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them; but Kennedy being a person in full confidence of the family, and with whom he himself had no delight in associating, “ being that he was addicted unto profane and scurrilous jests,” he continued his own walk at his own pace, till he reached the Place of Ellangowan.
The spectators. from the ruined walls of the castle were still watching the sloop of war, which at length, but not without the loss of considerable time, recovered searoom enough to weather the Point of Warroch, and was lost to their sight be hind that wooded promontory. Some time afterward the discharges of several cannon were heard at a distance, and, after an interval, a still louder explosion, as of a vessel blown up, and a cloud of smoke rose above the trees, and mingled with the blue sky. All then separated upon their different occasions, auguring various ly upon the fate of the smuggler, but the majority insisting that her capture was
inevitable, if she had not already gone to the bottom..
“ It is near our dinner-time, my dear," said Mrs Bertram to her husband, “will it be lạng before Mr Kennedy comes back ?"
“I expect him every moment, my dear," said the Laird ; “perhaps he is bringing some of the officers of the sloop with him.”
My stars, Mr Bertram ! why did not ye tell me this before, that we might have had the large round table ?-and, then, they're a' tired o' saut meat, and, to tell you the plain truth, a rump o' beef is the best part of
dinner and then I wad have put on another gown, and
wadna have been the waur o'a clean neck.cloth yoursell--But ye delight in surprising and hurrying one-I am sure I am no to haud out for ever against this sort of going onBut when folk's missed, then they are moaned.”
« Pshaw, pshaw, deuce take the beef; and the gown, and the table, and the neckcloth! we shall do all
well. - Where's
the Dominie, John ?-(to a servant who was busy about the table) where's the Dominie and little Harry ?”
" Mr Sampson's been at hame these twa hours and mair, but I dinna think Mr Harry came hame wi' him.”
“ Not come hame wi' him?" said the lady,“ desire Mr Sampson to step this way directly."
“ Mr Sampson," said she, upon his entrance, “is it not the most extraordinary thing in this world wide, that you, that have free up-putting-bed, board, and wash. ing-and twelve pounds sterling a-year; just to look after that boy, should let him, out of your sight for twa or three hours?"
Sampson made a bow of humble acknowledgment at each pause which the angry lady made in her enumeration of the ad. vantages of his situation, in order to give more weight to her remonstrance, and then, in words which we will not do him the injustice to imitate, told how Mr Francis Kennedy " had assumed spontaneously,
the charge of Master Harry, in despite of his remonstrances in the contrary.”
"" I am very little obliged to Mr Francis Kennedy for his pains," said the lady, peevishly ; “suppose he lets the boy drop from his horse, and lames him ?-or sup. .pose one of the cannons comes ashore and kills him?-or suppose”
“ Or suppose, my dear,” said Ellangowan, “ what is much more likely than any thing else, that they have
aboard the sloop or the prize, and are to come round the Point with the tide ?"
“ And then they may be drowned,” said
“Verily,” said Sampson, “I thought Mr Kennedy had returned an hour since Of a surety I deemed I heard his horse's feet.”
That,” said John, with a broad grin, was Grizzel chasing the humbled cow out of the close."
Sampson coloured up to the eyes-not at the implied taunt, which he would never have discovered, or resented if he
had, but at some idea which crossed his own mind.
." I have been in an error," he said, " of a surety I should have tarried for the babe.” So saying, he snatched his cane and hat, and hurried away towards Warroch-wood, faster than he was ever known to walk before, or after.
The Laird lingered sone time, debating the point with the lady. At length, he saw the sloop of war again make her appearance; but, without approaching the shore, she stood away to the westward with all her sails 'set, and was soon out of sight. The lady's state of timorous and fretful apprehension was so habitual, that her fears went for nothing with her lord and master; but an appearance of disturbance and anxiety among the servants now excited his alarm, especially when he was called out of the room, and told in private, that Mr Kennedy's horse had come to the stable door alone, with the saddle turned round below its belly, and the reins of the bridle broken ; and that a farmer had in