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act of 1748, abolishing vassalage and hereditary juris- and dangerous, that though there are few things he dictions."
would not dare, I doubt if he dare quarrel with him. "Ay, but that my uncle considers as the act of a --And yet I know that of Cristal, would move my usurping government,” said Lilias.
uncle to pass his sword through his body." “Like enough he may think so," answered her "What is it, for Heaven's sake ?" said Darsie, "I brother, "for he is a superior, and loses his authority have a particular desire for wishing to know." by the enactment. But the question is, what the * The old brutal desperado, whose face and mind are vassals will think of it, who have gained their free- a libel upon human nature, has had the insolence to dom from feudal slavery, and have now enjoyed that speak to his master's niece as one whom he was at freedom for many years? However, to cut the mat- liberty to admire; and when I turned on him with the ter short, if five hundred men would rise at the wag. anger and contempt he merited, the wretch grumbled ging of my finger, that finger should not be raised in out something, as if he held the destiny of our family a cause which I disapprove of, and upon that my in his hand.' uncle may reckon."
"I thank you, Lilias,” said Darsie, eagerly, -"! “But you may temporize,” said Liliaş, upon whom thank you with all my heart for this communicaton. I the idea of her uncle's displeasure made evidently a have blamed myself as a Christian man for the instrong impression, -"you may temporize, as most of describable longing I felt from the first moment I the gentry in this country do, and let the bubble burst saw that rascal, to send a bullet through his head! of itself; for it is singular how few of them venture and now you have perfectly accounted for and jus to oppose my uncle directly. I entreat you to avoid tified this very laudable wish. I wonder my uncle, direct collision with him. To hear you, the head of the with the powerful sense you describe him to be poshouse of Redgauntlet, declare against the family of sessed of, does not see through such a villain." Stewart, would either break his heart, or drive him to "I believe he knows him to be capable of much eril." some act of desperation."
answered Lilias," selfish, obdurate, brutal, and a “Yes, but, Lilias, you forget that the consequences man-hater. But then he conceives him to POSSESS of such an act of complaisance might be, that the the qualities most requisite for a conspirator-unHouse of Redgauntlet and I might lose both our heads daunted courage, imperturbable coolness and address, at one blow."
and inviolable fidelity. In the last particular he may Alas !" said she, "I had forgotten that danger. I be mistaken. I have heard Nixon blamed for the have grown familiar with perilous intrigues, as the manner in which our poor father was taken after nurses in a pest-house are said to become accustomed Culloden." to the air around them, till they forget even that it is ' Another reason for my innate aversion". said noisome.
Darsie; "but I will be on my guard with him." And yet," said Darsie, "if I could free myself from "See, he observes us closely," said Lilias. “What him without coming to an open rupture-Tell me a thing is conscience !-He knows we are now speak. Lilias, do you think it possible that he can have any ing of him, though he cannot have heard a word ibat immediate attempt in view ?"
we have said." "To confess the truth," answered Lilias, "I cannot It seemed as if she had guessed truly; for Cristal doubt that he has. There has been an unusual bustle Nixon at that moment rode up to them, and said. among the Jacobites of late. They have hopes, as I with an affectation of jocularity, which sat very il told you, from circumstances unconnected with their upon his sullen features, "Come, young ladies, you own strength. Just before you came to the country, have had time enough for your chat this morning, my uncle's desire to find you out, became, if possible, and your tongues, I think, must be tired. We are go more eager than ever--he talked of men to be pre-ing to pass a village, and I must beg you to separate sently brought together, and of your name and influ- -you, Miss Lilias, to ride a little behind-and you ence for raising them. At this very time, your first Mrs., or Miss, or Master, which ever you choose to be visit to Brokenburn took place. A suspicion arose in called, to be jogging a little bit before." my uncle's mind, that you might be the youth he Lilias checked her horse without speaking, but not sought, and it was strengthened by papers and letters until she had given her brother an expressive look, which the rascal Nixon did not hesitate to take from recommending caution; to which he replied by a sg your pocket. Yet a mistake might have occasioned a nal, indicating that he understood and would comp. fatal explosion : and my uncle therefore posted to with her request. Edinburgh to follow out the clew he had obtained, and fished enough of information from old Mr. Fairford to make him certain that you were the person he sought.
