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of their journey permitted. Each, indeed, found his ad. They arrived at the field, and the pasture seemed ex- 1 of your countrymen behind them-hey were something vantage in this
companionship; for where could the Eng. cellent. But what was their surprise when they saw the less beasts than your drove, doddies most of them- b lishman have found a guide through the Western High- bailiff quietly inducting the cattle of Harry Wakefield man was with them-none of your kilts though, bue lands like Robin Oig MCombich? and when they were into the grassy Goshen, which had just been assigned to decent pair of breeches-D'ye know who he may be?" on what Harry called the right side of the Border, his pa- those of Robin Oig M-Combich, by the proprietor him.
“ Hout ay-that might, could, and would pe Hube tronage, which was extensive, and his purse, which was self
. Squire Ireby set spurs to his horse, dashed up to Morrison—I didna think he could hae peen sae well heavy, were at all times at the service of bis Highland his servant, and learning what had passed between the He has made a day on us; put his Argyleshires will friend, and on many occasions his liberality did him ge- parties, briefly informed the English drover that his wearied shanks. How far was he pehind?" guine yeoman's service. bailiff had let the ground without his authority, and that
"I think about six or seven miles," answered the The pair of friends had traversed, with their usual cor. he might seek grass for his cattle wherever he would, Squire, " for 1 passed them at the Christenbury Crag diality, the grassy wilds of Liddesdale, and crossed the since he was to get none there. At the same time he and I overtook you at the Hollan Bush. If his beasts opposite part of Cumberland, emphatically called The rebuked his servant severely for having transgressed his leg-weary, he will be maybe selling bargains" Waste. In these solitary regions, the cattle under the commands, and ordered him instantly to assist in ejecting Na, na, Hughie Morrison is no the man for pargain charge of our drovers subsisted themselves cheaply, by the hungry and weary cattle of Harry Wakefield, which -ye maun come to some Highland body like Robin Of picking their food as they went along
the drove-road, or were just beginning to enjoy a meal of unusual plenty, hersell for the like of these put I maun pe wishing ya sometimes by the tempting opportunity of a start and and
to introduce those of his comrade, whom the English goot night, and twenty of them, let alane ane, and ower loup, or invasion of the neighbouring pasture, where drover now began to consider as a rival.
maun down to the Clachan to see if the lad Henry Wall an occasion presented itself. But now the scene changed The feelings which arose in Wakefield's mind would felt is out of his humdudgeons yet.” before them; they were descending towards a fertile and have induced him to resist Mr. Ireby's decision ; but The party at the alehouse were still in full talk, enclosed country, where no such liberties could be taken every Englishman has a tolerably accurate sense of law the treachery of Robin Oig still the theme of conversatia with impunity, or without a previous arrangement and and justice, and John Fleecebumpkin, the bailiff, having when the supposed culprit entered the apartment. bargain with the possessors of the
ground. This was more acknowledged that he had exceeded his commission, arrival, as usually happens in such a case, put an inte especially the case, as a great northern fuir was upon the Wakefield saw nothing else for it than to collect his taneous stop to the discussion of which he had furenta eve of taking place, where both the Scotch and English hungry and disappointed charge, and drive them on to the subject, and he was received by the company pre drover expected to dispose of a part of their cattle, which seek quarters elsewhere. Robin Oig saw what had hap: with that chilling silence which, more than a thousand it was desirable to produce in the market, rested and in pened with regret, and hastened to offer to his English clamations,
tells an intruder that he is unwelcome. good order. Fields were therefore difficult to be obtained, friend to share with him the disputed possession. But prised and offended, but not appalled, by the recept and only upon high terms. This necessity occasioned a Wakefield's pride was severely hurt, and he answered which he experienced, Robin entered with an undaune temporary separation between the two friends, who went disdainfully, Take it all, man-take it all-never and even haughty air, attempted no greeting, to bargain, each as he could, for the separate accommo- make two bites of a cherry-thou canst talk over the saw he was received with none) and placed himself dation of his herd. Unhappily, it chanced that both of gentry, and blear a plain man's eye-Out upon you, man the side of the fire, a little apart from a table at them, unknown to each other, thought of bargaining for – I would not kiss any man's dirty latchets for leave to Henry Wakefield, the bailiff, and two or three other the ground they wanted on the property of a country gen-bake in his oven.”
sons were seated. The ample Cumbrian kitchen tleman of some fortune, whose estate lay in the neighbour. Robin Oig, sorry, but not surprised at his comrade's dis- have afforded plenty of room even for a larger separate hood. The English drover applied to the bailiff on the pleasure, hastened to entreat his friend to wait but an hour Robin, thus seated, proceeded to light his pipe, and property, who was known to him. It chanced that the till he had gone to the Squire's house, to receive
payment for a pint of twopenny. Cumbrian Squire, who had entertained some suspicions of for the cattle he had sold, and he would come back and “ We have no twopence ale," answered Ralph Hal his manager's honesty, was taking occasional measures to help him to drive the cattle into some convenient place of the landlord; but as thou find'st thy own tobacco, ascertain how far they were well founded, and had desired rest, and explain to him the whole mistake they had both like thou may'st find thine own liquor too : it's the woal that any inquiries about his enclosures, with a view to fallen into. But the Englishman continued indignant : thy country, I wot. occupy them for a temporary purpose, should be referred " Thou hast been selling, hast thou ? Ay, ay-hou is a “Shame, goodman,” said the landlady, a blithe to himself. As, however, Mr. Preby had gone the day cunning lad for kenning the hours of bargaining. Go to ling housewife, hastening herself to supply the guest before upon a journey of some miles' distance to the north the devil with thyself, for I will ne'er see thy fause loon's liquor—" Thou knowest well enow what the strange ward, the bailiff chose to consider the
check upon his full visage again-thou should be ashamed to look me in the wants, and it's thy trade to be civil, man. Thou sula powers as for the time removed, and concluded that he face."
