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“ But I know what I'll do for the future. The fails to accomplish it. In the old editions a Every button you have may drop off, and I won't case is cited, saying that an obligation to go from so much as put a thread to 'em. And I should St. Paul's in London to St. Peter's at Rome like to know what you 'll do then? Oh, you must within three hours, would be bad as the condition get somebody else to sew 'em, must you? That 's of a bond, because it would be obviously ima pretty threat for a husband to hold out to a wife! possible ; but in these days of railroads in esse and And to such a wife as I've been, too: such a balloons in posse, no judge would venture to lay it negro-slave to your buttons, as I may say! Some- down as law, that such a condition would be void body else to sew 'em, eh? No, Caudle, no : not on the ground of its being an impossibility. A while I'm alive! When I'm dead—and with condition, however, to do a certain act when what I have to bear there's no knowing how soon Waterloo Bridge should return a profit to the that may be—when I'm dead, I say-oh! what a original shareholders, would be void at once ; for brute you must be to snore so !
“ here,” says Alderson, B., "the impossibility “ You ’re not snoring ? Ha! that 's what you of the thing is upon the face of it, and stares us in always say; but that's nothing to do with it. the face, let us look how we may at it." You must get somebody else to sew 'em, must 36. When many join in one act, the law says it you ? Ha! I should n't wonder. Oh no! I should is the act of him who could best do it, and that the be surprised at nothing, now? Nothing at all! thing should be done by those of best skill.—Thus, It 's what people have always told me it would if there are six supernumeraries standing on the come to—and now, the buttons have opened my stage, and one tragedian, during the act of a eyes! But the whole world shall know of your tragedy, they all join in the act, but it is the act cruelty, Mr. Caudle. After the wife I've been to of the actor and not of the supernumeraries. So, you. Somebody else, indeed, to sew your but- if there be nine tailors employed in making a coat, tons! I'm no longer to be mistress in my own it is the act of one man, " For," says Coke, “if house! Ha, Caudle! I would n't have upon my I am asked who made my coat, I cannot answerconscience what you have, for the world! I Smith, Brown, Jones, Robinson, Doe, Roe, would n't treat anybody as you treat—no, I'm not THOMPSON, Dobson, and JOHNSON, though it be mad! It's you, Mr. Caudle, who are mad, or true that they have all had a hand in it. But if bad—and that's worse! I can't even so much Doe is the master, and Roe and the others are as speak of a shirt-button, but that I'm threatened the men, I say that Doe made the coat; but otherto be made nobody of in my own house! Caudle, wise, if Roe is the master, and Doe, with his you ’ve a heart like a hearth-stone, you have! fellows, the men, for then I say, marry, it was *To threaten me, and only because a button-a but- Roe that made my coat." By the bye, it has
been settled that though property in tail cannot “I was conscious of no more than this,” says come to a man till he is of full age, a coat in tail Caudle, in his MS., " for here nature relieved me may come to a youth of fourteen ; and it is not with a sweet, deep sleep."
usual to cut off the tail afterwards.
37. When two titles concur, the elder shall be preferred.—This maxim has given rise to some
dispute, and a curious case was once put in the PUNCH's noY'S MAXIMS.
following terins :-“Suppose I have two sorts of 33. Dolus et fraus unâ in parte sanari debent. wine, and the titles of both concur, both of them Deceit and fraud shall be remedied on all occa- | being called red wine, though one happens to be
It then becomes a sions.-It may be very true that deceit and fraud port, and the other elder.':* ought to be remedied, but whether they are is question whether the elder is to be preferred, a quite another question. It is much to be feared question, which all the best judges during the that in law, as well as in other matters, ought evening sittings have agreed io answer in the sometimes stand for nothing.
negative." 34. No man can take benefit of his own wrong: -— other arrearages are discharged.—Thus, a receipt
38. By an acquittance for the last payment all This is true enough, though a man may often
from benefit by the wrongs of other people. Some
your tailor would be, primâ facie, a discharge also suffer from another's wrong, as where a
to all your other debts, because your tailor's bill square-keeper, who had been snow-balled, ran
is the last payment you would think of making. after the wrong boy; the right boy, who was ' really wrong, escaped, and the wrong boy, who was not wrong at all, paid the penalty.
