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think there are other verses, describing the return of the Baron from the wars, and how the lady was
CHAPTER XIV. found clay-cold upon the grounsill ledge.' “ It is one of those figments,” observed Mr
A Discovery.- Warerley becomes domesticated at Bradwardine,“ with which the early history of dis
Tully-Veolan. tinguished families was deformed in the times of The next day Edward arose betimes, and in a superstition; as that of Rome, and other ancient morning walk around the house and its vicinity, nations, had their prodigies, sir, the which you may came suddenly upon a small court in front of the read in ancient histories, or in the little work com- dog-kennel, where his friend Davie was employed piled by Julius Obsequens, and inscribed by the about his four-footed charge. One quick glance of learned Scheffer, the editor, to his patron, Bene- his eye recognised Waverley, when, instantly turndictus Skytte, Baron of Dudershoff.”
ing his back, as if he had not observed him, he be“ My father has a strange defiance of the mar gan to sing part of an old ballad :vellous, Captain Waverley," observed Rose, “ and Young men will love thee more fair and more fast; once stood firm when a whole synod of Presbyterian Heard ye so merry the little bird sing? divines were put to the rout by a sudden apparition
Old men's love the longest will last,
And the throstle-cock's head is under his wing. of the foul fiend."
The young man's wrath is like light straw on fire; Waverley looked as if desirous to hear more.
Heard ye so merry the little bird sing? “ Must I tell my story as well as sing my song ?
But like red-hot steel is the old man's ire, Well —Once upon a time there lived an old
And the throstle-cock's head is under his wing. woman, called Janet Gellatley, who was suspected
The young man will brawl at the erening board;
Heard ye so merry the little bird sing? to be a witch, on the infallible grounds that she was But the old man will draw at the dawning the sword, very old, very ugly, very poor, and had two sons, And the throstle-cock's head is under his wing. one of whom was a poet, and the other a fool, which Waverley could not avoid observing that Davie visitation, all the neighbourhood agreed, had come laid something like a satirical emphasis on these upon her for the sin of witchcraft. And she was lines. He therefore approached, and endeavoured, imprisoned for a week in the steeple of the parish by sundry queries, to elicit from him what the inchurch, and sparingly supplied with food, and not nuendo might mean ; but Davie had no mind to permitted to sleep, until she herself became as explain, and had wit enough to make his folly cloak much persuaded of her being a witch as her ac his knavery. Edward could collect nothing from cusers; and in this lucid and happy state of mind him, excepting that the Laird of Balmawhapple had was brought forth to make a clean breast, that is, gone home yesterday morning, “ wi' his boots fu'o' to make open confession of her sorceries, before all bluid.” In the garden, however, he met the old the Whig gentry and ministers in the vicinity, who butler, who no longer attempted to conceal, that, were no conjurors themselves. My father went to having been bred in the nursery line with Sumack see fair play between the witch and the clergy; for and Co. of Newcastle, he sometimes wrought a turn the witch had been born on his estate. And while in the flower-borders to oblige the Laird and Miss the witch was confessing that the Enemy appeared, Rose. By a series of queries, Edward at length and made his addresses to her as a handsome black discovered, with a painful feeling of surprise and man,—which, if you could have seen poor old blear- shame, that Balmawhapple's submission and apoeyed Janet, reflected little honour on Apollyon's logy had been the consequence of a rencontre with taste, and while the auditors listened with asto the Baron before his guest had quitted his pillow, nished ears, and the clerk recorded with a trem- in which the younger combatant had been disarmed bling hand, she, all of a sudden, changed the low and wounded in the sword arm. mumbling tone with which she spoke into a shrill Greatly mortified at this information, Edward yell, and exclaimed, “ Look to yourselves! look to sought out his friendly host, and anxiously exposyourselves ! I see the Evil One sitting in the midst tulated with him upon the injustice he had done of ye.' The surprise was general, and terror and him in anticipating his meeting with Mr Falconer, flight its immediate consequences. Happy were a circumstance, which, considering his youth and those who were next the door; and many were the the profession of arms which he had just adopted, disasters that befell hats, bands, cuffs, and wigs, was capable of being represented much to his prejubefore they could get out of the church, where dice. The Baron justified himself at greater length they left the obstinate prelatist to settle matters than I choose to repeat. He urged that the quarrel with the witch and her admirer, at his own peril was common to them, and that Balmawhapple could or pleasure."