know, that if the Scot likes a small pot, he pasa should best consult his master's interest, and perhaps his “ I am ashamed to look no man in the face,” said Ro. penny." own, in making an agreement with Harry Wakefield. bin Oig, something moved ; " and, moreover, I will look Without taking any notice of this nuptial dialogue, Meanwhile, ignorant of what his comrade was doing, you in the face this blessed day, if you will bide at the Highlander took the flagon in his hand, and addre Robin Oig, on his side, chanced to be overtaken by a Clachan down yonder."
the company generally, drank the interesting well-looking smart little man upon a pony, most know. “ Mayhap you had as well keep away,” said his com. " Good markets,” to the party assembled. ingly hogged and cropped, as was then the fashion, the rade; and turning his back on his former friend, he pol. 4 The better that the wind blew fewer dealers from rider wearing tight leather breeches, and long-necked lected his unwilling associates, assisted by the bailiff, who north,” said one of the famers, " and fewer High bright spurs. This cavalier asked one or two pertinent took some real and some affected interest in seeing Wake- runts to eat up the English meadows." questions about markets, and the price of stock.' So Do field accommodated.
· Saul of my pody, put you are wrang there, nald, seeing him a well-judging civil gentleman, took the After spending some time in negotiating with more than friend," answered' Robin, with composure; " itin freedom to ask him whether he could let him know if one of the neighbouring farmers, who could not, or would fat Englishmen that eat up our Scots cattle, puir this there was any grass-land to be let in that neighbourhood, not, afford the accommodation desired, Henry Wakefield “ I wish there was a summat to eat up their drore for the temporary accommodation of his drove. He could at last, and in his necessity, accomplished his point by said another, " a plain Englishman canna make not have put the question to more willing ears. The gen- means of the landlord of the alehouse at which Robin Oig within a kenning of them." tleman of the buckskins was the proprietor, with whose and he had agreed to pass the night, when they first sepa- " Or an honest servant keep his master's favour bailiff Harry Wakefield had deali, or was in the act of rated from each other. Mine host was content to let him they will come sliding in between him and the sunshi dealing
turn his cattle on a piece of barren moor, at a price little said the bailiff. Thou art in good luck, my cavny Scot," said Mr. less than the bailiff had asked for the disputed enclosure ; “ If these pe jokes," said Robin Oig, with the Treby, ": to have spoken to me, for I see thy cattle have and the wretchedness of the pasture, as well as the price composure, there is ower mony jokes upon one mu done their day's work, and I have at my disposal the only paid for it, were set down as exaggerations of the "• 'It is no joke, but downright earnest,” said the b field, within three miles, that is to be let in these parts breach of faith and friendship of his Scottish crony. This : Harkye, Mr. Robin Ogg, or whatever is your name
" The drove can be gang iwa, three, four miles very turn of Wakefield's passions was encouraged by the bailiff, right we should tell you that we are all of one pratty weel, indeed,” said the cautious Highlander ; • put (who had his own reasons for being offended against poor and that is, that you, Mr. Robin Ogg, have beha what would his honour pe axing for the peasts pe che Robin, as having been the unwitting cause of his falling our friend Mr. Harry Wakefield bere, like a raff ai bead, if she was to tak the park for twa or three days ?” into disgrace with his master,) as well as by the innkeeper, blackguard.”.
“We wont differ, Sawney, if you let me have six stots and two or three chance guests, who soothed the drover in “ Nae doubt, nae doubt, answered Robin, with for winterers, in the way of reason."
bis resentment against his quondam associatesome from composure ; and you are a set of very feeling ju * And which peasts wad your honour pe for having ?” the ancient grudge against the Scots, which, when it exists for whose prains or pehaviour I wad not gie a pin * Why-let me see the two black-the dun one-yon anywhere, is to be found lurking in the Border counties, sneeshing. If Mr. Harry Waakfelt kens where ! doddy-him with the twisted horn-the brockit. How and some from the general love of mischief, which charac wranged, he kens where be may be righted.” much by the head?”
terizes mankind in all ranks of life, to the honour of Adam's " He speaks truth," said Wakefield, who had lis " Ab," said Robin, “your honour is a shudge—a real children be it spoken. Good John Barleycom also, who to what passed, divided between the offence which h shudge I couldna have set off the pest six peasts myself, always heightens and exaggerates the prevailing passions, taken at Robin's late behaviour, and the revival o me that ken them as if they were my pairns-poor things!" be they angry or kindly, was not wanting in his offices on habitual habits of friendship
"Well, how much per head, Sawney,” continued Mr. this occasion; and confusion to false friends and hard He now rose, and went towards Robin, who got up treby. masters, was pledged in more than one tankard.
his seat as be approached, and held out his hand. “ It was high markets at Doune and Falkirk," answered In the meanwhile Mr. Ireby found some amusement in " That's right, Harry-go it-serve him out," resou Robin.
detaining the northern drover at his ancient hall. He on all sides-tip him the nailer-show him the mil And thus the conversatio proceeded, until they had caused a cold round of beef to be placed before the Scot . Hold your peace all of you, and be," said agreed on the prix juste for the bullocks, the squire in the butler's panery, together with a foaming tankard of field ; and then addressing his comrade, he took hi throwing in the temporary accommodation of the encio. home-brewed, and took pleasure in seeing the hearty ap: the extended hand, with something alike of respect sure for the cattle into the boot, and Robin making, as petite with which these unwonted edibles were discussed defiance..“ Robin,” he said, “ thou hast used he thought, a very good bargain, providing the grass was by Robin Oig M.Combich. The Squire himself, lighting enough this day, but if you mean, like a frank fello but tolerable. The Squire walked his pony alongside of his pipe, compounded between his patrician dignity and shake hands, and take a tussel for love on the sod, the drove, partly to show him the way, and see him put his love of agricultural gossip, by walking up and down I'll forgive thee, man, and we shall be better friends into possession of the field, and partly to learn the latest while he conversed with bis guest. news of the northern markets.
