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"I dare say he will be willing to change her name anxious Lady Penelope; "let me persuade you to lis and register," said Mr. Chatterly.

down.” “He can be no less in common requital,” said Indeed you are mistaken, Lady Penelope," said Winterblossom. She has changed his name six Miss Mowbray, who seemed to receive much as a times in the five minutes that I stood within hearing matter of course her ladyship's profusion of affectionof them."

ate politeness:-"I am heated, and my pony trolled "What do you think of the matter, my dear, Lady hard, that is the whole mystery. Let me have a cap Binks ?" said 'Lady Penelope.

of tea, Mrs. Jones, and the matter is ended." “Madam ?" said Lady Binks, starting from a reve- "Fresh tea, Jones, directly,' said Lady Penelope, rie, and answering as one who either had not heard, and led her passive friend to her own corner, as she or did not understand the question.

was pleased to call the recess, in which she held her "I mean, what think you of what is going on little court--ladies and gentlemen curtseying and bowgonder ?".

ing as she passed ; to which civilities the new guest Lady Binks turned her glass in the direction of Lady made no more return, than the most ordinary polite Penelope's glance, fixed the widow and the Doctor ness rendered unavoidable. with one bold fashionable stare, and then dropping Lady Binks did not rise to receive her, but sat op her hand slowly, said with indifference, "I really see right in her chair, and bent her head very stiftly; a nothing there worth thinking about."

courtesy which Miss Mowbray returned in the same "I dare say it is a fine thing to be married,” said stately manner, without farther greeting on either Lady Penelope ; "one's thoughts, I suppose, are 80 side. much engrossed with one's own perfect happiness, “Now, wha can that be, Doctor ?" said the Widov that they

have neither time nor inclination to laugh Blower—mind ye have promised to tell me all about like other folks. Miss Rachel Bonnyrigg would have the grand folk-wha can that be that Leddy Penelope laughed till her eyes ran over, had she seen what Lady hauds such a racket wi' ?--and what for does she Binks cares so little about—I dare say it must be an come wi' a habit and a beaver-hat, when we are a all-sufficient happiness to be married."

(a glance at her own gown) in our silks and satins ?" “He would be a happy man that could convince "To tell you who she is, my dear Mrs. Blower, is your ladyship of that in good earnest," said Mr. Win- very easy," said the officious Doctor. "She is Miss terblossom

Clara Mowbray, sister to the Lord of the Manor-the "Oh, who knows-the whim may strike me,” re- gentleman who wears the green coat, with an arrow plied the lady; "but no-no-no;—and that is three on the cape. To tell why she wears that habit

, or times."

does any thing else would be rather beyond doctor's Say it sixteen times more," said the gallant pre- skill. Truth is, I have always thought she was a litsident," and let nineteen nay-says be a grant." tle-a very little--touched-call it nerves-hypochon

"If I should say a thousand Noes, there exists notdria-or what you will.". the alchymy in living man that could extract one Yes Lord help us, puir thing!" said the compassionout of the whole mass," said her ladyship. "Blessed ate widow.-"And troth it looks like it. But it's a be the memory of Queen Bess ! -She set us all an shame to let her go loose, Doctor-she might hurt example to keep power when we have it-What noise hersell, or somebody. See, she has ta'en the knife ! is that?"

O, it's only to cut a shave of the diet-loaf. She "Only the usual after-dinner quarrel,” said the di- winna let the powder-monkey of a boy help her. vine. "I hear the Captain's voice, else most silent, There's judgment in that though, Doctor, for she can commanding them to keep peace, in the devil's name cut thick or thin as she likes. --Dear me! she has not and that of the ladies.'

taken mair than a crumb, that ane would pit between Upon my word, dearest Lady Binks, this is too the wires of a canary-bird's cage, after all. I wish bad of that lord and master of yours, and of Mow she would lift up that lang veil