not, by the code of honour, erite giving satisfaction “Risu solruntur tabulæ," said the Baron: “ when to both, which he had done in his case by an hothey recovered their panic trepidation, they were nourable meeting, and in that of Edward by such too much ashamed to bring any wakening of the a palinode as rendered the use of the sword unne. process against Janet Gellatley."'1
cessary, and which, being made and accepted, must This anecdote led into a long discussion of necessarily sopite the whole affair. All those idle thoughts and fantasies,
With this excuse, or explanation, Waverley was Devices, dreams, opinions unsound,
silenced, if not satisfied; but he could not help tes. Shows, visions, soothsays, and prophecies, And all that feigned is, as leasings, tales, and lies.
tifying some displeasure against the Blessed Bear, With such conversation, and the romantic le which had given rise to the quarrel, nor refrain gends which it introduced, closed our hero's second from hinting, that the sanctified epithet was hardly evening in the house of Tully-Veolan.
appropriate. The Baron observed, he could not deny that “the Bear, though allowed by heralds as a most honourable ordinary, had, nevertheless
somewhat fierce, churlish, and morose in his dis Sce Xote I.. - Iilchcraft.
position (as might be read in Archibald Simson,
pastor of Dalkeith's Hieroglyphica Animalium ), exclusive charge of Bailie Macwheeble, to admit of and had thus been the type of many quarrels and any great expectations from his personal succession. dissensions which had occurred in the house of It is true, the said Bailie loved his patron and his Bradwardine; of which,” he continued, “ I might patron's daughter next (though at an incomparable commemorate mine own unfortunate dissension distance) to himself. He thought it was possible to with my third cousin by the mother's side, Sir Hew set aside the settlement on the male line, and had Halbert, who was so unthinking as to deride my actually procured an opinion to that effect (and, as family name, as if it had been quasi Bear-Warden; he boasted, without a fee) from an eminent Scottish a most uncivil jest, since it not only insinuated that counsel, under whose notice he contrived to bring the founder of our house occupied such a mean situ- the point while consulting him regularly on some ation as to be a custodier of wild beasts, a charge other business. But the Baron would not listen to which, ye must have observed, is only intrusted to such a proposal for an instant. On the contrary, the very basest plebeians; but, moreover, seemed he used to have a perverse pleasure in boasting that to infer that our coat-arınour had not been achieved the barony of Bradwardine was a male fief, the first by honourable actions in war, but bestowed by way charter having been given at that early period when of paranomasia, or pun upon our family appellation, women were not deemed capable to hold a feudal -a sort of bearing
which the French call armoires grant; because, according to Les coustusmes de Norparlantes; the Latins arma cantantia; and your mandie, c'est l'homme ki se bast et ki conseille; or, as English authorities, canting heraldry; being indeed is yet more ungallantly expressed by other authoa species of emblazoning more befitting canters, rities, all of whose barbarous names he delighted galerlunzies, and suchlike mendicants, whose gib- to quote at full length, because a woman could not berish is formed upon playing upon the word, than serve the superior, or feudal lord, in war, on account the noble, honourable, and useful science of herals of the decorum of her sex, nor assist him with addry, which assigns armorial bearings as the reward vice, because of her limited intellect, nor keep his of noble and generous actions, and not to tickle counsel, owing to the infirmity of her disposition. the ear with vain quodlibets, such as are found in He would triumphantly ask, how it would become jest-books.”] Of his quarrel with Sir Hew he said a female, and that female a Bradwardine, to be seen Dothing more, than that it was settled in a fitting employed in servitio exuendi, seu detrahendi, caligas manner.
