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in quest of sea-fowl, and such like to the delight of old Yorkie, predogame, had attracted the notice of minated over the scholar of Saint Magnus Troil, in whose house he Andrews; and, accordingly, after soon became a regular inmate, and many turns of fate below," the sage where he was received by the daugh- Triptolemus Yellowley, with a litters of the Fowde rather in the ca tle Latin, and rather less sense, found pacity of a brother than as a guest, himself established as the Chambereven the most acceptable and wel lain's factor in Zetland, commissioncome. That a youth so situated and ed on a reformatory duty, which 80 encouraged, and daily in the pre- would have been balm to the spirit sence, and enjoying the confidence of of a modern radical. The housekeeptwo lovely and innocent children of er of the agriculturist was a distin, nature, like Minna and Brenda Troil, guished personage, being Mrs Bar. should feel the risings of love in his bara Yellowley, his maiden sister, bosom, is one of those sequences (as whose character the inimitable au, Mr Leslie would say) which all men thor-not we-must delineate. To not only expect as natural, but (I the door of this said worthy pair did beg his pardon for my improper Mordaunt Mortoun apply his cudgel, phraseology) regard as, in some de- and thunder for admission, while gree, if not altogether necessary. the elements were raging over his
In a fit of waywardness, and pro: head with a fury as if it were the bably to show off a little before the last conflict they meant to wage before young ladies as a bit of a hero, the final dissolution of all things. Mordaunt Mertoun one day left It is one thing to knock at the Burgh Westra, the residence of Mag- churls door-it is another to get adnus Troil, in order to cross the island, mission to his hearth-stone-it is s to the sombre residence of his dark, third to be hospitably received when gloomy, unkind, and unamieble sire. you have reached that sanctum sancHe had not proceeded far on his way, torum. We think all this will be aphowever, till the storm encreased to parent, from the dialogue that took such a degree of fury, as to render it place between him of the classic necessary to seek_shelter wherever name, and the ancient dame, when he might find it. Fate led him to the the bold youth commenced the unhouse of Triptolemus Yellowley, fac- 'expected and unwelcome assault on tor to the Lord Chamberlain, a Scotch- the door. man from the Mearns, whose father, Jasper Yellowley, a good honest
" Whisht-hold your silly cavering clođpole of a Yorkshireman, by a
tongue,” said Baby, looking round with marvellous odd chance, had allied apprehension-"ye are a wise man to himself to the gentle blood of the speak of what is in the house, and a fite house of Clinkscale. The issue of this ting man to have the charge of it-Hark, strange commixtion and crossing of outter yett.”
as I live by bread, I hear a tapping at the breed was He of the classic name,
“ Go and open it then, Baby," said her more familiarly, yclept Trippie, and brother, glad at any thing that promised whom onest Yorkie meant to bring to interrupt the dispute. up like himself, to turn the clod, and “Go and open it, said he ?" echoed seek his subsistence in the bosom of Baby, half angry, half frightened, and hair his mother earth. But the blood of triumphant, at the superiority of her unClinkscale was ambitious. Her first- derstanding over that of ber brotherborn must not be condemned to
." Go and open it, said you, indeed -the plebeian condition of a mere it to lend robbers a chance to take all that clod - hopper, a devourer of beans is in the house ?" and bacon, a grower of corn, and
“ Robbers !” echoed Triptolemmis, in a feeder of oxen for the slaughter this country, than there are lambs *
" there are no more robbens in house. Young Trip was accordingly Youle. I tell you, as I have told you an bundled off to Saint Andrews as soon 'hundred times, there are no Highlandmes as he was considered fit for initiation
to harry us here. This is a land of quiet into that venerable seminary. But, and honesty. O fortunati nimium!" as our friend Hogg says, after Flac And what good is Saint Rinian to do cus, “ Erpellas naturam furcâ tamen ye, Tolemus ?” said his sister, mistaking usque recurret."
The agriculturist, the quotation for a Catholie incorntias.
