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for it."

My gudesire uttered mony thanks, and was about toj It was a dangerous place to climb, for the ladder retire, when Sir Robert roared aloud, "Stop though, was auld and frail, and wanted ane or twa rounds. thou sack-doudling son of a whore! I am not done However, up, got Şir John, and entered at the turret with thee. HERE we do nothing for nothing; and door, where his body stopped the only little light that you must return on this very day twelvenonth, to was in the bit turret. Something flées at him wi' a pay your master the homage that you owe me for my vengeance, maist dang him back ower-bang gad protection."

the knight's pistol, and Hutcheon, that held the ladMy father's tongue was loosed of a suddenty, and der, and my gudesire that stood beside him, hears a he said aloud, “I refer mysell to God's pleasure, and loud skelloch. A minute after, Sir John flings the not to yours.

body of the jackanape down to them, and cries that He had no sooner uttered the word than all was the siller is fund, and that they should come up and dark around him; and he sunk on the earth with help him. And there was the bag of siller sure aneugh, such a sudden shock, that he lost both breath and and mony osra things besides, that had been missing

for mony a day. And Sir John, when he had riped How lang Steenie lay there, he could not tell; but the turret weel, led my gudesire into the dining-parwhen he came to himsell, he was lying in the auld lour, and took him by the hand, and spoke kindly to of the family aisle, and the scutcheon of the auld his word, and that he would hereafter be a good kirkyard of Redgauntlet parochine, just at the door him, and said he was sorry he should have doubted knight, Sir Robert, hanging over his head. There masier to him to make amends. was a deep morning fog on grass and gravestane "And now, Steenie,” said Sir John, “although around him, and his horse was feeding quietly beside this vision of yours tends, on the whole to my father's the minister's twa cows. Steenie would have thought credit, as an honest man, that he should, even after the whole was a dream, but he had the receipt in his his death, desire to see justice done to a poor man hand, fairly written and signed by the auld Laird; like you, yet you are sensible that ill-dispositioned only the last letters of his name were a little disor- men might make bad constructions upon it, concernderly, written like one seized with sudden pain. ing his soul's health. So, I think, we had better lay

Sorely troubled in his mind, he left that dreary the haill dirdum on that ill-deedie creature, Major place, rode through the mist to Redgauntlet Castle, Weir, and say naething about your dream in the and with much ado he got speech of the Laird. wood of Pitmurkie. You had taken ower muckle "Well

, you dyvour bankrupt," was the first word, brandy to be very certain about ony thing; and, "have you brought me my rent?

Steenie, this receipt," (his hand shook while he held "No," answered my, gudesire, "I have not; but it out,)“its but a queer kind of document, and we I have brought your honour Sir Robert's receipt will do best, I think, to put it quietly in the fire.'

"Od, but for as queer as it is, it's a' the voucher I "How, sirrah?—Sir Robert's receipt!—You told have for my rent," said my gudesire, who was afraid, me he had not given you one."

it may be, of losing the benefit of Sir Robert's dis“Will your honour please to see if that bit line is charge. right ?"

"I will bear the contents to your credit in the Sir John looked at every line, and at every letter, rental-book, and give you a discharge under my own with much attention; and at lasi, at the date, which hand,” said Sir John, and that on the spot. And, my gudesire had not observed, -" From my appointed Steenie, if you can hold your tongue about this matplace,” he read, this twenty-fifth of November.' ter, you shall sit, from ihis term downward, at an

What !--That is yesterday Villain, thou must easier rent.” have gone to hell for this !"

"Mony thanks to your honour,” said Steenie, who "I got it from your honour's father-whether he be saw easily in what corner the wind was; "doubtless in heaven or hell, I know not,” said Steenie. I will be conformable to all your honour's commands;

"I will delate you for a warlock to the Privy only I would willingly speak wi' some powerful Council !” said Sir John. " I will send you to your minister on the subject, for I do not like the sort master, the devil, with the help of a tar-barrel and a of soumons of appointment whilk your honour's fatorch !"

ther" "I intend to delate mysell to the Presbytery,” said "Do not call the phantom my father!" said Sir Steenie, “and tell them all I have seen last night, John, interrupting him. whilk are things fitter for them to judge of than a "Weel, then, the thing that was so like him," — borrel man like me.”

