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repeated to those who endeavoured to separate them, leven allow that there was evidence of its having ever as she stooped, --shaded aside his gray hairs, and be lived." gan assiduously to chafe his temples.
The King's Counsel pointed 10 the woman's deThe Judge, after repeatedly wiping his eyes, gaye claration ; to which the counsel replied "A produs: directions that they should be conducted into a neigh- tion concocted in a moment of terror and agony, and Jouring apartment, and carefully
attended. The pri- which approached to insanity,” he said, “his learned soner, as her father was borne from the Court, and brother well knew was no sound evidence against the her sister slowly followed, pursued them with her party who emitted it. It was true, that a judicial coneyes so earnestly fixed, as if they would have started session, in presence of the Justices themselves, was from their socket. But when they were no longer the strongest of all proof, in so much that it is said in visible, she seemed to find, in her despairing and law, that in confitentem nulla sunt partes judicis, deserted state, a courage which she had not yet ex- But this was true of judicial confession only, by which hibited.
law meant that which is made in presence of the jug"The bitterness of it is now past," she said, and tices, and the sworn inquest. Of extrajudicial con then boldly addressed the Court, "My Lords, if it is fession, all authorities held with the illustrious Fariyour pleasure to gang on wi' this matter, the weari- naceus, and Matheus, 'confessio extrajudicialis in est day will hae its end at last."
se nulla est ; et quod nullum est, non potest admins. The Judge, who, much to his honour, had shared culari. It was totally inept, and void of all strength deeply in the general sympathy, was surprised at and effect from the beginning; incapable, therefore, being recalled to his duty by the prisoner. He col- of being bolstered up or supported, or, according to lected himself, and requested to know if the panel's the law-phrase, adminiculated, by other presumptive counsel had more evidence to produce. Fairbrother circumstances. In the present case, therefore, letting replied, with an air of dejection, that his proof was the extrajudicial confession go, as it ought to go, for concluded.
nothing," he contended, "the prosecutor had not made The King's Counsel addressed the Jury for the out the second quality of the statute that a liye child crown. He said in few words, that no one could had been born; and that, at least, ought to be estabe more concerned than he was for the distressing blished before presumptions were received that it had scene which they had just witnessed. But it was the been murdered. If any of the assize," he said, "should necessary consequence of great crimes
to bring dis- bę of opinion that this was dealing rather narrowly tress and ruin upon all connected with the perpetra- with the statute, they ought to consider that it was in tors. He briefly, reviewed the proof, in which he its nature highly penal, and therefore entitled to no showed that all the circumstances of the case con- favourable construction." curred with those required by the act under which He concluded a learned speech, with an eloquent the unfortunate prisoner was tried: That the counsel peroration on the scene they had just witnessed, for the panel had totally failed in proving that
Eu- during which Saddletree fell fast asleep. phemia Deans had communicated her situation to It was now the presiding Judge's turn to address her sister: That, respecting her previous good cha- the jury. He did so briefly and distinctly, racter, he was sorry to observe, that it was females 'It was for the jury," he said, "to consider whether who possessed the world's good report, and to whom the prosecutor had made out his plea. For himself, it was justly valuable, who were most strongly he sincerely grieved to say, that a shadow of doubt tempted by shame and fear of the world's censure, remained not upon his mind concerning the verdict to the crime of infanticide: That the child was mur- which the inquest had to bring in. He would not dered, he professed to entertain no doubt. The va- follow the prisoner's counsel through the impeach cillating and inconsistent declaration of the prisoner ment which he had brought against the statute of herself, marked as it was by numerous refusals to King William and Queen Mary. He and the jury speak the truth on subjects, when, according to her were sworn to judge according to the laws as they own story, it would have been natural, as well as stood, not to criticise, or to evade, or even to justify advantageous, to have been candid; even this im- them. In no civil case would a counsel have beer perfect declaration left no doubt in his mind as to permitted to plead his client's case in the teeth of the the fate of the unhappy infant. Neither could he law; but in the hard situation in which counsel werr doubt that the panel was a partner in this guilt. often placed in the Criminal Court, as well as out of Who else had an interest in a deed so, inhuman? favour to all presumptions of innocence, he had noi Surely neither Robertson, nor Robertson's
agent, in inclined to interrupt the learned gentleman, or nar: whose house she was delivered, had the least tempta- row his plea. The present law, as it now stood, had tion to commit such a crime, unless upon her ac- been instituted by the wisdom of their fathers, to count, with her connivance, and for the sake of check the alarming progress of a dreadful crime; saving her seputation. But it was not required of when it was found too severe for its purpose, it would him, by the law, that he should bring precise proof doubtless be altered by the wisdom of the legislature; of the murder, or of the prisoner's accession to it. at present it was the law of the land, the rule of the It was the very purpose of the statute to substitute a court, and, according to the oath which they had certain chain of presumptive evidence in place of a taken, it must be that of the jury. This unhappy probation, which, in such cases, it was peculiarly girl's situation could not be doubted; that she had difficult to obtain. The jury might peruse the sta- borne a child, and that the child had disappeared, tute itself, and they had also the libel and interlocu. were certain facts. The learned counsel had failed tor of relevancy to direct them in point of law. He to show that she had communicated her situation. put it to the conscience of the jury, that under both All the requisites of the case required
by the statutn he was entitled to a verdict of Guilty.
