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Charles turned on his heel, and walked through the part which he considered by no means extravagant, room with long steps.

conscious that it was reciprocal on his own side. It At this period the Peverils, father and son, were an- came upon him, indeed, with the more joyful surprise, nounced to have reached the palace, and were ordered that he had received a previous bini, ere be left the into the royal presence.

court of justice, that it would be prudent in him to go These gentlemen had received the royal mandate at down to Martindale before presenting himself at a moment of great interest. After being dismissed Court,-a restriction which he supposed as repugnant from their confinement by the elder Bridgenorth, in to his Majesty's feelings as it was to his own. the manner and upo the terms which the reader While he consulted with Lance Outram about must have gathered from the conversation of the lat. cleaning his buff-belt and sword-hilt, as well as time ter with Christian, they reached the lodgings of Lady admitted, Lady Peveril had the means to give Julian Peveril, who awaited them with joy, mingled with more distinct information, that Alice was under her terror and uncertainty. The news of the acquittal protection by her father's authority, and with his had reached her by the exertions of the faithful Lance consent to their union, if it could be accomplished. Qutram, but her mind had been since harassed by She added, that it was her determination to employ the long delay of their appearance, and rumours of the mediation of the Countess of Derby, to overcome disturbances which had taken place in Fleet-Street the obstacles which might be foreseen on the part of and in the Strand.

Sir Geoffrey.
When the first rapturous meeting was over, Lady
Peveril, with an anxious look towards her son, as if
recommending caution, said she was now about to

CHAPTER XLIX. present to him the daughter of an old friend, whom

In the King's name, he had never (there was an emphasis on the word)

Let fall your swords and daggers !-Critic. seen before. "This young lady,'' she continued, " was WHEN the father and son entered the cabinet of the only child of Colonel Mitford, in North Wales, audience, it was easily visible that Sir Geoffrey had who had sent her to remain under her guardianship obeyed the summons as he would have done the for an interval, finding himself unequal to attempt the trumpet's call to horse ; and his dishevelled gray locks task of her education.

and half-arranged dress, though they showed zeal and Ay, ay,

" said Sir Geoffrey, “Dick Mitford must be haste, such as he would have used when Charles I. old now-beyond the threescore and ten, I think. He called him to attend a council of war, seemed rather was no chicken, though a cock of the game, when he indecorous in a pacific drawing-room. He paused at joined the Marquis of Hertford at Namplwich with the door of the cabinet, but when the King called on two hundred wild Welshmen.--Before George, Julian, him to advance came hastily forward, with every I love that girl as if she were my own flesh and feeling of his earlier and later life afloat and contendblood! Lady Peveril would never have got through ing in his memory, threw himself on his knees before this work without her; and Dick Mitford sent me a the King, seized his hand, and, without even an effort thousand pieces, too, in excellent time, when there to speak, wept aloud. Charles, who generally felt was scarce a cross to keep the devil from dancing in deeply so long as an impressive object was before his our pockets, much more for these law-doings. I used eyes, indulged for a moment the old man's rapture.it without scruple, for there is wood ready to be cut at My good Sir Geoffrey," he said, you have had some Martindale when we get down there, and Dick Mit- hard measure; we owe you amends, and will find time ford knows I would have done the like for him. I to debt." Strange that he should have been the only one of my No suffering-no debt,” said the old man; "I friends to reflect I might want a few pieces.” cared not what the rogues said of me-I knew they

