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of disposition to disturb their arrangements, by at- from learning that he was actually in existence tempting the assertion of a claim, proscribed by for the news that the Highlanders had obtained a absence, never sanctioned by the consent of friends, decisive victory at Killiecrankie, had occasioned an and barred by a thousand circumstances of difficulty. accurate look-out to be kept, by order of the GoWhy, then, did he seek the cottage which their bro- vernment, on all the passes, for fear of some comken fortunes had now rendered the retreat of Lady motion among the Lowland Jacobites. They did Margaret Bellendeu and her granddaughter? He not omit to post sentinels on Bothwell Bridge, and yielded, we are under the necessity of acknowledg- as these men had not seen any traveller pass westing, to the impulse of an inconsistent wish, which ward in that direction, and as, besides, their commany might have felt in his situation.

rades stationed in the village of Bothwell were Accident apprized him, while travelling towards equally positive that none had gone eastward, the his native district, that the ladies, near whose man- apparition, in the existence of which Edith and sion he must necessarily pass, were absent; and Halliday were equally positive, became yet more learning that Cuddie and his wife acted as their mysterious in the judgment of Lord Evandale, who principal domestics, he could not resist pausing at was finally inclined to settle in the belief, that the their cottage, to learn, if possible, the real pro- heated and disturbed imagination of Edith had gress which Lord Evandale had made in the affec- summoned up the phantom she stated herself to tions of Miss Bellenden — alas! no longer his Edith. have seen, and that Halliday bad, in some unacThis rash experiment ended as we have related, countable manner, been infected by the same suand he parted from the house of Fairy-Knowe, con perstition, scious that he was still beloved by Edith, yet com Meanwhile, the by-path which Morton pursued, pelled, by faith and honour, to relinquish her for with all the speed whích his vigorous horse could ever. With what feelings he must have listened to exert, brought him in a very few seconds to the the dialogue between Lord Evandale and Edith, brink of the Clyde, at a spot marked with the feet the greater part of which he involuntarily over- of horses, who were conducted to it as a wateringheard, the reader must conceive, for we dare not place. The steed, urged as he was to the gallop, attempt to describe them. An hundred times he did not pause a single instant, but, throwing hiswas tempted to burst upon their interview, or to self into the river, was soon beyond his depth. The exclaim aloud, “ Edith, 1 yet live !”—and as often plunge which the animal made as his feet quitted the recollection of her plighted troth, and of the the ground, with the feeling that the cold water debt of gratitude which he owed Lord Evandale rose above his sword-belt, were the first incidents (to whose influence with Claverhouse he justly as which recalled Morton, whose movements had been cribed his escape from torture and from death), hitherto mechanical, to the necessity of taking meawithheld him from a rashness which might indeed sures for preserving himself and the noble animal have involved all in further distress, but gave little which he bestrode. A perfect master of all manly prospect of forwarding his own happiness. He re exercises, the management of a horse in water was pressed forcibly these selfish emotions, though with as familiar to him as when upon a meadow. He an agony which thrilled his every nerve.

directed the animal's course somewhat down the “No, Edith !” was his internal oath, “never will stream towards a low plain, or holm, which seemed I add a thorn to thy pillow — That which Heaven to promise an easy egress from the river. In the has ordained, let it be; and let me not add, by my first and second attempt to get on shore, the horse selfish sorrows, one atom's weight to the burden was frustrated by the nature of the ground, and thou hast to bear. I was dead to thee when thy nearly fell backwards on his rider. The instinet of resolution was adopted; and never-never shalt self-preservation seldom fails, even in the most des thou know that Henry Morton still lives !” perate circumstances, to recall the human mind to

As he formed this resolution, diffident of his own some degree of equipoise, unless when altogether power to keep it, and seeking that firmness in flight distracted by terror, and Morton was obliged to the which was every moment shaken by his continuing danger in which he was placed for complete rewithin hearing of Edith's voice, he hastily rushed covery of his self-possession. A third attempt, at from his apartment by the little closet and the a spot more carefully and judiciously selected, suesashed door which led to the garden.

