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down for the twelfth of August to the “Oh! thank ye_I've a good stock moors of his friend, Lord Teysham; of my own; but why, in the name of but the interview he had had with his wonder, is he so distrustful ? Can't former domestic, Bill Copus, who had he give you credit for being able to attended him through his career at choose, without bribing you, as it Oxford, and afterwards for a short were, to look out for a fortune?" time to the Continent, somewhat cooled “ My father won't give credit to his zeal as a sportsman, by adding to any one, especialy to me; besides, his hopes as a lover. The forced em. he has some little cause to be suspi. bargo laid on them by the hostess of cious, for I've cleaned him out of a Fushie Bridge, for she was resolute trifle once ortwice, in a way that makes in refusing to take them on with a him slow to bite now. I have been pair, and the cattle of the last stage on the point of marriage twice-once were miserably tired, gave him time to old Crocky, and once to Stulz." to lay so much of his plans before his “ How ?" friends as he saw fit; and, long before " Why, you see, last year I was the second pair, which had been with dipt a little to the fishmonger, and a party to Leith, had been refreshed, wrote a matrimonial letter home, hintand were ready to start, his compan. ing at troussaus and other expenses, ions had unanimously passed a reso. but mentioning no names. Nothing lution, “ that it was incumbent on the could please the old gentleman so members of this excursion, collectively much, and it was on that occasion he and individually, to give all possible sent me up the paper properly signed aid and assistance to Henry Raymond and attested, binding himself to give in overthrowing the plans of all per- me guinea for guinea whatever forsons of the name of Smith, or of any tune I might get with my wife. A other name or denomination whatever, thousand he sent me to do the needful and marrying a certain young lady of in the way of jewels and other prethe name of Jane Somers."
sents, set me square with all the But Lord Teysham, who united a world.” great deal of good plain sense with his “And your progenitor was indigbuoyancy of spirits, took him quietly nant at the disappointment ?” aside, and asked him
“Oh! horribly; and unless it had - Why, in heaven's name, if he been for a four-year bill of Stulz, I liked the girl, he didn't propose for shouldn't have troubled him so soon. her in form ?"
But, as I was aware that Walter knew “I have, my dear fellow," replied of the obligation about my future forHarry," and been refused.”
tune, I gave him to understand that I - By whom?"
was devoted to Miss Coutts, and that " The uncle. He wrote me a let. I had no reason to despair. The very ter, saying my favour of 3d ult. had thought of such a thing was death both come duly to hand, and he declined to the old Jack Dawand the young. The the offer as expressed therein,-and squire and his eldest hope would have he remains, sir, for self and niece, my been both in the poor-house if I had obedient servant, Thomas Smith." succeeded in carrying off the heiress,
" But had he a right to send you and had kept them to their bond. So, this letter?"
after a week or two, I let them off for “ As guardian and uncle, I suppose their alarm, and a moderate tip. But he has; but as empowered by Jane all these things, my dear Teysham, herself, none whatever."
are over now. I am resolved to marry - But what's his objection ?"
Jane Somers, and cut both Stulz and “ I've an elder brother.”
Crocky." “ Well, but your governor is a “ If you can get her ; but this old close old boy. He has metal enough monster, with the uncommon name, for a frigate besides his First-rate.' has her in his power. We must con
“ Yes ; but he has told me a hun- cert measures calmly, and we need dred times that tit for tat is the only not despair. Will she herself help game he plays at-whatever fortune us?" I bring he will pay me over the same; “ To be sure she will. Her new if I marry for love, I must live on it. home must be misery to her. She is I could give you a score or two more the daughter of a sister of this old of his wise sayings."
Smith, who, by some chance or other, married a gentleman. She had a large here knows all about them there fortune, which now belongs to this places as master talks so much on; only child. Colonel Somers has long p'raps Miss Alice would like to hear been dead ; the widow died a few about 'em?" years ago. Jane was then educated “I will tell my aunt, William," in the house of another guardian, a said the young lady, and returned to cousin of Colonel Somers, who lived her former musings. near Bath; and, on his lately being Copus retired and shut the door. sent to India on a high command, slie A low voice at her ear as she again was claimed by this Manchester hob. rested her head upon the arm of the goblin, and torn from all her old sofa, whispered “ Jane!" friends."
On looking up she saw a tall man " Yourself among the rest ?" dressed in the usual waiter's costume,
“ Just so-and now you know the with a large white cloth spread over whole story.”
his left arm. In which respect, as we conclude, “Harry Raymond!" she said, but by the reader is by this time on a par some unaccountable instinct speaking, with Lord Teysham, we quit the con- even in the extremity of her surprise, clave at Fushie Bridge, and proceed in a tone of voice that scarcely reachto the more splendid apartments in ed beyond the person she addressed, Douglas's Hotel.
