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curse brought it down, my blessing has taen it off! “ to hie down and borrow Dan Dunkieson's plated And now I wad hae liked to hae said mair. But stirrups," and expressing his regret " that there it canna be. Stay” — she continued, stretching her was nae time to gie the nag a feed, that the young head towards the gleam of light that shot through laird might ken his mettle," — Bertram, taking the the narrow slit which served for a window __“Is he clergyman by the arm, walked into the vault, and not there?—stand out o' the light, and let me look shut the door immediately after them. He gazed upon him ance mair. But the darkness is in my in silence for some minutes upon the body of Meg ain een,” she said, sinking back, after an earnest Merrilies, as it lay before him, with the features gaze upon vacuity-.“ it's a' ended now,

sharpened by death, yet still retaining the stern • Pass breath,

and energetic character which had maintained in

life her superiority as the wild chieftainess of the And, sinking back upon her couch of straw, she lawless people amongst whom she was born. The expired without a groan. The clergyman and the young soldier dried the tears which involuntarily surgeon carefully noted down all that she had said, rose on viewing this wreck of one, who might be now deeply regretting they had not examined her said to have died a victim to her fidelity to his more minutely, but both remaining morally con person and family. He then took the clergyman's vinced of the truth of her disclosure.

hand, and asked solemnly, if she appeared able to Hazlewood was the first to compliment Bertram give that attention to his devotions which befitted upon the near prospect of his being restored to his a departing person. name and rank in society. The people around, who “ My dear sir," said the good minister, “ I trust now learned from Jabos that Bertram was the this poor woman had remaining sense to feel and person who had wounded him, were struck with join in the import of my prayers. But let us humhis generosity, and added his name to Bertram's bly hope we are judged of by our opportunities of in their exulting acclamations.

religious and moral instruction. In some degree Some, however, demanded of the postilion how she might be considered as an uninstructed heathen, he had not recognised Bertram when he saw him even in the bosom of a Christian country;—and let some time before at Kippletringan ?- to which he us remember, that the errors and vices of an ignogave the very natural answer -“ Hout, what was rant life were balanced by instances of disinterest. I thinking about Ellangowan then !- It was the ed attachment amounting almost to heroism. To cry that was rising e'en now that the young laird Him, who can alone weigh our crimes and errors was found, that put me on finding out the likeness against our efforts towards virtue, we consign her

- There was nae missing it ance ane was set to with awe, but not without hope.” look fort."

“ May I request,” said Bertram," that you will The obduracy of Hatteraick, during the latter see every decent solemnity attended to in behalf part of this scene, was in some slight degree shaken. of this poor woman? I have some property beHe was observed to twinkle with his eyelids—to longing to her in my hands — at all events, i will attempt to raise his bound hands for the purpose be answerable for the expense—You will hear of of pulling his hat over his brow-to look angrily me at Woodbourne." and impatiently to the road, as if anxious for the Dinmont, who had been furnished with a horse vehicle which was to remove him from the spot. by one of his acquaintance, now loudly called out At length Mr Hazlewood, apprehensive that the that all was ready for their return; and Bertram popular ferment might take a direction towards the and Hazlewood, after a strict exhortation to the prisoner, directed he should be taken to the post- crowd, which was now increased to several hunchaise, and so removed to the town of Kippletringan dreds, to preserve good order in their rejoicing, as to be at Mr Mac-Morlan's disposal; at the same the least ungoverned zeal might be turned to the time he sent an express to warn that gentleman of disadvantage of the young Laird, as they termed what had happened.-“ And now," he said to Ber- him, took their leave amid the shouts of the multram, “ I should be happy if you would accompany titude. me to Hazlewood-House; but as that might not be As they rode past the ruined cottages at Dern80 agreeable just now as I trust it will be in a day cleugh, Dinmont said, “ I'm sure when ye come to or two, you must allow me to return with you to your ain, Captain, ye'll no forget to bigg a bit cotWoodbourne. But you are on foot.” 0, if the house there? Deis be in me but I wad do't myyoung laird would take my horse !”. - " Or mine” | sell, an it werena in better hands. I wadna like —“Or mine," said hialf a dozen voices—“Or mine; to live in't though, after what she said. Od, I wad he can trot ten mile an hour without whip or spur, put in auld Elspeth, the bedral's widow — the like and he's the young laird's frae this moment, if he othem's used wi' graves and ghaists, and thae likes to take him for a herezeld, as they ca'd it things.” lang syne.” — Bertram readily accepted the horse A short but brisk ride brought them to Wood. as a loan, and poured forth his thanks to the as bourne. The news of their exploit had already sembled crowd for their good wishes, which they flown far and wide, and the whole inhabitants of repaid with shouts and vows of attachment.

