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"At Marchthorn!"exclaimed Dame Dods," heard | Mr. Tyrrel, wishing you a hearty welcome to your ever man the like o' that !--And where did ye put own country." up in Marchthorn, an ane may mak' bauld to speer?" “I thank you, Mr. Touchwood," answered Tyrrel; At the Black Bull," replied Tyrrel.
"and I return you the same good wishes, with, as I Ay, that's auld Tam Lowrie's--a very decent sincerely hope, a much greater chance of their being man, Thamas-and a douce creditable house-nane realized. --You relieved me, sir, at a time when the of your flisk-ma-hoys- I am glad ye made choice of villany of an agent, prompted, as I have reason sic gude quarters, neighbour; for I am beginning to to think, by an active and powerful enemy, occa, think ye are but a queer ane-ye look as if butter sioned my being, for a time, pressed for funds.-I wadna melt in your mouth, but I sall warrant cheese made remittances to the Ragion you dealt with, to no choke ye.-But I'll thank ye to gang your ways into acquit myself at least of the pecuniary part of my the parlour, for I am no like to get muckle mair out o' obligation; but the bills were returned, because, it ye, it's like; and ye are standing here just in the gate, was stated, you had left Smyrna.” when we hae the supper to dish."
"Very true--yery true-left Smyrna, and here I Tyrrel, glad to be released from the examination to am in Scotland--as for the bills, we will speak of which his landlady's curiosity had without ceremony them another time--something due for picking me subjected him, walked into the parlour, where he was out of the gutter.” presently joined by Mr. Touchwood, newly attired, "I shall make no deduction on that account," said and in high spirits.
Tyrrel, smiling, though in no jocose mood; and I beg "Here comes our supper!” he exclaimed. -"Sit ye you not to mistake me. The circumstances of endown, and let us see what Mrs. Dods has done for us. barrassment under which you found me at Smyrna, -I profess, mistress, your plottie is excellent, ever were merely temporary-I am most able and willing since I taught you to mix the spices ir the right pro- to pay my debt; and, let me add, I am most desirous portion."
to do so. "I am glad the plottie pleases ye, sir-but I think I Another time another time," said Mr. Touchkend gay weel how to make it before I saw your honour wood—"time enough before us, Mr. Tyrrel-besides,
- Maister Tirl can tell that, for mony a browst of it I at Smyrna, you talked of a lawsuit-law is a lick hae brewed lang syne for him and the callant Valen- penny, Mr. T'yrrel-no counsellor like the pound in tine Bulmer."
purse. This ill-timed observation extorted a groan from “For my lawsuit," said Tyrrel, “I am fully proTyrrel; but the traveller, running on with his own vided." recollections, did not appear 19 notice his emotion. " But have you good advice ?-Have you good ad"You are a conceited old woman,
," said Mr. vice ?'' said Touch wood; answer me that. Touch wood; "how the devil should any one know “I have advised with my lawyers," answered Tyr. how to mix spices so well as he who has been where rel, internally vexed to find that his sriend was much they grow?-1 have seen the sun ripening nutmegs disposed to make his generosity upon the former ocand cloves, and here, it can hardly fill a peasecod, by casion a pretext for prying farther into his affairs Jupiter. Ah, Tyrrel, the merry nights we have had now than he thought polite or convenient. at Smyrna !--Gad, I think the gammon and the good "With your counsel learned in the law-eh, my wine taste all the better in a land where folks hold dear boy? But the advice you should take is of some them to be sinful indulgences-Gad, I believe many travelled friend, well acquainted with mankind and a good Moslem is of the same opinion-that same the world--some one that has lived double your years, prohibition of their prophet's gives a favour to the and is maybe looking out for some bare young fellow ham, and a relish to the Cyprus. ---Do you remember that he may do a little good to--one that might be old Cogia Hassein, with his green turban ?-I once willing to help you farther than I can pretend to guess played him a trick, and put a pint of brandy into his -for, as to your lawyer, you get just your guinea's sherbet. Egad, the old fellow took care never to dis worth from him-noi even so much as the baker's cover the cheat until he had got to the bottom of the bargain, thirteen to the dozen.” flagon, and then he strokes his long white beard, and "I think I should not trouble myself to go far in says, *Ullah Kerim,'--that is, 'Heaven is merciful,' search of a friend such as you describe," said Tyrrel, Mrs. Dods, Mr. Tyrrel knows the meaning of it.- who could not affect to misunderstand the senior's Uilah Kerim, says he, after he had drunk about a drift, " when I was near Mr. Peregrine Touchwood; gallon of brandy-punch !-Ullah Kerim, says the but the truth is, my affairs are al present so much hypocritical old rogue, as if he had done the fir 23t complicated with those of others, whose secrets I thing in the world !"
