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ment of the other, he has gone into fluence for the liberation of his cousin, the regions of fiction indeed, and it would have gone hard with him, in has departed from the unpoetical sim- spite of the joyous and accommodaplicity of real existence; but this, ting temper of the Justice, whose conso far from burting, adds to the ge- cealed Jacobitism inclined him not to neral effect of his representations. be over strict in any case especially, We can scarcely call these wonderful in which the existing government was, beings natural, but they have nature the sufferer. The unexpected appeara enough to bear them out in our con- ance of Campbell, who professes to ceptions, and they move like planets have been with Morris at the time, of a malign and benign aspect over of the robbery, and who entirely the ordinary appearances of the vul- acquits Osbaldistone, at once makes gar world beneath them. Rashleigh the Justice throw all the proceedings is not so finished a portrait as the in the fire. The line of Horace is other,-his motives and conduct are verified, somewhat obscure and unaccountable, -or perhaps they are so black, that Solventur risu tabulæ, tu missus abibis; we willingly draw away from examining them; but Diana is altogether And a scene of mirth and jollity fola glorious and resplendent,-full of lows, not unlike that in Shakespeare truth and ingenuousness and genius; where Sir John Falstaff visits Justice and whether she is shining like the Shallow. The influence of Diana morning star, or Spenser's Belphebe, over the mind of the young stranger, amidst the animation of the chase, or becomes every day greater, though is seen gliding like a spirit in the dusk some cross circumstances occur, partof the evening in the gloom of her fa- ly from a mystery that hangs over her, Fourite library, (the only apartment and partly from malicious hints of in Osbaldistone Hall, into which we Rashleigh, to awaken his jealousy, and think we should have had any inclina- to give him an unfavourable opinion tion to enter, and which, though hung of her. That wicked being, however, round with cobwebs, happily remain- at last takes his departure. He was ed undismantled of its books,) we al- the pephew selected by old Mr Osways find her the same lively and baldistone to supply the place of his powerful being, penetrating into the son in the counting-house, and, albearts of men with a glance of her though originally designed for a Ropractised eye, and fearless in giving, man Catholic priest, (the religion of with all the play and keenness of her the elder branch of the Osbaldistone wit
, the full expression and name to family,) his versatile genius easily her discoveries. She kindly and ac- turned itself to any direction which tively assists young Osbaldístone in seemed favourable to his interest. The escaping from a difficulty of a very choice of Rashleigh for this departe serious nature into which he had una ment, soon proved extremely unfor, expectedly fallen.-Mr Morris, the tunate to his employer, for, during timorous traveller, had not long part- the old gentleman's absence abroad, ed from his companions,
when he was this unprincipled villain makes off attacked and despoiled of his favourite for Scotland with large sums of moportmanteau, which, it now appears, ney, and contrives to embroil the was filled with supplies which he was whole affairs of the house in such a
as an agent of government, manner, as to bring it to the very into Scotland. One of the banditti verge of bankruptcy. Young Osbalhe heard named Osbaldistone, and of distone, strenuously urged by Diana, course he has no doubt that this fa- sets out for Scotland in pursuit of the Four had been done to him by his fugitive, and takes for his guide Ana
He accordingly drew Fairservice, his uncle's gardener, brought an accusation before Mr Jus a native of that country, and the spetice Inglewood, against this young cimen to which we before alluded, man; and had it not been for the pe- of its worst peculiarities. This wornetration of Diana, who immediately thy man makes liis debut in the chasuspects the real perpetrators of the racter of a guide, by making free with delinquency, and her engaging Rash- a horse of one of ủhe young squires ;
was in truth one of the de- and he sets out before his master with linquents) to use his mysterious in an unaccountable celerity of motion,
which the circumstance of the theft, theft-The thing stands this gate, ye secm however, at last explains.
