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Early next morning, Douglas, perceiving that home at once. Other counsel, however, prethe enemy's forces were increasing around him, vailed. Douglas himself, on personal grounds, deemed it prudent to depart with his army in elected to remain, and so afford Hotspur an the direction of his own country. Marching opportunity of regaining his pennon. Such was north-westward along the road, nearly in a line the weight of the Scottish leader's influence that with that presently traversed between Newcastle the other chiefs and their followers readily and Otterburn, after a little playful skirmishing assented to stay where they then were. To on the way, the Scottish army reached the place, make their position safer they began to entrench ever since memorable as the scene of a great themselves more securely, throwing up earthbattle shock.
works towards the north, and in other parts “ They lighted high on Otterbourne,
walling themselves in with felled trees. Their Upon the bent sae brown;
movements, from the time they left Newcastle They lighted high on Otterbourne, And threw their pallions down.”
till they arrived at Otterburn, had been observed
On the following morning, Wednesday, the by the people living on the line of march, and Scots were early astir. The trumpets sounded, intelligence was immediately conveyed to Percy and Douglas ordered an assault to be made on detailing the movements of the Scottish army the tower of Otterburn, which occupied a com- and the position of their camp. Accordingly manding position on the east side of the brook. Hotspur and his brother, with an army consistTheir attack was unsuccessful, and they retired ing of 600 knights, squires, and men-at-arms, to the camp in the afternoon. A consultation with 8,000 infantry, immediately set out with a was then held between Douglas and the prin- view to overtake the Scots and reclaim the cipal men as to what course they should pursue. trophy which Douglas had boasted he would The majority, well aware of their inferior num- carry into Scotland. bers compared with those which Percy would In these days the approaches to Otterburn bring with him, should he choose to follow and from the Newcastle direction were mostly enovertake them, were in favour of proceeding veloped in dense wood, so that the English host were able to approach almost within bow-shot of rested on the summit of the Quarry Hill, and the Scottish army without their movements being set it bowling down the brae into the quarry observed, the more so that the Scots were en- workings, so the new generation conceived trenched behind their earthworks and partially the idea of again dislodging the rock, and surrounded with trees.
“couping” it into the hole that had been preThe site of the Scottish camp, of which some pared for it. Eventually, this was accomplished remains of the earthworks are still traceable, is by the united strength of young St. Johns, and a mile and a half north-west of the village of the place where it had rested so long was now Otterburn. It is situated on the left bank of laid bare and exposed to view. But there was the river Rede, from which, and the main road no money to be found -not the slightest trace close by, it is distant something like 600 yards. of treasure of any description. In their approach the English army would sweep Of the two disappointed millionaires, Tony round the north side of the Scottish camp at a Wilky's anguish was the keener and the more safe distance, and cautiously approach from the poignant : for he had shown the white feather, north-west, ascending the higher ground, from and had, consequently, lost the strength of mind which position they had a decided advantage which might have stood by him in the hour of over the enemy.
trial. A thousand times he wished most heartily · It was the evening of Wednesday, the 19th that he had never seen the quarry: or that, August, while the sun was setting and the shadows having seen it, he had held fast by the faith that of night crept slowly over the vale of the Rede, once was in him. More deeply he felt than that Sir Henry Percy came within sight of the anything else, the fact that he had lost the Scottish host. It would appear that Douglas friendship and the confidence of his companion, had no apprehension of the near approach of who was now a greater and a grander hero in the enemy. His men were tired out with their Tony's estimation than Tom hadever been before. day's work, assaulting the tower and otherwise Not a whit was Tom put out by all that had completing their elaborate earthworks—the day happened. He endured the ridicule with having been excessively warm. Some were perfect composure; he never lost his good partaking of supper, while others had already temper; he laughed with his tormentors instead retired to sleep, when a horseman gave intima- of getting angry at them. Only once was he tion that the English were upon them. Instantly tempted to make an example of a bully who had the Scots flew to arms and prepared for defence. gone beyond the bounds of legitimate banter. The cry of “ Percy !-Percy!” rent the air, and The insult was delivered amongst a group of the stillness of the night was broken by the school-boys one day on the playground. “Let tumult and frenzy of the combatants now facing me hear these words again !” said Tom, making each other and eager for the fray.
his way through the group and looking sternly (To be continued).
in the face of the offender. “Let me hear you
repeat these words and I'll knock you into next The Quarry Master.
week, or longer if you like."
