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like foxes, which, after all their wiles and artful at, the youth turned his dismayed looks, first on one and tempts at escape are exhausted, die with a silent and then on the other, they made their meaning plainer sullen fortitude, which wolves and bears, the fiercer by gently urging him forward to the fatal iree, and objects of the chase, do not exhibit.
bidding him be of good courage, for it would be over They were undaunted by the conduct of the fatal in a moment. executioners, who went about their work with more In this fatal predicament, the youth cast a distractdeliberation than their master had recommended, ed look around him. " Is there any good Christian and which probably arose from their having acquired who hears me,” he said, "that will tell Ludovic þy habit a kind of pleasure in the discharge of their Lesly of the Scottish Guard, called in this country Le horrid office. We pause an instant to describe them, Balafré, that his nephew is here basely murdered ?'' because, under a tyranny, whether despotic or popu- The words were spoken in good time, for an Archer lar, the character of the hangman becomes a subject of the Scottish Guard, attracted by the preparations of grave importance.
for the execution, was standing by, with one of two These functionaries were essentially different in other chance-passengers, to witness what was passtheir appearance and manners. Louis used to call ing: them Democritus and Heraclitus, and their master, "Take heed what you do," he said to the executhe Provost, termed them, Jean-qui-pleure, and Jean- tioners; "if this young man be of Scottish birth, I qui-rit.
will not permit him to have fou! play.' Trois-Eschelles was a tall, thin, ghastly man, with "Heaven forbid, Sir Cavalier," said Trois-Esa peculiar gravity of visage, and a large rosary round chelles; " but we must obey our orders," drawing his neck, the use of which he was accustomed pious- Durward forward by one arm. ly to offer to those sufferers on whom he did his duty. "The shortest play is ever the fairest," said PetitHe had one or two Latin texts continually in his André, pulling him onward by the other. mouth on the nothingness and vanity of human life; But Quentin had heard word; of comfort, and, exand, had it been regular to have enjoyed such a plu- erting his strength, he suddenly shook off both the rality, he might have held the office of confessor to finishers of the law, and, with his arms still bound, the jail in commendam with that of executioner. ran to the Scottish Archer. "Stand by me, countryPetit-André, on the contrary, was a joyous-looking, man," he said in his own language, "" for the love round, active little fellow, who rolled "about in execu- of Scotland and Saint Andrew! I am innocent-I am tion of his duty as if it were the most diverting occu- your own native landsman. Stand by me, as you pation in the world. He seemed to have a sort of fond shall answer at the last day!" affection for his victims, and always spoke of them "By Saint Andrew! they shall make at you through in kindly and affectionate terms. They were his poor me," said the Archer, and unsheathed his sword. honest fellows, his pretty dears, his gossips, his good Cut my bonds, countryman, card Quentin, "and old fathers, as their age or sex might be; and as Trois- I will do something for myself." Eschelles endeavoured to inspire them with a philo- This was done with a touch of the Archer's weasophical or religious regard to futurity, Petit-André pon; and the liberated captive, springing suddenly on seldom failed to refresh them with a jest or two, as if one of the Provost's guard, wrested from him a halto induce them to pass from life as something that berd with which he was armed; “And now," he was ludicrous, contemptible, and not worthy of serious said, “Come on, if you dare !!! consideration.