CHAPTER XIX. Mean while, and at the expense of some personal, and perhaps too bold exertion, I endeavoured, through
NARRATIVE OF DARSIE LATIMER, CONTINUED. your friend young Fairford, to put you on your guard." LEFT to his solitary meditations, Darsie (for we will
Without success," said Darsie, blushing under his still term Sir Arthur Darsie Redgauntlet of that Ilk. mask, when he recollected, how he had mistaken his by the name to which the reader is habituated) was sister's meaning.
surprised not only at the alteration of his own state "I do not wonder that my warning was fruitless," and condition, but at the equanimity with which he said she; "the thing was doomed to be. Besides, felt himself disposed to view all these vicissitudes. your escape would have been difficult. You were His fever-fit of love had departed like a morning's dogged the whole time you were at the Shepherd's dream, and left nothing behind but a painful sense of Bush and at Mount Sharon, by a spy who scarcely shame, and a resolution to be more cautious ere be ever left you."
again indulged in such romantic visions. His station "The wretch little Benjie!" exclaimed Darsie. "I in society was changed from that of a wandering will wring the monkey's neck round, the first time we unowned youth, in whom none appeared to take an
interest, excepting the strangers by whom he had "It was he indeed who gave constant information been educated, to the heir of a noble house, possessed of your motions to Cristal Nixon," said Lilias. of such influence and such property, that it seemed as
And Cristal Nixon-I owe him, too, a day's work if the progress or arrest of important poli:ical evens in harvest," said Darsie; "for I am mistaken if he is were likely to depend upon his resolution. Even inis not the person that struck me down when I was sudden elevation, the more than fulfilment of those made prisoner among the rioters."
wishes which had haunted him ever sinee he was Like enough ; for he has a head and hand for any able to form a wish on the subject, was contemplated villany. My uncle was very angry about it; for by Darsie, volatile as his disposition was, without though the riot was made to have an oportunity of more than a few thrills of gratified vanity. carrying you off in the confusion, as well as to put It is true, there were circumstances in his present the fishermen at variance with the public law, it would situation to counterbalance such high advantages have been his last thought to have injured a hair of To be a prisoner in the hands
of a man so determined your head. But Nixon has insinuated himself into all as his uncle, was no agreeable consideration, when my uncle's secrets, and some of these are so dark he was calculating how he might best dispute tus
pleasure, and refuse to join him in the perilous enter- “But the French are at peace with us," said Darprise which he seemed to meditate. Outlawed and sie, “and would not dare"desperate himself, Darsie could not doubt that his "Why, who would ever hear of you ?" interrupted uncle was surrounded by men capable of any thing, Nixon; "do you imagine that a foreign Court would that he was restrained by no personal considerations call you up for judgment, and put the sentence of -and therefore what degree of compulsion he might imprisonment in the Courier de l'Europe, as they apply to his brother's son, or in what manner he do at the Old Bailey ?-No, no, young gentlemanmight feel at liberty to punish his contumacy, should the gates of the Bastile, and of Mont Saint Michel, he disavow the Jacobite cause, must depend entirely and the Castle of Vincennes, move on d-d easy upon the limits of his own conscience; and who was hinges when they let folk in-not the least jar is to answer for the conscience of a heated enthusiast, heard. There are cool cells there for hot heads-as who considers opposition to the party he has es- calm, and quiet, and dark, as you could wish in Bedpoused, as treason to the welfare of his country ? lam-and the dismissal comes when the carpenter After a short interval, Cristal Nixon was pleased to brings the prisoner's coffin, and not sooner.” throw some light upon the subject which agitated "Well, Mr. Nixon,” said Darsie, affecting a cheerhim.
fulness which he was far from feeling, "mine is a When that grim satellite rode up without ceremony hard case-a sort of hanging choice, you will allowclose to Darsie's side, the latter felt his very flesh since I must either offend our own government here, creep with abhorrence, so little was he able to endure and run the risk of my life for doing so, or be doomed his presence, since the story of Lilias had added to to the dungeons of another country, whose laws I his instinctive hatred of the man. His voice, too, have never offended, since I have never trod its soil sounded like that of a screrch-owl, as he said, “So Tell me what you would do if you were in my place." my young cock of the north, you now know it all, "I'll tell you that when I am there," said Nixon, and no doubt are blessing your uncle for stirring you and, checking his horse, fell back to the rear of the up to such an honourable action."
