. At my best, I was never her cheek and forehead, murmuring, "0, if ye kend half sae gude as ye were, and what for suld you begin how lang it is since I heard his name mentioned ! to mak yoursell war to save me, now that I am no if ye bui kend how muckle good it does me but to worth saving? God knows that in my sober mind, ken ony thing of him, that's like goodness or kind; I wadna wuss ony living creature to do a wrang thing ness, ye wadna wonder that I wish to hear of him!" to save my life. I might have fled frae this to booth
Jeanie sighed, and commenced her narrative of all on that awfu' night wi' ane wad hae carried me through that had passed betwixt Robertson and her, making the warld, and friended me, and fended for me. But it as brief as possible. Effie listened in breathless I said to them, let life gang when gude fame is gane anxiety, holding her sister's hand in her's, and keep before it. But this lang, imprisonment has broken ing her eye fixed upon her face, as if devouring
every my spirit, and I am whiles sair left to mysell, and word she uttered. The interjections of "Poor fel. then I wad gie the Indian mines of gold and diamonds, low," "Poor George," which escaped in whispers, just for life and breath-for I think, Jeanie, I have and betwixt sighs, were the only sounds with which such roving fits as I used to hae in the fever; bul, she interrupted the story. When it was finished she instead of the fiery een, and wolves, and Widow Butmade a long pause.
ler's bullseg, that I used to see spieling up on my bed, "And this was his advice ?" were the first words I am thinking now about a high, black gibbet, and she uttered.
me standing up, and such seas of faces all looking up "Just sic as I hae tellid ye," replied her sister. at poor Effie Deans, and asking if it be her that * And he wanted you to say something to yon George Robertson used to call the Lily of St. Leo folks, that wad save my young life?".
nard's. And then they stretch out their faces, and * He wanted,” answered Jeanie, "that I suld be make mouths, and girn at me, and which ever way mansworn."
I look, I see a face laughing like Meg Murdockson, "And you tauld him," said Effe, that ye wadna when she tauld me I had seen the last of my wean. hear o' coming between me and the death that I am God preserve us, Jeanie, that carline has a fearsome to die, and me no aughteen year auld yet ?"
face!". She clapped her hands before her eyes as she "I told him,” replied Jeanie, who now trembled at uttered this exclamation, as if to secure herself against the turn which her sister's reflections seerned about seeing the fearful object shu had alluded to. to take, “that I daured na swear to an untruth" Jeanie Deans remained with her sister for two "And what d'ye ca' an untruth ?" said Effie, again hours, during which she endeavoured, if possible, to showing a touch of her former spirit-"Ye are extract something from her that might be serviceable muckle to blame, lass, if ye think a mother would, in her exculpation. But she had nothing to say beor could, murder her ain bairn-Murder ?-I wad hae yond what she had declared on her first examination, laid down my life just to see a blink of its ee !" with the purport of which the reader will be made
"I do believe,” said Jeanie," that ye are as inno- acquainted in proper time and place. "They wadna cent of sic a purpose as the new-born babe itsell." believe her," she said, " and she had naething mair "I am glad ye do me that justice," said Effie, to tell them.” haughtily; "it's whiles the faut of very good folk At length Ratcliffe, though reluctantly, informed lake you, Jeanies that they think a' the rest of the the sisters that there was a necessity that they should warld are as bad as the warst temptations can make part. "Mr. Novit,” he said, " was to see the prisoner them.”
"I dinna deserve this frae ye, Effie," said her sister, at à bonny lass, whether in prison or out o prison." sobbing, and feeling at once the injustice of the re Reluctantly, therefore, and slowly, after many a proach, and compassion for the state of mind which tear, and many an embrace, Jeanie retired from the dictated it.
apartment, and heard its jarring bolts turned upon "Maybe no, sister," said Effie.' "But ye are angry the dear being from whom she was separated. Somebecause I love Robertson-How can I help loving what familiarized now even with her rude conductor. him, that loves me better than body and soul baith?she offered him a small present in money, with a re Here he put his life in a niffer, to break the prison to quest he would do what he could for her sister's let me out; and sure am I, had it stood wi' him as it accommodation. To her surprise, Ratcliffe declined stands wit you'-Here she paused and was silent. the fee. "I wasna bloody when I was on the pad,"
o, if it stude wi' me to save ye wi' risk of my he said, " and I winna be greedy-that is, beyond life!said Jeanie."**
what's right and reasonable--now that I am in the Ay, lass," said her sister, " that's lightly said, but lock.- Keep the şiller ; and for civility, your sister sali no sae lightly credited, frae ane that winna ware a hae sic as I can bestow; but I hope you'll think bet word for me, and if it be a wrang word, ye'll hae ter on it and rap an oath for her-deil a hair ill there time eneugh to repent o't.”
is in it, if ye are rapping again the crown. I ken a “But that word is a grievous sin, and it's a deeper worthy minister, as gude a man, bating the deed they offence when it's a sin wilfully and presumptuously deposed him for, as ever ye heard claver
in a pu pit, committed."
that rapped to a hogshead of pigtail tobacco, just for Weel, weel, Jeanie,” said Effie, "I mind a' about as muckle as filled his spleuchan. But maybe ye he sins o' presumption in the questions--we'll speak are keeping your ain counsel --weel, weel, there's nae nae mair about this matter, and ye may save your harm in that. As for your sister, I'se see that she brenth to say your carritch; and for me, I'll soon hae
• The gallows
Swearing, ou breath to waste on ony body.'
$ Tobarco pouch.
: Kissed the book.
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 diņner, 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 his, he began night before their necks were straughted. And it's to walk from the door with a step 80 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 bonnet,
father?" said Jeanie, who observed he had come out 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 yonder 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' decree. ---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 Deans 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 respect 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, sát, each assuming 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 yulgar 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 cirsure 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, unthinking 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 priggs,' 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 etmir.
And sang Killiecrankie."
chanted a siren, whose profession might be guessed do at the Circuit Ford's sake what's this o't1-Jeas
Novit answered in the affirmative and offered to “Make room for the rựling elder," said yot 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.
and said to her, with a coun- tree; whá ever heard of witnesses no being en-
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 vf 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 out o' yoursell) frae sequesterThe man who had spoken, no other than our old ing anes estate or effects,
as in cases of bankruptcy. I friend Dumbiedikes, whose mouth, like that of the hae aften been sequestered as a witness, for the She prophet'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. Sharpitturnity, 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 whisht, whisht! 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, sneered, 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 inflamied 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 Scottish 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 tide, 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 acto place which she was to occupy. By the authority of ively instructing the counsel for the panel, (so the the Court, 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 steeds Saddletree, whose repeated interference with the Which, for these fourteen years, we have let sleep, counsel had procured him one or two rebuffs, and a special request that he would concern himself with
That goes not out to prey
- Measure 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 cont," he said, con- faces around her, which seemed to tapestry, as it lewing 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 floor, with human countenances, and instinctput 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.
Like to an o'ergrown lion in a cave,