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* Nearly a mile off," answered the girl. “We'll security, prevented him from looking around him be there belive.”
till, having descended nigh twenty feet, and being “ And do you often go this wild journey, my little sixty or seventy above the pool which received the maid?"
fall, his guide made a pause, and he again found “ When grannie sends me wi' milk and meal to himself by her side in a situation that appeared the Linn," answered the child.
equally romantic and precarious. They were nearly “ And are you not afraid to travel so wild a road opposite to the waterfall, and in point of level situ. alone ?”
ated at about one-quarter's depth from the point of “ Hout na, sir,” replied the guide ; “ nae living the cliff over which it thundered, and three-fourths creature would touch sic a bit thing as I am, and of the height above the dark, deep, and restless grannie says we need never fear onything else when pool which received its fall
. Both these tremenwe are doing a gude turn."
dous points - the first shoot, namely, of the yet “ Strong in innocence as in triple mail !” said unbroken stream, and the deep and sombre abyss Morton to himself, and followed her steps in si- into which it was emptied, - were full before him, lence.
as well as the whole continuous stream of billowy They soon came to a decayed thicket, where froth, which, dashing from the one, was eddying brambles and thorns supplied the room of the oak and boiling in the other. They were so near this and birches of which it had once consisted. Here grand phenomenon that they were covered with its the guide turned short off the open heath, and, by spray, and well-nigh deafened by the incessant a sheep-track, conducted Morton to the brook. A roar. But crossing in the very front of the fall, hoarse and sullen roar had in part prepared him and at scarce three yards distance from the catafor the scene which presented itself, yet it was not ract, an old oak-tree, fung across the chasm in a to be viewed without surprise, and even terror. manner that seemed accidental, formed a bridge When he emerged from the devious path which of fearfully narrow dimensions and uncertain footconducted him through the thicket, he found him- ing. The upper end of the tree rested on the self placed on a ledge of fat rock, projecting over platform on which they stood - the lower or upone side of a chasm not less than a hundred feet rooted extremity extended behind a projection on deep, where the dark mountain-stream made a the opposite side, and was secured, Morton's eye decided and rapid shoot over the precipice, and could not discover where. From behind the same was swallowed up by a deep, black, yawning gulf. projection glimmered a strong red light, which, The eye in vain strove to see the bottom of the glancing in the waves of the falling water, and fall; it could catch but one sheet of foaming uproar tinging them partially with crimson, had a strange and sheer descent, until the view was obstructed preternatural and sinister effect when contrasted by the projecting crags which enclosed the bottom with the beams of the rising sun, which glanced on of the waterfall, and hid from sight the dark pool the first broken waves of the fall, though even its which received its tortured waters. Far beneath, meridian splendour could not gain the third of its at the distance of perhaps a quarter of a mile, the full depth. When he had looked around him for a eye caught the winding of the stream as it emerged moment, the girl again pulled his sleeve, and pointinto a more open course. But, for that distance, ing to the oak and the projecting point beyond it they were lost to sight as much as if a cavern had (for hearing speech was now out of the question), been arched over them; and indeed the steep and indicated that there lay his farther passage. projecting ledges of rock through which they Morton gazed at her with surprise ; for although wound their way in darkness, were very nearly he well knew that the persecuted presbyterians had closing and over-roofing their course.
in the preceding reigns sought refuge among dells While Morton gazed at this scene of tumult, and thickets, caves and cataracts—in spots the which seemed, by the surrounding thickets and the most extraordinary and secluded - although he had clefts into which the water descended, to seek to heard of the champions of the Covenant, who had hide itself from every eye, his little attendant, as long abidden beside Dobs-linn on the wild heights she stood beside him on the platform of rock which of Polmoodie, and others who had been concealed commanded the best view of the fall, pulled him in the yet more terrific cavern called Creehopeby the sleeve, and said, in a tone which he could linn, in the parish of Closeburn,' — yet his imaginot hear without stooping his ear near the speaker, nation had never exactly figured out the horrors of 6 Hear till him! Eh ! hear till him !"