little party. "I will acquaint my uncle with my sentiments on ** It is evident,” thought the young man, " that the the subject, before I make them known to any one villain believes me completely noosed, and perhaps else,” said Darsie, scarcely prevailing on his tongue has the ineffable impudence to suppose that my sister to utter even these few words in a civil manner. must eventually succeed to the possessions which
"Umph, murmured Cristal between his teeth. have occasioned my loss of freedom, and that his own "Close as wax, I see; and perhaps not quite so plia- influence over the destinies of our unhappy family ble.- But take care, my pretty youth," he added, may secure him possession of the heiress; but he scornfully; "Hugh Redgauntlet will prove a rough shall perish hy my hand first!-I must now be on the colt-breaker-he will neither spare whip-cord nor alert to make my escape, if possible, before I am spur-rowel, I promise you."
forced on shipboard-Blind Willie will not, I think, "I have already said, Mr. Nixon," answered Dar-desert me without an effort on my behalf, especially sie, "that I will canvass those matters of which my if he has learned that I am the son of his late unsister has informed me, with my uncle himself, and happy patron.-- What a change is mine! Whilst I with no other person.'
possessed neither rank nor fortune, I lived safely and "Nay, but a word of friendly advice would do you unknown, under the protection of the kind and reno harm, young master,” replied Nixon. "Old Red- spectable friends whose hearts Heaven had moved gauntlet is apter at a blow than a word-likely to bite towards me-Now that I am the head of an honourbefore he barks-the true man for giving Scarbo- able house, and that enterprises of the most daring rough warning, first knock you down, then bid you character wait my decision, and retainers and vassals stand.-So, methinks, a little kind warning as to con- seem ready to rise at my beck, my safety consists sequences were not amiss, lest they come upon you chiefly in the attachment of a blind stroller!!! unawares."
While he was revolving these things in his mind, "If the warning is really kind, Mr. Nixon," said and preparing himself for the interview with his the young man, "I will hear it thankfully; and in- uncle, which could not but be a stormy one, he saw deed, if otherwise, I must listen to it whether I willor Hugh Redgauntlet come riding slowly back to meet no, since I have at present no choice of company or them, without any attendants. Cristal Nixon rode of conversation."
up as he approached, and, as they met, fixed on him "Nay, I have but little to say,” said Nixon, affect- a look of inquiry. ing to give to his sullen and dogged manner the ap- "The fool, Crackenthorp," said Redgauntlet, "has pearance of an honest bluntness; “I am as little apt let strangers into his house. Some of his smuggling to throw away words as any one. But here is the comrades, I believe; we must ride slowly, to give him question-Will you join heart and hand with your time to send them packing." uncle, or no ?"
“ Did you see any of your friends ?” said Cristal. “What if I should say Ay?" said Darsie, deter- "Three, and have letters from many more. They mined, if possible, to conceal his resolution from this are unanimous on the subject you wot of-and the
point must be conceded to them, or far as the matter "Why, then," said Nixon, somewhat surprised at has gone, it will go no farther." the readiness of his answer, "all will go smooth, "You will hardly bring the Father to stoop to his of course-you will take share in this noble undertak- flock," said Cristal, with a sneer. ing, and, when it succeeds, you will exchange your " He must, and shall!" answered Redgauntlet, open helmet for an Earl's coronet perhaps."
briefly. “Go to the front, Cristal--I would speak And how if it fails?" said Darsie.
with my nephew.-I trust, Sir Arthur Redgauntlei, "Thereafter as it may be,” said Nixon ; "they who you are satisfied with the manner in which I have play at bowls must meet with rubbers."
discharged my duty to your sister ?", "Well, but suppose, then, I have some foolish ten- "There can be no fault found to her manners or derness for my windpipe, and that, when my uncle sentiments,” answered Darsie; “I am happy in knowproposes the adventure to me, I should say No-how ing a relative so amiable." then, Mr. Nixon ?"
