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neglect of his parents; and when Nahmah betakes connected with educatum
herself to his capital, it is with a willing step but a fore- an Annuity Fund, from
boding heart. The prophecies of her spirit are realised. pressed circumstances may, by er
The priests, who have already brought about the death small amount. It is distressing to read

for the benefit of this fund. At the last of his parents, have bound him in a tremendous vow

were eighty-four candidates for three annuities

or to give what he prizes most to Baal; and Nahmah,

-Eighty-four ladies,' says the Report before us, exacting the equally binding promise he had made to

reared in affluence, and all accustomed to the comforts her, acquires the right of perishing on the funeral pile, and luxuries of at least our middle ranks, seeking an a sacrifice for her beloved. Such is the really fine con- annuity of L.15! Of these, seventy were unmarried, and ception of a poem the greatest want of which is - a out of this number seven had incomes above L.20-two little ordinary tact.

derived from public institutions; sixteen had incomes varyWith regard to the execution, a favourable idea willing from L.1, 168. to L.14; and forty-seven had absolutely be formed of it from the following dream of Nahmah :- nothing! It will be recollected that all these ladies are

above fifty years of age ; and of the utterly destitute, ..Methought I stood Waiting for Nimrod; the slow sinking sun

eighteen were above sixty. It is sometimes asked, Could Made golden pillow of the glowing sward

they not have averted this lamentable condition? The Whereon his slant beams rested. Sudden a change

committee would fain hope that all who have received a The beams were gone, and yet there was no shade polling-paper have read the cases to which they refer, to No light, and yet all visible. I raised

see that out of these seventy ladies no less than fifty-four My wondering eyes, and, mother, there 'mid cloud

had not provided for themselves, because they had devoted Hiding the darkened west, yet glittering

their salaries or their savings, legacies from relations, and With some dread foreign splendour, all unknown

all their earnings, more or less to their families; from the To our mild rainbow's tints, a woman stood : I see her now-even now, with her white hands

“ support of one or both parents for many years," to the Crossed, pressed upon a bosom which despair

educating younger sisters, helping brothers in their onward Had made an aching void; her features wan,

path, and protecting and educating orphan nephews and As moonbeams on new snow, and fixed and sad.

nieces.' Her gaze pierced through even to the inner soul,

It is impossible to peruse this melancholy record withWhere thought in thought makes being, and finds there out turning round on those to whose negligence and selIts essence-mingling there with thought and self

fishness, in the first instance, governesses too frequently Till she grew part of me, as I of her,

owe their destitution. With every proper allowance for Our past, our present, knowing, sharing all: I felt she loved and she despaired, yet clung

the misfortunes which prevent parents from making proTo love and peace refused; though endless were

vision for their daughters, we must speak emphatically of The love despairing. Mother, I then was taught

the injustice and cruelty of rearing them in aflluence, and Such love may linger through an endless wo,

afterwards leaving them to struggle with the stern realities Yet no repenting weakness e'er disturb

of the world. It would be interesting and useful to know The calmness of the grief which love endears.'

in what condition the parents of the above eighty-four A fine idea on a hackneyed subject :

governesses lived, and whether it was absolutely beyond "I know now whence it comes-yes, there is hope

their power, at any time, to provide, by life-assurance, Not in this false and mocking world, not here,

against utter destitution. In the present, as in many But in hereafter-hope-ay, even for him:

similar appeals, we fear that heedlessness, and some degree The rainbow arches o'er all men alike,

of selfishness, were concerned; and that to the public But they alone who raise their swelling eyes

is left the performance of duties which it ought to have Feast on its wondrous beauty.'

been the joy of private parties to fulfil. Be this, howThe following is the death of the mother, struck ever, as it may, compassion cannot leave the unfortudown by the insulting neglect of the son on whom she nate to perish. The efforts, therefore, now making to had doted :

provide a home for poor and aged governesses, whose

cases merit consideration, have our hearty commendation; "As Admah heard these bitter words,

and we unite with Mrs S. C. Hall—the friend of the friendShe veiled with shivering hands her burning eyes ;

less—in her eloquent appeal to the charitably-disposed in Then fell the helpless hands back to her side,

a late number of the 'Art Union.' 'Are we to suffer those One look intense at thee-but none at him:

