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signifies winning a hundred thousand pounds, if you "I wish you had been dumb rather than that you win them to lose them a' again ?"
had mentioned it now," said Mowbray, starting, as it "What signifies it?” replied Mowbray. "Why, it stung by an adder" What, Clara's pittance !-the signifies as much io a man of spirit, as having won rifle my aunt left her for her own fanciful expenses a battle signifies to a general--no matter that he is her own little private store, that she puts to so many beaten afterwards in his turn, he knows there is luck good purposes-Poor Clara, that has so litue!
And for him as well as others, and so he has spirit to try why not rather your own, Master Meiklewham, who it again. Here is the young Earl of Ethrington will call yourself the friend and servant of our family?" be amongst us in a day or two-they say he is up to "Ay, St. Ronan's," answered Meiklewham, " that every thing-if I had but five hundred to begin with, is a very true-but service is nae inheritance; and as I should be soon up to him.”
for friendship, it begins at home, as wise folk have "Mr. Mowbray," said Meiklewham, “I am sorry said lang before our time. And for that matter, I for ye. I have been your house's man-of-business-1 think they that are nearest sib should take maist riek. may say, in some measure, your house's servant-and You are nearer and dearer to your sister, St. Ronan's, now I am to see an end of it all, and just by the lad than you are to poor Saunders Meiklewham, that that I thought maist likely to set it up again better hasna sae muckle gentle blood as would supper up a than ever; for, to do ye justice, you have aye had hungry flea." an ee to your ain interest, sae far as your lights gaed. "I will not do this,” said St. Ronan's, walking up It brings tears into my auld een.'
and down with much agitation; for, selfish as he was “Never weep for the matter, Mick," answered he loved his sister, and loved her the more on account Mowbray; some of it will stick, my old boy, in your of those peculiarities which rendered his protection pockets, if not in mine your service will not be alto- indispensable to her comfortable existence—“I will yether gratuitous, my old friend--the labourer is wor- not, he said, “pillage her, come on't what will. I thy of his hire.".
will rather go a volunteer to the continent, and die Weel I wot is he," said the writer; "but double like a gentleman." fees would hardly carry folk through some wark. But He continued to pace the room in a moody silence, if ye will have siller, ye maun have siller-but, I war-which began to disturb his companion, who had not rant, it goes just where the rest gaed.”
been hitherto accustomed to see his patron take “No, by twenty devils !” exclaimed Mowbray, “ to matters so deeply. At length he made an attempt 10 fail this time is impossible-Jack Wolverine was 100 attract the attention of the silent and sullen ponderer. strong for Ethrington at any thing he could name; "Mr. Mowbray” –
-no answer-“I was saying, SL and I can beat Wolverine from the Land's-End to Ronan's"'--still no reply. "I have been ihinking Johnnie Groat's—but there must be something to go about this matter--and": upon--the blunt must be had, Mick."
"And what, sir ?” said St. Ronan's, stopping short, "Very likely--nac doubt--that is always provided it and speaking in a stern tone of voice. can be had," answered the legal adviser.
' And, to speak truth, I see liule feasibility in the "That's your business, my old cock," said Mowbray. matter ony way; for if ye had the siller in your "This youngster will be here perhaps to-morrow, pocket to-day, it would be a' in the Earl of Etheringwith money in both pockets-he takes up his renis ton's the morn.' as he comes down, Mick-think of that, my old “Pshaw! you are a fool," answered Mowbray. friend."
"That is not unlikely," said Meiklewham:" but so "Weel for them that have rents to take up,” said is Sir Bingo Binks, and yet he's had the better of you, Meiklewham; "ours are lying rather ower low to be St. Ronan's, this iwa or three times." lifted at present.-- But are you sure this Earl is a man “It is false!-he has not,” answered Sl. Ronan's to mell with ?--are you sure ye can win of him, and fiercely. that if you do, he can pay his losings, Mr. Mowbray? “Weel I wot," resumed Meiklewham," he took you ---because I have kend mony ane come for wool, and in about the saumon fish, and some other wager ye gang hame shorn; and though ye are a clever young lost to him this very day." genileman, and I am bound to suppose ye ken as "I tell you once more, Meiklewham, you are a fool, much about life as most folk, and all that; yet some and no more up to my trim than you are to the longgate or other ye have aye come off at the losing hand, tude.--Bingo is got shy-I must give him a little line, as ye have ower much reason to ken this day-how- that is all-then I shall strike him to purpose-I am beit
as sure of him as I am of the other-I know the fly "O, the devil take your gossip, my dear Mick! If they will both rise to--this cursed want of five hunyou can give no help, spare drowning me with your dred will do me out of ten thousand !" pother.--Why, man, I was a fresh hand-had my ap- "If you are so certain of being the bangster-50 prentice-fees to pay--and these are no trifles, Mick.- very certain, I mean, of sweeping stakes,--what harm But what of that?-I am frce of the company now, will Miss Clara come to by your having the use of her and can trade on my own bottom."
