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NARRATIVE OF DARSIE LATIMER, CONTINUED.

"Why, look ye, brother Nixon," said Cracken- | that he would compose himself, and recollect the thorp, turning his quid with great composure," the condition in which he was placed. But the door, Squire is a very worthy gentleman, and I'll never framed to withstand the attacks of excisemen, condeny it; but I am neither his servant nor his tenant, stables, and other personages, cor.sidered as worthy and so he need send me none of his orders till he to use what are called the King's keys,* "and therehears I have put on his livery. As for turning away with to make lockfast plaris open and patent," set folk from my door, I might as well plug up the ale-tap, his efforts at defiance. Mean time the noise continued and pull down the sign--and as for peaching, and without, and we are 10 give an account of its origin in such like, the Squire will find the folk here are as our next chapter. honest to the full as those he brings with him.”.

"How, you impudent lump of tallow,” said Nixon, "what do you mean by that?!!

CHAPTER XX. "Nothing,” said Crackenthorp, "but that I can tour out as well as another-you understand me keep good lights in my upper story--know a thing or JOE CRACKENTHORP's public-house had never, since two more than most fólk in this country. If folk will it first reared its chimneys on the banks of the Solcome to my house on dangerous errands, egad they way, been frequented by such a miscellaneous group shall not find Joe Crackenthorp a cat's-paw. I'll of visiters as had that morning become its guests. keep myself clear, you may depend on it, and let every Several of them were persons whose quality seemed man answer for his own actions-that's my way, much superior to their dresses and modes of travelAny thing wanted, Master Nixon ?"

ling. The servants who attended them contradicted No-Yes-begone!" said Nixon, who seemed the inferences to be drawn from the garb of their embarrassed with the landlord's contumacy, yet desir- masters, and, according to the custom of the knights ous 10 conceal the effect it produced on hinn. of the rainbow, gave many hints that they were not

The door was no sooner closed on Crackenthorp, people to serve any but men of first-rate consequence. than Miss Redgauntlet, addressing Nixon, com- These gentlemen, who had come thither chiefly manded him to leave the room, and go to his pro- for the purpose of meeting with Mr. Redgauntlet, per place.

seemed moody and anxious, conversed and walked "How, madam ?" said the fellow sullenly, yet with together, apparently in deep conversation, and avoidan air of respect, "Would you have your uncle pistoled any communication with the chance travellers me for disobeying his orders ?"

whom accident brought that morning to the same "He may perhaps pistol you for some other place of resort. reason, if you do not obey mine," said Lilias, com- As if Fate had set herself to confound the plans of posedly.

the Jacobite conspirators, the number of travellers "You abuse your advantage over me, madam-I was unusually great, their appearance respectable, really dare not go-1 am on guard over this other Miss and they filled the public tap-room of the inn, where here, and if I should desert my post, my life were not the polítical guests had already occupied most of the worth five minutes' purchase.”

private apartments. “Then know your post, sir," said Lilias, "and watch Amongst others, honest Joshua Geddes had aron the outside of the door. You have no commission rived, travelling, as he said, in the sorrow of the soul, to listen to our private conversation, I suppose? Be- and mourning for the fate of Darsie Latimer as he gone, sir, without further speech or remonstrance, or would for his first-born child. He had skirted the I will tell my uncle that which you would have reason whole coast of the Solway, besides making various to repent he should know."

trips into the interior, not shunning, on such occaThe fellow looked at her with a singular expression sions, to expose himself to the laugh of the scorner, of spite, mixed with deference. "You abuse your nay, even to serious personal risk, by frequenting the advantages

, madam," he said, and act as foolishly haunts of smugglers, horse-jockeys, and other irreguin doing so, as I did in affording you such a hank lar persons, who looked on his intrusion with jealous over me. But you are a tyrant; and tyrants have eyes, and were apt to consider him as an exciseman commonly short reigns.”

in the disguise of a Quaker. All this labour and peril, So saying, he left the apartment.

however, had been undergone in vain. No search he “The wretch's unparalleled insolence," said Lilias could make obtained the least intelligence of Latito her brother, "has given me one great advantage mer, so that he began to fear the poor lad had been over him. For, knowing that my uncle would shoot spirited abroad; for the practice of kidnapping was him with as little remorse as a woodcock, if he but then not infrequent, especially on the western coasts guessed at his brazen-faced assurance towards me, he of Britain, if indeed he had escaped a briefer and more dares not since that time assume, so far as I am con- bloody fate. cerned, the air of insolent domination which the pos- With a heavy heart, he delivered his horse, even session of my uncle's secrets, and the knowledge of Solomon, into the hands of the hostler, and walking his most secret plans, have led him to exert over into the inn, demanded from the landlord breakfast others of his family.”