ceeded better than the former, and placed the horse But firmly as he thought his resolution was fixed, and his rider in safety upon the farther and lefthe could not leave the spot where the last tones of hand bank of the Clyde. a voice so beloved still vibrated on his ear, without “ But whither," said Morton, in the bitterness endeavouring to avail himself of the opportunity of his heart, “ am I now to direct my coursel or which the parlour window afforded, to steal one rather, what does it signify to which point of the last glance at the lovely speaker. It was in this compass a wretch so forlorn betakes himself! I attempt, made while Edith seemed to have her would to God, could the wish be without a sin, eyes unalterably bent upon the ground, that Mor- that these dark waters had flowed over me, and ton's presence was detected by her raising them drowned my recollection of that which was, and suddenly. So soon as her wild scream made this that which is !” known to the unfortunate object of a passion so con The sense of impatience, which the disturbed stant, and which seemed so ill-fated, he hurried state of his feelings had occasioned, scarcely had from the place as if pursued by the furies. He vented itself in these violent expressions, ere be passed Halliday in the garden without recognising, was struck with shame at having given way to such or even being sensible that he had seen him, threw a paroxysm. He remembered how signally the life himself on his horse, and, by a sort of instinct which he now held so lightly in the bitterness of luie rather than recollection, took the first by-road in disappointment, had been preserved through the preference to the public route to Hamilton. almost incessant perils which had beset him sinca

In all probability this prevented Lord Evandale he entered upon his public career.

it so.

I am a fool!” lie said, “ and worse than a fool, A strong desire came upon him to visit the house to set light by that existence which Heaven has so itself. often preserved in the most marvellous manner! “ Old Alison,” he thought, “will not know me, Something there yet remains for me in this world, more than the honest couple whom I saw yesterday. were it only to bear my sorrows like a man, and to I may indulge my curiosity, and proceed on my aid those who need my assistance. What have I journey, without her having any knowledge of my seen- what have I heard, but the very conclusion existence. I think they said my uncle had be. of that which I knew was to happen? They" -- (he queathed to her my family mansion. Well - be durst not utter their names even in soliloquy)

I have enough to sorrow for, to enable me “ they are embarrassed and in difficulties. She is to dispense with lamenting such a disappointment stripped of her inheritance, and he seems rushing as that; and yet methinks he has chosen an odd on some dangerous career, with which, but for the successor in my grumbling old dame, to a line of low voice in which he spoke, I might have become respectable, if not distinguished, ancestry. Let it acquainted. Are there no means to aid or to warn be as it may, I will visit the old mansion at least them?”

once more.” As he pondered upon this topic, forcibly with The house of Milnwood, even in its best days, had drawing his mind from his own disappointment, nothing cheerful about it, but its gloom appeared and compelling his attention to the affairs of Edith to be doubled under the auspices of the old houseand her betrothed husband, the letter of Burley, keeper. Everything, indeed, was in repair ; there long forgotten, suddenly rushed on his memory, were no slates deficient upon the steep grey roof, like a ray of light darting through a mist. and no panes broken in the narrow windows. But

“ Their ruin must have been his work," was his the grass in the court-yard looked as if the foot of internal conclusion. “ If it can be repaired, it must man had not been there for years; the doors were be through his means, or by information obtained carefully locked, and that which admitted to the from him. I will search him out. Stern, crafty, hall seemed to have been shut for a length of time, and enthusiastic as he is, my plain and downright since the spiders had fairly drawn their webs over rectitude of purpose has more than once prevailed the door-way and the staples. Living sight or sound with him. I will seek him out, at least; and who there was none, until, after much knocking, Morknows what influence the information I may ac ton heard the little window, through which it was quire from him may have on the fortunes of those, usual to reconnoitre visitors, open with much cauwhom I shall never see more, and who will pro- tion. The face of Alison, puckered with some score bably never learn that I am now suppressing my of wrinkles, in addition to those with which it was own grief, to add, if possible, to their happiness." furrowed when Morton left Scotland, now presented