Whilst Sir Geoffrey thus run on, ihe meeting be- could never get twelve honest fellows to believe a word twixt Alice and Julian Peveril was accomplished, of their most damnable lies. I did long to beat them without any particular notice on his side, except to when they called me traitor to your Majesty--that I say, "Kiss her, Julian-kiss her. What the devil! confess-But to have such an early opportunity of is that the way you learned to accost a lady at the paying my duty to your Majesty, overpays it all. The Isle of Man, as if her lips were a red-hot horse-shoe? villains would have persuaded me I ought not to come -And do not you be offended, my pretty one ; Julian to Court-aha!" iz naturally bashful, and has been bred by an old The Duke of Ormond perceived that the King collady, but you will find him, by and by, as gallant as oured much; for in truth it was from the Court that thou hast found me, my princess.-And now, Dame the private intimation bad been given to Sir Geoffroy Peveril, to dinner, to dinner!--the old fox must have to go down to the country, without appearing at his belly-timber, ihough the hounds have been after Whitehall; and he, moreover, suspected that the jolly him the whole day.”

old Knight had not risen from his dinner altogether Lance, whose joyous congratulations were next to dry-lipped, after the fatigues of a day so agitaung.be undergone, had the consideration to cut them My old friend," he whispered, "you forget that short, in order to provide a plain but hearty meal from your son is to be presented-permit me to have that the next cook’s-shop, at which Julian sat like one honour.” enchanted, betwixt his mistress and his mother. He "I crave your Grace's pardon humbly,” said Sir easily conceived that the last was the confidential Geoffrey, "but it is an honour I design for myself, friend to whom Bridgenorth had finally committed as I apprehend no one can so utterly surrender and the charge of his daughter, and his only anxiety now deliver him up to his Majesty's service as the father was, to anticipate the confusion that was likely to that begot him is en uitled to do.--Julian, come forarise when her real parentage was made known to ward, and kneel.-Here he is, please your Majesty . his father. Wisely, however, he suffered not these Julian Peveril-a chip of the old block-as stoul, anticipations to interfere with the delight of his pre- though scarce so tall a tree, as the old trunk when sent situation, in the course of which, many slight at the freshest. Take him to you, sir, for a faithful but delightful tokens of recognition were exchanged, servant, à vendre et à pendre, as the French say; if without censure, under the eye of Lady Peveril, under he fears fire or steel, axe or gallows, in your Macover of the boisterous mirth of the old Baronet, who jesty's service, I renounce him-he is no son of spoke for two, ate for four, and drank wine for half-a- mine- I disown him, and he may go to the Isle of dozen. His progress in the latter exercise might have Man, the Isle of Dogs, or the Isle of Devils, for proceeded rather too far, had he not been interrupted what I care.!! by a gentleman bearing the King's orders, that he Charles winked to Ormond, and having, with his should instantly attend upon the presence at White-wonted courtesy, expressed his thorough conviction hall, and bring his son along with him.

that Julian would imitate the

loyalty of his ancestors Lady Peveril was alarmed, and Alice grew pale and especially

of his father, added, that he believed his with sympathetic anxiety; but the old Knight, who Grace of Ormond had something to communicate never saw more than what lay straight before him, which was of consequence to his service. Sir Geofset it down to the King's hasty anxiety to congratu- frey made his military reverence at this hint, and late him on his escape; an interest on his Majesty's marched off in the rear of the Duke, who proceeded to

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inqnire of him concerning the events of the day.-1 Then will we call the Countess hither," said the Charles, in the mean while, having, in the first place, King: “It is fit we should learn who this little fairy ascertained that the son was not in the same genial really is; and if she be now so absolutely at the condition with the father, demanded and received from beck' of Buckingham, and this Master Christian of him a precise account of all the proceedings subse-his-why I think it would be but charity to let her quent to the trial.