were therefore before the jury. The learned gentleman The charge of Fairbrother was much cramped by had, indeed, desired them to throw out of considera fus having failed in the proof which he expected to tion the panel's own confession, which was the plea lead. But he fought his losing cause with courage usually urged, in penury of all others, by counsel in and constancy. He ventured to arraign the severity his situation, who usually felt that the
declarations of the statute under which the young woman was of their clients bore hard on them. But that the tried. "In all other cases," he said, "the first thing Scottish law designed that a certain weight shouid required of the criminal prosecutor was, to prove un- be laid on these declarations, which, he admitted, equivocally that the crime libelled had actually been were quodammodo extrajudicial, was evident from committed, which lawyers called proving the corpus the universal practice by which they were always delicti. But this statute, made doubtless with the produced and read, as part of the prosecutor's
probabest intentions, and under the impulse of a just hortion. In the present case, no person who had heard ror for the unnatural crime of infanticide, run the risk the witnesses describe the appearance of the young of itself occasioning the worst of murders, the death woman before she left Saddletree's house, and conof an innocent person, to atone for a supposed crime trasted it with that of her
state and condition at her which may never have been committed by any one. return
to her father's, could have any doubt that the He was so far from acknowledging the alleged pro- fact of delivery had taken place, as set forth in her pability of the child's violent death, that he could not own declaration, which was therefore, not a solitary piece of testimony, but adminiculated and supported The Court then asked Mr. Fairbrother, whether by the strongest circumstantial proof.
he had any thing to say, why judgment should not "He did not," he said, "state the impression upon follow on the verdict? The counsel had spent some his own mind with the purpose of biassing theirs. time in perusing, and reperusing the verdict, counting Le had felt no less than they had done from the scene the letters in each juror's name, and weighing every of domestic misery which had been exhibited before phrase, nay every syllable, in the nicest scales of legal them; and if they, having God and a good conscience, criticism. But the clerk of the jury had understood the sanctity of their oath, and the regard due to the his business too well. No flaw was to be found, and law of the country, before their eyes, could come to Fairbrother mournfully intimated that he had nothing a conclusion favourable to this unhappy prisoner, he to say in arrest of judgment. should rejoice as much as any one in court; for never The presiding Judge then addressed the unhappy had he found his duty more distressing than in dis- prisoner :-"Euphemia Deans, attend to the sentence charging it that day, and glad he would be to be relieved of the Court now to be pronounced against you." from the still more painful task, which would other- She rose from her seat, and, with
a composure far wise remain for him."
greater than could have been augured from her de The jury, having heard the Judge's address, bowed meanour during some parts of ihe trial, abode the and retired, preceded by a macer of Court, to the conclusion of the awful scene. So nearly does the apartment destined for their deliberation.
mental portion of our feelings resemble those which are corporal, that the first severe blows which we re
ceive bring with them a stunning apathy, which renCHAPTER XXIV.
ders us indifferent to those that follow them. Thus
said Mandrin, when he was undergoing the punishLaw, take thy victim--May she find the mercy
ment of the wheel; and so have all felt, upon whom In yon mild heaven, which this hard world
successive inflictions have descended with continuous It was an hour ere the jurors returned, and as they and reiterated violence. traversed the crowd with slow steps, as men about to "Young woman," said the Judge,"it is my pain. discharge themselves of a heavy and painful
respon- ful duty
to tell you, that your life is forfeited under a sibility, the audience was hushed into profound, ear- law, which, if it may seem in some degree severe, is nest, and awful silence.