Squire Thorncliff borrowed ten punds o'
me to gang to York races-deil a boddle " I was so angry at length, that I wad he pay me back again, and spake o' threatened to have recourse to my pistols
, raddling my banes, as he ca'd it, when I and send a bullet after the Hotspur An- asked him but for my ain back again—now drew, which should stop his fiery-footed I think it will riddle him or he gets his career, if he did not abate it of his own ac
horse ower the Border again unless he cord. Apparently this threat made some
pays me plack and bawbee, he sall never impression on thc tympanum of his ear,
see a hair o' her tail. I ken a canny chield however deaf to all my milder entreaties;
at Loughmaben, a bit writer lad that put for he relaxed his pace upon hearing it,
me in the way to sort hiin-Steal the mear! and, suffering me to close up to him, ob
na, na, far be the sin o' theft frae Andrew served, “There wasna muckle sense in Fairservice_I have just arrested her jurisriding at sic a daft-like gate.' 6 ? And what did you mean by doing it nie writer words_amaist like the language
dictionis fandandy causey. Thae are bonac all, you scoundrel ?' replied 1, for I o' huz gardners and other learned men— was in a towering passion, to which, by it's a pity they're sae dear-thae three the way, nothing contributes more than the words were a' that Andrew got for a lang having recently undergone a spice of per- law-plea, and four ankers o' as gude bransonal fear, which, like a few drops of water dy as was e'er coupit ower craig-Hech flung on a glowing fire, is sure to inflame
sirs ! but law's a dear thing." the ardour which it is insufficient to quench.
They all at last arrived in Glasgow, “ • What's your honour's wull ?' re
where Mr Osbaldistone expected to plied Andrew, with impenetrable gravity.
find Owen, his father's principal clerk, "My will, you rascal ?— I have been engaged in the same pursuit with himroaring to you this hour to ride slower, self. The locale of that city,—the and you have never so much as answer. puritanical manners of the times, cd me-Are you drunk or mad to behave and the character of Andrew, are all “An it like your honour, 1 am some
happily exhibited in the following
striking passage : thing dull o' hearing; and I'll no deny but I might have maybe ta'en a stirrup “ In the western metropolis of Scotland, cup at parting frae the auld bigging whare my guide and I arrived upon a Thursday I hae dwalt sae lang; and having naebody morning. The bells pealed from the to pledge me, nae doubt I was obliged to steeple, and the number of people who do myself reason, or else leave the end o' thronged the streets, and poured to the the brandy stoup to thae papists, and that churches, announced that this was a day of wad be a waste, as your honour kens.' worship. We alighted at the door of a
“ The pale beams of the morning were jolly hostler-wife, as Andrew called her, now enlightening the horizon, when An- the Ostelere of old father Chaucer, by drew cast a look behind him, and not see- whom we were civilly received. My first ing the appearance of a living being on the impulse, of course, was to seek out Owen, moors which he had travelled, his hard but, upon enquiry, I found that my atfeatures gradually unbent, as he first tempt would be in vain, “ until kirk time whistled, then sung, with much glee and was ower." Not only did my landlady little melody, the end of one of his native and guide jointly assure me that there songs:
wadna be a living soul in the counting
house of Messrs Mac Vittie, Mactin, and “ Jenny lass! I think I hae her
Company, to which (wen's letter referred Ower the moor amang the heather ; me, but, moreover, · far less would I find All their clan shall never get her.” any of the partners there. They were se
rious men, and wad be where a' gude lle patted at the same time the neck of Christians ought to be at sic a time, and the horse which had carried him so gals that was in the Barony Laigh kirk.' lantly ; and my attention being directed 66 Andrew Fairservice, whose disgust at by that action to the animal, I instantly the law of his country had fortunately not recognized a favourite mare of Thorncliff extended itself to the other learned profesOsbaldistone. How is this, sir ?' said sions of his native land, now sung forth I sternly; that is Master Thorncliff's the praises of the preacher who was to per. mare !
form the duty, to which my hostess replied " • I'll no say but she may aiblins hae with many loud amens. The result was, been his Honour's, Squire Thorncliff's, in that I determined to go to this popular her day, but she's mine now.'
place of worship as much with the purpose “You have stolen her, you rascal.' of learning, if possible, whether Owen had “6 Na, na, sir, nae man can wyte me wi' arrived in Glasgow, as with any great ex
pectation of edification. My hopes were they teach of the nothingness of humanity, exalted by the assurance that, if Mr Eph. the extent of ground which they so closely raim Mac Vittie (worthy man) were in the cover, and their uniform and melancholy land of life, he would surely honour the tenor, reminded me of the roll of the proBarony Kirk that day with his presence; phet, which was written within and withand if he chanced to have a stranger with- out, and there were written therein lamenin his gates, doubtless he would bring him tations and mourning and woe.' to the duty along with him. This proba- “ The Cathedral itself corresponds in buity determined my motions, and, under impressive majesty with these accompanithe escort of the faithful Andrew, I set
We feel that its appearance is forth for the Barony Kirk.
