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farmer, as he looked round upon his friend's mi- for we wad hae some o' our ain cracks." Tho serable apartment and wretched accommodation – damsel accordingly retired, and shut the door of “ What's this o't! what's this o't!”
the apartment, to which she added the precaution “ Just a trick of fortune, my good friend,” said of drawing a large bolt on the outside. Bertram, rising and shaking him heartily by the As soon as she was gone, Dandie reconnoitred hand,“ that's all.”
the premises, listened at the key-hole as if he had “ But what will be done about it? — or what been listening for the blowing of an otter, - and can be done about it?” said honest Dandie : “ is't having satisfied himself that there were no eavesfor debt, or what is't for?”
droppers, returned to the table; and making him“ Why, it is not for debt," answered Bertram ; self what he called a gey stiff cheerer, poked the “ and if you have time to sit down, I'll tell you all fire, and began his story in an under-tone of graI know of the matter myself.”
vity and importance not very usual with him. “ If I hae time!” said Dandie, with an accent “ Ye see, Captain, I had been in Edinbro' for twa on the word that sounded like a howl of derision or three days, looking after the burial of a friend “ Ou, what the deevil am I come here for, man, that we hae lost, and maybe I suld hae had somebut just ance errand to see about it? But ye'll no thing for my ride; but there's disappointments in be the waur o' something to eat, I trow;—it's get- a' things, and wha can help the like o' that! And ting late at e'en - I teli'd the folk at the Change, I had a wee bit law business besides, but that's where I put up Dumple, to send ower my supper neither here nor there. In short, I had got my here, and the chield Mac-Guffog is agreeable to let matters settled, and hame I cam; and the morn awa it in - I hae settled a' that.— And now let's hear to the muirs to see what the herds had been about, your story — Whisht, Wasp, man! wow but he's and I thought I might as weel gie a look to the glad to see you, poor tlring !
Tout-hope head, where Jock o' Dawston and me Bertram's story, being confined to the accident has the outcast about a march. Weel, just as I of Hazlewood, and the confusion made between his was coming upon the bit, I saw a man afore me own identity and that of one of the smugglers who that I kennd was nane o' our herds, and it's a wild had been active in the assault of Woodbourne, bit to meet ony other body, so when I cam up to and chanced to bear the same name, was soon told him, it was Tod Gabriel the fox-hunter. So I says Dinmont listened very attentively.“ Aweel,” he to him, rather surprised like, 'What are ye doing said, “ this suld be nae sic dooms-desperate busi- up amang the craws here, without your hounds, ness surely - the lad's doing weel again that was man? are ye seeking the fox without the dogs!' hurt, and what signifies twa or three lead draps in So he said, “Na, gudeman, but I wanted to see his shouther? if ye had putten out his ee, it would yoursell.' hae been another case. But eh, as I wuss auld Ay,' said I, ' and ye'll be wanting eilding now, Sherra Pleydell was to the fore here !--Od, he was or something to pit ower the winter? the man for sorting them, and the queerest rough • Na, na,' quo' he, it's no that I'm seeking ; but spoken deevil too that ever ye heard !”
ye tak an unco concern in that Captain Brown that “ But now tell me, my excellent friend, how did was staying wi' you, d'ye no?' you find out I was here?”
Troth do 1, Gabriel,' says I; ' and what about “ Od, lad, queerly eneugh,” said Dandie ; “ but him, lad? I'll tell ye that after we are done wi' our supper, “ Says he, There's mair tak an interest in him for it will maybe no be sae weel to speak about it than you, and some that I am bound to obey; and while that lang-lugged limmer o'a lass is gaun flisk- it's no just on my ain will that I'm here to tell you ing in and out o' the room."