regis post battaliam? that is, in pulling off the king's Having been so minute with respect to the diver- boots after an engagement, which was the feudal sions of Tully-Veolan, on the first days of Edward's service by which he held the barony of Bradwar arrival, for the purpose of introducing its inmates dine. “ No,” he said, “ yond hesitation, procul to the reader's acquaintance, it becomes less neces- dubio, many females, as worthy as Rose, had been sary to trace the progress of his intercourse with excluded, in order to make way for my own suo the same accuracy. is probable that a young cession, and Heaven forbid that I should do aught man, accustomed to more cheerful society, would that might contravene the destination of my forehave tired of the conversation of so violent an as- fathers, or impinge upon the right of my kinsman, serior of the “ boast of heraldry” as the Baron; Malcolm Bradwardine of Inchgrabbit, an honourbut Edward found an agreeable variety in that of able, though decayed branch of my own family.” Miss Bradwardine, who listened with eagerness to The Bailie, as prime minister, having received bis remarks upon literature, and showed great just- this decisive communication from his sovereign, Dess of taste in her answers. The sweetness of her durst not press his own opinion any farther, but disposition had made her submit with complacency, contented himself with deploring, on all suitable and even pleasure, to the course of reading pre- occasions, to Saunderson, the minister of the inte scribed by her father, although it not only compre- rior, the Laird's self-willedness, and with laying hended several heavy folios of history, but certain plans for uniting Rose with the young laird of Balgigantic tomes in high-church polemics. In her- mawbapple, who had a fine estate, only moderately aldry he was fortunately contented to give her only burdened, and was a faultless young gentleman, such a slight tincture as might be acquired by per- being as sober as a saint--if you keep brandy from usal of the two folio volumes of Nisbet. Rose was him, and him from brandy-and who, in brief, had indeed the very apple of her father's eye. Her no imperfection but that of keeping light company constant liveliness, her attention to all those little at a time; such as Jinker, the horse-couper, and observances most gratifying to those who would. Gibby Gaethroughwi't, the piper o’ Cupar; “o'whilk never think of exacting them, her beauty, in which follies, Mr Saunderson, he'll mend, he'll mend,”— he recalled the features of his beloved wife, her pronounced the Bailie. unfeigned piety, and the noble generosity of her “ Like sour ale in simmer," added David Gellatdisposition, would have justified the affection of the ley, who happened to be nearer the conclave than most doting father.
they were aware of. His anxiety on her behalf did not, however, seem Miss Bradwardine, such as we have described to extend itself in that quarter, where, according to her, with all the simplicity and curiosity of a recluse, the general opinion, it is most efficiently displayed; attached herself to the opportunities of increasing in labouring, namely, to establish her in life, either her store of literature which Edward's visit afforded by a large dowry or a wealthy marriage. By an her. He sent for some of his books from his quarold settlement, almost all the landed estates of the ters, and they opened to her sources of delight of Baron went, after his death, to a distant relation; which she had hitherto had no idea. The best and it was supposed that Miss Bradwardine would English poets, of every description, and other works remain but slenderly provided for, as the good gen on belles lettres, made a part of this precious cargo. tleman's cash matters had been too long under the Her music, even her flowers, were neglected, and
Saunders not only mourned over, but began to · See Note M, --- Canting Heraldry.
