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TO MISS SINDLE.

fresh testimony of his attachment, she observed Venhurst family, and it will look so odd.”—“ It the corner of a piece of paper, which had been would look odder,” said Lucy, “ if I should thrust into a fissure occasioned by the shrinking go abroad when I am really so very much inof the wood. Her curiosity was excited by this disposed.”—“Nay, if you are reully so much circumstance; and, unfolding the paper, she indisposed,” answered the other, “ I will send found it to contain

our apology, late as it is.”—“But you shall not stay at home to attend me,” interrupted Lucy.

“ Indeed but I shall,” replied Mrs Boothby ;

“ it was on your account only that I proposed “Mada,

going. Keep your chamber, and I will send " I writ this from a sincear regaird to yur you up some tea immediately.”—And she left welfer. Sir Tho. Sindle has a helitch plott the room for that purpose. against yur vartue, and has imployde Mrs Buth- Her attention indeed was but too vigilant for bie, whu is a wooman of a notoreus karicter in the scheme which Lucy had formed, of examiLondun, to asist him. They wil putt yu on a ning Robert about that note she had found in jant tomoro on pretens of seeing Mss Venhrst, her bureau ; but accident at last furnished her butt it is fals: for she is not to be thair, and they with the opportunity she sought. Mrs Boothonly wants to inveegle yu for a wicket purpes. by having left her, in order to preside at dinner, therefor bi advyzd by a frinde, and du not go. sent this very servant with a plate of something “ Ýur secrt welwishar,

to her patient above stairs. He would have de" R. S.” livered it to one of the maids at the door; but

Lucy, hearing his voice, desired that he might Amazement and horror filled the mind of Lucy come in, on pretence of talking to him about a as she read this; but, when the first perturba- young horse she had employed him to ride for tion of her soul was over, she bethought herself her, and, sending the maid on some errand, of endeavouring to find out her friend in the put the paper into his hand, and asked him if author of this epistle, whose compassion seemed he was the person to whom she was indebted so much interested in her behalf. She remem- for a piece of information so momentous. The bered, that one of the servants, who was some- fellow blushed, and stammered, and seemed times employed to ride out with her, was called afraid to confess his kindness. " For God's Robert, which agreed with the first initial of sake," said Lucy,“ do not trifle with my mi„the subscription of the note she had received. sery; there is no time to lose in evasions; what At supper, therefore, though she wore a look do you know of Sir Thomas's designs against of as much indifference as possible, she marked, me e}"_“Why, for certain, madam,” said he, with a secret attention, the appearance of this “ servants should not blab their masters' seman's countenance. Her belief of his being the crets ; but your ladyship is so sweet a lady, person, who had communicated this friendly in-, that I could not bear to see you so deceived. telligence, was increased from her observation; Sir Thomas's valet-de-chamb is a chum of mine, and she determined to watch an opportunity of and he told me, after having made me proquestioning him with regard to it.

mise to keep it a profound secret, that his master designed to entice you on a party with Mrs

Boothby; that they were to stop at a solitary CHAP. XVI.

farm-house of his, and there Sir Thomas”

Forbear the shocking recital !" cried Lucy.Miss Sindall has an Interview with Robert.-A To be sure it is shocking,” said Robert, "and resolution she takes in consequence of it. so I said to Jem, when he told me; but he an

swered, (your ladyship will forgive me for reAfter a night of wakeful anxiety, she was peating his words, that it mattered not much; called in the morning by Mrs Boothby, who for she is nothing better, said he, than a begtold her, that breakfast waited, as it was near garly foundling, whom my master and I pickthe hour they proposed setting out on their ed up, one stormy night, on the road, near his jaunt. “Miss Venhurst,” continued she," has hunting-place there at Hazleden ; and, having sent to let you know, that she is prevented from taken a liking to the child, he brought her calling here as she promised, but that she will home to Mrs Selwyn, pretending that she was meet us on the road.”—“ I am sorry,” answers the daughter of a gentleman of his own name, ed Lucy, with a counterfeited coolness, “ that a friend of his, who died abroad ; and his aunt, I should be forced to disappoint her in my believing the story, brought her up for all the turn; but I rested so ill last night, and my world like a lady, and left her forsooth a lehead aches so violently, that I cannot possibly gacy at her death; but, if all were as it should attend her.”—“Not go!” exclaimed Mrs Booth- be, she would be following some draggle-tailed by;“ why, my dear, you will disjoint the whole gypsey, instead of flaunting in her fineries here.” party ; besides, I have not time to acquaint the " Would that I were begging my bread, co

