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rable brasches far and wide, shielding " The mysterious absence of old those who reposed under it from the Chick weed, who was always a staunch heat of the sun, or the peltings of the friend of the present attorney, employed storm - and interrupted 1, putting a by Sir Thomas's heir, led mne to suspect Finishing stroke to his comparison-can all was not right; and accidentally mectput forth many a strong arm for the ing him a day or two ago, coming from suspension of ihose who disregard its the house, confirmed ny suspicions. I dictates.

hinted them to the attorney, and, put. A few minutes brought us to the lane ting on a reserved air, was still furiber which led to our destination, at the cor- convinced by his apparent uneasiness, der of which slaod Farmer Heartly's and the vagueness of his answers. By all cottage. The sound of our horses' accounts the present possessor is an bofeet brought his daughter to the door, Dourable man, which leads me to think, who, instantly recognising me, ran up that he has been imposed upon by these and welcomed me hoine Without men, for the sake of enriching them. waiting a reply, she dropped a curtsey, selves at his expense. Chick weed was and tripped up the lane to apprize Mr. always a troublesome prying knave, and Somers of our arrival.

has lived so many years in the village, “One of your wild roses," said the that he must have been acquainted with lawyer, smiling, “and worthy of trans- the transaction, and, I have wo doubt, planting too."

has possessed himself by some means of "I fancy this air will suit her best; the very paper we are in search of. 'Tis besides, I am no advocate for the sys- true, it has been missing for several tem. The contaminating breezes of a years, but I can't divest my mind of London atmosphere can neither heighten the idea that he has il, for his frequent the healthy colour of her cheek, nor eu- meetings with the attorney must have hance the simplicity of her manners- some other foundation than that of two considerations, sufficiently weighty common acquaintance.' in my estimation, for her remainiog “ You'd do for a lawyer, Mr. Sowith the present stem.”

mers," said Mr. Plausible, « but I'll be And so you would let her waste her even with this Mr. what's his pame?" fragrance in your solitary retreat, as if Spindle. Sir." you had not beauties suificieut around Spiudle! Very well. I think I see you."

how the matter rests, and to morrow Uncorrupted innocence, Mr. Plau. will contrive some plan for oulwitting sible, is a gem of too frail a nature to these worthy gentlemen.” bear exposing without fear of contami

(To be continued.) naliun; and as the absence of those idcal gralifications will not cause regret, but if indulged, would most probably

REMEDY FOR SCALDS. tarnish its purity. I think-"

S accidents are so frequent from “ O I've done, l've done.” “Glad to see yon, gentlemen," said equally cheap and simple, cannot be Mir. Somers, who now approached us. too generally koown, as it will imme* I have been some time expecting diately remove every sense of pain, howyou, and have every thing prepared." ever dreadful the wound. An instance

One of the real luxuries of life is a of its efficacy lately occurred at the comfortable fire, and a well spread house of a poor man, a sboemaker, cortable, after a long ride. We enjoyed ner of Jones'-lane, Redcliff Backs, Brisboth to the utmost advantage, and did tol. An infant, baving fallen into the fire, ample justice to the care of Mr. Somers, was so dreadfully burnt, that from the who had provided so well for us. After ear to the apex of the shoulder was an dinner, as I was impatient to be ac. entire scoria, the skin having come off. quainted with all that had transpired, A person passing by at the moment, respecting the business that brought us recommended the application of puldown, he recapitulated his fruitless en- verized cbalk and whites of eggs, deavours to find the document,'&c. mixed to the consistence of cream, but added, that he had discovered a when the child was jostaotly relieved circumstance, wbich, he hoped, would from pain. Care should be taken to preultiinately tend to the preservation of vent its coogealing by frequent appli. the estate, and spoke as follows: cation.-(Bristol Pupdr.)

