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• Little wot ye wha's coming,
A' the wild Marcraws are coming.'
The Vulcan of Cairnyreckan, who acknowledged his Venus in this exulling Bacchante, regarded her with a grim and ire-foreboding countenance, while some of the senators of the village hastened to interpose.“ Whisht, gudewife; is this a time, or is this a day, to be singing your ranting fule sangs in?-a time when the wine of wrath is poured out without mixture in the cup of indignation, and a day when the land should give testimony against popery, and prelacy, and quakerism, and independency, and supremacy, and erassianism, and antinomianism, and a' the errors of the church ?”
" And that's a your Whiggery,” re-echoed the Jacobite heroine; “ that's a' your Whiggery, and your presbytery, ye cut-lugged, graning carles? What! d'ye think the lads wi' the kills will care for yer synods and yer presbyteries, and yer buttock-mail, and yer stool o' repentance? Vengeance on the black face o't! mony an honester woman's been set upon it than streeks doon beside ony Whig in the country. I mysell”
Here John Mucklewrath, who dreaded her entering upon a detail of personal experience, interposed his matrimonial authority. “Gae hame, and be d -, (that I should say sae,) and put on the sowens for supper."
" And you, ye doil'd dotard,” replied his gentle helpmate, her wrath, which had hitherto wandered abroad over the whole assembly, being at once and violently impelled into its natural channel,
ye stand there hammering dog-heads for fules that will never snap them at a Highlandman, instead of earning bread for your family, and shoeing this winsome young gentleman's horse that's just come frae the north ! l’se warrant him nane of your whingeing King George folk, but a gallant Gordon, at the least
The eyes of the assembly were now turned upon Waverley, who took the opportunity to beg the smith to shoe his guide's horse with all speed, as he wished to proceed on his journey ;- for he had heard enough to make him sensible that there would be danger in delaying long in this place. The smith's eyes rested on him with a look of displeasure and suspicion, not lessened by the eagerness with which his wife enforced Waverley's mandate. “D'ye hear what the weel-favoured young gentleman says, ye drunken ne'erdo-good?"
“ And what may your name be, sir?" quoth Mucklewrath.
“It is of no consequence to you, my friend, provided I pay your labour."
“ But it may be of consequence to the state, sir,” replied an old farmer, smelling strongly of whisky and peat-smoke; “ and I doubt we maun delay your journey till you have seen the Laird.”
“You certainly,” said Waverley, haughtily, “will find it both difficult and dangerous to detain me, unless you can produce some proper authority."
There was a pause and a whisper among the crowd—“Secretary Murray; “Lord Lewis Gordon;' Maybe the Chevalier himsell!” Such were the surmises that passed hurriedly among them, and there was obviously an increased disposition to resist Waverley's departure. He attempted to argue mildly with them, but his voluntary ally, Mrs. Mucklewrath, broke in upon and drowned his expostulations, taking his part with an abusive violence, which was all set down to Edward's account by those on whom it was bestowed. “Ye'll stop ony gentleman that's the Prince's freend ?” for she too, though with other feelings, had adopted the general opinion respecting Waverley. “I daur ye to louch him,” spreading abroad her long and muscular fingers, garnished with claws which a vulture might have envied. “ I'll set my ten commandments in the face o' the first loon that lays a finger on him.”
“ Gae hame, gudewise," quoth the farmer aforesaid ; "it wad better set you to be nursing the gudeman's bairns than to be deaving us here."
“His bairns?" retorted the Amazon, regarding her busband with a grin of ineffable contempt—" His bairns !
“O gin ye were dead, gudeman,
And a green turf on your head, gudeman !
Upon a ranting Highlandman."
This canticle, which excited a suppressed titter among the younger part of the audience, totally overcame the patience of the taunted man of the anvil. “ Deil be in me but I'll put this het gad down her ihroat!” cried he, in an ecstacy of wrath, snatching a bar from the forge; and he might have executed his threat, had he not been withheld by a part of the mob, while the rest endeavoured to force the termagant out of his presence.
Waverley meditated a retreat in the confusion, but his horse was nowhere to be seen. At length he observed, at some distance, his faithful attendant, Ebenezer, who, as soon as he had perceived the turn matters were likely to take, had withdrawn both horses from the press, and mounted on the one, and holding the other, answered the loud and repeated calls of Waverley for his horse. " Na, na! if ye are nae friend to kirk and the king, and are
delained as siccan a person, ye maun answer to honest men of the country for breach of contract; and I maun keep the naig and the walise for damage and expense, in respect my horse and mysell will lose to-morrow's day's-wark, besides the afternoon preaching."
Edward, out of patience, hemmed in and hustled by the rabble on every side, and every moment expecting personal violence, resolved to try measures of intimidation, and at length drew a pocket-pistol, threatening, on the one hand, to shoot whomsoever dared to stop him, and, on the other, menacing Ebenezer with a similar doom, if he stirred a foot with the horses. The sapient Partridge says that one man with a pistol is equal to a hundred unarmed, because, though he can shoot but one of the multitude, yet no one knows but that he himself may be that luckless individual. The levy en masse of Cairnvreckan would therefore probably have given way, nor would Ebenezer, whose natural paleness had waxed three shades more cadaverous, have ventured to dispute a mandate so enforced, bad not the Vulcan of the village, eager to discharge upon some more worthy object the fury which his helpınate bad provoked, and not ill satisfied to find such an object in Waverley, rushed at him with the red-hot bar of iron, with such determination, as made the discharge of his pistol an act of self-defence. The unfortunate man fell; and while Edward, thrilled with a natural horror at the incident, neither had presence of mind to unsheathe his sword, nor to draw his remaining pistol, the populace threw themselves upon him, disarmed him, and were about to use him with great violence, when the appearance of a venerable clergyman, the pastor of the parish, put a curb on their fury.