and a private room. Quakers, and such hosts as old "In the mean time," said Darsie, “I am happy to Father Crackenthorp, are no congenial spirits; the see that the landlord of the house does not seem so latter looked askew over his shoulder, and replied, devoted to him as I apprehended; and this aids the "If you would have breakfast here, friend, you are hope of escape which I am nourishing for you and like to eat it where other folk eat theirs." for myself. 0, Lilias! the truest of friends, Alan And wherefore can I not," said the Quaker, Fairford, is in pursuit of me, and is here at this mo- "have an apartment to myself, for my money ?" ment. Another humble, but, I think, faithful friend, "Because, Master Jonathan, you must wait till is also within these dangerous walls.".

your betters be served, or else eat with your equals.” Lilias laid her finger on her lips, and pointed to the Joshua Geddes argued the point no farther, but sitdoor. Darsie took the hint, lowered his voice, and ring quietly down on the seat which Crackenthorp informed her in whispers of the arrival of Fairford, indicated to him, and calling for a pint of ale, with and that he believed he had opened a communication some bread, butter, and Dutch cheese, began to with Wandering Willie. She listened with the utmost satisfy the appetite which the morning air had reninterest, and had just begun to reply, when a loud dered unusually alert. noise was heard in the kitchen, caused by several con- While the honest Quaker was thus employed, anotending voices, amongst which Darsie thought he ther stranger entered the apartment, and sat down could distinguish that of Alan Fairford.

near to the table on which his victuals were placed. Forgetting how little his own condition permitted He looked repeatedly at Joshua, licked his parched him to become the assistant of another, Darsie flew and chapped lips as he saw the good Quaker mastito the door of the room, and finding it locked and cate his bread and cheese, and sucked up his thin bolted on the outside, rushed against it with all his chops when Mr. Geddes applied the tankard to his force, and made the most desperate efforts to burst mouth, as if the discharge of these bodily functions by it open, notwithstanding the entreaties of his sister • In coinmon parlance, a crowbar and hatchet.

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another had awakened his sympathies in an uncon- ye have garred me drink sae muckle cauld yill-me trollable degree. At last, being apparently unable to that am no used to the like of it in the forenoon-I withstand his longings, he asked, in a faltering tone, think ye might as weel have offered me a glass of the huge landlord, who was tramping through the brandy or usquebae-I'm nae nice body--I can drink room in all corpulent impatience, “whether he could ony think that's wet and toothsome,' have a plack-pie?".

Not a drop at my cost, friend," quoth Geddes. Never heard of such a thing, master," said the "Thou art an old man, and hast, percbance, a heavy landlord, and was about to trudge onward; when the and long journey before thee. Thou art, moreover, guest, detaining him, said, in a strong Scottish tone, my countryman, as I judge from thy tongue; and I

Ye will maybe have nae whey then, nor buttermilk, I will not give thee the means of dishonouring thy gray nor ye couldna exhibit a souter's clod ?"

hairs in a strange land.” "Can't tell what ye are talking about, master,' Gray hairs, neighbour!" said Peter, with a wink said Crackenthorp.

to the bystanders,-whom this dialogue began to "Then ye will have nae breakfast that will come interest, and who were in hopes of seeing the Quaker within the compass of a shilling Scots ?"

played off by the crazed beggar, for such Peter Pee "Which is a penny sterling," answered Cracken-bles appeared to be, -"Gray hairs! The Lord mend thorp, with a sneer. Why, no, Sawney, I can't say your eyesighi, neighbour, that disna ken gray hairs as we have-we can't afford it; but you shall have a frae a tow wig!" bellyful for love, as we say in the bull-ring."

