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ÈXTRACTS FROM A LAWYER’S and urged his borse to speed ; but Fra. PORTFOLIO.
ser suddenly stepping forward, laid his (Continued from page 292.)
hand gently, yet firmly, on the bridle,
and taking off his boonet with great T WHERE was a period, not perhaps respect, placed a crumpled paper with
beyond the recollection of my some reddish stains in the Yorkshire elder cotemporaries, when the cattle- traveller's hand, who eyed him steruly, fairs of the North were governed by a and answered his gesture with the infew wealthy landholders, who made slioclive boldness of his former authothem objects of their personal ailen- rity -“ Ye've chosen an ill time, ye tion. Que of this class set out from dalt loon !--- ye may meod your letter at
... on his way to Carlisle, towards the Duke's head.”—" It's no frae a puir the twilight of a dull October evening, lad like mysell," returned Sandy, reon horseback and alone, with ni's arms placing his bonnet on one side of his except a sturdy oaken staff, according to brow with a mixture of archness and the fashion of those days. Some tales of audacily-"ye're son Willie's fa'un into the freebooters which the tumults of the dour hands.”—“Some of your Highland year forty-five had left in that neigh- drovers have cheated him, I suppose ?” bourhood, induced him to pour the con said the father, in a tone which implied tents of a large canvas. bag into his boots it must have been no easy task. before his horse entered a deep and dark “ Ou ;” answered Sandy, very gravely dell, midway between .... and Carliste. no so bad as thae drovers, only The road suddenly sunk between two awheen north country thieves."—His steeps, whose overhanging brows were master opened the soiled paper hastily, grim with wild and thick cupsewood, and saw his oldest sou’s hand writingwhich nearly excluded the last gleam of “ I am in dunger--money will save me a sickly suo. Eveu this gleam soon dis
--you may trust the Bearer ”_"Dog!" appeared, and the traveller saw the dan- ' he exclaimed, losing his provincial hu. ger of his darkening way encreased by mour in the agony of a father, you its sudden ascent up another steep; have joined in robbing my son !"shrouded by loftier trees. As he wound The Highlander stepped back, and his along the narrow road which led to toiself-like smile changed to the slyness toilsome height, be rather heard than of gratified revenue struggling with saw the feet of a passenger beside him, sudden anger—" If Maister Willie had sometimes, as it seemed, almost under ca'd me dog, the corbies wad ha' known his horse's bead, or when the road nar where to tiod him: but he's a pretty rowed, a shadow rose ou the high cause lad forbye his mither was a Mégregor, way formed among crags and bushes, whilk is mair than ye can say o'yoursell which nearly touched ihe traveller's - And I wad na ha' come this gate for shoulder. But as the ascent grew wider, him an ye had na been Sandy Fraser's and the light of a rising moon shewed maister; but I winna gie the cauld steel itself between the clouds, our horseman where I ha' sat at the oaken board.” saw his companion walking two or tbree As he spoke, with a quick and dex. paces before him, and recognized in him terous mauvæuvre he seized the loaded a Higbland youth who had once attend. end of his master's staff, and wrested it ed bis droves, and bad been dismissed from his grasp. Thus disarmed, the for loo niuch familiarity with his silver traveller saw no means of resistance, spoons at his ball in Yorkshire. Whether unless he opposed the strength left him this unwelcome attendant chose such a by sixty years to a young and desperate slow and silent pace for the prurpose of mountaineer's. But a thought occurred safety in companionship or of sinister which seemed to include the care of a revenge would be soon discovered, and father with the caution of his country, ought not to appear suspected. There and he replied, " I have no gold, Alexfore he said, in the tone which suiled a ander Fraser; but if ye're an honest Highlander's ear, Its well for the lad, and love my son, come with me nonts ye drive, lad, if ye never walk to the Duke's-head at Carlisle, and se faster."
shall have whate'er ye want on the faith "I didna think I was walking asidea of my word, and ye know the word nowt, but your honour kens best," an of John Barharror of Birkihistle.” swered Sandy Fraser, in a kuavish tone “Na, na!” said Sandy, widening his of muck simplicity. His master saw a long face with an indescribahie iwigh, broad moonlight opening before him, while his eyes gleamed through his Europ. Mag. Vol. LXXIll. May 1918.