yet wisely so, to render those of your unhappy situa. "Have you agreed on your chancellor, gentlemen ?" lion aware what risk they run, by concealing, out of was the first question of the Judge.
pride or false shame, their lapse from virtue, and The foreman, called in Scotland the chancellor of making no preparation to save the lives of the unforthe jury, usually the man of best rank and estimation tunate infants whom they are to bring into the world. among the assizers, stepped forward, and, with a low When you concealed your situation from your misreverence, delivered to the Court a sealed paper, con- tress, your sister, and other worthy and compassion. taining the verdicy, which, until of late years, that ate persons of your own sex, in whose favour your verbal returns are in some instances permitted, was former conduct had given you a fair place, you seem always couched in writing. The Jury remained stand- to me to have had in your contemplation, at least, the ing while the Judge broke the seals, and having pe- death of the helpless creature, lor whose life you ne. rused the paper, handed it, with an air of mournful glected to provide. How the child was disposed of gravity, down to the Clerk of Court, who proceeded whether it was dealt upon by another, or by yourselfto engross in the record the yet unknown verdict, of whether the extraordinary story you have told is which, however, all omened the tragical contents. partly false, or altogether so, is between God and A form still remained, trifling and unimportant in your own conscience. I will not aggravate your disitself, but to which imagination adds a sort of so- tress by pressing on that topic, but I do most solemndemnity from the awful occasion upon which it is used, ly adjure you to employ the remaining space of your A lighted candle was placed on the table, the original time in making your peace with God, for which purpaper containing the verdict was enclosed in a sheet pose such reverend clergyman, as you yourself may of paper, and, sealed with the Judge's own signet, name, shall have access to you. Notwithstanding was transmitted to the Crown Office, to be preserved the humane recommendation of the jury, I cannot among other records of the same kind. As all this is afford to you, in the present circumstances of the transacted in profound silence, the producing and country, the slightest hope that your life will be proextinguishing the candle seems a type of the human longed beyond the period assigned for the execution spark which is shortly afterwards doomed to be of your sentence. Forsaking, therefore, the thoughts quenched, and excites in the spectators something of of this world, let your mind be prepared by repentance. the same effect which in England is obtained by the for those of more awful moments--for death, judga Judge assuming the fatal cap of judgment. When ment, and eternity.--Doomster, read the sentence. these preliminary forms had been gone through, the * The name of this officer is equivalent to the pronouncer of Judge required Euphemia Deans to attend to the ver- doom or sentence. In this comprehensive sense, the Judges of dict to be read.
the Isle of Man were called Dempsters. But in Scotland the After the usual words of style, the verdict
set forth, word was long restricted to the designation of an official person, that the Jury having made
choice of John Kirk, Esq. nounced by the Court, and recorded by the clerk : on which to be their chancellor, and Thomas Moore, merchant, occasion the Dempster legalized it by the words of form. And to be their clerk, did, by a plurality of voices, find the this I pronounce for doom. For a length of years, the ofħee, as said Euphcmia Deans Guilty of the crime libelled; executioner; for when this odious but necessary officer of justice but, in consideration of her extreme youth, and the received his appointment, he petitioned the Court of Justiciary cruel circumstances of her case, did earnestly entreat to be received as their Dempster, which was granted as a malthat the Judge would recommend her to the mercy of ter of course.
The production of the executioner in opes court, and in prethe Crown.