said my gudesire; "he spoke of my coming back to Şir John paused, composed himsell, and desired him this time twelvemonth, and it's a weight on my to hear the full history; and my gudesire told it him conscience." from point to point, as I have told it you-word for “Aweel, then,” said Sir John, "if you be so much word, neither more nor less.

distressed in mind, you may speak to our minister of Sir John was silent again for a long time, and at the parish; he is a douce man, regards the honour of last he said, very composedly, “Steenie, this story of our family, and the mair that he inay look for some yours concerns the honour of many a poble family patronage from me.' besides mine; and if it be a leasing-making, to keep Wi' that my gudesire readily agreed that the receipt yourself out of my danger, the least you can expect is should be burnt, and the Laird threw it into the to have a redhot iron driven through your tongue, and chimney with his ain hand. Burn it would not for that will be as bad as scauding your fingers with a them, though ; but away it flew up the lum, wi' a redhot chanter. But yet it may be true, Steenie ; and lang train of sparks at its tail, and a hissing noise like if the money cast up, I shall not know what to think a squib. of it. But where shall we find the Cat's Cradle ? My gudesire gaed down to the manse, and the miThere are cats enough about the old house, but I think nister, when he had heard the story, said, it was his they kitten without the ceremony of bed or cradle.” real opinion, that though my gudesire had gaen very

We were best ask Hutcheon,” said my gudesire; far in tampering with dangerous matters, yet, as he "he kens a' the odd cornere about as weel as--ano- bad refused the devil's arles, (for such was the offer ther serving-man that is now gane, and that I wad of meat and drink,) and had refused to do homage by not like to name.

piping at his bidding, he hoped, that if he held a cirAweel, Hutcheon, when he was asked, told them, cumspect walk hereafter, Satan could take little adthat a ruinous lurret, lang disused, next to the clock vantage by what was come and gane. And, indead, house, only accessible by a ladder, for the opening my gudesire, of his ain accord, lang forswore baith was on the outside, and far above the battlements, the pipes and the brandy-it was not even till the year was called of old the Cat's Cradle.

was out, and the fatal day passed, that he would so "'There will I go immediately,” said Sir John; and much as take the fiddle, or drink usquebaugh or tiphe took (with what purpose, Heaven kens) one of his penny. father's pistols from the hall-table, where they had Sir John made up his story about the jackanane as lain since the night he died, and hastened to the bat- he liked himsell; and some believe till this day there tlements.

was no more in the matter than the filching nature





of the brute. Indeed, ye'll no hinder some to threap, this moral—" Ye see, birkie, it is nae chancy thing to
that it was nane o' the Auld Enemy that Dougal and tak a stranger traveller for a guide, when ye are in an
my gudesire saw in the Laird's room, but only that uncouth land.”
wanchancy creature, the Major, capering on the “I should not have made that inference," said I.
coffin; and that as to the blawing on the Laird's “ Your grandfather's adventure was fortunate for
whistle that was heard after he was dead, the filthy himself, whom it saved from ruin and distress: and
brute could do that as weel as the Laird himsell

, if no fortunate for his landlord also, whom it prevented
better. But Heaven kens the truth, whilk first came from committing a gross act of injustice.”
out by the minister's wife, after Sir John and her Ay, but they had baith to sup the sauce o't sooner
ain gudeman were baith in the moulds. And then, or later,” said Wandering Willie--"What was fristed
my gudesire, wha was failed in his limbs, but not in wasna forgiven. Sir John died before he was much
his judgment or memory-at least nothing to speak over threescore ; and it was just like of a moment's
of-was obliged to tell the real narrative to his freends, illness. And for my gudesire, though he departed in
for the credit of his good name. He might else have fulness of years, yet there was my father, a yauld man
been charged for a warlock.*

of forty-five, fell down betwixt the stilts of his pleugh,

and raise never again, and left nae bairn but me, a The shades of evening were growing thicker around puir sightless, fatherless, motherless creature, could us as my conductor finished his long narrative with neither work nor want. Things gaed weel aneugh at in the mouth of the blind fiddler, of which, 1 think, the hero Sir John, and the oye of auld Sir Robert, and, waes