heavy, yet that the effect produced would " Upon this occasion, however, I had lit- be destroyed were it lighter or more orna. the occasion for his guidance; for the crowd mental. It is the only metropolitan church which forced its way up a steep and rough in Scotland, excepting, as I am informed, pased street to hear the most popular the cathedral of Kirkwall in the Orkneys, preacher in the west of Scotland, would of which remained uninjured at the Retor. itself have swept me along with it. Upon mation ; and Andrew Fairservice, who saw attaining the summit of the hill, we turned with great pride the effect which it proto the left, and a large pair of folding doors duced upon my mind, thus accounted for acmitted me, amongst others, into the its preservation. "Ah! it's a brave kirkopen and extensive burying place which nane o' yere whig-maleeries and curliewur. surrounds the Minster or Cathedral Church lies and open-steek hems about it-a'solid, of Glasgow. The pile is of a gloomy and weel-jointed mason-wark, that will stand massive, rather than of an elegant, style of as lang as the warld, keep hands and gunGothie architecture; but its peculiar cha- powther aff it. It had amaist a doun-come racter is so strongly preserved, and so well lang syne at the Reformation, when they suited with the accompaniments that sur. pu'd doun the kirks of St Andrews and wound it, that the impression of the first Perth, and thereawa, to cleanse them o' view was awful and solemn in the extreme. Papery, and idolatry, and image worship, I was indeed so much struck, that I resist- and surplices, and sic like rags o' the ed for a few minutes all Andrew's efforts muckle hoor that sitteth on seven hills, as to drag me into the interior of the build, if ane was na braid aneugh for her auld ing, so deeply was I engaged in surveying hinder end. Sae the commons o' Renfrew, its outward character.
and o' the barony, and the Gorbals, and a' ** Situated in a populous and consider. about, they behoved to come into Glasgow able town, this solenn and massive pile ae fair morning to try their hand on purg. has the appearance of the most sequester. ing the High Kirk o' Popish nick-nackets. ed solitude. High walls divide it from the But the townsmen o' Glasgow, they were buildings of the city on one side ; on the feared their auld edifice night slip the other, it is bounded by a ravine, through girths in gaun through siccan rough phy. the depth of which, and invisible to the sic, sae they rang the common bell, and eye, murmurs a vandering rivulet, adding, assembled the train bands wi' took o' drum by its rushing noise, to the solemnity of -by good luck, the worthy James Rabat the scene. On the opposite side of the ra- was Dean o' Guild that year—(and a gude vine rises a steep bank, covered with fir. mason he was himsell, made him the keentrees closely planted, whose dusky shade er to keep up the auld bigging,) and the extends itself over the cemetery with an ap- trades assembled, and oftered downright propriate and gloomy effect. The church. battle to the commons, rather than their yard itself had a peculiar character; for kirk should coup the crans, as they had though in reality extensive, it is small in done elsewhere. "It was na for luve o' Paproportion to the number of respectable perie—na, na !-nane could ever say that inhabitants who are interred within it, and o’ the trades o' Glasgow-Sae they sune wbose graves are almost all covered with cam to an agreement to take a' the idolatomb-stones. There is therefore no room trous statues of sants (sorrow be on them) tur the long rank grass, which, in the or- out o' their neuks-And say the bits o' dinary case, partially clothes the surface in stane idols were broken in pieces by Scrip. these retreats, where the wicked cease from ture warrant, and flung into the Molendi. troubling, and the weary are at rest. The nar burn, and the auld kirk stood as crouse bread flat monumental stones are placed so as a cat when the fleas are caimed aff her, close to each other, that the precincts ap- and a body was alike pleased. And I hae pear to be flagged with them, and, though heard wise folk say, that if the same had tooted only by the heavens, resemble the been done in ilka kirk in Scotland, the lefloor of one of our old English churches, form wad just hae been as pure as it is e'en where the pavement is covered with sepul- now, and we wad had mair Christian-like eral inscriptions. The contents of these kirks ; for I hae been sae lang in Engsed records of mortality, the vain sorrows land, that naething will drive't out o' my which they record, the stern lesson which head, that the dog-kennel at Osballistone
Hall is better than mony a house o' God dreary vacuity of vaults which I have dein Scotland.'
scribed." “ Thus saying, Andrew led the way in. to the place of worship."