ladyship know so much, since I question if she will Julian, with the plainness and precision which wish, in that case, to retain her in her service. Besuch a subject demanded, when treated in such a sides," he continued, speaking apart, " this Julian, presence, narrated all that had happened, down to to whom suspicion attaches in these matters from his the entrance of Bridgenorth; and his Majesty was obstinate silence, is also of the Countess' household. so much pleased with

his manner, that he congratu- We will sist this matter to the bottom, and do justice lated Arlington on their having gained the evidence to all." of at least one man of sense to these dark and mys- The Countess of Derby, hastily summoned, entered terious events. But when Bridgenorth was brought the royal closet at one door, just as Christian and upon the scene, Julian hesitated to bestow a name Zarah, or Fenella, were ushered in by the other. The upon him; and although he mentioned the chapel old Knight of Martindale, who had ere this returned which he had seen filled with men in arms, and the to the presence, was scarce controlled, even by the violent language of the preacher, he added, with signs which she made, so much was he desirous of earnestness that notwithstanding all this, the men greeting his old friend', but as Ormond laid a kind departed without coming to any extremity, and had restraining hand upon his arm, he was prevailed on all left the place before his father and he were set at to sit still." liberty.

The Countess, after a deep reverence to the King, And you retired quietly to your dinner in Fleet- acknowledged the rest of the nobility present by a street, young man," said the King, severely, "with slighter reverence, smiled to Julian Peveril

, and looked out giving a magistraie notice of the dangerous meet with surprise at the unexpected apparition of Fenella. ing which was held in the vicinity of our palace, and Buckingham bit his lip, for he saw the introduction of who did not conceal their intention of proceeding to Lady Derby was likely to confuse and embroil

every extremities?"

preparation which he had arranged for his defence ; Peveril blushed, and was silent. The King frowned, and he stole a glance at Christian, whose eye, when and stepped aside to communicate with Ormond, who fixed on the Countess, assumed the deadly sharpness reported that the father seemed to have known noth- which sparkles in the adder's, while his cheek grew ing of the matter.

almost black under the influence of strong emotion. And the son, I am sorry to say,” said the King, “Is there any one in this presence whom your ladyseems more unwilling to speak the truth than I ship recognises," said the King graciously, besides should have expected. We have all variety of evidence your old friends of Ormond and Arlington ?" in this singular investigation-a mad witness like the “I see, my liege, two worthy friends of my husdwarf, a drunken witness like the father, and now a band's house," replied the Countess; “Sir Geoffrey dumb witness.-Young man,” he continued, address- Peveril and his son-the latter a distinguished meming Julian, "your behaviour is less frank than I ex- ber of my son's household." pected from your father's son. I must know who this Any one else ?" continued the King: person is with whom you held such familiar inter- An unfortunate female of my family, who discourse--you know him, I presume?".

appeared from the Island of Man at the same time Julian acknowledged that he did, but, kneeling on when Julian Peveril left it upon business of importone knee, entreated his Majesty's forgiveness for con- ance. She was thought to have fallen from the cliff cealing his name; "he had been freed,” he said, "from into the sea. his confinement, on promising to that effect.'

“Had your ladyship any reason to suspect-pardon "That was a promise, made, by your own account, me," said the King," for putting such a questionunder compulsion, answered the King," and I can. any improper intimacy between Master Peveril and not authorize your keeping it; it is your duty to speak this same female attendant ?" the truth-if you are afraid of Buckingham, the Duke "My liege," said the Countess, colouring indig. shall withdraw."

nantly,

my household is of reputation." "I have no reason to fear the Duke of Buckingham," Nay, my lady, be not angry," said the King ; said Peveril; "that I had an affair with one of his “I did but ask-such things will befall in the besthousehold, was the man's

own fault, and not mine." regulated families.” Oddsfish!" said the King, "the light begins to Not in mine, sire," said the Countess. “Besides break in on me-I thought I remembered thy physiog- that, in common pride and in common honesty, Julian nomy. Wert thou not the very fellow whom I met at Peveril is incapable of intriguing with an unhappy Chiffinch's yonder morning ?- The matter escaped creature, removed by her misfortune almost beyond me since; but now I recollect thou saidst then, that the limits of humanity." thou wert the son of that jolly old three-bottle Baronet Zarah looked at her, and compressed her lips, as if vonder."