sence of the wretched criminal, had something in it hideous and "Gentlemen," said the Judge, "you have done your disgusting to the more refined feelings of later times. But if an duty-and a painful one it must have been to men of old tradition of the Parliament House of Edinburgh may be humanity like you. I will, undoubtedly, transmit trusted, it was the following anecdote which ocensioner the your recommendation to the throne. But it is my It chanced at one time that the office of public executioner duty to tell all who now hear me, but especially to in- was vacant. There was occasion for some one to act as Dempform that unhappy young woman,
in order that her ster, and, considering the party who generally held the office, it mind may be settled accordingly, that I have not the is not wonderful that a locum renons was hard to be found. At least hope of a pardon being
granted in the present for an attempt to burn his own house, was induced to consent case. You know the crime has been increasing in that he would pronounce the door on this occasion. But wher this land, and I know further, that this has been brought forth to officiate, instead of repeating the doom to tho ascribed to the lenity in which the laws have been bitter complaint of the injustice of his own sentence. It was in exercised, and that there is therefore no hope whatever vain that he was interrupted, and reminded of the purpose for of obtaining a remission for this offence." The jury which he had come hither “I ken what ye want of me weet bowed again, and, released from their painful office, i am come to be none of your Dempster; I am come to summon dispersed themselves among the mass of bystanders. I you, Lord I, and you, Lord E- to answer at the bar if an F
When the Doomster showed himself, a tall, nag-having bastard-bairns should be putten a stop togard figure, arrayed in a fantastic garment of black There isna a hussy now on this side of thirty that and gray, passmented with silver lace, all fell back you can bring within your doors, but there will be with a sort of instinctive horror, and made wide chields-writer-lads, prentice-lads, and what not way for him to approach the foot of the table. As coming traiking after them for their destruction, and this office was held by the common executioner
, men discrediting ane's honest house into the bargain-1 shouldered each other backward to avoid even the hae nae patience wi' them." touch of his garment, and some were seen to brush "Houi, neighbour," said Mrs. Howden, "we suld their own clothes, which had accidentally become live and let live-we hae been young oursells, and we subject to such contamination. A sound went are no aye to judge the warst when lads and lasses clirough the court, produced by each person drawing forgather." in their breath hard, as men do when they expect or Young oursells ? and judge the warst ?" said witness what is frightful, and at the same time affect- Miss Damahoy. "I am no sae auld as that comes ing. The caitiff villain yet seemed, amid his harden- to, Mrs. Howden į and as for what ye cal the warst, ed brutality, to have some sense of his being the ob- i ken neither good nor bad about the matter, I thank ject of public detestation, which made him impatient my stars." of being in public, as birds of evil omen are anxious Ye are thankfu' for sma' mercies, then," said Mrs. to escape from daylight, and from pure air.
Howden; with a toss of her head and as for you Repeating after the Clerk of Court, he gabbled over and young-1 trow ye were doing for yoursell at the the words of the sentence, which condemned Euphe- last riding of the Scots Parliament, and that was in mia Deans to be conducted back to the Tolbooth of the gracious year seven, sae ye can be nae sic chicken Edinburgh, and detained there until Wednesday the at ony rate."
day of —; and upon that day, betwixt the Plumdamas, who acted as squire of the body to the hours of two and four o'clock afternoon, to be con- two contending dames, instantly saw the hazard of veyed to the common place of execution, and there entering into such delicate points of chronology, and hanged by the neck upon a gibbet. And this," said being a lover of peace and good neighbourhood, lost the Doomster, aggravating his harsh voice, "I pro- no time in bringing back the conversation to its ori nounce for doom.
ginal subject. He vanished when he had spoken the last emphatic "The Judge didna tell us a' he could hae tell'd us, word, like a foul fiend after the purpose of his visita- if he had liked, about the application for pardon, tion has been accomplished; but the impression of neighbours," said he ; "is there aye a wimple in a horror, excited by his presence and his errand, re- lawyer's clew; but it's a wee bit of a secret. mained upon the crowd of spectators.
"And what is't?--what is't, neighbour PlumdaThe unfortunate criminal,- for so she must now be mas?" said Mrs. Howden and Miss Damahoy at termed, --- with more susceptibility, and more irritable once, the acid fermentation of their dispute being at feelings than her father and sister, was found, in this once neutralized by the powerful alkali implied in the emergence, to possess a considerable share of their word secret. courage. She had remained standing motionless at "Here's Mr. Saddletree can tell ye that better than the bar while the sentence was pronounced, and was me; for it was him that tauld me," said Plumdamas, observed to shut her eyes when the Doomster appeared, as Saddletree came up, with his wife hanging on his But she was the first to break silence when that evil arm, and looking very disconsolate. form had left his place.
When the question was put to Saddletree, he looked God forgive ye, my Lords," she said, "and dinna very scornful., “They speak about stopping the frebe angry wil me for wishing it-we a' need forgive- quency of child-murder," said he, in a contemptuous ness. As for myself I canna blame ye, for ye act up tone: “ do ye think our auld enemies of England, as to your lights; and if I havena killed my poor infant, Glendook aye ca's them in his printed Statute-book, ye may witness a' that hae seen it this day, that I care a boddle whether we dinna kill ane anither, skin hae been the means of killing my gray-headed father and birn, horse and foot, man, woman, and bairns,
I deserve the warst frae man, and frae God too- all and sindry, omnes et singulos, as Mr. Crossmylooi But God is mair mercifu' to us than we are to each says? Na, na, it's no that hinders them frae pardonother."