nautiny against the labour for which he now scarce
received thanks. These new pleasures became gra- of conversing with Miss Stubbs, Aunt Rachel's predually enhanced by sharing them with one of a caution would have been unnecessary, for he would kindred taste. Edward's readiness to comment, to as soon have fallen in love with the dairy-maid. recite, to explain difficult passages, rendered his And although Miss Bradwardine was a very difassistance invaluable; and the wild romance of his ferent character, it seems probable that the very spirit delighted a character too young and inexpe- intimacy of their intercourse prevented his feeling rienced to observe its deficiencies. Upon subjects for her other sentiments than those of a brother which interested him, and when quite at ease, he for an amiable and accomplished sister ; while possessed that flow of natural, and somewhat florid the sentiments of poor Rose were gradually, and eloquence, which has been supposed as powerful without her being conscious, assuming a shade of even as figure, fashion, fame, or fortune, in win warmer affection. ning the female heart. There was, therefore, an I ought to have said that Edward, when he sent increasing danger, in this constant intercourse, to to Dundee for the books before mentioned, had ap poor Rose's peace of mind, which was the more plied for, and received permission, extending his imminent, as her father was greatly too much ab- leave of absence. But the letter of his commandstracted in his studies, and wrapped up in his own ing-officer contained a friendly recommendation to dignity, to dream of his daughter's incurring it. him, not to spend his time exclusively with persons, The daughters of the house of Bradwardine were, who, estimable as they might be in a general sense, in his opinion, like those of the house of Bourbon could not be supposed well affected to a government or Austria, placed high above the clouds of pas- which they declined to acknowledge by taking the sion which might obfuscate the intellects of meaner oath of allegiance. The letter further insinuated, females; they moved in another sphere, were go- though with great delicacy, that although some verned by other feelings, and amenable to other family connexions might be supposed to render it rules, than those of idle and fantastic affection. In necessary for Captain Waverley to communicate short, he shut his eyes so resolutely to the natural with gentlemen who were in this unpleasant state consequences of Edward's intimacy with Miss Brad- of suspicion, yet his father's situation and wishes wardine, that the whole neighbourhood concluded ought to prevent his prolonging those attentions that he had opened them to the advantages of a into exclusive intimacy. And it was intimated, that match between his daughter and the wealthy young while his political principles were endangered by Englishman, and pronounced him much less a fool communicating with laymen of this description, he than he had generally shown himself in cases wliere might also receive erroneous impressions in relihis own interest was concerned.
gion from the prelatic clergy, who so perversely If the Baron, however, had really meditated such laboured to set up the royal prerogative in things an alliance, the indifference of Waverley would sacred. have been an insuperable bar to his project. Our This last insinuation probably induced Waverley hero, since mixing more freely with the world, bad to set both down to the prejudices of his commandlearned to think with great shame and confusion ing-officer. He was sensible that Mr Bradwardine upon his mental legend of Saint Cecilia, and the had acted with the most scrupulous delicacy, in vexation of these reflections was likely, for some never entering upon any discussion that had the time at least, to counterbalance the natural suscep most remote tendency to bias his mind in political tibility of his disposition. Besides, Rose Bradwar- opinions, although he was himself not only a.dedine, beautiful and amiable as we have described cided partizan of the exiled family, but had been her, had not precisely the sort of beauty or merit trusted at different times with important commiswhich captivates a romantic imagination in early sious for their service. Sensible, therefore, that youth. She was too frank, too confiding, too kind; there was no risk of luis being perverted from his amiable qualities, undoubtedly, but destructive of allegiance, Edward felt as if he should do his uncle's the marvellous, with which a youth of imagination old friend injustice in removing from a house where delights to dress the empress of his affections. Was he gave and received pleasure and amusement, it possible to bow, to tremble, and to adore, before merely to gratify a prejudiced and ill-judged susthe timid, yet playful little girl, who now asked picion. He therefore wrote a very general answer, Edward to mend her pen, now to construe a stanza assuring his commanding-officer that his loyalty was in Tasso, and now how to spell a very— very long not in the most distant danger of contamination, word in her version of it? All these incidents have and continued an honoured guest and inmate of the their fascination on the mind at a certain period of house of Tully-Veolan. life, but not when a youth is entering it, and rather looking out for some object whose affection may dignify him in his own eyes, than stooping to one who looks up to him for such distinction. Hence,
CHAPTER XV. though there can be no rule in so capricious a passion, early love is frequently ambitious in choosing
A Creagh, and its consequences its object; or, which comes to the same, selects her When Edward had been a guest at Tully-Veolan (as in the case of Saint Cecilia aforesaid) from a nearly six weeks, lie descried, one morning, as hu situation that gives fair scope for le beau ideal, which took his usual walk before the breakfast-hour, sigus the reality of intimate and familiar lise rather tends of uncommon perturbation in the family. Four to limit and impair. I knew a very accomplished bare-legged dairy-maids, with each an empty milkand sensible young man cured of a violent passion pail in her hand, ran about with frantic gestures, for a pretty woman, whose talents were not equal and uttering loud exclamations of surprise, grief, to her face and figure, by being permitted to bear lier company for a whole afternoon. Thus it is cer
I A creagh was an incursion for plunder, termed ou the trin, thai had Edward enjoyed such an opportunity | Borders a Pozidl.