to keep in the words that would fain break from them. "It is true,” said Julian, " that I met your Majesty "I know not how it is,” said the King-"What at Master Chiffinch's, and I am afraid had the mis- your ladyship says may be true in the main, yet men's fortune to displease you ; but".

tastes have strange vagaries. This girl is lost in Man "No more of thai, young man-no more of that, so soon as the youth leaves it, and is found in Saint But I recollect you had with you that beautiful James's Park, bouncing and dancing like a fairy, so dancing siren.-Buckingham, I will hold you gold soon as he appears in London." to silver, that she was the intended tenant of that Impossible !'' said the Countess ; "she cannot bass-fiddle ?"

dance." "Your Majesty has rightly guessed it," said the “I believe," said the King, she can do more Duke ; " and I suspect she has put a trick upon me, feats than your ladyship either suspects or would by substituting the dwarf in her place ; for Christian approve of." thinks".

The Countess drew up, and was indignantly silent. Damn Christian !" said the King, hastily,"I The King proceeded "No sooner is Peveril in wish they would bring, ķim hither, that universal Newgate, than, by the account of the venerable little referee."--And as the wish was uttered, Christian's gentleman, this merry maiden is even there also for arrival was announced. "Let him attend,” said the company; Now, without inquiring how she got in, King : * But hark-a thought strikes me.- Here, I think charitably that she had better taste than to Master Peveril-yonder dancing maiden, that intro come there on the dwarf's account. -Ah ha! I think duced you to us by the singular agility of her perform- Master Julian is touched in conscience !" ance, is she not, by your account, a dependant on the Julian did indeed start as the King spoke, for it Countess of Derby >"}

reminded him of the midnight visit in his cell. "I have known her such for years," answered The King looked fixedly at him, and then proceeded Julian.

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and is no sooner at liberty, than we find him in the dangerous, on such accusations as we have been able house where the Duke of Buckingham was arranging to collect, to impeach the character of a zealous what he calls a musical mask.-Egad, I hold it next Protestant like his Grace-Had he been a Catholic, to certain, that this wench put the change on his under such circumstances of suspicion, the Tower Grace, and popt the poor dwarf into the bass-viol, had been too good a prison for him." reserving her own more precious hours to be speni Buckingham bowed to the Duke of Ormond, with with Master Julian Peveril. - Think you not so, Sir a meaning which even his triumph could not disguise. Christian, you, the universal referee? Is there any Tu me la pagherai !” he muttered in a tone of truth in this conjecture ?"

deep and abiding resentment; but the stout old IrishChristian stole a glance on Zarah, and read that man, who had long since braved his utmost wrath, in her eye which embarrassed him. "He did not cared little for this expression of his displeasure. know," he said; "he had indeed engaged this unri- The King then, signing to the other nobles to pass valled performer to take the propoeed part in the mask; into the public apartments, stopped Buckingham as and she was to have come forth in the midst of á he was about to follow them; and, when they were shower of lambent fire, very artificially prepared with alone, asked with a significant tone, which brought perfumes, to overcome the smell of the powder ; but all the blood in the Duke's veins into his counte he knew not why-excepting that she was wilful and nance, "When was it, George, that your useful friend capricious, like all great geniuses, --she had certainly Colonel Blood became a musician ?-You are silent,” spoiled the concert by cramming in that more bulky he said ; " do not deny the charge, for yonder villain, dwarf.':

once seen, is remembered for ever. Down, down on "I should like,' said the King, "to see this little your knees, George, and acknowledge that you have maiden stand forth, and bear witness, in such man- abused my easy temper.-Seek for no apology--none ner as she can express herself, on this mysterious will serve your turn. I saw the man myself, among matter. Can awal

one here understand her mode of your Germans as you call them; and you know what communication

I must needs believe from such a circumstance. Christian said, he knew something of it since he "Believe that I have been guilty-most guilty, my had become acquainted with her in London. The liege and King," said the Duke, conscience-siruck, Countess spoke not till the King asked her, and then and kneeling down ; "believe that I was misguided owned drily, that she had necessarily some habitual that I was mad-Believe any thing but that I was means of intercourse with one who had been imme- capable of harming, or being accessory to harm, your diately about her person for so many years.