Aha! not a word. Looking round upon the A BORDER STORY.
group of school-fellows, Tom Watson remarked, BY ALEXANDER SELKIRK.
“It's time this nonsense was stopped—it has CHAP. VI.
gone too far already." RIDICULE AND DISAPPOINTMENT.
“Quite true, Tom, you're a plucky chap, and ANTER, ridicule, and derisive laughter are, no mistake. We'll stand by you.” Chorus of
perhaps, among the sorest trials that boys sympathy.
hood can be called upon to suffer. Physical From the date of that affair, the tide of pain can be endured unflinchingly by strong insult and ridicule turned, and the incident of natures, but mental torture tries the stoutest. For the quarry was gradually displaced by the some days after the secret of the quarry had oozed thousand and one other matters which daily out, Tom Watson, and Tony Wilky, were subjected occupy the thoughts of strong and healthy to the most unmerciful chaffing by their school country boys. fellows. The crowning indignity, however, Tom Watson had often wondered whose voice culminated one Saturday afternoon when the it was that had created such a sensation in the whole boyhood and youth of St. Johns gathered quarry and brought matters to the close of the in the Eildonlea Quarry, and freely criticised the first act in the drama of this Border story. The adventures of Samson's Putting Stone. History owner of the voice turned up quite unexpectedly is ever repeating herself. Just as a former one day. The incident, however, must be generation had loosened the boulder when it narrated in the next chapter.
in going messages and doing odd jobs. So long
as he was able to overtake these simple duties, JACOB KEEK.
Mrs. Peacock assured him of “a bite an'a sup,” Coming down the Market Place of St. Johns and that was all Jacob cared for except, perhaps, one afternoon, Tom Watson was met and ac- a dram. costed by a well-known “character” about the An illustration of his humour comes out in town- Jacob Keek.
connection with this dram. Some one had "I was just daun'rin' back to the Black Bull been advising him to forego the use of whisky the ither nicht,” observed Jacob, “when I saw and clinching the advice by stating that she, the a licht in the quarry. Thinks I to mysel, I'll adviser, had known of a relative of her own step aside an' see what's gaun on.”
who had lived to a great age but who had never “Oh, it was you, Jacob?”.
in his life “lifted whisky to his lips.” “Naebody else."
“Ay, ay," replied Jacob, “if that friend o' " And ye saw what we were busy with ? "
yours had ta'en my advice, he would hae tasted “ That I did, and heard as weel. 'Twas no
the whisky and lived for ever!” in human nature to hear you twa laddies gang
Every man has his failing, and one of the owre the dividin' o' the siller, an' no put in a
failings of Jacob Keek was that he could never wee bit word for mysel, and bespeak a wheen shares in the concern.”
take care of money. He never had much to “Only two partners in the concern, Jacob.”
take care of, poor man, but when he got a
shilling or two he had it transmuted into “There's only yin now and that's yoursel',
whisky. He was his own worst enemy-a mere Tam, ma man. You'll get the siller out o' the waif on the tide of life. Much had not been quarry some day, but no' in the way you're committed to him and, consequently, of him lookin' for't.”
much would not be required. He went about After delivering this prophetic utterance, his messages quietly, delivered them faithfully, Jacob went off and left Tom Watson standing got his “bite and sup” at the Black Bull and alone.