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I were but out of this frightful house!"-"I her escape ; but the consciousness of her pur. wish you were,” said Robert, simply; “ for I pose stopped her tongue when she would have fear there are more plots hatching against you uttered some pretence for talking with him. than you are aware of: is not Mrs Boothby's At times her resolution was staggered by the Sukey to sleep to-night in the room with your thoughts of the perils attending her flight; but ladyship?"_"I consented, on Mrs Boothby's her imagination presently suggested the danger importunity, that she should.”—“Why then," of her stay, and the dread of the greater evil continued he, “ I saw Jem carry a cast gown became a fortitude against the less. of Mrs Boothby's, she had formerly given to The hour of eleven at last arrived. Mrs Sukey, .but which she asked back from the girl Boothby, whose attendance was afterwards to on pretence of taking a pattern from it, into be supplied by that of her maid, had just bid his master's dressing-room; and when I asked her good-night, on her pretending an unusual him what he was doing with it there, he wink- drowsiness, and promised to send up Sukey in ed thus, and said, it was for somebody to mas- a very little after. Lucy went into her dressquerade in to-night.”—“Gracious God!” cried ing-closet, and, fastening the door, got up on a Lucy," whither shall I turn me?-Robert, if chair at the window, which she had taken care ever thou would'st find grace with Heaven, to leave open some time before, and stepped píty a wretch that knows not where to look for out on the wall of the garden, which was broad protection !”-She had thrown herself on her enough a-top to admit of her walking along it. knees before him.—“What can I do for your When she got as far as the gate, she saw, by ladyship?” said he, raising her from the ground. the light of the moon, Robert standing at the

-- Take me from this dreadful place,” she ex- place of appointment: he caught her in his claimed, holding by the sleeve of his coat, as if arms when she leaped down. Why do you she feared his leaving her.-“ Alas!" answer- tremble so?” said she, her own lips quivering ed Robert, “ I cannot take you from it.”-She as she spoke. “Is the horse ready?"-" Here, stood for some moments wrapt in thought, the answered Robert, stammering," butfellow looking piteously in her face." It will on," said Lucy, “and let us away, for heaven's do!" she cried, breaking from him, and running sake!"—He seemed scarce able to mount the into her dressing-closet.—“Look, Robert, look horse ; she sprung from the ground on the pad here; could I not get from this window on the gar- behind him. “ Does your ladyship think," den-wall, and so leap down into the outer court?" said Robert, faintly, as they left the gate, “ of ---“But supposing your ladyship might, what the danger you run?"-" There is no danger would

you

do then?"_“ Could not you pro- but within those hated walls.”—“'Twill be a cure me a horse ?--Stay—there is one of the dreadful night;" for it began to rain, and the chaise-horses at grass in the paddock-do you thunder rolled at a distance. “ Fear not," said • know the road to Mrs Wistanly's?”—“Mrs she, “ we cannot miss our way.”—“But if they

Wistanly's P”—“For heaven's sake, refuse not should overtake us They shall not, they my request ; you cannot be so cruel as to refuse shall not overtake us!”—Robert answered with it."-" I would do much to serve your lady- a deep sigh.-But they were now at some disship; but if they should discover us Talk tance from the house, and striking out of the not of ifs, my dear Robert ;-but soft-I will highway into a lane, from the end of which a manage it thus

no, that can't be either—the short road lay over a common to the village in servants are in bed by eleven.”—“Before it, which Mrs Wistanly lived, they put on a very an't please your ladyship.”—“ If you could quick pace, and in a short time Lucy imagined contrive to have that horse saddled at the gate herself pretty safe from pursuit. SO soon as all is quiet within, I can get out and meet you."-"I don't know what to say to it.” -Somebody from below cried, Robert-Lucy was down on her knees again." Stay, I con

CHAP. XVII. jure you, and answer me."-"For God's sake rise," said he, “ and do not debase yourself to Bolton sets out for Bilswood. A recital of some a poor servant, as I am.”—“Never will I rise

accidents in his journey. till

you promise to meet me at eleven.”—“I will, I will (and the tears gushed into his eyes,) As I flatter myself that my readers feel some whatever be the consequence.” Sukey appear interest in the fate of Miss Sindall, I would not ed at the door, calling, Robert, again ;-he ran leave that part of my narration which regarded down stairs ; Lucy followed him some steps in- her, till I had brought it to the period of her sensibly, with her hands folded together in the escape. Having accompanied her thus far, I attitude of supplication.

return to give some account of Mr Bolton. In the interval between this and the time of According to the promise he had made to putting her scheme in execution, she suffered Lucy, he set out for Bilswood, on the second all that fear and suspense could inflict. She day after the date of that letter she received wished to see again the intended companion of from him by the hands of his gardener. That

