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seen of a Highland breakfast, your of learning to count the slices. That mouth would water. When I was a was a breakfast! besides tea and young lady in my teens, before I was coffee. To be sure the coffee was not married to my dear deceased doctor, very good, and ye might bave said, I paid a visit to Hector Dhu, and ye without the breach of truth, that the would have seen, had ye been in his servant had forgotten to put in the house then, what a breakfast should beans; but it was something, I trow be. We had, in the first place, I re different from the starvation of toom member well, though there was just plates such as we see here. Do ye him and me, a plateful of eggs as big know, Mr Threeper, that ye bave been as a stack of peats; a mutton ham, so busy in taking your share, seeing boiled whole; a cold hen, left from there was so little, that ye forgat the dinner the day before, just want me altogether? I haven't had deviling a wing; four rizzart haddocks, be-licket of all the bread that was every one of them as big as a wee brought into the room.” whale; six farles of crump-cake; three At this momentJohnny entered the penny loaves—they were a little apartment;-but we must defer to mouldy, but ye're to expect that in another chapter, what passed on that the Highlands;—and a plate of toasted occasion. bread, that it would have ta'en a man
Dr Johnny, as young Clatterpenny say has a comely face, and her likewas called among his companions, ness is not in every draw-well that had not the talents of his mother. a Joe Janet keeks into.” He took more after what his father Johnny acknowledged the superihad been; namely, he was above me ority of the young lady, but expressdiocrity in his appearance, stood on ed some fear that Tompkins had alexcellent terms with himself, and ready engaged her affections. though it could not be said that he “Not that I,” said he,“ care much was a young man of ability, he had about that, for a woman brought up address enough, with a consequen- in the woods, no doubt, snaps at the tial air, to make himself pass, with a first gentleman that says a civil word certain class of old women, as one
to her.” of that description.
“Yes,” interposed Mr Threeper, His mother was all interjections "inexperience is easily beguiled." and fondness at the sight of her son, “That,” said Mrs Clatterpenny, who had come to breakfast, and, to “is the next bore to what I said, the great gratification of Mr Three when my dear deceased husband, the per, she was not long of making this doctor, and his father, made up to intention known to the servant of me. Heigh, sirs, many changes have the house ; recommending, at the happened in the world since then! I same time, to the astonished menial, was very different from what I'm to prepare something better than a now; for I was then very well lookshaving of bread, for Scotland was ed, and Mr M'Causlin, the merchant, not a land of famine.
that had a shop on the South Bridge, While the new breakfast was pre- often and often said sae. But fate's paring, divers interlocutors were de- fate; I was ordained to throw myself livered by each of the several par- away on the doctor. Ah, but, with ties; and before the tray was served all his faults, he was a man that bad a second time, Dr Johnny under a way of his own; and when he stood on what footing Mr Threeper went out in the morning, his shoes had accompanied his mother. “But," were like black satin, and the ring said the old lady, “our chief depen- on his finger was a carbuncle of dence, Johnny is on you; for although great price. Mr Threeper, he was it cannot be doubted that Mr Pea- learned man likewise, and told me body and me are either of us the that castor oil comes from America; true heir, it would save a great but cousins are worse than castor oil. fasherie at law if ye would draw And he was a jocose man, and had up with his daughter, whom I must the skin of a crocodile hanging in
the shop, which he used to call our points of the law, and there's no humbug.
telling what airt the wind blows “Dear Doctor,' quo' I one day to when there's a gale in the Parliament him,ʻsurely they were giants in those House." days, when such like bugs bit their “ I will think of what you have backs'—which made him laugh so advised, Mr Threeper,” said Doctor loud and long that he terrified me, Johnny. lest it was not in his power to stop. “ Well, I'm glad to hear that,” said But, poor man, every thing under the bis mother, “and let no grass grow sun is ordained to have an end, as beneath your feet till ye have paid well as his guffaw.”