and resentment. From their appearance, a pagan The Baron entered at this imoment, and rebuked might have conceived them a detachment of the her with more asperity than Waverley had ever celebrated Belides, just come from their baleing heard him use to any one. “ Was it not a shame,” penance. As nothing was to be got from this dis- he said, “ that she should exhibit herself before any tracted chorus, excepting “ Lord guide us !” and gentleman in such a light, as if she shed tears for a " Eh sirs!" ejaculations which threw no light upon drove of horned noltand milch kine, like the daughthe cause of their dismay, Waverley repaired to the ter of a Cheshire
yeoman !- Captain Waverley, I fore-court, as it was called, where he beheld Bailie must request your favourable construction of her Macwheeble cantering his white pony down the grief, which may, or ought to proceed, solely from avenue with all the speed it could muster. He had seeing her father's estate exposed to spulzie and dearrived, it would seem, upon a hasty summons, and predation from common thieves and sornars, while was followed by half a score of peasants from the we are not allowed to keep half a score of muskets, village, who had no great difficulty in keeping pace whether for defence or rescue." with himn.
Bailie Macwheeble entered immediately afterThe Bailie, greatly too busy, and too important, wards, and by his report of arms and ammunition to enter into explanations with Edward, summoned confirmed this statement, informing the Baron, in forth Mr Saunderson, who appeared with a counte a melancholy voice, that though the people would nance in which dismay was mingled with solemnity, certainly obey his honour's orders, yet there was and they immediately entered into close conference. no chance of their following the gear to ony guid Davie Gellatley was also seen in the group, idle as purpose, in respect there were only his honour's Diogenes at Sinope, while his countrymen were pre-body servants who had swords and pistols, and the jaring for a siege. His spirits always rose with any depredators were twelve Highlanders, completely thing, good or bad, which occasioned tumult, and armed after the manner.of their country.--Having he continued frisking, hopping, dancing, and singing delivered this doleful annunciation, he assumed a the burden of an old ballad,
posture of silent dejection, shaking his head slowly * Our gear's a' gane,
with the motion of a pendulum when it is ceasing
to vibrate, and then remained stationary, his body until, happening to pass too near the Bailie, he stooping at a more acute angle than usual, and the received an admonitory hint from his horse-whip, latter part of his person projecting in proportion. which converted his songs into lamentation.
The Baron, meanwhile, paced the room in silent Passing from thence towards the garden, Wa- indignation, and at length fixing his eye upon an verley be held the Baron in person, measuring and old portrait, whose person was clad in armour, and re-measuring, with swift and tremendous strides, whose features glared grimly out of a huge bush of the length of the terrace; his countenance clouded hair, part of which descended from his head to his with offended pride and indignation, and the whole shoulders, and part from his chin and upper-lip to of his demeanour such as seemed to indicate, that his breast-plate,
,-“ That gentleman, Captain Waany inquiry concerning the cause of his discomposure verley, my grandsire,” he said, “ with two hundred Fould give pain at least, if not offence. Waverley horse, whom he levied within his own bounds, distherefore glided into the house, without addressing comfited and put to the rout more than five hundred him, and took his way to the breakfast-parlour, of these Highland reivers, who liave been ever lapis where he found his young friend Rose, who, though offensionis, et petra scandali, a stumbling-block and she neither exhibited the resentment of her father, a rock of offence to the Lowland vicinage — he disthe turbid importance of Bailie Macwheeble, nor comfited them, I say, when they had the temerity the despair of the bandmaidens, seemed vexed and to descend to harry this country, in the time of the ucuzhtíal. A single word explained the mystery. civil dissensions, in the year of grace sixteen hun* Your breakfast will be a disturbed one, Captain dred forty and two. And now, sir, I, his grandson, Waverley: A party of Caterans have come down am thus ased at such unworthy hands !"? upon us, last night, and have driven off all our Here there was an awful pause; after which all meh cows."