something about him that will no please you.' Bertram's curiosity was in some degree put to rest • Faith, naething will please me,' quo I, that's by the appearance of the supper which his friend no pleasing to him.' had ordered, which, although homely enough, had And then,' quo' he, ‘ ye'll be ill-sorted to hear the appetizing cleanliness in which Mrs Mac-Guf- that he's like to be in the prison at Portanferry, if fog's cookery was so eminently deficient. Dinmont he disna tak a' the better care o’himsell, for there's also, premising he had ridden the whole day since been warrants out to tak him as soon as lie comes breakfast-time, without tasting anything to speak ower the water frae Allonby. And now, gudeman, of," which qualifying phrase related to about three an ever ye wish hiin weel, ye maun ride down to pounds of cold roast mutton which he had discussed Portanferry, and let nae grass grow at the nag's at his mid-day stage, - Dinmont, I say, fell stoutly heels; and if ye find him in confinement, ye maun upon the good cheer, and, like one of Homer's he- stay beside him night and day, for a day or twa, for roes, said little, either good or bad, till the rage of he'll want friends that hae baith heart and hand; thirst and hunger was appeased. At length, after and if ye neglect this, ye'll never rue but ance, for a draught of home-brewed ale, he began by observ- it will be for a' your life.' ing, “ Aweel, aweel, that hen," looking upon the * But, safe us, man,' quo' 1,' how did ye learn a' lamentable relics of what had been once a large this? -- it's an unco way between this and Portanfowl, wasna a bad ane to be bred at a town end, ferry.' though it's no like our barn-door chuckies at Char • Never ye mind that,'quo' he;' them that brought lies-hope - and I am glad to see that this vexing us the news rade night and day, and ye maun be aff job hasna taen awa your appetite, Captain.” instantly if ye wad do ony gude-and sae I have
“Why, really, my dinner was not so excellent, naething mair to tell ye.'--Sae he sat himsell doun Mr Dinmont, as to spoil my supper."
and hirselled doun into the glen, where it wad hae “I daur say no—I daur say no,” said Dandie. been ill following him wi' the beast, and I cam back
." But now, hinny, that ye hae brouglit us the to Charlies-hope to tell the gudewife, for I was brandy, and the mug wi' the het water, and the uncertain what to do. It wad look unco-like, I bugar, and a' right, ye may stcek the door, ye see, thought, just to be sent out on a hunt-the-gowk
crrand wi' a land-louper like that. But, Lord! as they'll send for a wife like Meg far eneugh to dress the gudewife set up her throat about it, and said the corpse-od, it's a' the burial they ever think what a shame it wad be if ye was to come to ony o'! and then to be put into the ground without ony wrang, an I could help ye ;-and then in cam your decency, just like dogs. But they stick to it that letter that confirmed it." So I took to the kist, and they'll be streekit, and hae an auld wife when they're out wi' the pickle notes in case they should be dying, to rhyme ower prayers, and ballants, and needed, and a' the bairns ran to saddle Dumple. charms, as they ca' them, rather than they'll hae By great luck I had taen the other beast to Edin a minister to come and pray wi' them – that's an bro', sae Dumple was as fresh as a rose. Sae aff auld tlıreep o' theirs; and I am thinking the man I set, and Wasp wi' me, for ye wad really hae that died will hae been ane oʻthe folk that was shot thought he kenn'd where I was gaun, puir beast; when they burnt Woodbourne.” and here I am after a trot o'sixty mile, or near “ But, my good friend, Woodbourne is not burnt," by. But Wasp rade thirty o' them afore me on the said Bertram. saddle, and the puir doggie balanced itsell as ane “ Weel, the better for them that bides in't," anof the weans wad hae dune, whether I trotted or swered the store-farmer. “Od, we had it up the cantered.”
water wi' us, that there wasna a stane on the tap o' In this strange story Bertram obviously saw, anither. But there was fighting, ony way; I daur supposing the warning to be true, some intimation to say, it would be fine fun! And, as I said, ye of danger more violent and imminent than could may take it on trust, that that's been ane o' the be likely to arise from a few days' imprisonment. men killed there, and that it's been the gipsies that At the same time it was equally evident that some took your pockmanky when they fand the chaise unknown friend was working in his behalf. “Did stickin' in the snaw--they wadna pass the like o' you not say," he asked Dinmont, “ that this man that-it wad just come to their hand like the bowl Gabriel was of gipsy blood ?”