Our young friend, after some cons
sideration, determines to keep this apThe low vault in which the con- pointment, and, in his evening walk gregation met,—the demeanour of old towards the river, opportunity is aand young, -of thoughtful and inat- gain given for admirable and accurate tentive,-the preacher and his ser- description. Here, too, we have anomon, are all described in an inimitable ther specimen of Andrew, whom his style of picturing, in which, however, master observes walking along in the there is no exaggeration, but every meadow by the river. thing is direct and plain. Here a singular circumstance occurred.
“ To slip behind the row of trees under
which I walked was perhaps no very digni. “ A voice from behind whispered dis- fied proceeding, but it was the easiest mode tinctly in my ear, “ You are in danger in of escaping his observation, and perhaps this city.'-I turned round as if mechani. his impertinent assiduity, and still more cally.
intrusive curiosity. As he passed, I heard ci One or two starched and ordinary- him communicate to a grave-looking man, looking mechanics stood beside and be in a black coat, a slouched hat, and Genehind me, stragglers, who, like ourselves, va cloak, the following sketch of a charachad been too late in obtaining entrance. ter, which my self-love, while revolting But a glance at their faces satisfied me, gainst it as a caricature, could not help rethough I could hardly say why, that none cognizing as a likeness. of these was the person who had spoken to “Ay, ay, Mr Hammorgaw, it's e'en me. Their countenances seemed all com- as I tell ye-He's no a'together sae void posed to attention to the sermon, and not o' sense neither ; he has a gloaming sight one of them returned any glance of intelli- o' what's reasonable that is anes and awa' gence to the inquisitive and startled look -a glisk and nae mair—but he's crackwith which I surveyed them. A massive brained and cockle-headed about his nipround pillar, which was close behind us, perty-tipperty poetry nonsense-He'll glowr might have concealed the speaker the in- at an auld warld barkit aik-snag as if it stant he had uttered his mysterious 'cau- were a queez-maddam in full bearing; tion; but wherefore it was given in such and a naked craig wi' a burn jawing ower't a place, or to what species of danger it di- is unto him as a garden garnisht with rected my attention, or by whom the warn- flowering knots and choice pot-herbs; then, ing was uttered, were points on which my he would rather claver wi' a daft quean imagination lost itselt in conjecture. It they ca' Diana Vernon (weel I wot they would, however, I concluded, be repeated, might ca' her Diana of the Ephesians, for and I resolved to keep my countenance she's little better than a heathen-better? turned towards the clergyman, that the she's waur-a Roman-a mere Roman) whisperer might be tempted to renew his He'll claver wi' her, or ony ither idle slut, communication under the idea that the first rather than hear what might do him gude had passed unobserved.
a' the days o' his life, frae you or me, Mr My plan succeeded. I had not re- Hammorgaw, or ony ither sober and sponsumed the appearance of attention to the sible person. Reason, Sir, is what he canpreacher for five minutes, when the same na endure
he's a' for your vanities and voice whispered,
• Listen-but do not volubilities ; and he ance tellid me, (puir look back." I kept my face in the same blinded creature,) that the Psalms of Dadirection. • You are in danger in this vid were excellent poetry! as if the holy place,' the voice proceeded ; so am l- Psalmist thought o rattling rhymes in a Meet me to-night on the Brigg, at twelve bladder, like his ain silly clinkum-clankum preceesely-kcep at home till the gloam- things that he ca's verse. Gude help him! ing, and avoid observation.'