such a residence, and he was surprised how the Morton listened more attentively, and out of the strange and romantic scene which he now saw had very abyss into which the brook fell, and amidst remained concealed from him, while a curious inthe tumultuary sounds of the cataract, thought he vestigator of such natural phenomena. But he could distinguish shouts, screams, and even articu- readily conceived, that, lying in a remote and wild late words, as if the tortured demon of the stream district, and being destined as a place of concealhad been mingling his complaints with the roar of ment to the persecuted preachers and professors of his broken waters.
non-conformity, the secret of its existence was “ 'This is the way," said the little girl ; “ follow carefully preserved by the few shepherds to whom me, gin ye please, sir, but tak tent to your feet;" it might be known. and, with the daring agility which custom had ren As, breaking from these meditations, he began dered easy, she vanished from the platform on to consider how he should traverse the doubtful which she stood, and, by notches and slight projec- and terrific bridge, which, skirted by the cascade, tions in the rock, scrambled down its face into the and rendered wet and slippery by its constant chasm which it overbung. Steady, bold, and active, drizzle, traversed the chasm above sixty feet from Morton hesitated not to follow her ; but the neces the bottom of the fall, his guide, as if to give him sary attention to secure his hold and footing in a descent where both foot and hand were needful for
I See Note Z,-The Retreals of the Curenanlett.
courage, tript over and back without the least hesi- nation, the power of enforcing which was a most tation. Envying for a moment the little bare feet striking part of his extraordinary character. He which caught a safer hold of the rugged side of the sunk his sword-point at once, and as he stole it oak than he could pretend to with his heavy boots, composedly into the scabbard, he muttered someMorton nevertheless resolved to attempt the pas- thing of the damp and cold which sent an old solsage, and, fixing his eye firm on a stationary object dier to his fencing exercise, to prevent his blood on the other side, without allowing his head to be- from chilling. This done, he proceeded in the cold come giddy, or his attention to be distracted by the determined manner which was peculiar to his ordiflash, the foam, and the roar of the waters around nary discourse. him, he strode steadily and safely along the un “Thou hast tarried long, Henry Morton, and hast certain bridge, and reached the mouth of a small not come to the vintage before the twelfth hour has cavern on the farther side of the torrent. Here he struck. Art thou yet willing to take the right hand paused; for a light, proceeding from a fire of red- of fellowship, and be one with those who look not hot charcoal, permitted him to see the interior of to thrones or dynasties, but to the rule of Scripture, the cave, and enabled him to contemplate the ap- for their directions ?" pearance of its inhabitant, by whom he himself “ I am surprised," said Morton, evading the dicould not be so readily distinguished, being con rect answer to his question, “ that you should have cealed by the shadow of the rock. What he ob- known me after so many years." served would by no means have encouraged a less “ The features of those who ought to act with me determined man to proceed with the task which he are engraved on my heart," answered Burley;" and had undertaken.