o' a pint stoup.”1 " It was e'en judged sae,” said Dinmont" and I 6 But if this woman is a sovereign among them, think this maks it likely; for they aye ken where why was she not able to afford me open protecthe gangs o' ilk ither are to be found, and they can tion, and to get me back my property?" gar news flee like a foot-ba' through the country “Ou, wha kens ? she has muckle to say wi' them, an they like. An' I forgat to tell ye, there's been but whiles they'll tak their ain way for a' that, an unco inquiry after the auld wife that we saw in when they're under temptation. And then there's Bewcastle ; the sheriff's had folk ower the Lime- the smugglers that they're aye leagued wi’; she stane Edge after her, and down the Hermitage and maybe couldna manage them sae weel — they're Liddel, and a' gates, and a reward offered for her aye banded thegither. I've heard that the gipsies to appear, o' fifty pound sterling, nae less; and ken when the smugglers will come aff, and where Justice Forster, he's had out warrants, as I am they're to land, better than the very merchants teld, in Cumberland, and an unco ranging and that deal wi' them. And then, to the boot o' that, riping they have had a' gates seeking for her — but she's whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her she'll no be taen wi' them unless she likes, for a' head; they say that whether her spaeings and forthat."
tune-tellings be true or no, for certain she believes “And how comes that?" said Bertram.
in them a' hersell, and is aye guiding hersell by * Ou, I dinna ken; I daur say it's nonsense, but some queer prophecy or anither. So she disna they say she has gathered the fern-seed, and can aye gang the straight road to the well
. -- But deil gang ony gate she likes, like Jock-the-Giant-killer o' sic a story as yours, wi' glamour and dead folk in the ballant, wi' his coat o' darkness and his shoon and losing ane's gate, I ever heard out o' the taleo'swiftness. Ony way she's a kind o' queen amang books !— But whisht, I hear the keeper coming." the gipsies; she is mair than a hundred year auld, Mac-Guffog accordingly interrupted their dis folk say, and minds the coming in o' the moss course by the harsh harmony of the bolts and bars, troopers in the troublesome times when the Stuarts and showed his bloated visage at the opening door. were put awa. Sae, if she canna hide hersell, she “ Come, Mr Dinmont, we have put off locking up kens them that can lide her weel eneugh, ye need for an hour to oblige ye ; ye must go to your la doubt that. Od, an I had kenn'd it had been quarters." Meg Merrilies yon night at Tibb Mumps's, I wad “Quarters, man! I intend to sleep here the night. taen care how I crossed her.
There's a spare bed in the Captain's room.” Bertram listened with great attention to this “ It's impossible !” answered the keeper. account, which tallied so well in many points with “ But I say it is possible, and that I winna stir what he had himself seen of this gipsy sibyl. After - and there's a dram t'ye.” a moment's consideration, he concluded it would Mac-Guffog drank off the spirits, and resumed le no breach of faith to mention what he had seen his objection. “ But it's against sir; ye have at Derncleugh to a person who held Meg in such committed nae malefaction.” Teverence as Dinmont obviously did. He told his “ I'll break your head," said the sturdy Liddesstory accordingly, often interrupted by ejaculations, dale man, " if ye say ony mair about it, and that such as, “ Weel, the like o' that now!" or, “ Na, will be malefaction eneugh to entitle me to ae night's deil an that's no soinething now!"
lodging wi' you, ony way When our Liddesdale friend had heard the whole " But I tell ye, Mr Dinmont,” reiterated the to an end, he shook his great black head “ Weel, keeper, “it's against rule, and I behoved to lose I'll uphaud there's baith gude and ill amang the my post.” gipsies, and if they deal withe Enemy, it's a' their “Weel, Mac-Guffog,” said Dandie, “I hae just ain business, and no ours. I ken wliat the streeking the corpse wad be, weel eneugh. Thae smug
1 The handle of a stoup of liquor; than which, our progler deevils, when ony o' thenu's killed in a fray, to the grasp.
verb seems to infer, there is nothing comes inure readily VO 1.
twa things to say. Ye ken wha I am weel eneugh, been formed upon the bequest of her kinswoman. and that I wadna loose a prisoner.”
