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150 feet, adorned with rich ornaments. The grey eyes, and a short, well-trimmed beard. high altar stood between two columns, adorned He wore a doublet of black cloth, profusely with precious stones, surrounded with images ornamented with silver lace whose glory had wrought in the most beautiful manner, and departed, a student's cap, a ruff of lace of covered with a canopy of richly carved oak, such extraordinary dimensions as to seem like representing saints and angels in innumerable a Chinese pillory, a long sword in a rusty attitudes and postures. On the east side was sheath, and riding-boots of cordovan. This the shrine of St. Erkinwald, * whose appear. man bore the name of Nathaniel Scrivener, ance was so splendid that princes and nobles and was what in those times was called a flocked from all countries to gaze upon the proctor, otherwise a roguish lawyer, an attorwonderful work of art, and lay their oblations ney struck from off the rolls, and who, conbefore it. In a wooden tabernacle, on the sequently, carried on an independent business right side of the altar, was placed a beautiful of legal quackery. painting of St. Paul. In the centre of the Colner, followed by the new comer, passed church stood a large cross, and towards the across the nave and entered the confessional. north door a small crucifix, while against a Again the murmuring of voices was heard, pillar in the body of the cathedral was a / and thus it continued for near an hour. Then beautiful image of the Virgin, adorned with Sir Michael stepped forth; his burgonet had precious stones.
been exchanged for a velvet cap, and over his Passing onward amidst the motley group | knightly gear he wore a black mantle. Thus of all degrees and stations, Sir Michael de la equipped he quitted the church, passing hastily Pole pursued his way, swearing a deep and across the enclosure at the little gate. His bitter revenge on Ambrose Quartermaine; and, squire awaited his coming. He mounted, and as he entered the chapel, the choristers burst setting his horse into a quick pace, rode toforth in melody. The soul-subduing strains wards the tower of St. Martin. He had not arose in swelling measure, fragraut perfumes | proceeded many yards when loud shouts were filled the air, from golden censors cast, and heard miugling with the clangour of warlike the priests, in costly vestments, bent lowly instruments and the clank of martial accoudown before the altar chanting the prayers. trements. The next instant a valiant comYet this was unheeded by the Spanish knight :pany appeared—the knights of the tourney, motionless as a statue he stood by the gates with their esquires and banner-bearers, the of the chapel, clad in his steel harness and corporation of London, in their scarlet robes with the axe still in his hand. At length a of office, with a vast multitude of henchmen, step was heard approaching. Sir Michael servitors, and lacqueys. Sir Michael withturned and beheld Cardwell Colner, who mo- drew from the public way, and passing amidst tioned him to follow. Obeying the gesture, the multitude assembled at the end of the the knight strode on, following the servitor West Cheap, awaited the approach of the down the southern aisle to the confessional, chivalric parade. Feigning to be unacquainted a chanıber formed of richly-carved oaken with the nature of the cavalcade, he accosted wainscoting. They entered it together; the a bluff and stalwart burgher: “What is all murmuring of voices might be heard, but this pageantry, good sir ?” he said. their words were spoken lowly and indistinct. ' “ What!” replied the substantial cit., Presently Colner reappeared, hastily passing "know you not of the joustings? These across the church and quitting it by the are the puissant chevaliers returning from the northern door. He was absent some ten or tourney and hieing to the mansion of Sir fifteen minutes, and then returned in com. | Edward Hungerford. Twelve knights this pany with a stranger, a man of tall stature, | day have run a tilt in Smithfield.” yet sparely made, his features sharp and sickly, “How so?” inquired Michael. “There yet ever bearing a bland smile. He had large are but ten in yon valiant cavalcade."
“ There's been brawling, I hear,” he re* In 1339 the dean and chapter of the cathedral
plied. “Two chevaliers have fought with employed three goldsmiths to work upon the shrine for a whole year.
weapons far more dangerous than blunted lances; the one was a knight of Spain, and ( " as thou hast heard the scheme, thou wilt be he, they say, attacked one Ambrose Quarter- / pleased to take thy share therein ?” maine with a huge axe, and then fled like a “Right willingly," the verger answered. runagate, whilst Quartermaine was suddenly | " Thou hast nought," he continued, “to fear summoned to the royal presence.”
from me. Thy secret is safe. Depart Upon receiving this information Michael, peace.” much to the surprise of the stalwart citizen, "Nay,” said the proctor, “ wilt thou aduttered a terrible oath, and setting spurs to journ with us, and talk the matter coolly over his horse, dashed down the West Cheap. a pottle of sack ?”