ing the bit lassie. But here's the pinch of the plea. With these words the trial concluded. The crowd The king and queen are sae ill-pleased wi' that mistak rushed, bearing forward and shouldering each other, about Porteous, that deil a kindly Scot will they parout of the court, in the same tumultuary, mode in don again, either by reprieve or remission, if the hail which they had' entered ; and, in the excitation of town Edinburgh should be a' hanged on ae tow." animal motion and animal spirits, soon forgot what- "Deil that they were back at their German kale ever they had felt as impressive in the scene which yard then, as my neighbour MacCroskie ca's it," said they had witnessed. The professional spectators, Mrs. Howden," and that's the way they're gaun to whom habit and theory had rendered as callous to guide us !" the distress of the scene as medical men are to those “They say for certain," said Miss Damahoy," that of a surgical operation, walked homeward in groups, King George flang his peri wig in the fire when
he discussing the general principle
of the statute under heard o' the Porteous mob." which the young woman was condemned, the
nature "He has done that, they say,” replied Saddletree, of the evidence, and the arguments of the counsel, "for less thing.". without considering even that of the Judge as ex- " A weel, said Miss Damahoy," he might keep empt from their criticism.
mair wit in his anger-but it's a'the better for his The female spectators, more compassionate, were wigmaker, l'se warrant." loud in exclamation against that part of the Judge's The queen tore her biggonets for perfect anger,speech which seemed to cut off the hope of pardon. ye'll hae
heard o' that too ?" said Plumdamas. And "Set him up, indeed," said Mrs.
Howden, to tell the king, they say, kickit Sir Robert Walpole for no us that the poor lassie behoved to die, when Mr. John keeping down the mob of Edinburgn; but I dinna Kirk, as civa a gentleman as is within the
ports of believe he wad behave sae
ungenteel." the town, took the pains to prigg for her himsell." “It's dooms truth, though," said Saddletree; "and
"Ay, but, neighbour," said Miss Damahoy, drawing he was for kicking the Duke of Argyle* 100." up her thin maidenly form to its full height of prim
*This nobleman was very dear to his countrymen, who were dignity—"I really think this unnatural business of justly proud of his military and political talonts, and grateful * Kickin the Duke of Argyle!" exclaimed the hear- I doing any'dridgery, or any jöh of what kind soever ers at once, in all the various combined keys of utter I have ever since I set out in the world, (and I be" astonishment.
for the ready zenl with which he asserted the rights of his pa other world for the injustice you have done me in this." In tive country. This was never more conspicuous than in the short, Humne had only made a pretext of complying with the matter of the Porteous Mob, when the Ministers brought in a proposal, in order to liane
an opportunity of resiling the Judges violent and vindictive bill, for declaring the Lord Provost of to their faces, or giving them, in the phrase of his country, "a Edinburgh incapable of bearing any public office in future, for Roan.” He was hurried off amid the laughter of the audience, not foreseeing a disorder which no one foresaw, or interrupting put the indecorous scene which had taken place contributed to the course of a riot too formidable to endure opposition. The the abolition of the office of Dempster. The centence is now sa de bill made provision for pulling down the city gates, and read over by the clerk of court, and the formality of pronoun- abolishing the city guard, rather a Hibernian
mode of enabling elag doom is altogether omitted.
them better to keep the peace within burgh in future.
lieve few have set out more early,) served my prince ** Ay, but MacCallummore's blood wadna sit down with my tongue; I have served him with any little wi' that; there was risk of Andro Ferrara coming interest I had, and I have served him with my sword, an thirdsman."
and in my profession of arms. I have held employ"The duke is a real Scotsman-a true friend to the ments which I have lost, and were I to be to-morrow country," answered Saddletree's hearers.
deprived of those which still remain to me, and which Aye, troth is he, to king and country baith, as ye I have endeavoured honestly to deserve, I would still sall hear," continued the orator," if ye will come in serve him to the last acre of my inheritance, and to bye to our house, for it's safest speaking of sic things the last drop of my blood."inter parietes."