This jest procured a shout of laughter, and, what "I shall never refuse a fair offer," said the poverty- was still more acceptable than dry applaus a man stricken guest; and I will say that for the English, who stood beside called out, "Father Crackenthorn if they were deils, that they are a ceeveleesed people bring a nipperkin of brandy! I'll bestow a dram on to gentlemen that are under a cloud."

this fellow, were it but for that very word.” Gentlemen !-humph!" said Crackenthorp-"not The brandy was immediately brought by a wench a bluecap among them but halts upon that foot." who acted as bar-maid; and Peter, with a grin of Then seizing on a dish which still contained a huge delight, filled a glass, quaffed it off, and then saying, cantle of what had been once a princely mutton "God bless me! I was so unmannerly as not to dnak pasty, he placed it on the table before the stranger, to ye-I think the Quaker has smitten me wi' his ill

. saying, " There, master gentleman; there is what is bred havings," -he was about to fill another, when worth all the black pies, as you call them, that were his hand was arrested by his new friend; who said at ever made of sheep's head."

the same time, “No, no, friend-fair play's a jewetSheep's head is a gude thing, for a' that,” replied time about, if you please.'' And filling a glass for the guest; but not being spoken so loud as to offend himself

, emptied it as gallantly as Peter could bare his hospitable entertainer, the interjection might pass done. "What say you to that, friend ?" he continue for a private protest against the scandal thrown out addressing the Quaker. against the standing dish of Caledonia.

"Nay, friend," answered Joshua, "it went doon This premised, he immediately began to transfer thy throat, not mine; and I have nothing to say aber! the mutton and pie-crust from his plate to his lips, what concerns me not; but if thou art a man er in such huge gobbets, as if he was refreshing after a humanity, thou wilt give this poor creature the three days' fast, and laying in provisions against a means of debauchery. Bethink thee that they wil whole Lent to come.

spurn him from the door, as they would do a house Joshua Geddes in his turn gazed on him with sur-less and masterless dog, and that he may die on the prise, having never, he thought, beheld such a gaunt sands or on the common. And if he has through thy expression of hunger in the act of eating. "Friend," means been rendered incapable of helping himal he said, after watching him for some minutes, "if thou shalt not be innocent of his blood." thou gorgest thyself in this fashion, thou wilt assur- "Faith, Broadbrim, I believe thou art right, and the edly choke. Wilt thou not take a draught out of my old gentleman in the flaxen jazy shall have no more cup to help down all that dry meat ?"!

of the comforter-Besides, we have business in hand " Troth," said the stranger, stopping and looking to-day, and this fellow, for as mad as he looks may at the friendly propounder, that's nae bad overture, have a nose on his face after all.-Hark ye, father

. -as they say in the General Assembly. I have heard what is your name, and what brings you into such an waur motions than that frae wiser counsel.”

out-of-the-way corner ?" Mr. Geddes ordered a quart of home-brewed to be "I am not just free to condescend on my name," placed before our friend Peter Peebles; for the reader said Peter; "and as for my business-there is a ree must have already conceived that this unfortunate dribble of brandy in the stoup-it would be wrang litigant was the wanderer in question.

leave it to the lass-it is learning her bad usages. The victim of Themis had no sooner seen the fla- “Well, thou shalt have the brandy, and be d-d to gon than he seized it with the same energy which he thee, if thou wilt tell me what you art making here." had displayed in operating upon the pie-puffed off Seeking a young advocate chap that they ca' Alan the froth with such emphasis, that some of it lighted Fairford, that has played me a slippery trick, an ye on Mr. Geddes's head-and then said, as if with a sud- maun yen, a' about the cause," said Peter. den recollection of what was due to civility, "Here's “An advocate, man!" answered the Captain of the to ye, friend.--What! are ye ower grand to give me Jumping Jenny--for it was he, and no other, who had an answer, or are ye dull o’ hearing ?".

taken compassion on Peter's drought; "why, Lord "I prithee drink thy liquor, friend," said the good help thee, thou art on the wrong side of the Frith 3 Quaker ; thou meanest it in civility, but we care seek advocates, whom I take to be Scottish lawyers, not for these idle fashions.

not English." "What! ye are a Quaker, are ye?" said Peter; and English lawyers, man!" exclaimed Peter, the without further ceremony reared the fagon to his deil a lawyer's in a' England." head, from which he withdrew it not while a single “I wish from my soul it were true," said Ewart; drop of "barley-broo” remained. -- "That's done you ' but what the devil put that in your head ?" and me muckle gude," he said, sighing as he set "Lord, man, I got a grip of ane of their attorneys down his pot; "but iwa mutchkins o'yill between in Carlisle, and he tauld me that there wasna a las twa folk is a drappie ower little measure. What say yer in England, ony mair than himsell