:I have heard in my youth some such wild tale as that placed first; for Sir Redwald Redgauntlet, the only son of
was Sir Robert Grierson of Lage, the famous persecutor. But me! the last of the honourable house, took the farm
the belief was general throughout Scotland, that the excessive off our hands, and brought me into his household to
dead, and broke even the rest of the grave. There are several have care of me. He liked music, and I had the best
instances of this in tradition, but one struck me particularly, as teachers baith England and Scotland could gie me.
I heard it from the lips of one who professed receiving it from Mony a merry year was I wi' him; but waes me! he
those of a ghost-scer. This was a Highland lady, named Mrs. gaed out with other pretty men in the forty-five--I'll
apparition, which seems to have originated in the weakness of say nae mair about it-My head never settled weel
her nerves and strength of her imagination. She had been lately since I lost him; and if I say another word about it, deil
left a widow by her husband, with the office of guardian to their a bar will I have the heart to play the night.-Look out,
only child. The young man added to the difficulties of his
charge by an extreme propensity for a military life, which his my gentle chap,” he resumed in a different tone,
mother was unwilling to give way to, while she found it impos- should see the lights in Brokenburn Glen by this time."
sible to repress it. About this time the Independent Companies,
formed for the preservation of the peace of the Highlands, were
in the course of being levied ; and as a gentleman named Came-

ron, nearly connected with Mrs. C, commanded one of those
companies, she was at length persuaded to compromise the mat-
ter with her son, by permitting him to enter this company in the
capacity of a cadet; thus gratifying his love of a military life

Tam Luter was their minstrel meet, without the dangers of foreigu service, to which no one then

Gude Lord as he could lance, thought these troops were at all liable to be exposed, while even

He played sae shrill and gang sae sweet, active service at home was not likely to be attended with

Till Towsie look a trance. much danger. She readily obtained a promise from her relative

Auld Lightfoot there he did forleet, that he would be particular in his attention to her son, and

And counterfeited France ; therefore concluded she had accommodated matters between

He used himself as man discreet, her son's wishes and his wafety in a way sufficiently attentive to

And took up Morrice danse, both. She set off to Edinburgh to get what was awanting for

Sae loud, his outfit, and shortly afterwards received melancholy news

At Christ's Kirk on the Green that day. from the Highlands. The Independent Company into which

KING JAMBS I. her son was to enter had a skirmish with a party of catherans engaged in some act of spoil, and her friend the Captain being

I CONTINUE to scribble at length, though the subwounded, and out of the reach of medical assistance, died inject may seem somewhat deficient in interest. Let consequence. This news was a thunderbolt to the poor mother the grace of the narrative, therefore, and the concern who was at once deprived of her kinsman's advice and assist ance, and instructed by his fate of the unexpected danger to

we take in each other's matters, make amends for which her son's new calling exposed him. She remained also its tenuity. We fools of fancy, who suffer ourselves, affection. These conflicting causes or anxiety, together with have, nevertheless, this advantage over the wise ones in great sorrow for her relative, whom she loved with sisterly like Malvolio, to be cheated with our own visions, her uncertainty whether to continuc or change her son's destina of the earth, that we have our whole stock of enjoytion, were terminated in the following manner :

The house in which Mrs. C-- resided in the old town of ments under our own command, and can dish for Edinburgh, was a nat or story of a land, accessible, as was then ourselves an intellectual banquet with most moderate universal, by a common stair. The family who occupied the assistance from external objects. It is, to be sure, story beneath were her acquaintances, and she was in the habit something like the feast which the Barmecide served about six

o'clock, when, recovering herself from a deep fit of up to Alnaschar; and we cannot be expected to get anxious reflection, she was about to leave the pnrlour in which fat upon such diet. But then, neither is there repleshe sat in order to attend this engagement. The door through tion

nor nausea, which

often succeed the grosser and burgh, into a dark passage. In inis passage, and within a yard more material revel. On the whole, I still pray, with of her when she opened the door, stood the apparition or her the Ode to Castle Buildingkinsman, the deceased officer, in his full tartans, and wearing his bonnet Terrified at what she saw, or thought she saw, she

“Give me thy hope which sickens not the heart; closed the door hastily, and, sinking on her knees by a chair,

Give me thy wealth which has no wings to fly ; prayed to be delivered from the horrors of the vision. She re

Give me the blins thy visions can impart; mained in that posture till her friends below tapped on the floor