Mrs. Saddletree here broke in upon the orator.When they entered his shop he thrust his prentice Mr. Saddletree, what is the meaning of a this? doy out of it, and unlocking his desk, took out, with Here are ye clavering about the Duke of Argyle, and an air of grave and complacent importance, a dirty this man Martingale gaun to break on our hands, and crumpled piece of printed paper; he observed, and lose us gude sixty pounds- I wonder what duke This is new corn-it's no every body could show ye will pay that, quotha-I wish the Duke of Argyle the like o' this. It's the Duke's speech about the would pay his ain accounts-He is in a thousand Porteous mob, just promulgated by the hawkers. punds Scots on thae very books when he was last at Ye shall hear what Ian Roy Cean* says for himsell. Roystoun--I'm no saying but he's a just nobleman, My correspondent bought it in the Palace-yard, that's and that it's gude siller-but it wad drive ane daft to like just under the king's nose-I think he claws up be confused wi' deukes and drakes, and thae distheir mittans !-It came in a letter about a foolish bill tressed folk up stairs, that's Jeanie Deans and her of exchange that the man wanted me to renew for father. And then, putting the very callant that him. I wish ye wad see about it, Mrs. Saddletree." was sewing the curpel out o' the shop, to play wi'
Honest Mrs. Saddletree had hitherto been so sin- blackguards in the close-Sit still, neighbours, it's cerely distressed about the situation of her unfortu- no that I mean to disturb you ; but what between nate protegee, that she had suffered her husband to courts o' law and courts o' state, and upper and under proceed in his own way, without attending to what he parliaments, and parliament-houses, here and in Lonwas saying: The words bill and renezo had, however, don, the gudeman's gane clean gyte, I think.” an awakening sound in them;
and she snatched the The gossips understood civility, and the rule of letter which her husband held towards her, and doing as they would be done by, too well, to tarry wiping her eyes, and putting on her spectacles, en- upon the slight invitation implied in the conclusion deavoured, as fast as the dew which collected on her of this speech, and therefore made their farewells and glasses would permit, to get at the meaning of the departure as fast as possible, Saddletree whispering needful part of the epistle
; while her husband with to Plumdamas that he would meet him at Macpompous elevation, read an extract from the speech. Croskie's," (the low-browed shop in the Lucken
"I am no minister, I never was a minister, and I booths, already mentioned,)." in the hour of cause, never will be one"
and put MacCallummore's speech in his pocket, for I didna ken his grace was ever designed for the a' the gudewife's din." ministry," interrupted Mrs. Howden.
When Mrs. Saddletree saw the house freed of her " He disna mean a minister of the gospel, Mrs. importunate visiters, and the little boy reclaimed from Howden, but a minister of state,” said Saddletree, the pastimes of the wynd to the exercise of the awl, with condescending goodness, and then proceeded she went to visit her unhappy relative, David Deans, "The time was, when I might have been a piece of and his elder daughter, who had found in her house
minister, but I was too sensible of my own incapa, the nearest place of friendly refuge. city to engage in any state affair. And I thank God that I had always too great a value for
those few abilities which nature has given me, to employ them in
CHAPTER XXV. The Duke of Argyle opposed this bill as a cruel, unjust, and
Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in mo fanatical proceeding, and an encroachment upon the privileges
To do him good? of the royal burghs of Scotland, secured to them by the treaty
Lucio. Assay the power you have of Union. In all the proceedings of that time," said his Grace,
Measure for Measure. "the nation of Scotland treated with the English as a free and independent people; and as that treaty, my Lords, had no other
WHEN Mrs. Saddletree entered the apartment in guarantee for the due performance of its articles, but the faith which her guests had shrouded their misery, she and honour of a British Parliament, it would be both unjust and found the window darkened. The feebleness which ungenerous, should this House agree to any proceedings that followed his long swoon had rendered it necessary to Lord Hardwicke, in reply to the Duke of Argyle, seemed to lay the old man in bed. The curtains were drawn ansinuate, that his Grace had taken up the affair in a party point around him, and Jeanie sate motionless by the side of view, to which the nobleman
replied in the spirited
language of the bed. Mrs. Saddletree was a woman of kindmuch modified, and the clauses concerning the dismantling the ness, nay, of feeling, but not of delicacy. She opened
of the half-shut window, drew aside the curtain, and 20002 was imposed on the city for the benefit of Porteous's taking her kinsman by the hand, exhorted him
to widow. She was contented to accept three-fourths of the sum, sit up, and bear his sorrow like a good man, and a the payment of which closed the transaction. It is remarkable, Christian man, as he was. But when she quitted his to both those measures, held in such horror by their predeces hand, it fell powerless by his side, nor did he attempt sors, as necessary steps for the improvement of the city. the least reply.