Whatever hopes that news might have dispelled, “ And how do I ken that?" answered the jailor. the disappointment did not prevent her from join
“Weel, if ye dinna ken that,” said the resolute ing her friend in affording a cheerful reception to farmer, “ ye ken this;-ye ken ye're whiles obliged the Colonel, to whom she thus endeavoured to exto be up our water in the way o' your business ; press the deep sense she entertained of his paternal now, if ye let me stay quietly here the night wi' kindness. She touched on her regret, that at such the Captain, I'se pay ye double fees for the room ; a season of the year he should have made, upon and if ye say no, ye shall hae the best sark-fu’ o’ her account, a journey so fruitless. sair banes that ever ye had in your life, the first “ That it was fruitless to you, my dear,” said the time ye set a foot by Liddel-moat!”
Colonel, “I do most deeply lament; but for nuy “ Aweel, aweel, gudeman,” said Mac-Guffog,“ a own share, I have made some valuable acquaintwilfu' man maun hae his way; but if I am chal ances, and have spent the time I have been absent lenged for it by the justices, I ken wha sall bear in Edinburgh with peculiar satisfaction; so that, on the wyte;" —and having sealed this observation that score, there is nothing to be regretted. Even with a deep oath or two, he retired to bed, after our friend the Dominie is returned thrice the man carefully securing all the doors of the Bridewell. he was, from having sharpened his wits in conThe bell from the town steeple tolled nine just as troversy with the geniuses of the northern metrothe ceremony was concluded.
polis.” “ Although it's but early hours," said the farmer, “Of a surety," said the Dominie, with great comwho had observed that his friend looked somewhat placency, “I did wrestle, and was not overcome, pale and fatigued, “ I think we had better lie down, though my adversary was cunning in his art." Captain, if ye're no agreeable to another cheerer. “ I presume," said Miss Mannering, “ the conBut troth, ye're nae glass-breaker; and neither test was somewhat fatiguing, Mr Sampson ?" am I, unless it be a screed wi' the neighbours, or “Very much, young lady-howbeit, I girded up when I'm on a ramble.”
my loins and strove against him." Bertram readily assented to the motion of his “ I can bear witness," said the Colonel, “ I never faithful friend, but, on looking at the bed, felt re saw an affair better contested. The enemy was pugnance to trust himself undressed to Mrs Mac- like the Mahratta cavalry; he assailed on all sides, Guffog's clean sheets.
and presented no fair mark for artillery ; but Mr “ I'm muckle o' your opinion, Captain,” said Sampson stood to his guns, notwithstanding, and Dandie. “Od, this bed looks as if a' the colliers in fired away, now upon the enemy, and now upon Sanquhar had been in't thegither. But it ’ll no win the dust which he had raised. But we must not through my muckle coat.” So saying, he flung him- fight our battles over again to-night-to-morrow self upon the frail bed with a force that made all we shall have the whole at breakfast." its timbers crack, and in a few moments gave The next morning at breakfast, however, the audible signal that he was fast asleep. Bertram Dominie did not make his appearance. He had slipped off his coat and boots, and occupied the other walked out, a servant said, early in the morning; dormitory. The strangeness of his destiny, and the - it was so common for him to forget his meals, mysteries which appeared to thicken around him, that his absence never deranged the family. The while he seemed alike to be persecuted and pro- housekeeper, a decent old-fashioned Presbyterian tected by secret enemies and friends, arising out of matron, having, as such, the highest respect for a class of people with whom he had no previous Sampson's theological acquisitions, had it in charge connexion, for some time occupied his thoughts. on these occasions to take care that he was no sufFatigue, however, gradually composed his mind, ferer by his absence of mind, and therefore usually and in a short time he was as fast asleep as his waylaid him on his return, to remind him of his companion. And in this comfortable state of obli- sublunary wants, and to minister to their relief. It vion we must leave them, until we acquaint the seldom, however, happened, that he was absent reader with some other circumstances which oc from two meals together, as was the case in the curred about the same period.
present instance. We must explain the cause of this unusual occurrence.
The conversation which Mr Pleydell had held
with Mr Mannering on the subject of the loss of CHAPTER XLVI.