The two officers whispered together. I cannot tell why or wherefore it was, but these "Ride thou after the Provost-Marshal," said Troistwo excellent persons, notwithstanding the variety of Eschelles, and I will detain them here, if I can.-their talents, and the rare occurrence of such among Soldiers of the Provost's guard, stand to your arms. persons of their profession, were both more utterly Petit André mounted his horse and left the field. detested than, perhaps, any creatures of their kind, and the other Marshal's-men in attendance drew towhether before or since; and the only doubt of those gether so hastily at the command of Trois-Eschelles, who knew aught of them was, whether the grave and that they suffered the other two prisoners to make pathetic Trois-Eschelles, or the frisky, comic, alert their escape during the confusion. Perhaps they were Petit-André, was the object of the greatest fear or of not very anxious to detain them; for they had of late the deepest execration. It is certain they bore the been sated with the blood of such wretches, and, palm in both particulars over every hangman in like other ferocious animals, were, through long France, unless it were perhaps their master, Tristan slaughter, become tired of carnage. But the pretext l'Hermite, the renowned Provost-Marshal, or his was, that they thought themselves immediately callmaster, Louis XI.*
ed upon to attend to the safety of Trois-Eschelles; It must not be supposed that these reflections were for there was a jealousy, which occasionally led to of Quentin Durward's making. Life, death, time, and open quarrels betwixt the Scottish Archers and the eternity, were swimming before his eyes-a stunning Marshal-guards, who executed the orders of their and overwhelming prospect, from which human na- Provost. ture recoiled in its weakness, though human pride "We are strong enough to beat the proud Scots would fain have borne up. He addressed himself to twice over, if i be your pleasure," said one of these the God of his fathers; and when he did so, the little soldiers to Trois-Eschelles. rude and unroofed chapel, which now held almost all But that cautious official made a sign to him to rehis race but himself, rushed on his recollection. “Our main quiet, and addressed the Scottish Archer with feudal enemies gave my kindred graves in our own great civility. “Surely, sir, this is a great insult to land,” he thought, " but I must feed the ravens and the Provost-Marshal, that you should presume to inkites of a foreign land, like an excommunicated fe- terfere with the course of the King's justice, duly and lon!" The tears gushed involuntarily from his eyes. lawfully committed to his charge; and it is no act of Trois-Eschelles, touching one shoulder, gravely, con- justice to me, who am in lawful possession of my gratulated him on his heavenly disposition for death, criminal. Neither is it a well-meant kindness to the and pathetically exclaiming, Bcati qui in Domino mo- youth himself, seeing that fifty opportunities of hangpiuntur, remarked the soul was happy that left the ing him may occur, without his being found in so body while the tear was in the eye. Petit-André, slap- happy a state of preparation as he was before your ill ping the other shoulder, called out, Courage, my fair advised interference." son! since you must begin the dance, let the ball open "If my yoụng countryman,” said the Scot, smiling, gaily, for all the rebecs are in tune,” twitching the be of opinion I have done him an injury, I will re halter at the same time, to give point to his joke. As turn him to your charge without a word more dis* One of these two peraons, I learned from the Chronique de
pute." Jean de Troyes, but too late to avail myself of the information,
“No, no!—for the love of Heaven, no !" exclaimed might with more accuracy have been called Petit-Jean, than Quentin. "I would rather you swept my head off de Cousin, master executioner of the High Court of Justice-birth, than to die by the hands of such
a foul churl. Petit-André. This
was actually the name of the son of Henry with your long, sword—it would better become my, terity, that the head, when struck off, struck the ground at the
"Hear how he revileth!" said the finisher of the same time with the body. This was in 1475.
law. 'Alas! how soon our best resolutions pass Vol. IV. 2 S
away!-he was in a blessed frame for departure but "but Sandie Wilson, the auld Marshal's-man of our now, and in two minutes he has become a contemner ain body."'. of authorities.”
"It would be a positive cheating of Sandie, who is " Tell me at once,” said the Archer," what has this as honest a man as ever tied noose upon hemp, did we young man done ?"s'
give way to any other proceeding," said the Balafré. “Interfered," answered Trois-Eschelles, with some Were I to be hanged myself, no other should tie tipearnestness, " to take
down the dead body of a crimi- pet about my craig." nal, when the fleur-de-lys was marked on the tree But hear ye,' said the Provost-Marshal, "this where he was hung with my own proper hand." young fellow belongs not to you, and cannoi share
“How is this, young man?" said the Archer; what you call your privileges.) "how came you to have committed such an offence ?!? "What we call our privileges, all shall admit to be
"As I desire your protection," answered Durward, such,” said Cunningham. "I will tell you the truth as if I were at confession. “We will not hear them questioned !" was the uniI saw a man struggling on the tree, and I went to versal cry of the Archers. cut him down out of mere humanity. I thought rei- "Ye are mad, my masters." raid Tristan l'Hermite ther of fleur-de-lys nor of clove-gillifower, and had –“No one disputes your privheges; but this youth is no more idea of oflending the King of France than our not one of you." Father the Pope.".