MISPRINTS.—Misprints often strike what are 35. Ler neminem cogit ad impossibilia. The termed unlucky blows. The omission of a 1 makes law compels no one to impossibilities.—This is the mortal the moral, and the immortal poet stands extremely considerate on the part of the law; but if praised as the immoral poet. We read a short it does not compel a man to impossibilities, it iime ago a lamentation on the frightful increase sometimes drives him to attempt them. The law, of morality in the metropolis ;” and once saw the however, occasionally acts upon the principle of advertisement of a treatise on “the blessed imiwo negatives making an affirmative, thus treating morality of the soul;" we have met with the two impossibilities as if they amounted to a pos- glory of a conqueror turned into gory by the dropsibility. As, when a man cannot pay a debt, law ping of the liquid consonant; our loyalty has been expenses are added, which he cannot pay either; shocked by the announcement of a "most reasonbut the latter being added to the former, it is pre- able attempt on the life of a sovereign :" but, sumed perhaps that the two negatives or impossi- worst of all, we lately saw the Duke of Bucking-bilities may constitute one affirmative or possibility, ham described, through the dropping of the dog's and the debtor is accordingly thrown into prison if letter, as the “ Farmer's Fiend."-Examiner.
From the Edinburgh Tales. many other sources, we learn that the Puritans THE SABBATH Night's supper. were, in domestic life, accomplished and enjoying,
as well as learned persons. Those who insist They misconceive the character of this northern that our national Sabbath must be gloomy, because, land who imagine of its people as a cold, sullen, in despite of nature, we do not, like Grimm's and ungenial race, shut up from the social char- Gerinan Baron keep jumping over chairs and ities, and incrusted with self-conceit, spiritual tables all day “to make ourselves lively," are pride, and gloomy bigotry; but they do Scotland, but shallow philosophers.-One redeeming social and their own understandings, worse wrong, who feature even they might acknowledge in our Day iinagine that this unsocial and austere national of Rest—The Sabbath Night's Supper. And temper is derived from that high-hearted reformed we trust that the venerable custom is not falling faith which has ever allied itself with the spirit of into desuetude. independence, and the sternest assertion of the The family re-union, and stated feast, was at principles of civil liberty—which has disdained to first almost a necessary consequence of long jouriruckle to expediency, and braved every peril in neys to distant kirks, while the population of the maintaining the charter wherewith God has made country was thin and scattered, and of those premin free.
posterous and interminable diets of sermonizing, The sabbatical observances of Scotland, espe- which made Sunday literally a fast-day, until the cially, have been misrepresented and ridiculed by evening. Then, indeed, the kitchen-fires were those who are so inconsistent in their boasted lighted up—then the flesh-pots seethed and difliberality as to contend that the Scotsman, by fused a savory steam, or the broche spun round in constitution a man of staid deportinent and serious the rural Manse, and in all the bien ha’-houses in thought, however warm or enthusiastic his inward the parish, or comfortable dwellings "" within feelings may be, is a bigot and a fanatic, who burgh." At the close of his hard day's work, would blot ihe sun from the firmament, and en- the reverend laborer was entitled to his social shroud the face of nature with universal gloom ; meal, of better than ordinary fare—"a feast of because he will not demonstrate his high enjoy- fat things''-hospitably shared with the chance ment of the Day of Rest by frisking or carousing-guest, the modest young helper, or the venerable cricketing with the peasant of England, or caper- elder. Nor was there wanting, if such were the ing under the green trees with the working-man taste and temper of the reverend presider at the of France. They will not pause to consider that, banquet, the zest of the clerical joke that promoted to him, the highest enjoyment of leisure, indepen- blameless hilarity and easy digestion.