It may be here noticed, in explanation of another circumstance "Is all over ?” asked Jeanie, with lips and cheeks mentioned in the text, that there is a tradition in Scotland, that George II, whose irascible temper is said sometimes to have as pale as ashes, -"And is there nae hope for her ?" nutried him into expressing his displeasure par voie du fait, Nane, or next to nane," said Mrs. Saddletree; offered to the Duke of Argyle, in angry audience, some menacé "I heard the judge-carle say it with my ain ears-It and with little ceremony, Sir Bobert Walpole, having met the was a burning shame to see sae mony o' them
set up Duke as he retired, and learning the cause of his resentment yonder in their red gowns and black gowns, and a to and discomposure, endeavoured to reconcile him to what had take the life o' a bit senseless lassie. I had never nappened, by saying, " Such was his Majesty's way, and
that he muckle broo omy gudeman's gossips, and now I often took such liberties with himself without meaning
any like them waur than ever. The only wiselike thing who replied, in great disdain, " You will please to remember, I heard ony body say, was decent Mr. John Kirk of Bir Robert, the infinite distance there is betwixt you and me. Kirk-knowe, and he wussed them just to get the Another frequent expression of passion on the part of the same king's mercy, and nae mair about it. But he spake monarch, is alluded to in the old Jacobite songThe fire shall get both hat and wig,
to unreasonable folk--he might just hae keepit bis As of times they've got a' that.
breath to hae blawn on his
porridge." Red John the Warrior, a name personal and proper in the
"But can the king gie her mercy?' said Jeanio, Highlands to John Duke of Argyle and Greenwich, as Mac earnestly. Some folk tell me he canna gie inercy Cammin was that of his race or dignity ITO UTI in cases of murin cases like hers.”
“Can he gie mercy, hinny?-I weel I wot he can, of that guilt at least and me that wad hae wared when he likes. There was young Singlesword, that body and soul to save your finger from being hurt!" stickit the Laird of Ballencleuch, and Captain Hack- "You shall not die," said Jeanie, with enthusiastic um, the Englishman, that killed Lady Colgrain's firmness; "say, what ye like o' me-think what yę gudeman, and the Master of Saint Clair, that shot like o' me-only promise-for I doubt your proud the twa Shaws, and mony, mair in my time to be heart-that ye wunna harm yourself, and you shall sure they were gentle blude, and had their kin to not die this shamefui death." speak for them-And there was Jock Porteous the *A shameful death I will not die, Jeanie, lass. I other day-l'se warrant there's mercy, an folk could have that in my heart-though it has been ower king win at it."
a ane--that wanna bide shame. Gae hame to our "Porteous ?" said Jeanie; "very true-I forget a' father, and think nae mair on me-l have eat my last that I suld maist mind.-Fare ye weel, Mrs. Saddle earthly meal." tree; and may ye never want a friend in the hour o' “O, this was what I feared !” said Jeanie. distress!"
" Hout, tout, hinnie,” said Ratcliffe "it's but little Will ye no stay wi' your father, Jeanie, bairn ?– ye ken othae things. Ane aye thinks at the first Ye had better," said Mrs. Saddletree.
dinnle o' the sentence, they hae heart eneugh to die "I will be wanted ower yonder," indicating, the rather than bide out the sax weeks; but they aye Tolbooth with her hand, and I 'maun leave him bide the sax weeks out for a' that, I ken the gate o't now, or I will never be able to leave him. I fearna weel; I hae fronted the doomster three times, and for his life-I ken how strong-hearted he is I ken it," here 1 stand, Jim Ratcliffe, for a' that. Had I tied she said, laying her hand on her bosom, "by my ain my napkin strait the first time, as I had a great mind heart at this minute.'
till’t-and it was a' about a bit gray, cowt, wasna "Weel, hinny, if ye think it's for the best, better worth ten punds sterling-where would I have been he stay here and rest him, than gang back to St. now ?" Leonard's."
"And how did you escape ?" said Jeanie, the fates "Muckle better-muckle better-God bless you-of this man, at first so odious to her, having acquired God bless you !-Af no rate let him gang till ye hear a sudden interest in her eyes from their correspondence Irae me," said Jeanie.
with those of her sister. But ye'll be back belive?" said Mrs. Saddletree, "How did I escape ?" said Ratcliffe, with a knowing detaining her; "they wunna let ye stay yonder, hinny" wink, -- "I tell ye ''scapit in a way that naebody will
"But I maun gang to St. Leonard's-there's muckle escape from this Tolbooth while I keep the keys." to be dune, and little time to do it in-And I have "My sister shall come out in the face of the sun," friends to speak to-God bless you-take care of my said Jeanie; "I will go to London and beg her par: father."
don from the king and queen. If they pardoned She had reached the door of the apartment, when, Porteous, they may pardon her; if a sister asks a sissuddenly turning, she came back, and knelt down by ter's life on her bended knees, they will pardon her the bed-side.-"O father, gie me your blessing-I dare-they shall pardon her-and they will win a thounot go till ye bless me.' Say but God bless ye, and sand hearts by it." prosper ye, Jeanie--try but to say that !"