"He is my nephew," said the Balafré, with a tri"What a murrain had you to do with the dead body umphant air. then ?'' said the Archer. You'll see them hanging, But no Archer of the Guard, I think," retorted in the rear of this gentleman, like grapes on every Tristan l'Hermite. tree, and you will have enough to do in this country The Archers looked on each other in some uncerif you go a-gleaning after the hangman. However, tainty. I will not quit a countryman's cause if I can help it. "Stand to it yet, comrade," whispered Cunningham --Hark ye, Master Marshal’s-man, you see this is en- to Balafré-"Say he is engaged with us." tirely a mistake. You should have some compassion “Saint Martin ! you say well, fair countryman," anon so young a traveller. In our country at home he has swered Lesly; and, raising his voice, swore that he not been accustomed to see such active proceedings as had that day enrolled his kinsman as one of his own yours and your master's."
retinue. Not for want of need of them, Signior Archer," This declaration was a decisive argument. said Petit-André, who returned at this moment.- “It is well, gentlemen." said the Provost Tristan, 'Stand fast, Trois-Eschelles, for here comes the Pro- who was aware of the king's nervous apprehension vost-Marshal; we shall presently see how he will of disaffection creeping in among his Guards-" You relish having his work taken out of his hand before know, as you say, your privileges, and it is not my it is finished.
duty to have brawls with the King's Guards, if it is to "And in good time,” said the Archer, "here come be avoided. But I will report this matter for the some of my comrades."
| King's own decision; and I would have you to be Accordingly, as the Provost Tristan rode up with aware, that, in doing so, I act more mildly than perhis patrol on one side of the little hill which was the haps my duty, warrants me.” scene of the altercation, four or five Scottish Archers So saying, he put his troop into motion, while the came as hastily up on the other, and at their head the Archers, remaining on the spot, held a hasty consulBalafré himself.
tation what must next be done. upon this urgency, Lesly showed none of that in- 'We must report the matter to Lord Crawford, our difference towards his nephew of which Quentin had Captain, in the first place, and have the young fellow's in his heart accused him; for he no sooner saw his name put on the roll." comrade and Durward standing upon their defence, But, gentlemen, and my worthy friends and prethan he exclaimed, “ Cunningham, I thank thee.-- servers," said Quentin, with some hesitation, "I have Gentlemen-comrades, lend me your aid-- It is a young not yet determined whether to take service with you Scottish gentleman-my , nephew-Lindesay-Gu- or no. thrie-- Tyrie, draw, and strike in!"
"Then settle in your own mind," said his uncle, There was now every prospect of a desperate scuf- "whether you choose to do so, or be hanged--for I fle between the parties, who were not so dispropor- promise you, that, nephew of mine as you are, I see tioned in numbers, but that the better arms of the no other chance of your 'scaping the gallows." Scottish cavaliers gave them an equal chance of vic- This was an unanswerable argument, and reduced tory. But the Provost-Marshal, either doubting the Quentin at once to acquiesce in what he might have issue of the conflict, or aware that it would be disa- otherwise considered as no very agreeable proposal ; greeable to the King, made a sign to his followers to but the recent escape from the halter, which had been forbear from violence, while he demanded of Balafré, actually around his neck, would probably have reconwho now put himself forward as the head of the ciled him to a worse alternative than was proposed. other party, "What he, a cavalier of the King's Body “He must go home with us to our caserne," said Guard,,purposed by opposing the execution of a crí- Cunningham; "there is no safety for him out of our minal ??!
bounds whilst these man-hunters are prowling “I deny that I do so," answered the Balafré.- about. " Saint Martin ! there is, I think, some difference be- May I not then abide for this night at the hostelry tween the execution of a criminal, and the slaughter where I breakfasted, fair uncle ?" said the youthof my own nephew ?”
thinking, perhaps, like many a new recruit, that even "Your nephew may be a criminal as well as an- a single night of freedom was something, gained. other, Signor," said the Provost-Marshal; "and eve- "Yes
, fair nephew," answered his uncle, ironically, ry stranger in France is amenable to the laws of "that we may have the pleasure of fishing you out of France.
some canal or moat, or perhaps out of a loop of the Yes, but we have privileges, we Scottish Archers,” Loire, knit up in a sack, for the greater convenience said Balafré ;,“ have we not, comrades ?".
of swimming-for that is like to be the end on't.---The “Yes, yes,” they all exclaimed together. "Privi- Provosl-Marshal smiled on us when we parted," conleges privileges ! Long live King
Louis-long live the tinued he, addressing Cunningham, "and that is a bold Balafré-long live the Scottish Guard-and death sign his thoughts were dangerous.
"Take reason with you, gentlemen cavaliers," said " such game as we are beyond his bird-bolts. But i the Provost-Marshal;' "consider my commission." would have thee tell the whole to the Devil's Oliver,
“We will have no reason at your hand,” said Cun- who is always a good friend to the Scottish Guard, ningham; "
our own officers shall do us reason. We and will see Father Louis before the Provost can, for will be judged by the King's grace, or by our own he is to shave him to-morrow." Captain, now that the Lord High Constable is not in "But hark you,” said Balafré, "itis ill going to Oli
ver empty-handed, and I am as bare as the birch in “And we will be hanged by none,” said Lindesay, I December."