siller? You can make it up to her for the risk ten “Aweel, aweel, I wish it may be sae," said Meikle- times told." wbam.
"And so I can, by Heaven !” said St. Ronan's. "It will be so, and it shall be so, my trusty friend," "Mick you are right, and I am a scrupulous, chickenreplied Mowbray, cheerily, " so you will but help me hearted fool. Clara shall have a thousand for her to the stock to trade with.”
poor five hundred-she shall, by And I will "The stock ?-what d'ye ca’ the stock? I ken nae carry her to Edinburgh for a season, or perhaps to stock that ye have left."
London, and we will have the best advice for her “But you have plenty, my old boy-Come, sell out case, and the best company to divert her. And if they a few of your three per cents; I will pay difference, think her a little odd-why, d-me, I am her brother, interest-exchange--every thing.”
and will bear her through it. Yes-yes-you're “Ay, ay-every thing or nacihing," answered Mei- right; there can be no hurt in borrowing five hunklewham;." but as you are sae very pressing, I hae dred of her for a few days, when such protit may be been thinking-Whan is the siller wanted ?"
made on's, both for her and me-Here, fil the "This instant-this day-tv-morrow at farthest!" glasses, my old boy, and drink success to it
, for you exclaimed the proposed borrower.
are right." "Wh-ew!" whistled the lawyer, with a long, pro- "Here is success to it, with all my heart," answered longation of the note; the thing is impossible. Meiklewham, heartily glad to see his patron's san
"If must be, Mick, for all that," answered Mr. gvine temper arrive at this desirable conclusion, and Mowbray, who knew by experience that impossible, yet willing to hedge in his own credit;, "but it is you when utiered by his accommodating friend in this are right, and noi me, for I advise nothing except on tone, meant only, when interpreted, extremely diffi- your assurances, that you can make your ain of this cult, and very expensive.
English earl, and of this Sir Bingo-and if you can "Then it must be by Miss Clara selling her stock, bui do that, I am sure it would be unwise and unkind now that ye speak of stock,” said Meiklewham; "iin ony ane of your friends to stand in your light." wonder ye didna think of this before."
"True, Mick, true," answered Mowbray-"And yet dice and cards are but bones and pasteboard, and | blotted music, needle-work of various kinde, and the best horse ever started may slip a shoulder before many other little female tasks; all undertaken with he get to the winning-post--and so I wish Clara's zeal, and so far prosecuted with art and elegance, veniure had not been in such a bottom.-But, hang but all Aung aside before any one of them was comit
, care killed a cat-I can hedge as well as any one, if pleted. the odds turn up against me--so let us have the cash, Clara herself sat upon a little low couch by the Mick."
window, reading, or at least turning over the leaves “Aha! but there go two words to that bargain- of a book, in which she seemed to read. But instantly the stock stands in my name, and Tam Turnpenny starting up when she saw her brother, she ran tothe banker's, as trustees for Miss Clara-Now, get wards him with the most cordial cheerfulness." you her letter to us, desiring us to sell out and to pay *Welcome, welcome, my dear John; this is very you the proceeds, and Tam Turnpenny will let you kind of you to come to visit your recluse sister. I have five hundred pounds instanter, on the faith of have been trying to nail my eyes and my understand the transaction; for I fancy you would desire a' the ing to a stupid book here, because they say too much stock to be sold out, and it will produce more than six thought is not quite good for me. But, either the hundred, or seven hundred pounds either--and I man's dulness, or my want of the power of attending, reckon you will be selling out the whole-it's need- makes my eyes pass over the page, just as one seems less making twa bites of a cherry."'.
to read in a dream, without being able to comprehend True," answered Mowbray; "since we must be one word of the matter. You shall talk to me, and rogues, or something like it, let us make it worth our that will do better. What can I give you to show while at least; so give me a form of the letter, and that you are welcome? I am afraid tea is all I have Clara shall copy it--that is, if she consents; for you to offer, and that you set too little store by. know she can keep her own opinion as well as any “I shall be glad of a cup at present," said Mowbray, other woman in the world."
