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cowardice who durst not attack him longed to others, and not to himself, before, two to one, but thought to he was anxious about it, and made murder him at one blow behind his all the haste home that he could, that back, he laid on without mercy, and so he might get honestly quit of it. in about a minute and a half left him But, alas ! our brave farmer got not før dead. By this time the tall fellow so soon home as he intended. There had got up on one knee and foot, is a part of the thread of the narrabut was pale and bloody, on which tive here which I remember but conScott lent him another knoit, which fusedly. But it seems, that immeagain laid him flat; and then, with- diately after Scott left the prostrate out touching any thing that belonged robbers, some more passengers from to them, Adam mounted his sorry the fair came riding up, and finding horse, and made the best of his way the one man speechless and the other homewards.
grievously mauled, and on enquiring As ill luck would have it, our far- what had happened, the tall man mer did not call at Fair-Lone. In- told them in a feeble voice that they deed, his calling there was only a had been murdered and robbed by pretence to try
his suspicious com- a rascally Scot called Adam Scott of panions; for William Jardine and he Kildouglas. As the matter looked were but little acquainted, and that so ill, some of the men galloped little was the reverse of kindness for
straight to Fair-Lone, and apprized one another. At that time the Bor- the marchman, who instantly took ders were in much disorder, owing horse and pursued; and having a prito the discontents regarding the late vilege of calling one man out of each Union, which were particularly cher house, his company increased rapidrished there; and there were many ly. Jardine, well knowing the wild bickerings and heart-burnings be- tract that Scott would take, came up tween the natives on each side of the with him about midnight at a place Marches. To restrain these as much called Langside, and there took him as possible, there were keepers, as prisoner. they were called, placed all along the It was in vain that our honest yeoBorder line, who were vested with man told the keeper the truth of the powers to examine and detain any story--he gained no credit. For the suspicious person from either side keeper told him, that he had no right till farther trial. Of these keepers, to try the cause; only he, Adam or marchmen, Jardine was one; and Scott, had been accused to him of he being placed in the very entry of robbery and murder, and it was his that wild pass which leads from office to secure him till the matter Liddisdale and the highlands of Te- was enquired into. He assured Scott viotdale into North Tyne, he often further, that his cause looked very found his hands full. He was an in- ill; for had he been an honest man, trepid and severe fellow; and having and attacked by robbers, he would received a valuable present from have called in passing, and told him some English noblemen for his inte- so. Scott pleaded hard to be taken grity, from that time forth it was noted before the Sheriff of Teviotdale; but that he was most severe on the Scots, the alleged crime having been comand blamed them for every thing. mitted in England, he was carried to Now Scott ought, by all means, to
Carlisle. When Scott heard that have called there, and laid his case such a hard fate awaited him, he is before the keeper, and have gone said to have expressed himself thus : with him to the maimed or killed Aye, man, an' am I really to be men, and then he would have been tried for my life by Englishmen for safe. He did neither, but passed by felling twa English robbers ? If that on the other side, and posted on be the case, I hae nae mair chance straight over moss and moor for Kil- for my life than a Scots fox has douglas. He seems to have been
amang an English pack o' hounds. astounded at the imminent danger But had I kend half ago
what he had escaped; and after having, as I ken now, you an'a' your menzie he believed, killed two men, durst should never hae taen Aidie Scott not face the stern keeper, and that alive." keeper his enemy; and as a great To Carlisle he was taken and ex® part of the treasure he carried be amined, and all his money taken
from him, and given in keeping to counted for the whole of the money. the Mayor, in order to be restored He asked in Court if any person to the rightful owners; and witnesses would go a message for him, but gathered in all the way from York none accepted or seemed to care for shire, such as the tall man named ; him. He believed seriously that they for as to all that Adam told in his wanted to hang him for the sake of own defence, his English judges only his
gave up hope. laughed at it
, regarding it no more Always as Adam sold one drove than the barking of a dog. Indeed, of sheep after another in Yorkshire, from the time he heard the tall man's he dispatched his drivers home to evidence, whom he felled first, he Scotland, and with the last that relost hope of life. That scoundrel turned, he sent word of the very day swore that Scott had knocked them on which he would be home, when both down and robbed them, when all his creditors were to meet him they were neither touching him at his own house, and receive their nor harming him in any manner money. However, by the manœuvres of way. And it seemed to be a cu of one rascal, (now one of his acrious fact, that the fellow really cusers,) he was detained in England never knew that Scott had been at- three days longer. The farmers came tacked at all. He had neither heard
all on the appointed day, and found nor seen when his companion struck the gudewife had the muckle pat on, the blow, and that instant having but no Adam Scott came with his been knocked down himself, he was pockets full of English gold to them, quite justifiable in believing that, at though many a long look was cast to all events, Scott had meant to dis. the head of the Black Swire. They patch them both. When Adam re came the next day, and the next again, lated how this happened, his accuser and then began to fear that some missaid he knew that was an arrant lie; fortune very serious had befallen to for had his companion once struck, their friend. there was not a head which he would There was an elderly female lived not have split.