"So are we all,” said Cunningham-"Oliver must
CHAPTER VII. not scruple to take our Scottish words for once. We will make up something handsome among us against
THE ENROLMENT. the next pay-day; and if he expects to share, let me tell you, the pay-day will come about all the
Justice of Peace.--Here, hand me down the Statuto-read the
Swear, kiss the book--subscribe and be a hero ; And now for the Chateau," said Balafré; "and Drawing a portion from the public stock my nephew shall tell us by the way how he brought Sixpence per day, subsistence and arrears. the Provost-Marshal on his shoulders, that we may
The Recruiting Officer. know how to frame our report both to Crawford and Oliver."*
An attendant upon the Archers having been dis
mounted, Quentin Durward was accommodated with Gipsies or Bohemians.-In a former volume of this edition his horse, and, in company of his martial country: some remarks on the gipsies as they are found in Scotland. - men, rode at a round pace towards the Castle of But it is well known that this
extraordinary variety of the hu. Plessis, about to become, although on his own part man race exists in nearly the same primitive state, speaking the involuntarily, an inhabitant of that gloomy fortress, same language, in almost all the kingdoms of Europe, and con; the outside of which had, that morning, struck him forming in certain respects to the manners of the people
around with so much surprise. them, but yet remaining separated from them by certain mate. nal distinctions, in which they correspond with each other, In the meanwhile, in answer to his uncle's repeated and thus maintain their pretensions to be considered as a distinci interrogations, he gave him an exact account of the race. Their tirst appearance in Europe took place in the begin accident which had that morning brought him into so gular people appeared in the different countries of Europe. They much danger. Although he himself saw nothing in clajtned an Egyptian descent, and their features altested that his narrative save what was affecting, he found it was they were of Eastern origin. The account given by these singu received with much laughter by his eşcort. lar people was, that it was appointed to them, as a penance, to travel for a certain number or years. This apology was probably
And yet it is no good jest either," said his uncle, selected as being most congenial to the superstitions of the "for what, in the devil's name, could lead the sensecountries which they visited. manners, strongly contradicted the allegation that they travelled lieving Jewish Moorish pagan?"
Their appearance, however, and less boy to meddle with the body of a cursed misbefrom any religious motive. Their dress and accoutrements were at onco showy and squa.
"Had he quarrelled with the Marshals-men about a lid ; those who acted as captains and leaders of any horde, and pretty wench, as Michael of Motrat did, there had such always appeared as their commanders, were arrayed in been more sense in it,” said Cunningham. dresses of the most showy colours, such as scarlet or light green; were well mounted ; assumed the title of dukes and and his people pretend to confound our Scottish bon
"But I think it touches our honour, that Tristan tribe were most miserable in their diet and apparel, fed without nets with these pilfering vagabonds' tocques and tur. hesitation on animals which had died of disease, and were clad bands, as they call them," said Lindesay—“If they in filthy and scanty rage, which hardly sufficed for the ordinary have not eyes to see the difference, they must be purposes of common decency. Their complexion was positively taught by rule of hand. But it's my belief, Tristan
Their manners were as depraved as their appearance was poor but pretends to mistake, that he may snap yp the and beggarly. The men were in general thieves, and the women kindly Scots that come over to see their kinsfolks.” of the most abandoned character. The few arts which they studied with success, were of a slight and idle, though inge
“May I ask, kinsman," said Quentin, “what sort Dious description. They practised working in iron, but never of people these are of whom you speak ?" upon any great scale.
Many were good sportsmen, good musi. In troth you may ask,'' said his uncle, “but I cians, and masters, in a word, of all those trivial arts, the prac know not, fair nephew, who is able to answer you.” tice of which is little better than mere idleness. But their ingenuity never ascended into industry. Two or three other
"Not I, I am sure, although I know, it may be, as peculiarimes seem to have distinguished them in all countries. much as other people; but they have appeared in this Their pretensions to read fortunes, by palmistry and by astrology, acquired then sometimes respect, but oftener drew themed by these gipsies, the Bishop of Paris ordered a friar, called under suspicion as sorcerers ; and lastly, the universal accusa- Le Petit Jacobin, to preach a sermon, excommunicating nil the tion that they augmented their horde by stealing children, sub-men and women who had had recourse to these Bobemiaris on jected them to doubt and execration. From this it happened, the subject of the future, and shown their hands for that purpose. that the pretension set up by these wanderers, of being pilgrims They departed from Paris for Pontoise in the month of Sepin the act of penance, although it was at first admitted, and in tember. many instances obtained them protection from the governments Pasquier remarks upon this singular journal, that however of the countries through which they travelled, was afterwards the story of a penance favours of a trick, these people wandered totally disbelieved, and they were considered as incorrigible up and down France, under the eye, and with the knowledge, of rogues and vagrants; they incurred almost everywhere sentence the magistrates, for inore than a hundred years, and it was not of banishment, and, where suffered to remain, were rather ob- till 1561, lhar, a sentence of banishment was passed against them jects of persecution than of protection from the law.