" for I wish to speak with you." "And that," said Meik lewham, “is as the wind “Then Jessy shall make it ready instantly,” said will keep its way, preach to it as ye like. But if I Miss Mowbray, ringing, and giving orders to her waitmight advise about Miss Clara-1 wad say naething ing-maid-" but you must not be ungrateful, John, mair than that I was stressed for the penny money; and plague me with any of the ceremonial for your for I mistake her muckle if she would like to see you fète-sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.' I will ganging to pitch and toss wi' this lord and tither attend, and play my part as prettily as you can desire; baronet for her aunt's three per cents-I ken she has but to think of it beforehand, would make boih mý some queer notions-she gives away the feck of the head and my heart ache; and so I beg you will spare dividends on that very stock in downright charity." me on the subject.”
"And I am in hazard to rob the poor as well as my " Why, you wild kitten," said Mowbray, "you turn sister!" said Mowbray, filling once more his own every day more shy of human communication-wo glass and his friend's. "Come, Mick, no skylights- shall have you take the woods one day, and become here is Clara's health-she is an angel-and I'am- as savage as the Princess Caraboo. But I will what I will not call myself, and sutler no other man plague you about nothing if I can help it. If matters to call me.-But I shall win this time-I am sure I go not smooth on the great day, they must e'en blame shall, since Clara's fortune depends upon it."
the dull thick head that had no fair lady to help him Now, I think, on the other hand,” said Meikle-in his need. But, Clara, I had something more mawham, that if any thing should chance wrang, (and serial to say, to you-something indeed of the last Heaven kens that the best-laid schemes will gang importance. ajee,) it will be a great comfort to think that the ulti- What is it ?" said Clara, in a tone of voice apmate losers will only be the poor folk, that have the proaching to a scream-"In the name of God, what parish between them and absolute starvation--if your is it? You know not how you terrify me!" sister spent her ain siller, it would be a very different Nay you start at a shadow, Clara," answered her
brother. "It is no such uncommon matter neither“Hush, Mick--for God's sake, hush, mine honest good faith, it is the most common distress in the friend,” said Mowbray; "it is quite true; thou art a world, so far as I know the world--I am sorely rare counsellor in time of need, and hast as happy a pinched for money." manner of reconciling a man's conscience with his "Is that all ?” replied Clara, in a tone which seemed necessities, as might set up a score of casuists; but to her brother as much to underrate the difficulty, beware, my most zealous counsellor and confessor, when it was explained, as her fears had exaggerated how you drive the nail too far-I promise you some of it before she heard its nature. the chaffing you are at just now rather abates my "Is that all? Indeed it is all, and comprehends a pluck.-Well-give me your scroli - I will to Clara great deal of vexation. I shall be hard run unless I with it--though I would rather meet the best shot in can get a certain sum of money-and I must e'en ask Britain, with ten paces of green sod betwixt us." So you if you can help me?" saying, he left the apartment.
“Help you ?" replied Clara; "Yes, with all my heart-but you know my purse is a light one--more
than half of my last dividend is in it, however, and I CHAPTER XI.
am sure, John, I shall be happy if I can serve youespecially as that will at least show that your wants
are but small ones. Nearest of blood should still be next in love ;
"Aļas, Clara, if you would help me,” said her broAnd when I see these happy children playing,
ther, half repentant of his purpose,
you must draw While William gathers Howers for Ellen's ringlets, And Ellen dresses flies for William's angle,
the neck of the goose which lays the golden eggsI scarce can think, that in advancing lite,
you must lend me the whole stock." Coldness, unkindness, interest, or suspicion,
"And why not, John," said the simple-hearted girl, Will e'er divide that unity so sacred,
"if it will do you a kindness? Are you not my natural Which nature bound at birth. - Anymous.