the company, as is usual in cases of difficulty, began " A party of Caterans?"
to give separate and inconsistent counsel. Alexan"Yes; rubbers from the neighbouring Highlands. der ab Alexandro proposed they should send some We used to be quite free from them while we paid one to compound with the Caterans, who would Llack-mail to Fergus Mac-Ivor Vich lan Vohir ;readily, he said, give up their prey for a dollar abut my father thought it unworthy of his rank and head." The Bailie opined that this transaction would birth to pay it any longer, and so this disaster has amount to theft-boot, or composition of felony; and happened It is not the value of the cattle, Cap- he recommended that some canny hand should be tain Waverley, that vexes me; but my father is so sent up to the glens to make the best bargain he much hurt at the affront, and is so bold and hot, could, as it were for himself, so that the Laird that I fear he will try to recover them by the strong might not be seen in such a transaction. Edward hand; and if he is not hurt himself, he will hurt proposed to send off to the nearest garrison for a some of these wild people, and then there will be party of soldiers and a magistrate's warrant; and no peace between them and us perhaps for our Rose, as far as she dared, endeavoured to insinuate Hetime; and we cannot defend ourselves as in old the course of paying the arrears of tribute money tubes, for the government have taken all our arms; to Fergus Mac-Ivor Vich lan Vohr, who, they all ad my dear father is so rash-0 wliat will become knew, could easily procure restoration of the cattlo, of us !" —Here poor Rose lost heart altogether, if he were properly propitiated. and burst into a flood of tears.
None of these proposais met the Baron's appro
I Compare mar he translated sturdy beggars, more especals indicating those urazaleome visitors who exact
lodgings and viciuals by force, or something approaching
bation. The idea of composition, direct or implied, some distant place, where he has a quarrel, and give was absolutely ignominious; that of Waverley only them to you to make up your loss.” showed that he did not understand the state of the “ And is this sort of Highland Jonathan Wild country, and of the political parties which divided admitted into society, and called a gentleman ?" it; and, standing matters as they did with Fergus “So much so,” said Rose," that the quarrel beMac-Ivor Vich lan Vohr, the Baron would make tween my father and Fergus Mac-Ivor began at a no concession to him, were it, he said, “ to procure county meeting, where he wanted to take precerestitution in integrum of every stirk and stot that dence of all the Lowland gentlemen then present, the chief, his forefathers, and his clan, had stolen only my father would not suffer it. And then he since the days of Malcolm Canmore."
upbraided my father that he was under his banner, In fact, his voice was still for war, and he proposed and paid him tribute; and my father was in a towerto send expresses to Balmawhapple, Killancureit, ing passion, for Bailie Macwheeble, who manages Tulliellum, and other lairds, who were exposed to such things his own way, had contrived to keep similar depredations, inviting them to join in the this black-mail a secret from him, and passed it in pursuit; "and then, sir, shall these nebulones ne his account for cess-money. And they would have I quissimi, as Leslieus calls them, be brought to the fought; but Fergus Mac-Ivor said, very gallantly, fate of their predecessor Cacus,
he would never raise his hand against a grey head
that was so much respected as my father's.-0! I • Elisos oculos, et siccum sanguine guttur.'"