have no right to communicate, that I cannot have the And what for no? What for shouldna the honest advantage of consulting you, or any other friend. It man say a blessing after his drap punch ?" demanded is possible I may be soon obliged to lay aside this reMrs. Dods; "it was better, I ween, than blasting, serve, and vindicate myself before the whole public. and blawing, and swearing, as if folks shouldna be I will not fail, when that time shall arrive, to take an thankful for the creature comforts."
early opportunity of confidential communication with "Well said, old Dame Dods," said the traveller; you. " that is a right hostess's maxim, and worthy of Mrs. "That is right-confidential is the word--No perQuickly herself. Here is to thee, and I pray ye to son ever made a confidant of me who repented it, pledge me before you leave the room."
Think what the Pacha might have made of it, had he "Troth, I'll pledge naebody the night, Maister taken my advice, and cut through the Isthmus of Touch wood; for, what wil the upcast and terror that Suez.-Turk and Christian, men of all tongues and I got a wee while syne, and what wil the bit taste countries, used to consult old Touch wood, from the that I behoved to take of the plottie while I was building of a mosque down to the settling of an agie. making it, my head is sair eneugh distressed the - But come-Good-night-good-night." night already. - Maister Tirl, the yellow room is So saying, he took up his bedroom light, and ex ready for ye when ye like; and, gentlemen, as the tinguished one of those which stood on the table, morn is the Sabbath, I canna be keeping the servarit nodded to Tyrrel to discharge his share of the duty queans out of their beds to wait on ye ony langer, for imposed by Mrs. Dods with the same punctuality, and they will mak it an excusc for lying till aught o'clock they withdrew to their several apartments, entertain on the Lord's day. So, when your plottie is done, ing very different sentiments of cach other. I'll be muckle obliged to ye to light the bedroom can- A troublesome, inquisitive old gentleman,” said dles, and put out the double moulds, and e'en show Tyrrel to himself; "I remember him narrowly escapyoursells to your beds; for douce folks, sic as the ing the bastinado at Smyrna, for thrusting his advice like of you, should set an example by ordinary.-And on the Turkish cadi--and then I lie under a consider80, gude-night to ye baith."
able obligation to him, giving him a sort of right to 'By my faith," said Touchwood, as she withdrew, annoy me- -Well, I must parry his impertinence as our dame turns as obstinate as a Pacha with three I can." tails !-We have her gracious permission to finish our 1. A shy cock this Frank Tyrrel," thought the tramug, however ; so here is to your health once more, I veller ; a very complete dodger :- But no matter-I
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shall wind him, were he to double like a fox-1 am "Mr. Tyrrel," said Captain Jekyl, "you must resolved to make his matters myown, and if I cannot allow me to speak with candour. There is too carry him through, I know not who can.”
great a stake betwixt your brother and you to perHaving formed this philanthropic resolution, Mr. mit you to be friends, but I do not see it is necesTouch wood threw binself into bed, which luckily sary that you should therefore be morial enemies.” declined exactly at the right angle, and, full of self- "I am not my brother's enemy, Captain Jekyl.” complacency, consigned himself to slumber.
said Tyrrel-"I have never been so-His friend I cannot be, and he knows but too well the insur
mountable barrier which his own conduct has placed CHAPTER XXIX.
"I am aware," said Captain Jekyl, slowly and MEDIATION. So begone!
expressively, “ generally, at least, of the particulars We will not now be troubled with reply ;
of your unfortunate disagreement." We offer fair, take it advisedly.