“ I passed another drove," said the Squire, " with one “ And would it not pe petter to be cood friends sit
of the matter," said Robin ; " we will be much before setting to, but fought with his plaid dangling about like moles in size and slowness of motion on the broad s friendships with our panes hale than proken." him. Stand up, Robin, my man ! all friends now; and face of the moor; and now he meets them--passes them, arry Wakefield dropped the band of his friend, or ra- let me hear the man that will speak a word against you, and stops their conductor. threw it from him." or your country, for your sake.”
· May good betide us,” said the Southlander" Is I did not think I had been keeping company for three Robin Oig was still under the dominion of his passion, this you, Robin M.Combich, or your wraith ?” s with a coward.”
and eager to renew the onset ; but, being withheld on the " It is Robin Oig M•Combich," answered the HighCoward pelongs to none of my name,” said Robin, one side by the peace-making Dame Heskett, and on the lander, “and it is not.-But never mind that, put pe se eyes began to kindle, but keeping the command of other aware thai Wakefield no longer meant to renew the giving me the skene. dhu.” temper. " It was no coward's legs or hands, Harry combat, bis fury sunk into gloomy sullenness.
“What! you are for back to the Highlands The kielt, that drew you out of the fords of Frew, when "Come, come, never grudge so much at it, man,” said devil !-Have you selt all off before the fair? This beate was drifting ower the plack rock, and every eel in the the brave-spirited Englishman, with the placability of his all for quick markets." expected his share of you."
country, "shake hands, and we will be better friends than “I have not sold—I am not going north-May pe I And that is true enough, too,” said the Englishman, ever.
will never go north again.-Give me pack my dirk, Hugh r by the appeal.
“ Friends !” exclaimed Robin Oig, with strong empha. Morrison, or there will pe words petween us." dzooks !" exclaimed the bailiff," sure Harry sis, “ friends! never. Look to yourself, Harry Waakfelt” “ Indeed, Robin, I'll be better advised or I gie it back field, the pattiest lad at Whitson Tryste, Wooler “ Then the curse of Cromwell on your proud Scots sto to you—it is a wanchancy weapon in a Highlandman's Carlisle Sands, or Stagshaw Bank, is not going to mach, (as the man says in the play) and you may do your hand, and I am thinking you will be about some barnswhite feather? Ah, this comes of living so long worst, and be d-d; for one man can say nothing more to breaking.” kilts and bonnets-men forget the use of their another after a tussel than that he is sorry for it.'
“ Prutt, trutt! let me have my weapon,” said Robin On these terms the friends parted. Robin Oig drew out, Oig impatienily. may teach you, Master Fleecebumpkin, that I in silence, a piece of money, threw it on the table, and then “ Hooly and fairly," said his well-meaning friend. lot lost the use of mine," said Wakefield, and then left the alehouse: but, tuming at the
door, he shook his : I'll tell you what will do better than these dirking “ This will never do, Robin. We must have hand at Wakefield, pointing with his fore finger upwards, doings.-Ye ken Highlander and Lowlander and Border D-up. or we shall be the talk of the country side. in a manner which might imply either a threat or a cau- men are a' ae man's bairns when you are over the Scots ed if I hurt thee-I'll put on the gloves gin tion. He then disappeared in the moonlight.
dyke. See, the Eskdale callants, and fighting Charlie ike. Come, stand forward like a man.
Some words passed after his departure, between the of Liddesdale, and the Lockerby lads, and the four Dan. o pe peaten like a dog," said Robin ; is there any bailiff, who piqued himself on being a little of a bully, dies of Lustruther, and a wheen mair grey plaids, are in that? If you think I have done you wrong, and Harry Wakefield, who, with generous inconsistency, coming up behind, and if you are wranged, there is the before your shudge, though I neither know his law was now not indisposed to begin a new combat in defence hand of a manly Morrison, we'll see you righted; if Car. s language."
of Robin Oig's reputation, although he could not use his lisle and Stanwix baith took up the feud.”. eneral cry of “No, nono law, no lawyer, a belly daddles like an Englishman, as it did not come natural to " To tell you the truth,” said Robin Oig, desirous of d be friends," was echoed by the bystanders. him.” But Dame Heskett prevented this second quarrel eluding the suspicions of his friend, I have enlisted lut,"continued Robin, “ if I am to fight, I have no from coming to a head by her peremptory interference. with a party of the Black Watch, and must march off o fight like a jackanapes, with hands and nails." “ There should be no more fighting in her house,” she to.morrow niorning.” How would you fight then?" said his antagonist: said: "there had been too much already. And you, Mr. “ Enlisted ! Were you mad or drunk 2-You must buy pagb I am thinking it would be hard to bring you to Wakefield, may live to learn,” she added, " what it is to yourself off-I can lend you twenty notes, and twenty to cratch ang how.” make a deadly enemy out of a good friend.”
that, if the drove sell." I would fight with proadswords, and sink point on
“ Pshaw, dame! 'Robin Oig is an honest fellow, and " I thank you-thank ye, Hughie ; but I go with good rst plood drawo-like a gentleman.” will never keep malice.”
will the gate that I am going, -50 the dirk- the dirk?", loud shout of laughter followed the proposal, which, " Do not trust to that you do not know the dour tem. “ There it is for you then, since less wunna serve. But d, had rather escaped from poor Robin's swelling per of the Scotch, though you have dealt with them so think on what I was saying.--Waes me, it will be sair than been the dictates of his sober judgment. often., I have a right to know them, my mother being a news in the braes of Balquidder, that Robin Oig M.Comlentleman, quotha !" was echoed on all sides, with a Scot."
bich should have run an ill gate, and ta'en on.' of Onextinguishable laughter : " a very pretty gen
“And so is well seen on her daughter," said Ralph * Ill news in Balquidder, indeed !" echoed poor Robin ; 1, God Fot. Canst get two swords for the gentlemen Heskett.
put Cot speed you, Hughie, and send you good marcats. I vitb, Ralph Heskett ?"