ladies, who, from the poverty of pocket, or poverty of mind The father outraged by unnatural son The mother feared to gaze on; then erect,

of their employers, or from circumstances over which they Unbending, with a queenly step, as if

have no control-who have laboured so honourably and so A towering port alone could bear the weight

profitably for us—to find their last restingplace in a lonely Of grief, which else had crushed her to the earth,

garret, or the still more wretched workhouse? We appeal She passed away. I followed, yet dared not

to mothers of families to look back to their own early days, Approach that awful image of lone wo, Till at yon height from whence the torrent comes,

and in reverence to those who taught them, who had

patience with them, who made them what they are, to Mad, eager rushing with a wild delight

aid us in the erection of a shelter for aged governesses ; To dash and churn itself among the rocks, She stood-one long gaze gave the south-then, turning we appeal to the young to devote their spare time, beTo this dear home, she shuddered-raised her eyes

tween this and May, in employments for them, so that if To the blue heaven (a lark was singing there,

they have not money to bestow, their labour may be conWith joyous trill piercing the water's roar),

verted into money at the bazaar which is to be held early And tottering fell: it might be chance, not purpose, in June on behalf of this great object.' But the fierce waters with an added shout

The bazaar here alluded to is, we understand, to be a Closed round her shrieking not: all help was vain

species of fancy fair, to be held in the Royal Hospital And I am here the miserable tale To tell ; more wo to heap on utmost wo.'

Grounds, Chelsea, in the first week in June. For every

L.150 realised by sale or donation, apartments will be This is sufficient to show, that even setting aside the found for two aged governesses. general conception, which we have shown to be fine, there is matter in this volume to repay the adventurous reader.

A mob is a riotous assemblage of persons. Every indi-

vidual, therefore, who remains in the neighbourhood of it, GOVERNESSES' BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION.

even from curiosity, helps to constitute that mob. Every Is a former paper we described the nature of the benevo- one who goes away helps to dissipate it. If, therefore, lent institution which has been formed, and some time in you are a good citizen, and find yourself in the neighbouroperation, in London; and we again refer to the subject, hood of persons destroying property, or acting riotously, for the purpose of mentioning that it is now proposed to you shonld at once range yourself on the side of those who add to the institution an Asylum or Permanent Home for are appointed to keep the peace; or, if there be none at Aged Governesses. The directors appear to be encouraged hand, immediately get away from such dangerous and disto carry out this object by the success which has attended reputable companions. If you do not, remember that, as the other departments of the establishment. Already a mob is made up of individuals, every respectable person there is a Provident Fund, by paying into which ladies who remains in it helps to encourage the disturbers of the

peace, and to discourage, as far as numbers is concerned, pleted it in a volume, bearing honourable reference and those who are bound to maintain it. The civil and mili- testimony, in almost every page, to the ability and singular tary authorities cannot well discriminate idle onlookers faithfulness of his humbler predecessor, the • Wanderer.' in a mob from more guilty promoters. They are opposed And yet this strange story, so full of 'revolting incongruity by a riotous assemblage, which it is their duty to disperse; , and utter disregard of probability or nature,' would be and if you will remain in bad company, you must take the exactly that of the Paisley pedlar, Alexander Wilson, the consequences. To stand at the entry of narrow streets author of the American Ornithology '—a work completed and closes is also dangerous. The civil and military autho- by a fervent admirer of the pedlar's genius, Prince Charles rities are frequently assaulted from such places, which Lucien Bonaparte.-Bass Rock. they regard with jealousy, and for their own safety are obliged to clear them. In a free country like this, where

DANCING AS AN EXERCISE. the greatest possible liberty is given to the press, and

A few words may be offered in this place in favour of where the right of peaceably meeting to petition our rulers dancing as an exercise, and as a school-room recreation. on any subject is fully secured to the poor, all riotous Exercising so many muscles otherwise little used-exerassemblages are without excuse, and must, and will be cising them fully and duly, and without violence-exerput down by the lawful authorities, aided by all good cising them to the cheering influence of music-exercising citizens. In a sentence, then, the way to act in a mob is, them in forms of grace and beauty-dancing may be made to range yourself on the side of the peace authorities, or

an important and valuable part of the physical education, at least to get out of the company of riotous persons and as such should be spoken of, and promoted by, the without delay:Industrial Magazine. (We are glad of an powerful voice of the medical public. The balanced action opportunity of enforcing these useful and proper advices, 1 of the opposing muscles, the active use of the different and of deprecating the too common practice of swelling the articulations, the extensive and varied action of the spinal numbers in a mob from motives of idle and silly curiosity. muscles, effected by dancing, and the degree to which the -Ed. C. E. J.]