* * * * * | The verger assented, and the worshipful Though Michael had quitted the cathedral, triumvirate emerged from the coufessional in his companions Colner and Scrivener still company. lingered in the confessional. "Methinks,” quoth the first of these wor.
CHAPTER VI. shipful gentlemen, “ this scheme of ours will prove an abundant source of wealth to both of
"AT MINE INN." us. What sayest thou ?”.
ONE wintry evening in the year 1515, some “The scheme," Scrivener replied, “is one three years subsequent to the events recorded of difficulty and danger, and surely the guerdon | in our last chapter, a worshipful company had ought to be equivalent.”
assembled at the “Old Tabarde,” in South“Five hundred marks !” said Colnet, by | wark. way of explanation.
of all the ancient taverns in this good old “The scheme," continued Scrivener, “is City of London, and its neighbour over the what the law considers crime, and rewards water the pleasant ville of Southwark (the with death ; and though we must all give up south-work of the Danes), none surpassed, if, the ghost at some period, yet to resign it on indeed, any equalled, this rare old hostel. It a gibbet before a gaping multitude is no very was a quaint building occupying a vast space pleasant prospect.”
of ground, being but one story in height, While he was yet speaking a portion of the with huge stacks of carved and twisted chimoaken panelling was thrust aside, and a neys and numerous gables, whilst over the stranger, in the garb of a verger, appeared at entrance the window recess of the upper story the opening. “Truly a notable scheme,” he projected, forming a goodly porch, beneath said, "for a worshipful squire, a valiant knight, which, in summer time, mauy a group assemand honest lawyer to engage in, and to pursue bled; some to talk, some to drink, and all, it under the mask of revenge for an insult, for the host's sake, let us hope, to pay their when the only aim is cupidity.”
score. There was a trough before the door Although Colner and the proctor seemed with a signboard reared above it, on which a surprised at the appearance of the verger, herald's doublet was emblazoned; and though yet they offered him no violence, for right good wine needs no bush, the “ Tabarde” had well they knew him ; they did not even mani. one of vast dimensions. fest displeasure at the interruption.
The night was bitterly cold, and the frost “Nay, Master Hayward,” Colner said, so hard that the very Thames was held in “thou hast not been playing eavesdropper!” icy fetters. Hard-frozen snow lay thick on
“Marry, that have I,” replied the verger, every projection of the old tavern, but from " and a more notable scheme I never heard the windows, and especially from one window, Yet,” he continued, “thy memory hath failed there came a bright and cheerful glow that thee in one instance, for the guerdon was one made the white snow blush. thousand marks, instead of half that sum !” In the room that sent out this welcome
The brow of Scrivener bent in anger when | light into the darkness a company of boon he heard this disclosure of the duplicity of companions had met, and being mightily cosy the servitor.
over their strong ale-"jolly good ale and old” “Perchance, Master Hayward,” said Colner, 1-to say ncthing of the burnt sack, of which
they had emptied some pottle pots, they felt changed the topic by saying that he did not but small inclination to quit their warm quar- covet his guests their journey over the ice, ters and face the biting wind.
and wished them all safe to the other side. Nick Sherring was there, his good humour He had heard that some ugly business had unabated-- not to be chilled by winter's cold; been done on the ice. Cut-purses abounded, so and there was Master Studely. It was rather | he had been told. late for him to be out, and he was slightly “They must be sharp at their work to cut uneasy, for his master, the mercer, was a my purse,” said Sherring. “I give them leave sharp disciplinarian, and it was averred had to do it. I never had one--never wanted one made his 'prentice smart after a fashion that never have anything to put in it.” was anything but agreeable to that young “Murrain on the knaves," said Studely, gentleman. There also was a broker, John |“ when they molest me they would cry a Lincoln by name, a heavily-built man with a mercy with broken pates!” sinister expression. And there were some “There spoke the brave !” Sherring reothers, whose names it is not necessary to torted. "Ah, Master Studely, thou hast the particularise.