This nuptial sarcasm gave the discourse another turn; Ye winna meet with Robin Oig again either at tryste or , but I can send to the armoury at Carlisle, and fresh customers entered the tap-room or kitchen, and others fair.” hack two forks to be making shift with in the mean. left it. The conversation turned
on the expected markets, So saying, be shook hastily the hand of his acquaint
and the report of prices from different paris both of Scot- ance, and set out in the direction from which he had ad. ush, man,” said another," the bonny Scots come land and England-treaties were commenced, and Harry vanced, with the spirit of his former pace. le world with the blue bonnet on their heads, and Wakefield was lucky enough to find a chap for a part of “ There is something wrang with the lad," muttered the id pistol at their belt."
his drove, and at a very considerable profit; an event of Morrison to himself; * but we will maybe see better into st send post," said Mr. Fleecebumpkin, " to the consequence more than sufficient to blot out all remem- it the morn's morning." of Corby Castle, to come and stand second to the brances of the unpleasant scuffle in the earlier part of But long ere the morning dawned, the catastrophe of
the day. But there remained one party from whose our tale had taken place. It was two hours after the affiay le midst of this torrent of general ridicule, the mind that recollection could not bave been wiped away had happened, and it was totally forgotten by almost every oder instinctively griped beneath the folds of his by possession of every head of cattle betwixt Esk and Eden one, when Robin Oig returned to Heskett's inn. The
This was Robin Oig M'Combich.“ That I should place was filled at once by various sorts of men, and with it's better not,” he said in his own language. have had no weapon,” he said, " and for the first time in noises corresponding to their character. There were the ndred curses on the swine-eaters, who know neither my life ! -Blighied be the tongue that bids the Highlander grave, low sounds of men engaged in busy traffic, with Dor civility!"
part with the dirk—the dirk-ha! the English blood !- the laugh, the song, and the riotous jest of those who had ke room, the pack of you,” he said, advancing to My muhme's word-when did her word fall to theground?” nothing to do but to enjoy themselves. Among the -iast
The recollection of the fatal prophecy confirmed the was Harry Wakefield, who, amidst a grinning group of is former friend interposed his sturdy bulk, and deadly intention which instantly sprang up in his mind. smock-frocks, hobnailed shoes, and jolly English phyhis leaving the house; and when Robin Oig at “ Ha! Morrison cannot be many miles behind; and if siognomies, was trolling forth the old ditty, to make his way by force, he hit him down on it were an hundred, what then ?"
" What though my name be Roger, ', with as much ease as a boy bowls down a nine. His impetuous spirit had now a fixed parpose and motive
Who drives the plough and cart" of action, and he turned the light foot of his country when he was interrupted by a well-known voice, saying in ring, a ring!” was now shouted, until the dark towards the wilds, through which he knew, by Mr. Jreby's a high and stern voice, marked by the sharp Highland and the bams that hung on them, trembled again, report, that Morrison was advancing. His mind was. accent, “ Harry Waakfell—if you be a man, stand up !" i very platters on the bink clattered against each wholly engrossed by the sense of injury-injury sustained " What is the matter what is it ?” the guests de. ** Well done, Harry,"_"Give it him home, from a friend ; and by the desire of vengeance on one whom inanded of each other. _* Take care of him now-he sees bis own he now accounted his most bitter enemy. The treasured " It is only a dd Scotsman,” said Fleecebumkin,
ideasof self-inportance and self-opinion-of ideal birth and who was by this time very drunk," whom Harry Wake. were the exclamations; while the Highlander, quality, had become more precious to him, (like the board field helped to his broth to day, who is now come to have } from the ground, all his coldness and caution lost to the miser,) because he could only enjoy them in secret. his cauld kail hett again." tic rage, sprung at his antagonist with the fury, the But that hoard was pillaged, the idols which he had se. “ Harry Waakselt,” repeated the same ominous sum', and the vindictive purpose of an incensed liger. cretly worshipped had been desecrated and profaned. In. mons, • siand up, if you be a man!" lut when could rage'encounter science and temper? snlted, abused, and beaten, he was no longer worthy, in his There is something in the tone of deep and concenuated Oig again went down in the unequal contest ; and, own opinion, of the name he bore, or the lineage which he passion which attracts attention and imposes awe, even by blow was necessarily a severe one, he lay motionless belonged to nothing was left to him-nothing but re. the very sound. The guests shrunk back on every side, Aloor of the kitchen. The landlady ran to offer venge ; and as the reflection added a galling spur to every and gazed at the Highlander, as he stood in the middle of id, but Mr. Fleecebumpkin would not permit her step, he determined it should be as sudden as and signal them, his brows bent, and his features rigid with resooach. the offence.
lution. t him alone!” he said, “ he will come to within When Robin Oig left the door of the alehouse, seven or " I will stand up with all my heart, Robin, my boy, and come up to the scratch again. He has not got eight Ebglish miles at least lay betwixt Morrison and him, but it shall be to shake kands with you, and drink dowa s broth get."
The advance of the former was slow,limited by the sluggish all unkindness. It is not the fault of your heart, man, e has got all I mean to give him, though,” said his pace of his cattle; the last left behind him stubble-field that you don't know how to clench your hands." nist, whose heart began to relent towards his old and hedge-row, crag and dark heath, all glittering with By this time he slood opposite to his antagonist; his te; " and I would rather by half give the rest to frost-rhime in the broad November moonlight, at the rate open and unsuspecting look strangely contrasted with the lf, Mr. Fleecebumpkin; for you pretend to know a of six miles an hour. And now the distant lowing of stern purpose, which gleamed wild, dark, and vindictive: or two; and Robid had not art enough even to peel | Morrison's cattle is heard ; and now they are seen creeping in the eyes of the Highlander.