"I am glad of it," answered Mr. Redgauntlet. "I "Why, then, I would have you look to yourself, am no nice judge of women's qualifications, and my young master-There are sharp laws in France against life has been dedicated to one great object; so that refractory pupils—letters de cachet are easily come by, since she left France she has had but little opportuwhen such men as we are concerned, with interest nity of improvement. I have subjected her, however, themselves in the matter."
as little as possible to the inconveniences and priva“But we are not in France," said poor Darsie, tions of my wandering and dangerous life. From through whose blood ran a cold shivering at the idea time to time she has resided for weeks and months of a French prison.
with families of honour and respectability, and I am "A fast-sailing lugger will soon bring you there glad that she has, in your opinion, the manners and though, snug stowed under hatches, like a cask of behaviour which become her birth." moonlight."
Darsie expressed himself perfectly satisfied, and
there was a little pause, which Redgauntlet broke by of the obscene owl and carrion crow, and the scoff solemnly addressing his nephew.
of every ribald clown, in consecrated earth, as befits "For you, my nephew, I also hoped to have done his long ancestry ?" much. The weakness and timidity of your mother Darsie, unprepared to answer an appeal urged with sequestered you from my care, or it would have been so much passion, and
not doubting a direct refusal my pride and happiness to have trained up the son of would cost him his libesty or life, was again silent my unhappy brother in those paths of honour in which “I see,” said his uncle, in a more composed tone, our ancestors have always trod."
"that it is not deficiency of spirit, but the grovelling Now comes the storm,” thought Darsie to him- habits of a confined education, among the poor-spiself, and began to collect his thoughts, as the cau- rited class you were condemned to herd with, that tious master of a vessel furls his sails, and makes his keeps you silent. You scarce yet believe yourself a ship snug, when he discerns the approaching squall. Redgauntlet: your pulse has not yet learned the gen
My mother's conduct, in respect to me, might be uine throb that answers to the summons of honour misjudged,” he said, " but it was founded on the most and patriotism.". anxious affection."
"I trust," replied Darsie, at last," that I shall never Assuredly," said his uncle, "and I have no wish be found indifferent to the call of either; but to anto reflect on her memory, though her mistrust has swer them with effect-even were I convinced that done so much injury, I will not say to me, but to the they now sounded in my ear-I must see some reacause of my unhappy country. Her scheme was, I sonable hope of success in the desperate enterprise in think, to have made you that wretched petrifogging which you would involve me. I look around me and being, which they still continue to call in derision I see a settled government-an established authority by the once respectable
name of a Scottish Advocate; -a born Briton on the throne--the very Highland one of those mongrel things, that must creep, to mountaineers, upon whom alone the trust of the el. learn the ultimate decision of his causes to the bar iled family reposed, assembled into regiments, which of a foreign Court, instead of pleading before the in-act under the orders of the existing dynasty.* France dependent and august Parliament of his own native has been utterly dismayed by the tremendous lessons kingdom."
of the last war, and will hardly provoke another. "1 did prosecute the study of law for a year or All without and within the kingdom is adverse to two,” said Darsie," but I found I had neither taste encountering a hopeless struggle, and you alone, si, nor talents for the science."
seem willing to undertake a desperate enterprise." And left it with scorn, doubtless," said Mr. Red- “And would undertake it were it ten times more gauntlet. "Well, I now hold up to you, my dearest desperate; and have agitated it when ten times the nephew, a more worthy object of ambition. Look obstacles were interposed. -Have I forgot my broeastward-do you see a monument standing on yon- ther's blood ?-Can 1-dare I even now repeat the der plain, near a hamlet ?"
Pater Noster, since my enemies and the murderers Darsie replied that he did.