in that kingdom. There is a curious and accurate account of their arrival in The arrival of the Egyptians (as these singular people were France in the Journal of a Doctor of Theology, which is pre-called) in various parts of Europe, corresponds with the period served and published by the learned Pasquier. The following in which Timur or Tamerlane invaded Hindostan, affording its is an extract :-" Ou August 27th, 1427, came to Paris twelve natives the choice between the Koran and death. There can penitents, Peranciers, (penance dners.) as they called them- he little doubt that these wanderers consisted originally of the selves, viz. a duke, an earl, and ten men, all on horseback, and Hindostanee tribes, who, displaced, and flying from the sabres calling themselves good Christians. They were of Lower Egypt, of the Mahommedans, undertook this species of wandering life, and gave out that, not long before, the Christians had subdued without well knowing whither they were going. It is natural their country, and obliged them to embrace Christianity on pain to suppose the band, as it now exists, is much mingled with Euof being put to death. Those who were baptized were great ropeans, but most of these have been brought up from child lords in their own country, and had a king and queen there.- lood among them, and learned all their practices. Soon after their conversion, the Saracens overran the country, It is strong evidence of this, that when they are in closest con. and obliged them to renounce Christianity. When the Empe. tact with the ordinary peasants around them, they still keep ror of Germany, the King of Poland, and other Christian princes, their language a mystery. There is little doubt, however, that heard of this, they fell upon them, and obliged the whole of it is a dialect of the Hindostanee, from the specimens produced them, both great and small, to quit the country, and go to the by Grellman, Hoyland, and others, who have written on the Pope at Rome, who enjoined them seven years' penance to subject. But the author has, besides their authority, personal wander over the world, without lying in a bed.
occasion to know that an individual, out of mere curiosity, and "They had been wandering five years when they came to availing himself with patience and assiduity of such opportuParis first; the principal people, and soon after the common- nities as offered, has made himself capable of conversing with alty, about 100 or 120, reduced (according to their own account) any gipsy whom he meets, or can, like the royal Hal, drink with from 1000 or 1200, when they went from home, the rest being any tinker in his own language. The astonishment excited dead, with their king and queen. They were lodged by the among these vagrants on finding a stranger participant of their police at some distance from the city, at Chapel St. Denis. mystery, occasions very ludicrous scenes. It is to be hoped this
"Nearly all of them had their ears bored, and wore two silver gentleman will publish the knowledge he possesses on so singurings in each, which they said were esteemed ornaments in their lar a topic. country. The men were black, their hair curled ; the women There are prudential reasons for postponing this disclosure at remarkably black, their only clothes a large old duffle garmen!, present; for although much more reconciled to society since tied over the shoulders with a cloth or cord, and under it a mi they have been less the objects of legal persecution, the gipsies serable rocket. In short, they were the most poor miserable are still a ferocious and vindictive people. creatures that had ever been seen in France; and, notwithstand- But notwithstanding this is certainly the case, I cannot but ing their poverty, there were among them women who, by look. add, from my own observation of nearly fifty years, that the ing into people's hands, told
their fortunes, and what was manners of these vagrant tribes are much ameliorated ;--that I worse, they picked people's pockets of their money, and got it have known individuals amongst them who have united theminto their own, by telling these things through airy magic, et selves to civilized society, and maintain respectable characters, cætera."
and that great alteration has been wrought in their cleanliness Notwithstanding the ingenious account of themselves render. I and general mode of life.
land within a year or two, just as a flight of locusts had so willingly drawn their swords for the fleurs might do."