mental excitement produced by it enables the exercise to INJUDICIOUS PATRONAGE.

be made use of without undue fatigue, are strong reasons It is very well to encourage young artists and young obtrusive interference with opinions as to the propriety, or

for so decided and favourable an opinion; and this, without poets, provided that the encouragement be judiciously and temperately rendered; but knowingly to raise hopes which otherwise, of carrying the practice of dancing to an excess can never be realised is, at the best, wanton mockery. To in the after-life, and making it the plea for late hours, &c. extol beyond reason is often, in effect, to weaken the mo

Let people think as they will of public balls, or even of tires for improvement. How frequently are men spoiled private balls; with the conscientious opinions of others it by a false estimation of their own abilities! We could

is not my wish, nor intention, to interfere; but to dancing point out instances in the present day of persons refusing in the school-room, or among the members of the family to work because they have been dubbed poets; we have circle, few will object; and it is not too much to say that known men who would never handle the hoe, nor' wield the if dancing could be made a daily, not nightly, exercise hammer, nor throw the shuttle, because they could spin among the people of all classes, the healthiness and the rhymes; and we have seen the hand that could pen a

expectation of life, as well as its happiness, would be sonnet withheld in contempt from the recording of a trans- increased.Robertson on Diet and Regimen. action in business. These individuals revile the world for

RAILWAYS. troubles which they bring upon themselves; and their own drivelling conduct entirely hinders their advancement.

The following table relative to the capital invested in They are not alone to blame for their unfortunate position; railways is peculiarly interesting at the present period :for they have cach in turn been injured by adulation. To

Capital and Loans versify with facility is an elegant accomplishment; to try

Authorised. to be a true poet is a noble ambition; but the sweetest 1. Railways sanctioned during twenty years, from songs, and the loftiest imaginings, are not incompatible 1826 to 1845 inclusive, comprehending stock with hard work performed by either hands or brains. As and loans authorised according to Mr Ker a recreation, literature adds grace and dignity to honest,

Porter's table. (See Progress of the Nation,

last edition, p. 332), independent industry; and as a profession, it offers a

L.153,455,837 carcer which may be successfully pursued by those who

2. Railways begun or projected under acts passed

in 1846 272 acts), per parliamentary return of have the requisite intellectual aptitude and untiring per- stock and loans authorised,

132,617,88 But to make the love of literature a pretext 3. Ditto ditto under acts passed in 1847 (18 acts), for eating the bread of idleness, is a moral wrong, which stock and loads, enumerated in 'Companion deserves unsparing censure.--Sh"field and Rotherhum Inde

to the Almanac' for 1848, p. 42, et seq., just pendunt.



L.321,126,329 How vastly more strange and extravagant-looking truth These enormous sums exceed by thrcefold the amount of is than fiction ! Our Edinburgh reviewers deemed it one foreign loans and joint-stock bubbles which in 1826 brought of the gravest among the many grave offences of Words- the commercial and landed interest of this empire to the worth, that he should have made the hero of the ‘Excur- brink of ruin ; and the railway projects for the last two sion' a pedlar. •What,' they ask, “ but the most wretched years exceed our national expenditure in the years of and provoking perversity of taste and judgment could inLeipsic and Waterloo. duce any one to place his chosen advocate of wisdom and virtue in so absurd and fantastic a condition? Did Mr Wordsworth really imagine that his favourite doctrines were likely to gain anything in point of effect or authority

CHAMBERS'S EDUCATIONAL COURSE. by being put into the mouth of a person accustomed to To this series of books, which now approaches its completion, has ! higgle about tape or brass sleeve-buttons ? Or is it not just been added the IIISTORY OF ROME, in one volume, illustrated plain that, independent of the ridicule and disgust which with a map of the Roman empire, price 28. 6d. In the preparation such a personification must give to many of his readers, its of this work, advantage has been taken of all the lights recently adoption exposes his work throughout to the charge of thrown on the subject by Niebuhr, Arnold, Michelet, and others; revolting incongruity, and utter disregard of probability or while it has been a special object of the writer to present the nature? If the critics be thus severe on the mere choice narrative in that intelligible and attractive form desirable for of so humble a hero, what would they not have said had interesting the minds of youth.