, or put off that ridingbray, who might have more sense, and of the rest of skirt, Doctor. She should really be showed the regio that claret-drinking sel, to be quarrelling and alarm- lations, Doctor Kickelshin.". ing our nerves every evening with presenting their “She cares about no rules we can make, Mrs. pistols perpetually at each other, like sportsmen con- Blower," said the Doctor; "and her brother's will fined to the house upon a rainy 12th of August. I am and pleasure, and Lady Penelope's whim of indulgtired of the Peace-maker--he but skins the business ing her, carry her through in every thing. They over in one case to have it break out elsewhere.- should take advice on her case." What think you, love, if we were to give out in orders, Ay, truly, it's time to take advice, when young that the next quarrel which may arise, shall be bona creatures like her caper in amang dressed leddies, fide fought to an end ?-We will all go out and see it, just as if they were come from scampering on Leith and wear the colours on each side; and if there should sands.-Such a wark as my leddy makes wi' her, a funeral come of it, we will attend it in a body - Doctor! Ye would think they were baith fools of a Weeds are so becoming !-Are they not, my dear feather." Lady Binks? Look at Widow Blower in her deep "They might have flown on one wing, for what I black-don't you envy her, my love?"

know," said Dr. Quackleben, "but there was early Lady Binks seemed about to make a sharp and and sound advice taken in Lady Penelope's case. My hasty answer, but checked herself, perhaps under the friend, the late Earl of Featherhead, was a man of recollection that she could not prudently come to an judgment-did little in bis family but by rule of mediopen breach with Lady Penelope. ---At the same mo-cine--so that, what with the waters, and what with ment the door opened, and a lady dressed in a riding my own care, Lady Penelope is only freakish

fancihabit, and wearing a black veil over her hat appeared ful--that's all--and her quality bears it out-tbe pec at the entry of the apartment.

cant principle might have broken out under orbes "Angels and ministers of grace!" exclaimed Lady treatment. Penelope, with her very best tragic start-"my dearest “Ay-she has been weel-friended," said the widow; Clara, why so lale'and why thus? Will you step " but this bairn Mowbray, puir thing! how came she lo my dressing-room-Jones will get you one of my to be sae left to hersell ?" gowns--we are just of a size, you know-do, pray-- "Her mother was dead-her father thought of nolet me be vain of something of my own for once, by thing but his sports,” said the Doctor. "Her brother seeing you wear it."

was educated in England, and cared for nobody but This was spoken in the tone of the fondest fe- himself, if he had been here. What education she male friendship, and at the same time the fair hostess got was at her own hand-what reading she read was bestowed on Miss Mowbray one of those tender in a library full of old romances-what friends or comcaresses, which ladies-God bless them !--some- pany she had was what chance sent her-then no times bestow on each other with unnecessary pro- family-physician, not even a good surgeon, within ten digality, to the great discontent and envy of the male miles! And so you cannot wonder

if the poor

thing spectators.

became unsettled." “You are futtered, my dearest Clara-you are "Puir thing !--no doctor--nor even & surgeon! Leverish-I am sure you are," continued the 'sweetyl-Bul, doctor," said the widow, "may be the puis thing had the enjoyment of her health, ye ken, and by, Lady Penelope, you have not your collection in then

the same order and discipline as Pidcock and Polito. Ah! ha! ha!--why then, madam, she needed a There was much growling and snarling in the lower physician far more than if she had been delicate. A den when

I passed it." skilful physician, Mrs, Blower, knows how to bring “It was feeding-time, my love," said Lady Penedown that robust health, which is a very alarining lope; "and the lower animals of every class become state of the frame when it is considered secundum pugnacious at that hour-you see all our safer and artem. Most sudden deaths happen when people are well-conditioned animals are loose, and in good in a robust state of health. Ah! that state of perfect order." health is what the doctor dreads mosi on behalf of “Oh, yes--in the keeper's presence, you knowhis patient."

Well, I must venture to cross the hall again among "Ay, ay, Doctor ?-I am quite sensible, nae doubt,” | all that growling and grumbling- I would I had the said the widow, "of the great advantage of having a fairy prince's quarters of mutton to toss among them skeelsu' person about ane."

if they should break out-He, I mean, who fetched Here the Doctor's voice, his earnestness to con- water from the Fountain of Lions. However, on vince Mrs. Blower of the danger of supposing herself second thoughts

, I will take the back way, and avoid capable of living and breathing without a medical them.-What says honest Bottom ?man's permission, sunk into a soft pleading tone, of which our reporter could not catch the sound. He

* For if they should as lions come in strife

Into such place, 'twero pity of their life." was, as great orators will sometimes be, "inaudible in the gallery.”