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ITRACTS. FROM A LAWYER'S in tbe Calf of Man. This islet is still PORTFOLIO.

tenanted by one solitary farmer, whose salinued from Vol. LXXII. page 493.) main, disturbed only by groupes of

sheep occupy the wild and treeless do. SOHE years ago, my curiosity to white sea-fowl which cluster in the gal.

examine the Manx laws relating to leries of rocks that overhang the sea. ärbtor and creditor, combined with some On one of these galleries I saw a man family affairs, to determine me on a visit walking, whose appearance did not reto the Isle of Man. I had been informed semble any idmate of the farmer's house tâut these laws subject a native to no at which I was a temporary guest. He pero al imprisonment, but expose his was bosied in a sketch of the Eye, or Tuole property to the claims of his cre- lonely rock, said to be a hermit's grave.

brs. in regard to strangers, as sets It was easy to begin a conversation rethers from England, Scotland, or Ire- specting the traditions of the isle ; and lad, are termed, the principle of Mans my new acquaintance shewed me ano. ar is singulariy reversed. A mere affin ther drawing of Thomas Bushel's house, unit of debt empowers a coostable to now io ruins, and tbe interior of his Eize the person of a stranger, arrest all tomb. Then he described the beautiful his property, and hold it till the ques- valley of Glenmoi, and the height of toa of sight is decided : then toʻseil, Snowfield, from whence the romantic Det to the amount of the debt only, but coast of Kirkcudbright and its neighthe whole effects; and “ first paying a bourhood are visible. I told him, that year's rent, if due, and the servants I had seen the Giant's Quoiting-stones, wages for the same time, he is to satisfy the holy village of Kirk michael, and the creditor with all costs and charges, especially the Tynwald Mount, celeaad afterwards to deliver the overplus brated as the seat of the Legislative

the right owner.” These are the Assembly. From thence we naturally words of the statute, and at the period digressed into a discussion of the laws of my visit, the brief but benevolent and their founders, during which my at which released an insolvent prisoner companion spoke of the great Earl of after one year's confinement and a com- Derby, and the patriarchal Bishop Wito plete surrender of bis effects, bad not son, with so much historic accuracy and been introduced to the House of Keys, moral feeling, that I felt tempted to er Manx legislators.-The hard fate of regret the transient nature of our acan bonest man of my acquaintauce, who quaintance when we parted. Evening had giren Manx bail for a friend, and had advanced, and after a farther rain. by that means rendered himself liable to ble alone, I relurued to my hospitable a heavy debt, though the debtor's person farmer's house, the only one in the

had been surrendered to gaol, stimulated islet, and was surprised to find my new )

my enquiries respecting the peculiar friend already seated there, with the air government of this island.

of a well-krown inmate. I considered ljearbed the pier of Douglas on a pro. him an artist in quest of local scenery, pilious day, when the fine seinicircular and his presence seemed no restraint on barbour, the Duke of Athol's free-stone my host, who appeared an intelligent palace in tbe ceptre, and a cultivated and civil man, though the simplicity of bill bebind it, seen without the usual his housebold reminded me of those canopy of mist, gave a pleasant idea of days when a pan and a blanket were old Mona. My poor frieod, whose bail heirloors in a Manxman's family. in the Manx fashion threatened his ruin, Aficr telling me of the benefit his farin was an innkeeper, who received me derived from an earth-pot, as he called with great bospitality, and wearied a a limekiin, he began to deviate into the lezu horse by driving me in a kind usual fire-side-lales of Lady Derby's of cart-carriage to Castle Rushen, ghost, the spectre-hound, and the subwhere the courts of law are held. , marine gardens discovered by a divingThey are sufficienty tejious, therefore bell. The supposed artist intimated his I had leisure to see all the castles, bar- doubts, whether the sentence of the intows, heath, and gorse, to be found sular court on the reputed Traitor Chris. in the island. The simplicity which tian, accused of basely betraying the stili prevailed there rendered the re- Earl of Derby's widow, could be jussources of an idle stranger very few in tified. Our host, after listening pafemale society; and alter a menth'a tienily to a long argument, asked leave stay, I was driven to seek amusement to teil one of many anecdotes relating Europ. Jag. Vol. LXXIII. Jun. 1818.