"If so," said Tyrrel, colouring, you must be
King Henry IV., Part I. also aware with what extreme pain I feel myself It had been the purpose of Tyrrel, by rising and compelled to enter on such a subject with a total breakfasting early, to avoid again meeting Mr. Touch-stranger-a stranger, too, the friend and confidant wood, having upon his hands a matter in which that of one who But I will not hurt your feelings officious gentleman's interference was likely to prove Captain Jekyl, but rather endeavour to suppress troublesome. His character, he was aware, had been my own. In one word, I beg to be favoured withi assailed at the Spa in the most public manner, and in the import of your communication, as I am obliged the most public manner he was resolved to demand to go down to the Spa this morning, in order to redress, conscious that whatever other important con- put to rights some matters there which concern me cerns had brought him to Scotland, must necessarily nearly.' be postponed to the vindication of his honour. He "If you mean the cause of your absence from an was determined, for this purpose, to go down to the appointment with Sir Bingo Binks,”, said Captain rooms when the company was assembled at the Jekyl, "the matter has been already completely breakfast hour, and had just taken his hat to set out, explained. I pulled down the offensive placard when he was interrupted by Mrs. Dods, who, an- with my own hand, and rendered myself responsinouncing "a gentleman that was speering for him," ble for your honour to any one who should presume ushered into the chamber a very fashionable young to hold it in future doubt. man in a military surtout, covered with silk lace and "Sir," said Tyrrel, very much surprised, “I am fur, and wearing a foraging.cap; a dress now too obliged to you for your intention, the more so as I familiar to be distinguished, but which at that time am ignorant how I have merited such interference. was used only by geniuses of a superior order. The It is not, however, quite satisfactory, to me, because stranger was neither handsome nor plain, but had in I am accustomed to be the guardian of my own his appearance a good deal of pretension, and the cool honour." easy superiority which belongs to high breeding. On An easy task, I presame in all cases, Mr. his pari, he surveyed Tyrrel; and, as his appearance Tyrrel, answered Jekyl, “but peculiarly so in the differed, perhaps, from ihat for which the exterior of present, when you will find no one so hardy as to the Cleikum Inn had prepared him, he abated soine-assail it.- My interference, indeed, would have been thing of the air with which he had entered the room, unjustifiably officious, had'I not been at the moment and politely announced himself as Captain Jekyl, of undertaking a commission implying confidential in. the Guards, (presenting at the same time, his tercourse with you. For the sake of my own cha. ticket.)
racter, it became necessary to establish yours. I "He presumed he spoke to Mr. Martigny ?" know the truth of the whole affair from my friend,
"To Mr. Francis Tyrrel, sir," replied Tyrrel, draw- the Earl of Etherington, who ought to thank Heaing himself up—"Martigny was my mother's name- ven so long as he lives, that saved bim on that occaI have never borne it."
sion from the commission of a very great crime.". "I am not here for the purpose of disputing that "Your friend, sir, has had, in the course of his point, Mr. Tyrrel, though I am not entitled to admit life, much to thank Heaven for, but more for which what my principal's information leads him to doubt."' | 10 ask God's forgiveness."
Your principal, 1 presume, is Sir Bingo Binks?" "I am no divine, sir," replied Captain Jekyl, said Tyrrel. I have not forgotten that there is an with spirit; " but I' have been told that the same unfortunate affair between us.
may be said of most men alive." "I have not the honour to know Sir Bingo Binks,". "I, at least, cannot dispute it," said Tyrrel; said Captain Jekyl. "I come on the part of the Earl " but, to proceed. -Have you found yourself at of Etherington."
liberty, Captain Jekyl, to deliver to the public the Tyrrel stood silent for a moment, and then said, "I whole' particulars of a rencontre so singular as that am at a loss to know what the gentleman who calls which took place between your friend and me?". himself Earl of Etherington can have to say to me
"I have not, sir,'
;" said Jekyl-"I judged it a through the medium of such a messenger as yourself, matter of great delicacy, and which each of you had Captain Jekyl. I should have supposed that, consi- the like inicrest to preserve secret." dering our unhappy relationship, and the terms on “May I beg to know, then," said Tyrrel,“ how which we stand towards each
, the lawyers were it was possible for you to vindicate my absence the fittest negotiators between us.'
from Sir Bingo's rendezvous otherwise ?" “Sir," said Captain Jekyl, "you are misunder- "It was only necessary, sir, to pledge my word standing my errand. I am come on no message of as a gentleman and a man of honour, characters in hostile import from Lord Etherington-I am aware which I am pretty well known to the world, that of the connexion betwixt you, which would render to my certain personal knowledge, you were hurt such an office altogether contradictory to common in an affair with a friend of mine, the further parsense and the laws of nature; and I assure you, ticulars of which prudence required should be sunk would lay down my life rather than be concerned into oblivion. I think no one will venture to disin an affair so unnatural. I would act, if possible, pute my word, or to require more than my assuas a mediator betwixt you."