"Shall I go with you, my dear?” said Lady Penelope. Mean while, Lady Penelope overwhelmed Clara “No-I have too great a soul for that I think Mowbray with her caresses. In what degree her some of them are lions only as far as the hide is ladyship, at her heari, loved this young person, might concerned.” be difficult to ascertain,--probably in the degree in “But why would you go so soon, Clara ?" which a child loves a favourite toy. But Clara was a "Because my errand is finished-have I not invited toy not always to be come by-as whimsical in her you and yours? and would not Lord Chesterfield way as her ladyship in her own, only that poor Cla- himself allow I have done the polite thing?" ra's singularities were real, and her ladyship's chiefly "But you have spoke to none of the companyaffecteď. Without adopting the harshness of the how can you be so odd, my love ?" said her ladyship. Doctor's conclusions concerning the former, she was "Why, I spoke to them all when I spoke to you and certainly unequal in her spirits; and her occasional Lady Binks--but I am a good girl, and will do as I fits of levity were chequered by very long intervals of am bid.” sadness. Her levity also appeared, in the world's So saying, she looked round the company, and eye, greater than it really was; for she had never been addressed each of them with an affectation of interest under the restraint of society which was really good, and politeness, which thinly concealed scorn and and entertained an undue contempt for that which contempt. she sonetimes mingled with; having unhappily none "Mr. Winterblossom, I hope the gout is betterto teach her the important truth, that some forms Mr. Robert Rymar-(I have escaped calling him and restraints are to be observed, less in respect to Thomas for once)-I hope the public give encourageothers than to ourselves. Her dress, her manners, ment to the muses-Mr. Keelavine, I trust your pencil and her ideas, were therefore very much her own; and is busy-Mr. Chatterly, I have no doubt your flock though they became her wonderfully, yet, like Ophe- improves-Dr. Quackleben, I am sure your patients lia's garlands, and wild snatches of melody, they recover. These are all the especials of the worthy were calculated to excite compassion and melancholy, company I know-for the rest, health to the sick, and even while they amused the observer.

pleasure to the healthy!" And why came you not to dinner?-We expected "You are not going in reality, my love ?" said Lady you-your throne was prepared."

Penelope; "these hasty rides agitate your nerves--"I had scarce come to tea,” said Miss Mowbray, they do, indeed-you should be cautious-Shall I of my own free will. But my brother says your speak to Quackleben ?". ladyship proposes to come to Shaws-Castle, and he "To neither Quack nor quackle, on my account, insisted it was quite right and necessary, to confirm my dear lady. It is not as you would seem to say, you in so flattering a purpose, that I should come and by your winking at Lady Binks-it is not, indeed-1 say, Pray do, Lady Penelope; and so now here am I shall be no Lady Clementina, to be the wonder and to say, Pray, do come."

pity of the spring of St. Ronan's--No Ophelia neither "Is an invitation so flattering limited to me alone, though I will say with her, Good-night, ladies

dear Clara ?-Lady Binks will be jealous." Good night, sweet ladies!-and now-not my coach,

Bring Lady Binks, if she has the condescension my coach-but my horse, my horse !" to honour us -[a bow was very stiffly exchanged So saying, she tripped out of the room by a side between the ladies) --" bring Mr. Springblossom-passage, leaving the ladies looking at each other sigWinterblossom--and all the lions and lionesses-we nificantly, and shaking their heads with an expression have room for the whole collection. My brother, I of much import. suppose, will bring his own particular regiment of “Something has ruled the poor unhappy girl," bears, which, with the usual assortment of monkeys said Lady Penelope; “I never saw her so very odd seen in all caravans, will complete the menagerie. before.” How you are to be entertained at Shaws-Castle, is, I "Were I to speak my mind," said Lady Binks, "I thank Heaven, not my business, but John's.' think, as Mrs. Highmore says in the farce, her mad

"We shall want no formal entertainment, my ness is but a poor excuse for her impertinence.". love," said Lady Penelope; "a déjeuner à la four- "Oh fie! my sweet Lady Binks,” said Lady Penechetic-we know, Clara, you would die of doing the lope, spare my poor favourite! You, surely, of all honours of a formal dinner."

others, should forgive the excesses of an amiable “Not a bit; I should live long enough to make my eccentricity, of temper. ---Forgive me, my love, but I will, and bequeath all large parties to old Nick, who must defend an absent friend-My Lady Binks, I am invented them."