The manse dently of religious feelings altogether, may be, set the custom to the parish. Now, to have “to commune with his own heart, and be still ;" insisted that the douce minister, with his family, or, the season of public worship past, to live apart or the decent farmer, with his lads and lasses, in unbroken communion with those to whom his should, to show their holyday feelings, first scamheart is knit by the strongest ties of duty, and the per here and there all day-any way far enough sweetest claims of affection. The gay Sunday of from home—and then go out of doors, to frisk, the theatre and the guinguette, and the more bois- like so many young maukins, in the moonlight, terous mirth of the tea-garden and the skittle would be about as intolerant as to compel the ground, would, to many a native of Scotland, champagne-loving Gallican to swallow, for his prove as joyless and burdensome on any day of especial enjoyment, the smoky-flavored Glenlivet the seven, as indecent and profane on the Sabbath, toddy with which Scotsman soberly crowned which he consecrates to retirement and meditation, the banquet of the Sabbath Night. or restricts to family intercourse and religious and intellectual exercises ; regarding it as time re- In the family of Adam Hepburn of the Fernydeemed to the self-examination and inward thought lees, the Sabbath Night's Supper had been a which his early moral and religious discipline have standing family festival for several generations. enabled him to employ aright and enjoy pro- The little quiet bustle of preparation among the foundly. Nor is it easy to say why liberal politi- women, the better fare, the more inspirited looks, cians and philosophers should almost force the the expanding social hearts, had become a thing people on modes of enjoyment, on their one day of inviolate custom, following the solemnities of of leisure, which they would consider quite un- family worship as regularly as the observance of worthy of their own higher mental cultivation and that domestic ordinance. The venerable head of pursuits.
the house would then tell of the times when CarOne Sabbath for the rich, and another for the gill, and Renwick, and Rutherford, and other poor-restraint upon the scanty enjoyments of the potent divines of the evil times, fathers and mighty hard-toiling many, and impunity and bounty to the men in Israel, burning and shining lights in a luxurious pleasures of the wealthy few—are at darkened land, had, when fleeing before the bloody the same time so directly subversive of the plainest and persecuting house of Stuari—from whom the precepts and injunctions of that religion which curse would never depart !—by their blessings and recognizes man's complete equality in civil rights their prayers hallowed the hospitalities which and in moral obligation, that we have not one they shared in this very dwelling; and that word to say for prohibitions that must press un- although the then inmates of Fernylees had been equally.
proscribed, and often severely mulcted, for harThese remarks detain us too long from our boring the men of God, their substance had rather story, which we meant to preface by the assertion, increased than diminished under this oppression, that the types of neither the Scottish Presbyterian, which they felt, not for themselves, but for the nor the English Puritan, were of the austere, sul- faithful of the land, and the afflicted Church of len, and cynical character which their adversaries Scotland, tried in the furnace. have alleged. John Knox himself kept a cellar of No one had ever listened with more attention good wine, and knew how to use as not abusing it. to these noble tales, of doing and daring for conFroin the “ Memoirs of Colonel Hutchison," and science' sake, than Charles Hepburn, the youngest
son of the family of Fernylees, who was born to gait, and gold in gowpens?" cried Tibby, who, admire with enthusiasm, but not yet to emulate, by the way, was in general much less indulgent to the virtues of those heroic sufferers.