_“In Heaven's name, what do you In the little drawing-room that here?-in this disguise ? Aunt Alice looks to St Andrew's Square, the even. will detect you, and then my situation ing seemed to have passed stupidly will be made doubly miserable.” enough. Aunt Alice, after yawn. " Then it is miserable, Jane ?--ing till tea time and scolding the Why do you submit to it? Ah, Jane, greater part of that excellent time you have forgotten, surely, the prokiller, bad at last, at about nine mises you gave me." o'clock, betaken herself to her bed. "Forgetfulness seems to bave existroom, to bring down the Scottish ed on more sides than one. I have Chiefs-a book of manners and statis- been four months in Lancashire, and tics from which all her notions of the am indebted, at last, to a chance meetScottish nation of an early period ing in Scotland for being recalled to were derived. Waverley, and the your recollection." other northern stories of the enchan. “Recollection !" echoed the young ter, supplied her with all her modern man, in the liveliness of his emotion, information ; and not very bad sour. Alinging the white cloth upon the floor. ces they would have been, if Miss " Good heavens! what can have put Alice had been able to understand the such a notion into your head? I have language in which they were written written letter upon letter, both to you But our noble vernacular was to her and your guardian--that is, after I a more impenetrable mystery than found out where you had gone toany revealed at Eleusis, and it was, my letters to you have not been anperhaps, on this account that she en. swered; my letter to him was antertained so decided a preference for swered by a refusal." the performance of Miss Porter.
“ Harry, Harry, he never consulted Jane Somers, whom we have hither. me-I never" but here she checkto represented as either listless or sleep- ed herself, as perhaps she considered ing, was sitting busily engaged in the that the vehemence of her denial might somewhat unusual occupation of think- be construed into something very like ing. And, as her thoughts were wan- an anxiety to retract it, and whether dering about Lansdowne, and a vast this was the construction put on it, or apartment, nobly lighted and filled not, all we have to say is, that on Miss with the sounds of revelry by night, Alice Smith slipping quietly into the we need not be surprised if they occa. room, with a volume of the Scottish sionally made a detour to the stables Chiefs in her hand, she almost screamof Fushie Bridge, and the sight that ed, as she saw a stranger scated on met her there. While musing deeply the sofa beside her niece, and holding on these very interesting subjects, our her very earnestly by the hand. friend Copus entered the room and « How !- what's all this?" exsaid .
claimed Miss Alice. " Them Scotch “ Please mum, one of the vaiters is the oddest people !"
“Young lady ncarly fainted, ma’am, “Oh, waiter, this is dreadful news ! at some accounts I was giving her of I'm certain my poor brother knew nothe Highlands, ma'am. I'm waiter thing of this when he purchased that here, ma'am; and it's part of my busi. horrible property. And what will ness, ma'am, to give all sorts of in- they do to him if the furry succeeds ?" formation to the English families as " Tie him up in a wolf's skin, and they pass through the city, ma'am.” hunt him to death with bloodhounds."
« And what were you a telling of " My poor brother, my poor broto this young lady?"
ther! And he so fat, and subject to « Only a few incidents that occa. the gout !--But it's quite true-it's sionally happen in such wild scenes exactly what they did to the Bohemian as Fash-na-Cairn or Ben na-Groich. in Quentin Durward." They say the new Ben-na-Groich is “ The present Fash-na-Cairn is a an English nobleman, with a very descendant of Le Balafrè." handsome sister;-Iwas merely telling “Oh, the monster!-Have they no this young lady here what would pro- police at Ben-na-Groich, nor even spebably be the fate of the beautiful cial constables ?- no justice of peace?" Englishwoman."
" The only justice there is the dirk "Gracious me!" exclaimed Miss and claymore.—But the young lady Alice: “no wonder she fainted, poor seems revived now. Do you take supe thing. What was it ?--for mercy's per ?-I'll send the chambermaid disake—what will they do to her ?" rectly, ma'am."