Thy friendship give me, warm in poverty 1" to intimate that tea was ready. Recalled to herself by the signal, And so, despite thy solemn smile and sapient shake fronted by the visionary Highlander, whose bloody brow fore of the head, I will go on picking such interest as I token, on this second appearance, to the death he had died. can out of my trivial adventures, even though that Unable to endure this repetition of her terrors, Mrs. C- sunk interest should be the creation of my own fancy; nor on the floor in a swoon. Her

friends below, startled with the will I cease to inflict on thy devoted eyes the labour they found her, insisted on her going to bed and taking

some of perusing the scrolls in which I shall record my narmedicine, in order to compose what they took for a nervous at: rative. tack. They bad no sooner left her in quiet, than the apparition of the soldier was once more visible in the apartment. This

My last broke off as we were on the point of detime she took courage and said, “In the name of God, Donala.scending into the glen at Brokenburn, by the danwhy do you haunt one who respected and loved you when liv: gerous track which I had first travelled en croupe, ing?” To which he answered readily, in Gaelic, "Cousin, why behind a furious horseman, and was now again to did you not speak sooner? My rest is disturbed by your unne brave under the precarious guidance of a blind man. cessary lamentation-your tears scald me in my shroud. I come to tell you that my untimely death ought to make no difference

It was now getting dark; but this was no inconplace, and he will live to the fulness of years, and die honoured with instinctive security of step, so that we soon in your views for your son; God will raise patrons to supply my venience to my guide, who moved on, as formerly, and at peace.” The lady of course followed her kinsman's ad. reached the bottom, and I could see lights twinkling may conclude the first apparition an illusion of the fancy, the in the cottage which had been my place of refuge on final one a lively dream suggested by the other two.

a former occasion. It was not thither, however, that

our course was directed. We left the habitation of | yet I was rather glad he did so, for the consequence the Laird to the left, and turning down the brook, of putting a trick upon these rude and ferocious men, soon approached the small hamlet which had been mighı, in case of discovery, have been dangerous to erected at the mouth of the stream, probably on ac- us both, and I was at the same time delivered from count of the convenience which it afforded as a har- the painful effort to support a fictitious character. The bour to the fishing-boats. A large low cottage full good company, except perhaps one or two of the young in our front, seemed highly illuminated; for the light women, whose looks expressed some desire for better not only glanced from every window and aperture in acquaintance, gave themselves no farther trouble its frail walls, but was even visible from rents and about me; but, while the seniors resumed their places fractures in the roof, composed of tarred shingles, re- near an immense bowl, or rather recking caldron paired in part by thatch and divot.

of brandy-punch, the younger arranged themselves While these appearances engaged my attention, on the floor, and called loudly on Willie to strike up. that of my coinpanion was attracted by a regular With a brief caution to me, to "mind my credin succession of sounds, like a bouncing on the Hoor, for fishers have ears, though fish have none, Willie mixed with a very faint noise of music, which Wil led off in capital style, and I followed, certainly no! lie's acute organs at once recognised and accounted so as to disgrace my companion, who, every now and for, while to me it was almost inaudible. The old then, gave me a nod of approbation. The dances were, man struck the earth with his staff in a violent pas- of course, the Scottish jigs, and reels, and iwasion. "The whoreson fisher rabble! They have some dances," with a strathspey or hornpipe for inbrought another violer upon my walk! They are such terlude; and the want of grace, on the part of the smuggling blackguards, that they must run in their performers, was amply supplied by truth of ear, vigour very music; but I'll sort them waur than ony gauger and decision of step, and the agility proper to the in the country.--Stay-hark-it's no a fiddle neither northern performers. My own spirits rose with the --it's the pipe and tabor bastard, Simon of Sowport, mirth around me, and with old Willie's admirable ex; frae the Nicol Forest; but I'll pipe and tabor him!ecution, and frequent "weel dune, gentle chap, yet!" --Let me hae ance my left hand on his

craval, and --and, to confess the truth, I felt a great deal more ye shall see what my right will do. Come away, pleasure in this rustic revel, than I have done at the chap-come away, gentle chap-nae time to be more formal balls and concerts in your famed city, to picking and wailing your steps." And on he passed which I have sometimes made my way. Perhaps with long and determined strides, dragging me along this was because I was a person of more importance with him.