the vicinity met them on the lawn with shouts of While the happy owner was directing one lad to congratulation. “That you have seen me alive," gae

down for the new saddlo;" another, “just to said Bertram to Lucy, who first ran up to him, rin the beast ower wi' a dry wisp o' strae;" a third, though Julia's eyes even anticipated hers, “ you

must thank these kind friends." 1 This hard word is placed in the mouth of one of the aged tenants. In the old feudal tenures, the herezeld con

With a blush expressing at once pleasure, gratistituted the best horse or other animal on the vassals'

tude, and bashfulness, Lucy curtsied to Hazlewood, lands, become the right of the superior. The only rem but to Dinmont she frankly extended her hand. nant of this custom is what is called the sasine, or a fee of certain estimated value, paid to the sheriff of the county,

The honest farmer, in the extravagance of his joy, who gives possession to the vassals of the crown.

carried his freedom farther than the hint warrant

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ed, for he imprinted his thanks on the lady's lips, meeting him, when they were in the act of losing and was instantly shocked at the rudeness of his their vessel through the means of his information, own conduct. “ Lord sake, madam, I ask your par- led to the commission of the crime; that she said don,” he said ; " I forgot but ye had been a bairn there was one witness of the murder, but who reo'my ain— the Captain's sae hamely, he gars ane fused to participate in it, still alive,-- her nephew forget himsell."

Gabriel Faa; and she had hinted at another person Old Pleydell now advanced : “ Nay, if fees like who was an accessory after, not before, the fact ; these are going,” he said

but her strength there failed her. They did not for"Stop, stop, Mr Pleydell,” said Julia,“ you had get to mention her declaration, that she had saved your fees beforehand — remember last night.” the child, and that he was torn from her by the

“Why, I do confess a retainer,” said the bar- smugglers, for the purpose of carrying him to Holrister ; " but if I don't deserve double fees from land. - All these particulars were carefully reduced both Miss Bertram and you when I conclude my to writing. examination of Dirk Hatteraick to-morrow — Gad, Dirk Hatteraick was then brought in, heavily I will so supple him -You shall see, Colonel, and ironed; for he had been strictly secured and guardyou, my saucy Misses, though you may not see, ed, owing to his former escape. He was asked his shall hear."

name; he made no answer :- His profession ; he “Ay, that's if we choose to listen, counsellor," was silent:- Several other questions were put; to replied Julia.

none of which he returned any reply. Pleydell * And you think,” said Pleydell, “ it's two to one wiped the glasses of his spectacles, and considered you won't choose that? But you have curiosity that the prisoner very attentively.“ A very truculentteaches you the use of your ears now and then.” looking fellow,” he whispered to Mannering; “ but,

“ I declare, counsellor," answered the lively dam as Dogberry says, I'll go cunningly to work with sel, “ that such saucy bachelors as you would teach him. Here, call in Soles-Soles the shoemaker.us the use of our fingers now and then.”

Soles, do you remember measuring some footsteps " Reserve them for the harpsichord, my love,” imprinted on the mud at the wood of Warroch, on said the counsellor_“ Better for all parties.”

