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« I beg your pardon, madam," interrupted the you for your intention, and, at all events, I will sergeant; “ I am but a blunt soldier, and I trust have a merry night with Mr Harrison." you will excuse me when I say, his most sacred Lady Margaret took a ceremonious leave, with Majesty is more busy in grafting scions of his own, all the respect which she owed to royal blood, even than with nourishing those which were planted by when flowing in the veins of a sergeant of the Lifehis grandfather's grandfather.”
Guards; again assuring Mr Stewart, that whatever « Well, Mr Stewart,” said Lady Margaret, was in the Tower of Tillietudlem was heartily at thing you must promise me—remain at T'illietudlem his service and that of his attendants. to-night ; to-morrow I expect your commanding Sergeant Bothwell did not fail to take the lady officer, the gallant Claverhouse, to whom king and at her word, and readily forgot the height from country are so much obliged for his exertions against which his family had descended, in a joyous carouthose who would turn the world upside down. I sal, during which Mr Harrison exerted himself to will speak to him on the subject of your speedy produce the best wine in the cellar, and to excito promotion; and I am certain he feels too much, his guest to be merry, by that seducing example both what is due to the blood which is in your which, in matters of conviviality, goes farther than veins, and to the request of a lady so highly dis- precept. Old Gudyill associated himself with a tinguished as myself by his most sacred Majesty, party so much to his taste, pretty much as Davy, not to make better provision for you than you have in the Second Part of Henry the Fourth, mingles yet received.”
in the revels of his master, Justice Shallow. He “ I am much obliged to your ladyship, and I cer ran down to the cellar at the risk of breaking his tainly will remain here with my prisoner, since you neck, to ransack some private catacomb, known, as request it, especially as it will be the earliest way he boasted, only to himself, and which never either of presenting him to Colonel Grahame, and obtain- had, or should, during his superintendence, render ing his ultimate orders about the young spark.”
forth a bottle of its contents to any one but a real “ Who is your prisoner, pray you?” said Lady king's friend. Margaret.
« When the Duke dined here," said the butler, . “A young fellow of rather the better class in seating himself at a distance from the table, being this neighbourhood, who has been so incautious as somewhat overawed by Bothwell's genealogy, but to give countenance to one of the murderers of the yet hitching his seat half a yard nearer at every primate, and to facilitate the dog's escape.” clause of his speech,“ my leddy was importunate
“ 0, fie upon him!” said Lady Margaret. “1 to have a bottle of that Burgundy," --(here he adam but too apt to forgive the injuries I have re vanced his seat a little ;) “ but I dinna ken how ceived at the hands of these rogues, though some it was, Mr Stewart, I misdoubted him. I jalonsed of them, Mr Stewart, are of a kind not like to be him, sir, no to be the friend to government he preforgotten; but those who would abet the perpetra- tends: the family are not to lippen to. That auld tors of so cruel and deliberate a homicide on a single Duke James lost his heart before he lost his head; man, an old man, and a man of the Archbishop's and the Worcester man was but wersh parritch, sacred profession—0 fie upon him! If you wish neither gude to fry, boil, nor sup cauld." (With to make him secure, with little trouble to your this witty observation, he completed his first paralpeople, I will cause Harrison, or Gudyill, look for lel, and commenced a zigzag, after the manner of the key of our pit, or principal dungeon. It has an experienced engineer, in order to continue his not been open since the week after the victory of approaches to the table.) “ Sae, sir, the faster my Kilsythe, when my poor Sir Arthur Bellenden put leddy cried · Burgundy to his Grace—the auld twenty whigs into it; but it is not more than two Burgundy—the choice Burgundy — the Burgundy stories beneath ground, so it cannot be unwhole- that came ower in the thirty-nine'— the mair did some, especially as I rather believe there is some- 1 say to mysell, Deil a drap gangs down his hause where an opening to the outer air.”