in the house with Scott, called Kitty “ Aha! it is a' that ye ken about Cairns, who was aunt either to the it, lad,” said Adam; “I fand it nae goodman or the goodwife, I have formair than a rattan's tail! I had baith got which; but Auntie Kitty was her my night-cap an' a flannen sark in
common denomination. On the mornthe crown o' my bannet. But will ing after Adam Scott was taken priye just be sae good as tell the gentle soner, this old woman arose early, men wha that companion o' yours went to her niece's bedside, and said, was; for if ye dinna do it, I can do Meggification, hinny! sic a dream it for you. It was nae other than as I hae had about Aidie !-an' it's a Ned Thom, the greatest thief in a' true dream, too ! I could tak my aith England."
to every sentence o'tmaye, an to The Sheriff here looked a little ilka person connectit wilt, gin I saw suspicious at the witnesses; but the him atween the een.” allegation was soon repelled by the “ Oh, auntie, for mercy's sake oaths of two, who, it was afterwards haud your tongue, for you are garring proven, both perjured themselves.
a' my heart quake! Ower weel do The Mayor told Scott to be making I ken how true your dreams are at provision for his latter end; but, in certain times!” the meantime, he would delay pass Aye, hinny! an' did you ever ing sentence for eight days, to see if hear me say that sic an' sic a dream he could bring forward any exculpa was true when it turned out to be tory proof. Alas! lying bound in otherwise? Na, never i’ your life. Carlisle prison as he was, how could An' as for folk to say that there's he bring forward proof? For in those nae truth in dreams, ye ken that's a days, without a special messenger, mere meggification. Weel, ye shall there was no possibility of communi-hear; for I'm no gaun to tell ye a cation; and the only proofs Adam dream, ye see, nor aught like ane; could have brought forward were, but an even-down true story. Our that the men forced themselves into Aidie was sair pinched to sell the his company, and that he had as hinderend o' his sheep, till up comes many sheep in his possession as ac a braw dashing gentleman, and bids
him a third mair than they were would go a message for him into worth, wi' the intention o'paying the Scotland for a fair reward, and all poor simple Scotchman in base had declined it, then Thomas Linton money. But, aha! let our Aidie alane! stepped forward within the crowd, He begoud to poize the guineas on and said, “ Aye, here is ane, Adam, his tongue, an' feint a ane o' them that will ride to ony part in a' Scothe wad hae till they were a' fairly land or England for ye; ride up to weighed afore a magistrate; and sae Lunnon to your chief in the House o’ the grand villain had to pay the hale Lords, afore thae English loons shall in good sterling gowd. This angered dare to lay a foul finger on ye !-An' him sae sair that he hired twa o'his I can tell you, Mr Shirra, or Mr Proruffians to follow our poor Aidie, and vice, or whatever ye be, that you are tak a'the money frae him. I saw the gaun to get yoursell into a grand haill o't, an' I could ken the twa chaps · scrape, for there never was an howeel if confrontit wi' them. They nester man breathed the breath o’ cam to him drinkin' his ale. They life than Aidie Scott.” rade on an' rade on wi' him, till they The judge smiled, and said he partit roads, an' then they fell on would be glad to have proofs of that; him, an'a sair battle it was; but and, for Linton's encouragement, Aidie wan, and felled them baith. made the town-clerk read over the Then he fled for hame, but the Eng worst part of the evidence, which lish pursued, an' took him away to was very bad indeed, only not one Carlisle prison; an' if nae relief come word of it true. But Linton told in eight days, he'll be hanged." them, he cared nothing for their evi