to the presiding matron of Brokenburn-foot, than ! I was not quite easy in his company; for, now that had the means of rendering myself to the far-fainel his minstrel pride was hurt, the man had changed Miss Nickie Murray, the patroness of your Edinburgh from the quiet, decorous, I might almost say respect assemblies. The person I mean was a buxom dame able person, which he seeemed while he told his tale, of about thirty, her fingers loaded with many a silver into the appearance of a fierce brawling, dissolute ring, and three or four of gold; her ankles liberally stroller. So that when he entered the large hut, displayed from under her numerous blue, white, and where a great nunber of fishers, with their wives scarlet short petticoats, and attired in hose of the and daughters, were engaged in eating, drinking, and finest and whitest lamb's-wool, which arose from dancing, I was somewhat afraid that the impatient shoes of Spanish cordwain, fastened with slver violence of my companion might procure us an indif- buckles. She took the lead in my favour, and deferent reception.

clared, that the brave young gentleman should not But the universal shout of welcome with which weary himself to death wi' playing, but take the floor Wandering Willie was received--the hearty con- for a dance or twa." gratulation-the repeated Here's t'ye, Willie !"- “And what's to come of me, Dame Martin ?" said

Whare hae ye been, ye blind deevil ?" and the call Willie. upon him to pledge them-above all, the speed with "Come othee?” said the dame; "mischanter on which the obnoxious pipe and tabor were put to the auld beard o'ye! ye could play for twenty hours silence, gave the old man such effectual assurance of on end, and tire out the haill country-side wi dancing undiminished popularity and importance, as at once before you laid down your bow, saving for a by-urink put bis jealousy to rest, and changed his tone of of- or the like o' that.". fended dignity, into one better fitted to receive such "In troth, dame," answered Willie, "ye are nae sac cordial greetings. Young men and women crowded far wrang; sae if my comrade is to take his dance, round, to tell how much they were afraid some mis- ye maun gie me my drink, and then bob it away like chance had detained him, and how two or three young Madge of Middlebie.", fellows had set out in quest of him.

The drink was soon brought; but while Willie was "It was nae mischance, praised be Heaven," said partaking of it, a party entered the hut, which arrested Willie," but the absence of the lazy loon Rob the my attention at once, and intercepted the intended Rambler, my comrade, that didna come to meet me gallantry with which I had proposed to present my on the Links; but I hae gotten a braw consort in his hand to the fresh-coloured, well-made, white-ankled stead, worth a dozen of him, the unhanged black-Thetis, who had obtained me nianumission from my guard."

musical task. And wha is't tou's gotten, Wullie, lad ?" said half This was nothing less than the sudden appearance a score of voices, while all eyes were turned on your of the old woman whom the Laird had terined Mahumble servant who kept ihe best countenance he bel; Cristal Nixon, his male attendant; and the could, though not quite easy at becoming the centre young person who had said grace to us when I sap to which all eyes were pointed.

ped with him. "I ken him by his hemmed cravat,” said one fel- This young person--Alan, thou art in thy way a low; "it's Gil Hobson, the souple tailor frae Burgh. bit of a conjurer-this young person whom I did not

-Ye are welcome to Scotland, ye prick-the-clout describe, and whom you, for that very reason, sus loon," he said, thrusting forth a paw much the col- pected was not an indifferent object to me--is I am our of a badger's back, and of most portentous di- sorry to say it, in very fact not so much so as in pru

dence she ought. I will not use the name of lore on "Gil Hobson? Gil whoreson!” exclaimed Wan- this occasion ; for I have applied it too often to tran; dering Willie; "it's a gentle chap that I judge to be sient whims and fancies to escape your satire, should an apprentice wi' auld Joshua Geddes, to the quaker- I venture to apply it now. For it is a phrase, I must trade.

confess, which I have used-a romancer would say, "What trade be's tha, man ?" said he of the bad- | profaned—a little too often, considering how few ger-coloured fist.

years have passed over my head. But seriously, the Canting and lying,”-said Willie, which pro- fair chaplain of Brokenburn has been often in my duced a thundering laugh; " but I ain teaching the head when she had no business there; and if this callant a better trade, and that is feasting and fiddling.” can give thee any clew for explaining my motives in

Willie's conduct in thus announcing something lingering about the country, and assuming the chialike my real character, was contrary to compact; and racter of Willie's companion, why, hang thee, thou



art welcome to make uee of it-a permission for which mantled on the lip of my partner, had a differwhich thou need'st not thank me much, as thou ent expression from that of ridicule, and seemed to wouldst not have failed to assume it, whether it were say, "Do not take this to heart." And I did not, given or no