de-lys, against their auld enemies of England.” *Ay," said Lindesay, "and Jacques Bonhomme, Changes which had taken place in the Scottish king(that is our name for the peasant, young man, -you dom, and perhaps his having become habituated to will learn our way of talk in time,) honest Jacques, i French climate and manners, had induced the old say, cares little what wind either brings them or the Baron to resign all thoughts of returning to his nalocusts, so he but knows any gale that would carry tive country, the rather that the high office which he them away again."
held in the household of Louis, and his own frank “Do they do so much evil ?" asked the young man. and loyal character, had gained a considerable ascen
“Evil ? why, boy, they are heathens, or Jews, or dency over the King, who, though in general no ready Mahommedans at the least, and neither worship Our believer in human virtue or honour, trusted and conLady nor the Saints" -(crossing himself)-"and steal fided in those of the Lord Crawford, and allowed him what they can lay hands on, and sing, and tell for the greater influence, because he was never known tunes," added Cunningham.
to interfere excepting in matters which concerned his "And they say there are some goodly wenches charge. amongst these women," said Guthrie ; "but Cun- Balafré and Cunningham followed Durward and ningham knows that best."
the guard to the apartment of their officer, by whose How, brother!” said Cunningham; "I trust ye dignified appearance, as well as with the respect paid mean me no reproach ?!
to him by these proud soldiers, who seemed to respect I am sure I said ye none," answered Guthrie. no one else, the young man was much and strongly “I will be judged by the company,” said Cunning- impressed. ham.--"Ye said as much as that I, a Scottish gentle- Lord Crawford was tall, and through advanced age man, and living within pale of holy church, had a fair had become gaunt and thin; yet retaining in his sifriend among these off-scourings of Heathenesse.” news the strength, at least, if not the elasticity, of
Nay, nay," said Balafré, "he did but jest-We will youth, he was able to endure the weight of his armour have no quarrels among comrades.".
during a march as well as the youngest man who “We must have no such jesting then,” said Cun- rode in his band. He was hard-favoured, with a ningham, murmuring as if he had been speaking to scarred and weather-beaten countenance, and an eye his own beard.
that had looked upon death as his playfellow in thirty "Be there such vagabonds in other lands than pitched battles, but which revertheless expressed a France ?" said Lindesay.
calm contempt of danger, rather than the ferocions Ay, in good sooth, are there-tribes of them have courage of a mercenary soldier. His tall erect figure appeared in Germany, and in Spain, and in England,” was at present wrapped in a loose chamber-gown, answered Balafré. By the blessing of good Saint secured around him by his buff belt, in which was Andrew, Scotland is free of them yet.'
suspended his richly-hilted poniard. He had round “Scotland,” said Cunningham, "is too cold a coun- his neck the collar and badge of the order of Saint try for locusts, and too poor a country for thieves." Michacl. He sat upon a couch covered with deer's
Or perhaps John Highlander will suffer no thieves hide, and with spectacles on his nose, (then a recent to thrive there but his own,” said Guthrie.
invention,) was labouring to read a huge manuscript, "I let you all know," said Balafré, " that I come called the Rosier de la Guerre, a code of military and from the braes of Angus, and have gentle Highland civil policy which Louis had compiled for the benefit kin in Glen-isla, and I will not have the Highlanders of his son the Dauphin, and upon which he was deslandered."
sirous to have the opinion of the experienced Scottish "You will not deny that they are cattle-lifters?" warrior. said Guthrie.
Lord Crawford laid his book somewhat peevishly "To drive a spreagh, or so, is no thievery,” said aside upon the entrance of these unexpected visiters, Balafré, "and that I will maintain when and how you and demanded, in his broad national dialech, "What, dare."
in the foul fiend's name, they lacked now ?. “For shame, comrade," said Cunningham, "who Le Balafré, with more respect than perhaps he quarrels now ?-the young man should not see such would have shown to Louis himself, stated at full mad misconstruction.-Come, here we are at the length the circumstances in which his nephew was Chateau. I will bestow a runlet of wine to have a placed, and humbly requested his Lordship's protecrouse in friendship, and drink to Scotland, Highland tion. Lord Crawford listened very attentively. He and Lowland both, if you will meet me at dinner at could not but smile at the simplicity with which the my, quarters."
youth had interfered in behalf of the hanged criminal, Agreed-agreed,” said Balafré; "and I will be but he shook his head at th account which he restow another, to wash away unkindness, and to drink ceived of the ruflle betwixt the Scottish Archers and a health to my nephew on his first entrance to our the Provost-Marshal's guard.* corps."