“'Tis not thy fault, man, that, not having the luck to (now our still more melancholy duty to apply its salutary, I beg to add, that I should have thought this milder be an Englishman, thou canst not fight more than a though severe enactments, to a case of a very singular cies of charge was
demanded in the case supposed, nel school-girl.”
character, in which the crime (for a crime it is, and a withstanding the statute of James l. cap. 8, which take "I can fight,”
answered Robin Oig sternly, but calm- deep one) arose less out of the malevolence of the the case of slaughter by stabbing with a short weapon 1. " and you shall know it. You, Harry Waakfelt, heart, than the error of the understanding-less from even without malice prepense, out of the besek showed me to-day how the Saxon churls fighi - I show you any idea of committing wrong, thạn from an unhappily clergy. For this statute of stabbing, as it is termed now how the Highland Dunniewassal fights."
perverted notion of that which is right. Here we have arose out of a temporary cause; and as the real He seconded the word with the action, and plunged two men, highly esteemed, it has been stated, in their is the same, whether the slaughter be committed by dhe dagger, which he suddenly displayed, into the broad rank of life, and attached, it seems, to each other as dagger, or by sword or pistol, the benignity of breast of the English yeoman, with such fatal certainty friends, one of whose lives has been already sacrificed modern law places them all on the same, or nearly and force, that the hilt made a hollow sound against the to a puactilio, and the other is about to prove the ven- same footing. breast-bone, and the double-edged point split the very geance of the offended laws; and yet both may claim “ But, gentlemen of the jury, the piach of the e heart of his victim, Harry Wakefield fell, and expired our commiseration at least, as men acting in ignorance lies in the interval of two honrs interposed betwist with a single groan. His assassin next seized the bailiff of each other's national prejudices, and unhappily mis- reception of the injury and the fatal retaliation, Int by the collar, and offered the bloody poniard to his throat, guided rather than voluntarily erring from the path of heat of affray and chaude melee, law, compassionati whilst dread and surprise rendered the man incapable of|right conduct.
the infirmities of humanity, makes allowance for defence.
“In the original cause of the misunderstanding, we passions which rule such a stormy monient--for “ It were very just to lay you beside him,” he said, must in justice give the right to the prisoner at the bar. sense of present pain, for the apprehension of furt “ but the blood of a base pick-thank shall never mix on He had acquired
possession of the inclosure, which was injury, for the difficulty of ascertaining with doe we my father's dirk with that of a brave man.
the object of competition, by a legal contract with the racy the precise degree of violence which is necessa As he spoke, he cast the man from him with so much proprietor, Mr. Treby; and yet, when accosted with to protect the person of the individual, without ang force that he fell on the floor, while Robin, with his other reproaches undeserved in themselves, and galling doubt- ing injuring the assailant more than is absolated hand, threw the fatal weapon into the blazing turf fire. less to a temper at least sufficiently susceptible of pas. necessary. But the time necessary to walk teen
“There," he said, “ take me who likes--and let fire sion, he offered notwithstanding to yield up half his miles, however speedily performed, was an inte cleanse blood if it can."
acquisition, for the sake of peace and good neighbour- sufficient for the prisoner to have recollected himsel The pause of astonishment still continuing, Robin Oig hood, and his amicable proposal was rejected with and the violence with which he carried his purpose asked for a peace officer, and a constable having stepped scorn. Then follows the scene at Mr. Heskett the pub- effect, with so many circumstances of deliberate des out, he surrendered himself to his custody,
lican's, and you will observe how the stranger was mination, could neither be induced by the passica " A bloody night's work you have made of it,” said the created by the deceased, and I am sorry to observe, anger, nor that of fear. It was the purpose and the constable."
by those around, who seem to have urged him in a of predetermined revenge, for which law neither “Your own fault," said the Highlander, "had you manner which was aggravating in the highest degree. will, nor ought to have sympathy or allowance. kept his hands off me twa hours since, he would have been while he asked for peace and for composition, and "'It is true, we may repeat to ourselves, in alle now as well and merry as he was twa minutes since." offered submission to a magistrate, or to a mutual ar- tion of this poor man's unhappy action, that logo
“ It must be sorely answered," said, the peace-officer. biter, the prisoner was insulted by a whole company, is a very peculiar one. The country which he inu
“Never you mind that death pays all debts ; it will who seem on this occasion to have forgotten the national was, in the days of many now alire, inaccessible to pay that too."
maxim of fair play;' and wbile attempting to esčape laws, not only of England, which have not era The horror of the bystanders began now to give way to from the place in peace, he was intercepted, struck penetrated thither, but to those to which our neighb. indignation ; and the sight of a favourite companion mur. down, and beaten to the effusion of his blood.
of Scotland are subjected, and which must be supe dered in the midst of them, the provocation being, in their “ Gentlemen of the Jury, it was with some impa- to be, and no doubt actually are, founded upon the opinion, so utterly inadequate to the excess of vengeance, tience that I heard my Learned Brother, who opened the ral principles of justice and equity, which per might have induced them to kill the perpetrator of the case for the Crown, give an unfavourable turn to the every civilized country. Amongst their monatan deed even upon the very spot. The constable, however, prisoner's conduct on this occasion. He said the pri- among the North American Indians, the varion did his duty on this occasien, and with the assistance of soner was afraid to encounter his antagonist in fair were wont to make war upon each other, so that some of the more reasonable persons present, procured fight, or to submit to the laws of the ring; and that man was obliged to go armed for his own parte horses to guard the prisoner to Carlisle, to abide his doom therefore, like a cowardly Italian, he had recourse to and for the offence of his neighbour. These met At the next assizes. 'While the escort was preparing, the his fatal stiletto, to murder the man whom he dared the ideas which they entertained of theiron prisoner neither expressed the least interest,
nor attempted got meet in manly encounter. I observed the prisoner and of their own consequence, regarded be che slightest reply. Only, before he was carried from the shrink
from this part of the accusation with the abhor- so many cavaliers or men-at-arms, rather than fatal apartment, he desired to look at the dead body, rence natural to a brave man ; and as I would wish to peasantry of a peaceful country. Those lani which, raised from the filoor, had been deposited upon the make my words impressive, when I point his real ring, as my brother terms them, were unknown to large table, (at the head of which Harry Wakefield had crime, I must secure bis opinion of my impartiálity, race of warlike mountaineers; that decision of awe presided but a few minutes before, full of life, vigour, and by rebutting every thing that seems to me a false accu- by no other weapons than those which nature har animation.) until the surgeons should examine the mortal sation. There can be no doubt that the prisoner is a every man, must to them have seemed as rulgar wound. The face of the corpse was decently covered map of resolution--too much resolution I wish to preposterous as to the Noblesse of France. Revenir with a napkin. To the surprise and horror of the by- Heaven that he had less, or rather that he had had a ibe other hand, must have been as familiar lo standors, which displayed itself in a general Ah! drawn better education to regulate it!