, that kend the ye to anither pot? or shall we cry in a blithe Scots nature of a multiplepoinding! And when I tauld him pint at ance ?- The yill is no amiss."

how this loopy lad, Alan Fairford, had served me, be "Thou mayst call for what thou wilt on thine own said I might bring an action on the case-just as if charges, friend,” said Geddes ; " for myself, I will the case hadna as mony actions already as one case ingly contribute to the quenching of thy natural can weel carry. By my word, it is a gude case, and thirst; but I fear it were no such easy matter to muckle has it borne, in its day, of various procedures relieve thy acquired and artificial drouth."

but it's the barley-pickle breaks the naig's back, and "That is to say in plain terms,, ye are for with wi' my consent it shall not hae ony mair burden laid drawing your caution with the fólk of the house? upon it." You Quaker folk are but fause conforters; but since " But this Alan Fairford ?" said Nanty-"come

sip up the drop of brandy, man, and tell me some cording to the fashion of the time, contained the ge-
more about him, and whether you are seeking him for nerous liquor freshly drawn from the butt.
good or for harm."

"Nay, hold, friend,” said Joshua, “thou hast not
** For my ain gude, and for his harm, to be sure, yet told me what name and surname I am to cail thee
said Peter. " Think of his having left my cause in by:
the dead-thraw between the tyneing and the winning D-d sly in the Quaker," said Nanty, apart, to
and capering off into Cumberland here, after a wild make him to pay for his liquor before he gives it him.
loup-the-tether lad they ca' Darsie Latimer." Now, I am such a fool, that I should have let him get

"Darsie Latimer!" said Mr. Geddes, hastily; "do too drunk to open his mouth, before I thought of asking you know any thing of Darsie Latimer ?"

him'a question." "Maybe I do, and may be I do not," answered Peter; "My name is Peter Peebles, then," said the litigant. "I am not free to answer every body's interrogatory, rather sulkily, as one who thought his liquor too unless it is pụt judicially, and by form of law-specially sparingly meted out to him; "and what have you to where folk

think so much of a caup of sour yill, or a say to that ?" thimblefu' of brandy. But as for this gentleman, that "Peter Peebles ?" repeated Nanty. Ewart, and has shown himself a gentleman at breakfast, and will seemed to muse upon something, which the words show himself a gentleman at the meridian, I am free brought to his remembrance, while the Quaker purto condescend upon any points in the cause that may sued his examination. appear to bear upon the question at issue."

"But I prithee, Peter Peebles, what is thy further Why, all I want to know from you, my friend, is designation ?-Thou knowest, in our country, that whether you are seeking to do this Mr. Alan Fairford some men are distinguished by their craft and calling, good or harm; because if you come to do him good, I as cordwainers, fishers, weavers, or the like, and some think you could maybe get speech of him-and if to by their titles as proprietors of lands (which savours do him harm, I will take the liberty to give you a cast of vanity)--Now, how may you be distinguished from across the Frith, with fair warning not to come back others of the same name? on such an errand, lest worse come of it.”

As Peter Peebles of the great plea of Poor Peter The manner and language of Ewart were such, that Peebles against Plainstanes, et per contra-if I am Joshua Geddes resolved to keep cautious silence, till laird of naething else, I am aye a dominus litis." he could more plainly discover whether he was likely "It's but a poor lairdship, I doubt,” said Joshua. to aid or impede him in his researches after Darsie “Pray, Mr. Peebles," said Nanty, interrupting the Latimer. He therefore determined to listen attentively conversation abruptly, were not you once a burgess to what should pass between Peter and the seaman, of Edinburgh ?" and to watch for an opportunity of questioning the "Was I a burgess !" said Peter, indignantly, "and former, so soon as he should be separated from his am I not a burgess even now? I have done nothing new acquaintance.

to forfeit my right, I trow-once provost and aye my "I wad by no means," said Peter Peebles, "do any lord." substantial harm to the poor lad Fairford, who has "Well, Mr. Burgess, tell me farther, have you not had mony a gowd guinea of mine, as weel as his father some property in the Gude Town ?" continued Ewart. before him; but I wad hae him brought back to the "Troth have l--that is, before my misfortunes, I minding of my business and his ain; and maybe I had twa or three bonny bits of mailings amang the wadna insist farther in my action of damages against closes and wynds, forby the shop and the story abune him, than for resounding the fees, and for some annual it. But Plainstanes has put me to the causeway now. rent on the principal sum, due frae the day on which Never mind though, I will be upsides with him yet." he should have recovered it for me, plack and bawbee, “Had not you once a tenement in the Covenant at the great advising; for, ye are aware that is the least Close ?" again demanded Nanty. that I can ask nomine damni; and I have nae thought "You have hit it, lad, though ye look not like a Coto break down the lad bodily a' thegither-we maun venanter," said Peter; * we'll drink to its memory live and let live--forgie and forget.