Harry Bertram, had awakened all the painful sen
sations which that event had inflicted upon SampSay from whence You owe this strange intelligence? or why
The affectionate heart of the poor Dominie Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
had always reproached him, that his negligence in With such prophetic greeting ?
leaving the child in the care of Frank Kennedy Speak, I charge you.
had been the proximate cause of the murder of the Upon the evening of the day when Bertram's one, the loss of the other, the death of Mrs Berexamination had taken place, Colonel Mannering tram, and the ruin of the family of his patron. It arrived at Woodbourne from Edinburgh. He found was a subject which he never conversed upon,-if his family in their usual state, which probably, so indeed his mode of speech could be called converfar as Julia was concerned, would not have been sation at any time,- but it was often present to his the case had she learned the news of Bertram's imagination. The sort of hope so strongly affirmed arrest. But as, during the Colonel's absence, the and asserted in Mrs Bertram's last settlement, had two young ladies lived much retired, this circum- excited a corresponding feeling in the Dominie's stance fortunately had not reached Woodbourne. bosom, which was exasperated into a sort of sickA letter had already made Miss Bertram acquaint- ening anxiety, by the discredit with which Pleydell ed with the downfall of the expectations which had had treated it.--" Assuredly,” thought Sampson to
himself," he is a man of erudition, and well skilled of their exasperated enemies. This tragedy, which, in the weighty matters of the law; but he is also considering the wild times wherein it was placed, a man of humorous levity and inconsistency of might have some foundation in truth, was larded speech; and wherefore should he pronounce ex ca with many legends of superstition and diablerie, so thedra, as it were, on the hope expressed by worthy that most of the peasants of the neighbourhood, if Madam Margaret Bertram of Singleside?" benighted, would rather have chosen to make a
All this, I say, the Dominie thought to himself; considerable circuit, than pass these haunted walls. for had he uttered half the sentence, his jaws would The lights, often seen around the tower when used have ached for a month under the unusual fatigue as the rendezvous of the lawless characters by of such a continued exertion. The result of these whom it was occasionally frequented, were accountcoritations was a resolution to go and visit the ed for, under authority of these tales of witchery, scene of the tragedy at Warroch Point, where he in a manner at once convenient for the private parhad not been for many years--not, indeed, since ties concerned, and satisfactory to the public. the fatal accident had happened. The walk was a Now it must be confessed that our friend Samplong one, for the Point of Warroch lay on the far- son, although a profound scholar and mathematither side of the Ellangowan property, which was cian, had not travelled so far in philosophy as to interposed between it and Woodbourne. Besides, doubt the reality of witchcraft or apparitions. Born the Dominie went astray more than once, and met indeed at a time when a doubt in the existence of with brooks swoln into torrents by the melting of witches was interpreted as equivalent to a justifithe snow, where he, honest man, had only the sum- cation of their infernal practices, a belief of such Iner-recollection of little trickling rills.
legends had been impressed upon the Dominie as At length, however, he reached the woods which an article indivisible from his religious faith; and he had made the object of his excursion, and tra- perhaps it would have been equally difficult to have versed them with care, muddling his disturbed induced him to doubt the one as the other. With brains with vague efforts to recall every circum- these feelings, and in a thick misty day, which was stance of the catastrophe. It will readily be sup- already drawing to its close, Dominie Sampson did posed that the influence of local situation and as not pass the Kaim of Derncleugh without some sviation was inadequate to produce conclusions feelings of tacit horror. different from those which he had formed under What, then, was his astonishment, when, on the immediate pressure of the occurrences them- passing the door-that door which was supposed to selves.“ With many a weary sigh, therefore, and have been placed there by one of the latter Lairds many a groan,” the poor Dominie returned from of Ellangowan to prevent presumptuous strangers his hopeless pilgrimage, and weariedly plodded his from incurring the dangers of the haunted vault way towards Woodbourne, debating at times in his that door, supposed to be always locked, and the altered mind a question which was forced upon key of which was popularly said to be deposited him by the cravings of an appetite rather of the with the presbytery – that door, that very door, keenest, namely, whether he had breakfasted that opened suddenly, and the figure of Meg Merrilies, morning or no!- It was in this twilight humour, well known, though not seen for many a revolving now thinking of the loss of the child, then involun- year, was placed at once before the eyes of the tarily compelled to meditate upon the somewhat startled Dominie! She stood immediately before incongruous subject of hung-beef, rolls, and butter, him in the foot-path, confronting him so absothat his route, which was different from that which lutely, that he could not avoid her except by fairly he had taken in the morning, conducted him past turning back, which his manhood prevented him the small ruined tower, or rather vestige of a tower, from thinking of. called by the country people the Kaim of Dern “I kenn'd ye wad be here,” she said, with her cleugh.