November 17—, by my orders?” Soles reWhile this idle chat ran on, Colonel Mannering membered the circumstance perfectly. — “Look at introduced to Bertram a plain good-looking man, in that paper - is that your note of the measurement !" a grey coat and waistcoat, buckskin breeches, and Soles verified the memorandum.-“ Now, there boots. “ This, my dear sir, is Mr Mac-Morlan.” stands a pair of shoes on that table; measure them,

" To whom,” said Bertram, embracing him cor- and see if they correspond with any of the marks dially,“ my sister was indebted for a home, when you have noted there.” The shoemaker obeyed, deserted by all her natural friends and relations." and declared, “ that they answered exactly to the

The Dominie then pressed forward, grinned, largest of the foot-prints." chuckled, made a diabolical sound in attempting to “ We shall prove,” said the counsellor, aside to whistle, and finally, unable to stifle his emotions, Mannering, " that these shoes, which were found ran away to empty the feelings of his heart at his in the ruins at Derncleugh, belonged to Brown, eyes.

the fellow whom you shot on the lawn at WoodWe shall not attempt to describe the expansion bourne.— Now, Soles, measure that prisoner's feet of heart and glee of this happy evening.

very accurately.”

Mannering observed Hatteraick strictly, and could notice a visible tremor. “Do these measure

ments correspond with any of the foot-prints ?” CHAPTER LVI.

The man looked at the note, then at his footHow like a hateful ape,

rule and measure-then verified his former mea. Detected grinning 'midst his pilfer'd hoard,

surement by a second. They correspond,” he A cunning man appears, whose secret frauds said, “ within a hair-breadth, to a foot-mark broader Are opend to the day!

and shorter than the former." THERE was a great movement at Woodbourne Hatteraick’s genius here deserted him-“ Der early on the following morning, to attend the exa- deyvil !” he broke out,“ how could there be a footmination at Kippletringan. Mr Pleydell, from the mark on the ground, when it was a frost as hard as investigation which he had formerly bestowed on the heart of a Memel log?" the dark affair of Kennedy's death, as well as from “ In the evening, I grant you, Captain Hattethe general deference due to his professional abi- raick," said Pleydell, “ but not in the foremoonlities, was requested by Mr Mac-Morlan and Sir Will you favour me with information where you Robert Hazlewood, and another justice of peace were upon the day you remember so exactly ?” who attended, to take the situation of chairman, Hatteraick saw his blunder, and again screwed and the lead in the examination. Colonel Manner- up his hard features for obstinate silence—“ Put ing was invited to sit down with them. The exami- down his observation, however," said Pleydell to nation, being previous to trial, was private in other the clerk. respects.

At this moment the door opened, and, much to The counsellor resumed and re-interrogated for the surprise of most present, Mr Gilbert Glossin mer evidence. He then examined the clergyman made his appearance. That worthy gentleman had, and surgeon respecting the dying declaration of Meg by dint of watching and eaves-dropping, ascertained Merrilies. They stated, that she distinctly, posi- that he was not mentioned by name in Meg Mertively, and repeatedly, declared herself an eye-wit- rilies's dying declaration - a circumstance certainly ness of Kennedy's death by the hands of Hatteraick, not owing to any favourable disposition towards and two or three of his crew; that her presence was him, but to the delay of taking her regular exaaccidental; that she believed their resentment at mination, and to the rapid approach of death. He

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therefore supposed himself safe from all evidence person's pretended parentage may have on my but such as might arise from Hatteraick's confes- patrimonial interest, I would rather beg leave to sion; to prevent which, he resolved to push a bold retire." face, and join his brethren of the bench during “No, my good sir,” said Mr Pleydell — “ we can his examination.--" I shall be able," he thought, by no means spare you. But why do you call this “ to make the rascal sensible his safety lies in keep young man's claims pretended !- I don't mean to ing his own counsel and mine; and my presence, fish for your defences against them, if you have besides, will be a proof of confidence and inno- any, but”

If I must lose the estate, I must- but I Mr Pleydell," replied Glossin, “ I am always trust better things."

disposed to act above-board, and I think I can exHe entered with a profound salutation to Sir plain the matter at once. This young fellow, whom Robert Hazlewood. Sir Robert, who had rather I take to be a natural son of the late Elangowan, begun to suspect that his plebeian neighbour had has gone about the country for some weeks unmade a cat's-paw of him, inclined his head stiffly, der different names, caballing with a wretched old took snuff, and looked another way.