your respects to the lady this mornThe advocate having by this time ing in their new lodgings, No. 110, in quenched his hunger, could partake, Spring Gardens; a very creditable as he said himself, “ of nothing fur- place, as I understand. And if ye ther of the toast and tea,” sliddered make haste, ye'll be there before that back his chair from the breakfast upsetting young man from Virginy, table, and with a grave professional that they call Mr -houselicat.” air, told Dr Johnny, that it was not Nothing particular at that time idle talk that his mother uttered, took place after this admonition. when she recommended him to cast Doctor Johnny took his leave for a sheep's eye at Miss Octavia. the purpose of doing what his mo
“ After," said he, “the gravest ther advised ; and while he was on consideration that I have been able the road through the Park to Springto bestow on this very difficult case, gardens, Mr Peabody and his daughI have come to a conclusion, that ter were sitting after breakfast diswe ought not to go to law if we can coursing at their ease, respecting make a marriage between you and Mrs Clatterpenny and her pretenMr Peabody's only daughter. There- sions. fore, you see, sir, that much depends “ What could have brought the upon you; and I am of opinion, that old lady," said Miss Octavia, it is a very fortunate thing the young meet us in London?” lady is so gracefully endowed.” “ I don't know," answered her
“ That's a very connect speech," father; “ I guess it might be the said Mrs Clatterpenny;“and, Johnny, ship. But if so be that we ain't the my dear, what have you got to gain- inheritors of that ’ere old Scotch Insay such powerful argolling ?” dian chief's location, you may make
The young doctor, after duly con a better speck of yourself.” sidering what he had heard, answer “Oh, heavens !” cried the young ed: “I will make no rash promises. lady. Miss Peabody is certainly a very eli Why, Tavy, you see here,” said gible match for me in my present the old gentleman, “ how the cat state; but if my mother is the heir- jumps; you know what a dead ever ess, why should I think of marrying lasting certainty it is to lose proher at all? I ought to look to a little perty in them ’ere doubts of law.” better.”
“ But,” said the simple maiden, “ That's very discreet of you,” consider my regard for cousin said Mrs Clatterpenny,“ if I were Clatterpenny." the true heir; but if Peabody comes • I have been,” said the old gentlein before me, what do ye say to that?” man, a-making my calculations
“Ah,” replied Johnny, “ the case 'bout it, so will be no more a stump is different, for then Miss would be in the way, bekase of them ’ere most desirable. Mr Threeper, is doubts. Oh, Tavy, what be the matthere any doubt of that?"
ter ? I guess if she ain't besoomed “None,” said the lawyer, “none right away. Help! help !" in my opinion; but if we are to go At this instant Doctor Johnny into court with the question, there made his appearance, and joined in may be objections raised; and in the the confusion; but before the lovepresent aspect of all things, I would sick Miss was recovered, the porter advise you to cherish kindly inclina- from
the inn had brought a letter for tion towards the young lady.”. Mr Peabody, which had come by
"I would advise you too,” said the post that morning, with a superhis mother," for possession is nine scription to be delivered immedi
ately. The old man having got his sure ye find out all the favourable daughter upright, left her in the outs and ins of my anxiety." hands of Doctor Johnny; and going “ Cousin Peabody,” she rejoined to a window, read the letter to him- aloud, “I'll just step oure and see self very quietly. But though he my sweet friend Miss Octavia. She's made no exclamation, the contents a fine creature; and I'm just like my evidently gave him pleasure, and he dear deceased husband, who was put the letter folded up again into very fond of Octavos—indeed he was his waistcoat-pocket, and returned very fond of them. And, oh, but he towards the afflicted damsel.
was a jocose man; for, one day, when The conversation, in the mean I was wearying by myself, seeing time, between Doctor Johnny and him sae taken up with one of his Miss Octavia, shewed him that he Octavos, and saying, Oh that I were had no hope in that quarter. She was a book instead of a wife, I would a sharp and shrewd observer, and not object,' said he, ‘if ye were an saw that she had not that measure almanack; that I might get a new one of acomplishments and beauty which every year.' would obtain the ascendency in his With these words she went across breast, and therefore was not long the room to Doctor Johnny; and the of convincing him that he had no young lady, who, now recovered, thing to hope for. Indeed there was was sitting talking to him on a sofa, ill luck in the time of his applica- and Peabody with Mr Threeper contion, and she felt that she had too tinued their confabulation near the long dissembled. Accordingly, she door of the room. determined to do so no more, and “ I calculate,” said the Vermont she made short work with the Doc- farmer, touching his forehead," that tor, soon giving him his dismissal, to the old ladye be quite 'roneous.” which he had no time to reply, “ Your remark is perfectly just; when Mrs Clatterpenny and Mr but she is not altogether fatuous, for Threeper came in ; the lady saying in that case she could not have
perto Mr Peabody as she entered, with suaded me to come with her, though out observing the condition of Miss she can well afford it.” Octavia, “ Is't really true, Mr Pea
“I guess, then," said Mr Peabody, that in America the advocates body, “ she is tarnation rich.” and lords of session sit in judgment “ She will be,” replied the advoamang you wanting wigs and gowns? cate drily, “when she is in possesFor my part, if I am to pay for law, sion of the Ardenlochie property.” I wouldna think I gat justice if the “ Aye,” replied the old man, advocates and the fifteen hadna wigs “ that may be true, but I likewise nor gowns; I would always like to
am an inheritor." get all that pertains to a whole suit
“ That you were a relation we if I paid for one.”
