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rable branches far and wide, shielding “The mysterious absence of old those who reposed under it from the Chick weed, who was always a stanoch beat of the sun, or the peltings of the friend of the presentatiorney, employed storm -- and - interrupted I, putting a by Sir Thomas's heir, led me to suspect finishing, stroke to his comparison-can all was not right; and accidentally meetput forth many a strong arm for the ing bim a day or two ago, coming from suspension of ihose who disregard its the house, confirmed ny suspicions. I dictates.
binted ihem to tbe attorney, and, putA few minutes brought us to the lane ting on a reserved air, was still further which led to our destination, at the cor convinced by bis apparent uneasiness, ner of which stood Farmer Heartly's and the vagueness of his answers. By all cottage. The sound of our horses' accounts the present possessor is au bofeet brought his daugbter 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 home. Without men, for the sake of enriching them. waiting a reply, she dropped a curtsey, selves at his expense. Chickweed was aod 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 roscs,” said the that he must have been acquainted with lawyer, smiling, “and worthy of trans the transaction, and, I have no doubt, planting too."
has possessed hiinself by some means of “ I fancy this air will suit her best ; the
very paper we are in scarch 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 divesi my mind of London atmosphere can neither heighien the idea that he has it, for his trequent the healthy colour of her cheek, nor en incetings with the attorney must have hance the simplicity of her manners soine viber foundation than that of two considerations, sufficiently weighty common acquaintance.' in my estimation, for her remaining “ 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. wbat's his name?" fragrance in your solitary retreat, as if Spindle, Sir.” you had not beauties sufficient 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 outwitting sible, is a gem of too frail a pature to these worthy gentlemen.” bear exposing without fear of contami.
(To be continued.) nation; and as the absence of those ideal gratifications will not cause regret, but if indulged, would most probably
REMEDY FOR SCALS. tarnish its purity. I think-"
S accidents are so frequent from “ O I've done, I've done.”
fire and boiling water, a remedy, “ Glad to see you, gentlemen,” said equally cheap and simple, cannot be Mr. Somers, who now approached us. too generally known, as it will imme* I have been some time expecting diately remove every sense of pain, bow. you, and bave every thing prepared.” ever dreadful the wound. An instance
One of the real luxuries of life is a of its eficacy lately occurred at the confortable fire, and a well spread house of a poor man, a shoemaker, cortable, after a loog ride. We enjoyed ner of Jones'-lane, kedcliff Backs, Brisboth to the utınost advantage, and did tol. Aninfant, 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 pul. down, he recapitulated his fruitless en verized chalk and whites of eggs, deavours to find the document,' &c. mixed to the consistence of cream, but added, that be had discovered a when the child was instantly relieved circumstance, which, he hoped, would from pain. Care should be taken to preultimately tend to the preservation of vent its congealing by frequent applithe estate, and spoke as follows: cation.-(Bristol Pupèr.)
EXTRACTS FROM A LAWYER'S in the Calf of Man. This islet is still PORTFOLIO.
tenanted by one solitary farmer, whose (Conlinued from Vol. LXXII. page 493.) mail, disturbed only by groupes of
sheep occupy the wild and treciess do. COME years ago, my curiosity to white sea-fowl which cluster in the gal.
examine the Max laws relating to leries of rocks that overhang the sea. debtor 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 seinble any iomale of the farmer's house ibat these laws subject a native to po at which I was a temporary guest. He personal imprisonnient, but expose his was busied in a sketch of the Eye, or whole property to the clainis of bis cre lonely rock, said to be a hermit's grave. ditors.. lo regard to strangi'ts, as set. It was easy to begin a conversation ree tlers from England, Scotland, or Irc. specting the traditions of the isle ; and land, are termed, the principle of Manx my new acquaintance shewed me ano. law is singularly reversed. A mere afii. ther drawing of Thomas Bushel's house, dasit of debt empowers a constable to now in ruins, and the interior of his seize 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 tion of right is derided : then to sell, Snowfield, from whence the romantic ant to the amount of the debt only, but coast of Kirkcudbright and its neighthe whole effects; aud “ 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 Kirkmichael, and the creditor with all costs and charges, especially the Tynwald Mount, celeand afterwards to deliver the overplus brated as the seat of the Legislative to the right owner.” These are the Assembly. From theuce we valurally Fords 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 act 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 Wid. plete surrender of his effects, had not sop, with so much historic accuracy and been iotroduced to the House of Keys, moral feeling that I felt tempted to or Mapx legislators.- The hard fate of regret the transient nature of our acan honest man of my acquaintance, who quaintance when we paried. Evening had given Marx bail for a friend, and had advanced, and after a farther ram by that ineans rendered himself liable to ble alone, I returned 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 scaled there, with the air government of this island.
