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him the length of Roslin, in his good even than walking ; yet, as I told him, brother's bit phieton, to eat a wheen it gave a man leisure to use his eyes, strawberries, and see how the forth- and make observation to the right and coming harvest was getting on.
the left; and so we had a prime That the offer was friendly, admitted look of Lasswade,-and Newbottle not of doubt, but I did not like to Abbey,-and Melville Castle,-and accept for two-three reasons ; among Dryden woods,-and Hawthornden,which was, in the first place, my and the paper mills, and the bleachawareness of the danger of riding in field, and so on. The day was such vehicles,-having read, sundry bright and beautiful, and the feeling times in the newspapers, of folk hav- of summer came over our bosoms; ing been tumbled out of them, drunk the flowers blossomed and the birds or sober, head-foremost, and having sang; and, as the sun looked from the got eyes knocked ben, skulls clowred, blue sky, the quiet of nature banished and collar-bones broken; and, in the from our thoughts all the poor and second place, the expense of seeding paltry cares that enbitter life, and all the horse, together with our finding the pitiful considerations, which are ourselves in meat and drink during but too apt to be the only concerns of the journey,-let alone tolls, straw- the busy and bustling, from their berries and cream, bawbees to the awaking in the morning to their lywaiter, and what not. But let me ing down on the pillow of evening speak the knock-him-down truth, and rest. Peter and myself felt this forshame the Deil,-above all, I was cibly, he, as he confessed to me, harafraid of being seen by my employers, ing entirely forgot the four pan-soled wheeling about, on a work day, like a loaves, that were, that morning, lest gentleman, dressed out in my best, by his laddie, Peter Crust, in the and leaving my business to inind it- oven, and burned to sticks; and, for self, as it best could.
my own part, do what I liked, I could Peter Farrel, however, being a man not bring myself to mind what piece of determination, stuck to his text of work I had that morning finished, like a horse-leech ; so, after a great till, far on the road, I recollected that to-do, and considerable argle-bar- it was a pair of mouse-brown spattergling, he got me, by dint of powerful dashes for worthy old Mr. Mooleypersuasion, to give him my hand on pouch. the subject. Accordingly, at the hour Oh, it is a pleasant thing, now and appointed, I popped up the back-loan then, to get a peep of the country. with my stick in my hand,--Peter To them who live among shops and having agreed to be waiting for me on markets, and stone-walls, and butcherthe road-side, a bit beyond the head stalls, and fishwives, -and the smell of the town. The cat should be let of ready-made tripe, red herring, and out of the pock by my declaring, that Cheshire cheeses,—the sights, and Nanse, the goodwife, had also a finger sounds, and smells of the country in the pie,-as, do what ye like, wo- bring to mind the sinless days of tbe men will make their points good-she world before the fall of man, when all having overcome me in her wheed- was love, peace, and happiness. Peter ling way, by telling me, that it was Farrel and I were transported out of curious I had no ambition to speel our seven senses, as we feasted our the ladder of gentility, and hold up eyes on the beauty of the green fields. my chin in imitation of my betters. The bumbees were bizzing among the
That we had a most beautiful drive gowans and blue-bells; and a thouI cannot deny; for though I would not sand wee birds among the green trees allow Peter to touch the horse with were churm-churming away, filling the whip, in case it might run away, earth and air with music, as it were a fling, or trot over fast,—and so we universal hymn of gratitude to the inade but slow progress-little more Creator for his unbounded goodness to
all his creatures. We saw the trig world—had bought his own bounds, country lasses bleaching their snow- and built new ones—could lay down white linen on the grass by the water- the blunt for his article, and take the side, and they too were lilting their measure of the markets, by laying up favorite songs. All the world seemed wheat in his granaries against the day happy, and I could scarcely believe- of trouble-to wit-rise of prices. what I kent to be true for all that « Well, Peter,” said I to him, that we were still walking in the "seeing that ye read the newsparealms of sin and misery. The milk- pers, and have a notion of things, cows were nipping the clovery parks, what think ye, just at the present moand chewing their cuds at their lei- ment, of affairs in general ?” sure ;—the wild partridges whidding Peter cocked up his lugs at this about in pairs, or birring their wings appeal, and, looking as wise as if he with fright over the hedges ;-and the had been Solomon's nephew, gave a blue-bonneted ploughmen on the road knowing smirk, and said, cracking their whips in wantonness, « Is it foreign or domestic affairs and whistling along amid the clean that you are after, Maister Wauch? straw in their carts. And then the for the question is a six quarters wide rows of snug cottages, with their kail- one.” yards and their gooseberry bushes, I was determined not to be beat by with the fruit hanging from the man of woman born; so I answered branches like ear-rings on the neck of with almost as much cleverality as a lady of fashion. How happy, thought himself, “ Oh, Mr. Farrel, as to our we both,-Peter Farrel and me, foreign concerns, I trust I am ower how happy inight they be, who, with- loyal a subject of George the Third, out worldly pride or ambition, passed to have any doubt at all about them, their days in such situations, in the as the Bonaparte is yet to be born society of their wives and children. that will ever beat our regulars abroad Ah! such were a blissful lot!