have always known.” Mr Peabody made no reply to this “ But may not I be the heir ?” said speech, but touching his forehead Peabody. significantly, said, “ Is she ?”
“ Certainly, if there be no other," Mr Threeper was taken a little replied the legal gentleman. aback, and answered rather rashly, á And if there be another,” cried “ Sometimes.”
the old man, “ what then ?" putting Presently, however, he added, his hand into his waistcoat pocket, " when necessary.” Mrs Clatter- and pulling out the letter he had just penny, very quick in her observa- received. tions, observed the gestures of her “ You can't, that's all,” replied kinsman, and said aside to her man Mr Threeper. of business, “Have I given him a sus "“Read that, squire,” said the old pectof my composety ?” and then add
gentleman, handing the letter to him ed, " I'll leave you to sift him, and be with a flourish.
MR THREEPER received the letter; law, in a whisper, " join with us, and before looking at it, regarded and we'll all keep the secret." the Yankee farmer inquisitively;
The old man looked at him slily, but his countenance remained as ima and then said," I s'pose you are on perturbable as the trunk of a pine- shares with the old ladye ?” tree in the American forest. He then “ Don't talk of it,” said Mr Three, looked at the letter—first at the seal, per," but join with us." which told nothing; but on inspect
Ah, if Cousin Clatterpenny is ing the superscription, he gave a not the heir, mother's sister had a slight start of recognition, Mr Pea- sister that was not grandmother to body eyeing him very steadfastly, she.”. but sedately.
“Gracious,” cried Threeper, “yoų “That’ere letter,” says he, “gives alarm me!". me to know, that my claim beats “ But it is as true as nothing,” cousin Clatterpenny's to immortal said the Vermont farmer. “ She was smash."
her aunt in Virginy; and died one Mr Threeper made no immediate day afore I wer'n't born.” reply. " Who? in the name of —," * Indeed !” said Threeper; "and cried he. “ No, no, Mr Peabody, this was that aunt married ?” letter misinforms you. Conscience “ Well, I reckon I can't tell,” reof me, but I am astonished, and be plied Peabody-adding, “ By jinks ! ginning to be confounded.”
I have papers in my velisse, to judi, Why,” said Mr Peabody," ain't cate that 'ere matter-stay while I it one Nabal M‘Gab? Look ye there, fetch them.” he scriptifies himself Nabal M'Gab, At these words, Mr Peabody went writer to the signet, Edinburgh ; and out of the room, and left Mr Threeper as sure as rifles, he offers to establish standing on the floor. “Here,” said my right on shares."
he," is a new turn up; an aunt in Mr Threeper was amazed ; he did Virginia ! Should she have left isnot know which way to look-whe- sue, what is to be done? The old ther to the right or left, or up or lady may give it up-but how am I down. At last he declared, in a kind to be indemnified ?" of soliloquy, " The family papers Mrs Clatterpenny, seeing him were put into his hands on my own alone, and perplexed, came forward, advice; and he betrays his trust and, with a wheedling voice, said to without consulting me.”
him, “ Oh, but ye're a man of sagaMr Peabody observed, with a little city; and so," with a softened tone more inflection of accent, “ I
guess she added, “ wi’ your counselling, we would call such a dry trick, 'I and the help of my own manageyank—thou yankest—he or she yanks ment, he thinks me a conkos mentos --we yank-ye yank—they yank— —hah, Mr Threeper, what's come we all yank together.'
ower you, that ye're in such consti“ But this is treason, Mr Peabody; pation ?” he deceives you, Mr Peabody ; "Enough," replied the advocate, there are others of the Ardenlochie enough has come to my knowledge blood in America besides you." to drive us both mad. M'Gab has “ Well,” said the old man,
~ what written to him all the infirmities of of that?”
our case, and has told him that he Mr Threeper, putting his hands to was nearer of blood than you." his lips, said, “ Hush."