wish, I wish they had continued friends!" The Bailie, who by no means relished these war “ And did you ever see this Mr Mac-Ivor, if that like counsels, here pulled forth an immense watch, be his name, Miss Bradwardine?" of the colour, and nearly of the size, of a pewter No, that is not his name; and he would conwarining-pan, and observed it was now past noon, sider master as a sort of affront, only that you are and that the Caterans had been seen in the pass of an Englishman and know no better. But the LowBally-Brough soon after sun-rise; so that before the landers call him, like other gentlemen, by the name allied forces could assemble, they and their prey of his estate, Glennaquoich ; and the Highlanders would be far beyond the reach of the most active call him Vich Ian Vohr, that is, the son of John pursuit,and sheltered in those pathlese deserts where the Great; and we upon the braes here call him by it was neither advisable to follow, Dor indeed pos- both names indifferently." sible to trace them.
“I am afraid I shall never bring my English This proposition was undeniable. The council tongue to call him by either one or other.” therefore broke up without coming to any
clu “ But he is a very polite, handsome man,” consion, as has occurred to councils of more import- tinued Rose ; « and his sister Flora is one of the ance; only it was determined that the Bailie should most beautiful and accomplished young ladies in send his own three milk-cows down to the Mains this country: she was bred in a convent in France, for the use of the Baron's family, and brew small and was a great friend of mine before this unhappy ale, as a substitute for milk, in his own. To this dispute. Dear Captain Waverley, try your influarrangement, which was suggested by Saunderson, ence with my father to make matters up. I am the Bailie readily assented, both from habitual de sure this is but the beginning of our troubles ; for ference to the family, and an internal consciousness Tully-Veolan has never been a safe or quiet resithat his courtesy would, in some mode or other, be dence when we have been at feud with the Highrepaid ten-fold.
landers. When I was a girl about ten, there was a The Baron having also retired to give some neces skirmish fought between a party of twenty of them, sary directions, Waverley seized the opportunity to and my father and his servants, behind the Mains; ask, whether this Fergus, with the unpronounceable and the bullets broke several panes in the north name, was the chief thief-taker of the district. windows, they were so near. Three of the High
“ Thief-taker !” answered Rose, laughing; "he landers were killed, and they brought them in is a gentleman of great honour and consequence; wrapped in their plaids, and laid them on the stone the chieftain of an independent branch of a power- floor of the hall; and next morning, their wives and ful Highland clan, and is much respected, both for daughters came, clapping their hands, and crying his own power, and that of liis kith, kin, and allies.” | the coronach, and shrieking, and carried away the
“And what has he to do with the thieves, then ? is dead bodies, with the pipes playing before them. I he a magistrate, or in the commission of the peace ?” could not sleep for six weeks without starting, and asked Waverley
thinking I heard these terrible cries, and saw the “ The commission of war rather, if there be such bodies lying on the steps, all stiff and swathed up a thing,” said Rose; “for he is a very unquiet neigh- in their bloody tartans. But since that time there bour to his un-friends, and keeps a greater following came a party froin the garrison at Stirling, with a on foot than many that have thrice his estate. As warrant from the Lord Justice-Clerk, or some such to his connexion with the thieves, that I cannot well great man, and took away all our arms; and now, explain ; but the boldest of them will never steal a how are we to protect ourselves if they come down hoof from any one that pays black-mail to Vich lan in any strength ?" Vohr."
Waverley could not help starting at a story which “And what is black-mail ?"
bore so much resemblance to one of his own day“A sort of protection-money that Low-country dreams. Here was a girl scarce seventeen, the gentlemen and heritors, lying near the Highlands, gentlest of her sex, both in temper and appearance, pay to some Highland chief, that he may neither do who had witnessed with her own eyes such a scene them harm himself, nor suffer it to be done to them as he had used to conjure up in his imagination, by otliers; and then if your cattle are stolen, you as only occurring in ancient times, and spoke of it have only to send him word, and he will recover coolly, as one very likely to recur. He felt at once them; or it may be, he will drive away cows from the impulse of curiosity, and that slight sense of