1 the poet ventured to represent his pedlar not only as a wise and meditative man, but also as an accomplished

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, No. 226. NEW SERIES.


Price 1}d.

greatest loss the district had sustained for many a THE NEW LAIRD OF BALDRIDDLE.

day. What the precise calamity was which brought the A FEW years ago, a lounger in the Outer-House--as Cacanny family, in which the property had been for a our Scotch Westminster Hall is termed-might have hundred years, to this lamentable crisis, is of little conseheard, booming above the general din, the sonorous quence. Landlords are exposed to a number of vicissicry of Mistress Peney Glendinning versus the Laird tudes. They are liable to build and improve themselves of Baldriddle,' at which certain gentlemen in gowns out of house and home. From spending over-much, and wigs might have been seen hurrying away to and taking matters too easily, they occasionally have to attend “a hearing' in an adjoining court - room. It sell all, or at least go under trust. Making a provision is certainly, as Peter Peebles observed, a very grand for daughters is another serious affair, which sometimes thing to have a law-plea, but occasionally it is more ends badly; though it is not generally half so bad as grand than profitable; and in these degenerate days, buying commissions for sons in the army, and paying when a shilling is looked at on both sides before it is their debts to keep them out of prison. What heartparted with, people may be heard pensively and can rending tales could be told of sons-brilliant, dashing didly confessing that they would put up with a good dogs!-ruining fathers, and getting them turned out of deal before they went to law'- the whole thing of their ancestral domains ! course being looked upon very properly as a game of In whichsoever way the thing happened, old Cacanny chance, all statutory enactments to the contrary not was obliged to part with Baldriddle, and a terrible partwithstanding.

ing it was. For a week previous to departure, he sat in Our old friend Mistress Peney Glendinning was an old arm-chair-the domestic throne of three generapretty much of this mind when, by a conjuncture of tions-sunk in a stupor of grief; and not till in some circumstances, she hauled her landlord before the Court measure soothed and exhilarated by the pious counsels of Session-a step, be it known, she did not adopt till of the clergyman of the parish, could he be persuaded she had been hauled up by the said landlord in the first to put his foot in the postchaise which was to drive instance; so that it was a kind of litigation vindicatory him for ever from the halls of Baldriddle. in which she found herself engaged--an account per It was known that Baldriddle was sold; but nobody contra opened in favour of herself, and chargeable with knew anything of the new laird, and his coming to the interest to the Laird of Baldriddle. How Peney sped country was looked forward to with a reasonable degree in this affair is now our business to relate.

of interest. The gentry wondered whether he would Peney Glendinning, it will be remembered by the reside amongst them, and give dinners ; the farmers reader of these pages, was a rustic heroine; a farmer wondered if he would turn out an exhibitor at agricul. on her own account, who, by extraordinary energy of tural shows; and the shopkeepers of the neighbouring character, and unceasing industry, reclaimed a wretched town wondered whether he would encourage local piece of land in one of the northern counties of Scot- trade, or import his groceries from the metropolis. One land, and made it bloom like a garden-vastly to her thing seemed of doubtful portent: his name, M'Cosh, own advantage. Peney's history we had thought was sounded harshly, and indicated a plebeian origin. concluded when we dropped it,* but a new incident Besides, he had realised a fortune by commerce-a was added in the form of her law-plea, and without a mode of getting rich which is not highly appreciated proper notice of this, her biography would necessarily in rural districts. Yet M'Cosh was not a bad sort of be incomplete. But how, in the name of wonder, did man; he considered himself to be very sagacious, and Peney provoke this stirring incident; for she was a bad bought Baldriddle for two special reasons: first, miracle of sound sense, and desired to live at peace with because it was a good investment. Everybody declared all, her landlord included? Thereby hangs a tale. it went far beyond its price when it was knocked down