that was all he wanted except the supplemental “He's a strange beggar," soliloquised Tom, dram occasionally. looking after the retreating figure. “Wonder I t was while delivering one of these messages if what he says will come true. I've an idea that that Jacob accidentally brought matters to a it will, but not in the way Tony and I expected.” crisis in the quarry, and the occasion of it was
Jacob Keek was a hanger-on about the Black simply this. Sojourning at the Black Bull for a Bull Hotel, and a relic of the old coaching times day or two were an elderly gentleman and his in the pre-railway days. Where Jacob had two sons who had come out to the Border originally come from was as great a mystery as
Country to look for a summer residence. Mrs. the place of his ultimate destination. Nobody Peacock incidentally mentioned to her guests knew anything about his family history, since he that maybe Eildonlea might suit them. After had no family- no relations of any kind: neither hearing all that she had to communicate, the elderly brother nor sister, neither uncle nor aunt. It gentleman expressed a wish to see the house and goes without saying that he at one time had a grounds: whereupon Jacob was despatched with father and mother, but he had no remembrance a message to John Watson, the forester, desiring of them. He was alone in the world, like the him to call at the Black Bull on the following pelican of the wilderness, the owl of the desert, day immediately after breakfast. the sparrow on the house-top-companionless It was on the way homeward that Jacob and relationless.
caught a gleam of light in the old quarry. Neither rent to pay, nor wages to get, had Turning aside to see what that might mean, and Jacob Keek. He slept in the hay-loft over the scrambling up behind the boulder where the stables at the Black Bull. In disposition he boys were at work, Jacob had both seen what was kind and obliging, whilst his moist grey eyes was going forward and learned the subject of indicated the presence of a considerable amount conversation between the two expectant millionof humour. He was believed to have been an aires. Hazarding the remark that he would be hostler in the old coaching days, and was pro
glad to get " a wheen shares,” Jacob disappeared bably among the few survivors in St. Johns of in the darkness, went straight home to his bed that historic period. Unable to do anything in in the hay-loft, and forgot all about the adventure his old age in the way of attending to horses, in the quarry until reminded of it by meeting driving cabs, or guarding the railway ’bus, Jacob
Tom Watson in the Market Place one afternoon. was employed by the landlady of the Black Bull
(To be continued).
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Border Hotes and Queries.
NOTES. On the roth April last, the eldest son of the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Scott of Abbotsford came of age. Lieut. Walter Joseph Maxwell Scott is the great-great-grandson of Sir Walter.
On Sunday, April 19th, Mrs. Mitchell, the last surviving daughter of Tibbie Shiel, died at Hawick in the 75th year of her age. Possessed of a good memory, she could relate many interesting reminiscences of the famous men who used to visit her mother's cottage at St. Mary's Loch.
MACNIVEN AND WALLACE of Edinburgh will shortly publishi “ The Story of Sir Walter Scott's First Love,” with illustrative passages from his life and works and portraits of Sir Walter and Lady Scott, and of his successful rival Sir William Forbes and Lady Forbes. This is the first time that this interesting part of Sir Walter's lite, and one that so largely intluenced his after career, will be told as il connected story with names and all details that are now known.
QUERIES Tik. Is there seems to be a great deal of uncertainty among Scottish writers of the present day
about this word, can any reader inform me if there is any part of Scotland where it is used for the preposition to ?
CLEIK. REPLIES. HAWICK COMMON.-| thank “ Cavers” for his interesting remarks on “crowd.” In this case, however, they cannot apply as the MS. music had “Mob's Part." This I changed to “crowd,” as in a former request some years ago, the word was printed “Mole's Part,” a slang Border term for sweetheart.
HAWICK. GOAM.- Mr. Mackinlay does not give the full meaning of the word. The expression “never goamed," means “never recognised in a particular 2017 y." In Roxburghshire, it signifies that one person passes another, and never lets on that he sees him. This may arise from a feeling of pride or spite. “Never to goam " therefore means never to notice through some grunge or iil-will against the person met.
J. R. *** We regret that we have no room for some correspondence on the subjects of the The Scene of Lucy's Flittin' and The Gonial Blast.-En. B. 11.
Caerlanrig, A Povel.