the faults of Charles than was her friend the The elderly female servant who superintended shepherd, who had loved him from the days of Adam Hepburn's household, had been more than fishing with a crooked pin, and shooting with usually provident of the creature-comforts destined bourtree guns, though he knew, what indeed was to cover his board on the particular night on which no longer a secret, that the youth possessed a our story opens. The circumstances of the family fatal facility and unsteadiness of character, already made it a time of more than ordinary tenderness yielded to to an extent that alarmed those who and solemnity. The following morning was to loved him best, for his rectitude as much as for witness the final breach and disruption of all that his worldly prosperity. now remained to be taken away of the young props It is not uncommon to find in a large family one of the roof-tree of the house of Fernýlees. The peculiarly gifted child, to endow whom nature elder daughter, who had borne the chills of seems to have robbed the others of genius, beauty, celibacy, ten years after her three sisters were and attractiveness. Charles Hepburn, by seven married, was to leave the home of her youth to years the youngest, was “the flower of the flock sojourn, as her old father in his prayer expressed of Fernylees,'' loved, indulged, spoiled, as far as it, in the allusion he made to her circumstances as a gracious temper and a generous heart will spoil ; a bride, in the tents of strangers. But it was the and that, alas, was in his case far enough! He going forth into the evil, unknown, and dreaded had been the caressed plaything, the petted child, world, of one who from infancy had, by his fas- the pampered school-boy of his brothers, but parcinations and his very errors, excited far more of ticularly of his younger sisters. But at the age fear and of hope-on
-one over whom his father's heart of twenty-four, the overweening affection of his yearned while his spirit travailed—that the old aged father alone remained unimpaired, increased, man dwelt, in his devotions, with a touching and deepened by the very causes which alienated other simple pathos, and poured forth his feelings in hearts. He who had the most suffered, still loved that scriptural language and imagery familiar to the most. Nor to a stranger did this seem wonhis lips, replied to by the low, involuntary sob of derful. Look in the open, genial, and handsome a married sister of the youth who was the object countenance of Charles, and his besetting sins of these fervent petitions, and by the sympathetic could not be imagined of very deep dye; spend chord touched in the staid bosom of Tibby Elliott, with him a quietly social, or brightly convivial the above-mentioned elderly serving-woman. The hour, and all errors or defects of character had contagion even spread to old Robin, the shepherd. disappeared before the charm of his manner, and
When the worshippers rose from their knees, were forgotten or denied to exist. Yet their and turned to the neatly-spread table, on which undeniable existence had crushed and grieved the was already laid the apparatus for the feast, the spirit of his venerable father, and fallen hard on aged father, sinking in his high-backed chair, the shortened means that were to sustain his old shaded his thin temples with his hand; and remain- age in humble independence. Nor was Charles ed silent, as if his spirit were yet within the veil. unaware of any part of this; and the reproaches
Charles Hepburn retired to the porch with his of his elder brother, a man of quite opposite married sister—they were silently, hand in hand, temper, or the affectionate remonstrances of his standing, looking out upon the stars—when the married sister, were less severe than his own freancient maid-servant appeared :--and “ O Charlie, quent bitter self-upbraidings. Now he stood on my man," was the whisper of the motherly Tibby, the threshold of a new life. Hope was once as drying her eyes with her apron, she passed more dawning upon him, after repeated disapout into the kitchen, which was in a wing of the pointment, not the less afflictive that it was selftenement; “My man, Charlie, if ye be not a good caused; and his sanguine, bold, and happy temper bairn now." -She had gone on before Charles rose to meet the new crisis. could reply, if he had been inclined or able to Charles had received what is usually termed a speak.
good education. But it could not have been the Tibby Elliott was on this night a woman cum- wisest, for its early fruits were not soul-nurture, bered with many cares. “Gie ye the broche a nor wisdom and peace. He had been highly distwirl, Robin," was her first cry." I would no tinguished at the University of Glasgow; and his like, nor you either, but to see things right and father, who had in his own heart early devoted mensfu' in the Ha’ House o' the Fernylees, and a him to the service of the altar, secretly rejoiced in son and a daughter going in the same day frae the hope of seeing him an ornament of the church. under its roof-tree.-Fetch down that bowen o' But his natural abilities and advantages of educaeggs, Robin ; we'se have a drappit egg with the tion had not yet been improved even to any stoved eerocks, the breed o' Charlie's sprangled worldly purpose. game hens he was so proud of langsyne, poor " To throw all his lear to the cocks, and leave callant. But, oh, man! heard ye ever the auld us !” said the old shepherd, while Tibby and Master sae powerfu' in intercession as this night? himself discussed the circumstances of the family It's weel to be seen who lies next his heart's and the prospects of the cadet, with the freedom kernel-his motherless son !-And no other won- assumed by all menials, and justifiable in old atder; for, with all his faults—and they are neither tached domestics :-" It is grieving." few nor far to seek—a better-hearted youth, of the “And would ye have had him play the hyponame, never crossed the door-step of the Fernylees crite-pretend to a gift and a call to preach the in all its generations.”'.