It is very true that Peney lived at peace with her at Fraser's sale-rooms for L.74,000. But Mr M'Cosh landlord, paid her rent regularly, and fulfilled all her knew perfectly well what he was about. The property other territorial obligations : but this was her first was improvable in the way of rent. This, however, was landlord-old Cacanny of Baldriddle, a worthy, decent not the sole consideration. On the estate there were man, who would not have harmed a fly, whose word fourteen tenants, with bonâ fide votes, every one of was his bond, and who in all things did as he would which, as a matter of course, could be counted on. be done by. It was sad news to Peney and the other There could, besides, be fixed on the estate forty-five tenants when old Cacanny found it necessary to dis- fictitious, yet valid claims--making altogether fifty-nine pose of the Baldriddle estate, and retire to a distant votes at the beck of the Laird of Baldriddle in the event part of the country. It was acknowledged to be the of a county election. With such a weight of influence

-the just and sacred influence of property--if Andrew # See Journal, No. 565, old series.

M'Cosh could not screw places out of government for Yes.'

your lease ?'


all his kith and kin, he would allow himself to be called ass.

' And what is your yearly rent?' So much as regards one reason for purchasing Bald

* Two pounds an acre.' riddle at so high a figure. Another, somewhat less

Baldriddle knew this fact previously, but he affected

surprise. substantial, yet by no means illusory, was the sound

. Two pounds an acre only; and such crops! I have of the name. In Scotland, a man is usually called by seen nothing like them north of the Carse of Gowrie.' the name of his estate ; and a purchaser therefore does

* I would be bauld to complain: the crops are no that not like to saddle himself with a horrible appellation bad; but I should tell you that when I entered into pos. for the remainder of his existence. How do you do, session, the farm was little better than a wilderness, not Drunkie?'-Could anybody stand that? 'Skreigh, I'll worth five shillings an acre. I have drained it, manured trouble you to hand me a leg of that fowl!'_Worse and it, sheltered it, and made it what it is.' worse! I beg leave to propose the health of Glen- too good a bargain of the farm. Would you show me

• That may be all true; and yet I think you have yeukie!'— The thing is too ridiculous! M'Cosh, like a wise man, thought over all this. He had been diligently

Peney candidly acknowledged that she had no formal watching the advertisements of estates for several years, lease. Baldriddle then requested to see her minute of with the view of snapping up the first that came into lease, or missive; but neither had she anything of that the market of a proper size, and which had a finely- kind. All she possessed was a scrap of paper on which sounding title.

old Cacanny had noted the proposed rent until the

lease could be extended.' • Baldriddle-Baldriddle! that will do,' said M'Cosh to himself on looking over the North British Adver- do. You have positively no lease ; you are a tenant

Mrs Glendinning, I am very sorry, but this will not tiser one day in the Glasgow Exchange. Andrew

at will.' M'Cosh of Baldriddle, Esq. Yes, that will do. The In vain Peney remonstrated against this cruel supname is ancient. Bal is Celtic for town. I see how it is ; position. She said she could easily get a certificate the town or seat on the Driddle—a fine trouting river from the late landlord avowing the nature of the I daresay. And so many recommendations besides :- lease.' * Vast extent of dry hill pasture – shooting over ten former proprietor is what the lawyers call functus: he

* That would serve nothing,' said Baldriddle; the thousand acres--grouse, blackcock, and deer-highlyimprovable rent-roll—can command nearly sixty votes is no longer clothed with any authority in the matter."

• Weel, weel,' replied Peney ; 'functus here, functus for the county-fine old mansion-house-genteel neigh- there, a' í ken about it is, that I will maintain my rights bourhood-mail-coach passes the lodge daily,” &c. Ad if there be justice in Britain.' mirable! Baldriddle is mine : I would not lose it for The new laird withdrew. War had been as good as the world. And true enough M'Cosh purchased Bald. declared between the parties. riddle, as we have intimated, for L. 74,000, cash down. ' A pretty thing truly,' said Baldriddle to himself as On the evening following the acquisition, what a he rode home; ' a pretty thing that this jade should do

The land is carouse at Carrick’s to congratulate the new Laird of me out of a pound an acre per annum.

worth three pounds if it's worth a farthing. And now Baldriddle !

that I think on't, she is not a voter. This comes of But we must hurry through our preliminaries. The having female tenants. I must get rid of her, and so delight of Mrs M'Cosh and the three Misses M'Cosh on not only raise the rent, but make up the voters on the quitting the amenities of the Cowcaddens, and their estate to the neat sixty? still greater delight in telling every body they were Animated with these brilliant ideas, Baldriddle sent a going to their country seat, need not be particularised. letter to Peney next morning to intimate that she It is enough to say that the family reached, and were

would require to vacate at Martinmas. installed in, their new mansion without losing their