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to the misjudgements of this court, and and for what purpose it came, the the probable abuse of its laws. All my spectre replied, “I am in prison”professional curiosity was awake, and and she beheld it no more. But its the farmer's story began.

impression on her fancy did not pass “ I was very young, gentlemen, when away. She considered all the circum. the eldest son of the south dcemster un- stances of her entertainer's family, and fortunately shot a favourite horse wbile recollected the mystery always prebunting the wren on New Year's Day. served respecting a loft or chamber This sport, as you may know, comes above her's. Louan and bis wife slept from our belief, that a lovely fairy in the kitchen ; the hour was safe ; of most mischievous power appears in and having contrived a ladder of some the wren's sbape every year. Guttrid chairs, she found a chasm in the rafters, Lonan, the owner of the horse, had by which she could introduce her band, once been aggrieved by what he thought and unbolt the lofl's trap.door. Within, the deemster's upjust summons; and on a chalf-bed, she discovered a female this accident became the pretence of child, as lean, pale, and deadly as the the longest and most bitter litigation spectre sbe bad seen.

Miserable creaever remembered in our island, though ture !" said the English wonian—" why it has been called the paradise of law- did you not remain in my room when yers. The deemster in revenge tor- you had found it ?"-" I have not iented bis adversary with fodder-juries walked for a long time”-it answered to estimate bis cattle, and carried a dis. in a dying voice--" Have you brought puted grave-digger's bill for two shil- me any thing to eat ?" A strong iron lings and sixpence into half a dozen chain, firmly fixed to a staple in the courts. But his enemy found a heavier wall, convinced its visitor that its mode of expressing his resentment. The escape was not possible without aid, and deemster's son gave Manx bail for an that' food was now more easily supunfortunate Englishman, and half his plied than liberty. She returned in a property became a forfeit. He died of few mioutes with bread and wine, and grief and agitation; but his second moistened its lips while it lay in the brother reconciled himself to bis family's torpor of extreme weakness. To reantagonist by acts of singular conde- move it from its desolate prison was scension, and their friendship grew even impracticable then, for day was fast more remarkable than their former en- approaching, and Lonan always rose mity.

with the dawn. But after preserving, Last summer, a young Englishwoman during breakfast, a degree of calmness, landeal at Douglas, and enquired for sufficient, as she hoped, to prevent susa cheap and solitary lodging. She ap- picion, she quitted the house on the peared to be one of those numerous beath, and hastened to the coroner with refugees whose misfortunes or indiscre- this narrative. Having a power both tions bring them to this asylum. Consi. executive and inquisitorial, ihe coroner dering her mild and gracious manners, it immediately entered the black-hovud's was thought strange when she fixed ber den with proper officers, but his wife, residence with Guttrid Lonan, a farmer bimself, and the unhappy child, were of such mean and dishonest babits, that removed. The chaff bed, the dried bis neighbours styled him the Manthè herring, and oatmeal, which the EvglishDoog, or black houod, of the heath woman had observed in the loft, in where he lived. He had a wife as old short every trace of this mysterious aud peourious as himself, and their ad.

had vanished; and, except the mission of a stranger who seemed poor right of Gultrid and dame Lonan, no. was a matter of surprise to all the vil. thing remained to prove the truth of lagers of Kirkmichael. Our island, her assertion. gentlemen, is said to be the kingdom The new deemster, or judge of the of fairies and witchcraft, therefore no district, made zealous enquiry : 'but one was surprised when the stranger before the motive or method of this came to the coroner of that district flight could be ascertained, a fisberto relate a very singular dream aud wan's boat was driven back by vio. its effects. At midnight, in her solitary leot gales into Ramsey-bay, and the room near the roof of Guttrid Lonan's bodies of Gultrid and his wife were cast house, she bad seen what seemed the ashore. The latter had been evidently almariliou of a meagre child at the foot dead some bours, but art restored her of locr bed. To her question, whence husband ; and when conveyed before