makings of a soldier in thee! Throw away “They must be old heads," quoth the the measuring-rod and buckle on the sword. host, as he bustled about, clattering cups and if I had but thy spirit---" platters with a busy air-"they must be old “Nay, thou art not lacking in courage ; heads that can remember such another frost but, withal, there is something in blood. My as this. Marry, everything is solid !” grandfather commanded a train-band com
"It chills everything but our blood,” said pany. I have heard say a Studely was hit Master Studely, with a valiant expression and at Agincourt. There is something in it!” a twirl of the moustaches that he seemed to “Something! Nay, there is everything in fancy were on his upper lip. “Blood keeps it. Beshrew me, but one would be glad to its warmth, my masters."
change this poor stuff in my veins for a--" "In the breast of heroes," Sherring re- “Come," quoth the landlord, “ please you sponded; “but we are not all of the same to change your topic for a fresh pottle pot.” sort. I, for one, have a touch of the cold so “Agreed.” sharp that, were it not for the ale, would At that moment there was a voice heard make an icicle of me in no time.”
shouting lustily in the open air. The street “Prytbee peace, good fellow," quoth Master door of the hostel had been closed to keep Studely, “we are all of the same stuff-all out the bleak wind. men of iron in one thing. Say I not true, “What ho! Within there!” Master Lincoln ? "
To the door goes mine host, presently reThe broker, thus appealed to, answered, turning in much baste and some confusion. “Ay, in the good cause."
“Away from here as soon as may be, “But though we be of iron,” said Sherring, Master Nick,” he whispered. “Quality's " we may be wielded in divers forms: some coming, and I must furnish a rear supper. iron turned to steel and made into a sword- Lend me a hand, good fellows." some iron wrought into a spade.”
| With readiness Nick assented, and busied Master Studely complacently surveyed his himself straightway. Not so Master Studely. own image in a dish of polisbed pewter that He had heard the word quality. He had the stood beside him, and was good enough to idea that he was fit company for any one; remark that Sherring was a shrewd krave and consequently he did not budge from the fire. had his parts—at which Sherring pretended Everybody was busy; even John Lincoln, to look gratified, only he winked at the land- a stout man with but little activity, helped lord, who, being of an explosive nature, roared to spread the board. A few minutes only with laughter.
elapsed before the guests entered—Sir Geoffrey Quieting himself as soon as he could, which Wanstead, leaning on the arm of Ambrose was not so soon as he wished, the landlord | Quartermaine.
BOYS AT CHEQUASSET ; OR, “A LITTLE LEAVEN.”
BY THE AUTHOR OF THE “GAYWORTHYS.”
believed that he should at once bave fallen
into carelessness and confusion. But it is not A NEW PROJECT.
always the marked outward changes in our I PROMISED you a description of John's life or circumstances that produce such corchamber. If yon like old houses, and little,
responding change as we might look for in quaint, unusual arrangements, as well as I do, character. We have what seems to be great and as Johnnie did, you will be interested in
opportunities, and pass through them unim
opportunities, and pass through hearing about it.
proved ; and again, a very trifle shall turn, The house had a square front, with what is unexpectedly, the whole course
unexpectedly, the whole course of our habits called an L extending from it behind. John's and motives henceforth. room was in this L. The part which joined | If John had had a different room given the main building was divided at first into him in the same house where he had lived two bedrooms, side by side, together occupy for so many years, the taking possession and ing its entire width, but not in equal shares. | arranging it, being but a single novelty, Back of these, at some later time, an addi- would have been absorbing. But here he tion had been made; and the space so ob- was surrounded by novelties, drawn hither tained had been used on the one side to make and thither by various attractions; and fresh a large closet or small dressing-room, con employments for his time offered themselves nected with the larger of the two original every hour. He still had a pride and delight rooms; and the remainder, by cutting away in his room, and he still had an intention of the partition which intervened, was thrown pretty soon taking time to "fix it all up, firstinto the second, or smaller. This was John's rate ;” but meanwhile, he was busy in a room ; aud was, as you will thus understand, dozen other ways, and all along growing so a sort of double room, having one portion at used to the ownership and occupancy of the right angles with the other.
pretty apartment, that before the convenient The opening between was finished in the occasion should come, his first enthusiasm form of an arch, and there was a descent here would have worn off, and it would all have of a single step, the further portion being become an old story. lower than the other.