remain unforgiven ?-Is there an art I have not prac"The hamlet is called Burgh-upon-sands, and yon- tised--a privation to which I have not submitted to der monument is erected to the memory of the tyrant bring on the crisis which I now behold arrived :Edward I. The just hand of Providence overtook Have I not been a vowed and a devoted man, fore him on that spot, as he was leading his bands to going every comfort of social life, renouncing even complete the subjugation of Scotland, whose civil the exercise of devotion unless when I might name dissensions began under his accursed policy. The in prayer my prince and country, submitting to every glorious career of Bruce might have been stopped in thing to make converts to this noble causel-Hase I its outset; the field of Bannockburn might have re- done all this, and shall I now stop short ?"-Darse mained a bloodless turf, if God had not removed, in was about to interrupt him, but he pressed his hand the very crisis, the crafty and bold tyrant who had affectionately upon his shoulder, and enjoining, ar so long been Scotland's scourge. Edward's grave is rather imploring silence.-"Peace," he said, harar the cradle of our national freedom. It is within sight my ancestor's fame-heir of all my hopes and wishes of that great landmark of our liberty that I have to -Peace, son of my slaughtered brother! I have propose to you an undertaking, second in honour and sought for thee, and mourned for thee, as a mother importance to none since the immortal Bruce stabbed for an only child. Do not let me again lose you in the Red Comyn, and grasped, with his yet bloody the moment when you are restored to my hopes. Les hand, the independent crown of Scotland.
lieve me, I distrust so much my own impatient temHe paused for an answer; but Darsie, overawed per, that I entreat you, as the dearest boon, do naught by the energy of his manner, and unwilling to com- to awaken it at this crisis." mit himself by a hasty, explanation, remained silent. Darsie was not sorry to reply, that his respect for
"I will not suppose," said Hugh Redgauntlet, after the person of his relation would induce him to listen a pause," that you are either so dull as not to com- to all which he had to apprize him of, before he form. prehend the import of my words—or so dastardly as ed any definite resolution upon the weighty subjects to be dismayed by my proposal-or so utterly degene- of deliberation which he proposed to him. rate from the blood and sentiments of your ancestors, Deliberation!" repeated Redgauntlet, impatientis; as not to feel my summons as the horse hears the "and yet it is not ill said. I wish there had been war-trumpet."
more warmth in thy reply, Arthur ; but I must recul. "I will not pretend to misunderstand you, sir,” lect were an eagle bred in a falcon's mew, and hooded said Darsie; "but an enterprise directed against a like a reclaimed hawk, he could not at first gaze dynasty now established for three reigns requires steadily on the sun. Listen to me my dearest Arthur. strong arguments, both in point of justice and of ex- The state of this nation no more implies prosperity, pediency, to recommend it to men of conscience and than the florid colour of a feverish patient is a sympprudence."
tom of health. All is false and hollow--the apparent "I will not,” said Redgauntlet, while his eyes success of Chatham's administration has plunged spark led with anger, -" I will not hear you speak a the country deeper in debt than all the barren acros word against the justice of that enterprise, for
which of Canada are worth, were they as fertile as Yoršyour oppressed country calls with the voice of a pa- shire--the dazzling lustre of the victories of Minden rent, en treating her children for aid-or against that and Quebec have been dimmed by che disgrace of the noble revenge which your father's blood demands hasty peace-by the war, England, at immense esfrom his dishonoured grave. His skull is yet stand- pense, gained nothing but honour, and that she ing over the Rikargate, * and even its bleak and has gratuitously resigned. Many eyes, formerly cold mouldered jaws command you to be a man. I ask and indifferent are now looking towards the line of you, in the name of God, and of your country, will our ancient and rightful monarchs, as the only refuge you draw your sword, and go with me to Carlisle, were it but to lay your father's head, now the perch brated Earl of Chatham, who assumed to himself no small de
· The Highland regiments were first employed by the cele* The northern gate of Carlisle was long garnished with the country and the government, the valour which had been too
gree of praise for having called forth to the support of the heads of the Scottish rebels executed in 1746.
often directed against both.
in the approaching storm--the rich are alarmed—the of a victorious army, should have the least thoughts nobles are disgusted—the populace are inflamed--and of encouraging a descent when circumstances were so a band of patriots, whose measures are more safe that much less propitious. He therefore concluded the entheir numbers are few, have resolved to set up King terprise would fall to pieces of itself
, and that his best Charles's standard."
way was, in the mean time, to remain silent, unless the “But the military,” said Darsie-“how can you, actual approach of a crisis (which might, however, with a body of unarmed and disorderly insurgents, never arrive) should compel him to give a downright propose to encounter a regular army? The High- refusal to his uncle's proposition; and if, in the intelanders are now totally disarmed.".