guardian? Are you not a kind one? And is not my THEN Mowbray had left his dangerous adviser, in little fortune entirely at your disposal ? You will, I
er to steer the course which his agent had indicated, am sure, do all for the best."'. without offering to recommend it, he went to the "I fear I may not,” said Mowbray, starting from little parlour which his sister was wont to term her her, and more distressed by her sudden and unsusown, and in which she spent great part of her time. picious compliance, than he would have been bv It was filted up with a sort of fanciful neatness; and difficulties, or remonstrance. In the latter case, he in its perfect arrangement and good order, formed a would have stifled the pangs of conscience amid the strong contrast to the other apartments of the old maneuvres which he must have resorted to for ob
and neglected mansion-house. A number of liitle taining her acquiescence; as matters stood, there was · articles lay on the work-lable, indicating the elegant, all the difference that there is between slaughtering
and, at the same time, the unsettled turn of the inha- a tame and unresisting animal, and pursuing wild bitant's mind. There were unfinished drawings, 1 game until the animation of the sporisman's excre
tions overcomes the internal sense of his own cruelty. I yours in reserve, and I swear to you I will adopt it. The same idea occurred to Mowbray himself. The trifle which this letter of yours enables me to com
“By G—," he said, "this is like shooting the bird mand, may have luck in it, and we must not throw up sitting. -Clara,” he added, "I fear this money will the cards while we have a chance of the game.-Were scarce be employed as you would wish."
I to cut from this moment, these few hundreds would "Employ it as you yourself please, my dearest make us little better or little worse, so you see we brother," she replied, "and I will believe it is all for have two strings to our bow. Luck is sometimes the best.”
against me, that is true-but upon true principle, and "Nay, I am doing for the best," he replied ; at playing on the square, I can manage the best of them, least, I am doing what must be done, for I see no or my name is not Mowbray. Adieu, my dearest other way through it--so all you have to do is to copy Clara." So saying, he kissed her check wiih a more this paper, and bid adieu to bank dividends-for a lit. than usual degree of affection. tle while at least. I trust soon to double this little Ere he could raise himself from his stooping posmatter for you, if Fortune will but stand my friend." | ture, she threw her arm kindly over his neck, and
“Do not trust to Fortune, John,” said Clara, smil said with a tone of the deepest interest, "My dearest ing, though with an expression of deep melancholy. brother, your slightest wish has been, and ever shall “Alas! she has never been a friend to our family be, a law to me--Oh! if you would but grant me one not at least for many a day.”
request in return !" She favours the bold, say my old grammatical What is it, you silly girl ?" said Mowbray, gently exercises," answered her brother; "and I must trust disengaging himself from her hold.-"What is it you her, were she as changeable as a weathercock. And can have to ask that needs such a solemn preface ?yet-if she should jilt me!-What will you do-what Remember, I hate prefaces; and when I happen to will you say, Clara, if I am unable, contrary to my open a book, always skip them." hope, trust, and expectation, to repay you this money “Without preface, then, my dearest brother, will within a short time?"
you, for my sake, avoid those quarrels in which the “Do ?" replied Clara; 'I must do without it, you people yonder are eternally engaged ? I never go down know; and for saying, I will not say a word." there but I hear of some new brawl; and I never lay
"True," replied Mowbray, “but your little expenses my head down to sleep, but I dream that you are the --your charities-your halt and blind-your round of victim of it. Even last nightpaupers ?”
"Nay, Clara, if you begin to tell your dreams, we "Well
, I can manage all that too. Look you here, shall never have done. Sleeping, to be sure, is the John, how many hall-worked trifles there are. The most serious employment of your life--for as 10 ealing, needle or the pencil is the resource of all distressed you hardly match a sparrow; but I entreat you to heroines, you know; and I promise you, though I sleep without dreaming, or to keep your visions to have been a little idle
and unsettled of late yet, when yourself. Why do you keep such fast hold of me?I do set about it, no Emmeline or Ethelinde of them what on earth can you be afraid of ?-Surely you do all ever sent such loads of trumpery to market as I not think the blockhead Binks, or any other of the shall, or made such wealth as I will do. I dare say good folks below yonder, dared to turn on me? Egad, Lady Penelope, and all the gentry, at the Well, will I wish they would pluck up a little metile, that I mighi purchase, and will raffle, and do all sort of things to have an excuse for drilling them. Gad, I would soon encourage the pensive performer. I will send them teach them to follow at heel." such lots of landscapes, with sap-green trees, and "No, John,” replied his sister; "it is not of such mazareen-blue rivers, and portraits that will terrify men as these that I have any fear-and yet, cowards the originals themselves-and handkerchiefs and tur- are sometimes driven to desperation, and become bans, with needle-work scallopped exactly like the more dangerous than better men-but it is not such walks on the Belvidere-Why, I shall become a little as these that I fear. But there are men in the world fortune in the first season.'