habits of society as to those of the Cherokees at through clenched teeth and half-shut lips, Robin Oig Gentlemen, as to the laws my brother talks of, they hawks. It is, indeed, as described by Bacon, af removed the cloth, and gazed with a mournful byt may be known in the Bull-ring, or the Bear-garden, a kind of wild untutored justice ; for the fear of steady eye on the lifeless visage, which had been so lately or the Cock-pit, but they are not known here. Or, if ation must withhold the hands of the oppressor animated, that the smile of good-humoured confidence they should be so far admitted as furnishing a species there is no regular law to check daring violence ia his own strength, of conciliation at once, and contempt of proof, that no malice was intended in this sort of though all this may be granted, and though towards his enemy, still curled his lip. While those pre. combat, from which fatal accidents
do sometimes arise, allow that, such having been the case of the Hi sent expected that the wound, which had so lately flooded it can only be so admitted when both parties are in pari in the days of the prisoner's fathers, many of the apartment with gore, would send forth fresh streams casu, qually acquainted with, and equally willing to nions and sentiments must still continue to in at the touch of the homicide. Robin Oig replaced the co- refer themselves to, that species of arbitrement. But the present generation, it cannot, and ought no vering, with the brief exclamation." He was a pretty will it be contended that a man of superior rank and in this most
painful case, to alter the administra education is to be subjected, or is obliged to subject the law, eitber in your hands, gentlemen of My story is nearly ended. The unfortunate Higli. himself, to this coarse and brutal strife, perhaps in op- or in mine. The first object of civilization is to Innder atood his trial at Carlisle. I was myself
prevent, position to a younger, stronger, or more skilful oppo: the general protection of the law, cqually adminis and as a young Scottish lawyer, or barrister at least, nent? Certainly even the pugilistic code, if founded in the room of that wild justice, which erery, and reputed a man of some quality, the politeness of upon the fair play of Merry Old England, 'As my bro- and carved for himself, according to the length the Sheriff of Cumberland offered me a place on the iher alleges it to be, can contain nothing so preposter- sword and the strength of his arn. The law bench. The facts of the case were proyed in the manner ous. And, gentlemen of the jury, if the laws would the subjects, with a voice only inferior 10 that I have related them and whatever might be at first the support an English gentleman, wearing, we will sup- Deity, Vengeance is mine. The instant that prejudice of the audience against a crime so un-English pose, his sword, in defending himself by force against is time for passion to cool, and reason to interpo 43 that of anyagaination from revenge, yet wben the a violent personal aggression of the nature offered to injured party must become aware, that the latex rooted national prejudices of the prisoner had been es, this prisoner, they will not less protect a foreigner and the exclusive cognizance of the right and wrong be plained, which made himn consider binigelf as stained a stranger, involved in the same unpleasing
circum- the parties, and opposes her inviolable buckler 10 with indelible dishonour, when subjected to personal stances. 'lf, therefore, gentlemen of the jury, when attempt of the private party to right himself. In violence; when his previous patience, moderation, and thus pressed by a vis major, the object
of obloquy to a that this unhappy man ought personally to be the endurance, were considered, the generosity of the whole company, and of direct violence from one at rather of our pity than of our abhorrence, for he fel English audience was inclined to regard his crime as least, and as he miglit reasonably apprehend, from his ignorance,
and froin mistaken notions of be the wayward aberration of a false idea of honour rather more, the panel had produced the weapon which his But his crime is not the less that of murder, gentle than as flowing from a heart naturally savage, or per countrymen, as we are informed, generally carry about and, in your high and important office, it is your verted by habitual vice. I aball never forget the charge their persons, and the same unhappy circumstance had so to find, English men hare their angry passin of the venerable Judge to the jury, although not at that ensued which you have heard detailed in evidence, I well as Scots; and should this man's action rema time liable to be much affected either by that which was could not in my conscience have asked from you a punished, you may unsheath, under various prete eloqucat or patheile,
verdict of murder. The prisoner's personal defence a thousand daggers betwixt the Land's-epd an "We have had," he said, " in the previous part of might indeed, even in that case, have gone more or less Orkneys." onr duty, (alluding to some former triale,) to discuss beyond the boundary of the Moderamen inculpalæ tutele, The venerable Judge thus ended what, to judge crimes which infer dieguat and abhorrence, while
they spoken of by lawyers, but the punishment incurred apparent emotion, and by the tears which filled 4 down the well-merited vengeance of the law. It is would have en that of manslaughter, not of murder. eges, was really a painful
task. The jury, accordia
les instructions, brought in a verdict of Gunty; and DIALOGUE BETWEEN ECHO AND A GLUT TOX.
A NEW PROFESSION. Robin Oig M'Combich, alias M'Gregor, was sentenced
We happen to be intimately acquainted with a certain to death, and left for execution, which took place ac- The following lines, written in the year 1809, are said youth who possesses great natural talents, improved by an cordingly. He met his fate with great firmness, and to have induced Butler to pursue the same idea in his excellent classical education, but who has never yet decided actuowledged the justice of his sentence. But be * Hudibras."
upon settling to any trade or profession. His father is in repelled, indigviantly, the observations of those who
the habit of asking him this very natural question :Accused him of attacking an unarmed man. “ I give a Glutton.-My belly I do deify.
“Well, Sam, what are you going to be?”-a question life for the life I took," he said, “ and what can I do Echo.-Fie!
with which our young friend is not a little discomposed, more?" Vol. i. p. 293-351.