This worthy man (none of the Goukthrapples or Rentowels) maintained his character with the common people, although he preached the practical fruits of Christian faith, as well as its abstract tenets, and was respected by the higher orders, notwithstanding he declined soolhing their speculative errors by converting the pulpit of the gospel into a school of heathen morality. Perhaps it is owing to this mixture of faith and practice in his docIrine, that, although his memory has formed a sort of era in the annals of Cairnvreckan, so that the parishioners, to denole what befell Sixty Years since, still say it happened “in good Mr. Morton's time,” I have never been able to discover which he belonged to, the evangelical, or the moderate party in the kirk. Nor do I hold the circumstance of much moment, since, in my own remembrance, the one was headed by an Erskine, the other by a Robertson.'
"The Rev. John Erskine, D.D., an eminent Scottish divine, and a most excellent man, beaded the Evangelical party in the Cburch of Scotland at the time when the cele
Mr. Morton had been alarmed by the discharge of the pistol, and the increasing hubbub around the smithy. His first attention, after he had directed the bystanders to detain Waverley, but to abstain from injuring him, was turned to the body of Mucklewrath, over which his wife, in a revulsion of feeling, was weeping, howling, and tearing her elf-locks, in a state little short of distraction. On raising up the smith, the first discovery was, that he was alive; and the next, that he was likely to live as long as if he had never heard the report of a pistol in his life. He had made a narrow escape, however; the bullet had grazed his head, and stunned him for a moment or two, which trance terror and confusion of spirit had prolonged somewhat longer. He now arose to demand vengeance on the person of Waverley, and with difficulty acquiesced in the proposal of Mr. Morton, that he should be carried before the Laird, as a justice of peace, and placed at his disposal. The rest of the assistants unanimously agreed to the measure recommended ; even Mrs. Mucklewrath, who had begun to recover from her hysterics, whimpered forth, “She wadna say naething against what the minister proposed; he was e'en ower gude for his trade, and she hoped to see him wi' a dainty decent bishop's gown on his back; a comelier sight than your Geneva cloaks and bands, I wis.”
All controversy being thus laid aside, Waverley, escorted by the whole inhabitants of the village who were not bed-ridden, was conducted to the house of Cairnyreckan, which was about half a mile distant.
MAJOR MELVILLE of Cairnyreckan, an elderly gentleman, who had spent his youth in the military service, received Mr. Morton with great kindness, and our hero with civility, which the equivocal circumstances wherein Edward was placed rendered constrained and distant.
The nature of the smilh's hurt was inquired into, and as the actual injury was likely to prove trifling, and the circumstances in which it was received rendered the infliction, on Edward's part, a natural act of self-defence, the Major conceived he might dismiss
brated Dr. Robertson, the historian, was the leader of the Moderate party. These two distinguished persons were colleagues in the Old Grey Friars' Church, Edinburgh ; and however much they differed in church politics, preserved the most perfect harmony as private friends, and as clergymen serving the same cure.
that matter, on Waverley's depositing in his hands a small sum for the benefit of the wounded person.
“I could wish, sir," continued the Major, “ that my duty terminated here; but it is necessary that we should have some further inquiry into the cause of your journey through the country at this unforlunate and distracled time."
Mr. Ebenezer Cruickshanks now stood forth, and communicated to the magistrate all he knew or suspected, from the reserve of Waverley, and the evasions of Callum Beg. The horse upon which Edward rode, he said, he knew to belong to Vich Ian Vohr, though he dared not tax Edward's former allendant with the fact, lest he should have his house and stables burnt over his head some night by that godless gang, the Mac-Ivors. He concluded by exaggerating his own services to kirk and state, as having been the means, under God (as he modestly qualified the assertion), of attaching this suspicious and formidable delinquent. He intimated hopes of fulure reward, and of instant reimbursement for loss of time, and even of character, by travelling on the state business on the fast-day.
To this Major Melville answered, with great composure, that, so far from claiming any merit in this affair, Mr. Cruickshanks ought to deprecate the imposition of a very heavy fine for neglecting to lodge, in terms of the recent proclamalion, an account wilh the nearest magistrate of any stranger who came to his inn; that as Mr. Cruickshanks boasted so much of religion and loyalty, he should not impute this conduct to disaffection, but only suppose that his zeal for kirk and stale had been lulled asleep by the opportunity of charging a stranger with double horse-hire; that, however, feeling himself incompetent to decide singly upon the conduct of a person of such importance, he should reserve it for consideration of the next quarter-sessions. Now our history for the present saith no more of him of the Candlestick, who wended dolorous and malcontent back to his own dwelling.
Major Melville then commanded the villagers to return to their homes, excepting Iwo, who officiated as constables, and whom he directed to wait below. The aparlment was thus cleared of every person but Mr. Morton, whom the Major invited to remain ; a sort of factor, who acted as clerk; and Waverley himself. There ensued a painful and embarrassed pause, till Major Melville, looking upon Waverley with much compassion, and often consulling a paper or memorandum which he held in his hand, requested to know his name. .“ Edward Waverley."
“ I thought so; late of the ---dragoons, and nephew of Sir Everard Waverley of Waverley-Honour?”
66 The same."