rance.--If there should be any one very hard of They had hitherto remained standing. Mr. Tyr-faith on the occasion, I shall find a way to satisfy rel now offered his guest a seat; and, having as him. In the mean while, your outlawry has been sumed one himself, he broke the awkward pause rescinded in the most honourable manner; and Sir which ensued by observing, “I should be happy, Bingo, in consideration of his share in giving rise after experiencing such a long course of injustice to reports so injurious to you, is desirous to drop and persecution from your friend, to learn, even at all further proceedings in his original quarrel, and this late period, Captain Jekyl,' any thing which hopes the whole matter will be forgot and forgiven can make me think better, either of him, or of his on all sides." burpose towards me and towards others."
"Upon my word, Captain Jekyl," angwered Tyr. title"
rel, “you lay me under the necessity of acknowledg- ! composure ; but do not say more on the topic you ing obligation to you. You have cut a knot which have touched upon, unless you would have before you I should have found it very ditficult to unloose; for I a madınan !-Is it possible for you, sir, to have heard frankly confess, that, while I was determined not to even the outline of this story, and to imagine that I remain under the stigma put upon me, I should have can ever reflect on the coldblooded and most inhuhad great difficulty in clearing myself, without men man stratagem, which this friend of yours prepared tioning circumstances, which, were it only for the for two unfortunates, without”- -He started up, and sake of my father's memory, should be buried in walked impetuously to and fro. “Since the Fiend eternal oblivion. I hope your friend feels no con- himself interrupted ihe happiness of perfect innocence, tinued inconvenience from his hurt ?"
there was never such an act of ireachery-never such " His lordship is nearly quite recovered,” said schemes of happiness destroyed-never sạch inevitaJekyl.
ble misery prepared for two wretches who had the "And I trust he did me the justice to own, that, idiocy to repose perfect confidence in him!-Had there so far as my will was concerned, I am totally guilt- been passion in his conduct, it had been the act of a less of the purpose of hurting him ?"
man--a wicked man, indeed, but still a human crea"He does you full justice in that and every thing ture, acting under the influence of human feelingselse," replied Jeky!; "regrets the impetuosity of his but his was the deed of a calm, cold, calculating own temper, and is determined to be on his guard demon, actuated by the basest and most sordid against it in future."
motives of self-interest, joined, as I firmly believe, to "That," said Tyrrel, “is so far well; and now, an early and inveterate hatred of one whose claims may I ask once more, what communication you have he considered as at variance with his own." to make to me on the part of your friend ?-Were "I am sorry to see you in such a temper," said it from any one but him, whom I have found so uni- Captain Jekys, calmly; "Lord Etherington, I trust, formly false and treacherous, your own fairness and acted on very different motives than those you imputó candour would induce me to hope that this unnatural to him; and if you will but listen to me, perhaps quarrel might be in some sort ended by your media something may be struck out which may accommoation.'
date these unhappy disputes." "I then proceed, sir, under more favourable aus- “Sir," said Tyrrel, sitting down again, "I will pices than I expected," said Captain Jekyl, “ to enter listen to you with calmness, as I would remain calm on my commission. -You are about to commence a under the probe of a surgeon tending a festered lawsuit, Mr. Tyrrel, if fame does not wrong you, for wound. But when you touch me to the quick, when the purpose of depriving your brother of his estate and you prick the very nerve, you cannot expect me to
endure without wincing.' "The case is not fairly stated, Captain Jekyl,” re- "I will endeavour, then, to be as brief in the operaplied Tyrrel ; " I commence a lawsuit, when I do com- tion as I can," replied Captain Jekyl
, who possessed mence it, for the sake of ascertaining my own just the advantage of the most admirable composure durrights."
ing the whole conference. "I conclude, Mr. Tyrrel, "It comes to the same thing eventually," said the that the peace, happiness, and honour of Miss Mowmediator;
called upon, to decide upon the bray, are dear to you ?'' justice of your claims, but they are, you will allow, " Who dare impeach her honour!" said Tyrrel, newly started. The late Countess of Etherington fiercely; then checking himself, added, in a more died in possession--open and undoubted possession, moderate tone, but one of deep, feeling “They are of her rank in society.”