Animated by these hopes, though the foundation itself, enveloped in a toy, from under the protection was but slight, he sought the nearest way to the of which some of her grey tresses had escaped in high-road; and as all the tracks through the valley a manner more picturesque than beautiful, while were known to him since he hunted through them her shrill tremulous voice demanded the cause of in youth, he had no other difficulty than that of the knocking. surmounting one or two enclosures, ere he found “ I wish to speak an instant with one Alison himself on the road to the small burgh where the Wilson, who resides here,” said Henry. feast of the popinjay had been celebrated. He jour. “She's no at hame the day," answered Mrs Wilneyed in a state of mind sad indeed and dejected, son, in propria persona, the state of whose headyet relieved from its earlier and more intolerable dress, perhaps, inspired her with this direct mode state of anguish; for virtuous resolution and manly of denying herself; " and ye are but a mislear'd disinterestedness seldom fail to restore tranquil person to speer for her in sic a manner. Ye might lity even where they cannot create happiness. He hae had an M under your belt for Mistress Wilson turned his thoughts with strong effort upon the of Milnwood." means of discovering Burley, and the chance there “I beg pardon," said Morton, internally smiling was of extracting from him any knowledge which at finding in old Ailie the same jealousy of disrehe might possess favourable to her in whose cause spect which she used to exhibit upon former occahe interested himself, and at length formed the sions—" I beg pardon ;-I am but a stranger in resolution of guiding himself by the circumstances this country, and have been so long abroad that I in which he might discover the object of his quest, have almost forgotten my own language.” trusting, that, from Cuddie's account of a schism “ Did ye come frae foreign parts ?” said Ailie ; betwixt Burley and his brethren of the presby- “ then maybe ye may hae heard of a young genterian persuasion, he might find him less rancor tleman of this country that they ca’ Henry Mor. ously disposed against Miss Bellenden, and inclined ton!” to exert the power which he asserted himself to “ I have heard," said Morton, “ of such a name possess over her fortunes, more favourably than in Germany." heretofore.

“ Then bide a wee bit where ye are, friend- or Noontide had passed away, when our traveller stay-gang round by the back' o' the house, and found himself in the neighbourhood of his deceased ye 'll find a laigh door; it's on the latch, for it's uncle's habitation of Milnwood. It rose among never barred till sunset. Ye'll open't--and tak glades and groves that were chequered with a thou care ye dinna fa' ower the tub, for the entry's sand early recollections of joy and sorrow, and made dark and then ye'll turn to the right, and then upon Morton that mournful impression, soft and ye'll haud straught forward, and then ye 'll turn affecting, yet withal soothing, which the sensitive to the right again, and ye'll tak heed o' the cellar mind usually receives from a return to the haunts stairs, and then ye'll be at the door o' the little of childhood and early youth, after having expe- | kitchen--it's a' the kitchen that's at Milnwood rienced the vicissitudes and tempests of public life. now-and I'll come down t'ye, and whate'er ye

wad say to Mistress Wilson ye may very safely " It was his father, then, ye kent o', the brother tell it to me."

o'the late Milnwood Ye canna mind him abroad, A stranger might have had some difficulty, not. I wad think;—he was come hame afore ye were withstanding the minuteness of the directions sup- born. I thought ye had brought me news of poor plied by Ailie, to pilot himself in safety through Maister Harry." the dark labyrinth of passages that led from the “ It was from my father I learned to know Coback-door to the little kitchen ; but Henry was too lonel Morton," said Henry ;—“ of the son I knox wel! acquainted with the navigation of these straits little or nothing; rumour says he died abroad on to experience danger, either from the Scylla which his passage to Holland." lurked on one side in shape of a bucking tub, or “ That's ower like to be true," said the old wothe Charybdis which yawned on the other in the man, with a sigh, "and mony a tear it's cost my profundity of a winding cellar-stair. His only im- auld een. His uncle, poor gentleman, just sough'd pediment arose from the snarling and vehement awa wi' it in his mouth. He had been gieing me barking of a small cocking spaniel, once his own preceeze directions anent the bread, and the wide, property, but which, unlike to the faithful Argus, and the brandy, at his burial, and how often it was saw his master return from his wanderings without to be handed round the company-(for, dead or any symptom of recognition.