unless I was mair sensible o' his principles; sack “ I beg your pardon, madam," answered the ser- and claret may serve him. Na, na, gentlemen, as geant; “I dare say the dungeon is a most adinira- | lang as I hae the trust o' butler in this house o' ble one ; but I have promised to be civil to the lad, Tillietudlem, I'll tak it upon me to see that nae disand I will take care he is watched so as to render loyal or doubtfu' person is the better o’ our binns. escape impossible. I'll set those to look after him But when I can find a true friend to the king and shall keep him as fast as if his legs were in the his cause, and a moderate episcopacy-when I find boots, or his fingers in the thumbikins.”
a man, as I say, that will stand by church and “ Well, Mr Stewart,” rejoined the lady, “ you crown as I did mysell in my master's life, and all best know your own duty." I heartily wish you through Montrose's time, I think there's naething good evening, and commit you to the care of my in the cellar ower gude to be spared on him.” steward, Harrison. I would ask you to keep our By this time he had completed a lodgment in the selves company, but a—a—a—"
body of the place, or, in other words, advanced his “ 0, madam, it requires no apology; I am sen seat close to the table. sible the coarse red coat of King Charles II. does “And now, Mr Francis Stewart of Both well, I and ought to annihilate the privileges of the red have the honour to drink your gude health, and a blood of King James V.”
commission tye, and much luck may ye have in “ Not with me, I do assure you, Mr Stewart; raking this country clear o' whigs and roundheads, you do me injustice if you think so. I will speak fanatics and Covenanters." to your officer to-morrow; and I trust you shall Bothwell, who, it may well be believed, had long soon find yourself in a rank where there shall be ceased to be very scrupulous in point of society, no anomalies to be reconciled.”
which he regulated more by his convenience and “ I believe, madam,” said Bothwell,“ your good-station in life than his ancestry, readily answered ness will find itself deceived; but I am obliged to the butler's pledge, acknowledging, at the same
time, the excellence of the wine; and Mr Gudyill, “ What is the matter?” said Edith, anxiously; thus adopted a regular member of the company, “ does it prove to be Cuddie, after all, poor felcontinued to furnish them with the means of mirth | low?" until an early hour in the next morning.
“ Cuddie, Miss Edith? Na! na! it's nae Cuddie," blubbered out the faithful fille-de-chambre, sensible of the pain which her news were about to
inflict on her young mistress. “ O dear, Miss CHAPTER X.
Edith, it's young Milnwood himsell !"
“ Young Milnwood!” exclaimed Edith, aghast Did I but purpose to embark with thee On the smooth surface of a summer sea,
in her turn; “it is impossible — totally impossible! And would forsake the skiff and make the shore His uncle attends the clergyman indulged by law, When the winds wbistle and the tempests roar? and has no connexion whatever with the refractory
people; and he himself has never interfered in this While Lady Margaret held, with the high-de- unhappy dissension ; he must be totally innocent, scended sergeant of dragoons, the conference which unless he has been standing up for some invaded we have detailed in the preceding pages, her grand-right.” daughter, partaking in a less degree her ladyship's “ O, my dear Miss Edith," said her attendant, enthusiasm for all who were sprung of the blood “ these are not days to ask what's right or what's royal, did not honour Sergeant Bothwell with more wrang; if he were as innocent as the new-born attention than a single glance, which showed her infant, they would find some way of making him a tall powerful person, and a set of hardy weather- guilty, if they liked; but Tam Halliday says it will beaten features, to which pride and dissipation had touch his life, for he has been resetting ane o' the given an air where discontent mingled with the Fife gentlemen that killed that auld carle of an reckless gaiety of desperation. The other soldiers Archbishop." offered still less to detach her consideration; but “ His life !” exclaimed Edith, starting kastily from the prisoner, muffled and disguised as he was, up, and speaking with a hurried and tremulous she found it impossible to withdraw her eyes. Yet accent;—“ they cannot — they shall not-I will she blamed herself for indulging a curiosity which speak for him — they shall not hurt him!” seemed obviously to give pain to him who was its "O, my dear young leddy, think on your grandobject.
mother; think on the danger and the difficulty," “ I wish,” she said to Jenny Dennison, who was added Jenny; "for he's kept under close continethe immediate attendant on her person, “ I wish ment till Claverhouse comes up in the morning, and we knew who that poor fellow is.”
if he doesna gie him full satisfaction, Tam Halli“ I was just thinking sae mysell, Miss Edith,” day says there will be brief wark wi' him— Kneel said the waiting-woman;
“ but it canna be Cuddie down—mak ready - present-fire - just as they Headrigg, because he's taller and no sae stout.” did wi' auld deaf John Macbriar, that never under
“ Yet,” continued Miss Bellenden, “ it may be stood a single question they pat till him, and sie some poor neighbour, for whom we might have lost his life for lack o' hearing." cause to interest ourselves.”