-shaggy hair like a wild cat's among of his loss, and of the gold he bad preyellow furze—“ Na, maister !" tben served. As the road pow emerged into ye'll be speering where your son is.; an open plain, iotersected only by rude but I'se no tell o them that trusted walls of uncemented stone, and lighted
The peat winna burn the low. by a clear moon, they pursued their way moss, and the dirk bas na tongue to tell together till a few straggling houses where the handle bides....”—Then promised protection. The adventure pausing with an irresolute yet menacing afforded a subject of discourse, which gesture, as he half-raised the staff and the unknown gentleman canvassed in Pooked towards the sharp brow of the the language of a lawyer, and offered cliff, he added, “If it dytes ye to gie his aid to Barharror in procuring a warme the siller, I can tak it-its hard ihe rant to search for or arrest any sus. young birdie should be torn when the pected person, according to statute. auld one might spare his feathers He named the nearest justice of peace, But l'se no do that neither-Ye'r heart spoke familiarly of the municipal offiwill be sair enaugh, John o' Birkthistle, cers of Carlisle, strongly advising bis when ye wail for your son ; but ye'll no new acquaintance to despatch a trusty be richer ere ye get back to Craven.” messenger, or hasten himself to pro
Barbarror understood the double vide for the detention of bis lost bill, thrcat ; and opening his large pockets and the bearer, if they appeared in book with an undaunted look, as he Glasgow. But Barharror's solicitude still sat firmly on his horse, replied, for his favourite son's safety rendered “ Search me if ye dare, Fraser, ye will him almost indifferent to this advice, or find no gold ; but here is paper as good its subject. He thought and talked at Glasgow or Dumbarton, Take what only of the letter, and endeavoured you will, or take all.” The mountaineer to believe it a counterfeit: a belief scanned the negociable notes with a which the stranger strenuously encouquick and crafty eye glavcing at bis raged, urging him to take instant meamaster, as the red deer eyes the hunter sures for the mountaineer's arrest. The when preparing to escape--" Fourscore beginning of another desolate tract, and broad pieces will be enow for the thieves the sound of other feet behind them, in
- they'll free a Yorkshire lad easy for duced Barharror. to spor his horse, the fellowship's sake. An' if ye dioua which emulated bis new friend's mettle see him safe at ye're ain bearthstane animal with such success, that an hour ere the reek gangs owr it on Hallow. brought them to Carlisle.
As they e'en, ca’ me a fause loon and a dog turned under its walls, another traagain."-So saying, and burying the veller, mounted on a poney as lean, largest note payable at sight among rough, and dwarfish as its rider, overthe folds of his tartan, where a sudden took and passed them. The unknown moonsbine sbewed the flash of his dirk, gentleman called after him to ask if be threw his master's staff on the ground, he had seen a Highland youth, whose and disappeared.