gospel — when it 's ower weel kent Rob Burns' “ If ye gie him a' his ain way, and keep his light-headed ballads aye came far readier to pouches routh o'siller,” replied the shepherd, Charlie than the Psalms of David in Metre," who was of the species of dry humorists not rare cried Tibby Elliott, honest indignation giving in Scotland in his condition.
energy to her tones, as on her knees she ladled “And what for should he no' have his ain or fished up the salted goose and greens, that
were to act vis-a-vis, to her stewed eerocks, Ang-hands, she halted to remark, that“ The deadening lice, chickens.
o'natural affection, the sure sign o' the rampant “ Houts, tuts, woman; yer are owerly strait- growth of pride, prodigality, and the love o laced for this day o' the warld; what would have filthy lucre, was among the sorest of the defections ailed Charlie to have graned away among the of these sinfu' times; when gear sindered the auld leddies till he had gotten the CALL, and the hearts nature had made the sibbest." patron's presentation too, and a good sappy down- The time was gone by, when the man and the sitten, when, I daursay, he could have seen the woman sat at the board-end of the house o' the wisdom o being a wee bit twa-faced, like his Fernylees; but on this night of peculiar solemnity, neighbor ministers, and on his peremptors before the old respectable pair who occupied the kitchen, folk ony way. With eighteen or twenty chalder were invited into the parlor to drink prosperity to victual stipend, a new Manse, and a piece gude the departing inmates; the other servants were on glebe-land, it's no sae dooms difficult to be a the new system, lodged in bothies, save one young douce parish minister as ye trow, Tibby. I would girl, Tibby's aide-de-camp. This invitation was undertake the job myself for half the pay. Gi'e made on the motion of Charles, who was himself our young chevalier a black gown and Geneva the bearer of it, and who returned with Tibby ban's, and let him alane for a year or twa to settle under his arm, smirking and smoothing down her down, and I'll wad he's turn out a great gun o'newly-donned clean apron, Robin Steele following, the gospel.”
with his queerest, funniest face, and his broad “Ye profane knave!” cried Tibby, shaking blue bonnet, en chapeau bras. Cold, and halfher fist in the face of her old friend, between jest offended, though the bride-elect mighi look from and earnest : “Have ye been reading Tam Pen, under her dropt eyelids, the countenance of the [Paine) that ye speak sae lightly o ministers! auld Maister, and even those of the married Mr. Charles, with all his backslidings, is no sae daughters of the family, brightened in welcome far left to himself as to lay a rash, uncalled hand of this addition to the party. Robin's Young on the ark—and the Lord will bless hin for it. Chevalier diligently filled the glass of Charles' He is the bairn, as I can testify, o' many a secret Greysteel,*-such were their old caressing names prayer. I do not misdoubt to see him the grandest for each other-caressing after the humorous merchant in a' Liverpool yet. Sore trial as it has fashion of Soottish wooing, of “nipping and been to the kind, gude, auld Maister, crossed in scratching." his pride, and spulyied in his purse, to see Charles The heart of the patriarchal farmer, at the stick in the wark o' the ministry. But redde head of the board, appeared to become lighter, the gait there, till I carry ben the supper.' for the whispered, half-heard, kindly jibes, passing
“Ye like a' to make a sicker bargain you unco- below the salt. gude folks, Tibby. A sappy foretaste here, and “ What can I do for you, Robin, and for you
too, Tibby," whispered Charles, " in yonder far. “Now Robin, ye radical, hold the scorning away big town?” The considerale maiden paused. tongue o' ye ;-would ye see the Maister scrimpit " Send her a sure account o' the state o' the o' his Sabbath night's supper, wi' a' his brains gospel in Whirlpool,” whispered Robin, smiling, happy about him?"