,” said the young lady, “ if he should “ I can sune learn wha he is,” said the enter- die, I will die with him ; there is no time to talk of prising Jenny, “ if the sodgers were anes settled danger or difficulty. I will put on a plaid, and slip and at leisure, for I ken ane o' them very weel — down with you to the place where they have kept the best-looking and the youngest o' them.” him- I will throw myself at the feet of the sentinel,
“ I think you know all the idle young fellows and entreat him, as he has a soul to be saved”about the country,” answered her mistress.
“ Eh, guide us!” interrupted the maid, “ our “ Na, Miss Edith, I am no sae free o' my ac young leddy at the feet o' Trooper Tam, and speakquaintance as that," answered the fille-de-chambre. ing to him about his soul, when the puir chield “To be sure, folk canna help kenning the folk by hardly kens whether he has ane or no, unless that head-mark that they see aye glowering and looking he whiles swears by it!-- that will never do; but at them at kirk and market; but I ken few lads to what maun be maun be, and I'll never desert a speak to unless it be them o' the family, and the true love cause — And sae, if ye maun see young three Steinsons, and Tam Rand, and the young Milnwood, though I ken nae gude it will do, but miller, and the five Howisons in Nethersheils, and to make baith your hearts the sairer, I'll e’en tak lang Tam Gilry, and”.
the risk o't, and try to manage Tam Halliday; bat Pray cut short a list of exceptions which threa- ye maun let me hae my ain gate, and no speak ae tens to be a long one, and tell me how you come to word-he's keeping guard o'er Milnwood in the know this young soldier," said Miss Bellenden. easter round of the tower."
“ Lord, Miss Edith, it's Tam Halliday—Trooper “Go, go, fetch me a plaid,” said Edith. « Led Tam, as they ca' him,- that was wounded by the me but see him, and I will find some remedy for hill-folk at the conventicle at Outer-side Muir, and his danger-Haste ye, Jenny, as ever ye hope to lay here while he was under cure. I can ask him have good at my hands." onything, and Tam will no refuse to answer me, Jenny hastened, and soon returned with a plaid, I'll be caution for him."
in which Edith muffled herself so as completely to “ Try, then,” said Miss Edith, “ if you can find screen her face, and in part to disguise her person. an opportunity to ask him the name of his prisoner, This was a mode of arranging the plaid very comand come to my room and tell me what he says." mon among the ladies of that century, and the ear
Jenny Dennison proceeded on her errand, but lier part of the succeeding one; so much so, indeed, soon returned with such a face of surprise and dis- that the venerable sages of the Kirk, conceiving may as evinced a deep interest in the fate of the that the mode gave tempting facilities for intrigue, prisoner.
directed more than one act of Assembly against
this use of the mantle. But fashion, as usual, proved the soldier resumed his march, humming, as he too strong for authority, and while plaids continued walked to and fro along the gallery, to be worn, women of all ranks occasionally em
“Keek into the draw-well, ployed them as a sort of muffler or veil. Her face
Janet, Janet, and figure thus concealed, Edith, holding by her
Then ye'll see your bonny sell, attendant's arm, hastened with trembling steps to
My joe Janet." the place of Morton's confinement.