whose qualities are beyond their seeming-whose "No, Clara," said John, gravely, for a virtuous spirit and courage lie hidden, like metals in the mine, resolution had gained the upperhand in his bosom, under an unmarked or a plain exterior.-You may while his sister ran on in this manner.-"We will do meet with such--you are rash and headlong, and úpt something better than all this. If this kind help of to exercise your wit without always weighing conyours does not fetch me through, I am determined I sequences, and thus”will cut the whole concern. It is but standing a laugh On my word, Clara," answered Mowbray, "you or two, and hearing a gay fellow say, D--me, Jack, are in a most sermonizing ḥumour this morning! the are you turned clodhopper at last ?-that is the worst parson himself could not have been more logical or Dogs, horses, and all, shall go to the hammer; we will profound. You have only to divide your discourse into keep nothing but your pony, and I will trust to a pair heads, and garnish it with conclusions for use, and of excellent legs. There is enough left of the old conclusions for doctrine, and it might be preached acres to keep us in the way you like best, and that I before a whole presbytery, with every chance of inwill learn to like. I will work in the garden, and struction and edification. But I am a man of the work in the forest, mark my own trees, and cut them world, my little Clara ; and though I wish to go in myself, keep my own accounts, and send Saunders death's way as little as possible, I must not fear the Meiklewhain to the devil."
raw-head and bloody-bones neither.-And who the "Tha: last is the best resolution of all, John," said devil is to put the question to me?-I must know thal, Clara ; "and if such a day should come round, I should Clara, for you have some especial person in your eye be the happiest
of living creatures--I should not have when you bid me take care of quarrelling." a grief left in the world--if I had, you should never Clara could not become paler than was her usual see or hear of it-it should lie here," she said, pressing complexion ; but her voice faltered as she eagerly her hand on her bosom,“ buried as deep as a funereal assured her brother, that she had no particular person urn in a cold sepulchre. Oh! could we not begin such in her thoughts. a life to-morrow? If it is absolutely necessary that "Clara,” said her brother, do you remember, when this trifle of money should be got rid of first, ihrow there was a report of a bogle* in the upper orchard, it into the river, and think you have lost it amongst when we were both children?-Do you remember gamblers and horse-jockeys."
how you were perpetually telling me io take care of Clara's eyes, which she fondly fixed on her brother's the bogle, and keep away from its haunts ?-And do face, glowed through the tears which her cnihusiasm you remember my going on purpose to detect the called into them, while she thus addressed him. Mow-bogle, finding the cows-boy, with a shirt about him, bray, on his part
, kept his looks fixed on the ground, busied in pulling pears, and creating him to a handwith a flush on his check, that expressed at once false some drubbing?-I am the same Jack Mowbray still
, pride and real shame.
as ready to face danger, and unmask imposiuon; and Al length he looked up :-"My dear girl," he said, your fears, Clara, will only make me watch more "how foolishly you talk, and how foolishly I, that have closely, till' I find out the real object of them. If you twenty things to do, stand here listening to you! All warn ine of quarrelling with some one, it must be lewill go smoo ih on my plan-if it should not, we have
• Bogle-in English, Goblin.
cause you know some one who is not unlikely to parations for his solemn festival on the following quarrel with me. You are a flighty and fanciful girl, Thursday had so much occupied him, that he had not but you have sense enough not to trouble either your lately appeared at the Well. self or me on a point of honour, save when there is In the mean while the gallant Captain seemed to some good reason for it."