very sure, is too generous and candid to Miss Mowbray," said Lady Binks, who had been

• Hate for arts which caused herself to rise."" thwarted by this free-spoken young lady, both in her former character of a coquette and romp, and in that "Not being conscious of any high elevation, my of a prude which she at present wore—"Miss Mow- lady," answered Lady Binks, "I do not know any bray declares for

arts I have been under the necessity of practising to "Champagne and a chicken at last.'»

attain it. I suppose a Scotch lady of an ancient family

may become the wife of an English baronet, and no “ The chicken without the champagne, if you very extraordinary great cause to wonder at it." please," said Miss Mowbray; "I have known ladies "No, surely--but people in this world will, you know pay dear to have champagne on the board.-By the wonder at nothing," answered Lady Peelope.

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AFTER DINNER.

"If you envy me my poor quiz, Sir Bingo, I'll get | -not,” he added, "from any deficiency of intellects you a better, Lady Pen.

on the pointer's part, but he is generally so abused "I don't doubt your talents, my dear, but when I while in the management of brutal breakers and want one, I will get one for myself.-But here comes grooms, that he loses all excepting his professional the whole party of quizzes.-Joliffe, offer the gentle- accomplishments, of finding and standing steady to men tea-ihen get the floor ready for the dancers, game.' and set the card-tables in the next room.

“And who the d- desires he should have more ?" said Sir Bingo.

"Many people, Sir Bingo," replied Tyrrel, "have CHAPTER VIII.

been of opinion, that both dogs and men may follow

sport indifferently well, though they do happen, at They draw the cork, they broach the barrel,

the same time, to be fit for mixing in friendly interAnd first they kiss, and then they quarrel.-PRIOR. course in society." If the reader has attended much to the manners of "That is for licking trenchers, and scratching cop, the canine race, he may have remarked the very dif- per, I suppose," said the Baronet, sotto roce; and ferent manner in which the individuals of the differ- added, in a louder and more distinct tone, "He ent sexes carry on their quarrels among each other. never before heard that a setter was fit to follow any The females are testy, petulant, and very apt to in- man's heels but a poacher's.” dulge their impatient dislike of each other's presence, “You know it now then, Sir Bingo," answered or the spirit of rivalry which it produces, in a sudden Tyrrel; "and I hope you will not fall into so great a bark and snap, which last is generally made as much mistake again." at advantage as possible. But these ebullitions of The Peace-maker here seemed to think bis interpeevishness lead to no very serious or prosecuted con- ference necessary, and, surmounting his taciturnity, Rict; the affair begins and ends in a moment. Not made the following pithy speech : :-"By Cot! and do 80 the ire of ihe male dogs, which, once produced and you see, as you are looking for my opinion, I think excited by growls of mutual offence and defiance, ihere is no dispute in the matter-because by Cot! it leads

generally to a fierce and obstinate contest; in occurs to me, d'ye see, that ye are both right, by Cot! which, if the parties bc dogs of game, and well. It may do ferry well for my excellent friend Sir Bingo, matched, they grapple, trotile, tear, roll each other in who hạth stables, and kennels, and what not, to the kennel, and can only be separated by choking maintain the six filthy prutes that are yelping and them with their own collars, till they lose wind and yowling all the tay, and all the neight too, under my hold at the same time, or by surprising them out of window, by Cot!-And if they are yelping and yowltheir wrath by sousing them with cold water. ing there, may I never die but I wish ihey were yelp

The simile, though a currish one, will hold good in ing and yowling somewhere else. But then there is its application to the human race. While the ladies many a man who may be as cood a gentleman at the in the tea-room of the Fox Hotel were engaged in the bottom as my worthy friend Sir Bingo, though it may light snappish velitation, or skirmish, which we have be that he is poor; and if he is poor--and as if it might described, the gentlemen who remained in the par- be my own case, or that of this honest gentleman, Mr. lour were more than once like to have quarrelled more Tirl--is that a reason or a law, that he is not to keep a seriously.

prute of a tog, to help him to take his sports and his We have mentioned the weighty reasons which in- pleasures? and if he has not a stable

or a kennel to put duced Mr. Mowbray to look upon the stranger whom the crature into, must he not keep it in his pit of peda general invitation had brought into their society, room, or upon his parlour hearth, seeing that Luckie with unfavourable prepossessions; and these were Dods would make the kitchen too hot for the paistfar from being abated by the demeanour of Tyrrel, and so, if Mr. Tirl finds a setter more fitter for his which, though perfectly well-bred, indicated a sense purpose than a pointer, by Cot, I know no law against of equality, which the young Laird of St. Ronan's it, else may I never die the black death." considered as extremely presumptuous.