The blood went and came repeatedly in Peney's face senses ; that the neighbourhood—the scenery of the though she sat down to breakfast as usual, she cer

as she read and reflected upon this document; and Driddle—was pronounced charming; and that the view tainly did not breakfast that day. She could only read from the drawing-room window was declared to be very and re-read that letter. With her usual good sense and much superior in every way to any prospect on the decision, she resolved, as a first measure, to see some Saughieha' road.

professional man; and of all men, she thought the When all things were settled, and the new laird had likeliest to serve her would be an old friend, Sandy got his business-room in order, he began to look about M'Turk. Dressing herself, therefore, as for an ordi. him. The time was come for seeing how the rent-roll nary journey—that is to say, in silence, and with all could be improved. “No doubt things had been left in a brought to the door, and set out to visit this rural

the composure she could assume-she had her curricle confused and backward state by that stupid, well-mean- attorney. She fortunately found him at home, scrawl. ing idiot, old Cacanny. But I shall set them to rights.' ing away at a great rate, a sheriff's officer being closeted

Inspired with these high hopes, Baldriddle made a with him, and two concurrents at the door. Having round of calls on his tenantry, and at length alighted dismissed them, and for some time exercised the reat the door of our heroine.

mainder of a poker in clearing the ribs of a diminutive * Happy to see you, Mrs Glendinning. I have taken grate, as if to get time to clear up his own thoughts at the liberty of calling to ask for you, and make a few the same time, he said, “Now, ma'am, what may be

your commands?' inquiries about your farm.'

Peney told her story, apologising with great humility * I am much obliged to you for calling, sir, and beg for her excessive stupidity in not having obtained a to wish you happiness in the property. Please to step lease from her late landlord, whose situation he now in and take some refreshment after your ride.'

knew, • Thank you,' replied Baldriddle, entering the dwell- Stupidity, ma'am !' said Sandy, who was dry ing; ‘I would rather be excused eating anything at humorist, and possessed considerable versatility of present. My chief object in calling was to ask how talent; don't abuse stupidity: there is nothing so song you have been in the occupation of your farm.' useful as a certain degree of stupidity. The stupidity

• I have a lease for nineteen years, and I am now in of one half of the world makes the other half live. the eighth year.'

It is only when stupidity is so excessive as to render * You mean seven years have run?'

the possessor useless, that it becomes offensive; for then it can do nothing for itself or anybody else. But neighbours, either male or female; nor even with your a decent degree of stupidity is an absolute necessity sweetheart, if you have one ; for they would burst if of society. Without a certain amount of it in the they could not tell how you mean to tickle the laird. world, I don't know how many might shut their Ah how nicely I shall wind him a pirn!' shops. The end of stupidity would be the end of Peney again bowed in token of obedience. society, as at present constituted; therefore speak Now I'll tell you what you are to expect,' said the respectfully of stupidity. But stupidity is not your oracle. "You'll see your farm let over your head, if failing; it is too much trust, and that came into the any one be bad enough to take it; absolutely, if you world with original sin. Women will trust to the end do not frighten your landlord, that will be pickle the of the chapter! But you'll have a missive of lease?' first; but if you do anything to alarm him, he will take No.'

care to preserve a loophole, and so you will miss fire. Nor an offer followed by possession ?'

In due time he'll eject you!'

' Eject me !' said Peney. What is that?'
What have you then ?'

'Turn you out of house and home to be sure, without Nothing!'

mercy and without remorse; at least I'll try that he 'Nothing like doing a thing out and out when you shall ?' are at it! Have you a receipt for your rent?'

Peney looked bewildered. * Yes.'