I dare say, also, you may wonder a little At the right as you enter, stood his ward at my ihinking it worth while to tell you a robe. Opposite the door, and beyond the long story only to illustrate the importance arch, was his bed. Opposite this, again, in to a boy of ten of acquiring a habit of order the right-hand end, bis dressing-table, and and exactness in little things. But a boy of against the blank wall beside the arch, his | ten, brought up among gentle influences, is washing-stand.
not likely, I am glad to think, to have fallen Altogether, it was a very pleasant arrange into very serious moral evils. It is precisely ment; and John, as you may suppose, found those faults which seem trifling that he is in it charming from its novelty.
danger of; and that, according as they may You may think it very strange, too, that if be unchecked or overcome, will have a subile John had before had any disorderly ways, this but certain influence in the formation of his should not have been with him a starting- | whole character and life. It
whole character and life. I think we are put poiut of sure improvement. It would have | into life as into a school; and God, like a been so natural, you say, that he should have | wise Teacher, gives us, at first, but simple felt a new and zealous interest in having lessons to learn ; so simple, that we may everything about him in perfect keeping and imagine it can be of little consequence methodical array. It seems hardly to be whether we learn them thoroughly and faitli
fully, or not; and yet they are purposely emergency ; for, as his father very truly said, provided to lead us on, easily and insensibly, no such necessity could arise except through to far higher and more difficult things. carelessness of his own; for be was provided “Faithful in little," at the beginning with light implements of every sort that Mr. "faithful,” afterward, “in much.” It is only Osburn himself was possessed of. in very untoward conditions, growing out of Of course, John's first impulse on finding the wrong or neglect of others, that a child's himself so commodiously established, was to life-lessons are hard ones at the first. It was set on foot some grand undertaking in the not meant to be so.
mechanical way. For a day or two, he could John used sometimes to say to his mother, think of nothing sufficiently stupendous ; but when she urged upon him the importance of at length, one morning as he accompanied orderly habits
Jacob to drive the cow up into the High “Wby, mother, that's girls' business! | Pasture, a bright thought struck him. Boys want to learn different sorts of things. “I'll tell you what, Jacob !” he exclaimed Aunt Horatia says that Cousin Leopard is as they crossed the brook at the foot of the nothing but a molly coddle; all the time garden by means of four or five steppingpoking into corners, and fidgeting round like stones. “I'll build a bridge ! Won't that be a woman. I don't want to be a molly jolly ?” coddle!"
“Ruther,” replied Jacob. “Oply I cal’late "Neither do I wish it, Johnnie,” his the buildin' 'll be the jolliest part on 't.” mother would answer. “But one may have “Why? Don't you believe I can build a the instinct and habit of order without being good one ?" asked John. anything of the sort. You can never be any. “Dunno but yer might,” replied Jacob; thing great without order. It is 'heaven's “but I guess you won't like it so well as the first law '—the first condition for things of steppin'-stones, arter all.” mind and soul, as well as body and belong. “Well, the stones are nice, to be sure,” ings. Do you think any one could be a great replied John ; " but I'll build the bridge a merchant, or a lawyer, or a doctor, or a com- little way up, so as to have the stones, too. mander of armies, or a ruler of a state, with. And then, you kuow, people can take their out this first of all, and at the bottom of choice. If my mother came over here, she'd everything ? God made the world by it, like the bridge best, I know." Juhanie.'
“Most likely she would," agreed Jacob. When the new tool-room was finished, Mr. So, as soon as they got back to the barn, Osburn told John that he might keep his John began to collect his tools and plan his tool-box there; and he desired the carpenter work. Mr. Osburn had given him leave, on to make for him a little bench of a conve- condition that he should not abuse the privinient height for him to work at. This stood lege by wastefulness, to take material or in one corner of the room; and there he was“ stock," as he called it, in carpenter phrase, to keep his box, and do all his little jobs of from what had remained after the real carcarpentry. In fact, he was forbidden, from penter-work was finished. There was a this time forward, to take any tool or work small pile of nicely-planed boards in the barn, of the sort into the house, unless by especial beside the tool-room door. John tirst selected permission. His mother expressed herself two of these, and having sawed them into greatly delighted at this new arrangement, as lengths of about three feet each, he piled John's tools and materials had been, for a them upon his wheelbarrow, and wheeled long while, literal “ stumbling-blocks” in the them down to the brook. Then he went to way of her orderly housekeeping. Moreover, the wood-pile, and found among the long John was put upon his honour, as a condition logs which had not been sawed up as yet for of his occupying such portion of his father's firewood two that would answer, as he thought, room, not to medule with, or borrow for his for the foundation of his bridge. But, before own use, any tools of Mr. Osburn's—not attempting their removal, he prudently even in what might seem to him the greatest measured their length with his two-foot rule,