[Hout! the heart's at the mouth o' that ill-faur'd bit “ The deuce take me, friend Broadbrim," said Nanty stoup already!)-it brought a rent, reckoning from the Ewart, looking to the Quaker, "if I can make out crawstep to the groundsill, that ye might ca' fourteen what this old scarecrow means. If I thought it was punds a-year, forby the laigh cellar that was let to fitting that Master Fairford should see him, why per- Lucky Littleworth." haps it is a matter that could be inanaged. Do you "And do you not remember that you had a poor know any thing about the old fellow ?-you seemed old lady for your tenant, Mrs. Cantrips of Kíttleto take some charge of him just now.

basket ?" said Nanty, suppressing his emotion with “No more than I should have done by any one in difficulty. distress," said Geddes, not sorry to be appealed to; "Remember! G-d, I have gude cause to remem“but I will try what I can do to find out who he is, ber her,” said Peter, "for she turned a dyvour on my and what he is about in this country-But are we not hands, the auld besom! and, after a' that the law a little too public in this open room ?”

could do to make me satisfied and paid, in the way of “It's well thought of," said Nanty; and at his poinding and distrenzieing, and sae forth, as the law command the bar-maid ushered the party into a side- will, she ran away to the Charity Work house, a malbooth, Peter attending them, in the instinctive hope ter of twenty punds Scots in my debt-it's a great that there would be more liquor drank among them shame and oppression that Charity Workhouse, before parting. They had scarce sat down in their taking in bankrupt dyvours that canna pay their honew apartment, when the sound of a violin was heard nest creditors." in the room which they had just left.

"Methinks, friend," said the Quaker, "thine own “I'ļl awa back yonder," said Peter, rising up again; rags might teach thee compassion for other people's “yon's the sound of a fiddle, and where there is mu- nakedness." sic, there's aye something ganging to eat or drink.” "Rags!" said Peter, taking Joshua's words lite

I am just going to order something here," said the rally; "does ony wise body put on their best coat Quaker ; but, in the mean time, have you any objec- when they are travelling, and keeping company with tion, my good friend, to tell us your name?"

Quakers, and such other cattle as the road affords?'' None in the world, if you are wanung to drink to "The old lady died, I have heard,” said Nanty, me by name and surname," answered Peebles; " but affecting a moderation which was belied by accents otherwise, I would rather evite your interrogatories." that

faltered with passion. Friend," said the Quaker, "it is not for thine own "She might live or die, for what I care," answered health, seeing thou hast drunk enough already-how- Peter the Cruel; “what business trave folk to do to ever-Here, handmaiden-bring me a gill of sherry.” live, that canna live as law will, and satisfy their

just “Sherry's but shilpit drink, and a gill's a sinal and lawful creditors ?" measure for twa gentlemen to crack ower at their

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"And you-you that are now yourself trodden down acquaintance. --But let us see your sneaking gill of in the very kennel, are you not sorry for what you sherry," said Poor Peter, thrusting forth his huge hand have done? Do you not repent having occasioned to seize on the diminutive pewter measure, which, ac- the poor widow-woman's death ?"

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“What for should I repent ?” said Peter; "the law | noitering the party, he might discover if his friend was on my side-a decreet of the Bailies' followed by Darsie was anong them. poinding, and an act of warding--a suspension in- The reader is aware that, by doing so, he had an tended, and the letters found orderly proceeded.-! opportunity of breaking Darsie's fall from his sidefollowed the auld rudas through twa Courts-she cost saddle, although his disguise and mask prevented his me mair money than her lugs were worth."

recognising his friend. It may be also recollected, "Now, by Heaven!" said Naniy, “I would give a that while Nixon hurried Miss Redgauntlet and her thousand guineas, if I had themi, to have you worth my brother into the house, their unele, somewhat chafed beating! Had you said you repented, it had been be- at an unexpected and inconvenient interruption, {ween God and your conscience; but to hear you remained inimself in parley with Fairford, who had boast of your villany-Do you think it little to have already successively addressed him by the names of reduced the aged to famine, and the young to infamy Herries and Redgauntlet; neither of which, any more to have caused the death of one woman, the ruin of than the acquaintance of the young lawyer, he seemed another, and to have driven a man to exile and de- at the moment willing to acknowledge, though an air spair? By Him that made me, I can scarce keep of haughty indifference, which he assumed, could not bands off you!"