This strange story threw the poor dence against a Scot;" for it was weel goodwife of Rildouglas into the deep- enough kend that the Englishers war est distress; and the very first cre a' grit leears, an' wad swear to ony ditor who came that morning, she thing that suited them; but let him made Auntie Kitty repeat it over to aince get Adam Scott's plain story, him. This was one Thomas Linton, an' then he wad ken how matters and she could not have repeated it stood.” to a fitter man; for, though a reli He was indulged with a private gious and devout man, he was very interview, and greatly were the two superstitious, and believed in all friends puzzled how to proceed. The Auntie's visions most thoroughly. swindler, who really had bought the Indeed, he believed farther; for he last ewes from Scott, had put a pribelieved she was a witch, or one who vate mark upon all his good gold to had a familiar spirit, and knew every distinguish it from his base metal, thing almost either beneath or be and made oath that all that gold was yond the moon. And Linton and his; and that he had given it to his his brother being both heavy credi- servant, whom Scott had robbed, to tors, the former undertook at once buy cattle for him in Scotland. The to ride to the south, in order, if pos- , mark was evident; and that had a sible, to learn something of Adam bad look ; but when Scott told the Scott and the money ; and, if he true story, Linton insisted on the maheard nothing by the way, to go as gistrate being summoned to Court, far as Carlisle, and even, if he found who saw that gold weighed over to him not there, into Yorkshire. Ac- his friend. “ And I will mysell tak cordingly he sent a message to his in hand,” said he, “not only to bring brother, and proceeded southward; forward all the farmers from whom and at a village called Stanegirth- Scott bought the sheep, but all the side, he first heard an account that a Englishmen to whom he sold them; man called Scott was carried through an gin I dinna prove him an honest that place, on the Friday before, to man, if ye gie me time, I sall gie Carlisle jail, accused of robbery and you leave to hang me in his place." murder. This was astounding news;
The swindler and robber now beand, in the utmost anxiety, Linton gan to look rather blank, but prepressed on, and reached Carlisle be- tended to laugh at the allegations of fore the examination concluded, of Thomas Linton; but the Scot set which mention was formerly made; up his birses, and told the former and when Adam Scott asked through that "he could prove, by the evithe crowded court, if any present dence of two English aldermen, who
saw the gold weighed, that he had it, and that letter changed the face paid to his friend the exact sum of affairs mightily. The grand swindwhich he had here claimed; and ler and the tall robber were both that, either dead or alive, he should seized and laid in irons, and the be obliged to produce the body of other also was found with great trouthe other robber, or he who pre. ble. From that time forth there retended to have been robbed, to shew mained little doubt of the truth of what sort of servants he employed. Scott's narrative; for this man was “ I'll bring baith noblemen and law- no other than the notorious Edward yers frae Scotland,” added he, “who Thom, who had eluded the sentence will see justice done to so brave and of the law both in Scotland and Engso worthy a man; an' if they dinna land, in the most wonderful manner's gar you skemps take his place, never and it was well known that he bea credit a Scot again.”