mad-woman, who, I understand, was shot in a late “ Mr Corsand,” said Glossin to the other yoke- scuffle, and with other tinkers, gipsies, and persons fellow of justice, “ your most humble servant." of that description, and a great brute farmer from

“ Your humble servant, Mr Glossin," answered Liddesdale, stirring up the tenants against their Mr Corsand, drily, composing his countenance regis landlords, which, as Sir Robert Hazlewood of Haad exemplar,--that is to say, after the fashion of zlewood knows”? the Baronet.

“ Not to interrupt you, Mr Glossin," said Pleydell, “ Mac-Morlan, my worthy friend," continued “ I ask who you say this young man is ?" Glossin, “ how d'ye do--always on your duty ?”. “Why, I say," replied Glossin, “and I believe

Umph,” said honest Mac-Morlan, with little that gentleman” (looking at Hatteraick) “ knows, respect either to the compliment or salutation. that the young man is a natural son of the late El“ Colonel Mannering” (a low bow slightly return- langowan by a girl called Janet Lightoheel, who was ed), “ and Mr Pleydelì” (another low bow), "I afterwards married to Hewit the shipwright, that dared not have hoped for your assistance to poor lived in the neighbourhood of Annan. His name is country gentlemen at this period of the session." Godfrey Bertram Hewit, by which name he was en

Pleydell took snuff, and eyed him with a glance tered on board the Royal Caroline excise yacht.” equally shrewd and sarcastic —“I'll teach him," “ Ay?” said Pleydell,-“ that is a very likely he said aside to Mannering, “the value of the old story! -- but, not to pause upon some difference of admonition, Ne accesseris in consilium antequam eyes, complexion, and so forth -- be pleased to step coceris."

forward, sir.”-A young seafaring man came for“ But perhaps I intrude, gentlemen," said Glos. ward. :-“ Here," proceeded the counsellor, " is the sin, who could not fail to observe the coldness of his real Simon Pure-here's Godfrey Bertram Hewit, reception-" Is this an open meeting ?”

arrived last night from Antigua ria Liverpool, mate “ For my part," said Mr Pleydell, “ so far from of a West Indian, and in a fair way of doing well considering your attendance as an intrusion, Mr in the world, although he came somewhat irregu. Glossin, I was never so pleased in my life to meet larly into it.” with you ; especially as I think we should, at any While some conversation passed between the rate, have had occasion to request the favour of your other justices and this young man, Pleydell lifted company in the course of the day.”

from among the papers on the table Hatteraick's “Well, then, gentlemen,” said Glossin, drawing old pocket-book. A peculiar glance of the smughis chair to the table, and beginning to bustle about gler's eye induced the shrewd lawyer to think there among the papers, “ where are we?

- how far have was something here of interest. He therefore conwe got? where are the declarations ?”

tinued the examination of the papers, laying the Clerk, give me all these papers," said Mr Pley- book on the table, but instantly perceived that the dell.—“ I have an odd way of arranging my docu- prisoner's interest in the research had cooled-* It ments, Mr Glossin-another person touching them must be in the book still, whatever it is,” thought puts me out;- but I shall have occasion for your Pleydell ; and again applied himself to the pocketassistance by and by."

book, until he discovered, on a narrow scrutiny, Glossin, thus reduced to inactivity, stole one a slit, between the pasteboard and leather, out of glance at Dirk Hatteraick, but could read nothing which he drew three small slips of paper. Pleydell in his dark scowl save malignity and hatred to all now, turning to Glossin,“ requested the favour that around. “But, gentlemen," said Glossin, “ is it he would tell them if he had assisted at the search quite right to keep this poor man so heavily ironed, for the body of Kennedy, and the child of his pawhen he is taken up merely for examination ?" tron, on the day when they disappeared."