harsh and hollow voice : “ I ken wha ye seek; but The reader may recollect the description of this ye maun do my bidding." ruin in the twenty-seventh chapter of this narrative, “ Get thee behind me!” said the alarmed Doas the vault in which young Bertram, under the minie -“ Avoid ye ! -- Conjuro te, scelestissima – auspices of Meg Merrilies, witnessed the death of nequissima – spurcissima—iniquissima-atque miHaiteraick's lieutenant. The tradition of the coun- serrima — conjuro te!!!”. try added ghostly terrors to the natural awe in Meg stood her ground against this tremendous spired by the situation of this place -- which terrors volley of superlatives, which Sampson hawked up the gipsies, who so long inhabited the vicinity, had from the pit of his stomach, and hurled at her in probably invented, or at least propagated, for their thunder. “ Is the carl daft,” she said, “ wi' his own advantage. It was said, that during the times glamour?” of the Galwegian independence, one Hanlon Mac “ Conjuro,” continued the Dominie, “ abjuro, Dingawaie, brother to the reigning chief, Knarth contestor, atque viriliter impero tibi!”. Mac-Dingawaie, murdered his brother and sove “ What, in the name of Sathan, are ye feared reign, in order to usurp the principality from his for, wi’ your French gibberish, that would make a infant nephew, and that being pursued for ven dog sick ? Listen, ye stickit stibbler, to what I tell geance by the faithful allies and retainers of the ye, or ye sall rue it while there's a limb o'ye hings house, who espoused the cause of the lawful heir, to anither!- Tell Colonel Mannering that I ken he was compelled to retreat, with a few followers he's seeking me. He kens, and I ken, that the whom he had involved in his crime, to this im- blood will be wiped out, and the lost will be found, pregnable tower called the Kaim of Derncleugh, And Bertram's right and Bertram's might where he defended himself until nearly reduced by
Shall meet on Ellangowan height. famine, when, setting fire to the place, he and the Hae, there's a letter to him ; I was gaun to send it snall remaining garrison desperately perished by in another way.--I canna write mysell; but I hae their own swords, rather than fall into the hands them that will baith write and read, and ride and
rin for me. Tell him the time's coming now, and " Hae then," said she, placing the dish before the weird's dreed, and the wheel's turning. Bid him," there's what will warm your heart." him look at the stars as he has looked at them be “ I do not hunger--malefica — that is to sayfore.— Will ye mind a' this?”
Mrs Merrilies !” for he said unto himself, “ the sa“ Assuredly,” said the Dominie, “ I am dubious vour is sweet, but it hath been cooked by a Canidia - for, woman, I am perturbed at thy words, and or an Ericthoe.” my flesh quakes to hear thee.”
“ If ye dinna eat instantly, and put some saul in They'll do you nae ill though, and maybe ye, by the bread and the salt, I'll put it down your muckle gude.”
throat wi' the cutty spoon, scaulding as it is, and “ Avoid ye! I desire no good that comes by un whether ye will or no. Gape, sinner, and swallow !" lawful means.”
Sampson, afraid of eye of newt, and toe of frog, Fule-body that thou art!” said Meg, stepping tigers' chaudrons, and so forth, had determined not up to him with a frown of indignation that made to venture; but the smell of the stew was fast melther dark eyes flash like lamps from under her bent ing his obstinacy, which flowed from his chops as brows—"fule-body! if I meant ye wrang, couldna it were in streams of water, and the witch's threats I clod ye ower that craig, and wad man ken how decided him to feed. Hunger and fear are excelye cam by your end mair than Frank Kennedy? lent casuists. Hear ye that, ye worricow ?”