rim, some door for escape should be opened, he re"In a great measure, perhaps," answered Red- solved within himself not to omit availing himself gauntlet; but the policy which raised the Highland of it. regiments has provided for that. We have already Hugh Redgaunțlet watched his nephew's looks for friends in these corps; nor can we doubt for a mo- some time, and then, as if arriving from some other ment what their conduct will be, when the white process of reasoning at the same conclusion, he said, cockade is once more mounted. The rest of the I have told you, Sir Arthur, that I do not urge your standing army has been greatly reduced since the immediate accession to my proposal; indeed the conpeace; and we reckon confidently on our standard sequences of a refusal would be so dreadful 10 yourbeing joined by thousands of the disbanded troops.” self, so destructive to all the hopes which I have
" Alas!" said Darsie, "and is it upon such vague nursed, that I would not risk, by a moment's impahopes as these, the inconstant humour of a crowd, tience, the object of my whole life. Yes, Arthur, I or of a disbanded soldiery, that men of honour are have been a self-denying hermit at one time--at aninvited to risk their families, their property, their other, the apparent associate of outlaws and desperalife?”
does--at another, the subordinate agent of men whom “Men of honour, boy,” said Redgauntlet, his eyes I felt every way my inferiors--not for any selfish purglancing with impatience, “set life, property, family, pose of my own, so, not even to win for myself and all at stake, when that honour commands it! | renown of being the principal instrument in restoring We are not now weaker than when seven men, land- my King and freeing my country. My first wish on ing in the wilds of Moidart, shook the throne of the earth is for that restoration and that freedom-my usurper till it toitered-won two pitched fields, besides next, that my nephew, the representative of my house, overrunning one kingdom and the half of another, and of the brother of my love, may have the advanand, but for treachery, would have achieved what tage and the credit of all my efforts in the good cause. their venturous successors are now to attempt in their But,” he added, daruing on Darsie one of his withering
frowns, "if Scotland and my father's House cannot · And will such an attempt be made in serious ear-stand and flourish together, then perish the very name nest ?" said Darsie. "Excuse me, my uncle, if I can of Redgauntlet! perish the son of my brother, with scarce believe a fact so extraordinary. Will there every recollection of the glories of my family, of the really be found men of rank and consequence sufficient affections of my youth, rather than my country's to renew the adventure of 1745 ?”
cause should be injured in the tithing of a barleycorn! "I will not give you my confidence by halves, Sir The spirit of Sir Alberick is alive within me at this Arthur,” replied his uncle—“Look at that scroll-moment,” he continued, drawing up his stately form, what say you to these names ?-Are they not the and sitting erect in his saddle, while he pressed his flower of the Western shires--of Wales-of Scot- finger against his forehead ; " and if you yourself land ?"
crossed my path in opposition, I swear, by the mark · The paper contains indeed the names of many that that darkens my brow, that a new deed should be are great and noble," replied Darsie, after perusing it; done-a new doom should be deserved !"
He was silent, and his threats were uttered in a tone “But what ?" asked his uncle impatiently; " doof voice so deeply resolute ; that Darsie's heart sunk you doubt the ability of those nobles and gentlemen within him, when he reflected on the storm of passion to furnish the aid in men and money, at which they which he must encounter, if he declined to join his are rated ?"
uncle in a project to which prudence and principle “Not their ability certainly,” said Darsie, "for of made him equally adverse. He had scarce any hope that I am no competent judge ;-but I see in this left but in temporizing until he could make his escape, scroll the name of Sir Arthur Darsie Redgauntlet and resolved to avail himself for that purpose of the of that Ilk, rated at a hundred men and upwards delay which his uncle seemed not unwilling to grant. I certainly am ignorant how he is to redeem that The stern, gloomy look of his companion became repledge."
lạxed by degrees, and presently afterwards he made a "I will be responsible for the men,” replied Hugh sign to Miss Redgauntlet to join
the party, and began Redgauntlet.
a forced conversation on ordinary topics; in the course But, my dear uncle," added Darsie, "I hope for of which Darsie observed that his sister seemed to your sake, that the other individuals, whose names speak under the most cautious restraint, weighing are here written, have had more acquaintance with every word before she uttered it, and always permitting your plan than I have been indulged with.”