few but Silas Morton's son durst have followed me Burley, only altered from what he had been for into this my castle of retreat. Seest thou that drawmerly by the addition of a grisly beard, stood in bridge of Nature's own construction ?” he added, the midst of the cave, with his clasped Bible in one pointing to the prostrate oak-tree-“one spurn of hand, and his drawn sword in the other. His fi- my foot, and it is overwhelmed in the abyss below, gure, dimly ruddied by the light of the red charcoal, bidding foemen on the farther side stand at defiance, seemed that of a fiend in the lurid atmosphere and leaving enemies on this at the mercy of one of Pandemonium, and his gestures and words, as who never yet met his equal in single fight.” far as they could be heard, seemed equally violent “ Of such defences," said Morton, “ I should and irregular. All alone, and in a place of al- have thought you would now have had little need." most unapproachable seclusion, his demeanour was “ Little need?" said Burley, impatiently—“What that of a man who strives for life and death with little need, when incarnate fiends are combined a mortal enemy. “ Ha! ha!- there-- there!” against me on earth, and Sathan himself—But it he exclaimed, accompanying each word with a matters not,” added he, checking himself-“Enough thrust, urged with his whole force against the im- that I like my place of refuge - my cave of Adulpassible and empty air—“ Did I not tell thee so? | lam, and would not change its rude ribs of lime
- I have resisted, and thou fleest from me! stone rock for the fair chambers of the castle of Coward as thou art — come in all thy terrors the Earls of Torwood, with their broad bounds and come with mine own evil deeds, which render thee barony. Thou, unless the foolish fever-fit be over, most terrible of all — there is enough betwixt the mayst think differently." boards of this book to rescue me!- What mutter “ It was of those very possessions I came to est thou of grey hairs?— It was well done to slay speak," said Morton; "and I doubt not to find him- the more ripe the corn, the readier for the Mr Balfour the same rational and reflecting persickle.- Art gone? art gone !—I have ever known son which I knew him to be in times when zeal disthee but a coward-ha! ha! ha!”
united brethren." With these wild exclamations he sunk the point " Ay?” said Burley—“indeed ? - Is such truly of his sword, and remained standing still in the your hope ?— wilt thou express it more plainly?” same posture, like a maniac whose fit is over. “ In a word, then,” said Morton,
“ The dangerous time is by now," said the little exercised, by means at which I can guess, a secret girl who had followed ; "it seldom lasts beyond but most prejudicial influence over the fortunes of the time that the sun's ower the hill; ye may gang Lady Margaret Bellenden and her grand-daughter, in and speak wi' him now. I'll wait for you at the and in favour of that base, oppressive apostate, other side of the linn; he canna bide to see twa Basil Olifant, whom the law, deceived by thy opefolk at anes.”
rations, has placed in possession of their lawful proSlowly and cautiously, and keeping constantly perty." upon his guard, Morton presented himself to the Sayest thou?” said Balfour. view of his old associate in command.
“ I do say so," replied Morton; “ and face to “ What! comest thou again when thine hour is face you will not deny what you have vouched by over?” was his first exclamation; and flourishing your handwriting.” his sword aloft, his countenance assumed an ex “ And suppose I deny it not?” said Balfour,pression in which ghastly terror seemed mingled" and suppose that thy eloquence were found equal with the rage of a demoniac.
to persuade me to retrace the steps I have taken on “ I am come, Mr Balfour,” said Morton, in a matured resolve, what will be thy meed? Dost thou steady and composed tone,“ to renew an acquaint- still hope to possess the fair-haired girl, with her ance which has been broken off since the fight of wide and rich inheritance !" Bothwell Bridge."
“I have no such hope," answered Morton, calmly. As soon as Burley became aware that Morton was “ And for whom, then, hast thou ventured to do before him in person-an idea which he caught this great thing, to seek to rend the prey from the with marvellous celerity- he at once exerted that valiant, to bring forth food from the den of the lion, mastership over his heated and enthusiastic imagi- and to extract sweetness from the maw of the de
vourer!- For whose sake hast thou undertaken to impious villain, the boldest and best soldier that read this riddle, more hard than Samson's?” upheld the prelatic cause at Drumclog ;- this third
“ Eor Lord Évandale's, and that of his bride,” was broken on the steel head-piece of the captain replied Morton, firmly. “Think better of man who defended the Chapel of Holyrood when the kind, Mr Balfour, and believe there are some who people rose at the Revolution-1 cleft him to the are willing to sacrifice their happiness to that of teeth through steel and bone. It has done great others.”