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the deemster, bis courage and com- nounce her own last moment. This posare seemed unshaken. Wben conbeautiful apparition visited her mind's fronted by his accuser, he stated, that eye in the instant of death ; but both she was the mother of the child, and these new facts may be explained with. Esd given bin a large sum to secrete out supernatural agency. The loyal is body. She had misrepresented its goveroor and the gentle and pious wo. age, be added, as it was, in fact, a man were naturally apt in their slumsull-boro infant, which he had de- bers to associate the images which posited at ber request under the low. their imaginations were accustomed water murh of Ramsey-bay. The owner to consider probable and pleasing. In of the fishing-boat had perished, and such cases, an event is sometimes no one remained to disprove or con- caused by our determination to exfro this tale, except the fisher's wi- pect it, or at least receives the colour, dow, wbo confessed that Lonan's wife, ing we are predisposed to bestow.” with a small basket in her hand, had *. However,” rejoined the artist, kired the boat, though it was Sunday, eying mc attentively, you perceive ere, and they had no burpt gorse or no reason to doubt that this supposed wrea's feathers to secure it from “the English womao spoke truth ?" etil eye."-1 was one of the sixty-four “ None at this moment I admit the men from whom a jury was impan- possibility of her dream, though I conBc.led; Gulirid Lonad's guilt was cer. sider it the effect, and not the cause, taip in my mind ; but on the day of some suspicion respecting a conappointed for a bearing of the cause, cealed child ; and her flight appears to te Eaglish woman escaped by some un- me no absolute proof of her guilt!" kcovi artifice, and Lopan was ac- “ I have not told you all yet, Sir, quitted. The deemster, it was said, that was said about her ?” added my bd reason to fear a man who had been historian, eagerly-" We people of so formidable to bis father and elder this island suspect she was no - no more broider ; but as the hunting of the than an apparition berself, for it is vreo caused Guttrid Lonan's pretence very certain, and hundreds will attest to ruin an honourable man, a wreu's it, ibat 110 woman left the prison when featber may ruin Guttrid Lonan." she was missing, and nobody like her

My bost ended his tale with a shrewd was seen in the vessel which brougbt and foreible emphasis, which induced her to Donglas till half an hour before me to repls-" I have heard some. she lauded." thing of this, and the spectre-child is as " And who,” said I, “ will allest tremendous in a winter's niglit as the that you have heard the whole truth, spectre hound of Peel Castle. But what and nothing but the truth i--It is forare ibe grounds of this decisive pre- tuvately in my power to give you some judice agaiost Lonan? The prelended farther intelligence. A day or two be. dream, or the divination of some witch fore I left the maiu.isle, a piece of blue ja aren's fealbers?"

slate, with two letters scratched upon it, " You speak, Sir," said the artist, was found in the hut of the fisherman's who had been silent till bow, “as if widow. She, a doting and distressed tbare were no well attested instances woman, believed it still what it once of a singular connexion between dreams was in Mona, a judge's token or ruim. and events."

She ultered such strange and " Sut so," I answered, “ for many terrible things in the confusion of fear such are upon record. Governor F -..; and guilt, that Guttrid was examined tbe American philosopher's venerable again, and after another hearing the 500, who was once designed to orna. jury agreed in their verdict. While I want my profession, has often told me remained in court, the foremao was of the singular vision which visited him asked by the dcemuster, if the ministers while imprisoned during the rebellion of the church might remain, aud he of the colonies, and was singularly aoswered" veribed by the circumstances of his :"Yes or no ?” exclaimed the artist, first wife's death. The dove which an rising eagerly-" The Bishop and his eminent sculptor has lalely placed on clergy retired from court, and I ful the monumevt of a lovely lady, alludes lowed them.” lo ber repeated assertion that she ex. ,* Then the sentence was death !” said pried the messenger of a deceased the farmer, striking his hands togelber tricid in tbe form of a dove tu all- above his head, and casting a glance