dear to me, sir, as my eyesight.”' "If she had no real claim to it, sir," replied Tyrrel, “My friend holds them in equal regard," said the "she had more than justice who enjoyed it so long; Captain ; "and has come to the resolution of doing and the injured lady whose claims were postponed, her the most ample justice." had just so much less.-But this is no point for you “He can do her justice no otherwise, than by ceasand me to discuss between us-it must be tried else- ing to haunt this neighbourhood, to think, to speak,
even to dream of her." "Proofs, sir, of the strongest kind, will be necessary "Lord Etherington thinks otherwise," said Captain to overthrow a right so well established in public Jekyl; "he believes that if Miss Mowbray has sus, opinion as that of the present possessor of the title of tained any wrong at his hands, which, of course, I Etherington."
am not called upon to admit, it will be best repaired Tyrrel took a paper from his pocketbook, and, hand-by the offer 10 share with her his title, his rank, and ing it to Captain Jekyl, only answered, "I have no his fortune." thoughts of asking you to give up the cause of your "His title, rank, and fortune, sir, are as much a friend; but methinks the documents of which I give falsehood as he is himself," said Tyrrel, with vioyou a list, may shake your opinion of it."
lence--"Marry Clara Mowbray? never!" Captain Jekyl read, muttering to himself,
" My friend's fortune, you will observe," replied tificate of marriage, by the Rev. Zadock Kemp, chap- Jekyl, "does not rest entirely upon the event of the lain to the British Embassy at Paris, between Marie lawsuit with which you, Mr. Tyrrel, now threaten de Bellroche, Comptesse de Martigny, and the Right him.-Deprive him, if you can, of the Oakendale Honourable John Lord Oakendale-Letters between estate, he has still a large patrimony by his mother; John Earl of Etherington and his lady, under the and besides, as to his marriage with Clara Mowbray, title of Madaine de Martigny-Certificate of baptism he conceives, that unless it should be the lady's wish
- Declaration of the Earl of Etherington on his to have the ceremony repeated, to which he is most death-bed,'-All this is very well--but may I ask you, desirous to defer his own opinion, they have only to Mr. Tyrrel, if it is really your purpose to go to extremity declare that it has already passed between them." with your brother?”
“A trick, sir!" said Tyrrel, " a vile infamous trick! "He has forgot that he is one-he has lifted his of which the lowest wretch in Newgate would be hand against my life.".
ashamed-the imposition of one person for another." “ You have shed his blood-twice shed it," said “Of that, Mr. Tyrrel, I have seen no evidence Jekyl; "the world will not ask which brother gave whatever. The clergyman's certificate is clearthe offence, but which received, which indicted, the Francis Tyrrel is united to Clara Mowbray in the severest wound."
holy bands of wedlock-such is the tenor-there is a "Your friend has inflicted one on me, sir," said copy-nay, stop one instant, if you please, sir. You Tyrrel, " that will bleed while I have the power of say there was an imposition in the case--I have no memory
doubt but you speak what you believe, and what Miss “I understand you, sir,” said Captain Jekyl; "you Mowbray told you. She was surprised-forced in mean the affair of Miss Mowbray ?"
some measure from the husband she had just married Spare me on that subject, sir!" said Tyrrel. -ashamed to meet her former lover, to whom, doubt“Hitherto I have disputed my most important rights less, she had made niany a vow of love, and ne'er a -rights which involved my rank in society, iny for- true one-what wonder that, unsupported by her bridetune, the honour of my mother--with someihing like groom, she should have changed her tone, and thrown
all the blame of her own inconstancy on the absent “Captain Jekyl,” said Tyrrel, solemnly, "I have swain ?-A woman, at a pinch so critical, will make no claims. Whatever I might have had, were canthe most improbable excuse,, rather than be found celled by the act of treachery through which your guilty on her own confession.”.
friend endeavoured 100 successfully to supplant me. " l'here must be no jesting in this case,” said Tyr- Were Clara Mowbray as free from her pretended marrel, his cheek becoming pale, and his voice altered riage as law could pronounce her, still with me-me, at with passion.