If this oration appear rather long for the occasion, As for Sir Bingo, he already began to nourish the the reader must recollect that Captain MacTurk had genuine hatred always entertained by a mean spirit in all probability the trouble of translating it from against an antagonist, before whom it is conscious the periphrastic language of Ossian, in which it was of having made a dishonourable retreat. He forgot originally conceived in his own mind. pot the manner, look, and tone, with which Tyrrel The Man of Law replied to the Man of Peace, "Ye had checked his unauthorized intrusion; and though are mistaken for ance in your life, Captain, for there he had sunk beneath it at the moment, the recollec- iş a law against setters; and I will undertake to prove tion rankled in his heart as an affront to be avenged. them to be the 'lying dogs' which are mentioned in As he drank his wine, courage, the want of which the auld Scots statute, and which all and sundry are was, in his more sober moments, a check upon his discharged to keep, under a penalty of". bad temper, began to inflame his malignity, and he Here the Captain broke in, with a very solemn ventured upon several occasions to show his spleen, mien and dignified manner-"By Cot! Master Mei. by contradicting Tyrrel more flatly than good man klewham, and I shall be asking what you mean by ners permitted upon so short an acquaintance, and talking to me of peing mistaken, and apout lying without any provocation. Tyrrel saw his ill humour logs, sir--because I would have you to know, and to and despised it, as that of an overgrown school-boy, pelieve, and to very well consider, that I never was whom it was not worth his while to answer accord" mistaken in my life,sir, unless it was when I took ing to his folly.

you for a gentleman." One of the apparent causes of the Baronet's rude- "No offence, Captain,” said Mr. Meiklewham; ness was indeed childish enough. The company "dinna break the wand of peace, man, you that were talking of shooting, the most animating topic of should be the first to keep it.-He is as cankered,' conversation among Scottish country gentle of continued the Man of Law, apart to his patron, the younger class, and Tyrrel had mentioned some. an auld Hieland terrier, that snaps at whatever comes thing of a favourite setter, an uncommonly handsome near it-but I tell you ae thing, St. Ronan's, and that dog, from which he had been for sometime separated, is on saul and conscience, that I believe this is the but which he expected would rejoin him in the course very lad Tirl, that I raised a summons against beforo of next week.

the justices-him and another hempie-in your fa; "A setter!" retorted Sir Bingo, with a sneer; "a ther's time, for shooting on the Spring-well-head pointer I suppose you mean?".

muirs. 'No, sir," said Tyrrel; "I am perfectly aware of “The devil you did, Mick !" replied the Lord of the the difference betwixt a setter and a pointer, and I Manor, also aside ;-"Well I am obliged to you for know the old-fashioned

setter is become unfashiona- giving me some reason for the ill thoughts I had of ble among modern sportsmen. But I love my dog as him-1 knew he was some trumpery scamp-I'll a companion, as well as for his merits in the field; blow him, by"and a setter 'is more sagacious, more attached, and "Whisht-stop-hush-haud your tongue, St. Ro fitter for his place on the hearth-rug, than a pointer Inan's-keep a calm sough-ye see, I intended the

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process, by your worthy father's desire, before the served as an entrance-hall, and divided the diningQuarter Sessions--but I ken na-The auld sheriff-parlour

from the tea-room, as it was called. Here, clerk stood the lad's friend--and some of the justices while the party were assuming their hats, for the pur thought it was but a mistake of the marches, and sae pose of joining

the ladies' society, (which old-fashioned we couldna get a judgment and your father was folk used only to take up for that of going into the very ill of the gout, and I was feared to vex him, and open air,) Tyrrel asked a smart footman, who stood so I was fain to let the process sleep, for fear they had near, to hand him the hat which lay on the table been assoilzied.-Sae ye had better gang cautiously beyond. to wark, St. Ronan's, for though they were summon- "Call your own servant, sir," answered the fellow, ed, they were not convict."