“So ye’re no thinking to let us in, Mr Halliday! This was a small study or closet, in one of the Weel, weel; gude e'en to ye--ye hae seen the last turrets, opening upon a gallery in which the sen o' me, and o’this bonny die too," said Jenny, holdtinel was pacing to and fro; for Sergeant Both-ing between her finger and thumb a splendid silver well, scrupulous in observing his word, and perhaps dollar. touched with some compassion for the prisoner's
“ Give him gold, give him gold,” whispered the youth and genteel demeanour, had waved the in- agitated young lady. dignity of putting his guard into the same apart “ Silver's e'en ower gude for the like o' him," ment with him. Halliday, therefore, with his cara- replied Jenny, “ that disna care for the blink o' a bine on his arm, walked up and down the gallery, bonny lassie's ee--and what's waur, he was think occasionally solacing himself with a draught of ale, there was something mair in't than a kinswoman a huge flagon of which stood upon the table at one o' mine. My certy! siller's no sae plenty wi' us, end of the apartment, and at other times humming let alane gowd.” Having addressed this advice the lively Scottish air,
aside to her mistress, she raised her voice and said,
“ My cousin winna stay ony langer, Mr Halliday; “Between Saint Johnstone and Bonny Dundee, I'll gar ye be fain to follow me."
sae, if ye please, gude e’en t’ye.'
“ Halt a bit, halt a bit,” said the trooper; “rein Jenny Dennison cautioned her mistress once more to let her take her own way.
up and parley, Jenny. If I let your kinswoman “ I can manage the trooper weel eneugh,” she keep me company till she come out again, and then
in to speak to my prisoner, you must stay here and said, “ for as rough as he is— I ken their nature
we'll all be well pleased, you know." weel; but ye maunna say a single word.”
“ The fiend be in my feet then,” said Jenny; She accordingly opened the door of the gallery « d'ye think my kinswoman and me are gaun to just as the sentinel had turned his back from it, and taking up the tune which he hummed, she sung o'you or your prisoner either, without somebody
lose our gude name wi' cracking clavers wi' the like in a coquettish tone of rustic raillery,
by to see fair play! Hegh, hegh, sirs ! to see sic a “ If I were to follow a poor sodger lad,
difference between folk's promises and performance! My friends wad be angry, my minnie be mad; A hird, or a lord, they were fitter for me,
Ye were aye willing to slight puir Cuddie; but an Sae I'll never be fain to follow thee."
I had asked him to oblige me in a thing, though it
had been to cost his hanging, he wadua bae stude “ A fair challenge, by Jove,” cried the sentinel, twice about it." turning round, and from two at once ; but it's not “ D-n Cuddie!” retorted the dragoon," he'll easy to bang the soldier with his bandoleers;" then be hanged in good earnest, I hope. I saw him totaking up the song where the damsel had stopt, day at Milnwood with his old puritanical b of • To follow me ye weel may be glad,
a mother, and if I had thought I was to have had A share of my supper, a share of my bed,
him cast in my dish, I would have brought him up To the sound of the drum to range fearless and free, I'll gar ye be fain to follow me.'
at my horse's tail — we had law enough to bear us
out." « Come, my pretty lass, and kiss me for my “ Very weel, very weel— See if Cuddie winna song.”
hae a lang shot at you ane o’thae days, if ye gar “I should not have thought of that, Mr Halli- him tak the muir wi' sae mony honest folk. He day," answered Jenny, with a look and tone ex can hit a mark brawly; he was third at the popinpressing just the necessary degree of contempt at jay; and he's as true of his promise as of ee and the proposal, “ and, l’se assure ye, ye'll hae but hand, though he disna mak sic a phrase about it as little o' my company unless ye show gentler havings some acquaintance o’yours-- But it's a'ane to me - It wasna to hear that sort o' nonsense that - Come, cousin, we'll awa'.” brought me here wi' my friend, and ye should think “ Stay, Jenny; d-n me, if I hang fire more shame o' yoursell, 'at should ye."
than another when I have said a thing,” said the “ Umph! and what sort of nonsense did bring soldier, in a hesitating tone.
66 Where is the seryou here then, Mrs Dennison?”
“ My kinswoman has some particular business “ Drinking and driving ower," quoth Jenny,“ wi' with your prisoner, young Mr Harry Morton, and the Steward and John Gudyill.” I am come wi’ her to speak till him.”