deeds this little weapon, and each of these blows “ Then, as my soul liveth,” replied Balfour, “thou was a deliverance to the church. This sword," he art, to wear beard, and back a horse, and draw a said, again sheathing it, “ has yet more to do-to sword, the tamest and most gall-less puppet that weed out this base and pestilential heresy of Eras. ever sustained injury unavenged. What! thou tianism - to vindicate the true liberty of the Kirk wouldst help that accursed Evandale to the arms in her purity- to restore the Covenant in its glory, of the woman that thou lovest !- thou wouldst en then let it moulder and rust beside the bones of dow them with wealth and with heritages, and thou its master.”ı think'st that there lives another man, offended even “ You have neither men nor means, Mr Balfour, more deeply than thou, yet equally cold-livered and to disturb the Government as now settled," argued mean-spirited, crawling upon the face of the earth, Morton; “ the people are in general satisfied, exand hast dared to suppose that one other to be John cepting only the gentlemen of the Jacobite interest; Balfour ?"
and surely you would not join with those who would “For my own feelings," said Morton, composed only use you for their owa purposes?”. ly, “ I am answerable to none but Heaven - To “ It is they," answered Burley, “ that should you, Mr Balfour, I should suppose it of little con serve ours. I went to the camp of the malignant sequence whether Basil Olifant or Lord Evandale Claver 'se, as the future King of Israel sought the possess these estates."
land of the Philistines ; I arranged with him a “ Thou art deceived," said Burley. “ Both are rising, and, but for the villain Evandale, the Erasindeed in outer darkness, and strangers to the light, tians ere now had been driven from the west-! as he whose eyes have never been opened to the could slay him," he added, with a vindietive scowl, day;— but this Basil Olifant is a Nabal-a Demas “ were he grasping the horns of the altar!" He -a base churl, whose wealth and power are at the then proceeded in a calmer tone: “ If thou, son of disposal of him who can threaten to deprive him of mine ancient comrade, wert suitor for thyself to this them. He became a professor because he was de- Edith Bellenden, and wert willing to put thy hand prived of these lands of Tillietudlem—he turned to the great work with zeal equal to thy courage, a papist to obtain possession of them- he called think not I would prefer the friendship of Basil Olihimself an Erastian, that he might not again lose fant to thine; thou shouldst then have the means them, and he will become what i list while I have that this document” (he produced a parchment) * afin my power the document that may deprive him fords, to place her in possession of the lands of her of them. These lands are a bit between his jaws fathers. This have I longed to say to thee ever since and a hook in his nostrils, and the rein and the line I saw thee fight the good fight so strongly at the faare in my hands to guide them as I think meet; tal Bridge. The maiden loved thee, and thou her." and his they shall therefore be, unless I had as Morton replied firmly—“ I will not dissemble surance of bestowing them on a sure and sincere with you, Mr Balfour, even to gain a good end. I friend. But Lord Evandale is a malignant, of heart came in hopes to persuade you to do a deed of jus. like flint, and brow like adamant; the goods of the tice to others, not to gain any selfish end of my world fall on him like leaves on the frost-bound own. I have failed — I grieve for your sake, more earth, and unmoved he will see them whirled off than for the loss which others will sustain by your by the first wind. The heathen virtues of such as injustice.” he are more dangerous to us than the sordid cupi “ You refuse my proffer, then?" said Burley, dity of those who, governed by their interest, must with kindling eyes. follow where it leads, and who, therefore, them “I do,” said Morton. “Would you be really, ss selves the slaves of avarice, may be compelled to you are desirous to be thought, a man of honour work in the vineyard, were it but to earn the wages and conscience, you would, regardless of all other of sin."
considerations, restore that parchment to Lari * This might have been all well some years since,” | Evandale, to be used for the advantage of the lawreplied Morton; "and I could understand your ful heir." argument, although I could never acquiesce in its “ Sooner shall it perish !” said Balfour; and justice. But at this crisis it seems useless to you casting the deed into the heap of red charcoal beto persevere in keeping up an influence which can side him, pressed it down with the heel of his boot. no longer be directed to an useful purpose. The While it smoked, shrivelled, and crackled in the land has peace, liberty, and freedom of conscience flames, Morton sprung forward to snatch it, and - and what would you more!”.