conceal his vexation and embarrassment. “Off me?-1 defy ye !" said Peter. "I take this "If we must needs be acquainted, sir," he said at honest inan to witness, that if ye stir the neck of iny last-" for which I am unable to see any necessity, collar, I will have my action for stouthreif, spulzie, especially as I am now particularly disposed to be oppression, assault and battery. Here's a bra' din, private-I must entreat you will tell me at once what indeed, about an auld wife gaun to the grave, a young you have to say, and permit me to attend to mailers limmer to the close-heads and causeway, and a sticket of more importance.”. stibbler* to the sea instead of the gallows!

My introduction," said Fairford, "is contained “Now, by my soul,” said Nanty, "this is too much! in this letter,"—(delivering that of Maxwell.)"I am and since you can feel no otherwise, I will try if I convinced that, under whatever name may be your cannot beat some humanity into your head and pleasure for the present to be known, it is into your shoulders."

hands, and yours only, that it should be delivered." He drew his hanger as he spoke, and although Redgauntlet turned the letter in his hand-then Joshua, who had in vain endeavoured to interrupt the read the contents-then again looked upon the lettet, dialogue, to which he foresaw a violent termination, and sternly observed, "The seal of the letter has been now threw himself between Nanty and the old liti- broken. Was this the case, sir, when it was delivered gant, he could not prevent the latter from receiving into your hand ??" two or three sound slaps over the shoulder with the Fairford despised a falsehood as much as any man, flat side of the weapon.

unless, perhaps, as Tom Turnpenny might have saii. Poor Peter Peebles, as inglorious in his extremity as ' in the way or business." He answered readily and he had been presumptuous in bringing it on, now ran firmly, "The seal was whole when the letter was and roared, and bolted out of the apartment and delivered to me by Mr. Maxwell of Summertrets." house itself, pursued by Nanty, whose passion be- " And did you dare, sir, to break the seal of a letter came high in proportion to his giving way to its dic- addressed to me?" said Redgauntlet, not sorry, per lates, and by Joshua, who still interfered at every risk, haps, to pick a quarrel upon a poini foreign to the calling upon Nanty to reflect on the age and misera- tenor of the episile. ble circumstances of the offender, and upon Poor Pe- "I have never broken the seal of any letter comter to stand and place himself under his protection. mitted to my charge," said Alan; "not from fears In front of the house, however, Peter Peebles found a those to whom such letter might be addressed, bui more efficient protector than the worthy Quaker. from respect to myself.”.

"That is well worded," said Redgauntlet; "aod teh

young Mr. Counsellor, I doubt whether your deucari CHAPTER XXI.

prevented your reading my letter, or listening to the contents as read by some other person after it was

opened.” Our readers may recollect, that Fairford had been "I certainly did hear the contents read over," said conducted by Dick Gardener from the House of Fair- Fairford ; " and they were such as to surprise me a ladies, to the inn of old Father Crackenthorp, in or- good deal.”' der, as he had been informed by the mysterious Fa- Now that,” said Redgauntlet, “I hold to be pretty ther Buonaventure, that he might have the meeting much the same, in foro conscientiæ, as if you bed which he desired with Mr. Redgauntlet, to treat with broken the seal yourself. I shall hold myself excusat him for the liberty of his friend Darsie. His guide, from entering upon farther discourse with a messen25 by the special direction of Mr. Ambrose, had intro- so faithless, and you may thank yourself if you duced him into the public-house by a back-door, and journey has been fruitless." recommended to the landlord to accommodate him "Stay, sir," said Fairford; "and know that I be with a private aparıment, and to treat him with all came acquainted with the contents of the pas civility; but in other respects to keep his eye on him, without my consent-I may even say against my si and even to secure his person, if he saw any reason for Mr. Buonaventure". to suspect him to be a spy. He was not, however, “Who ?" demanded Redgauntlet, in a wild and subjected to any direct restraint, but was ushered into alarmed manner-" Whom was it you named an apartment, where he was requested to await the "Father Buonaventure," said Ålan,-* a Catbos arrival of the gentleman with whom he wished to priest, as I apprehend, whom I saw at the Miss Árbohave an interview, and who, as Crackenthorp assured rets' house, called Fairladies.” him with a significant nod, would be certainly there 'Miss Arthurets !-Fairladies !--A Catholic pries! in the course of an hour. In the mean while, he --Father Buonaventure!" said Redgauntlet. repears recommended to him, with another significant sign, the words of Alan with asionishment, -* Is it se to keep his apartment, as there were people in the sible that human rashness can reach such a pirti house who were apt to busy themselves about other infatuation ?-Tell me the iruth, I conjure you, sr-I folk's matters.