least, of all men in the world-the obstacle must ever "I am quite serious, sir,” replied Jekyl;" and there reinain, that the nuptial benediction has been prois no law court in Britain that would take the lady's nounced over her, and the man whom I inust for once word-all she has to offer, and that in her own cause call brother." He stopped at that word, as if it ---against a whole body of evidence, direct and cir- had cost him agony to pronounce it, and then recumstantial, showing that she was by her own free sumed :-"No, sir, I have no views of personal consent married to the gentleman who now claims advantage in this matter-they have been long anniher hand.-Forgive me, sir-I see you are much bilated-But I will not permit Clara Mowbray to agitated-I do not mean to dispute your right of be- become the wife of a villain-1 will watch over her lieving what you think is most credible-I only use with thoughts as spotless as those of her guardian the freedom of pointing out to you the impression angel. I have been the cause of all the evil slie bas which the evidence is likely to make on the minds of sustained-I first persuaded her to quit the path of indifferent persons.
duty-I, of all men who live, am bound to protect "Your friend," answered Tyrrel, affecting a com- her from the misery-froni the guilt--which must posure, which, however, he was far from possessing, attach to her as this man's wife. I will never
may think by such arguments to screen his villany; believe that she wishes it-I will never believe, but it cannot avail him-lhe truth is known to Heaven that in calm mind and sober reason, she can be -it is known to me--and there is, besides, one indif- brought to listen 10 such a guilty proposal. - But ferent witness upon earth, who can testify that the her mind-alas !-is not of the firm texture it once inost abominable imposition was practised on Miss could boast; and your friend knows well how to Mowbray."
press on the spring of every passion that can agitate "You mean her cousin, -Hannah Irwin, I think, and alarm her. Ihreats of exposure may extort her is her name," answered Jekyl; "you see I am fully consent to this most unfitting match, if they do not acquainted with all the circumstances of the case. indeed drive her to suicide, which I think the most But where is Hannah Irwin to be found ?"
likely termination. I will, iherefore, be strong where She will appear, doubtless, in Heaven's good she is weak.-Your friend, sir, must at least strip his time, and to the confusion of him who now imagines proposals of their fine gilding. I will satisfy Mr. the only witness of his treachery-the only one who | Mowbray of St. Ronan's of his false pretences both could tell the truth of this complicated mystery- to rank and fortune; and I rather think he will proeither no longer lives, or, at least, cannot be brought tect his sister against the claim of a needy protigate, forward against him, to the ruin of his schemes. Yes, though he might be dazzled with the alliarce of a sir, that slight observation of yours has more than wealthy peer.' explained to me why your friend, or, to call him by "Your cause, sir, is not yet won," answered Jekyl; his true name, Mr. Valentine Bulmer, has not com- "and when it is, your brother will retain property menced his machinations sooner, and also why he enough to entitle him to marry a greater maich than has commenced them now. He thinks himself cer- Miss Mowbray, besides the large estate of Nettletain that Hannah Irwin is not now in Britain, or to wood, to which that alliance must give him right. But be produced in a court of justice-he may find him. I would wish to make some accommodation between self mistaken."
you if it were possible., You profess, Mr. Tyrrel, to My friend seems perfectly confident of the issue lay aside all selfish wishes and views in this matter, of his cause," answered Jekyl; “but for the lady's and to look entirely to Miss Mowbray's safety and sake, he is most unwilling to prosecute a suit which happiness ?'' must be attended with so many circumstances of Such, upon my honour, is the exclusive purpose of painful exposure."
my interference-I would give all I am worib io pro"Exposure, indeed!" answered Tyrrel; "thanks cure her an hour of quiet--for happiness she will never to the traitor who laid a mine so fearful, and who know again." now affects to be reluctant to fire it.-Oh! how I am Your anticipations of Miss Mowbray's distress," bound to curse that affinity that restrains my hands! said Jekyl, "are, I understand, founded upon the I would be content to be the meanest and vilest of character of my friend. You think him a man of light society, for one hour of vengeance on this unexampled principle, and because he overreached you in a juvenile hypocrite!-One thing is certain, sir-your friend will intrigue, you conclude that now, in his more steady and have no living victim. His persecution will kill advanced years, the happiness of the lady in whom you Clara Mowbray, and fill up the cup of his crimes, are so much interested ought not to be trusted to bim?" with the murder of one of the sweetest- -I shall “There may be other grounds," said Tyrrel, hasuly; grow a woman, if I say more on the subject!" "but you may argue upon those you have named, as
“My friend,” said Jekyl, "since you like best to sufficient to warrant my interference." have him so defined, is as desirous as you can be to “How, then, if I should propose some accommodaspare the lady's feelings; and with that view, not tion of this nature ? Lord Etherington does not prereverting to former passages, he has laid before her tend to the ardour of a passionate lover. He lives brother a proposal of alliance, with which Mr. Mow much in the world, and has no desire to quit it. Miss bray is highly pleased.”