person be described according to Bar. Full of dismay for his son's sake, aod harror's statement, and was answered in of vexation at the probable fraud, Bar. a strong voice with a harsh accent, harror alighted to seek his only defeu. “There's oa muckle distance atween sive weapon, and was busied in the an honest man and a knave now, and search, when another horseman ap I canna tell what I ha' seen before." peared on the road, and courteously-This churlish jest was half lost in enquired the cause. This traveller the trampling of his steed's rugged wore the riding-dress in those days hoofs, and the two travellers, secretly peculiar to gentlemen, and his accent rejoicing in what they deemed a second could hardly be called provincial, ex escape, made a social entry into the cept in a degree sufficient to shew yord of the old Duke's-bead. The landbino a polished oative of the North. lady, a brisk dark eyed widow, in all Perbaps this last particular lucreased, the attractions of grey stockings, sil. the frankness which agitation usually 'ver.buckled shoes, a laced mob-cap, produces, and Barharror related with and a curiously stiff chiotz, received but reserve how outrageously his quon. Mr. Barharror with the gleeful hospidam servant had practised on bim. Ha- tality of ancient days, and his compabitual shrewdness, and the uncertain nion with very respectful courtesy, churacter of his new companion, in which implied acquaintance. The lat. duced him to sippiens ibe exact amount ter, in the course of conversation ou
the road, had shewn a perfect know. true emissary, the rifled and torn state ledge of Barharror's name and con of his apparel proved that bis mission sections; and he, on big part, found bad been baffled: if yot, bis imposture Do difficulty in recalling a general re had been fatally puoished and defeated. membrance of his new friend's person Fraser's eyes gleained for an instant as and handsome features. an hour passed he enlered, and his gestures seemed to by the bright fire and large silver tan. indicate how desperately he had dekard of this good old ioa, gave such sended the rapsom-mones entrusted to success to the young man's eloquence, bim. “My sou l-where is my sou?” and such new vigour to Barbarror's said the father, in agonizing dismay spirits, that he agreed to travel onwards at the doom which might await his with all speed. It was yet no more than offspring if Praser's relurn with the the eighth hour of a brilliaot night, and required sum was expected in vain. the next stage or town ouly eleven miles But the Highlander was speechless, distant. Their horses were brought out, and could only fix his eyes on a man Barharror's foot was in the stirrup, when brought into the room after the enhis son's billet fell from his bosom to the trance of Barbarror, who instantly reground. He stooped to take it up, and cognized the sullen traveller seen un. the bright spots of blood upon it catch- der Carlisle walls. Fraser seemed ing bis eye, a deadly coldness and a strongly agitated as he looked on him, strange agony came over his heart. He and inade fruitless efforts to articulate. grew faint, and stepped back on the The spectators believed they under. threshold of Ibe ion. -" Will you not stood ihe purpose of his eager strug. ride on, Birkthistle ?" said the young gles, and of this traveller's shrinking man, gaily addressing him by bis well. reluctance to approach him. But preknowo appellation, this air is re- sently that reluctant air changed into a viving, and your affair bears no de- stero and menacing aspect, of which lay." " It must bear some thougbt, the whole force was turned upon the however," he replied “ I will ucither dying man, who fainted with excess of stop payment to that boy, por raise effort.-" Gentlemen,” said the stran. a bue and cry against him – My son's ger, whose person bad the robust breadth blood is on my hands already : and, and plain attire of a west-country drowith a shudder in which even his heart ver," if ye bave a baillie or town. partook, the father returned to occupy clerk, it is best to be judicially exahis room again, while the young horse- minate; but delays are fasheous to a man pursued his journey.
puir man; and I bave a tryst to keep Midnigbt had scarcely arrived, when wi' Jobno. Birkthistle's son. I wot a great tumult was heard in the jon- yell think John Barbarror sponsible yard, caused by some travellers whose bail eneugh.” dog bad led them to the body of a le fixed his dark cyes steadily and man still warm, but mortally wounded. sternly on Barbarror, who stood conIt seemed, they said, the body of a founded at this daring appeal, and at fair and well-shaped youth ; and the his implied knowledge of his son's confather, haunted with frightful doubts dition. The silence of confusion was of his son's fate, dared not encounter probably unistaken for assent, and one what might realize bis terrors. He re of the by-standers officiously interposed ceded from the spectacle in an agong a comment on the laws against acceptwhich might bave been misconstrued, ance of bail in cases of felony like this. had circunstances permitted suspicion. But as no precise suspicion existed, the But he was soon informed that every debate was ended by requesting him to traveller, whether suspicious or not, remaio in his apartment in a kind of would be required to appear before the courteous-custody till morning and dying man, whose senses remained suffi. Barharror was spared the embarrass. ciently to identify his murderer. Pub. ment of answering queries respectiog lic-houses and hye-roads were searched, him by the crowd's eagerness in canand
every straggler burried into his pre- vassing each other's opinions, and the sence. Barhartor gathered up his soul clamorous entrance of another groupe, enough to enter ainong the rest