-to say nothing of our volunteers at During our ride, Peter Farrel and home; but what think you of the paI had an immense deal of rational per specie-the national debt-borconversation on a variety of matters, ough reform—the poor-rates—and the Peter having seen great part of the Catholic question ?” world in his youth, from having made I do not think Peter jealoused I two voyages to Greenland with his ever had so much in my noddle ; but uncle, who was the mate of a whale- when he saw I had put him to his vessel. To relate all that Peter told mettle, he did his best to give me me he had seen and witnessed in his satisfactory answers to my queries, far-away travels, among the white saying, that till gold came in fashion, bears and the frozen seas, would take it would not be for my own interest, up a great deal of the reader's time, or that of my family, to refuse bank and of my paper; but as to its being notes, for which he would, any day of very diverting, there is no doubt of the year, give me as many quarter that. However, when Peter came loaves as I could carry, to say nothing to the years of discretion, Peter had of coorse flour for the prentices' sense enough in his noddle to disco- scones, and bran for the pigs—that ver, that “a rolling stane gathers no the national debt would take care of fog ;' and having got an inkling of the itself long after both him and I were penny. pie manufacture when he was a gathered to our fathers; and that inwee smout, he yoked to the baking dividual debt was a much more haztrade, tooth and nail; and, in the ardous, pressing, and personal concourse of years, thumped butter-bakes cern, far more likely to come home to with his elbows to some purpose ; so our more immediate bosoms and busithat, at the time of our colleaguing nesses—that the best species of bortogether, Peter was well to do in the ough reform was every one's commencing to make amendment in their “And indeed, Mr. Farrel, ye Deter own lives and conversations-that poor- spoke a truer word,” said I. “We rates were likely to be worse before are here to-day-yonder to-morrow; they were better; and that, as to the this moment we are shining like the Catholic question,-"But, Mansie," mid-day sun, and on the next, pugh! said he, “it would give me great we go out like the snuff of a candle.** pleasure to hear your candid and judi- “But, Maister Wauch," quo' Petez, cious opinion of Popery and the Pa- who was a hearer of the Parish pists."
Church, “you dissenting bodies age I saw, with half an ee, that Peter take the black side of things; never was trying to put me to my mettle, considering that the doubtful sbadows and I devoutly wished, that I had had of affairs sometimes brighten up into James Batter at my elbow, to have the cloudless daylight. For instance, given him play for his money, James now, there was an old fellow-appreobeing the longest-headed man that tice of my father's, who, like myself, ever drove a shuttle between warp and was a baker, his name was Charlie woof; but, most fortunately, just as I Cheeper; and, both his father and was going to say, that “every honest mother dying, when he was yet hardman, who wished well to the good of ly in trowsers, he would have been his country, could only have one opi- left without a håme in the world, had nion on that subject,”-we came to not an old widow woman, who bad the bye-road, that leads away off on long lived next door to them, and the right hand side down to Hawthorn- whose only breadwinner was her spinden; and we observed, from the curi- ning-wheel, taken the wee wretchie ous ringle, that one of the naig's fore- in to share her morsel. For several shoon was loose ; which consequently years, as might naturally have been put an end to the discussion of this expected, the callant was a perfect important national question, before dead-weight on the concern, and Peter and I had time to get it com- perhaps, in her hours of greater disfortably settled to the world's satis- tress, the widow regretted the heedfaction.