alive, he was a prudent, frugal, pains-taking man), “ The little dogs and all!” said Morton to him and then he said, said he, 'Ailie,' (he aye ca'd me self, on being disowned by his former favourite. Ailie- we were auld acquaintance) — Ailie, take

“ I am so changed, that no breathing creature ye care and haud the gear weel thegither; for the that I have known and loved will now acknowledge name of Morton of Milnwood's gane out like the me!”

last sough of an auld sang.' And sae he fell out o' At this moment he had reached the kitchen, and ae dwam into another, and ne'er spak a word mair, soon after the tread of Alison's high heels, and unless it were something we cou'dna mak out, the pat of the crutch-handled cane, which served about a dipped candle being gude enough to see to at once to prop and to guide her footsteps, were dee wi';- he cou'd ne'er bide to see a moulded ane, heard upon the stairs, an annunciation which con- and there was ane, by ill luek, on the table.” tinued for some time ere she fairly reached the While Mrs Wilson was thus detailing the last kitchen.

moments of the old miser, Morton was pressingly Morton had, therefore, time to survey the slen- engaged in diverting the assiduous curiosity of the der preparations for housekeeping which were now dog, which, recovered from his first surprise, and sufficient in the house of his ancestors. The fire, combining former recollections, had, after much though coals are plenty in that neighbourhood, was snuffing and examination, begun a course of caper. husbanded with the closest attention to economy of ing and jumping upon the stranger which threafuel, and the small pipkin, in which was preparing tened every instant to betray him. At length, in the dinner of the old woman and her maid-of-all- the urgency of his impatience, Morton could not work, a girl of twelve years old, intimated, by its forbear exclaiming, in a tone of hasty impatience, thin and watery vapour, that Ailie had not mended “ Down, Elphin ! down, sir!” her cheer with her improved fortune.

“ Ye ken our dog's name," said the old lady, When she entered, the head which nodded with struck with great and sudden surprise—“ ye ken self-importance - the features in which an irrita our dog's name, and it's no a common ane. And ble peevishness, acquired by habit and indulgence, the creature kens you, too,” she continued, in a strove with a temper naturally affectionate and more agitated and shriller tone--" God guide us ! good-natured — the coif — the apron — the blue it's my ain bairn!” checked gown, were all those of old Ailie; but laced So saying, the poor old woman threw herself pinners, hastily put on to meet the stranger, with around Morton's neck, clung to him, kissed him as some other trifling articles of decoration, marked if he had been actually her child, and wept for joy. the difference between Mrs Wilson, liferentrix of There was no parrying the discovery, if he could Milnwood, and the housekeeper of the late pro- have had the heart to attempt any further disguise. prietor.

He returned the embrace with the most grateful “What were ye pleased to want wi' Mrs Wilson, warmth, and answered — sir?- I am Mrs Wilson,” was her first address ; “ I do indeed live, dear Ailie, to thank you for for the five minutes time which she had gained for all your kindness, past and present, and to rejoice the business of the toilette, entitled her, she con- that there is at least one friend to welcome me to ceived, to assume the full merit of her illustrious my native country.” name, and shine forth on her guest in unchastened * Friends !” exclaimed Ailie_" ye'll hae mony splendour. Morton's sensations, confounded be friends—ye'll hae mony friends ; for ye will hae tween the past and present, fairly confused him so gear, hinny-ye will hae gear. Heaven mak ye much, that he would have had difficulty in answer a gude guide o't!- But, eh, sirs !” she continued, ing her, even if he had known well what to say. pushing him back from her with her trembling But as he had not determined what character he hand and shrivelled arm, and gazing in his face, was to adopt while concealing that which was pro as if to read, at more convenient distance, the ra. perly his own, he had an additional reason for vages which sorrow rather than time had made ca remaining silent. Mrs Wilson, in perplexity, and his face—“ Eh, sirs ! ye’re sair altered, hinny; with some apprehension, repeated her question. your face is turned pale, and your een are sunken,