experience as much distress of mind, as if some stain Clara once more protested, and it was with the had lain on his own most unblemished of reputationis. deepest anxiety to be believed, that what she had said He went up, and down upon the points of his tocs, arose only out of the general consequences which she rising up on his instep with a jerk which at once exapprehended from the line of conduct her brother had pressed' vexation and defiance-He carried his noso adopted, and which, in her apprehension, was so likely turned up in the air, like that of a pig when he snufts to engage him in the broils that divided the good the approaching storm--He spoke in monosyllables company at the Spring. Mowbray listened to her ex- when he spoke at all; and-what perbaps illustrated planation with an air of doubl, or rather incredulity, in the strongest manner the depth of his feelings-he sipped a cup of tea which had for some time been refused, in face of the whole company, to pledge placed before him, and at length replied, “Well, Clara, Sir Bingo in a glass of the Baronet's peculiar cogniac. whether I am right or wrong in my guess,
would be At length, the whole Well was alarmed by the recruel to torment you any more, remembering what port brought by a smart outrider, that the young Earl you have just done for me. But do justice to your of Etherington, reported to be rising on the horizon brother, and believe, that when you have any thing to of fashion as a star of the first magnitude, intended to ask of him, an explicit declaration of your wishes will pass an hour, or a day, or a week, as it might happen, answer your purpose much better than any ingenious (for his lordship could not be supposed to know his oblique attempts to influence me. Give up all thoughts own mind,) at St. Ronan's Well. of such, my dear Clara--you are but a poor man@u- This suddenly put all in motion. Almanacks were vrer, but were you the very Machiavel of your sex, opened to ascertain his lordship's age, inquiries were you should not turn the flank of John Mowbray." made concerning the extent of his fortune, bis habits
He left the room as he spoke, and did not return, were quoted, his tastes were guessed at; and all that though his sister twice called upon him. It is true the ingenuity of the Managing Committee could dethat she uttered the word brother so faintly, that per- vise was resorted to, in order to recommend their haps the sound did not reach his ears.--"He is gone, Spa to this favourite of fortune. An express was desshe said, "and I have had no power to speak out! I patched to Shaws-Castle with the agreeable intelliam like the wretched creatures, who, it is said, lie gence, which fired the train of hope that led to Mow. ander a potent charm, that prevents them alike from bray's appropriation of his sister's capital. He did shedding tears and from confessing their crimes- not, however, think proper to obey the summons lo Yes, there is a spell on this unhappy heart, and either the Spring; for, not being aware in what light the that must be dissolved, or this must break."
Earl might regard the worthies there assembled, he did not desire to be found by his lordship in any strict connexion with them.
Sir Bingo Binks was in a different situation. The CHAPTER XII.
bravery with which he had endured the censure of
the place began to give way, when he considered that A slight note I have about me, for the delivery of which you a person of such distinction as that which public must excuse me. It is an office which friendship calls upon me opinion attached to Lord Etherington, should find to do, and no way offensive to you, as I desire nothing but him bodily indeed at St. Ronan's, but, so far as soright on both sides.-King and no King.
ciety was concerned, on the road towards the ancient The intelligent reader may recollect, that Tyrrel city of Coventry; and his banishment thither, indeparted from the Fox Hotel on terms not altogether curred by that most unpardonable offence in modern 80 friendly towards the company as those under morality, a solecism in the code of honour. Though which he entered it. Indeed, it occurred to him, that sluggish and inert when called to action, the Baronet he might probably have heard something farther on was by no means an absolute coward; or, if so, he the subject, though, amidst matters of deeper and was of that class which fights when reduced to exmore anxious consideration, the idea only passed tremity. He manfully sent for Captain MacTurk, hastily through his mind; and two days having gone who waited upon him with a grave solemnity of asover without any message from Sir Bingo Binks, the pect, which instantly was exchanged for a radiant whole atfair glided entirely out of his memory. joy, when Sir Bingo, in a few words, empowered him
The truth was, that although never old woman to carry a message to that d-d strolling artist, by took more trouble to collect and blow up with her whom he had been insulted three days since. bellows the embers of her decayed fire, than Captain By Cot," said the Captain, “my exceedingly goot MacTurk kindly underwent for the purpose of puff and excellent friend, and I am happy to do such a faing into a flame the dying sparkles of the Baronet's vous for you! And it's well you have thought of it courage; yet two days were spent in fruitless con- yourself; because, if it had not been for some of our ferences before he could attain the desired point. He very goot and excellent friends, that would be putting found Sir Bingo on these different occasions in all their spoon into other folk's dish, I should have been sorts of different moods of mind, and disposed to asking you a civil question myself, how you came to view the thing in all shades of light, except what the dine with us, with all that mud and mire which Mr. Captain thought was the true one. He was in a Tyrrel's grasp has left upon the collar of your coat-drunken humour-in a sullen humour-in a thought- you understand me.-But it is much better as it is, less and vilipending humour-in every humour but a and I will go to the man with all the speed of light; fighting one. And when Captain MacTurk talked and though, to be sure, it should have been sooner of the reputation of the company at the Well, Sir thought of, yet let me alone to make an excuse for Bingo pretended to take offence, said the company that, just in my own civil way-better late thrive than inight go to the devil, and hinted that he "did them never do well, you know, Sir Bingo; and if you have sufficient honour by gracing them with his counte- made him wait a little while for his morning, you nance, but did not mean to constitute them any must give him the better measure, my darling." judges of his affairs. The fellow was a raff, and he So saying, he awaited no reply, lest peradventure would have nothing to do with him."