“ So, so-- he's safe enough- and where are my “ The devil you are !” answered the sentinel. comrades?” asked Halliday. “ And pray, Mrs Dennison, how do your kinswo “ Birling the brown bowl wi' the fowler and the man and you propose to get in? You are rather falconer, and some o’ the serving folk.” too plump to whisk through a keyhole, and opening “ Have they plenty of ale?” the door is a thing not to be spoke of.”
“ Sax gallons, as gude as e'er was masked,” said " It's no a thing to be spoken o', but a thing to the maid. be dune,” replied the persevering damsel.
“ Well, then, my pretty Jenny,” said the relent “ We'll see about that, my bonny Jenny;" and ing sentinel, “ they are fast till the hour of relieving
I Concealment of an individual, while in public or promis- purpose, and the gallants drew the skirts of their cloaks over Cumus society, was then very common. In England, where no the right shoulder, so 18 to cover part of the face. This is replaids were worn, the ladies used vizard masks for the same peatedly alluded to in Pepys's Diary.
guard, and perhaps something later; and so, if you herself sufficiently to withdraw her hands from will promise to come alone the next time”
Henry's grasp, she could at first only faintly arti“ Maybe I will, and maybe I winna," said Jenny; culate, "I have taken a strange step, Mr Morton “ but if ye get the dollar, ye'll like that just as -a step,” she continued with more coherence, as weel.”
her ideas arranged themselves in consequence of “ I'll be d-n'd if I do,” said Halliday, taking a strong effort, “ that perhaps may expose me to the money, however; “ but it's always something censure in your eyes, But I have long permitted for my risk; for, if Claverhouse hears what I have you to use the language of friendship- perhaps 1 done, he will build me a horse as high as the Tower might say more- too long to leave you when the of Tillietudlem. But every one in the regiment world seems to have left you. How, or why, is this takes what they can come by; I am sure Bothwell imprisonment? what can be done ? can my uncle, and his blood-royal shows us a good example. And who thinks so highly of you-can your own kinsif I were trusting to you, you little jilting devil, Iman, Milnwood, be of no use ? are there no means! should lose both pains and powder; whereas this and what is likely to be the event?" fellow," looking at the piece, “ will be good as far “ Be what it will," answered Henry, contriving as he goes. So, come—there is the door open for to make himself master of the hand that had escayou; do not stay groaning and praying with the ped from him, but which was now again abandoned young whig now, but be ready, when I call at the to his clasp, “ be what it will, it is to me from this door, to start, as if they were sounding · Horse and moment the most welcome incident of a weary life. away.'
To you, dearest Edith-forgive me, I should have So speaking, Halliday unlocked the door of the said Miss Bellenden, but misfortune claims strange closet, admitted Jenny and her pretended kinswo- privileges—to you I have owed the few happy moman, locked it behind them, and hastily reassumed ments which have gilded a gloomy existence; and the indifferent measured step and time-killing whis- if I am now to lay it down, the recollection of this tle of a sentinel upon his regular duty.
honour will be my happiness in the last hour of The door, which slowly opened, discovered Mor- suffering." ton with both arms reclined upon a table, and his “ But is it even thus, Mr Morton!” said Miss head resting upon them in a posture of deep dejec- Bellenden. “ Have you, who used to mix so little tion. He raised his face as the door opened, and in these unhappy feuds, become so suddenly and perceiving the female figures which it admitted, deeply implicated, that nothing short of”started up in great surprise. Edith, as if modesty She paused, unable to bring out the word which had quelled the courage which despair had be- should have come next. stowed, stood about a yard from the door without “ Nothing short of my life, you would say!" rehaving either the power to speak or to advance. All plied Morton, in a calm, but melancholy tone; "I the plans of aid, relief, or comfort, which she had believe that will be entirely in the bosoms of my proposed to lay before her lover, seemed at once to judges. My guards spoke of a possibility of exhave vanished from her recollection, and left only changing the penalty for entry into foreign service. a painful chaos of ideas, with which was mingled a I thought I could have embraced the alternative; fear that she had degraded herself in the eyes of and yet, Miss Bellenden, since I have seen you Morton by a step which might appear precipitate once more, I feel that exile would be more galling and unfeminine. She hung motionless and almost than death.” powerless upon the arm of her attendant, who in “ And is it then true," said Edith, " that you vain endeavoured to reassure and inspire her with have been so desperately rash as to entertain comcourage, by whispering, “ We are in now, madam, munication with any of those cruel wretches who and we maun make the best o' our time ; for, doubt- assassinated the primate ?" less, the corporal or the sergeant will gang the “I knew not even that such a crime had been rounds, and it wad be a pity to hae the poor lad committed,” replied Morton, “when I gave unhapHalliday punished for his civility."