Besides, if there be no Highlandmen, a breckless loon Isac Lochaber "tell his there may be as bad. I saw sax or seven mind and his errand mair deftly ? -Come, as ill-looking chields gang past the place come, friend,” she added, addressing her yesterday, as ever came frae beyont self to Mordaunt, “ put up your pipes, Cloch-na-ben; illfa'red tools they had in and gang your gait, this is the house of their hands, whaaling knives they ca'ed his Lordship's factor, and no place of rethem, but they looked as like whingers, sett for thiggers or sorners." as ae bit airn can look like anither. Mordaunt laugbed in her face at the There is nae honest men carry siccan simplicity of the request. " Leave built tools.”
walls,” he said, “ and in such a tempest Here the knocking and shouts of Mor. as this? What take you me for a gana daunt were very audible, betwixt every net or a scarf do you think I am, that swell of the horrible blast which was ca. your clapping your hands and skirling at reering without. The brother and sister me like a mad woman, should drive me looked at each other in real perplexity and from the shelter into the storm ?” foar. “ If they have heard of the siller," “ And so you propose, young man, said Baby, her very nose changing with said Triptolemus, gravely, “ to stay in terror from red to blue, “ we are but my house, volens, nolens--that is, whe
ther we will or no ?” • Who speaks now, when they should " Will !” said Mordaunt; " what hold there peace ?" said Triptolemus. right have you to will any thing about it? “ Go to the shot-window instantly, and Do you not hear the thunder? Do you see how many there are of them, while I not hear the rain ? Do you not see the load the old Spanish-barrelled duck-gun-- lightning? And do you not know this is go as if you were stepping on new-laid the only house within I wot not how many eggs.
miles ? Come, my good master and dame, Baby crept to the window, and re this may be Scottish jesting, but it sounds ported that she saw only “one young strange in Zetland ears. You have let chield, clattering and roaring, as gin he out the fire too, and my teeth are danwere daft. How many there might be out cing a jig in my head with cold ; but I'll of sight, she could not say."
soon put that to rights.". “Out of sight! -nonsense," said Trip tolemus, laying aside the ramrod with But the unhappy Mrs Baby was which he was loading the piece, with a destined to experience other intrutrembling hand. “ I will warrant them sions into her hospitable mansion. out of sight and hearing both-this is The first of these was in the persome poor fellow catched in the tempest, son of Bryce Snailsfoot, jagger or wants the shelter of our roof, and a little pe llar of the district, one of those refreshment. Open the door, Baby, it's knowing and hypocritical rogues, a Christian deed.”
who have God in their mouths, and “ But is it a Christian deed of him to
the Devil in their hearts—and who, come in at the window, then ?” said Ba
whether they lie, steal, cheat, swindle, by, setting up a most doleful sbriek, as Mordaunt Mertoun, who had forced open
or violate any or all of the precepts of one of the windows, leaped down into the the decalogue, are never at a loss
“to nail't wi' scripture." The jagger apartment, dripping with water, like a river god. Triptolemus, in great tribula- will again appear on the canvas. The tion, presented the gun which he had not other intruder we must introduce in yet loaded, while the intruder exclaimed, the words of the author :« Hold, hold—what the devil mean you, by keeping your doors bolted, in weather “O master !” and “O mistress like this, and levelling your gun at folk's there is auld Norna of Fitful-head, the heads, as you would at a sealgh's ?” most fearful woman in all the isles !"