with the true insolence of a pampered menial. Could you not take up the action again ?" said "Your master," answered Tyrrel, ought to have Mr. Mowbray.

taught you good manners, my friend, before bringing "Whew! it's been prescribed sex or seeven year you here." syne. It is a great shame, St. Ronan's, that the Sir Bingo Binks is my master," said the fellow, game laws, whilk are the very best protection

that is in the same insolent tone as before. left to country gentlemen against the encroachment "Now for it, Bingie," said Mowbray, who was of their inferiors, rin sae short a course of prescription aware that the Baronet's pot-courage had arrived at -a poacher may just jink ye back and forward like a fighting

pitch. flea in a blanket, (wi' pardon)-hap ye out of ae 'Yes!" said Sir Bingo aloud, and more articulately county and into anither at their pleasure, like pyots than usual—"The fellow is my servant-what has and unless ye get your thumb-nail on them in the any one to say to it ?" very nick o'time, ye may dine on a dish of prescrip- "I at least have my mouth stopped," answered tion, and sup upon an absolvitor."

Tyrrel, with perfect composure.. "I should have been "It

is a shame indeed," said Mowbray, turning surprised to have found Sir Bingo's servant better from his confidant and agent, and addressing himself bred than himself." to the company in general, yet not without a peculiar "What d'ye mean by, that, sir?” said Sir Bingo, look directed to Tyrrel.

coming up in an offensive attitude, for he was no What is a shame, sir ?" said Tyrrel, conceiving mean pupil of the Fives-Court-"What d'ye mean by that the observation was particularly addressed to that? D-n you, sir! I'll serve you out before you him.

can say dumpling." "That we should have so many poachers upon our "And I, Sir Bingo, unless you presently lay aside muirs, sir," answered St. Ronan's. "I sometimes that look and manner, will knock you down before regret having countenanced the Well here, when I you can cry help.". think how many guns it has brought on my property The visiter held in his hand a slip of oak, with

which he gave a flourish, that, however slight, in"Hout fie! hout awa, St. Ronan's!" said his Man timated some acquaintance with the noble art of of Law; "no countenance the Waal? What would single-stick. From this demonstration Sir Bingo the country-side be without it, I would be glad to thought it prudent somewhat to recoil, though backed ken? It's the greatest improvement that has been by a party of friends, who, in their zeal for his honour, made on this country since the year forty-five. Na, would rather have seen his bones broken in conflict na, it's no the Waal that's to blame for the poaching bold, than his honour injured by a discreditable reand delinquencies on the game. We maun to the treat; and Tyrrel seemed to have some inclination to Aultoun for the howf of that kind of cattle. Our indulge them. But

, at the very instant when his rules at the Waal are clear and express against tres- hand was raised with a motion of no doubtful import, passers on the game."

a whispering voice, close to his ear, pronounced the "I can't think,” said the Squire, "what made my emphatic words - "Are you a man?"" father sell the property of the old change-house yon- Not the thrilling tone with which our inimitable der, to the hag that keeps it open out of spite, I think, şiddons

used to electrify the scene, when she uttered and to harbour poachers and vagabonds !-- I cannot the same whisper, ever had a more powerful effect conceive what made him do so foolish a thing!" upon an auditor, than had these unexpected sounds

Probably because your father wanted money, sir," on him, to whom they were now addressed. Tyrrel said Tyrrel, dryly; "and my worthy landlady, Mrs. forgot every thing--his quarrel-the circumstances in Dodds, had got some.--You know, I presume, sir, which he was placed--the company. The crowd that I lodge there?"

was to him at once annihilated, and life seemed to "Oh, sir," replied Mowbray, in a tone betwixt have no other object than to follow the person who scorn and civility,,"you cannot suppose the present had spoken. But suddenly as he turned, the disapcompany is alluded to; I only presumed to mention pearance of the monitor was at least equally so, for as a fact, that we have been annoyed with unqualified amid the group of commonplace countenances by people shooting on our grounds, without either liberty which he was surrounded, there was none which asor license. And I hope to have her sign taken down sorted to the tone and words, which possessed such for it-that is all. -- There was the same plague in my a power over him. "Make way,” he said, to those father's days, I think, Mick ?"

who surrounded him; and it was in the tone of one But Mr. Meiklewham, who did not like Tyrrel's who was prepared, if necessary, to make way for looks so well as to induce him to become approver himself. on the occasion, replied with an inarticulate grunt, Mr. Mowbray, of St. Ronan's stepped forward. addressed to the company, and a private admonition "Come, sir," said

he, “this will not do--you have to his patron's own ear, " to let sleeping dogs lie." come here, a stranger among us, to assume airs and

"I can scarce forbear the fellow," said St. Ronan's; dignities, which, by G-d, would become a duke, or
"and yet I cannot well tell where my dislike to him a prince! We must know who and what you are,
lies-but it would be d-d folly to turn out with him before we permit you to carry your high tone any
for nothing; and so, honest Mick, I will be as quiet farther."
as I can."