lessness of her Christian charity ; but The upshot was, that we were need- Charlie had a winning way with him, cessitated to dismount, and lead the and she could not find it in her animal by the head, forward to Kit- heart to turn him to the door. By Uerig, where Mackturk Sparrible the time he was seven,-and a ragged keeps his smith's shop ; in order that, coute he was as ever stepped witbout with his hammer, he might make fast shoes,-he could fend for himself, the loose nails :--and that him and his by running messages-holding horses foresman did in a couple of hurries ; at shop doors-winning bools and sellme and Peter looking over them, ing them—and so on; so that, when while they pelt-pelted away with the he had collected half-a-crown in a beast's foot between their knees, as if penny pig, the widow sent him to the we had been a couple of grand gentle- school, where he got on like a hatter, men incog.; and so we were to him. and, in a little while, could both read
After getting ourselves again de- and write. When he was ten, he was cently mounted, and giving Sparrible bound apprentice to Saunders Snaps, a consideration for his trouble, Peter in the Back-row, whose grandson has took occasion, from the horse casting yet, as you know, the sign of the its shoe, to make a few apropos moral Wheat Sheaf; and for five years he observations, in the manner of the behaved himself like his betters. Rev. Mr. Wiggie, on the uncertainties “ Well, sir, when his time was out, which it is every inan's lot to encoun- Charlie had an ambition to see ibe ter in the weariful pilgrimage of hu- world; and, by working for a month man life. “There is many a slip or two as a journeyman in the Grass'tween the cup and the lip,” said Peter. market of Edinburgh, he raked 23 much together, as took him up to the honesty of the prisoners, although London in the steerage of a Leith impeached, was unimpeachable; the smack. For several years nothing mob were furious; and before the was heard of him, except an occasion- Sunday sun arose, old Mrs. Pernick• al present of a shawl, or so on, to the ity awakened with a sore throat, every widow, who had been so kind to him pane of her windows having been miin his helpless years; and at length a raculously broken during the dead farewell present of some little money hours. came to her, with his blessing for past " The mother and the daughter favors, saying that he was off for good were kept in custody until the Monand all to America.
day; when, as they were standing, “ In the course of time, Widow making a declaration of their innocence Amos became frail and sandblind. before the justices, who should come She was unable to work for herself, in but Francie Deep, the Sheriff offiand the charity she had shown to oth- cer, with an Irish vagrant and his ers, no one seemed disposed to extend wife,-two tinklers, who were lodging to her. Her only child, Jeanie Amos, in the Back-row, and in whose poswas obliged to leave her service, and session the bundle was found bodily, come home to the house of poverty, basket and all. Such a cheering as to guard her mother's grey hairs from the folk set up; it did all honest accident, and to divide with her the folk's hearts good to hear it. Mrs. little she could make at the trade of Pernickity and her lass, to save their mangling; for, with the money that bacon, were obliged to be let out by Charlie Cheeper had sent, before a back door; and, as the Justices leaving the country, the old woman were about to discharge the two prihad bought a calendar, and let it out soners, who had been so unjustly and to the neighbors at so much an hour; injuriously suspected, a stranger forchonest poverty having many shifts. ed his way to the middle of the floor,
“ Matters had gone on in this way and took the old woman in his arms !” for two or three fitful years; and "Charlie Cheeper returned, for a Jeanie, who, when she had come gold guinea,” said I. home from service, was a buxom and “ And no other it was,” said Peter, blooming lass, although yet but a wee resuming his comical story. - The advanced in her thirties, began to show, world had flowed upon him to his like all earthly things, that she was heart's desire. Over in Virginia he wearing past her best. Some said had given up the baking business, and that she had lost hopes of Charlie's commenced planter; and, after years return; and others, that, come hame of industrious exertion, having made when he liked, he would never look enough and to spare, he had returned over his left shoulder after her. to spend the rest of his days, in peace
"Well, sir, as fact as death, I mind and plenty in his native town." mysell, when a laddie, of the rumpus “Not to interrupt you,” added I, the thing made in the town. One " Mr. Farrel, I think I could wager Saturday night, a whole washing of soinething mair.” old Mrs. Pernickity's, that had been “ You are a witch of a guesser I sent to be calendared, vanished like see, Mansie,” said Peter ; « and I see lightning, no one knew where : the old what you are at. Well, sir, you are lady was neither to hold nor bind; right again. For, on the very day and nothing would serve her, but hav- week that Patrick Makillaguddy and ing both the old woman and her his spouse got their heads shaved, and daughter committed to the Tolbooth. were sent to beat hemp in the New So to the Tolbooth they went, weep- Bridewell on the Caltonhill, Jeanie ing and wailing ; followed by a crowd, Amos became Mrs. Cheeper; the calwho cried loudly out at the sin and endar and the spinning-wheel were both iniquity of the proceeding ; because burned by a crowd of wicked weans, before old Mrs. Pernickity's door, that no throat was wide enough ta raising such a smoke as almost smeak- swallow them for gospel, although ed her to a rizzar'd haddock; and the geyan entertaining I allow. Hoeold widow, under the snug room of ever, it was a real farce ; that is cer. her ever grateful son-in-law, spent the tain. remainder of her Christian life in Oh, but the building was a grand peace and prosperity.”