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tion." “ Sentence of death was passed cer- “ Then they erred !” exclaimed my tainly,” I replied, “but on the English- bost's strange guest ; " and their senwoman also. Ebe was convicted of aid. tence will add another to the unnun. ing Guttrid Lonan in his confederacy bered failures of human tribunals.”with the younger brother of the on- Approaching me, and removing with happy man who gave Manx bail forbis large hat a tuft of coarse red hair an English debtor. I need not tell you and broad mustachiocs, he added, “Did that this' unhappy inan was the son of no one remeinber the Englishman for his father's first wife, and his brother, whom the unfortunate Mauxman gare therefore could clajm, by virtue of your such fatal bail ? -- His personal property Manx laws, only a fourth part of iheir was sacrificed, and his heart brokeo by inheritance. His death without ofl. my ruin ; but though I obtained my spring seemingly entitled the younger release from unmerciful creditors too brother to possess all at their father's late to save him, I made one effort death; and Gultrid found an abundant to save his child, whose fate I suspected. source of profit in keeping his reputed Woman's attire alone sufficed 'to dedaughter, a child legitimated by iis pa ceive Guttrid Lonan, who never guessed rents' private marriage three years after my motive ; and it has proved suffiits birih, according to Manx law, con- cient to deceive experienced judges. cealed at his lonely house on the moor. As an insolvent debtor, I am liable The treacherous uncle paid largely for to perpetual imprisonment in this this iniquitous secretiou of his brother's island, therefore I dared not reveal iny heiress, whose existence was never sus. sex and naine, and am now compelled to pected till the English wolnap revealed hide myself in this privileged bouse. it."

But justice has overtaken the guilty, Has it perished --certainly pe- and the innocent will not suffer, unless rished ?" asked my unknown acquain. I have trusted rashly to a lawyer's hotance, with a tremor of tone and eye nour." which justified a new suspicion.

My profession's spirit was challenged “Our bost's prediction is fulfilled,” | by this appeal, and I felt all that such answered " the wren which began this absolute trust demanded from me. A tragic romance assisted the catastrophe. powerful magistrate obtained bis inWhen Gutirid Lonan conveyed the in- demnity and complete acquittal, which fant heiress into the fishing boat, he opened a path for his return to ease paid homage to the superstition of his and liberty in England. There he still island, by placing round her neck a lives, among my best friends, to whom circle of wren's feathers as a talisinan I am not ashamed to confess the lesson against the evil cye. These featters taught me by false appearances, and tuued with the dead body of a female the distrust of human judgment, which child have identified and fixed his guilt, always connects itself with my remenithus pursued by an Eye bc could not brauce of Maux Bail.”

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(To be continued.) . But by what proof," interrupted the farmer, anxiously stealing a glance to the Editor of the European Magazine, at his strange guest,“ do they condemn the Englishwoman?”. “ By circumstantial evidence at least TRAVELLING some months ago in

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one of the midland counties of sons for her stay at Lonau's house,' and England, I happened to stop at an inn her fight was incomprehensible, wuless in a small narket-lown The keeper of she had been a spy or an accomplice · the inn was an honest talkative sort there. That they disagreed in dividing of fellow, who appeared. I thought, their employer's pay, is his own state- never better pleased than when he could ment, and a sufficient reason for her draw his guests into a conversation. conduct. Or as she was not an un. Accordingly, while I was sitting at diogentle female, she might be influenced ner, he came in, and with a very polite by some' attachment in a man whose bow enquired if every ibing was agree. vices were not distinguished by out- able :- I told him it was :- he rubbed ward deformity. These are the opi- bis hands, and asked how I found the sions 1 adopt, and with such opinioes ronds. la a word, it was bot long before

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