This was hoisting a kind of friendly signal to the “ I did not that is I did," answered the conprisoner. “ He has escaped once before," said Mac- science-struck Glossin. Morlan drily, and Glossin was silenced,

" It is remarkable, though," said the advocate, Bertram was now introduced, and, to Glossin's « that, connected as you were with the Ellangowan confusion, was greeted in the most friendly manner family, I don't recollect your being examined, or by all present, even by Sir Robert Hazlewood him even appearing before me, while that investigation self. He told his recollections of his infancy with was proceeding?" that candour and caution of expression which af “I was called to London," answered Glossin," on forded the best warrant for his good faith. “This most important business, the morning after that sad seems to be rather a civil than a criminal ques- affair.” tion,” said Glossin, rising ; " and as you cannot be “ Clerk,” said Pleydell, “ minute down that reignorant, gentlemen, of the effect which this young ply.— I prosume the business, Mr Glossin, was to

negotiate these three bills, drawn by you on Messrs Kennedy lay groaning on the beach, when Glossin Vanbeest and Vanbruggen, and accepted by one suddenly appeared among them. To the whole Dirk Hatteraick in their name, on the very day of transaction by which Hatteraick purchased his sethe murder. I congratulate you on their being crecy he was witness. Respecting young Bertram regularly retired, as I perceive they have been. I he could give a distinct account till he went to Inthink the chances were against it." Glossin's coun- dia, after which he had lost sight of him until he tenance fell. “ This piece of real evidence,” conti- unexpectedly met with him in Liddesdale. Gabriel nued Mr Pleydell," makes good the account given Faa farther stated, that he instantly sent notice to of your conduct on this occasion by a man called his aunt Meg Merrilies, as well as to Hatteraick, Gabriel Faa, whom we have now in custody, and who he knew was then upon the coast; but that he who witnessed the whole transaction between you had incurred his aunt's displeasure upon the latter ! and that worthy prisoner-Have you any explana- account. He concluded, that his aumt had immetion to give ?"

diately declared that she would do all that lay in her "Mr Pleydell," said Glossin, with great compo- power to help young Ellangowan to his right, even sure, “ I presume, if you were my counsel, you if it should be by informing against Dirk Hattewould not advise me to answer upon the spur of raick; and that many of her people assisted her bethe moment to a charge, which the basest of man- sides himself, from a belief that she was gifted with kind seem ready to establish by perjury.”

supernatural inspirations. With the same purpose, “ My advice,” said the counsellor," would be he understood, his aunt had given to Bertram the regulated by my opinion of your innocence or guilt. treasure of the tribe, of which she had the custody. In your case, I believe you take the wisest course; Three or four gipsies, by the express command of but you are aware you must stand committed ?” Meg Merrilies, had mingled in the crowd when the

« Committed !- for what, sir?” replied Glossin; Custom-house was attacked, for the purpose of liupon a charge of murder?”

berating Bertram, which he had himself effected. - No; only as art and part of kidnapping the He said, that in obeying Meg's dictates they did child.”

not pretend to estimate their propriety or rational* That is a bailable offence."

ity; the respect in which she was held by her tribe "Pardon me,” said Pleydell, “it is plagium, and precluding all such subjects of speculation. Upon plagium is felony."

farther interrogation, the witness added, that his * Forgive me, Mr Pleydell ;-- there is only one aunt had always said that Harry Bertram carried case upon record, Torrence and Waldie. They that round his neck which would ascertain his birth. were, you remember, resurrection-women, who had It was a spell, she said, that an Oxford scholar had promised to procure a child's body for some young made for him, and she possessed the smugglers surgeons. Being upon honour to their employers, with an opinion, that to deprive him of it would rather than disappoint the evening lecture of the occasion the loss of the vessel. students, they stole a live child, murdered it, and Bertram here produced a small velvet bag, which sold the body for three shillings and sixpence.- he said he had worn round his neck from his earThey were hanged, but for the murder, not for the liest infancy, and which he had preserved,

first plagium. Your civil law has carried you a little from superstitious reverence, and latterly, from too far.