"Fash-na-Cairn and all his clan When the historical and veracious have been at war for hundreds of waiter left the room, the long and years with Ben-na-Groich. He will stately figure of Miss Alice sank slowly probably lead a foray upon the new down upon the sofa. Jane Somers's chief, and carry off his sister."
face was buried in her hands, and, by “ Gracious !--how old is this Fash, the tremors that ran through her whole na-Cairn?"
frame, and the redness of what was vi. 16 About five-and-twenty. He has sible of her checks and neck, it was buried his fifteenth wife. They sel- evident that she was nearly in convuldom live more than three months." sions with some powerfully suppressed
« Oh, Jane! Jane! we're lost-ruin- feeling. The aunt, of course, consi. ed_murdered! Waiter, I'm the sister dered it to be the result of terror, of Ben-va-Groich, the wictim of Fash. whatever sager guess the reader may na-Cairn!”
make upon the subject, and gave way " Sorry, ma'am, I've alarmed you; to a fit of dolorous lamentation, that but perhaps the friends of the clan did not much contribute to her niece's may gather round Ben-na-Groich, recovery. and succeed in capturing Fash-na- " This comes of pride, and being one Cairn."
of the Scottish chiefs ! To be eaten “ And what then ?” enquired Miss up by bloodhounds, and have his sister Alico, with a glimpse of hope. carried off by Fash-na-Cairn! Blue.
"Oh, then it is the universal custom Beard was a joke to him-fifteen wives, for the next in blood of the chieftain, and only five-and-twenty !--more than if she be unmarried, to cut off a finger three per annum since he came of age! of the prisoner every day with an old I will put my brother on his guard the hereditary hatchet kept for that pur- moment we arrive. - This is truly a pose, till he relents, and offers to make barbarous country, and inhabited by her his bride. If he does so before he nobody but murderers and cannibals. has lost the fingers of both hands, the Hobbins and Huxtable will be amazed feud is at an end."
to hear of their partner's fate—and my Miss Alice shuddered at the thoughts brother never was partial to dogs!” of cutting off a young man's fingers.
The castle of Ben-na-Groich was an old square building, situated in a wild ravine of the North Highlands. It consisted of little more than a high
tower of the rough stone of the country, at one corner of a low mass of building, in many parts fallen into decay, and presenting an appearance
of strength and massiveness, on which way, shouted " Angus Mohr! Angus any attempt at beauty would have Mohr!” A feeble voice in a short been thrown away. One side of the time answered from the dilapidated square had something more of a habit- end of the building. able look than the remaining portions, “ Her's comin'-fat ta tiel docs from the circumstance of its chimneys ta fat havril want?" Uncertain steps being newly rebuilt and tastefully not long after sounded along the whitewashed; the roof also was re- creaking passage; the door was open. paired, and the windows fitted with ed, and presented to the impatient glass,-a luxury which was considered glance of the new proprietor the vi. useless by the inhabitants of the re. sage of the grumbling Gael. He was maining threc sides, the said inhabit. an old decrepit man, with bright ants consisting of two or three cows, ferocious eyes gleaming through his half a score of dogs, and one or two elf-locks. If he had succeeded in old representatives of Fingal, who making a “ swap" of his habiliments clung to their ancient habitation with with any scare-crow south of the Tay, a local attachment that would have he would have had by far the best of done honour to a cat.
the bargain, for bis whole toilet conOn the evening of the 10th of Au- sisted in a coarse blue kilt or petti. gust, the parlour (for it was nothing coat (for it had none of the checkers more, though bearing the nobler desig- that give a showy appearance to the nation of the hall) was occupied by a kilt ;) his stocking-for he only resolitary gentleman of somewhat solid joiced in one-was wrinkled down dimensions, who cheered his lonelin almost over his shoe; his coat was ness by an occasional stir of the fire, tattered and torn in every variety of and a frequent sip at a tumbler of raggedness; and the filth, which was whisky toddy. From time to time he almost thick enough to cover the went to the window and listened. The glaring redness of his fortnight's cataract that rushed down the ravine beard, showed that Angus Mohr took would have drowned any other ex- very little interest in the great questernal sound, even if such had existed; tion about the soap duties. “ Fat d'ye and with an expression of increased want, auld man ?" enquired the visiill humour after every visit to the tor—" bringin' a poddy a' this way to window, the gentleman renewed his hear ye'r havers." former occupation of sipping the “I merely wish to know, Angus, toddy and stirring the fire.
if there is any lad here you can send " Some folly or other of sister to the side of the hill to see if a carAlice,” at last he grunted, “ putting riage is coming this way." off her time in Edinburgh. They “ Tere's a laud oot in the byre,” ought to have been here by two replied Angus; “ but he's four score o'clock, and here it is eight, and not a year auld, an' has been teaf and blind sound of their wheels. That cursed since they took him to Inferness jail rivulet, to be sure, drowns every thing for dirking the packman- tiel tak else ; 'tis worse than our hundred their sowls for pittin an honest man in horse engine. I wish they were here, ony such places-ye can pid him gang, for being a Highland chieftain is lone. if ye like.” ly work after all—no coffee-house- Why, if he's deaf and blind, Anno club-no newspaper. Hobbins gus, he will be no great help." was right enough in saying, I should « Ten gang yersel'; petter that soon tire ;' but tire or not, I am too than sitting filling yer pig wame wi' proud to go back-no! Young whisky." Charles Hobbins shall marry Jane " You shall have a glass, Angus, Somers. I will settle them here for when I have tea brought in." three or four months in the summer, « An' little thanks for it too. It's a and we can all go back to his house small reward for comin' a' this way for the rest of the year. A real through the cauld." chieftain will be something to look at “ You may go now," said our fat there, though, in this cursed country, friend, who was now more anxious to it does not seem to create much admi. get quit of his visitor, than he had ration. What can be keeping sister been for his appearance. Alice ?"