longed to a notable gang of robbers." Adam Scott's chief being in Lon It is a pity that the history of that don, and his own laird a man of no interesting trial is far too long for a consequence, Linton rode straight off winter-evening tale, such as this, to his own laird, the Earl of Traquair, though I have often heard it all gone travelling night and day till he reach-over ;-how Williamson astonished ed him. The Earl, being in Edin- the natives with his cross questions, burgh, sent for a remarkably clever his speeches, and his evidences; and shrewd lawyer, one David Wil -how confounded the Mayor and liamson, and also for Alexander aldermen were, that they had not Murray, Sheriff of Selkirkshire, and discerned these circumstances beto these three Linton told his story, fore;-how Thom, at last, turned assuring them, that he could vouch king's evidence, and confessed the for the truth of it in every particular; whole ;-how the head swindler was and after Williamson had questioned condemned and executed, and the him backwards and forwards, it was tall robber whipped and dismissed, resolved that something should in- because he had in fact only intended stantly be done for the safety of a robbery, but had no hand in it; Scott. Accordingly, Williamson wrote and, finally, how Scott was released a letter to the Mayor, which was with the highest approbation; while signed by the Earl, and the Sheriff of both magistrates and burgesses of Scott's county, which letter charged ancient Carlisle strove with one anthe Mayor to take good heed what other how to heap most favours on he was about, and not to move in him and his friend Thomas Linton, the matter of Scott till Quarter-ses. There were upwards of two hun sion day, which was not distant, and dred Scottish yeomen accompanied then counsel would attend to see the two friends up the Esk, who justice done to a man, who had al- had all been drawn to Carlisle to ways been so highly esteemed. And hear the trial; and there is little that by all means he (the Mayor) doubt, that, if matters had gone was to secure Scott's three accusers, otherwise than they did, a rescue and not suffer them by any means to was intended. escape, as he should answer for it. Why should any body despise à The letter also bore a list of the dream, or anything whatever in which English witnesses who behoved to one seriously believes ? be there. Linton hastened back with
VOTING BY PROXY. SUPPOSE the people of the island finger sparkles in the sun! And of Tongataboo, in the Pacific ocean, what can be more beautifully conhad advanced to such a degree of trasted than her white, delicate hand, civilisation, that they were ripe for and the squalid, shrivelled palm political institutions; and suppose, which is extended to receive her that hearing of the pre-eminence of bounty? And now she steals a glance Great Britain in these matters, they from beneath those jet-black arches, were to send one of their wisest men her eyebrows, to be certain she is for the express purpose of acquiring noticed. It is a piece of acting, ina practical knowledge of all the prin- tended to be seen by all, but admired ciples of the British Constitution. by one. What need the supplicant Might we not imagine such a dia care ? He is benefited. His wants logue as the following to take place are relieved as effectually as if pure between the Tongataboo philosopher, and holy charity had administered and the Englishman, whoever hé the alms. might be, who undertook to expound Philosopher. I understand you. the theory and practice of our admi- Where good is done, it is not for man rable system of government ? to look beyond the deed. The mom
Philosopher. I comprehend dis- tive and the act are linked together tinctly, from your explanations, the in His sight only, who is alone able separate functions, and the combined to unite them. energies, of the three estates of the Englishman. Exactly realm; and the more I reflect upon Philosopher. Still you are a happy them, the more deeply I am impress- and an enviable people, to possess ed with that amazing wisdom which such beneficent legislators, who do has perfected so noble a scheme of nothing to complain of upon eartli, civil polity.
and who, in their account with HeaEnglishman. It has been the pro- ven, may set off value received, gressive work of past ages, and will against any deficiency of just intenremain the admiration of future ones. tions in their balance sheet. But be
Philosopher. The welfare of that fore we quit this branch of our digi country is thrice secure, where no course, I must beg of you to explain thing depends upon the will of one a matter which I do not clearly comman, but where the sages of the land prehend. I perceive, in that illusassemble in council to deliberate trious and august assembly of sages, upon all that concerns the public whom you call, in their collective good. I have been a witness of the capacity, the House of Peers, a class laborious zeal with which they dis- of nobles who are known by the title charge this duty ; unmindful of all of proxies. They seem to be very personal inconvenience, and denying numerous, and to exercise a most imthemselves, night after night, the portant influence in determining the needful rest which nature has ordain- final issue of all great public quesed. In what other nation will you tions, on which occasions only, they find such devotion, such ardent, such take any part in public affairs. I supexalted patriotism?
pose they are the wisest of your wise Englishman (smiling,) The results men : venerable seers, or individuals are pretty nearly as you describe; gifted by nature with extraordinary the causes, I apprehend, somewhat powers of mind, who constitute a sort more complicated. You see that lady of college of arbitrators, their funcwho is in the act of drawing her purse- tions being to listen to all that is urstrings, to bestow her charity upon a ged on both sides, to enquire dispaspoor crippled mendicant who has so sionatelyinto facts, to weigh evidence licited it. I know her. She knows with scrupulous impartiality, to minme; and she knows I am observing gle with none, to know no parties, her. What a graceful attitude! How but as far as human faculties can well that sandal becomés her foot and stretch into the regions of pure, unankle! How the diamond on her mixed truth, to do so, and then, by