her uncle to give the tone to the conversation, though "For thee and thine I can be myself responsible,” of the most trifling kind. This seemed to him (such said Redgauntlet;." for if thou hast not the courage an opinion had he already entertained of his sister's to head the force of thy house, the leading shall pass good sense and firmness) the strongest proof he had to other hands, and thy inheritance shall depart from yet received of his uncle's peremptory character, since thee, like vigour and verdure from a rotten branch. he saw it observed with so much deference by a young For these honourable persons a slight condition there person whose sex might have given her privileges, is which they annex to their friendship something
so and who seemed by no means deficient either in spirit trifling that it is scarce worthy of mention. This boon or firmness. granted to them by him who is most interested, there The little cavalcade was now approaching the is no question they will take the field in the manner house of Father Crackenthorp, situated, as the reader there stated.”
knows, by the side of the Solway, and not far distant Again Darsie perused the paper, and felt himself from a rude pier, near which lay several fishing-boats, still less inclined to believe that so many men of family which frequently acted in a different capacity: The and fortune were likely to embark in an enterprise so house of the worthy publican was also adapted to the fatal. It seemed as if some rash plotter had put down various occupations which he carried on, being a at a venture the names of all whom common report large scrambling assemblage of cottages attached to tainted with Jacobitism; or if it was really the act of a house of two stories, roofed with flags of sandstone the individuals named, he suspected they must be -the original mansion, to which the extension of aware of some mode of excusing themselves from com- Master Crackenthorp's trade had occasioned his pliance with its purport. It was impossible, he thought, making many additions. Instead of the single long that Englishmen, of large fortune, who had failed to watering-trough, which usually distinguishes the front join Charles when he broke into England at the head of the English public-house of the second class, there
were three conveniences of that kind, for the use, as through which they were about to follow their corputhe landlord used to say, of the troop-horses, when lent host, and where several people seemed engaged the soldiers came to search his house; while a know- in dancing to its strains. ing leer and a nod, let you understand what species "D-n thee,” said Nixon to Crackenthorp, "would of troops he was thinking of. A huge ash-tree before you have the lady go through all the mob of the the door, which had reared itself to a great size and parish ?-Hast thou no more private way to our sitting height, in spite of the blasts from the neighbouring room?" Solway, overshadowed, as usual, the ale-bench, as "None that is fit for my travelling," answered the our ancestors called it, where, though it was still landlord, laying his hand on his portly stomach. "I early in the day, several fellows, who seemed to be am not Tom Turnpenny, to creep like a lizard through gentlemen's servants, were drinking beer and smok- keyholes.” ing One or two of them wore liveries, which seemed So saying, he kept moving on through the revellers known to Mr. Redgauntlet, for he muttered between in the kitchen; and Nixon holding Darsie by his arm, his teeth, "Fools, fools! were they on a narch to as if to offer the lady support, but in all probability hell, they must have their rascals in livery with them, to frustrate any effori at escape, moved through the that the whole world might know who were going to crowd, which presented a very motley appearance, be damned."
consisting of domestic servants, country fellows seaAs he thus muttered, he drew bridle before the door men, and other idlers, whom Wandering Willie was of the place, from which several other lounging guests regaling with his music. began to issue, to look with indolent curiosity, as To pass another friend without intimation of his usual, upon an arriral.
presence would have been actual pusillanimiy; and Redgauntlet sprung from his horse, and assisted just when they were passing the blind man's elesated his niece to dismount; but, forgetting, perhaps, his seat, Dassie asked him, with some emphasis, whether nephew's disguise, he did not pay him the attention he could not play a Scottish air?-The man's face which his female dress demanded.