Mowbray's health is delicate-her spirits variable"Ha!" said Tyrrel, starting-"And the lady ?"— and retirement would most probably be her choice.
"And the lady so far proved favourable, as to con- Suppose-1 am barely putting a supposition-suppose sent that Lord Etherington shall visit Shaws-Castle." thata marriage between two persons so circumstanced
“Her consent must have been extorted !" exclaimed were rendered necessary or advantageous to both Tyrrel.
-suppose that such a marriage were to secure to one "It was given voluntarily,” said Jekyl, " as I am party a large estate-were to insure the other against led to understand ; unless, perhaps, in so far as the all the consequences of an unpleasant exposure-still, desire to veil these very unpleasing transactions may both ends might be obtained by the mere ceremony of have operated, I think naturally enough, to induce marriage passing between them. There might be a her to sink them in eternal secresy, by accepting Lord previous contract of separation, with suitable pro Etherington's hand. -I see, sir, I give you pain, and visions for the lady, and stipulations, by which the am sorry for it.-I have no title to call upon you for husband should renounce all claim to her society any exertion of generosity; þut, should such be Miss Such things happen every season, if not on the very Mowbray's sentiments, is it too much to expect of marriage day, ye: before the honeymoon is over. you, that you will not compromise the lady's honour Wealth and freedom would be the lady's, and as mnch by insisting upon former claims, and opening up dis- rank as you, sir, supposing your claims just, may think reputable transactions so long past ?"
proper to leave them."
There was a long pause, during which Tyrrel under- I disobey the commands of a dying father, who wished went many changes of countenance, which Jekyl that by doing so I should declare to the world the pewatched carefully, without pressing him for an an- nitence which hurried him perhaps to the grave, and swer. Al length he replied, There is much in your the making which public he considered might be proposal, Captain Jekyl, which I might be tempted to some atonement for his errors. From an honoured accede to, as one manner of unloosing this Gordian place in the land, I descend voluntarily to become a knot, and a compromise by which Miss Mowbray's nameless exile; for, once certain that Clara Mowfuture tranquillity would be in some degree provided bray's peace is assured, Britain no longer holds me. for. But I would rather trust a fanged adder than your All this I do, sir, not in any idle strain of overheated friend, unless I saw him fettered by the strongest ties of feeling, but seeing, and knowing, and dearly valuing, interest. Besides, I am certain the unhappy lady could every advantage which I renounce-yet I do it, and never survive the being connected with him in this do it willingly, rather than be the cause of farther evil manner, though but for the single moment when they to one, on whom I have already brought 100-too should appear together at the altar. There are other much." objections"
His voice, in spite of his exertions, faltered as he He checked himself, paused, and then proceeded in concluded the sentence, and a big drop which rose to a calm and self-possessed tone. "You think, per- his eye, required him for the moment to turn towards haps, even yet, that I have some selfish and interested the window. views in this business; and probably you may feel "I am ashamed of this childishness," he said, turnyourself entitled to entertain the same suspicion lo- ing again to Captain Jekyl; "if it excites your ridiwards me, which I avowedly harbour respecting every cule, sir, let it be at least a proof of my sincerity;" proposition which originates with your friend.-1 "I am far from entertaining such sentiments," said cannot help it-I can but meet these disadvantageous Jekyl, respectfully--for, in a long train of fashionable impressions with plain dealing and honesty; and it follies, his heart had noi been utterly hardened—" very is in the spirit of both that I make a proposition to far, indeed. To a proposal so singular as yours, I canyou. - Your friend is attached to rank, fortune, and not be expected to answer-except thus far—the chaworldly advantages, in the usual proportion, at least, racter of the peerage is, I believe, indelible, and canin which they are pursued by men of the world--this not be resigned or assumed at pleasure. If you are you must admit, and I will not offend you by supposing really Earl of Etherington, I cannot see how your remore.