“ Tiel a pit, tiel a pit; no without The gentleman walked to the win the glass ye promised.” dow once more, and opening it a little « Be off, sir- be more respectful to YOL, XLV, NO. CCLXXXI,
your superiors. I am chief of this hear, and the old lunatic, as peeps out clan."
of the hole in the wall, don't seem in• He's ta chief!” cried old Angus, clined to be civil." with a laugh that shot a chill into the « Oh, for heaven's sake, William, gallant chieftain's heart—" he's ta try again-shout as loud as you are chief is, he ? Hu! hu! hu!"
able.” " For goodness' sake, old man, go « Hillo! hillo! hillo!" back to your own room. You shall - What's the matter?" exclaimed have a whole bottle ; I'll send it to the voice of the new proprietor him. you directly.”
self, at the same moment that his head « Mak it a gallon, an' i'll gang. appeared at the window. Mak it a gallon-it will do for twa. Here we are, sir," replied Copus, days."
« half dead with fear and hunger, and « Well, well, you shall have a gal. yet can't get in to our own house for lon-only go," urged the now alarm- love or money." ed proprietor; for Angus, perceiving “ I'll open the door myself,” said his advantage, went on increasing in the chieftain, and putting for the his demands, and the self-elected chief nonce his newly acquired dignity into began to perceive that his subjects his pocket, he waddled through the were not so obedient as he had ex blustering passages, and turned the pected ; and vague ideas of dirks and key with his own hand. drownings occurred hurriedly to his « And this, then, is Ben-na-Groich mind.
Castle," sighed Miss Alice, as at Angus, however, seemed for this length she entered the parlour, leantime satisfied with his prize, and re- ing on the arm of her niece, and looksumed his way to the lower regions, ing round with a dolorous expression muttering and growling as he went that would have furnished a study for as if he had been a highly injured in a picture of despair. dividual, and leaving the fat gentle- « Even so," replied her brother, man in a very uncomfortable frame of with an attempt at a joyous chuckle mind.
that died off into a groan. Savages !” he murmured to him. “Oh, brother Ben-since Ben-naself; “by dad, we shall all be murdered Groich you insist on being calledto a certainty. However, when all oh, brother Ben, what tempted you my own servants arrive, we shall turn to buy such a place as this ?-in such Angus and the blind old man out of a country ? - among such hideous the castle, and have things a little bet- people ?" ter managed than this. But it cer- . "Partly a bad debt that the late tainly is very strange my sister does owner was on our books,- partly a not come! Our new man, Copus, is desire to be a regular chief, and a stout fellow, and would keep this astonish the Huxtables ; but cheer old rascal Angus in order."
up, sister, things will be better in a “ Fat, in the tiel's name, are ye day or two. We shall all put on our skirlin' there for?" said the sharp tartans - cheer up you too, niece voice of that uncourteous seneschal, Jane, Charles Hobbins will be here as he put his shaggy head out of the ere long-I've got some clothes ready glassless orifice that served as a win- for him too, and intend to give him a dow; “ are we a' teaf, think ye?” black feather, and make him as good
“ Hallo, old feller!" shouted the a downy-whistle as you can desire." voice of Copus in reply, « leave off "Ah, brother!" interposed Miss your hinfernal jabber, and open the Alice, “ that would have been all very door, will ye?"
well a short time ago, and it would “ Open't yersel', and be t–d till have been delightful to see you with ye,” screamed the old man—“her's your henchman and jellies and downy. no servant o' your's, I'm thinking." whistles--but 'tis too late now. Oh,
“ William, isn't there never a bell?" brother ! we are doomed to destrucenquired Miss Alice.
tion. Copus will tell you what he “Bell!" re-echoed Mr Copus; “no, has seen this very day." nor nothing else that a gentleman is "Why, what has he seen ?-a ghost? acquainted with ; so here I thinks, they are wery superstitious, and ma'am, we must stay all night, for believe in the second sight." that 'ere waterfall wont let nobody « Oh first sight is quite enough for