How often," he said, " will you bring me such illAt their approach, the wicket was opened, and the winded pirns to ravel out? How often must I tell drawbridge fell. One by one they entered ; but when you, and especially both you, Ludovic Lesly, and you, Quentin appeared, the sentinels crossed their pikes, Archie Cunningham, that the foreign soldier should and commanded him to stand, while bows were bent, bear himself modestly and decorously towards the and harquebusses aimed at him from the walls-a ri- people of the country, if you would not have the whole gour of vigilance used, notwithstanding that the young dogs of the town at your heels? However, if you must stranger came in company of a party of the garrison, have a bargain,t I would rather it were with that loon nay, of the very body whích furnished the sentinels of a Provost than any one else; and I blame you less who were then upon duty.
for this onslaught than for other frays that you have Le Balafré, who had remained by his nephew's made, Ludovic, for it was but natural and kindlike to side on purpose, gave the necessary explanations, help your young kinsman. This simple bairn must and, after some considerable hesitation and delay, come to no skaith neither; so give me the roll of the the youth was conveyed under a strong guard to the company yonder down from the shelf, and we will Lord Crawford's apartment.
even add his name to the troop, that he may enjoy This Scottish noblemen was one of the last relics the privileges." of the gallant band of Scottish lords and knights May it please your Lordship’-said Durwardwho had so long and so truly served Charles VI. in those bloody wars which decided the independence stituted authorities of the ordinary military corps, often occur.
+ Such disputes between the Scots Guards, and the other conof the French crown, and the expulsion of the Eng: red. In 1474, two Scotsmen had been concerned in robbing Joha
He had fought, when a buy, abreast with Pensart, a fishmonger, of a large sum of money. They were Douglas and with Buchan, had ridden beneath the of his followers. But ere they could lodge one of them, called banner of the Maid of Arc, and was perhaps one of Mortimer, in the prison of the Chastellet, they were attacked the last of those associates of Scottish chivalry who by two Archers of the King's Scottish Guard, who rescued the
prisoner. --See Chronique de Jean de Troyes, at the said year, * See Note on the Gipsies or Bohemians, end of preceding 1474. Chapter.
I A quarrel, videlicet.
"Is the lad crazed !"' exclaimed his uncle-"Would / of which, and by the support of his countrymen, he you speak to his Lordship, without a question asked ?" might freely brave the power and the displeasure of
“Patience, Ludovic,” said Lord Crawford, “and the Provost-Marshal--although the one was known let us hear what the bairn has to say."
to be as formidable as the other was unrelenting. “Only this, if it may please your Lordship,” replied The banquet was joyous in the highest degree; and Quentin, " that I told my uncle formerly I had some the guests gave vent to the whole current of their doubts about entering this service. I have now to national partiality on receiving into their ranks a resay, that they are entirely removed, since I have seen cruit from their beloved father-land. Old Scottish the noble and experienced commander under whom songs were sung, old tales of Scottish heroes toldI am to serve; for there is authority in your look.” the achievements of their fathers, and the scenes in
Weel said, my bairn,” said the old Lord, not insen- which they were wrought were recalled to mind; sible to the compliment; we have had some expe- and, for a time, the rich plains of Touraine seemed șience, had God sent us grace to improve by it, both converted into the mountainous and sterile regions of in service and in command. There you stand, Quen- Caledonia. tin, in our honourable corps of Scottish Body-guards, When their enthusiasm was at high flood, and each as esquire to your uncle, and serving under his lance. was endeavouring to say something to enhance the I trust you will do well, for you should be a right man- dear remembrance of Scotland, it received a new imat-arms, if all be good that is upcome, * and you are pulse from the arrival of Lord Crawford, who, as Le come of a gentle kindred.-Ludovic, you will see that | Balafré had well prophesied, sat as it were on thorns your kinsman follow his exercise diligently, for wej at the royal board, until an opportunity occurred of will have spears breaking one of these days. making his escape to the revelry of his own country
"By my hilts, and I am glad of it, my Lord-this men. A chair of state had been reserved for him at peace makes cowards of us all. I myself feel a sort the upper end of the table; for, according to the manof decay of spirit, closed up in this cursed dungeon of ners of the age, and the constitution of that body, a Castle.'
although their leader and commander und
the King "Well, a bird whistled in my ear,"continued Lord and High Constable, the members of the corps (as Crawford, " that the old banner will be soon dancing we should now say, the privates) being all ranked as in the field again."
noble by birth, their Captain sat with them at the "I will drink a cup the deeper this evening to that same table without impropriety, and might mingle very tune, said Balafré."