Alan. My partner danced admirably, and I like one Such being my fcelings, conceive how they must who was determined, if outshone, which I could not have been excited, when, like a beam upon a cloud, I help, not to be altogether thrown into the shade. saw this uncommonly beautiful girl enter the apart- I assure you, our performance, as well as Willie's ment in which they were dancing; not, however, with music, deserved more polished spectators and audi the air of an equal, but that of a superior, come to tors; but we could not then have been greeted with grace with her presence the festival of her dependants. such enthusiastic shouts of applause as attended The old man and woman attended, with looks as while I handed my partner to her seat, and took my sinister as hers were lovely, like two of the worst place by her side, as one who had a right to offer the winter months waiting upon the bright-eyed May. attentions usual on such an occasion. She was visi

When she entered--wonder if thou wilt--she wore bly embarrassed, but I was determined not to observe a green mantle, such as thou hast described as the her confusion, and to avail myself of the opportunity garb of thy fair client, and confirmed what I had part of learning whether this beautiful creature's mind ly guessed from thy personal description, that my was worthy of the casket in which Nature had chaplain and thy visiter were the same person. There lodged it. was an alteration on her brow the instant she recog- Nevertheless, however courageously I formed this nised me. She gave her cloak to her female attend resolution, you cannot but too well guess the difficulant, and, after a momentary hesitation, as if uncer- ties which I must needs have felt in carrying it into tain whether to advance or retire, she walked into the execution; since want of habitual intercourse with room with dignity and composure, all making way, the charmers of the other sex has rendered me a the men unbonneting, and the women curtseying re-sheepish cur, only one grain less awkward than thyspectfully, as she assumed a chair which was reve- self. Then she was so very beautiful, and assumed an rently placed for her accommodation, apart from air of so much dignity, that I was like to fall under the others.

fatal error of supposing she should only be addressed There was then a pause, until the bustling mistress with something very clever; and in the hasty racking of the ceremonies, with awkward, but kindly courtesy, which my brains underwent in this persuasion, not a offered the young lady a glass of wine, which was at single idea occurred that common sense did not reject first declined, and at length only thus far accepted, as fustian on the one hand, or weary, flat, and stale that, bowing round to the festive company, the fair triticism on the other. I felt as if my understanding visiter wished them all health and mirth, and, just were no longer my own, but was alternately under touching the brim with her lip, replaced it on the the dominion of Aldiborontiphoscophornio, and that salver. There was another pause; and I did not im- of his facetious friend Rigdum-Funnidos. How did I mediately recollect, confused as I was by this unex- envy at that moment our friend Jack Oliver, who propected apparition, that it helonged to me to break it. duces with such happy complacence his fardel of At length a murmur was heard around me, being ex- small talk, and who, as he never doubts his own pected to exhibit-nay, to lead down the dance,-in powers of affording amusement, passes them current consequence of the previous conversation.

with every pretty woman he approaches, and fills up " Deil's in the fiddler lad,” was muttered from more the intervals of chat by his complete acquaintance quarters than one-"saw folk ever sic a thing as a with the exercise of the fan, the flacon, and the other shamefaced fiddler before ?"

duties of the Caraliere Serviente. Some of these I At length a venerable Triton, seconding his remon: attempted, but I suppose it was awkwardly; at least strances with a hearty thump on my shoulder, cried the Lady Greenmanile received them as a princess out "To the floor-10 the

floor, and let us see how ye accepts the homage of a clown. can fling-the lasses are a' waiting.”

Mean time the floor remained empty, and as the Up I jumped, sprung from the elevated station which mirth of the good meeting was somewhat checked, I constituted our orchestra, and, arranging my ideas as ventured, as a dernier resort, to propose a minuet. rapidly as I could, advanced to the head of the room, She thanked me, and told me haughtily enough, she and, instead of offering my hand to the white-footed was here to encourage the harmless pleasures of these Thetis aforesaid, I venturously made the same propo- good folks, but was not disposed to make an exhisal to her of the Green Mantle.

bition of her own indifferent dancing for their amuseThe nymph's lovely eyes seemed to open with asto- ment." nishment at the audacity of this offer; and, from the She paused a moment, as if she expected me to murmurs I heard around me, I also understood that it suggest something; and as I remained silent and resurprised, and perhaps offended, the bystanders. But buked, she bowed her head more graciously, and said, after the first moment's emotion, she wreathed her "Not to affront you, however, a country-dance, if you neck, and drawing herself hastily up, like one who please." was willing to show that she was sensible of the full What an ass was I, Alan, not to have anticipated extent of her own condescension, extended her hand her wishes! Should I not have observed that the towards me, like a princess gracing a squire of low ill-favoured couple, Mabel and Cristal had placed degree.