the commission with which he was so hastily and Captain MacTurk would willingly have taken unexpectedly charged, should have been clogged with measures against the Baronet himself, as in a state of some condition of compromise. No such proposal, contumacy, but was opposed by Winterblossom and however, was made on the part of the doughty Sir other members of the committee, who considered Sir Bingo, who eyed his friend as he hastily snatched up Bingo as too important and illustrious a member of his rattan to depart, with a dogged look of obstinacy, their society to be rashly expelled from a place not expressive, to use his own phrase, of a determined honoured by the residence of many persons of rank; resolution to come up to the scratch; and when he and finally insisted that nothing should be done in the heard the Captain's parting footsteps, and saw the matter without the advice of Mowbray, whose pre- door shut behind him, he valiantly whistled a few
bars of Jenny Sutton, in token he cared not a farthing terity in single-stick. The people began to gather; how the matter was to end.
and how long his gallantry might have maintained With a swifter pace than his half-pay leisure usu- itself against the spirit of self-defence and revenge, ally encouraged, or than his habitual dignity per- must be left uncertain, for the arrival of Tyrrel, remitted, Captain MacTurk cleared the ground be turned from a short walk, put a period to the contest. twixt the Spring and its gay vicinity, and the ruins of Meg, who had a great respect for her guest, began the Aultoun, where reigned our friend Meg Dods, the to feel ashamed of her own violence, and slunk into sole asserter of its ancient dgnities. To the door of the house; observing, however, that she trewed she the Cleikum Inn the Captain addressed himself, as had made her hearth-broom and the auld heathen's one too much accustomed to war to fear a rough pow right weel acquainted. The tranquillity which reception; although at the very first aspect of Meg, ensued upon her departure, gave Tyrrel an opportunity who presented her person at the half opened door, his to ask the Captain, whom he at length recognised, military experience taught him that his entrance into the meaning of this singular affray, and whether the the place would, in all probability, be disputed. visit was intended for him; to which the veteran
" Is Mr. Tyrrel at home?" was the question ; and replied very discomposedly, that," he should have the answer was conveyed, by the counter-interro- known that long enough ago, if he had had decent gation. "Wha may ye be that speers ?".
people to open his door, and answer a civil question, As the most polite reply to this question, and an instead of a flyting madwoman, who was worse than indulgence, at the same time, of his own taciturn dis- an eagle,” he said, " or a mastiff-bitch, or a she-bear, position, the Captain presented to Luckie Dods the or any other female beast in the creation." fifth part of an ordinary playing card, much grimed Half suspecting his errand, and desirous to avoid with snuff, which bore on its blank side his
name unnecessary notoriety, Tyrrel, as he showed the Capand quality. But Luckie Dods rejected the informa- tain to the parlour, which he called his own, entreated tion thus tendered, with contemptuous scorn. him to excuse the rudeness of his landlady, and to
"Nane of your deil's play-books for me,” said she; pass from the topic to that which had procured him
adjusting his handkerchief and breast-ruffle, and en"I am Captain MacTurk, of the - - regiment," deavouring to recover the composure of manner besaid the Caplain, disdaining further answer. i coming his mission, bụt still adverting indignantly to
“MacTurk?" repeated Mag, with an emphasis, the usage he had received"By Cot! if she had but which induced the owner of the name to reply, "Yes, been a man, if it were the King himself-However, honest woman-MacTurk-Hector MacTurk-have Mr. Tyrrel, 'I am come on a civil errand-and very you any objections to my name, good wife?'' civilly I have been treated-the auld bitch should be
“Nae objections have I," answered Meg; "it's set in the stocks, and be tamned !-My friend, Sir e'en an excellent name for a heathen.-But, Captain Bingo-By Cot! I shall never forget that woman's MacTurk, since sae it be that ye are a captain, ye insolence-if there be a constable or a cat-o'-nine-tails may e'en face about_and march your ways hame within ten miles"again, to the tune of Dumbarton drums; for ye are "I perceive, Captain," said Tyrrel, " that you are ganging to have nae speech of Maister Tirl, or ony too much disturbed at this moment to enter upon the lodger of mine."