"I should think," said Charles," that this same "I do not believe it," said the King; "I think of Master Julian Peveril has the more direct key to her you, Villiers, as the companion of my dangers and language, after all we have heard."

my exile, and am so far from supposing you mean The King looked first at Peveril, who blushed like worse than you say, that I am convinced you aca maiden at the inference which the King's remark knowledge more than you ever meant to attempt.” implied, and then suddenly turned his eyes on the By, all that is sacred," said the Duke, still kneelsupposed mute, on whose cheek a faint colour was ing, had I not been involved to the extent of life dying away. A moment afterwards, at a signal from and fortune with the villain Christian"the Countess, Fenella, or Zarah, stepped forward, Nay, if you bring Christian on the stage again," and having kneeled down and kissed her lady's hand, said the King, smiling, "it is time for me to withstood with her arms folded on her breast, with an draw. Come, Villers, rise-I forgive thee, and only humble air, as different from that which she wore in recommend one act of penance-the curse you your the harem of the Duke of Buckingham, as that of a self bestowed on the dog who bit you-marriage and Magdalen from a Judith. Yet this was the least retirement to your country-seat." show of her talent of versatility, for so well did she The Duke rose abashed, and followed the King play the part of the dumb girl, that Buckingham, into the circle, which Charles entered, leaning on the sharp as his discernment was, remained undecided shoulder of his repentant peer; to whom he showed whether the creature which stood before him could so much countenance, as led the most acute observers possibly be the same with her, who had, in a different present, to doubt the possibility of there existing any dress, made such an impression on his imagination, real cause for the surmises to the Duke's prejudice. or indeed was the imperfect creature she now repre- The Countess of Derby had in the mean while consented. She had at once all that could mark the sulted with the Duke of Ormond, with the Peverils, imperfection of hearing, and all that could show the and with her other friends; and, by their unanimous wonderful address by which nature so often makes up advice, though with considerable difficulty, became for the deficiency. There was the lip that trembled satisfied, that to have thus shown herself at Court, not at any sound-the seeming insensibility to the was sufficient to vindicate the honour of her house; conversation which passed around; while, on the and that it was her wisest course, after having done other hand, was the quick and vivid glance, that so, to retire to her insular dominions, without farther seemed anxious to devour the meaning of those provoking the resentment of a powerful faction. She sounds, which she could gather no otherwise than took farewell of the King in fərm, and demanded his by the motion of the lips.

permission to carry back with her the helpless creature Examined after her own fashion, Zarah confirmed who had so strangely escaped from her protection, the tale of Christian in all its points, and admitted into a world where her condition, rendered her so that she had deranged the project laid for a mask, by subject to every species of misfortune, placing the dwarf in her own stead; the cause of "Will your ladyship forgive me ?" said Charles. her doing so she declined to assign, and the Countess "I have studied your sex long-I am mistaken if your pressed her no farther.

little maiden is not as capable of caring for herself as Every thing tends to exculpate my Lord of Buck- any of us.". ingham,” said Charles, "from so absurd an accusa- Impossible!" said the Countess. tion; the dwarf's testimony is too fantastic, that of “Possible, and most truc," whispered the King. the two Peverils does not in the least affect the I will instantly convince you of the fact, though the Duke; that of the dumb damsel completely contra- experiment is too delicate to be made by any but your dicts the possibility of his guilt. Methinks, my ladyship. Yonder she stands, looking as if she lords, we should acquaint him that he stands ac- heard no more than the marble pillar against which quitted of a complaint, too ridiculous to have ever she leans. Now, if Lady

Derby will contrive either been subjected to a more serious scrutiny than we to place her hand near the region of the damsel's have hastily made upon this occasion."