and overpowering sight, making man « That story ends as it ought," said to dree the sense of his own insigniI, “ Mr. Farrel; neither Jew nor ficance, even in the midst of his own Gentile dare dispute that ; and as to handiwork. First, we looked over the telling of it, I do not think man of our shoulders to the grand carved woman born, except maybe James roofs, where the swallows swee-sweed, Batter, who is a nonsuch, could have as they darted through the open winhandled it more prettily. I like to dows, and the yattering sparrows fed hear virtue aye getting its ain reward.” their gorbals in the far boles; and
As these 'dividual words were fall- syne we looked shuddering down into ing from my lips, we approached the the dark vaults, where nobody in their end of our journey, the Roslin-Inn- senses could have ventured, though house heaving in sight, at the door of Peter Farrel, being a rash, courawhich me and Peter louped out, an geous body, was keen on it, having hostler, with a yellow-striped waist- heard less than I could tell him of coat, and white calico sleeves, mean- such places being haunted by the spitime holding the naig's head, in case rits of those who have died or been it should spend aff, and capsize the murdered within them in the bloody concern. After seeing the horse and days of the old times ; or of their gig put into the stable, Peter and I being so full of foul air, as to extin. pulled up our shirt-necks, and after guish man's breath in his nostrils like looking at our watches, as if time the snuff of a candle. Though do was precious, oxtered away, arm-in- man should throw his life into jeopararm, to see the Chapel, which surpass- dy, yet I commend all for taking es all, and beats cockfighting.
timeous recreation-the King himself It is an unaccountable thing to me, on the throne not being able to live how the auld folk could afford to build without the comforts of life ; and such grand kirks and castles. If once even the fifteen Lords of Session, gold was like slate-stones, there is a with as much powder on their wigs as weariful change now-a-days, I must would keep a small family in loafes confess; for, so to speak, gold guin- for a week, requiring air and exercise eas seem to have taken flight from the after sentencing vagabonds to be first land along with the witches and war- hanged, and then their clothes given locks, and posterity are left as toom to Jock Heich, and their bodies to in the pockets as rookit gamblers. Doctor Monroe.
But if the mammon of precious Before going out to inspect the metals be now totally altogether out wonderfuls, we had taken the natural of the world, weel-a-wat we had a precaution to tell the goodman of the curiosity still, and that was a cleipy inn, that we would be back to take a woman with a long stick, that rhaer- chack of something from him, at such ed away, and better rhaemed away, and such an hour; and, having bad about the Prentice's Pillar, who got our bellyful of the Chapel,-and the a knock on the pow from his jealous Prentice's Pillar,—and the vaults, blackguard of a master—and about and the cleipy auld wife with the lang the dogs and the deer,-and Sir Tho- stick,-we found that we had still hali mas this thing and my Lord tother- an hour to spare; so took a stroll into thing, who lay buried beneath the the Kirkyard, to see if we could find broad flagstones in their rusty coats of out if any of the martyrs had been buarmor--and such a heap of havers, ried there-away-abouts.