" What were ye pleased to want wi' me, sir?-- and your bonny red-and-white cheeks are turned Ye said ye ken’d Mr Harry Morton ?"

a' dark and sun-burnt. 0, weary on the wars! “ Pardon me, madam," answered Henry; “it mony's the comely face they destroy. And when was of one Silas Morton I spoke.”

cam ye here, hinny ?-- and where hae ye been ! The old woman's countenance fell.

and what hae ye been doing !- and what for did

ye na write to us ?---and how cam ye to pass your of his native country, their motives and their pursell for dead !-- and what for did ye come creepin' | poses. to your ain house as if ye had been an unco body, “ I would gladly,” said William, "attach you to to gie poor auld Ailie sic a start?" she concluded, my own person, but that cannot be without giving smiling through her tears.

offence in England. But I will do as much for you, It was some time ere Morton could overcome as well out of respect for the sentiments you have his own emotion so as to give the kind old woman expressed, as for the recommendations you have the information which we shall communicate to brought me. Here is a commission in a Swiss reour readers in the next Chapter.

giment at present in garrison in a distant province, where you will meet few or none of your countrymen. Continue to be Captain Melville, and let the

name of Morton sleep till better days." CHAPTER XL.

“ Thus began my fortuno," continued Morton;Aumerle that was,

“and my services have, on various occasions, been But that is gone for being Richard's friend;

distinguished by his Royal Highness, until the moAnd, madam, you must call him Rutland now. ment that brought him to Britain as our political

Richard II.

deliverer. His commands must excuse my silence The scene of explanation was hastily removed to my few friends in Scotland; and I wonder not from the little kitchen to Mrs Wilson's own matted at the report of my death, considering the wreck room; the very same which she had occupied as of the vessel, and that I found no occasion to uso housekeeper, and which she continued to retain the letters of exchange with which I was furnished " It was,” she said, “ better secured against sifting by the liberality of some of them-a circumstance winds than the hall, which she had found danger which must have confirmed the belief that I had ous to lier rheumatisms, and it was more fitting for perished.” her use than the late Milnwood's apartment, honest But, dear hinny," asked Mrs Wilson,“ did ye man, which gave her sad thoughts;" and as for the find nae Scotch body at the Prince of Oranger's great oak parlour, it was never opened but to be court that ken’d ye? I wad hae thought Morton o' aired, washed, and dusted, according to the invari- Milnwood was ken'd a' through the country.” able practice of the family, unless upon their most “I was purposely engaged in distant service,” solemn festivals. In the matted room, therefore, said Morton, “ until a period when few, without as they were settled, surrounded by pickle-pots and deep and kind a motive of interest as yours, Ailie, conserves of all kinds, which the ci-derant house- would have known the stripling Morton in Majorkeeper continued to compound, out of mere habit, General Melville.” although neither she herself, nor any one else, ever Malville was your mother's name," said Mrs partook of the comfits which she so regularly pre- Wilson ; “but Morton sounds far bonnier in my pared.