of a well-known inmate. I considered I reached the pier of Douglas on a pro. him an artist in quest of local scenery, pitious day, when the line semicircular and his presence seemed no restraint on barbour, the Duke of Athol's free-stone my bost, who appeared an intelligent palace in the centre, and a cultivaled and civil man, though the simplicity of bill behind it, scen without the usual his househoid reminded me of those canopy of unist, gave a pleasant idea of days when a pan and a Hanket were old Mona. My poor friend, whose bail beirlooms in a Manxma!'s family. in the Manx fashion threatened his ruini, After telling me of the benefit his farin was an innkeeper, who received me derived from an earin-poi, as be called with great hospitality, and wearied a a limekilm, he began to deviate into the lean horse by driving me in a kind usual fire-side tales of Lady Derby's of cart.carriage to Casile Rushen, ghost, the spectre hound, and the subwhere the courts of law are held. marine gardens discovered by a divingThey are sufficie.tiyirdious, therefore bell The supposed artist intimated his I had leisure to see all the castles, bar- doubli, wbether the sentence of the inrows, heath, and gorse, in be found sular court on the reputed traitor Chirisin the isiand. The simplicity which tian, accused of basely betraying the still prevailed there rendered the re Earl of Derby's widow, could be jussources of an idle stranger very few in tified.
Our host, alier listening pafemale society; and aiter a month's tiently to a long argument, asked leave stay, I was driven to seck amusement to tell one of many anecdotes relating Ruenn. Mag. Vol. LXVII. JUL. 1818.
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 deemster un stances of her entertainer's family, and fortunately sbot a favourite horse wbile recollected the mystery always prehunting 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 his wife slept from our belief, that a lovely fairy in the kitchen ; the hour was safe of most inischievous power appears in and having contrived a ladder of some the wren's sbape every year.
Gultrid 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 loft's trap.door. Within, the deemster's upjust summons; and op a chaff-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 she bad seen. " Miserable creaover remembered in our island, though ture !" said the English woman—" why it has been called the paradise of law. did you not remain in my room when Jers. The deemster in revenge tor- you had found it ?"-" I have not mented bis adversary with fodder.juries walked for a long time”-it answered to estimate his cattle, and carried a dis. in a dying voice--" Have you brought puted grave-digger's bill for two sbil me any thing to eat ?" A strong iron Ings and sixpence into half a dozen cliaio, 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 bis plied than liberty. She returned in a property became a forfeit. He died of few minutes with bread and wine, and grief and agitation ; but his second moistened its lips while it lay in the brother reconciled himself to his family's torpor of extreme weakness. To reantagonist by acts of singular condc. 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 mits.
wilh the dawu. But after preserving, Last summer, a young Englishwoman during breakfast, a degree of calmness, landed at Douglas, and enquired for sufficient, as she hoped, to prevent sus. a cheap and solitary lodging. She ap- picion, she quitted the bouse on the peared to be one of those numerous heath, 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, the coroner dering her mild and gracious manners, it immediately entered the black-hound's was thought strange when she fixed her. den with proper officers, but his wife, residence with Guttrid Lonan, a farmer himself, and the unhappy child, were of such mean and dishonest habits, that removed. The chaff bed, the dried his neighbours styled him the Manthè herring, and oatmeal, which the EnglishDoog, or black hound, of the heath woman had observed in the loft, ja where he lived. He had a wife as old short every trace of this mysterious and penurious as himself, and their ad- scene, bad vanished; and, except the mission of a stranger who seemed poor flight of Guttrid 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 fisherto relate a very singular dream and man's boat was driven back by viojis effects. At midnight, in her solitary lent gales into Ramsey-bay, and the room near the roof of Gultrid Lonan's bodies of Guttrid and his wife were cast house, she had seen what seemed the ashore. The latter had been evidently apparition of a mecgre child at the foot dead some hours, but art restored her of her bed. To ber question, whence husband ; and when conveyed before
the deemster, bis courage and com nounce her own last moment. This posure seemed unshaken. When con beautiful 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. bad given him a large sum to secrete out supernatural agency.
The loyal its body. She had misrepresented its governor and the gentle and pious woage, he added, as it was, in fact, a man were naturally apt in their slumstill-born infant, wbich be had de. bers to associate the images which posited at her request under the low. their imaginations were accustomed water mark of Ramsey-bay. The owner to consider probable and pleasing. In of the fisbiog. boat had perished, and such cases, an evcut is sometimes no one remained to disprove or con caused by our determination to exfirm this tale, except the fisher's wi- pect it, or at least receives the colourdow, who confessed that Lonan's wife, ing we are predisposed to bestow.” with a small basket in her hand, had " However,” rejoined the artist, hired the boat, though it was Sunday- eging me attentively, “ you perceive eve, and they had no burot gorse or no reason to doubt that this supposed wren's feathers to secure it from “the English woman spoke truth ;" evil 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 conuelled; Guttrid Louan's guilt was cer.
sider it the effect, and not the cause, taio 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 the English woman escaped by some un me no absolute proof of ber guilt!" known artifice, and Lonan was ac " I have not told you all yet, Sir, quitted. The deemster, it was said, that was said about her !” added my bad reason to fear a man who had been historian, eagerly-" We people of so formidable to his father and elder this island suspect she was no-no more brother ; but as the hunting of the than an apparition berself, for it is wren caused Gultrid Lonan's pretence very certain, and hundreds will attest to ruin an honourable man, a wren's it, ihat no woman left the prison when feather may ruin Guttrid Louan." she was missing, and nobody like her
My host ended his tale with a shrewd was seen in the vessel which brought and 'forcible emphasis, which induced her to Douglas till half an hour before me to reply-" I have heard some she landed." thing of this, and the spectre-child is as " And who,” said I, “ will attest tremendous in a winter's night as the that you have heard the whole truth, spectre-hound of Peel Castle. But wbat and nothing but the truth - It is for. are the grounds of this decisive pre- tunately, in my power to give you some judice against Lonan ? The pretended farther intelligence. A day or two bedream, or the divination of some witch fore I left the main-isle, a piece of blue in wren's feathers ?"