themselves on each side of her seat, like the supportThere is affectation in all this, thought I to myself, ers of the royal arms? the man, thick, short, shaggy, if the Green Mantle has borne true evidence-for and hirsute, as the lion; the female, skin-dried tighiyoung ladies do not make visits, or write letters to laced, long, lean, and hungry-faced, like the ụnicorn. counsel learned in the law, to interfere in the motions I ought to have recollected, that under the close inof those whom they hold as cheap as this nymph spection of two such watchful salvages, our commuseems to do me; and if am cheated by a resemblance nication, while in repose, could not have been easy; of cloaks, still I am interested to show myself, in some that the period of dancing a minuet was not the very degree, worthy of the favour she has granted with so choicest time for conversation ; but that the noise much state and reserve. The dance to be performed the exercise, and the mazy confusion of a countrywas the old Scots Jigg, in which

you are aware I used dance, where the inexperienced performers were every to play no sorry figure at La Pique's,

when thy clumsy now and then running against each other, and commovements used to be rebuked by raps over the pelling the other couples to stand still for a minute at knuckles with that great professor's fiddlestick. The a time, besides the more regular repose afforded by choice of the tune was left to my comrade Willie, who, the intervals of the dance itself, gave the best possible having finished his drink, seloniously struck up to the openings for a word or two spoken in season, and well-known and popular measure,

without being liable to observation. " Merrily danced the Quaker's wifo,

We had but just led down when an opportunity of the And merrily danced the Quaker."

kind occurred, and my partner said, with great gentle

ness and modesty, "It is not perhaps very proper in An astounding laugh arose at my expense, and 1 me to acknowledge an acquaintance that is not should have been annihilated, but that the smile' claimed; but I believe I speak to Mr. Darsie Latimer ?"

"Darsie Latimer was indeed the person that had | or from whom, you are in danger; but it is not less now the honour and happiness''.

true that danger is near and imminent. Ask me no I would have gone on in the false gallop of com- more, but, for your own sake, begone from this counpliment, but she cut me short. "And why,” she said, try. Elsewhere you are safe-here you do but invite

is Mr. Latimer here, and in disguise, or at least as your fate." suming an office unworthy of a man of education ?- “But, am I doomed to bid thus farewell to almost I beg pardon," she continued, “I would not give you the only human being who has showed an interest in pain, but surely making an associate of a person of my welfare?--Do not say so-say that we shall meet that description"

again, and the hope shall be the leading star to reguShe looked towards my friend Willie, and was silent. I late my course!" I felt heartily ashamed of myself, and hastened to "It is more than probable," she said—“ much more say it was an idle frolic, which want of occupation than probable, that we may never meet again. The had suggested, and which I could not regret, since it help which I now render you is all that may be in had procured me the pleasure I at present enjoyed. my power; it is such as I should render to a blind

Without seeming io notice my compliment, she man whom I might observe approaching the verge of took the next opportunity to say, Will Mr. Latimer a precipice; it ought to excile no surprise, and requires permit a stranger who wishes him well to ask, no gratitude.". whether it is right that, at his active age, he should be So saying, she again turned from me, nor did she in so far void of occupation, as to be ready to adopt address me until the dance was on the point of end. low society for the sake of idle amusement ?'' ing, when she said, “ Do not attempt to speak to, or

"You are severe, madam,” I answered; "but I can approach me again in the course of the night; leave not think myself degraded by mixing with any society the company as soon as you can, but not abrupty, where I meet''.

and God be with you." Here I stopped short, conscious that was giving I handed her to her seat, and did not quit the fair my answer an unhandsome turn. The argumentum palm I held, without expressing my feelings by a genad hominem, the last to which a polite man has re- ile pressure. She coloured slightly, and withdrew course, may, however, be justified by circumstances, her hand, but not angrily. Seeing the eyes of Cris but seldom or never the argumentum ad fæminam. tal and Mabel sternly fixed on me, I bowed deeply, She filled up the blank herself which I had left. and withdrew from her;

my heart saddening, and my "Where you meet me, I suppose you would say? But eyes becoming dim in spite of me, as the shifting the case is different.' I am, from my unhappy fate, crowd hid us from each other. obliged to move by the will of others, and to be in places It was my intention to have crept back to my comwhich I would by my own will gladly avoid. Besides, rade Willie, and resumed my bow with such spirit as I am, except for these few minutes, no participator of I might, although at the moment I would have given the revels--a spectator only, and attended by my ser- hall my income for an instant's solitude. But my vants. Your situation is different-you are here by retreat was cut off by Dame Martin, with the frank choice, the partaker and minister of the pleasures of ness-if it is not an inconsistent phrase-of rustie a class below you in education, birth, and fortunes. - coquetry, that goes straight up to the point. If I speak harshly, Mr. Latimer," she added, with