signing the right may avail my friend." "I know few people who do not desire such advan- You, sir, it might not avail,” said Tyrrel, gravely, tages," answered Captain Jekyl; "and I frankly own because you, perhaps, might scorn to exercise a right, that he affects no particular degree of philosophic or hold a title that was not legally yours. But your indifference respecting them.".
friend will have no such compunctious visitings. If Be it so," answered Tyrrel. "Indeed, the propo- he can act the Earl to the eye of the world, he has alsal you have just made indicates that his pretended ready shown that his honour and conscience will be claim on this young lady's hand is entirely, or almost easily satisfied.” entirely, dictated by motives of interest, since you are May I take a copy of the memorandum containing of opinion that he would be contented to separate this list of documents,” said Captain Jekyl, "for the from her society on the very marriage day, provided information of my constituent ?!! that, in doing so, he was assured of the Nettlewood "The paper is at your pleasure, sir," replied Tyrrel; property."
"it is itself but a copy.-But Captain Jekyl," he adMy proposition was unauthorized by my prin- ded, with a sarcastic expression, "is, it would seem, cipal, answered Jekyl; " but it is needless to deny, but imperfectly let into his friend's confidence-he that its very tenor implies an idea, on my part, that may be assured his principal is completely acquainted Lord Etherington is no passionate lover.'
with the contents of this paper, and has accurate co“Well then," answered Tyrrel. "Consider, sir, pies of the deeds to which it refers." and let him consider well, that the estate and rank he "I think it scarce possible,” said Jekyl, angrily. now assumes, depend upon my will and pleasure- "Possible and certain !" answered Tyrrel. that, if I prosecute the claims of which that scroll father, shortly preceding his death, sent me--with a makes you aware, he must descend from the rank of most affecting confession of his errors—this list of an earl into that of a commoner, stripped of by much papers, and acquainted me that he had made a similar the better half of his fortune-a diminution which communication to your friend. That he did so I have would be far from compensated by the estate of Nel no doubt, however Mr. Bulmer may have thought tlewood, even if he could obtain it, which could only proper to disguise the circumstance in communication be by means of a lawsuit, precarious in the issue, and with you. One circumstance, among others, stamps most dishonourable in its very essence.
at once his character, and confirms me of the danger "Well, sir,” replied Jekyl, "I perceive your argu- he apprehended by my return to Britain. He found ment-What is your proposal ?"
means, through a scoundrelly agent, who had made "That I will abstain from prosecuting my claim on me the usual remittances from my father while alive, those honours and that property-that I will leave to withhold those which were necessary for my reValentine Bulmer in possession of his usurped title turn from the Levant, and I was obliged to borrow and ill-deserved wealth-that I will bind myself under from a friend.” the strongest penalties never to disturb his possession "Indeed ?" replied Jekyl. "It is the first time I of the Earldom of Etherington and estates belonging have heard of these papers-May I inquire where the to it-on condition that he allows the woman, whose originals are, and in whose custody?” peace of mind he has ruined for ever, to walk through "I was in the East," answered Tyrrel, “during my the world in her wretchedness, undisturbed either by father's last illness, and these papers were by him dehis marriage-suit, or by any claim founded upon his posited with a respectable commercial house, with own most treacherous conduct-in short, that he for- which he was connected. They were enclosed in a bear to molest Clara Mowbray, either by his presence, cover directed to me, and that again in an envelope, word, letter, or through the intervention of a third addressed to the principal person in their firm.". party, and be to her in future as if he did not exist." "You must be sensible," said Captain Jekyl
, "that "This is a singular offer,” said the Captain; "may I can scarcely decide on the extraordinary offer which I ask if you are serious in making it ?"
you have been pleased to make, of resigning the claim "I am neither surprised nor offended at the ques- founded on these documents, unless I had a previous tion," said Tyrsel. "I am a man, sir, like others, and opportunity of examing
them." affect no superiority to that which all men desire the "You shall have that opportunity-I will write to possession of-a certain consideration and station in have them sent down by the post-they lie but in society: Iam no romantic fool to undervalue the sa- small compass. crifice I am about to make. I renounce a rank which "This, then," said the Captain, "sums up all that is and ought to be the more valuable to me, because can be said at present.--Supposing these proofs to be it involves (he blushed as he spoke) the fame of an of unexceptionable authenticity, I certainly would adbonoured mother--because, in failing to claim it, I vise my friend Etherington to put to sleep a claim so