Burley catching hold of him, a struggle ensued. “ More !” exclaimed Burley, again unsheathing Both were strong men, but although Morton was his sword, with a vivacity which nearly made Mor much the more active and younger of the two, yet ton start. Look at the notches upon that weapon; Balfour was the most powerful, and effectually prethey are three in number, are they not?"
vented him from rescuing the deed until it was fair " It seems so," answered Morton ; " but what of ly reduced to a cinder. They then quitted hold of that?"
each other, and the enthusiast, rendered fiercer by “ The fragment of steel that parted from this the contest, glared on Morton with an eye expresfirst gap, rested on the skull of the perjured traitor sive of frantic revenge. who first introduced Episcopacy into Scotland ;this second notch was made in the rib-bone of an
See. Note 2 A,--Predictions of the Covenankers
“ Thou hast my secret," he exclaimed ;
« Thou art an ass. The start, as you call it, will must be mine, or die!”
never happen; the day's put off. Halliday's seen "I contemn your threats," said Morton ; " I pity a ghost, or Miss Bellenden's fallen sick of the pip, you, and leave you."
or some blasted nonsense or another; the thing will But, as he turned to retire, Burley stept before never keep two days longer, and the first bird that him, pushed the oak-trank from its resting place, sings out will get the reward.” and as it fell thundering and crashing into the abyss . That's true, too,” answered his comrade;" and beneath, drew his sword, and cried out, with a voice will this fellow this Basil Olifant, pay handsomethat rivalled the roar of the cataract and the thun-ly?" der of the falling oak,-“ Now thou art at bay! “ Like a prince, man,” said Inglis. “ Evandale fight-yield, or die!" and standing in the mouth of is the man on earth whom he hates worst; and he the cavern, he flourished his naked sword.
fears him, besides, about some law business, and “ I will not fight with the man that preserved were he once rubbed out of the way, all, he thinks, my father's life,” said Morton ;-"I have not yet will be his own.” learned to say the words, 1 yield; and my life I will “ But shall we have warrants and force enough!" rescue as I best can."
said the other fellow. “Few people here will stir So speaking, and ere Balfour was aware of his pur- against my lord, and we may find him with some pose, he sprung past him, and exerting that youth- of our own fellows at his back.” ful agility of which he possessed an uncommon “ Thou’rt a cowardly fool, Dick," returned Inglis; share, leaped clear across the fearful chasm which he is living quietly down at Fairy-Knowe to avoid divided the mouth of the cave from the projecting suspicion. Olifant is a magistrate, and will have rock on the opposite side, and stood there safe and some of his own people that he can trust along with free from his incensed enemy. He immediately him. There are us two, and the Laird says he can ascended the ravine, and, as he turned, saw Burley get a desperate fighting whig fellow called Quintin stand for an instant aghast with astonishment, and Mackell
, that has an old grudge at Evandale.” then, with the frenzy of disappointed rage, rush “ Well, well, you are my officer, you know," said into the interior of his cavern.
the private, with true military conscience, “and if It was not difficult for him to perceive that this anything is wrong". unhappy man's mind had been so long agitated by « I'll take the blame," said Inglis. “Come, andesperate schemes and sudden disappointments, other pot of ale, and let us to Tillietudlem.- Here, that it had lost its equipoise, and that there was blind Bess! why, where the devil has the old hag now in his conduct a shade of lunacy, not the less crept to?" striking, from the vigour and craft with which he
• Delay them as long as you can,” whispered pursued his wild designs. Morton soon joined his Morton, as he thrust his purse into the hostess's guide, who had been terrified by the fall of the oak, hand; “ all depends on gaining time.", This he represented as accidental; and she assured
Then, walking swiftly to the
place where the girl him in return, that the inhabitant of the cave held his horse ready, “ To Fairy-Knowe !—no; would experience no inconvenience from it, being alone I could not protect them.— I must instantly always provided with materials to construct another to Glasgow. Wittenbold, the commandant there, bridge.
will readily give me the support of a troop, and The adventures of the morning were not yet procure me the countenance of the civil power. ! ended. As they approached the hut, the little girl must drop a caution as I pass.-Come, Moorkopf," made an exclamation of surprise at seeing her grand he said, addressing his horse as he mounted him mother groping her way towards them, at a greater this day must try your breath and speed.” distance from her home than she could have been Bupposed capable of travelling.