pily a night's lodging and concealment to one of Morton, in the meantime, was timidly advancing, those rash and cruel men, the ancient friend and suspecting the truth; for what other female in the comrade of my father. But my ignorance will avail house, excepting Edith herself, was likely to take me little ; for who, Miss Bellenden, save you, will an interest in his misfortunes ? and yet afraid, owing believe it? And, what is worse, I am at least onto the doubtful twilight and the muffled dress, of certain whether, even if I had known the crime, I making some mistake which might be prejudicial to could have brought my mind, under all the circumthe object of his affections. Jenny, whose ready stances, to refuse a temporary refuge to the fugi. wit and forward manners well qualified her for such tive.” an office, bastened to break the ice.
“ And by whom,” said Edith, anxiously," or un“ Mr Morton, Miss Edith's very sorry for your der what authority, will the investigation of your present situation, and”
conduct take place ?” It was needless to say more; he was at her side, “ Under that of Colonel Grahame of Claverhouse, almost at her feet, pressing her unresisting hands, I am given to understand,” said Morton ; " one of and loading her with a profusion of thanks and gra- the military commission, to whom it has pleased titude which would be hardly intelligible from the our king, our privy council, and our parliament, mere broken words, unless we could describe the that used to be more tenacious of our liberties, to tone, the gesture, the impassioned and hurried in- commit the sole charge of our goods and of our dications of deep and tumultuous feeling, with which lives.” they were accompanied.
“ To Claverhouse!” said Edith, faintly; " mer For two or three minutes, Edith stood as mo- ciful Heaven ! you are lost ere you are tried ! He tionless as the statue of a saint which receives the wrote to my grandmother that he was to be here adoration of a worshipper; and when she recovered to-morrow morning, on his road to the head of the
county, where some desperate men, animated by “ Oh, devilish good-natured, to be sure," said the presence of two or three of the actors in the Halliday. “As for the rest, I guess how it is, and primate's murder, are said to have assembled for I scorn to bear malice, or tell tales, as much as the purpose of making a stand against the Govern- another; but no thanks to that little jilting devil, ment. His expressions made me shudder, even when Jenny Dennison, who deserves a tight skelping for I could not guess that-that-a friend”
trying to lead an honest lad into a scrape, just be“ Do not be too much alarmed on my account, cause he was so silly as to like her good-for-little my dearest Edith,” said Henry, as he supported her chit face." in his arms. “ Claverhouse, though stern and re Jenny had no better means of justification than lentless, is, by all accounts, brave, fair, and honour the last apology to which her sex trust, and usually able. I am a soldier's son, and will plead my cause not in vain; she pressed her handkerchief to her like a soldier. He will perhaps listen more favour-face, sobbed with great vehemence, and either wept, ably to a blunt and unvarnished defence, than a or managed, as Halliday might have said, to go truckling and time-serving judge might do. And through the motions wonderfully well. indeed, in a time when justice is in all its branches " And now," continued the soldier, somewhat so completely corrupted, I would rather lose my life mollified, “ if you have anything to say, say it in by open military violence, than be conjured out of two minutes, and let me see your backs turned; for it by the hocus-pocus of some arbitrary lawyer, who if Bothwell take it into his drunken head to make lends the knowledge he has of the statutes made for the rounds half an hour too soon, it will be a black our protection, to wrest them to our destruction." business to us all."