twa lines o' Davie Lindsay wad ding a * Here the voice ceased, and I instantly he ever clerkit.' turned my head. But the speaker had, “ While listening to this perverted acwith still greater promptitude, glided be- count of my temper and studies, you will hind the pillar, and escaped my observa- not be surprised it I meditated 'for Mr tion. I was determined to catch a sight of Fairservice the unpleasant surprise of a him, if possible, and, extricating myself broken pate on the first decent opportunity. from the outer circle of hearers, I also His friend only intimated his attention by stepped behind the column. All there was Ay, ay,' and • Is't e'en sae ?' and such empty; and I could only see a figure wrap. like expressions of interest, at the proper ped in a mantle, whether a Lowland cloak, breaks in Mr Fairservice's harangue, until or Highland plaid, I could not distinguish, at length, in answer to some observation of which traversed, like a phantom, the greater length, the import of which I only
collected from my trusty guide's reply, ho- and lively response, and I heard the internest Andrew answered, "Tell him a bit of nal guardian of the prison-gate bustle up my mind, quoth ye?-Wha wad be fule with great alacrity. A few words were exthen but Andrew ? He's a red-wud devil, changed between my conductor and the man! -He's like Giles Heathertap's auld turnkey in a language to which I was an boar; ye need but shake a clout at him to absolute stranger. The bolts revolved, but make him turn and gore. Bide wi' him, with a caution which marked the apprehensay ye ?- Troth, I kenna what for I bide sion that the noise might be overheard, and vi hin mysell-But the lad's no a bad we stood within the vestibule of the prison kad after a'; and he needs some carefu' of Glasgow, a small, but strong guard. body to look after him. He hasna the room, from which a narrow staircase led right grip o' his hand—the gowd slips upwards, and one or two low entrances conthrough't like water, man; and it's no ducted to apartments on the same level that iil a thing to be near him when his with the outward gate, all secured with the purse is in his hand, and it's seldom out jealous strength of wickets, bolts, and bars. o't. And then he's come o' gude kith and The walls, otherwise naked, were not unkin-My heart warms to the puir thought suitably garnished with iron fetters, and less callant, Mr Hammorgan-and then other uncouth implements, which might be the penny fee
designed for purposes still more inhuman, At the appointed hour a stranger, antique manufacture, and other weapons of
interspersed with partisans, guns, pistols of " rather beneath than above the mid- defence and offence. dle size, but apparently strong, thick “At finding myself so unexpectedly, forset, and muscular," is observed walk- tuitously, and, as it were, by stealth, introing alone upon the bridge, dressed in duced within one of the legal fortresses of a horseman's wrapping coat, whom Scotland, I could not help recollecting my Mr Oshaldistone accosts, and finds adventure in Northumberland, and fretting to be the person who had spoken at the strange incidents which again, withto him in the church. He ventures,
out any demerits of my own, threatened to at his request, to follow him, and, af place me in a dangerous and disagreeable
collision with the laws of the country, ter a conversation, in which the stranger hints that he is an outlawed man,
which I visited only in the capacity of a
stranger.” they find themselves at the door of
In these comfortable quarters, we
must leave Mr Osbaldistone for the " While he spoke thus we had reached the principal street, and were pausing be present. Nor can we yet explain who fere a large building of hewn stone, gar
the mysterious stranger is, or whether nished, as I thought I could perceive, with he has ever appeared to us before, or gratings of iron before the windows. even introduce to the acquaintance of
". Muckle,' said the stranger, whose our readers the accomplished Baillie language became more broadly
national as Jarvie, though we have no doubt they he assumed a tone of colloquial freedom- are already quite intimate with him,
Muckle wad the provost and baillies o' and all the other worthies and mysteGlasgow gie to hae him sitting with iron ries of the story. The only impenegarters to his hose within their tolbooth, trable secret, which all are gaping to that now stands wi' his legs as free as the discover, and which we have no means red deei's on the outside on't. And little of knowing more than others, is the Wad it arail them ; for an' if they had me there wi' a stane's weight o' iron at every have long been in the habit of affix
name of the author; and, though we ancle, I would shew them a toom room and a lost lodger before to-morrow-But ing it on a well known literary chacome on, what stint ye for ?
racter, who comes into open view like . As he spoke thys, he tapped a low the Campbell of this tale, and mingles wicket, and was answered by a sharp voice, in the familiar intercourse of society, as of one awakened from a dream or re- yet the unseen Rob Roy conceals himverie, Fa's tat ?-Wha's that, I wad self in the fastnesses of his retreat, say ?-and fat a de'il want ye at this hour and will not permit us to know wheat een ?-clean again rules-clean again ther, while he is foraging upon us, rules, as they ca' them.'
“ The protracted tone in which the last and carrying off the tribute of our ad Fords were uttered, betokened that the miration and applause, he is one and speaker was again composing himself to
the same with our great and illustrisłumber
. But my guide spoke in a load pus fellow-citizen. Whoever he may whisper, Dougal, man! hae ye forgotten be, sure we are, that, in the present Ha nun Gregarach ?'
work, he has added another wreath to "Deit a bit, deil a bit,' was the ready his crown, lese gay and green perhaps,