“ Saul,” said Hunger, “ feasted with the witch of “ In the name of all that is good," said the Endor.”—“ And," quoth Fear, “ the salt which Dominie, recoiling, and pointing his long pewter- she sprinkled upon the food showeth plainly it is headed walking-cane like a javelin at the supposed not a necromantic banquet, in which that seasonsorceress,
“ in the name of all that is good, ing never occurs.”—“ And besides," says Hunger, bide off hands! I will not be handled — woman, after the first spoonful," it is savoury and refreshstand off, upon thine own proper peril ! - desist, I ing viands.” say—I am strong-lo, I will resist!” — Here his “ So ye like the meat!" said the hostess. speech was cut short; for Meg, armed with
super “ Yea," answered the Dominie," and I give thee natural strength (as the Dominie asserted), broke thanks--sceleratissima !—which means Mrs Marin upon his guard, put by a thrust which he made garet.” at her with his cane, and lifted him into the vault, “ Aweel, eat your fill; but an ye kenn'd how it “ as easily,” said he, “ as I could sway a Kitchen's was gotten, ye maybe wadna like it sae weel." Atlas."
Sampson's spoon dropped, in the act of conveying “ Sit down there,” she said, pushing the half- its load to his mouth. “ There's been mony a moonthrottled preacher with some violence against a light watch to bring a' that trade thiegithier,” conbroken chair “ sit down there, and gather your tinued Meg,-“the folk that are to eat that dinner wind and your senses, ye black barrow-tram o' the thought little o' your game-laws." kirk that ye are !-- Are ye fou or fasting ?"
“ Is that all ?” thought Sampson, resuming his “ Fasting—from all but sin," answered the Do- spoon, and shovelling away manfully; “ I will not minie, who, recovering his voice, and finding his lack my food upon that argument.” exorcisms only served to exasperate the intractable “Now, ye maun tak a dram." sorceress, thought it best to affect complaisance and “ I will," quoth Sampson—"conjuro te- that is, submission, inwardly conning over, however, the I thank you heartily," for he thought to himself, in wholesome conjurations which he durst no longer for a penny, in for a pound; and he fairly drank utter aloud. But as the Dominie's brain was by no the witch's health in a cupful of brandy. When he means equal to carry on two trains of ideas at the had put this cope-stone upon Meg's good cheer, he same time, a word or two of his mental exercise felt, as he said, “ mightily elevated, and afraid of sometimes escaped, and mingled with his uttered no evil which could befall unto him." speech in a manner ludicrous enough, especially as “ Will ye remember my errand now?" said Meg the poor man shrunk himself together after every Merrilies; “ I ken by the cast o’your ee that ye're escape of the kind, from terror of the effect it anither man than when you cam in." might produce upon the irritable feelings of the “I will, Mrs Margaret,” repeated Sampson stoutwitch.
ly; " I will deliver unto him the sealed yepistle, Meg, in the meanwhile, went to a great black and will add what you please to send by word of cauldron that was boiling on a fire on the floor, mouth.” and, lifting the lid, an odour was diffused through “ Then I'll make it short,” says Meg. “ Tell the vault, which, if the vapours of a witch's caul- him to look at the stars without fail this night, and dron could in aught be trusted, promised better to do what I desire him in that letter, as he would things than the hell-broth which such vessels are wish usually supposed to contain. It was in fact the sa
That Bertram's right and Bertram's might
Should meet on Ellangowan height. vour of a goodly stew, composed of fowls, hares, partridges, and moorgame, boiled in a large mess I have seen him twice when he saw na me; I ken with potatoes, onions, and leeks, and from the size when he was in this country first, and I ken what's of the cauldron, appeared to be prepared for half a brought him back again. Up, an' to the gate! ye’re dozen of people at least.
ower lang here—follow me.' “ So ye hae eat naething a' day?” said Meg, hea Sampson followed the sibyl accordingly, who ving a large portion of this mess into a brown dish, guided him about a quarter of a mile through the and strewing it savourily with salt and pepper. woods, by a shorter cut than he could have found Nothing,"
," answered the Dominie—“ scelestis- for himself; they then entered upon the common, sima! — that is-gudewife."
Meg still marching before him at a great pace, un
til she gained the top of a small hillock which overI See Note K, -Gipsey Cookery.
hung the road.