heart, or at least on her arm, so that she can feel the Arlington bowed in acquiesence, but Ormond spoke sensation of the blood when the pulse increases, then plainly.--"I should suffer, sire, in the opinion of the do you, my Lord of Ormond, beckon Julian Peveril Duke of Buckingham, brilliant as his talents are out of sight, I will show you in a moment that it known to be, should I say that I am satisfied in my can stir at sounds spoken." own mind on this occasion. But I subscribe to the The Countess, much surprised, afraid of some emspirit of the times; and I agree it would be highly I barrassing pleasantry on the part of Charles, vet unable to repress her curiosity, placed herself near | Lady of Derby, that, if the daughter of Edward Fenella, as she called her little mute; and, while Christian, the niece of her murdered victim, served her making signs to her, contrived to place her hand on as a menial, it was but for the purposc of vengeance her wrist.

-- miserably, miserably frustrated !- Thou seest thy At this moment the King, passing near them said, folly now-ihou wouldst follow yonder ungrateful "This is a horrid deed-the villain Christian has stripling--thou wouldst forsake all other thoughts to stabbed young Peveril !"

gain his slightest notice; and now, thou art a forlorn The mute evidence of the pulse, which bounded as outcast, ridiculed and insulted by those on whose if a cannon had been discharged close by the poor necks you might have trod, had you governed yourself girl's ear, was accompanied by such a loud scream of with more wisdom ! --But come, thou art still my agony,, as distressed, while it startled, the good- daughter-there are other skies than that which cannatured monarch himself. "I did but jest," he said ; opies Britain.”.

*Julian is well, my pretty maiden. I only used the “Stop him," said the King; we must know by wand of a certain blind deity, called Cupid, to bring what means this maiden found access to those cona deaf and dumb vassal of his to the exercise of her fined in our prisons." faculties."

"I refer your Majesty to your most Protestant jailer, "I am betrayed !" she said with her eyes fixed on and to the most Protestant Peers, who, in order to the ground-“1 am betrayed !-and it is fit that she obtain perfect knowledge of the depth of the Popish whose life has been spent in practising treason on Plot, have contrived these ingenious apertures for others, should be caught in her own snare. --But visiting them in their cells by night or day. His Grace where is my tutor in iniquity ?-Where is Chris- of Buckingham can assist your Majesty, if you are tian, who taught me to play the part of spy on this inclined to make the inquiry.': * unsuspicious lady, until I had well nigh delivered her "Christian," said the Duke, “thou art the most into his bloody hands ?"

barefaced villain who ever breached !". "This,” said the King, "craves more secret exami- "Of a commoner, I may,” answered Christian, and nation. Let all leave the apartment who are not led his daughter out of the presence. immediately connected with these proceedings, and See after him, Selby," said the King; "lose not let this Christian be again brought before us.- sight of him till the ship sail; if he dare return to Wretched man," he continued, addressing Christian, Britain, it shall be at his peril. Would to God we "what wiles are these you have practised, and by had as good riddance of others as dangerous ! And I what extraordinary means ?".

would also," he added, after a moment's pause, "that “She has betrayed me, then!" said Christian- all our political intrigues and feverish alarms could “Betrayed me to bonds and death, merely for an idle terminate as harmlessly as now. Here is a plot withpassion, which can never be successful !-But know, out a drop of blood; and all the elements of a Zarah," he added, addressing her sternly, “when my romance, without its conclusion. Here we have a life is forfeited through thy evidence, the daughter has wandering island princess, (I pray my Lady of Derby's murdered the father?"

pardon,) a dwarf, a Moorish sorceress, an impenitent The unfortunate girl stared on him with astonish-rogue, and a repentant man of rank, and yet all ends ment. “You said," at length she stammered forth, without either hanging or marriage."

that I was the daughter of your slaughtered bro- “Not altogether without the latter," said the Countther?"