had been the instant before devoid of all sort of erThe situation of Darsie was indeed something awk- pression, going through his performance like a cosa ward; for Cristal Nixon, out of caution perhaps to through a beautiful country, too much accustomed prevent escape, had muffled the extreme folds of the to consider it as a task, to take any interest in the riding-skirt with which he was accoutred, around his performance, and, in faci, scarce seeming to bear the ankles and under his feet, and there secured it with noise that he was creating. In a word, he might at large corking-pins. We presume that gentlemen- the time have made a companion to my friend Wilke's cavaliers may sometimes cast their eyes to that inimitable blind crowder. But with Wandering Wille part of the person of the fair equestrians whom they this was only an occasional, and a rare fit or duloess chance occasionally to escort, and if they will con- such as will at times creep over all the professors of ceive their own feet, like Darsie's, muffled in such a the fine arts, arising either from fatigue, or contempt labyrinth of folds and amplitude of robe, as modesty of the present audience, or that caprice which so otten doubtless induces the fair creatures to assume upon tempts painters and musicians, and great actors, in such occasions, they will allow that, on a first attempt, the phrase of the latter, to walk through thar part they might find some awkwardness in dismounting instead of exerting themselves with the energy which Darsie, at leası, was in such a predicament, for, not acquired their fame. But when the performer heard receiving adroit assistance from the attendant of Mr. the voice of Darşie, his countenance became at once Redgauntlet, he stumbled as he dismounted from the illuminated, and showed the complete mistake of horse, and might have had a bad fall, had it not those who suppose that the principal point of expres been broken by the gallant interposition of a gentle- sion depends upon the eyes. With his face turned o man, who probably was, on his part, a little surprised the point from which the sound came, his upper lip a at the solid weight of the distressed fair one whom little curved, and quivering with agitation, and with a he had the honour to receive in his embrace. But colour which surprise and pleasure had brough: at what was his surprise to that of Darsie's, when the once into his faded cheek, he exchanged the humcrum hurry of the moment, and of the accident, permitted hornpipe which he had been sawing out with reluctani him to see that it was his friend Alan Fairford in and lazy bow, for the fine Scottish air, whose arms he found himself! A thousand appre
“You're welcome, Charlie Stewart, ** hensions rushed on him, mingled with the full career of hope and joy, inspired by the unexpected appear which flew from his strings as if by inspiration, and ance of his beloved friend, at the very crisis, it seemed, after a breathless pause of admiration among the of his fate.
audience, was received with a clamour of applause, He was about to whisper in his ear, cautioning him which seemed to show that the name and tendency, at the same time to be silent; yet he hesitated for a as well as the execution of the tune, was in the higbesi second or two to effect his purpose, since, should Red- degree acceptable to all
the party assembled. gauntlet take the alarm froin any sudden exclamation In the mean time, Cristal Nixon, still keeping on the part of Alan, there was no saying what conse- hold of Darsie, and following the landlord, foris quences might ensue.
his way with some difficulty through the crowded Ere he could decide what was to be done, Red- kitchen, and entered a small apartment on the other gauntlet, who had entered the house, returned has- side of it, where they found Lilias Redgaunce tily, followed by Cristal Nixon. "I'll release you already seated. Here Nixon gave way to his sup of the charge of this young lady, sir;" he said, pressed resentment, and turning sternly on Crackhaughtily, to Alan Fairford, whom he probabiy did enthorp, threatened him with his master's severs not recognise.
displeasure, because things were in such bad order "I had no desire to intrude, sir," replied Alan; "the to receive his family, when he had given_such spelady's situation seemed to require assistance-and- cial advice that he desired to be private. But Faus but have I not the honour to speak to Mr. Herries of Crackenthorp was not a man to be brow-beaten. Birrenswork ?"
"Why, brother Nixon, thou art angry this mort"You are mistaken, sir," said Redgauntlet, turning ing," he replied; "hast risen from thy wrong side, I short off, and making a sign with his hand to Cristal, think. You know, as well as I, that most of (as who hurried Darsie, however unwillingly, into the mob is of the Squire's own making-gentlemen that house, whispering in his ear, "Come, miss, let us come with their servants, and so forth, to meet him have no making of acquaintance from the windows. in the way of business, as old Tom Turnpenny says Ladies of fashion must be private. Show us a room, the very last that came was sent down with Dick Father Crackenthorp.”
Gardener from Fairladies.'' So saying, he conducted Darsie into the house But the blind scraping scoundrel yonder," said interposing at the same time his person betwixt the Nixon, “how dared you take such a rascal as that supposed young lady and the stranger of whom he across your threshold at such a time as this?-If the was so suspicious, as to make communication by signs Squire should dream you have a thought of peact impossible. As they entered, they heard the sound of ing-Iam only speaking for your good, Father Crack a fiddle in the stone-floored and well sanded kitchen, I enthorp."