This address seemed at once to arrest Tyrrel's an"And that you may be so," said Meiklewham, "Iger, and his impatience to leave the company. He think you had best take no more wine."

turned to Mowbray, collected his thoughts for an in"I think so too," said the Squire; " for each glass I stant, and then answered him thus :-"Mr. Mowdrink in his company gives me the heartburn-yet the bray, I seek no quarrel with any one here-with you, man is not different from other raffs either, but there in particular, I am most unwilling to have any

disis a something about him intolerable to me.' agreement. I came here by invitation, not certainly

So saying, he pushed back his chair from the expecting much pleasure, but, at the same time, suptable, and regis ad e.templar-after the pattern of posing myself secure from 'incivility. In the last the Laird, all the company arose.

point, I find myself mistaken, and therefore wish the Sir Bingo got up with reluctance, which he testified company good-night. I must also make my adieus to by two or three deep growls, as he followed the rest the ladies. of the company into the outer apartment, which So saying, he walked several steps, yet, as it

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seemed, rather irresolutely, towards the door of the j now hastened to the spot, as one which peculiarły card-room--and then, to the increased surprise of the suited his present purpose. He sat down by one of company, stopped suddenly, and muttering something the larger projecting trees, and, screened by its enorabout the "unfitness of the time," turning on his heel, mous branches from otservation, was enabled to and bowing haughtily, as there was way made for watch the road from the Hotel for a great part of its him, walked in the opposite direction towards the extent, while he was himself invisible to any who door which led to the outer hall.

might travel upon it. “D-me, Sir Bingo, will you let him off ?” said Mean while his sudden departure excited a considerMowbray, who seemed to delight in pushing his friend able sensation among the party whom he had just left, into new scrapes- "To him, man--to him-he shows and who were induced to form conclusions not very the white feather."

favourable to his character. Sir Bingo, in particular, Sir Bingo, thus encouraged, planted himself with a blustered loudly and more loudly, in proportion to the look of defiance exactly between Tyrrel and the door; increasing distance betwixt himself and his antagoupon which the retreating guest, bestowing on him nist, declaring his resolution to be revenged on the most emphatically the epithe Fool, seized liím by the scoundrel for his insolence-to drive him from the collar, and Aung him out of his way with some vio- neighbourhood-and I know not what other menaces lence.

of formidable import. The devil in the old stories of "I am to be found at the Old Town of St. Ronan's diablerie, was always sure to start up at the elbow of by whomsoever has any concern with me."—With any one who nursed diabolical purposes, and only out waiting the issue of this aggression farther than wanted a little backing from the foul fiend to carry to utter these words, Tyrrel left the hotel. He stopped his imaginations into action. The noble Captain in the court-yard, however, with the air of one un- MacTurk had so far this property of his infernal certain whither he intended to go, and who was majesty, that the least hint of an approaching quarrel desirous to ask some question, which seemed to die drew him always to the vicinity of the party concernupon his tongue. At length his cye fell upon a groom ed. He was now at Sir Bingo's side, and was taking who stood not far from the door of the inn, holding, his own view of the matter, in his character of peace in his hand a handsome pony, with a side-saddle. maker.

“Whose"- said Tyrrel-but the rest of the ques- " By Cot! and it's very exceedingly true, my goot tion he seemed unable to ulter.

friend, Sir Binco-and as you say, it concerns your Thc man, however, replied, as if he had heard the honour, and the honour of the place, and credit and whole interrogation.-"Miss Mowbray's, sir, of St. character of the whole company, by Cot! that this Ronan's-she leaves directly—and so I am walking matter be properly looked after ; for, as I think, the pony-a clever thing, sir, for a lady:"'

he laid hands on your body, my excellent gooi She returns to Shaws-Castle by the Buck-stane friend." road ?"