ess, who had an opportunity, during the evening, of “That was partly to reconcile thee to the part thou much private conversation with Julian Peveril. wert to play in my destined drama of vengeance- There is a certain Major Bridgenorth, who, since partly to hide what men call the infamy of thy birth. your Majesty relinquishes further inquiry into these But my daughter thou art! and from the Eastern proceedings which he had otherwise intended to clime, in which thy mother was born, you derive that abide, designs, as we are informed, to leave England fierce torrent of passion which I laboured to train to for ever. Now, this Bridgenorth, by dint of the law, my purposes, but which, turned into another channel, hath acquired strong possession over the domains of has become ihe cause of your father's destruction.- Peveril, which he is desirous to restore to the ancient My destiny is the Tower, I suppose ?"

owners, with much fair land besides, conditionally, He spoke these words with great composure, and that our young Julian will receive them as the dowscarce seemed to regard the agonies of his daughter, ery of his only child and heir." who, throwing herself at his feet, sobbed and wepi ' By my faith," said the King, "she must be a foulmost bitterly.

favoured wench indeed, if Julian requires to be pressed “This must not be,” said the King, moved with to accept her on such fair conditions." compassion at this scene of misery, “If you consent, "They love each other like lovers of the last age," Christian, to leave this country, there is a vessel in said the Countess; " but the stout old Knight likes the river bound for New England-Go, carry your not the roundheaded alliance." dark intrigues to other lands."

"Our royal recommendation shall put that to "I might dispute the sentence," said Christian, rights," said the King; “ Sir Geoffrey Peveril

, has boldly; and if I submit to it, it is a matter of my not suffered hardship so often at our command, that own choice. ---One half hour had made me even with he will refuse our recommendation when it comes to that proud woman, but fortune hath cast the balance make him amends for all his losses." against me.-Rise, Zarah, Fenella no more! Tell the It may be supposed the King did not speak without

• This little piece of superstition was suggested by the fol. being fully aware of the unlimited ascendency which ing by with other gertlemen, while the captain of the Selkirk within four weeks afterwards, the bells of Martindalelowing incident. The Author or Waverly happened to be stand: he possessed over the spirit of the old Tory; for, The animal offered was a handsome one, and neither the officer, Moultrassie were ringing for the union of the families, who was an excellent jockey, nor any one present, could see from whose estates it takes its compound name, and pass, who was asked to give an opinion. This man was called the beacon light of the Castle blazed high over hill Blind Willie, who drove a small trade in cattle and horses, and and dale, and summoned all to rejoice who were what seemed as extraordinary, in watches, notwithstanding his within twenty miles of its gleam.t having been born blind. He was accounted to possess a rare judgment in these subjects of traffic. So soon as he had exa

• It was said that very unfair means were used to compel mined the horse in question, he immediately pronounced it to the prisoners, committed on account of the Popish Plot, to have something of his own complaint, and in plain words, make disclosures, and that several of them were privately put stated it to be blind, or verging upon that imperfection, which to the torture. was found to be the case on close examination. None present + History of Colonel Thomas Blood.--This person, who was had suspected this fault in the animal; which is not wonder. capable of framing and carrying into execution the most desful, considering that it may frequently exist, without any perate enterprises, was one of those extraordinary characters, appearance in the organ affected. Blind Willie, being asked who can only ari e amid the bloodshed, confusion, destruction how he made a discovery imperceptible to so many gentlemen of morality, and widespreading violence, which take place who had their eyesight, explained, that after feeling the horse's during civil war. The arrangement of the present volume limbs, he laid one hand on its heart, and drew the other briskly admitting of a lengthened digression, we cannot, perhaps, enter across the animal's eyes, when finding uo increase of pulsation, upon a subject more extraordinary or entertaining, than in consequence of the latter motion, he had come to the con- the history of this notorious desperado, who exhibited all the clusion that the horse must be blind.

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