*0, sir, sir!" said the old woman, when she heard them approach, “gin e'er ye loved Lord Evandale, help now, or never!— God be praised that left my
CHAPTER XLIV. hearing when he took my poor eye-sight!~ Come
Yet could he not his closing eyes withdraw, this way, this way; and o! tread lightly.—Peggy, Though less and less of Emily he saw; hinny, gang saddle the gentleman's horse, and lead Bo, speechless for a little space he lay, him cannily ahint the thorny shaw, and bide him
Then grasp'd the hand he held, and sigh'd his soul
Palamon and Arcite. there."
She conducted him to a small window, through The indisposition of Edith confined her to bed which, himself unobserved, he could see two dra- during the eventful day on which she had received goons seated at their morning draught of ale, and such an unexpected shock from the sudden appariconversing earnestly together.
tion of Morton. Next morning, however, she was “The more I think of it,” said the one, " the less reported to be so much better, that Lord Evandale I like it, Inglis. Evandale was a good officer, and resumed his purpose of leaving Fairy-Knowe. At the soldier's friend; and though we were punished a late hour in the forenoon, Lady Emily entered for the mutiny at Tillietudlem, yet, by, Frank, the apartment of Edith with a peculiar gravity of you must own we deserved it."
manner. Having received and paid the compli“D
-n seize me, if I forgive him for it, ments of the day, she observed it would be a sad though!” replied the other; " and I think I can sit one for her, though it would relieve Miss Bellenin his skirts now."
den of an encumbrance-“ My brother leaves us “Why, man, you should forget and forgive-to-day, Miss Bellenden.” Better take the start with him along with the rest, " Leaves us !” exclaimed Edith in surprise ; " for and join the ranting Highlanders. We have all eat his own house, I trust!”. King James's bread."
“ I have reason to think he meditates a more VOL. I.
distant journey,” answered Lady Emily; "he has Brigg-end- that's him that was Guse-Gibbie at little to detain him in this country.”
Tillietudlem, and gaed to the wappinshaw, and “ Good Heaven !” exclaimed Edith, “ why was I that”born to become the wreck of all that is manly and “ Hold your peace, John," said the old lady, noble ! What can be done to stop him from running rising in dignity; " you are very insolent to think headlong on - ruin? I will come down instantly — I wad speak wi' a person like that. Let him tell his Say that I implore he will not depart until I speak business to you or Mrs Headrigg:" with him.”
“ He'll no hear o' that, my leddy; he says, them “ It will be in vain, Miss Bellenden ; but I will that sent him bade him gie the thing to your leddyexecute your commission;" and she left the room ship’s ain hand direct, or to Lord Evandale’s, he as formally as she had entered it, and informed her wots na whilk. But, to say the truth, he's far frae brother, Miss Bellenden was so much recovered as fresh, and he's
but an idiot an he were." to propose coming down stairs ere he went away. “ Then turn him out,” said Lady Margaret, “and “I suppose,” she added, pettishly, “ the prospect tell him to come back to-morrow when he is sober. of being speedily released from our company has I suppose he comes to crave some benevolence, as wrought a cure on her shattered nerves.'
an ancient follower o' the house." “ Sister," said Lord Evandale,“ you are unjust, “Like eneugh, my leddy, for he's a' in rags, poor if not envious."
creature.” “ Unjust I may be, Evandale, but I should not Gudyill made another attempt to get at Gibbie's have dreamt,” glancing her eye at a mirror, “of commission, which was indeed of the last importbeing thought envious without better cause. — But ance, being a few lines from Morton to Lord Evanlet us go to the old lady; she is making a feast in dale, acquainting him with the danger in which he the other room, which might have dined all your stood from the practices of Olifant, and exhorting troop when you had one."