Author of "The New Border Tales,” “The Fireside Tragedy.'
take a line of his own, finding his way as straight ** Like driftwood spars which meet and pass
as a die through the dark, across the pathless Upon the boundless ocean-plain, So on the sea of life, alas !
hills and dales, to his own distant cottage door. Man meets man-incets, and quits again."
Whilst the two shepherds lingered before the N a gloomy afternoon in March of the inn, they were from time to time joined by newU year 18-, William Jeffrey, landlord of the comers, until the group assembled there
solitary wayside inn known as Rest-and numbered some seven or eight. Of these, some be- Thankful in the district of Caerlanrig, broke were shepherds likethe first comers, someale-house off some work among his liquor-supplies to hangers-on, some nondescripts ; but presently a remark to his wife that there was “every appear- young man joined the group whose appearance ance of a fall of snow before night." The old did not rank him under any of these categories. inn of Rest-and-be-Thankful stood midway on He was tall, of good appearance, and apparently the highroad between two Border towns-about about two or three and twenty years of age ; ten miles from each of them-and so exactly at but what differentiated him from the other the boundary between two counties that whilst loungers was the fact that, whilst they were the house stood in one county, the adjoining obviously natives of the soil- men whose stables were in another. It is a number of longest journeys were droving expeditions—he years since the house was used as an inn, and seemed a stranger and one who had seen the it has recently been dismantled and allowed world. The style of his costume—which, though to fall into ruin ; but there must be many still rough, was of good material and unworn-sug. living who remember the grey pile of buildings, gested in some respects that he led a seafaring with the cluster of martins' nests under its life, and his frank address and easy bearing were eaves, when it stood intact, and who will recall in keeping with the character of a sailor, though the welcome break which it afforded in that a sailor so far from salt-water seemed rather an lonesome and monotonous road which leads anomaly. He accosted the loiterers, and though through a long pass of the hills from Teviothead their manner in reply was not particularly into Ewes Water.
encouraging—for as Scotchmen and hill-dwellers Soon after the landlord had spoken, two they had a treble share of caution and reserveshepherds made their appearance before the inn- he was not easily rebuffed but continued his door, and stood there for a few minutes, loitering remarks in the same friendly tone as before. before going in. They were both tall men, as In the meantime the landlord, from his post at spare of flesh as the collie dogs which followed the window, had joyfully announced the last them, and they wore the blue bonnet and were arrival to his wife, describing him as the happed in the traditional grey shepherd's plaid. “ stranger who had kept them all so lively” the In expression their faces inclined to the austere, night before. But Mrs. Jeffrey, whose warm comwhilst their discourse was consistently laconic, plexion supplied a hint that she could be cross being restricted to a prediction of “on-come,” at times, did not participate in her husband's with gloomy comments thereupon. It was satisfaction. On the contrary, she began by reserved for Jeffrey's whisky to liberate the delivering herself energetically on the subject of thoughts which at present each one kept locked “a disturbance in the house," and concluded up within his breast.
by saying that she had hoped that he (the In that thinly-peopled district, shepherds and stranger) was far enough away by this time. travellers constituted the landlord's principal- Her husband, however, explained that the almost his only—customers; yet it could scarcely farmer of Kittlenakit, having foregathered with be said that his trade languished upon their the traveller, had been so pleased with his comcustom. If travellers were comparatively few, pany that he had insisted on providing him with many of the shepherds-working for a wage lodgings for the night. To which the landlady paid largely in kind-had grown to be men of replied sarcastically that that would amply acsubstance; and though for the most part frugal count for the fellow's reappearance, for you and sober men, yet they had their nights of might trust him to know on which side bis bread jollification too. And on these occasions bank- was buttered. But Jeffrey shook his head. notes would be changed freely across the inn “He's not that kind either,” said he meditatable. Yet it is only fair to add that, when the tively, and speaking out of the fullness of knowjollification was over and they had left the inn ledge acquired in many years' experience. “He's and parted company, every man of them would none o' your sorners anyway-you don't see