“ You are lost—you are lost, if you are to plead “ Farewell, Edith," whispered Morton, assuming your cause with Claverhouse !" sighed Edith; "root a firmness he was far from possessing ; “ do not and branchwork is the mildest of his expressions. remain here-- leave me to my fate—it cannot be The unhappy primate was his intimate friend and beyond endurance since you are interested in it. --early patron. No excuse, no subterfuge,' said his Good-night, good-night!--Do not remain here till letter, shall save either those connected with the you are discovered.” deed, or such as have given them countenance and Thus saying, he resigned her to her attendant, shelter, from the ample and bitter penalty of the by whom she was quietly led and partly supported law, until I shall have taken as many lives in ven out of the apartment. geance of this atrocious murder, as the old man had “ Every one has his taste, to be sure, said Hal. grey hairs upon his venerable head.' There is nei- liday; " but d-n me if I would have vexed so ther ruth nor favour to be found with him." sweet a girl as that is, for all the whigs that ever
Jenny Dennison, who had hitherto remained si swore the Covenant." ient, now ventured, in the extremity of distress When Edith had regained her apartment, she which the lovers felt, but for which they were un gave way to a burst of grief which alarmed Jenny able to devise a remedy, to offer her own advice. Dennison, who hastened to administer such scraps
“ Wi' your leddyship’s pardon, Miss Edith, and of consolation as occurred to her. young Mr Morton's, we maunna waste time. Let “ Dinna vex yoursell sae muckle, Miss Edith,” Milnwood take my plaid and gown; I'll slip them said that faithful attendant; " wha kens what may aff in the dark corner, if he ’il promise no to look happen to help young Milnwood ? He's a brave about, and he may walk past Tam Halliday, who is lad, and a bonny, and a gentleman of a good forhalf blind with his ale, and I can tell him a canny tune, and they winna string the like o' him up as way to get out o' the Tower, and your leddyship they do the puir whig bodies that they catch in the will gang quietly to your ain room, and I'll row muirs, like straps o' onions. Maybe his uncle will mysell in his grey cloak, and pit on his hat, and bring him aff, or maybe your ain grand-uncle will play the prisoner till the coast 's clear, and then I'll speak a gude word for him—he's weel acquent wi’ cry in Tam Halliday, and gar him let me out.” a the red-coat gentlemen.”
* Let you out ?" said Morton; “ they'll make “ You are right, Jenny-you are right,” said your life answer it."
Edith, recovering herself from the stupor into “ Ne'er a bit,” replied Jenny; “ Tam daurna which she had sunk; “ this is no time for despair, tell he let onybody in, for his ain sake ; and I'll but for exertion. You must find some one to ride gar him find some other gate to account for the this very night to my uncle's with a letter.” escape.”
“ To Charnwood, madam? It's unco late, and “Will you, by G-?" said the sentinel, suddenly it's sax miles an'a bittock doun the water. I doubt opening the door of the apartment; “ if I am half if we can find man and horse the night, mair esblind, I am not deaf, and you should not plan an pecially as they hae mounted a sentinel before the escape quite so loud, if you expect to go through gate? Puir Cuddie! he's gane, puir fallow, that with it. Come, come, Mrs Janet-march, troop wad hae dune aught in the warld I bade him, and quick time-trot, d-n me !— And you, madam ne'er asked a reason—an' I've had nae time to kinswoman,—I won't ask your real name, though draw up wi' the new pleugh-lad yet; forby that, you were going to play me so rascally a trick,— but they say he's gaun to be married to Meg MurdieI must make a clear garrison ; so beat a retreat, son, ill-faur'd cuttie as she is.” unless you would have me turn out the guard." “ You must find some one to go, Jenny; life and
“I hope," said Morton, very anxiously, “ you death depend upon it.” will not mention this circumstance, my good friend, “ I wad gang mysell, my leddy, for I could creep and trust to my honour to acknowledge your civi- out at the window o' the pantry, and speel down by lity in keeping the secret. If you overheard our the auld yew-tree weel eneugh--I hae played that conversation, you must have observed that we did trick ere now. But the road's unco wild, and sae not accept of, or enter into the hasty proposal made mony red-coats about, forby the whigs, that are no by this good-natured girl.”
muckle better (the young lads o' them) if they meet