“ And who are you, friend, and what 4 Where can she have been wander. want you ?” said Triptolemus, lowering ing ?” said Mordaunt, not without some the butt of his gun to the floor, as he apparent sympathy, with the surprise, if spoke, and so recovering his arms. not with the alarm, of the old domestic ;
“ What do I want !” said Mordaunt, “but it is needless to ask-the worse the “I want every thing—I want meat, weather, the more likely is she to be a drink, and fire, a bed for the night, and a traveller.” sheltie for to-morrow morning, to carry 6 What new tramper is this? echoed me to Jarlshof."
the distracted Baby, whom the quick suc“ And you said there were nae caterans çession of guests had driven well nigh or yorners here ?" said Baby to the agri. crazy with vexation. 66 I'll soon settle culturist, reproachfulr. “ Heard ye ever her wandering, I sall warrant, if my
brother has but the soul of a man in him, ful-head, something is yet Jeft that reor if there be a pair of jougs at Scallo sembles power of defence. If the men way."
of Thulè have ceased to be champions, “ The iron was never forged on stithy and to spread the banquet for the raven, that would hauld her," said the old maid. the women have not forgotten the arts
66 She comes-she comes that lifted them of yore into queens and God's sake, speak her fair and canny, prophetesses.” or we will have a ravelled hasp on the
The picture drawn of this Pyyarn-windles.”
thoness' throughout is the most masAs she spoke, a woman, tall enough almost to touch the top of the door with
terly and powerful to be found in her cap, stepped into the room, signing
the whole compass of fictitious comthe cross as she entered, and pronoun
position. Her real name was Ulla cing, with a solemn voice, “ The blessing
Troil. She was cousin to the Udalof God, and Saint Ronald, on the open
er— had been unfortunate in love door, and their braid malison and mine, -had born a son without the sancupon close-handed churls !"
tion of the priesthood-had, by an * And wha are ye, that are sae bauld accident, trivial in itself, been the wi' your blessing and banning in other unhappy means of suffocating her folks' houses ? What kind of country is aged father to death—had been sethis, that folks cannot sit quiet for an parated from her child, whose fate hour, and serve heaven, and keep their she had never learned ;--and posbit gear thegither, without gangrel men
sessing at once a powerful imagiand women coming thigging and sorn
nation, and a mind of great vigour ing, ane after anither, like a string of
and originality, she had not fallen wild-geese ?" This speech, the understanding reader
a vietim to downright insanity, but will easily saddle on Mistress Baby, and
had passed into that state of halwhat effects it might have produced on
lucination, which, without disturbthe last stranger, can only be matter of ing greatly the exercise of reason, conjecture; for the old servant and Mor about the common affairs of life, daunt applied themselves at once to the pourtrays, to the mind's eye, in veriparty addressed, in order to deprecate her table forms, the wild and extravaresentment; the former speaking to her gant creations of the fancy, or the some words of Norse, in a tone of inter no less improbable and impalpable cession, and Mordaunt saying in English, dreams of superstition. To a mind “ They are strangers, Norna, and know
in this temperament, the dark and not your name or qualities; they are una
glcomy superstitions of Odin, and of acquainted, too, with the ways of this
the Runic bards, were singularly country ; and, therefore, we must hold them excused for their lack of hospi- of ancestry, and love for the customs
congenial; were associated with pride tality.” " I lack no hospitality, young man,
and faith of her vagabond forefathers; said Triptolemus,“ miseris succurrere
and led her to design herself the disco--the goose that was destined to
Reimkennar, and “ the Queen of the roost in the chimney till Michaelmas, is
Elements.” Under this delusion, she boiling in the pot for you ; but if we had took up her residence in a small twenty geese, I see we are like to find tower, on the lofty cape called litmouths to eat them, every feather—this ful - head, whence she derived her must be amended."
nom de guerre-NormA or THE " What must be amended, sordid FITFUL-JIEAD. The influence which slave ?” said the stranger Norna, turning this prophetic sybil exerts, in effectat once upon him, with an emphasis that ing the denouement of the piece, will made him start-“What must be amend.