have the deepest interest to know whether ibs is Alan Fairford complied with the recommendation, more than an idle legend, picked up froin herd so long as he thoughi it reasonable ; but when, about the country. You are a lawyer, and koste among a large party riding up to the house, he dis- risk incurred by the Catholic clergy, whom te siscerned Redgauntlet, whom he had seen under the charge of their duty sends to these bloody shores" name of Mr. Herries of Birrenswork, and whom, by "I am a lawyer, certainly," said Fairford ; * bc": his height and strength, he easily distinguished from my holding such a respectable condition in Lin the rest, he thought it proper to go down to the front rants that I am neither an informer nor a spy. He of the house, in hopes that, by more closely recon- is sufficient evidence that I have seen Father Boca "A student of divinity who has not been able to complete

venture.' his studies on theology.

He put Buonaventure's letter into Redganatka's

NARRATIVE OF ALAN FAIRFORD.

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hand, and watched his looks closely while he read it. this warrant in sic a country as this, where swords "Double-dyed infatuation!" he muttered, with looks and pistols flee out at a word's speaking, and folk in which sorrow, displeasure, and anxiety were min- care as little for the peace of King George, as the gled. "Save me from the indiscretion of my friends,' peace of Auld King Coul ?--There's that drunken says the Spaniard; 'I can save myself from the hos- skipper, and that wet Quaker, enticed me into the tility of my enemies.'"

public this inorning, and because I wadna gie them as He ihen read the letter attentively, and for two or inuch brandy as wad have made them blind-drunk, three minutes was lost in žhought, while some pur- they baith fell on me, and were in the way of guiding pose of importance seemed to have gathered and sit me very ill." brooding upon his countenance. He held up his finger While Peter went on in this manner, Redgauntlet towards his satellite, Cristal Nixon, who replied to glanced his eye over the warrant, and immediately his signal with a prompt nod; and with one or two saw that it must be a trick passed by Nicholas Fagof the attendants approached Fairford in such a got, to cheat the poor insane wretch out of his solitary manner as to make him apprehensive they were about guinea. But the Justice had actually subscribed it, as to lay hold of him.

he did whatever his clerk presented to him, and RedAt this moment a noise was heard from withinside gauntlet resolved to use it for his own purposes. of the house, and presently rushed forth Peter Peebles, Without making any direct answer, therefore, to pursued by Nanty Ewart with his drawn hanger, and Peter Peebles, he walked up gravely to Fairford, who the worthy Quaker, who was endeavouring to pre- had waited quietly for the termination of a scene, in vent mischief to others, at some risk of bringing it on which he was not a little surprised to find his client, himself.

Mr. Peebles, a conspicuous actor. A wilder and yet a more absurd figure can hardly be "Mr. Fairford,” said Redgauntlet, "there are many imagined, than ihat of Poor Peter, clattering along as reasons which might induce me to comply with the fast as his huge boots would permit him, and resem- request, or rather the injunctions, of the excellent bling nothing so much as a flying scarecrow; while | Father Buonaventure, that I should communicate the ihin emaciated form of Nanty Ewart, with the with you upon the present condition of my ward, hue of death on his cheek and the fire of vengeance whom you know urder the name of Darsie Latimer; glancing from his eye, formed a ghastly contrast with but no man is better aware than you that the law the ridiculous object of his pursuit.

must be obeyed, even in contradiction to our own feelRedgauntlet threw himself between them. "What ings; now, this poor man has obtained a warrant for extravagant folly is this ?” he said. "Put up your carrying you before a magistrate, and, I am afraid, weapon, Captain. Is this a time to indulge in drunken there is a necessity of your yielding to it, although to brawls, or is such a miserable object as that a fitting the postponement of the business which you may antagonist for a man of courage ?"

