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his father's property and rights, could not melt him. That he was brave, generous, and possessed many good qualities, only rendered him more dangerous; that he was enlightened and accomplished, made his crime less excu sable ; that he was an enthusiast in a wrong cause, only made him the more fit to be its martyr. Above all, he had been the means of bringing many hundreds of men into the field, who, without him, would never have broke the peace of the country.
« I repeat it,» said the Colonel, « though heaven knows with a heart distressed for him as an individual, that this young gentleman has studied and fully understood the desperate game which he has played. He threw for life or death, a coronet or a coffin; and he cannot now be permitted, with justice to the country, to draw stakes because the dice have gone against him.»
Such was the reasoning of these times, beld even by brave and humane men towards a vanquished enemy. Let us devoutly. hope that, in this
respect at least, we shall never see the scenes, or hold the sentiments, that were general in Britain Sixty Years since.
* To-morrow ? O that's sudden !-Spare him, spare
EDWARD, attended by his former servant Aliek Polwarth, who had re-entered his service at Edinburgh, reached Carlisle while the commission of Oyer and Terminer on bis unfortunate associates was yet sitting. He had pushed forward in haste, not, alas! with the most di stant hope of saving Fergus, but to see him for the last time. I ought to have mentioned, that he had furnished funds for the defence of the prisoners in the most liberal manner, as soon as he beard that the day of trial was fixed. A solicitor, and the first counsel, accordingly attended; but it was upon the same footing on which the first physicians are usually summoned to the bedside of some dying man of rank the doctors to take the advantage of some incalculable chance of an exertion of nature--the lawyers to avail themselves of
the barely possible occurrence of some legal flaw. Edward pressed into the court, which was extremely crowded; but by his arriving from the North, and his extreme eagerness and agitation, it was supposed he was a relation of the prisoners, and people made way for him. It was the third sitting ofthe court, and there were two men at the bar. The verdict of Guilty was already pronounced. Edward just glanced at the barduring the momentous pause which ensued. There was no mistaking the stately form and noble features of Fergus Mac-Ivor, although his dress was squalid, and his countenance tinged with the sickly yellow hue of long and close imprisonment. By his side was Evan Maccombich. Edward felt sick and dizzy as he gazed on them; but he was recalled to himself as the Clerk of Arraigns pronounced the solemn words: «Fergus Mac-Ivor of Glennaquoich, otherwise called Vich Ian Vohr, and Evan MacIvor, in the Dhu of Tarrascleugh, otherwise called Evan Dhu, otherwise called Evan Maccombich, or Evan Dhu Maccombich-you, and each of you, stand attainted of high treason. What have you lo say for yourselves why the court should not pronounce judgment against you, that
you die according to law?» Fergus, as the presiding judge was putting on the fatal cap of judgment, placed his own bonnet upon his head, regarded him with a stedfast and stern look, and replied, in a firin
voice, «I cannot let this numerous audience suppose that to such an appeal I have no answer to make.
But what I have to say, you would not bear to hear, for my defence would be your condemnation. Proceed, then, in the name of God, to do what is permitted to you. Yesterday, and the day before, you have condemned loyal and honourable blood to be poured forth like water. —Spare not mine. Were that of all my ancestors in my veins, I would have peril'd it in this quarrel. He resumed his seat, and refused again to rise. • Evan Maccombich looked at him with great earnestness, and, rising up, seemed anxious to speak ; but the confusion of the court, and the perplexity arising from thinking in a language different from that in which he was to express himself, kept him silent. There was a murmur of compassion among the spectators, from the idea that the poor fellow intended to plead the influence of his superior as an excuse for his crime. The judge commanded silence, and encouraged Evan to proceed.
« I was only ganging to say, my lord,» said Evan, in what he meant to be an insinuating manner, « that if your excellent honour, and the honourable court, would let Vich fan Vohr go free just this once, and let him gae back to France, and no to trouble King George's government again, that ony six of the very best of his clan will be willing to be justified in his
stead; and if you'll just let me gae down to Glennaquoich, I'll fetch them up to ye mysell, to head or bang, and you may begin wi' me the very
first man.» Notwithstanding the solemnity of the occasion, a sort of laugh was heard in the court at the extraordinary nature of the proposal. The judge checked this indecency, and Evan, looking sternly around, when the murmur abated, « If the Saxon gentlemen are laughing, be said, « because a poor man, such as me, thinks my life, or the life of six of my degree, is worth that of Vich Ian Vohr, it's like enough they may be very right; but if they laugh because they think I would not keep my word, and come back to redeem him, I can tell them they ken neither the heart of a Hielandman, nor the honour of a gentleman.»
There was no farther inclination to laugh among the audience, and a dead silence ensued.
The judge then pronounced upon both prisoners the sentence of the law of high treasop, with all its horrible accompaniments. The execution was appointed for the ensuing day: « For you, Fergus Mac-Ivor,» continued the judge, «I can hold out no hope of mercy. You must prepare against to-morrow for your last sufferings here, and your great audit hereafter.»