and winking. " And him," retorted Tibby, snel''That would I not, lass ; though I might just ly, “ be sure ye send him a sound prent,” (Robin's as weel like the auld time when rent was light, name for a radical newspaper,) " showing how the though woo' less by the stone, and when the nation is going to wrack, and the woo' rising." man and the woman sat at the inaster's board-end. “ E'en let it be sae,” rejoined the shepherd I wish the auld Maister no scant measure o' a' laughing. “ That is, if it cost ye no expense. good things. May blessings be multiplied on I'm not particular about the age, if the doctrine 's him and his. May the upper and the nether sound when it comes; the whig prents are grown springs be his portion ! and his also, the thought as wersh and fuzionless as " what we cannot of whom lies heavy on his spirit, this night!"- tell, for the conversation swelled into a higher The old man reverently lifted the bonnet off his key, and became more general and lively. Charles silvered head as he uttered these good wishes for was allowed to replenish the punch-bowl once; his master; to which the friendship and daily but the motion for another was promptly opposed intercourse of threescore years gave the fervor of by Tibby, and quietly overruled by the Master. a prayer.
And the youth, just beginning to taste " the sweet In a lighter tone, Robin added, nearly as much o' the night,” wished Sunday had been Monday. ashamed of strong,'or deep emotion, as if he had It was, as Robin Steele afterwards sorrowfully been a man of the world instead of a shepherd of remarked, the foundation of all his faults, that the Border hills,-“We can a' take precious “He ne'er kenned when to stop." Long before good care o' ourselves, Tibby; save just the auld the conviviality had reached the pitch to which Maister himself, and the young Chevalier. There's Charles was attuned, the table had been cleared, canny Mr. Gilbert, our auldest hope,—let number and the “Big Ha' Bible” again placed upon it. one alone to see after him. And as for mim Miss Mr. Hepburn requested, on this night, that his Mysie, I 'll wager she's thinking more than this friends should sing with him and his children, the night, Sabbath though it be, of her bridal fal-als, scriptural paraphrase of the chapter which he and the blankets and sheets she can rieve frae the called on his son, Charles, to read, the vision of Fernylees, to her new hame, and of the hundred the Patriarch, as he journeyed to Padanarammore pounds o' tocher she should have had, had the covenant pillar of Bethel. so much not been spent on Charlie's learning, The devotional feelings of Charles Hepburn, than o' the father's house, and the kindred she's though he had made shipwreck of his intended leaving, and the witless, glaiket brother she is parting from.”
* Greysteel, the name, few natives of Scotland need be Tihby could not dispute this affirmation. With Douglas. The young Pretender was called the Chera
told, given by James the Fourth, when a boy, to the the goose smoking on the assiette, between herlier.
profession, were still as warm and excitable as his his affairs still formed the theme of the kitchen convivial sympathies. When that beautiful hymn, fireside, to which the shepherd had returned to "O God of Bethel,”
light his pipe, after suppering the steed that was
to bear Charles away early in the morning to a was sung, which so powerfully blends human spot traversed by the Carlisle mail, and to which charities with heavenly trust, every fibre of his his Greysteel was to accompany him on the pony. frame was vibrating. Repelled by the seeming “I have no brew of this sudden journey, coldness of those around him, who could now, as Robin," said the thoughtful Tibby. he scornfully thought, quietly say good night, and how ill fit that lad is to take care of himself : retire to bed, he wandered out beneath the stars. anither bowl on a Sabbath night! He's not fit The very natural thought rose as he gazed around : to be trusted frae hame-liis wild aits are far from “What shall have occurred to me, before I look being a' sown yet, or I'm sair mista’en." again on Fernylees, and share my dear Pather's “And no place filter than the Fernylees to drap Sabbath Night's Supper?.”