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faithful fellow had orders to return, after deli- proached him, the echo of the place doubled vering it, and on procuring what intelligence he the hollow sound of his feet.“Who is there?" could of the family, to wait his master, at a little cried the stranger, turning at the noise, and half inn, about five miles distant from Sir Thomas unsheathing a hanger which he wore at his side. Sindall's. The first part of his business the “A friend,” replied Harry, bowing, “who takes reader has seen him accomplish ; as to the rest, the liberty of begging a seat by your

fire." he was only able to learn something, confused- “ Your manner,"

said the other, - belies your ly, of the Baronet's attachment to Miss Lucy. garb; but whoever you are, you are welcome He expected to have seen that young lady again to what shelter this roof can afford, and what on the day following that of their first inter- warmth my fire can give. We are, for the time, view ; but her attention had been so much oc- joint lords of the mansion, for my title is no cupied by the discoveries related in the two last other than the inclemency of the night. It is chapters, and contriving the means of avoiding such a one as makes even this gloomy shelter the danger with which she was threatened, that enviable; and that broken piece of mattock, and her promise to the bearer of Mr Bolton's letter this flint, are precious, because they lighted some had escaped her memory. He set out, there- bits of dry straw, to kindle the flame that warms fore, for the place of appointment on the even- us. By the moss-grown altar, and the frequent ing of that day, and reached it but a very short figures of the cross, I suppose these are the retime before his master arrived.

mains of some chapel devoted to ancient veneBolton, having learned what particulars Jerry ration. Sit down on this stone, if you please, could inform him of, desired him to return in sir, and our offering shall be a thankful heart the morning to his work in Sir Thomas's gar- over some humble fare which my knapsack conden, and remain there till he should receive far- tains.”. As he spoke, he pulled out a loaf of ther orders; then, leaving his horses and servants coarse bread, a piece of cheese, and a bottle of for fear of discovery, he set out on foot, in the ale. Bolton expressed his thanks for the ingarb of a peasant, which Jerry had found means vitation, and partook of the repast. “ I fear, to procure him.

sir,” said his companion," you will sup poorly; As he had passed several years of his life at but I have known what it is to want even a Bilswood, he trusted implicitly to his own know- crust of bread. You look at me with surprise; ledge of the way; but soon after his leaving the but, though I am poor, I am honest.”—“ Parinn the moon was totally darkened, and it rained don me," answered Harry, “ I entertain no suswith such violence, accompanied with incessant picion ; there is something that speaks for you peals of thunder, that, in the confusion of the in this bosom, and answers for your worth. It scene, he missed his path, and had wandered may be in my power to prevent, for the future, a great way over the adjacent common before those hardships, which, I fear, you have formerhe discovered his mistake. When he endea- ly endured.” The soldier held forth the bit of voured to regain the road, he found himself bread which he was putting to his mouth. “He, entangled in a very thick brake of furze, which to whom this fare is luxury, can scarcely be dehappened to lie on that side whence he had pendent; yet my gratitude to you, sir, is equally turned ; and, after several fruitless efforts to due ;-if i have felt misfortune, I have deserved make his way through it, he was obliged to de- it.”—He sighed, and Harry answered him with sist from the attempt, and tread back the steps a sigh." I see a sort of question in your face, he had made, till he returned to the open part sir; and I know not why it is, there are some of the heath. Here he stood, uncertain what faces I cannot easily resist. If my story outcourse to take ; when he observed at a distance lasts the storm, it will take from the irksomethe twinkling of a light, which immediately de- ness of its duration.” termined him. On advancing somewhat nearer, he found a little winding track that seemed to point towards the place; and after following

CHAP. XVIII. it some time, he could discern an object which he took for the house to which it led.

The Stranger relates the History of his Life. The lightning, which now flashed around him, discovered on each hand the earth raised “It is now upwards of twenty years since I left into mounds that seemed graves of the dead, my native country. You are too young, sir, to and here and there a bone lay mouldering on have gained much knowledge of mankind ; let the walk he trod. A few paces farther, through me warn you, from sad experience, to beware a narrow Gothic door, gleamed a light, which of those passions which at your age I was unfaintly illuminated a length of vault within. able to resist, and which, in the commerce of To this Bolton approached, not without some the world, will find abundant occasion to overdegree of fear; when he perceived at the farther come incautious and inexperienced youth. Start end a person, in a military uniform, sitting by not when I tell you, that you see before you one, a fire he had made of some withered brush- whom the laws of his country had doomed to wood piled up against the wall. As Harry ap- expiate his crimes by death, though, from the mercy of his prince, that judgment was miti- tisfaction by fighting me. But this, from the opigated into a term of transportation, some time nion conceived of my strength and ferocity, he ago elapsed. This punishment I incurred from did not chuse to accept ; on which I gave him so the commission of a robbery, to which some severe a drubbing, that he was unable to mount particular circumstances, joined to the poverty guard in his turn, and the surgeon reported that consequent on dissipation and extravagance, had his life was in danger. For this offence I was tempted me.