Glut.-Who curbs his appetite's a fool.
as he has hitherto been Echo.-Ah, fool!
“ Every thing by fits, but nothing long;
But in the space of one revolving moon
Is fiddler, statesman, and buffoon."
A few evenings since, as he was going to bed, his father
repeated the eternal question, "Well, Sam, what are IMPOTED PLAGIARISMS OP BURNS. Glut.-We epicures are happy truly.
going to be?"-" Going to be, father?" he replied, The following coincidence between Burns, in one of his Echo-You lie!
yawning, “ why, I am going to bee-bo!"-Edits. Kah. 88, and a passage in Wycherley's Plain Dealer, is pointed Glut.-May I not, Echo, eat my fill ? in the notes to the new edition of Dodsley's old plays. Echo.-II.
THE AMERICAN COLONY IN AFRICA. The words of Burns are
Glut.-Will it hurt me if I eat too much ?
We extract the following from the National Intelli“The rank is but the guinea stamp, Echo.-Much.
Office of the Colonization Society, Washington, Sept. 1, 1827. The man's the gowd for a' that."
Glut. - Thou mock'st me, Nymph, I'll not believe it.
The despatches received at this office from Mr. Ashnum, And Wycherley thus gives the same thought: "I weigh
Glut.-Do'st thou condemn, then, what I do?
the colonial agent at Liberia, exhibit a most flattering ac. be man, pot his title: 'tis not the King's stamp can make Echo. I do.
count of the rapid progress of the colony. All the colonists the metal better or heavier. Your Lord is a leader shil.
Glut.-Is it that which brings infirmities?
were, soon after their arrival, slightly affected by the cliSing, which you bend every way, and debases the stamp
Echo. It is.
mate; but the change they underwent seems to have been Another remarkable coincidence, almost
Glut.-Then, sweetest temperance, I'll love thee. less a disease, than a salutary effort of nature to accommocounting to identity, between the same Scotch poet and
Echo.- I love thee.
date them to the new influences of a tropical clime. The much older dramatist than Wycherley, has been de.
Glut. If all be true which thou do'st tell,
inost protracted case of illness did not last longer than three sted by the same authority. The following lines by
days, and one-third of them were not confined at all. The
To gluttony I bid farewell. arms are known to every person in the three kingdoms :
factory at Young Sesters, and the establishment at St. « Her 'prentice han' she try'd on man,
John's, are represented as prosperous, and the prejudices And then she made the lasses, 0."
Sumbo's Sermon.—(From the New York Statesman.) and hostility of the native princes as fast subsiding. An Cupid's Whirligig, a comedy printed in 1607, and - Strate is de rode an nárrer is de paff which leadeff to agent has likewise been introduced at Little Bassa, 15 miles itten, perhaps, before the death of Elizabeth, is the sub-glory."_" Brederen Blevers !-- You semble dis nite to to the N. W of St. John's quent passage : “ Man was made when Nature was but har de word, and have it splaned and monstrated to you; Mr. Ashnum urges the importance of inviting charitable apprentice, but woman when she was a skilful mistress yes, an ! ten for splain it cleat as de light ob de libin institutions to lend their aid to this object, and adds, " I
We call the above examples coincidences, day, and I tell you how it cum. You see, my frens, think it nearly capable of demonstration, that the Afrioan plagiarisms, for, in all human probability, Burns,
Adam was de fus man,
tribes may be civilized without expulsion from their chosen be composed the lines quoted, had never seen the
Ebe was de todder;
settlements and villages, and without that fearful diminuSain Dealer or Cupid's Whirligig..London papers.
Cane was a wicked man,
tion which has, from causes which do not exist here, as in Sate literary busybody has pointed out the preceding
Kase be kill de brodder.
regard to the Indians of America, accompanied the march incluces, as evidence of the plagiarism of Burns Adam and Ebe were bote brack men, and so was Cane of civilization in that hemispkere." se do re mean to deny that there is a very close affinity and Abel. Now I spose it seem to strike you a under- upon the Lancasterian system ; and they are described as
The schools of the colony have all been re-organized the passages, both in thought and expression. It ought, standin how de fus white man cum. Wy, I let you go. in a most flourishing condition. peete, to be borne in mind, that the passages in the Den you see, when Cane kill he brodder, de Massa cum, ested prototype are in prose, and the imitation, if it an he say, Cane, whar you a brodder
say, serves, " About the first of October, it may be reasonably
In reference to future emigrations, the colonial agent ob. much in verse. The muse of Burns, it may be truly I don't no, Massa. --He cum
gio an say.. Cane, whar
, expected that the whole number of people now on expense you a brodder Abel?" Cane
say, I don't no, Massa" will be off our hands and the Receptacle, at present occu"Rants not the ald of foreign ornament;
But the nigger noe'd all de time. Massa now git mad, pied by them, will be vacant as early as the first of Decembath, when upadorned, adorned the most Lappbell hijnself, genuine poet, somewhere ways:-brodder Abel, you nigger ! Cane now git friten, and he tacie will hold 150 persons, and additional accommoda
cum gin, peak mity, sharp, dis time. Cane, whar your ber, by their removal into their own houses. The RecepSuns has given the elixir of life to his native dialect." turn wite; and dis is de way de fus wite man cum pon dis tions may be easily procured for 50 more."
arth! and if it had not been for dat dare nigger, Cane,
The Intelligencer states, that a letter had been received Lord Byron. During his residence in the Franciscan face ob dis circumlar,globe. Now sing the forty-lebenth whether all his servants, thirty in number, could have a erat at Athens, he had ingratiated himself with a hymn, ticular metre.” called father Bernard. When Grecian liberty, re.