them, where I'm sure there's no want of o' geese There would probably have appeared little to pick them up,” said Robin, in a humor between beauty in the scene on which the moon was now mirth and bitterness. No one foresaw the dangers rising in any one whose eyes had like those of his friend Charles' character more clearly than of Charles, first opened upon this nook of earth. himself; but he saw farther, and looked hopefully The Fernylees was a rather bare, extensive pas- 10 the future effects of the young man's early ture farm, lying on “the winter-shaded” side of a training, and to the natural strength of his underrange of Border bills, near the foot of which, on standing yet correcting errors in whose source a gentle ascent, stood the thatched farm-house. were mingled A few small arable fields and rushy meadows,
So much of Earth-so much of Heaven, stretched out in front and along the holm, by the side of the river,
And such impetuous blood. humble stream, yet not unknown in Scottish song. Around, lay the open The thick overspreading branches of “ Judon's pastures, running up into the hills, and covered ash,” had for generations formed a kind of chapwith patches of fern, and straggling tufts of elry to the farm-house of Fernylees. It was the juniper and gorse, or shelving into hollows and fortune of Charles Hepburn to be now, as it drew little glades interspersed with natural coppices of on to midnight, the involuntary listener to his grayhazel, alder, and sloe-thorn. On one hand was a haired father's earnest prayers for himself. Wiih low range of bothies and farm-offices; on the feelings he listened, from which we withdraw in other, about equi-distant, rose, on an airy mound, reverence, though their fountain was no deeper than the barn-yard, exactly on the site of the old Peel- the breast of a gay and very thoughtless young house of the Fernylees. Its massy sunken wall man. or bulwark was part of the original structure. The lingering influence of these feelings made Four very large ash-trees had remained here, and, him listen with more than ordinary patience and save one, thriven, since the times of the Border humility, to the final warning and lecture with raids. On the partially blasted ash the tyrant which Robin and Tibby gratuitously favored him. baron of the Fernylees (which was now a frac
- Dinna let wise Mr. Gilbert be casting ye up tion of a ducal domain) had hung Judon Ker, ain our dish," said the shepherd, appealing to a Border thief, whose prowess was recorded in one species of motive, at all times too powerful with of Tibby Ellioti's ballads. In a nest, or cradle, Charles. amid its withered branches, the boy Charles had " And oh, Charlie,” wailed the privileged and found an out-look far up and down the valley, and now weeping maiden, “ be wise now, like a dear a place removed from the bustle of the family, in bairn, and bring not shame upon the honest house which to con his book in quiet-Charles, the of Fernylees; and the gray hairs o' the maister, youth, a spot " for ruminating sweet and bitter with sorrow to the grave.' fancies," and for a repentance too seldom followed Charles could not reply then : but seventeen by good fruits.
miles off, and ten hours later, when he shook He once again swung himself up into his old hands with the shepherd, as the mail came up, he nestling place; and, on the eve of a new existence, said with the frank cordiality and sanguine conficast his thoughts backwards upon his few and evil dence that kept the hearts his follies would have days, from the time that he had left the Univer- alienated : “ You shall hear how steady a fellow sity. His course had been series of errors and I am growing, Robin. Don't despair of seeing of failures in various attempts to obtain a living, me, though going out a poor clerk, Mayor of Livalternating with periods of complete idleness, spent erpool yet; while wise Gibby, at home yonder”– often in bitterness, while lounging about his The coach-horn drowned the prognostication of father's farm. Though Charles was but too prone the young prophet, whatever it might be, regardto divide the blame of his misconduct with others, ing his staid, industrious brother; and he mounted and to find it in any cause save the true one, it and was whirling over the moor, while his Greywas not in a season like this, when unveiled con- steel followed him with glistening eyes. science arraigned his thoughts, to listen to her solemn deliverance pronounced on his conduct, And now two years had passed over the house that he could deceive himself. His elder brother of Fernylees, unmarked by any important change, and sister had treated him with coldness—had save that Tibby Elliott fancied, with some iruth, scowled upon him as the idle waster of his father's that her old master looked a dozen years older, substance, which was robbery of their rights. and Robin Steele silently remarked the increasing What he called their selfishness usually raised his difficulty with which he met the half-yearly rentindignation : but his feelings were moderate at this day. Frequent and various in the same period hour, and did more justice to his just, if not very had been ihe shifting fortunes of Charles Hepgenerous or cordial relatives. While this train of burn ; and flattering, painful, and contradictory thought and sentiment absorbed the young man, I the accounts received of and from him. Now all