the hope that it might serve one day to aid in the “Well, sir ;- but, in the meantime, Mr Mae- discovery of his birth. The bag being opened, was Morlan must commit you to the county jail, in case found to contain a blue silk case, from which was this young man repeats the same story.-- Officers, drawn a scheme of nativity. Upon inspecting this remove MrGlossin and Hatteraick, and guard them paper, Colonel Mannering instantly admitted it was in different apartments."

his own composition, and afforded the strongest and Gabriel, the gipsy, was then introduced, and gave inost satisfactory evidence, that the possessor of it a distinct account of his deserting from Captain must necessarily be the young heir of Ellangowan, Pritchard's vessel and joining the smugglers in the by avowing his having first appeared in that country action; detailed how Dirk Hatteraick set fire to his in the character of an astrologer. ship when he found her disabled, and under cover “ And now,” said Pleydell, “ make out warrants of the smoke escaped with his crew, and as much of commitment for Hatteraick and Glossin until goods as they could save, into the cavern, where liberated in due course of law. Yet,” he said, “ I they proposed to lie till night-fall. Hatteraick him- am sorry for Glossin.” self, his mate Vanbeest Brown, and three others, “ Now, I think," said Mannering, “ he's incomof whom the declarant was one, went into the ad- parably the least deserving of pity of the two. The jacent woods to communicate with some of their other's a bold fellow, though as hard as flint." friends in the neighbourhood. They fell in with “Very natural, Colonel,” said the advocate," that Kennedy unexpectedly, and Hatteraick and Brown, you should be interested in the ruffian, and I in the aware that he was the occasion of their disasters, Inave—that's all professional taste; but I can tell resolved to murder him. He stated, that he had you, Glossin would have been a pretty lawyer, had seen them lay violent hands on the officer, and drag he not had such a turn for the roguish part of the him through the woods, but had not partaken in profession.” the assault, nor witnessed its termination. That he “ Scandal would say,” observed Mannering, " he returned to the cavern by a different route, where might not be the worse lawyer for that.”. he again met Hatteraick and his accomplices; and * Scandal would tell a lie, then,” replied Pleythe captain was in the act of giving an account how dell, “ as she usually does. Law's like laudanum; he and Brown had pushed a huge crag over, as it's much more easy to use it as a quack does, than

to learn, to apply it like a physician.”
! This is, in its circumstances and issue, actually a case
tried and reported.

VOL. I.
Ne. XXII.

acquaintance of the prisoner who was now under CHAPTER LVII.

his charge. After giving the turnkey a glass of Unfit to live or die - O marble heart!

brandy, and sounding him with one or two cajolAfter him, fellows, drag him to the block,

ing speeches, Glossin made it his request that he Measure for Measure.

would help him to an interview with Dirk HatteThe jail at the county town of the shire of raick.—“Impossible ! utterly impossible !—its con

was one of those old-fashioned dungeons trary to the express orders of Mr Mac-Morlan, and which disgraced Scotland until of late years. When the captain" (as the head jailor of a county jail is the prisoners and their guard arrived there, Hat- "called in Scotland) “would never forgie me. teraick, whose violence and strength were well « But why should he know of it!" said Glossin, known, was secured in what was called the con- slipping a couple of guineas into Mac-Guffog's hand. demned ward. This was a large apartment near The turnkey weighed the gold, and looked sharp the top of the prison. A round bar of iron, about at Glossin.--"Ay, ay, Mr Glossin, ye ken the ways the thickness of a man's arm above the elbow, o'this place. Lookee, at lock-up hour, I'll return crossed the apartment horizontally at the height of and bring ye up stairs to him --But ye must stay about six inches from the floor; and its extremities a' night in his cell, for I am under needcessity to were strongly built into the wall at either end. carry the keys to the captain for the night, and I Hatteraick's ankles were secured within shackles, cannot let you out again until morning—then I'l which were connected by a chain at the distance of visit the wards half an hour earlier than usual, and about four feet, with a large iron ring, which tra- ye may get out, and be snug in your ain birth when velled upon the bar we have described. Thus a the captain gangs his rounds.” prisoner might shuffle along the length of the bar When the hour of ten had pealed from the neighfrom one side of the room to another, but could not bouring steeple, Mac-Guffog came prepared with retreat farther from it in any other direction than a small dark lantern. He said softly to Glossin, the brief length of the chain admitted. When his “ Slip your shoes off, and follow me." When Glosfeet had been thus secured, the keeper removed his sin was out of the door, Mac-Guffog, as if in the hand-cuffs, and left his person at liberty in other execution of his ordinary duty, and speaking to a respects. A pallet-bed was placed close to the bar prisoner within, called aloud, “ Good-night to you, of iron, so that the shackled prisoner might lie down sir," and locked the door, clattering the bolts with at pleasure, still fastened to the iron-bar in the much ostentatious noise. He then guided Glossin manner described. .