auld lugs. And when ye tak up the lairdship, ye Morton, adapting his narrative to the compre- maun tak the auld name and designation again. hension of his auditor, informed her briefly of the “I am like to be in no haste to do either the wreck of the vessel, and the loss of all hands, ex one or the other, Ailie, for I have some reasons for cepting two or three common seamen, who had the present to conceal my being alive from every early secured the skiff, and were just putting off one but you; and as for the lairdship of Milnwood, from the vessel when he leaped from the deck into it is in as good hands.” their boat, and unexpectedly, as well as contrary “As gude hands, hinny!" re-echoed Ailie ;“ I'm to their inclination, made himself partner of their hopefu' you are no meaning mine! The rents and voyage and of their safety. Landed at Flushing, the lands are but a sair fash to me. And I'm ower he was fortunate enough to meet with an old officer failed to tak a helpmate, though Wylie Mactrickit who had been in service with his father. By his the writer was very pressing, and spak very civilly; advice, he shunned going immediately to the Hague, but I'm ower auld a cat to draw that strae before but forwarded his letters to the court of the Stadt- me— he canna whilliwhaw me as he's dune mony holder. “ Our Prince," said the veteran," must as a ane. And then I thought aye ye wad come back, yet keep terms with his father-in-law, and with your and I would get my pickle meal and my soup milk, King Charles; and to approach him in the charac- and keep a' things right about ye as I used to do ter of a Scottish malecontent would render it im- in your puir uncle's time, and it wad be just pleaprudent for him to distinguish you by his favour. sure eneugh for me to see ye thrive and guide the Wait, therefore, his orders, without forcing your gear canny — Ye'll hae learned that in Holland, self on his notice ; observe the strictest prudence I’se warrant, for they ’re thrifty folk there, as I hear and retirement; assume for the present a different tell.—But ye'll be for keeping rather a mair house name; shun the company of the British exiles ; than puir auld Milnwood that's gane; and, indeed, and, depend upon it, you will not repent your pru- I would approve o' your eating butcher-meat maydence."

be as aften as three times a-week-- it keeps the The old friend of Silas Morton argued justly. wind out o' the stamack.” After a considerable time had elapsed, the Prince “ We will talk of all this another time," said of Orange, in a progress through the United States, Morton, surprised at the generosity upon a large came to the town where Morton, impatient at his scale, which mingled in Ailie's thoughts and actions situation and the incognito which he was obliged with habitual and sordid parsimony, and at the odd to observe, still continued, nevertheless, to be a contrast between her love of saving and indifference resident. He had an hour of private interview as to self-acquisition. “ You must know," he contisigned, in which the Prince expressed himself highly nued, “ that I am in this country only for a few pleased with his intelligence, his prudence, and the days on some special business of importance to the liberal view which he seemed to take of the factions Government, and therefore, ilie, not a word of

having seen me. At some other time I will acquaint and castle-building during moments of such pleayou fully with my motives and intentions." sure, and deferred, till some fitter occasion, the

“E'en be it sae, my jo," replied Ailie ;_“I can communication of his purpose again to return and keep a secret like my neighbours; and weel auld spend his life upon the Continent. Milnwood ken’d it, honest man, for he tauld me His next care was to lay aside his military dresy, where he keepit his gear, and that's what maist which he considered likely to render more difficult folk like to hae as private as possibly may be.- his researches after Burley. He exchanged it for But come awa wi' me, hinny, till I show ye the oak a grey doublet and cloak, formerly his usual attire parlour how grandly it's keepit, just as if ye had at Milnwood, and which Mrs Wilson produced from been expected hame every day- I loot naebody a chest of walnut-tree, wherein she had laid them sort it but my ain hands. It was a kind o' diver- aside, without forgetting carefully to brush and air tisement to me, though whiles the tear wan into them from time to time. Morton retained his sword my ee, and I said to mysell, what needs I fash wi' and fire-arms, without which few persons travelled grates, and carpets, and cushions, and the muckle in those unsettled times. When he appeared in his brass candlesticks, ony mair? for they'll ne'er come new attire, Mrs Wilson was first thankful “ that hame that aught it rightfully.”