him either to instant flight, or else to come to GlasLord Evandale accompanied her in silence to the gow and surrender himself, where he could assure parlour, for he knew it was in vain to contend with him of protection. This billet, hastily written, he her prepossessions and offended pride. They found intrusted to Gibbie, whom he saw feeding his herd the table covered with refreshments, arranged un beside the bridge, and backed with a couple of dolder the careful inspection of Lady Margaret. lars his desire that it might instantly be delivered
“ Ye could hardly weel be said to breakfast this into the hand to which it was addressed. morning, my Lord Evandale, and ye maun e'en But it was decreed that Goose-Gibbie's intermepartake of a small collation before ye ride, such as diation, whether as an emissary or as a man-at-arms, this poor house, whose inmates are so much in- should be unfortunate to the family of Tillietudlem. debted to you, can provide in their present cir- He unluckily tarried so long at the ale-house, to cumstances. For my ain part, I like to see young prove if his employer's coin was good, that, when folk take some refection before they ride out upon he appeared at Fairy-Knowe, the little sense which their sports or their affairs, and I said as much to nature had given him was effectually drowned in his most sacred Majesty when he breakfasted at ale and brandy, and instead of asking for Lord Tillietudlem in the year of grace sixteen hundred Evandale, he demanded to speak with Lady Marand fifty-one; and his most sacred Majesty was garet, whose name was more familiar to his ear. pleased to reply, drinking to my health at the same Being refused admittance to her presence, he stag. time in a flagon of Rhenish wine, 'Lady Margaret, gered away with the letter undelivered, perversely ye speak like a Highland oracle. These were his faithful to Morton's instructions in the only point Majesty's very words; so that your lordship may in which it would have been well had he departed judge whether I have not good authority to press from them. young folk to partake of their vivers."
A few minutes after he was gone, Edith entered It may be well supposed that much of the good the apartment. Lord Evandale and she met with lady's speech failed Lord Evandale's ears, which mutual embarrassment, which Lady Margaret, who were then employed in listening for the light step only knew in general that their union had been of Edith. His absence of mind on this occasion, postponed by her grand-daughter's indisposition, however natural, cost him very dear. While Lady set down to the bashfulness of a bride and bride Margaret was playing the kind hostess, a part she groom, and, to place them at ease, began to talk delighted and excelled in, she was interrupted by to Lady Emily on indifferent topics. At this moJohn Gudyill, who, in the natural phrase for an- ment, Édith, with a countenance as pale as death, nouncing an inferior to the mistress of a family, muttered, rather than whispered, to Lord Evansaid, “ There was ane wanting to speak to her led- dale, a request to speak with him. He offered his dyship.”
arm, and supported her into the small antercom, “ Ane! what ane? Has he nae name? Ye speak which, as we have noticed before, opened from the as if I kept a shop, and was to come at everybody's parlour. He placed her in a chair, and, taking one whistle."
himself, awaited the opening of the conversation. “ Yes, he has a name," answered John, “ but “ I am distressed, my lord,” were the first words your leddyship likes ill to hear't."
she was able to articulate, and those with dift“ What is it, you fool?”
culty ; " I scarce know what I would say, nor bor “ It's Calf-Gibbie, my leddy,” said John, in a to speak it.” tone rather above the pitch of decorous respect, “If I have any share in occasioning your uneasi on which he occasionally trespassed, confiding in ness," said Lord Evandale, mildly, " you will soon, his merit as an ancient servant of the family, and Edith, be released from it." a faithful follower of their humble fortunes “It's “ You are determined, then, my lord," she reCalf-Gibbie, an your leddyship will hae't, that plied, “ to run this desperate course with desperate keeps Edie Henshaw's kye down yonder at the men, in spite of your own better reason - in spite