have with me.” “I beg pardon," said the Captain, sheathing his "A warrant against me!" said Alan, indignantly; weapon-"I was a little bit out of the way, to be "and at that poor miserable wretch's instance sure; but to know the provocation, a man must read why, this is a trick, a mere and most palpable trick!" my heart, and that I hardly dare to do myself. But “It may be so," replied Redgaunilet, with great the wretch is safe from me. Heaven has done its own equanimity; "doubtless you know best; only the vengeance on us both."

writ appears regular, and with that respect for the While he spoke in this manner, Peter Peebles, who law which has been," he said, with hypocritical forhad at first crept behind Redgauntlet in bodily fear, mality, "a leading feature of my character through began now to reassure his spirits. Pulling his pro-life, I cannot dispense with giving my poor aid to the tector by the sleeve, " Mr. Herries- Mr. Herries,” he support of a legal warrant. Look at ii yourself, and whispered, eagerly, "ye have done me mair than ae be satisfied it is no trick of mine." gude turn, and if ye will but do me anither at this Fairford ran over the affidavit and the warrant. dead pinch, I'll forgie the girded heg of brandy that and then exclaimed once more, that it was an imyou and Captain Sir Harry Redgimlet drank out yon pudent imposition, and that he would hold those time. Ye sall hae an ample discharge and re who acted upon such a warrant liable in the highest nunciation, and though I should see you walking, at damages. I guess at your motive, Mr. Redgauntthe Cross of Edinburgh, or standing at the bar of the let," he said, for acquiescing in so ridiculous a Court of Justiciary, no the very thumbikins them- proceeding. But be assured you will find that, in selves should bring to my memory that ever I saw you this coun:ry, one act of illegal violence will not be in arms yon day:

covered or atoned for by practising another. You He accompanied this promise by pulling so hard at cannot, as a man of sense and honour, pretend to Redgauntlet's cloak, that he at last turned round. say you regard this as a legal warrant." "Idiot! speak in a word what you want."

"I am no lawyer, sir," said Redgauntlet; "and " Aweel, aweel. In a word then," said Peter pretend not to know what is or is not law-the warPeebles, "I have a warrant on me to apprehend that rant is quite formal, and that is enough for me. man that stands there, Alan Fairford by name, and “Did ever any one hear,” said Fairford, “ of an advocate by calling. I bought it from Maister Justice advocate being compelled to return to his task, like a Foxley's clerk, Maister Nicholas Faggot, wi' the collier or a salter* who has deserted his master ?" guinea that you gied me.

"I see no reason why he should not," said Red"Ha!” said Redgauntlet, hast thou really such a gauntlet, dryly, "unless on the ground that the serwarrant ? let me see it.-- Look sharp that no one vices of the lawyer are the most expensive and least escape. Cristal Nixon."

useful of the two." Peter produced a huge, greasy, leathern pocket- "You cannot mean this in earnest," said Fairford; book, too dirty to permit its original colour to be visi-"you cannot really mean to avail yourself of so poor ble, filled with scrolls of notes, memorials to counsel, a contrivance, to evade the word pledged by your and Heaven knows what besides. From amongst friend, your ghostly father, in my behalf. I may have this precious mass he culled forth a paper, and placed been a fool for trusting it too easily, but think what it in the hands of Redgauntlet or Herries, as he con- you must be if you can abuse my confidence in this tinued to call him, saying, at the same time, “It's a formal and binding warrant, proceeding on my affi.

* The persons engaged in these occupations were at this timo davy made, that the said Alan Fairford, being lawfully bondsmen; and in case they left the ground of the farm to engaged in my service, had slipped the tether and fled were bought or sold, they were liable to be brought back by a over the Border, and was now lurking there and there- summary process. The existence of this species of slavery beabouts, to elude and evite the discharge of his bounden ing thought irreconcilable with the spirit of liberty, colliers and

salters were declared free, and put upon the same footing with duty to me; and therefore granting warrant to con

other servants, by the Act 15 Geo. III. chapter 28th. They stables and others, to seek for, take, and apprehend were so far from desiring or prizing the blessing conferred on him, that he may be brought before the Honourable them, that they esteemed the interest raken in their freedom Justice Foxly for examination, and, if necessary, for to be a mere decree on the part of the proprietors to get

rid of commitment. Now, though a' this be fairly set down when a female of their number, by bearing'a

child, made an as I tell ye, yet where am I to get an officer to execute addition to the live stock of their master's property.

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