they fitted him sae decently, since, though he was With these words she hauled him away to this nae fatter, yet he looked mair manly than when he sanctum sanctorum, the scrubbing and cleaning was taen frae Milnwood.” whereof was her daily employment, as its high state Next she enlarged on the advantage of saving old of good order constituted the very pride of her clothes to be what she called “ beet-masters to the heart. Morton, as he followed her into the room, new," and was far advanced in the history of a velunderwent a rebuke for not " dighting his shune," vet cloak belonging to the late Milnwood, which had which showed that Ailie had not relinquished her first been converted to a velvet doublet, and then habits of authority. On entering the oak-parlour, into a pair of breeches, and appeared each time as he could not but recollect the feelings of solemn awe good as new, when Morton interrupted her account with which, when a boy, he had been affected at of its transmigration to bid her good-by. his occasional and rare admission to an apartment, He gave, indeed, a sufficient shock to her feeling, which he then supposed had not its equal save in by expressing the necessity he was under of prothe halls of princes. It may be readily supposed, ceeding on his journey that evening. that the worked-worsted chairs, with their short “ And where are ye gaun !- and what wad ye ebony legs and long upright backs, had lost much do that for?-and whar wad ye sleep but in your of their influence over his mind; that the large brass ain house, after ye hae been sae mony years frae and irons seemed diminished in splendour; that the hame?" green worsted tapestry appeared no masterpiece of “I feel all the unkindness of it, Ailie, but it must the Arras loom; and that the room looked, on the be so; and that was the reason that I attempted to whole, dark, gloomy, and disconsolate. Yet there conceal myself from you, as I suspected you would were two objects, “The counterfeit presentment of not let me part from you so easily." two brothers," which, dissimilar as those described “ But whar are ye gaun, then?” said Ailie, once by Hamlet, affected his mind with a variety of sen

“ Saw e'er mortal een the like o' you, just sations. One full-length portrait represented his to come ae moment, and flee awa like an arrow on father, in complete armour, with a countenance in- of a bow the neist ? dicating his masculine and determined character; “I must go down,” replied Morton, “to Niel and the other set forth his uncle, in velvet and bro- Blane the Piper's Howff; he can give me a bed, I cade, looking as if he were ashamed of his own suppose !" finery, though entirely indebted for it to the liber “A bed !-I'se warrant can he,” replied Ailie, ality of the painter.

“ and gar ye pay weel for't into the bargain. Lad" It was an idle fancy,” Ailie said, “ to dress the die, I daresay ye hae lost your wits in thae foreign honest auld man in thae expensive fal-lalls that he parts, to gang and gie siller for a supper and a bech ne'er wore in his life, instead o' his douce Raploch and might hae baith for naething, and thanks t'ye grey, and his band wi' the narrow edging." for accepting them.”

In private, Morton could not help being much of “ I assure you, Ailie,” said Morton, desirous to her opinion; for anything approaching to the dress silence her remonstrances, “ that this is a business of a gentleman sate as ill on the ungainly person of great importance, in which I may be a great of his relative, as an open or generous expression gainer, and cannot possibly be a loser." would have done on his mean and money-making “ I dinna see how that can be, if you begin by features. He now extricated himself from Ailie to gieing maybe the feck o'twal shillings Scots for visit some of his haunts in the neighbouring wood, your supper; but young folks are aye venturesome, while her own hands made an addition to the din- and think to get siller that way. My pair auld ner she was preparing, -an incident no otherwise master took a surer gate, and never parted wi' it remarkable than as it cost the life of a fowl, which, when he had anes gotten 't.” for any event of less importance than the arrival Persevering in his desperate resolution, Morton of Henry Morton, might have cackled on to a good took leave of Ailie, and mounted his horse to proold age, ere Ailie could have been guilty of the ceed to the little town, after exacting a solemna extravagance of killing and dressing it. The meal promise that she would conceal his return until she was seasoned by talk of old times, and by the plans again saw or heard from him. which Ailie laid out for futurity, in which she as “I am not very extravagant,” was his natural signed her young master all the prudential habits reflection, as he trotted slowly towards the town ;of her old one, and planned out the dexterity with “ buť were Ailie and I to set up house together, as which she was to exercise her duty as governante. she proposes, I think my profusion would break the Morton lot the old woman enjoy her day-dreams good old creature's heart before a week were out."

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