Effie listened in bewildered astonishment, and so Instinctively, rather than by an exertion of intellect, earnest was her sister's enthusiastic
assurance, that the old man murmured a prayer, that "purchased and she almost involuntarily caught a gleam of hope ; promised blessings mighi be multiplied upon her." but it instantly faded away.
He has blessed mine errand," said his daughter, “Ah Jeanie! the king and queen live in London rising from her knees," and it is borne in upon my a thousand miles from this-far ayont the saut sea mind that I shall prosper."
I'll be gane before ye win there !" So saying, she left the room.
"You are mistaen," said Jeanie ; "it is no sae far Mrs. Saddletree looked after her, and shook her and they go to it by land; I learned something about head. "I wish she binna roving, poor thing-There's thae things from Reuben Butler." something queer about a' thae Deanses. I dinna like *Ah, Jeanie! ye never learned ony thing but what folk to be sae muckle better than
other folk-seldom was gude frae the folk ye keepit company wi'; but I comes gude o't. But if she's gaun to look after the --but I”-she wrung her hands, and wept bitterly. kye at St. Leonard's, that's another story; to be sure "Dinna think on that now,” said Jeanie;." there they maun be sorted.-Grizzie, come up here, and will be time for that if the present space be redeemed. take tent to the honest auld man, and see he wants Fare ye weel ! Unless I die by the road, I will see naething.–Ye silly tawpie,” (addressing the maid- the king's face that gies grace.
-o, sir, (to Ratcliffe, servant as she entered, "what garr'd ye bụsk up be kind to her-she ne'er kend what it was to need your cockerpony that gate?-I think there's been stranger's kindness till now.-Fareweel-fareweel, eneugh the day io gie an awfu' warning about your Effie!
Dinna speak to me. -I maunna greet now, cockups and your fallal duds-see what they a' come my head's ower dizzy already!" to,'' &c. &c. &c.
She tore herself from her sister's arms, and left the Leaving the
good lady to her lecture upon worldly cell. Ratcliffe followed her, and beckoned her into a vanities, we must transport our reader to the cell in small room. She obeyed his signal, but not without which the unfortunate Effie Deans was now immured, trembling. being restricted of several liberties which she had “What's the fule thing shaking for?" said he; "1 enjoyed before the sentence was pronounced. mean nothing but civility to you. D-n me, I respect
When she had remained about an hour in the state you, and I can't help it. You have so much spunk, of stupified horror so natural in her situation, she that, d-n me, but I think there's some chance of was disturbed by the opening of the jarring bolts of your carrying the day. But you must not go to tho her place of confinement, and Ratcliffe showed
him king till you have made some friend; try the duke self. It's your sister," he said, "wants to speak try MacCallummore; he's Scotland's friend - I ken tye, Effie."
that the great folks dinna muckle like him--but they I canna see naebody," said Effie, with the hasty fear him, and that will serve your purpose as weel. irritability which misery had rendered more acute-D'ye ken naebedy wad gie ye a letter to him?" "I canna see naebody, and least of a' her-Bid her Duke of Argyle?" said Jeanie, recollecting hertal e care of the auld man-I am naething to any of self suddenly what was he to that Argyle that them now, nor them to me."
suffered in my father's time--in the persecution ?" She says she maun see ye, though,” said Rat- His son or grandson, I'm thinking,” said Ratçtiffe. and Jeanie, rushing into the apartment, threw cliffe ; " but what o' that ?" her arms round her sister's neck, who writhed to "Thank God!" said Jeanie, devoutly clasping her extricate herself from her embrace.
hands. "What signifies coming to greet ower me," said "You whigs are a' thanking God for something," poor Effie, " when you have killed me?-killed me, said the ruffian. "But hark ye, hinny, I'll tell ye a when a word of your mouth would have saved me- secret. Ye may meet wi' rough customers on the villed me. When I am an innocent creature-innocent Border, or in the Midland, afore ye get to Lunnon