be afterwards apparent.–To proceed: ed ? Bring hither, if thou wilt, thy' new
Young Mertoun scon leaves the infangled coulters, spades, and harrows, hospitable mansion-returns homealter the implements of our fathers, from the plough-share to the mouse-trap; but and, for a wonder, 'holds a regular know thou art in the land that was won
conversation with his misanthropical of old by the flaxen-haired Kempions of father, the drift of which, on the part the North, and leave us their hospitality
of old Sulky, appears to be to exat lcast, to chew we come of what was
tract his son's sentiments towarcis the once noble and generous. I say to you, daughters of the Udaljer, and to learn bewarewhile. Nonna looks forth at the to which of the two he troukl be incasurclass waters, from the crest of Fil. inclined to throw the magimonial
apple. The youth, very naturally, in action ; not quite a devil in a hutries to parry the pointed interroga man shape, like his associates, but tories of his cynical father, who, in possessed both of honour and genereturn, edifies the youth with a slice rosity in no mean degree ; accessible of his own creed, and a sample of to the truest and most ardent love, his own philanthropy.
yet, at the same time, suspicious, The eagerness of conversation had reckless, and vindictive: in this asled them from the house to the verge semblage of mental and moral qualiof a wild promontory, which over ties, we certainly discover the eleclooked the Roost of Sumburgh, in ments of what is great and heroic, which the practised eye of old Mere had circumstances—which so often toun soon discovered a vessel drift- determine the characters and fate of ing with wind and tide on Sum men-been propitious to their full burgh Head. After a little while, expansion and developement. she went to pieces 'on the rock, as Bryce Snailsfoot, and others of he had foreseen; and it was not long the same honest character, had been ere Mordaunt « conceived he saw a so laudably busy in appropriating: man floating on a plank, or water what “winds and waves had spared' cask, which, drifting away from the of the wreck of his vessel, that Clevemain current, seemed about to go land was advised to apply for redress a-shore on a small spot of sand, where to our friend the Udaller, in his cathe water was siallow, and the waves pacity of Fowde; which advice he broke more smoothly. To see the adopted, and soon, by his bold yet danger, and to exclaim-“ He lives, graceful and manly frankness of manand may yet be saved !” was the first ners, insinuated himself into the good impulse of the fearless Mordaunt.- graces of the Zetlander, and still more The next was, after one rapid glance deeply into those of his elder daughter, at the front of the cliff, to precipitate the romantic and imaginative Minna. himself-such seemed the rapidity Meanwhile Fame, who delights to of his movement-from the verge, busy herself when mischief is in the and to commence, by means of slight wind, had conveyed to the ears of fissures, projections, and crevices in Mordaunt, that the stranger had efthe rock, a descent, which, to a spec- fected a lodgement in the heart of her tator, appeared little else than an act whom he did not imagine he had of absolute insanity.” Notwithstand- loved, till informed by the pángs of ing the perils of the descent, he jealousy. When in this state, the reached the beach in safety, and suc- jagger arrived, to confirm his worst ceeded, with the aid of Norna of the suspicions and fears. This artful Fitful-head, who unexpectedly ap- rogue, who had had the audacity to pears at the scene of havock, in res sell Cleveland some of his own wares, euing a human being from a watery for which he paid with the reckgrave.