, and announcing that Clanroy, a notorious bazard a look that look discovered thief and plunderer anong cattle, had not his son, but the unbappy boy who been lately seen in Carlisle. The whole had come, as be said, to procure his assembly rushed with one accord into ransom. : If indeed he was bis son's the strange traveller's room, and found
it empty. He had escaped from the which it was vecessary to 'cross, one window, probably with ibe assistance of his companions mounted behind bis of his plaid; and when his scarred fore- horse, and before they plunged in, he head and red eye-brows were described, exclaimed, “ John Barharror charged the new-comers unanimously recog. me with a packet to his Glasgow banpized the robber. Little as Barharror's ker to stop payment of the bill he lost. benevolence and sagacity inclined him The post-boy yonder will carry it forto trust circumstantial evidence, he in. ward, lest it should fail.”—The person stantly ascribed the deed of darkness he addressed took a paper folded as to this man, and was withheld from a letter from his hand, and would have joining in pursuit only by the distract. given it to the officer of justice, but he ing thought that his son's life might had already crossed the stream. When depend on his forbearance. His agony they reached the opposite shore, the of doubt and fear urged him back into English horseman's companion refused the chamber of the wounded man, from to quit his seat on the crupper, and whom he still expected to gain informa- they entered Carlisle tbus linked totion. But Fraser continued speechless, gether.-" I am sair for these gude and the last spasens of life changed his people's trouble,” said the mistress of features, wbile the miserable father ihe inn" we have lit the yule candle, watched them in despairing anxiety. and opened the puir lad's door that Meantime the hue and cry spread ra the spirit may pass out easily, but he pidly through Carlisle and its neigh. will never see or say ony thing mair bourbood ; every traveller was ques. in this warld"--And she walked betioned, and brought, with or witiwut fore them into the death-chamber. Her probability of guilt, into the victim's anxious and eager face as she held the presence. A vigorous party, stimulated waichlight over a bed surrounded with by hope of the reward proffered for the wild figures of Higiilanders and the Border-robber, arrived before day. Lowlanders in every aititude of cubreak at Longiown, where a few re- riosity and expectation, was touchingly majned to search the inns, while the cooirasied by the still and pale couns rest pursued their scrutiny among the tenance of the sufferer. But when that dreary mosses or swamps then between liylit fell on the young English traGretna-green and this place. Without veller, his 'ores flashed fire, he raised considering the improbability of a pro. himself half-erect, utiered shrilly, “ It claimed feloo's open stay at a distin. is he?" and expired. guished inn, thic pursuivants entered These three words stupified the wite the Widow Black's, and inade an iri vesses with wonder and cousternation; quisition among her guests. Several but when the officer of justice displayed were found who heard the tale of Clao. the pretended letter containing Barbar. roy's murderous exploit wiib seeming ror's bill of exchange, his guilt per. surprise and horror. Among them was mitted no doubt. He was, he confessed, the young English traveller, whose com an adventurer, whose family-pride and paný had relieved Barnarror from the expenses had far surpassed his means ; dangerous solitude of his evening jour- and the temptation offered by his meet. ney. He expressed his readiness to re ing on the road, between Longtown and turn with the messengers to Carlisle; Carlisle, with the young mountaineer
though," he added, "I have only who had possessed bimself of so rich slept three hours sir.ce Widow Black a prize, overcame his slight conscience, told me it was pine o'clock."-" I re which he soothed by imagining that member," she replied, “thal you com he robbed only a robber. But Fraser pared your watch with mine, and it was had been a faithful messenger, not a just two minutes later."-On farther daring impostor ; and he sacrificed bis enquiry, the fact of his arrival at that life in striving to defend the paper hour, scarcely more than one after he by which he hoped to ransom bis young had parted from Barharror, was dis. master. Clanroy bimself, whom chance tinctly proved, and he remounted his rendered a specialor of his fate at Carhorse composedly to revisit Carlisle, liste, was touched, though an outlaw accompanied by only one peace-oflicer and a ruffian, by such poble self-devo. and two or three travellers, with whom tion, and caused the release of young he conversed familiarly, for he was well Barbarror from his associates, into respected and often seen in Cumber. whose desperate hands he had fallen. land. When they reached the ford Old Jobo of Birkthistle received bis
son, and congratulated himself on his composition, copy the altitudes of a own escape from dealb with the solemn favorite singer, and waltz in the most gladness claimed by the visible band picturesque costume of an opera-dancer. of Providence. And his descendants At eighleen, or perhaps sooner, she unbave often seen him shed tears on the dertakes the tuition of a numerous spot where the fair-seeming English. family, or of one favorite child, to map suffered public execution, and on whom her superiority is a jest, and her the movotain road where the sycamore submission easily purchased. Viewed still lives which he planted in memory by the fille-de-chambre as a rival, by of Sandy Fraser.