passage to the colony during the present season. og to his magnanimous appeal, called on him to de. General Picton, like Otway's Pierre, was'a “ bold
Latin and Labour. The following anecdote was related himself from the enjoyments of Italy, he said to his rough soldier," who stopped at nothing; he was a man by the late John Adams, even to the last days of his life, a, after determining to depart, “ It is nevertheless whose decisions
were as immutable, as his conceptions were with all that good humour which was so characteristic of sange, Father Bernard, in giving me the crucifix quick and effective, in all things relative to the command him, and it is presumed has not yet passed away from the the carried about with him, told me with a prophetic which he held. While in the Peninsula, an Assistant minds
of miany who have heard it from his own lips;
a You will become the defender of the Christians ; Commissary. (commonly called Assistant Commissary iew only of his strong expressions are remembered :will return to Greece for the sake of the faithful; but General, the rank of which appointment is equal to a • When I was a boy I had to study the Latin grammar, I cot see you again ; I am fearful you will not come Captain's) through very culpable carelessness, once failed but it was dull, and I hated it. My father was anxious Athens. After this relation his Lordship fell in supplying with rations the third division, under Gene. to send me to college, and therefore I studied the
grammar deep reverie, which no one dared to disturb, since ral Pictons command, and on being retnonstrated with till
I could bear with it no longer; and, going to my fa. wound him were accustomed to see him abstract by one of the principal officers of the division, on account ther, I told him I did not like study, and asked for some
in this manner, when any serious or melancholy of the deficiency, declared, with an affected consequence other einployment. It was opposing his wishes, and he Lought surprised him in the midst of a conversation. After unbecoming the subject, that he should not be able to
was quick in his answer. • Well, John,' said he, if I Doments he added these remarkable words :-"!! supply
the necessary demand for some days: This was Latin grammar does not suit you, you may try ditching, u be hardly believed that I never would part with this reported to the General, who instantly sent for the Com: perhaps that will; my meadow yonder needs a ditch, and
under any circumstances; it is, however, the fact. nissary, and laconically accosted him with ... wou you may put by Latin and try that.' This seemed a derested it of me on my return to England. It is a re. if my division be not provided with rations to morrow. by found ditching harder than Latin, and the first forenoon Labrance of the Franciscan Friar, who lives in the twelve o'clock, I'll hang you on that very tree."- The was the longest I ever experienced. That day I ate the me of Diogenes, in Athens. The good Monk was very confuunded Commissary muttered, and retired. The bread of labour, and glad was I when night came an. and to me: and when he heard that I was about to de- threat was alarming ; so he lost not a moment in proceed, That night I made some comparison between Latin grams, he was ruch grieved. *Your Lordship,' he said, ing at a full gallop to head-quarters, where he presented mar and ditching, but said not a word about it. I dug the
not forget me. Select any thing you please from himself to the Duke of Wellington," complaining, most next forenoon, and wanted to return to Latin at danner, at I possess, that you may have a remembrance of Fa: emphatically of the threat which General Picton had held but it was humiliating, and I could not do it. At night Bernard." I laid my hand on the crucifix which he out to him. Did the General say he would hang you; toil conquered pride,
and I told my father
(one of the seried sbout him, and asked if he would give me that. Sir ?" demanded his Grace. “Yes, my Lord, he did,” verest trials of my life) that, if he chose, I would go back he good Father was op delighted with my choice, that answered the Commissary. " Well, Sir," returned the to Latin grammar. He was glad of it, and if I have since se came to his eyes. I have never since parted with the Duke, "if he said so believe me he means to do it, and gained any distinction, it has been owing to the two days'
abit. I will even vow, that once I was extremely un- you have no remedy but to provide the rations.” The labour in that abominable ditch."-Salem Gazette. uy ander the impression that I had lost it ; I was pre: spur of necessity becomes a marvellous useful instrument Deased with an idea of its value. But in fact behold in sharpening a man to activity; and the Commissary During the public lecture in Oxford, one of the young bet pradiction of Father Bernard about to be realized:- found it so ; for the rations were all up, and ready for de students exclaimed to another, who had left the door open, us depart nraightway for Greece!"-Fife Herald. livery, by twelve o'clock next day.
“ Claudé oslium." The tutor replied, " Claude os tuums.'
Oh, thou than Juno's dazzling bird
Ah, speed, and cheer the wintry day!
An annual visitant.
The tongue may playfully confess
The beating bosom's joy or care, But cannot faithfully express
The secret thoughts that linger there; The love that dwells in doubts and fears
As warm and pure we often prize, Ah, sure such trembling love appears
To read no language but the eyes.
MARY'S MAGIC TONGUE.
TO A ROBIN REDBREAST..
BY HUGH CLARKE.
THE OLD DOG.
That voice with young enchantment stole,
Like hope o'er fancy's flight, Around my fond admiring soul,
With love with love's delight: While every feeling, blest and charm'a,
Around thy accents hung, What raptures in my breast were warm'd,
By Mary's magic tongue. 'Twas not her eyes, so purely bright,
All loveliness and fire;
We fervently admire.
For ever sweet and young,
On Mary's magic tongue.
SONNET ON A ROASTED PIG.
Tell me, art thou hither come
Ah! whate'er thy bidding fair,
It may not be,-the mourning heart
Sing on, sweet bird ; sing on, and I
Behold poor Faithful, once his master's boast !
But, ah! my poor old dog !
As through the world we jog,
Alas ! my poor old dog,
As through the world we jog,
But you see my poor old dog,
As though he would me jog.
But behold my poor dog,
As through the world we jog,
But like you, my poor old dog,
As through the world we jog,
But now, poor half-fed dog,
With hollow sides you jog,
So you see, my poor old dog,
As through the world we jog, This life doth very little bliss afford. · Liverpool, October, 1827.
Thou wert this morning as a lily faiz,
When I peep'd at thee through the pastry's key-bal But basting, and the fire's excessive glare,
Have made thee quite a quadrupedian Creole. Still art thou lovely; and an epicure
Would now prefer that eyeless face of thide
To woman's, tho' arrayed in smiles divide; Would deem thy od'rous fragrance much more pare *
Than beauty's sweetest breathings; would recal The many tempting charms with which thou'rt drest; Thy well-tura'd neck, plump form, and jutting brest
, And fondly see that grease was in them all; And where thy tail, like to an auburn tress, Is curling, would with longing lips impress.
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