tried by a court-martial, and sentenced to re“The master to whom my service was ad- ceive five hundred lashes as a punishment. judged in the West Indies, happened to die soon when their sentence was communicated to me, after

my arrival there. I got my freedom, there. I petitioned that it might be changed into death; fore, though it was but to change it for a ser- but my request was refused. T'hat very day, vice as severe as my former: I was enlisted in therefore, I received one hundred lashes, (for the a regiment then stationed in the island, and, sentence was to be executed at different periods,) being considered as a felon, unworthy of any and next morning was to suffer as many more

. mild treatment, was constantly exposed to every The remainder, however, I resolved, if possible

, hardship, which the strictest duty, or the most to escape by an act of suicide. This I was only continual exposure to the dangers of the cli- prevented from putting in execution by the mate, could inflict. Had I revealed my story, want of opportunity; as I had been stripped of and taken advantage of that distinction which every the smallest weapon of offence, and was my birth and education would have made be- bound with ropes to one of the posts of my bed. tween the other convicts and me, it is probable i contrived, nevertheless, about midnight, to I might have prevented most of the evils both reach the fire-place with my feet, and having of my former and present situation ; but I set drawn out thence a live ember,,disposed it inout, from the first, with a fixed determination, mediately under the most combustible part of of suffering every part of my punishment, which the bed.' It had very soon the effect I desired; the law allots to the meanest and most un- the room was set on fire, and I regained my friended. All the severities, therefore, which liberty, by the ropes, with which I was tied, were now imposed upon me, I bore without being burnt. At that moment the desire of life repining; and, from an excellent natural con- was rekindled by the possibility of escaping; stitution, was not only able to overcome them, the flames bursting out fiercely at one side of but they served to render me still more patient the house where I lay, the attention of the solof fatigue, and less susceptible of impression diers, whom the fire had awaked, was princifrom the vicissitudes of the weather ; and from pally turned to that quarter, and I had an opa sullen disregard of life, with which the re- portunity of stealing off unperceived at the opmembrance of better days inspired me, my soul posite side. We were then in a sort of wooden became as fearless as my body robust. These huts which had been built for our accommodaqualities made me be taken notice of by some tion on the outside of one of our frontier forts; of the officers in the regiment, and afterwards, so that, when I had run two or three hundred when it was ordered to America, and went on yards, I found myself in the shelter of a wood, some Indian expeditions, were still more ser- pretty secure from pursuit ; but, as there it was viceable, and more attractive of observation. impossible for me long to subsist, and I had no By these means I began to obliterate the dis- chance of escaping detection if I ventured to grace which my situation at enlisting had fixed approach the habitations of any of my countryupon me; and, if still regarded as a ruffian, I men, I had formed the resolution of endeavourwas at least acknowledged to be a useful one. ing to join the Indians, whose scouting parties Not long after, on occasion of a piece of service I I had frequently seen at a small distance from performed for an officer on an advanced guard, our out-posts. “I held therefore in a direction that was attacked by a party of hostile Indians, which I judged the most probable for falling in I was promoted to a halberd. The stigma, how. with them, and a very little after day-break disever, of my transportation was not yet entirely covered a party, seated after the manner of their forgotten, and by some it was the better re-, country, in a ring, with the ashes of their newly, membered, because of my present advancement. extinguished fire in the middle. I advanced One of those, with whom I had never been on good slowly to the place, which I had almost reached terms, was particularly offended at being com- before I was perceived. When they discovered manded, as he termed it, by a jail-bird ; and me, they leaped up on their feet, and, seizing one day, when I was on guard, had drawn on their arms, screamed out the war-whoop, toalarm the back of my coat, the picture of a gallows, the different small parties who had passed the on which was hung a figure in caricature, with night in resting-places near them. One of them, the initials of my name written over it. This presenting his piece, took aim at me; but I fell was an affront too gross to be tamely put up on my knees, shewed them my defenceless state, with ; having sought out the man, who did not and held out my hands, as if imploring their deny the charge, I challenged him to give me sa- mercy and protection. Upon this, one of the oldest among them made a sign to the rest, and mained, they sung in their rude, yet forcible advancing towards me, asked me in broken manner, the glory of their former victories, and French, mixed with his own language, of which the pleasure they had received from the death too I understood something, what was my in- of their