V. the mistress of the mansion as a tem(To be continued.)
porary inconvenience, by her sons and
visitors as a source of diversion, she is For the European Magazine.
exposed to a thousand grievances, which
have no refuge except silence, and Taoughts on the present STATE of no worldly remuneration but a stipend GOVERN ESSES.
of the most uncertain kind. When her class of artisans, and ability and strength forsake her, or her all the higher fraternities, have confused collection of accomplishments established funds for the benefit of their are out of date, what is this woman's aged or decayed members, it is remark- resource? Her profession has probably able that Private Gorcruesses have devoted her to single life, and detached formed no asylum for their age and her from family connections: but how infirmities. There was a time when indeed could she descend usefully or these persons were comparatively few, happily into the character of a wife. and found only in families whose wealth without any experience in those domesand muuificence ensured them some tic details and methods of economy which permaneut provision. But now, when a suitable husband would require, though the miogled tenderness and vanity of unfortunately they are almost always almost every parent induces him to edu- concealed from a Governess ? And how cate his daughter for tuilion rather than deeply the peoury and solitude of her for trade or servitude, the number is last years are embittered by the exterior nearly without limits. Their employers, splendor of the first ! There are, no consequently, growing fastidious and doubt, many happy and deserving exversatile, are unlikely to give them ceptions to this general purtrait; and support when they vacate an office for the business of tuition is the most which a thousand candidates may be honorable and sacred which females foond. And this profession is sioking can find, even if modern customs alfast into a trade or servitude of the worst lowed them many other resources. kind. Let us consider the qualifica. But ample reason remains to doubt, tions and probable fate of a modern whether the middle class of parents governess. She enters (as a necessary would not judge better if they expended recommendation) some fashionable esta the immer se sums required to qualify blishment; and if ber father belongs to their daughters for l'ashionable gover. the numerous class of those who have
nesses, in purchasing annuities for their present but not certain competence, she lives; and the lower class, perbaps, vies with her schoolmates in dress and might be happier if they educated their their indulgences at theatres or splendid female offspring as suitable wives to parties; to which introductions are the frugal artisans like themselves. But of chief care of modern governesses. If, this the next generation will judge, and which is equally probable, she springs profit by experience. At present, since from the lowest class, she becomes the nuinber of governesses is almost during a few miserable years an ap- the largest in society, some plan for prestice or half-boarder; and com their relief deserves consideration, and bined with the envy excited by her might be realized if those who possess superiors, learns the meannesses and ample salaries combined to form a fund stratagems required to gain their favour. for their own future support, and the Here, if the business of adjusting their occasional aid of the unfortunate. frocks and curls allows time, she may Those mothers who depute their most possibly learn to paint shells and Otto- sacred duties to strangers, would find inans, bet purses and empty them at themselves recompensed if they aided a cards, to play a sorala without une fuod which would at least render their derstanding a single radiment of its deputies less open to the temptations