when he chose in their festivity, without derogation "Thou wilt drink to any tune," said Lord Craw- from his dignity as commander.' ford; "and I fear me, Ludovic, you will drink a bitter At present, however, Lord Crawford declined occubrowst of your own brewing one day.".
pying the seat prepared for him, and bidding them Lesly, a little abashed, replied, " that it had not been "hold themselves merry,” stood looking on the revel his wont for many a day; but his Lordship knew the with a countenance which seemed greatly to enjoy it. use of the company, to have a carouse to the health "Let him alone," whispered Cunningham to Lindeof a new comrade.
say, as the latter offered the wine to their noble Cap"True," said the old leader, "I had forgot the oc- tain, "let him alone-hurry no man's cattle-let him casion. I will send a few stoups of wine to assist your take it of his own accord.” carouse; but let it be over by sunset. And, hark ye In fact, the old Lord, who at first smiled, shook his -let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off; and head, and placed the untasted wine-cup before him, see that none of them be more or less partakers of began presently, as if it were in absence of mind, to your debauch."
sip a little of the contents, and in doing so, fortunately "Your Lordship shall be lawfully obeyed," said recollected that it would be ill-luck did he not drink Ludovic; "and your health duly remembered." a draught to the health of the gallant lad who had
"Perhaps," said Lord Crawford, "I may look in joined them this day. The pledge was filled, and anmyself upon your mirth—just to see that all is carried swered, as may be well supposed, with many a joyous decently."
shout, when the old leader proceeded to acquaint them "Your Lordship shall be most dearly welcome,” that he had possessed Master Oliver with an account said Ludovic; and the whole party retreated in high of what had passed that day: "And as," he said, spirits to prepare for their military banquet, to which the scraper of chins hath no great love for the Lesly invited about a score of his comrades, who were stretcher of throats, he has joined me in obtaining pretiy much in the habit of making their mess toge- from the King an order, commanding the Provost to ther.
suspend all proceedings, under whatever pretence, A soldier's festival is generally a very extempore against Quentin Purward; and to respect, on all ocaffair, providing there is enough of meat and drink to casions, the privileges of the Scottish Guard." be had; but on the present occasion, Ludovic bustled Another shout broke forth, the cups were again fillabout to procure some better wine than ordinary; ob- ed till the wine sparkled on the brim, and there was serving, that the "old Lord was the syrest gear in an acclaim to the health of the noble Lord Crawford, their aught, and that, while he preached sobriety to the brave conservator of the privileges and rights of them, he himself, after drinking at the royal table as his countrymen. The good old Lord could not but much
wine as he could honestly come by, never omit- in courtesy do reason to this pledge also, and gliding ted any creditable opportunity to fill up the evening into the ready chair
, as it were without reflecting over the wine-pot; so you must prepare, comrades, what he was doing, he caused Quentin to come up he said, “to hear the old histories of the battles of beside him, and assailed him with many more quesVernoil and Beauge.”+
tions concerning the state of Scotland, and the great The Gothic apartment in which they generally met families there, than he was well able to answer; while was, therefore, hastily put into the best order their ever and anon, in the course of his queries, the good grooms were despatched to collect green rushes to Lord kissed the wine-cup by way of parenthesis, respread upon the floor; and banners, under which the marking, that sociality became Scottish gentlemen, Scottish CQard had marched to battle, or which they but that young men, like Quentin, ought to practise had taken from the enemies' ranks, were displayed, it cautiously, fest it might degenerate into excess: by way of tapestry, over the table, and around the upon which occasion he uttered many excellent things, walls of the chamber.
until his own tongue, although employed in the praises The next point was, to invest the young recruit of temperance, began to articulate something thicker as hastily as possible with the dress and appropriate than usual. It was now that, while the military ararms of the Guard, that he might appear in every re- dour of the company augmented with each flagon spect the sharer of its important privileges, in virtue which they emptied, Cunningham called on them to
* That is, if your courage corresponds with your personal drink the speedy hoisting of the Oriflamme (the royal appearance.
banner of France.) In both these battles, the Scottish auxiliaries of France, "And a breeze of Burgundy to fan it !" echoed under Stewart, Earl of Buchan, were distinguished. At Beauge Lindesay. they were victorious, killing the Duke of Clarence, Henry Vth's brother, and cutting off his army. At Vernoil they were defeat
“With all the soul that is left in this worn body do ed, and nearly extirpated.
I accept the pledge, bairns," echoed Lord Crawford;