less generosity of a seaman,
discoverThe shipwrecked sailor, whose life ing something like an attachment beyoung Mertoun had so miraculously tween the 'PIRATE”and Minna Troil, saved, was Clement Cleveland, cap- thought he would best advance his tain of a piratical vessel from the own interest, with his too-liberal cusSpanish Main, laden with valuable tomer, by conveying to the ears of merchandise, the buccaneers having the Udaller and his daughters, that sought that distant region, to dispose Mordaunt Mertoun had publicly of their spoil, re-fit, and prepare for boasted of having his choice of the new enterprises. The character of this young ladies of Burgh Westra, and Pirate is boldly delineated, and, as that he only waited to ascertain to drawn in the volumes beforeus, strong- which of the two the larger dowry ly reminds us of the story of Cæsarand should be assigned. To the pride of the Pirates. With mental and intel- the Fowde, nothing could be more lectual qualities of the highest order, mortifying than such an insinuabie, whom circumstances had render- tion, derogatory at once to his own ed a buccaneer, would in others have honour and to that of his daughters, been a hero and a conqueror,
Bold, whom he loved with an excess of padecided, shrewd, prudent, discrimi ternal fondness. The device of the nating; rapid in perception, fearless crafty jagger wastherefore completely
successful in accomplishing two ob- recollects the inimitable description jects, viz. destroying the favour of of the Revels at Kenilworth will the Udaller for young Mertoun, and know what to expect, and will not encreasing, in a proportionate degree, be disappointed. Suffice it to say, that of Cleveland, both with the faé that Norna of the Fitful-head, who, ther and the daughters, who had not for a reason that will appear in the been left in ignorance of the pretend- sequel, took a particular interest in ed boast of their former companion, young Mertoun, met the youth by implying, to woman's feelings, the the way—before he reached the do only outrage she is sure never to for- micile of Factor Yellowley—warned give. This will explain why More him of the altered feelings of his daunt had remained a fortnight at friends, the Troils,-ascribed the home, without receiving any invita- whole to the machinations of Clevetion to Burgh Westra. During this land—but urged Mertoun to properiod of suspense and anxiety, his ceed, and, by all means, to avoid an mind had been racked with the open rupture with his supposed anmost tormenting suspicions. He was tagonist. He proceeded, according
weary of conjectures," generally, ly, was very coolly received by Mage however, ascribing the altered con nus and his daughters, especially the duct of the Fowde and his daughters elder, and cursed his stars that he to the artifices of the stranger Cleve- had stirred from home, to meet with land, whom he had so unluckily such an unaccountably cold and unreseued from becoming food for friendly reception. fishes in the Roost of Sumburgh. It is at the festivities of Burgh At this period, the meddling pedlar Westra that the minstrel, Claud makes his appearance, and with a vil- Halcro, first comes on the stage-a lainy, not unusual in persons of his character that could only have been calling, artfully fans the flames of drawn by the author of the Lay of hatred and jealousy, which had pre- the Last Minstrel. This son of song viously been burning in Mertoun's had once been introduced to Bryden, breast, and intimates, by oblique at the coffee-house he frequented, hints, the impression which Cleve- called, from that circumstance, the land had made on the Udaller and Wit's Coffee-house, and ever after, his daughters.
used to clench every ditty, every asAfter many a hard struggle be- sertion, every opinion, by the infallitween pride, love, and a desire to ble authority of “ GLORIOUS JOHN." procure some ecclaircissement as to Gay, light-hearted, jovial, loquacious; the cause of his disgrace, Mordaunt, addicted neither to thin potations uninvited though he was, determined nor brief stories ; cheerful, honest, to present himself as one of the kind-hearted, vain, and endnusiasguests at the ensuing festival of St tic; this “old man" is the animaJohn, to be celebrated at Burgh ting principle of every scene in which Westra. He accordingly, set out, he mingles, and where he is ever and, in his way, called at the inhos- the foremost with his story, his balpitable door of Factor Yellowley, lad, his fiddle, his song. He is, whom, with his sister, Mrs Baby, he in short, a character of a century found preparing to set out for Burgh old, (now-a-days there are no chaWestra, having received an invita- racters!)” and we should not be tion from the Udaller himself. Mor- surprised, were this creation of the daunt agreed to accompany the factor, poet's fancy to afford small pleasure and his amiable sister. The perils to persons (and they are not a few) that befal a bad rider, mounted on a who have little or no sympathy with cross-grained Zetland pony, are cer the olden time. tainly manifold, as Factor Yellowley Towards the conclusion of the fesexperienced to his cost, in his pro- tival, Brenda Troil, who still cherishgress to Burgh Westra, having got a ed a regard for Mordaunt, contriva complete somerset over the ears of ed to disclose to him the secret, one of these provoking, and self that her sister's affections were irrewilled quadrupeds. We cannot stay coverably bestowed on the stranger, to say a word of the festivities of and without, in the least meaning to Burgh Westra.
The reader who do so, to discover the state of her