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 now, “as if widow. She, a doting and distressed there were no well attested instances woman, believed it still what it once of a singular connexion between dreains was in Mona, a judge's token or suin. and events."
She ultered such strange and « Not so," I answered, “ for many terrible things in the confusion of fear such are upon record. Governor F and guilt, that Gultrid was examined the American philosopher's veneralile again, and after another hearing the. son, who was once designed to orna- jury agreed in their verdict. While I ment my profession, has often told me rempained in court, the forenian was of the singular vision which visited him asked by the deemster, if the ministers while imprisoned during the rebellion of the church might remain, and he of the colonies, and was singularly answered verified by the circumstances of his “Yes or no?” exclaimed the artist, first wife's death. The dove which au rising eagerly-" The Bishop and bis cminent sculptor has lately placed on clergy retired from court, and I fol. the nocument of a lovely lady, alludes lowed them.” to ber repeated assertion that she ex. " Then the sentence was death !” said pected the messenger of a deceased the farmer, striking his hands together friend in the furia of a dove to an above his head, and casting a glance
of subdued congratulation on the art. the court pronouuced ber condemaa. : ist.
tion." “ Sentence of death was passed cer. " Then they erred !” exclaimed my tainly,” I replied, “ but on the English host's strange guest ;
" and their senwoman also. She was convicted of aid- tence will add another to the unnuming Guttrid Lonan in bis confederacy bered failures of human tribunals." with the younger brother of the un Approaching me, and removing with happy man who gave Manx bail for his large håt a tuft of coarse red hair an English debtor I need not tell you and broad mustachioes, he added, “Did that this unhappy man was the son of no one remember the Englishman for his father's first wife, and his brother, whom the unfortunate Manxman gave therefore could claim, by virtue of your such fatal bail :- His personal property Manx Jaws, only a fourth part of their was sacrificed, and his beart broken by inberitance. His death without oft. my ruin : but though I obtained my spring sceiningly entitled the younger release from unmerciful creditors too brother lo possess all at their father's late to save him, I made one effort death ; and Guitrid found an abundant to save his child, whose fate I suspected. source of profit in keeping his reputed Woman's attire alone sufficed to de daughter, a child legitimated by iis paceive Guitrid Lonan, who never guessed rents' private marriage ihree years after my motive; and it has proved suffits birth, 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 secretion of his brother's island, therefore I dared not reveal my heiress, whose existence was never sus. sex and name, and am now compelled to pected till the Englishwoman revealed hide myself in this privileged house. it.”
But justice has overtaken the guilty, Has it perished — certainly pe aud the innocent will not suffer, unless rished ?" asked my unknown acquain. I have trusted rashly to a lawyer's hotance, with a tremor of lone and eye pour." which justified a new suspicion.
My profession's spirit was challenged “Our host's prediction is fulfilled," I by this appeal, and I felt all that such answered _" the wrea which began this absolute trust demanded from me. A tragic romance assisted the catastrophe. powerful magistrate obtained his inWhen Guttrid Lonan conveyed the in- demnity and complete acquittal, which fant beiress into the fishing boat, he opened a path for bis return to ease paid homage to the superstition of his and liberty in England. There he stilt island, by placing round her neck a Jives among my best friends, to whom circle of wren's feathers as a talisman I am not ashared to confess the lesson against the evil eye. These feathers taught me by false appearances, and found 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 rementhus pursued by an Eye he could not brauce of Manx Bail.”
(To be continued.) " But by what proof," interrupted the farmer, auxiously stealing a glance at his strange gest, do they con
To the Edilor of the European Magazine. demn the English woman?”
“ By circumstantial evidence at leasi TRAVELLING some months ago in She gave no clear account of the rea
one of the midland counties of sons for her stay at Lonan's house, and England, I happened to stop at an inn her flight was incomprehensible, unless in a small market-town. The keeper of she had been a spy or an accomplice the inu 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 sutlicient reason for her draw his gues's into a conversation. conduct. Or as she was not au un Accordingly, while I was sitting at dingentle female, she might be influenced ver, he catre in, and with a very polite by some attachment to a man whose bow enquired if every thing was agreevices were not distinguished by out able :- I told bim it was :-he rubbed ward deformity. These are the opi- his hands, and asked how I found the nions I adopt, and with such opinious roads. Jo a word, it was not long before