‘Because,' added Sandy, slapping the table, that's 'It's a mercy! Let's ha'e a look o't.'

the cream of the jest!' Peney gave the paper, and while he was perusing it, Peney still looked ignorant. watched every look, as if he had been a physician read- • That's to be the foundation of our action of ing her case, and making up his opinion for life or damages !' death; soundly rating herself at the same time inter- But Peney didn't want any damages ; only the pospally that she had been so foolish as to place herself in session of her farm, or at least payment for the improvesuch a predicament.

ment of the land and fences, and for her drain-tiles, “This says nothing good,' said Sandy; 'but fortu- as had been promised: all her toil and anxiety she nately it says nothing ill. But how you contrived to expected to see go for nothing. settle such a transaction without some scrap of writing * You shall lose nothing,' said Sandy firmly; that is, or other'

if you can keep your own counsel, and be guided by me: * There was a trifling note,' said Peney; 'but it says and by the bye, you are to remember this as a first nothing; merely states the rent I was to pay!'

thing: they'll be coming about you with paperssign * And is that nothing, you taupie ?' and he eagerly nothing, and say nothing. They may ask you to acknowseized the note.

ledge that you have received a summons, and turn it He looked at the note on both sides, and endwise into an agreement to remove, without legal proceedings ; also, lest there might be in any corner a latent word; in which case you are done for, if you were the only and placing his foot against the chimney-jamb, looked woman on earth. Peney promised she would neither to the ceiling for some time.

write nor speak in reference to this matter. * This is in the handwriting of the landlord of course, •You had better not,' said the lawyer, or don't come or of his clerk, or factor?'

near me : your life would not be safe. But in the hope It is in the handwriting of the landlord.'

that you are not to be an idiot, but a good and obedient And there was no other writing?!

client, I'll give you a glass of wine, and give it you with Nothing else whatever; except, I think, his copying my own hand, in case the servants even of this house that into his book when he again returned it to me; might blab, and spoil as good-a-looking case as a gentleand giving his hand, wished me prosperity, and we man need wish to have' With this he did as he proparted.'

posed, and having joined in drinking confusion to all "Oh,' said the legal adviser, 'in that case, and under bad landlords, Peney returned home much comforted. all these circumstances, if they could be proved, you have Everything happened as Sandy had predicted, which, as good a lease as need be, at least I think so: only, though but in the usual course, raised him almost into to do you justice, it is through no merit of yours : all a prophet in his client's eyes. The lands were let to a pure accident: but no matter. And now, do you wish Mr Snoove, who had become rich by a legacy, and, to punish the scamp? Because, if you do, I'm your having purchased Mount - Hooly for his heir, wanted man.'

this comfortable farm for a younger son. They came * He certainly has not been very kind to me,' said and looked over everything, and even arranged their | Peney.

plans of improvement in Peney's sight and hearing. * You don't know half the kindness he intends you,' She considered it prudent to show some feeling upon the said Sandy. If you wish to see it, I will show it you ; occasion, and observed that they were about to receive and if you don't then punish him, the world will owe the benefit of all her labours for years, while she might you a grudge, particularly as it will be necessary to do be turned upon the world penniless. Mr Snoove knew 60 merely to do yourself justice. Therefore I'll tell you nothing about that, but observed what a pity it was what you are to do—that is, if you are to be guided that she had not had a lease. With honest men and by me.'

gentlemen,' Peney was beginning, and meant to conPeney declared she would be guided wholly and clude by saying the justice of her case would have solely by him, and by him only.

been sufficient, when Mr Snoove asked his son if he "You had better," said Sandy, 'or I sincerely believe thought the house would suit, or if it must be wholly that in a very few months you'll be a beggar, as surely pulled down. This was a sore trial to Peney's spleen. as the king's a gentleman.'

She could have said something very edifying upon the Peney repeated her vows of obedience, only begging ups and downs of life, upon the circumstances that had he would say what she was to do.

made him for the present great, and her for the present *Then here are my directions: Go home as if nothing small, and particularly as to the excellence of the prehad happened ; say nothing of your having been here ; cept, 'not to gut fish till one gets them;' but she retake no notice of your landlord's letter, nor of anything strained herself, and merely said that she would permit he may do, but keep me advised; and don't do that no alterations while she remained there; and they openly, but slip a letter into the post-office with your parted with no very kindly feelings. own hand, and not sealed with your thimble, if you At last the day for removal or ejectment came; and please, for anybody has a thimble; and though I am though Peney had been comforted the very night before a lawyer, I have a character.'

by an assurance that her agent would be with her in Peney bowed assent.

due time, she arose and dressed herself that morning *Above all, no gossipping on the subject with your I with something of the feelings of one dressing for exe1

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