"Hands, Captain MacTurk !" exclaimed Sir Bingo "I suppose so, sir," said the groom. "It is the in some confusion; "no, blast him-not so bad as nighest, and Miss Clara cares litèle for rough roads. that neither-if he had, 'I should have handed him Zounds! She can spank it over wet and dry." over the window-but, by the fellow had the

Tyrrel turned away from the man, and hastily left impudence to offer to collar me-I had just stepped the hotel-not, however, by the road which led to the back to square at him, when, curse me, the blackguard Aultoun, but by a footpath among the natural copse- ran away.” wood, which, following the course of the brook, in- “Right, vara right, Sir Bingo," said the Man of tersected the usual horse-road to Shaws-Castle, the Law, a vara perfect blackguard, a poaching sorning seat of Mr. Mowbray, at a romantic spot called the sort of fallow, that I will have scoured out of the Buck-stane.

country before he be three days aulder. Fash you In a small peninsula, formed by a winding of the your beard nae farther about the matter, Sir Bingo.", brook, was situated, on a rising hillock, a large rough- " By Cot! but I can tell you, Mr. Meiklewham," hewn pillar of stone, said by tradition to commemo- said the Man of Peace, with great solemnity of visage, rate the fall of a stag of unusual speed, size, and that you are scalding your lips in other folk's kale strength, whose fight, after having lasted through a and that it is necessary for the credit, and honour, and whole summer's day, had there terminated in death, respect of this company, at the Well of St. Ronan's to the honour and glory of some ancient baron of St. that Sir Bingo goes by more competent advice than Ronan's, and of his stanch hounds. During the period - yours upon the present occasion, Mr. Meiklewham; ical cuttings of the copse, which the necessities of the for though your counsel may do very well in a smal family of St. Ronan's brought round more frequently debt court, bere, do you see, Mr. Meiklewham, is a than Ponty would have recommended, someoaks had question of honour, which is not a thing in your line been spared in the neighbourhood of this massive obe- as I take it." lisk, old enough perhaps to have heard the whoop and No, before George! it is not," answered Mekle halloo which followed the fall of the stag, and to have wham; "c'en take it all to yoursell, Captain, and witnessed the raising of the rude monument by which meikle ye are likely to make on't.” that great event was commemorated. These trees, “Then,” said the Captain, “Sir Binco, I will beg with their broad spreading boughs, made a twilight the favour of your company to the smoking room, even of noon-day; and, now that the sun was ap- where we may have a cigar and a glass of gin-twist; proaching its setting point, their shade already antici- and we will consider how the honour of the company pated night. This was especially the case where must be supported and upholden upon the present conthree or four of them stretched their arms over a deep juncture.' gully, through which winded the horse-path to Shaws- The Baronet complied with this invitation, as much, Castle, at a point about a pistol-shot distant from the perhaps, in consequence of the medium through which Buck-stane. As the principal access to Mr. Mow, the Captain intended to convey his warlike counsels

, bray's mansion was by a carriageway, which passed as for the pleasure with which he anticipated the rein a different direction, the present path was left al sult of these counsels themselves. He followed the most in a state of nature, full of large stones, and military step of his leader, whose stride was more broken by gullies, delightful, from the varied character stiff, and his form more perpendicular, when exalted of its banks, to the picturesque traveller, and most in- by the consciousness of an approaching quarrel

, to the convenient, nay dangerous, to him who had a stum- smoking-room, where, sighing as he lighted his cigar, bling horse.

Sir Bingo prepared to listen to the words of wisdom The footpath to the Buck-stane, which here joined and valour, as they should flow in mingled stream the bridle-road, had been constructed, at the expense from the lips of Captain MacTurk. of a subscription, under the direction of Mr. Winter- Mean while the rest of the company joined the Glossom, who had taste enough to see the beauties of ladies." Herc has been Clara," said Lady Penelope this secluded spot, which was exactly such as in ear- to Mr. Mowbray; "here has been Miss Mowbray lier times might have harboured the ambush of some among us, like the ray of a sun which does but dazzle marauding chief. This recollection had not escaped and die." Tyrrel, to whom the whole scenery was familiar, whol 'Ah, poor Clara," said Mowbray; "I thought I saw

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