“ Ay,” said Mrs Clatterpenny, “ Wherefore ?"
“ that's piper’s news,-would e'er I “ Hark!” said Threeper, " it was have brought you with me, had mine a footstep at the door."
been a clear case ? But I knew you “ Well, if so be,” said Peabody, were souple in the law; and being “ I expect it's my dog, Bonaparte, affected with the apprehensions, I scraping to come in-if it bean't no ran the risk on shares wi' you, bebody else."
haved to you—did I not ?-in the “Mr Peabody,” replied the man of most discreet manner, when you
came to spunge on me at breakfast- tend a lecture at the hospital, Dr time? But surely it's no past a' pose Johnny consigned her, and hastened sibility to be able to get our Johnny through the Horse Guards on his married to his daughter ?”
own affairs. Mr Threeper was in no condition They reached her lodgings before to listen to her; he saw the despera- they had any connected conversation of her case; he thought how she tion. In speaking, however, of Miss had gotten to the windward of him in Peabody, he expressed some doubt the agreement, and he exclaimed, if she would have him ; assigning for “ To come on such a wildgoose a reason, that she had some chance of chase to London, and this aunt in getting a parcel of Highland rocks Virginia!”
and heather. “What did ye say ?” cried Mrs “Oh, Mr Shortridge, that 's no a Clatterpenny;
mercy on us, what becoming speech-you’re no better did ye say anent an aunt in Virginy? than a flea; who were ye biting beNo possible, Mr Threeper. An aunt hind their backs?” in Virginy! My stars, that's moo “ To be plain with you,” replied ving."
“ after coming so Yes,” said he, “ and she may long with you without a civil word, have had children, too.”
your son was in my mind.” Mrs Clatterpenny continued,“ An “ Our Johnny !” cried she. “ Mr auntie in Virginy with two children! Archibald Shortridge, junior”. what will become of us! Oh, but ye “ Well, madam.” hae given me poor advice! An auntie “ Your father was the Lord Proin Virginy!—that 's the land where vost of Glasgow”the tobacco grows; she will take Yes, Mrs Clatterpenny, and that snuff. I never thought they were was something." wholesome that did. I came at the “ 'Deed, it was," replied she, “ with peril of my life, Mr Threeper ; but his golden chain about his neck, his did I think ye would tell me of an black velvet cloak and cocket hat. aunt in Virginy ?”
Oh but he was a pomp, and thereMr Threeper, alarmed at her vio- fore I'll never deny ye're without a lence, replied, in a subdued tone, share of pedigree; but, Mr Archi“ You know, madam, that I am not bald Shortridge, junior”. to blame.”
The young man replied tartly, Then,” cried she, with increa “ what do you want ?” sing fervency, “how durst you dis “Oh, nothing particular," said she, cover this aunt in Virginy, with two “ but only just to make an observe children? Oh, man! oh, man! I the which is, that there is a prethought you were skilled in the law ternatural difference between our
- but an aunt in Virginy beats every Johnny and the likes of you; for althing: Mr Threeper, ye ought to be though I had my superior education punished, yea, prosecuted to the ut- in the Lowlands, his great-grandfather most rigour of the law, for discover was a chieftain, wi' bonnet and kilt, ing this aunt in Virginy. What's the and eagle's feather, his piper proudly worth of your wig now? Oh! oh! marching before him, and his tail my heart is full an aunt in Vir
behind, when yours, Mr Archibald giny!"
Shortridge, junior, was keeping a With that she flounced out of the shop, and wearing breeches. So take room, forgetful of all that was in it; your change out of that, Mr Archibut her son followed, and overtook bald Shortridge, junior;"-and she, her before she got into the street, for without any apology for leaving him, the lock of the street-door being a mounted to her own room. draw-bolt, her Scottish cunning could Shortridge did not, however, renot discover the secret of that imple main long behind her; he also walkment, and she was unable to let her- ed away, equally astonished at her self out. But when she was out, she behaviour, and unable to account for made nimble heels, with a silent it, for he was as yet uninformed of tongue, to her own lodgings; and in the secret which M'Gab had disclogoing across the Park, they fell in sed, and only knew that Dr Johnny with Mr Shortridge, to whose care, was the old lady's son and heir; that as it was now near the hour to at- she was, by all accounts, the proper