up a steep and narrow stair, at the top of which Hatteraick had not been long in this place of was the door of the condemned ward; he unbarred confinement, before Glossin arrived at the same and unlocked it, and giving Glossin the lantern, prison-house. In respect to his comparative rank made a sign to him to enter, and locked the door and education, he was not ironed, but placed in a behind him with the same affected accuracy. decent apartment, under the inspection of Mac In the large dark cell into which he was thus Guffog, who, since the destruction of the Bridewell introduced, Glossin's feeble light for some time enof Portanferry by the mob, had acted here as an abled him to discover nothing. At length he could under-turnkey. When Glossin was enclosed within dimly distinguish the pallet-bed stretched on the this room, and had solitude and leisure to calcu- floor beside the great iron bar which traversed the late all the chances against him and in his favour, room, and on that pallet reposed the figure of a man. he could not prevail upon himself to consider the Glossin approached him—“ Dirk Hatteraick!" game as desperate.

“ Donner and hagel ! it is his voice," said the “ The estate is lost,” he said,“ that must go ;- prisoner, sitting up and clashing his fetters as he and, between Pleydell and Mac-Morlan, they'll cut rose: “then my dream is true !-- Begone, and leave down my claim on it to a trifle. My character me to myself - it will be your best.” but if I get off with life and liberty, I'll win money “ What! my good friend,” said Glossin, “ will yet, and varnish that over again. I knew not the you allow the prospect of a few weeks' confinement gauger's job until the rascal had done the deed, to depress your spirit?” and though I had some advantage by the contra “ Yes," answered the ruffian, sullenly—“ when band, that is no felony. But the kidnapping of the I am only to be released by a halter! - Let me boy — there they touch me closer. Let me see : alone--go about your business, and turn the lamp This Bertram was a child at the time-his evidence from my face !" must be imperfect - the other fellow is a deserter, “ Psha! my dear Dirk, don't be afraid," said a gipsy, and an outlaw – Meg Merrilies, d-n her, Glossin; “ I have a glorious plan to make all right." is dead. These infernal bills ! Hatteraick brought “ To the bottomless pit with your plans !" re. them with him, I suppose, to have the means of plied his accomplice. “ You have planned me out of threatening me, or extorting money from me. Iship, cargo, and life, and I dreamt this moment must endeavour to see the rascal --must get him that Meg Merrilies dragged you here by the hair, to stand steady-must persuade him to put some and gave me the long clasped knife she used to other colour upon the business.”

wear. You don't know what she said-Sturm wetHis mind teeming with schemes of future de- ter! it will be your wisdom not to tempt me!" ceit to cover former villany, he spent the time in “ But, Hatteraick, my good friend, do but rise arranging and combining them until the hour of and speak to me,” said Glossin. supper. Mac-Guffog attended as turnkey on this “ I will not !” answered the savage, doggedlyoccasion. He was, as we know, the old and special “ you have caused all the mischief; you would not

1 This mode of securing prisoners was universally practised in Scotland after condemnation. When a man re. ceived sentence of death, he was put upon the Gad, as it was called, that is, secured to the bar of iron in the man

ner mentioned in the text. The practice subsisted in Edin. burgh till the old jail was taken down some years sinca and perhaps may be still in use.

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