foes; concluding always with the hopes tention, and whence I came? I answered as dis- of revenge from the surviving warriors of their tinctly as I could to these interrogatories; and nation. Nor was it only for the pleasure of the shewing the sores on my back, which I gave reflection that they caroled thus the triumphs him to understand had been inflicted at the fort, of the past ; for I could observe, that, when at made protestations, both by imperfect language any time the rage of their tormentors seemed and significant gestures, of my friendship to his to subside, they poured forth those boastful countrymen, and hatred to my own. After strains in order to rekindle their fury, that inholding a moment's conversation with the rest, tenseness of pain might not be wanting in the he took my hand, and, leading me a little for- trial of their fortitude. I perceived the old man ward, placed me in the midst of the party. Some whom I have before mentioned, keep his eye of them examined me attentively, and, upon fixed upon me during the solemnity; and fresome farther discourse together, brought the quently, when an extreme degree of torture baggage, with which two prisoners, lately made was borne with that calmness which I have defrom some adverse tribe, had been loaded, and scribed, he would point, with an expressive laid it upon me. This burden, which to any look, to him on whom it was inflicted, as if he man would have been oppressively heavy, you had desired me to take particular notice of his may believe, was much more intolerable to me, resolution. I did not then fully comprehend whose flesh was yet raw from the lashes I had the meaning of this ; but I afterwards underreceived ; but as I knew that fortitude was an stood it to have been a preparatory hint of what indispensable virtue with the Indians, I bore I myself was to endure; for the next morning, it without wincing, and we proceeded on the after the last surviving prisoner had expired, I route which the party I had joined were des- was seized by three or four Indians, who striptined to pursue. During the course of our first ped me of what little clothes I had then left, day's march, they often looked stedfastly in my tied me in a horizontal posture between the face, to discover if I shewed any signs of un- branches of two large trees they had fixed in easiness. When they saw that I did not, they the ground, and, after the whole tribe had lightened my load by degrees, and at last, the danced round me to the music of a barbarous senior chief, who had first taken notice of me, howl, they began to re-act upon me nearly the freed me from it altogether, and, at the same same scene they had been engaged in the day time, chewing some herbs he found in the wood, before. After each of a certain select number applied them to my sores, whieh in a few days had stuck his knife into my body, though they were almost entirely healed. I was then en- carefully avoided any mortal wound, they rubtrusted with a tomahawk, and shortly after with bed it over, bleeding as it was, with gun-powa gun, to the dexterous use of both which wea- der, the salts of which gave me the most exqui. pons I was frequently exercised by the young site pain. Nor did the ingenuity of these pracmen of our party, during the remainder of our tised tormentors stop here; they afterwards laid expedition. It lasted some months, in which quantities of dry gun-powder on different parts time I had also become tolerably acquainted of my body, and set fire to them, by which I with their language. At the end of this excur- was burnt in some places to the bone.—But I sion, in which they warred on some other In- see you shudder at the horrid recital ; suffice dian nations, they returned to their own coun- it then to say, that these, and some other such try, and were received with all the barbarous experiments of wanton cruelty, I bore with that demonstrations of joy peculiar to that people. patience, with which nothing but a life of hardIn a day or two after their arrival, their prison- ship, and a certain obduracy of spirit, proceed. ers were brought forth into a large plain, where ing from a contempt of existence, could have the kindred of those who had been slain by the endowed me. nations to which the captives belonged, assem- “After this trial was over, I was loosed from bled to see them. Each singled out his expia- my bonds, and set in the midst of a circle, who tory prisoner, and, having taken him home to shouted the cry of victory; and my aged friend his hut, such as chose that kind of satisfaction brought me a bowl of water, mixed with some adopted them in place of the relations they had spirits, to drink. He took me then home to his lost; with the rest they returned to their for- hut, and laid applications of different simples mer place of meeting, and began to celebrate the to my mangled body. When I was so well refestival of their revenge. You can hardly con- covered as to be able to walk abroad, he called ceive a species of inventive cruelty, which they together certain elders of his tribe, and acknowdid not inflict on the wretches whom fortune ledging me for his son, gave me a name, and had thus put into their power ; during the fastened round my neck a belt of wampum. 'It course of which, not a groan escaped from the is thus,' said he, that the valiant are tried, sufferers; but while the use of their voices re- and thus are they rewarded; for how shouldst

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