business which has brought you here-if you will step And wherefore not ?" demanded the veteran ; into my bedroom, and make use of some cold water "and is this of your own foolish head, honest woman, and a towel, it will give you the time to compose or has your lodger left such orders ?!!
yourself a little." Maybe he has and maybe no," answered Meg, I shall do no such thing, Mr. Tyrrel," answered sturdily; "and I ken nae mair right that ye suld ca the Captain, snappishly; "I do not want to be comme honest woman, than I have to ca' you honest posed at all, and I do not want to stay in this house man, whilk is as far frae my thoughts as it wad be a minute longer than to do my errand to you on my from heaven's truth.”
friend's behalf--And as for this tamned woman “The woman is deleerit !" said Captain MacTurk; Dods" "but coom, coom-a gentleman is not to be misused "You will in that case forgive my interrupting you in this way when he comes on a gentleman's busi- Captain MacTurk, as I presume your errand 10 me ness; so make you a bit room on the door-stane, that can have no reference to this strange quarrel with my I may pass by you, or I will make room for myself
, landlady, with
which I have nothing to"by Cot! to your small pleasure."
"And if I thought that it had, sir," said the CapAnd so saying he assumed the air of a man who tain, interrupting Tyrrel in his turn, "you should have was about to make good his passage. But Meg, given me satisfaction before you was a quarter of a without deigning farther reply, flourished around her hour older-Oh, I would give five pounds to the pretty head the hearth-broom, which she had been employ- fellow that would say, Captain MacTurk, the woman ing to its more legitimate purpose, when disturbed in did right!"! her housewifery by Captain MacTurk.
"I certainly will not be that person you wish for, "I ken your errand weel eneugh, Captain-and I Captain," replied Tyrrel, “because I really do not ken yoursell
. Ye are ane of the folk that gang about know who was in the right or wrong; but I am ceryonder setting folk by the lugs, as callants set their tainly sorry that you should have met with ill usage, collies to fight. But ye shall come to nae lodger o' when your purpose was to visit me.” mine, let a-be Maister Tirl, wi' ony sic ungodly errand; "Well, sir, if you are concerned," said the man of for I am ane that will keep God's peace and the King's peace, snappishly, "so am I, and there is an end of it. within my dwelling.”
-And touching my errand to you-you cannot have So saying, and in explicit token of her peaceable forgotten that you treated my friend, Sir Bingo Binks intentions, she again flourished her broom.
with singular incivility ?" The veteran instinctively threw himself under Saint "I recollect nothing of the kind, Captain,” replied George's guard, and drew two paces back, exclaim- Tysrel. "I remember that the gentleman, so called, ing: That the woman was either mad, or as drunk as took some uncivil liberties in laying foolish bets
conwhisky could make her;" an alternative which afford cerning me, and that I treated him, from respect to ed Meg so little satisfaction, that she fairly rushed on the rest of the company, and the ladies in particular; her retiring adversary, and began to use her weapon with
a great degree of moderation and forbearance.' to fell purpose.
"And you must have very fine ideas of forbear: Me drunk, ye scandalous blackguard!” (a blow ance," replied the Captain, "when you took my good with the broom interposed as parenthesis,)“ me, that friend by the collar
of the coat, and lifted him out of am fasting from all but sin and bohea!” (another your way as if he had been a puppy dog! My good whack.)
, I can assure you he does not think that The Captain, swearing, exclaiming, and parrying, you have forborne him at all, and he has no purpose caught the blows as they fell, showing much dex? I to forbear you; and I must either carry back a sulti