Ay, lad,

seem unca sune weary, to dance sae much sweetness of manner, "I mean kindly.” lightly? Better the nag that ambles a' the day, than

I was confounded by her speech, severe in youth him that makes a brattle for a mile, and then's dune ful wisdom ;" all of naire or lively, suitable to such a wi' the road." dialogue, vanished from my recollection, and I an- This was a fair challenge, and I could not decline swered, with gravity like her own, “I am, indeed, accepting it. Besides, I could see Dame Martin was better

educated than these poor people; but you, queen of the revels; and so many were the rude and madam, whose kind admonition I am grateful for singular figures about me, that I was by no means must know more of my condition than I do myself certain whether I might not need some protection. I I dare not say I am their superior in birth, since I know seized on her willing hand, and we took our places in nothing of my own, or in fortunes, over which hangs the dance, where, if I did not acquit myself with all an impenetrable cloud."

the accuracy of step and movement which I had be And why should your ignorance on these points fore attempted, I at least came up to the expectations drive you into low society and idle habits ?" answered of my partner, who said, and almost swore, “I was my female monitor. "Is it manly to wait till fortune prime at it;" while, stimulated to her utmost exercast her beams upon you, when by exertion of your tions, she herself frisked like a kid, snapped her fin, own energy you might distinguish yourself ?-Do not gers like castanets, whooped like a Bacchanal, and the pursuits of learning lie open to you-of manly bounded

from the floor like a tennis-ball

, –ay, till tbe ambition--of war?-But no-not of war, that has colour of her garters was no particular mystery. She already cost you too dear."

made the less secret of this, perhaps, that they were "I will be what you wish me to be," I replied with sky-blue, and fringed with silver. eagerness--"You have but to choose my path, and The time has been that this would have been epe you shall see if I do not pursue it with energy were it cial fun; or rather, last night was the only time I can only because you command me.

recollect these four years when it would not have been Not because I command you,” said the maiden, so; yet, at this moment, I cannot tell you how ! * but because reason, common sense, manhood, and longed to be rid of Dame Martin. I almos! wished in one word, regard for your own safety, give the same she would sprain one of those "many-twinkling counsel.”

ankles, which served her so alertly; and when, in the * At least permit me to reply, that reason and sense midst of her exuberant caprioling, I saw my forma never assumed a fairer form--of persuasion," I hastily partner leaving the apartment, and with eyes, as ! added; for she turned from me--nor did she give me thought, turning towards me, this unwillingness to another opportunity of continuing what I had to say carry on the dance increased to such a point, that I uil! the next pause of the dance, when, determined to was almost about to feign a sprain or a dislocation bring our dialogue to a point, I said, “You mentioned myself, in order to put an end to the performance, manhood also, madam, and, in the same breath, per- But there were around me scores of old women, all of sonal danger. My ideas of manhood suggest that it whom looked as if they mighi have some sovereign is cowardice to retreat before dangers of a doubtful recipe for such an accident; and, remembering Gil character. You, who appear to know so much of Blas and his pretended disorder in the robbers' cavern, my fortunes that I might call you my guardian angel

, I thought it as wise to play Dame Martin fair, and tell me what these dangers are, that I may judge dance till she thought proper to dismiss me. What whether manhood calls on me to face or to fly them." I did I resolved to do stenuously, and in the latter

She was evidently perplexed by this appeal. part of the exhibition, I cut and sprang from the floor "You make me pay dearly for acting as your hu- as high and as perpendicularly as Dame Martin her mane adviser," she replied at last : "I acknowledge self; and received, I promise you, thunders of ap an interest in your fate, and yet I dare not iell you plause, for the common people always prefer exertion whence it arises ; neither am 1 at liberty to say why, I and agility to grace. At length Dame Martin could

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