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his majesty was out of humour with softened. I don't say this only for a prince whose shoulders were too his sake. No, it is your poor uncle I sacred for royal indignation.
think of: noble old fellow. And now, “So you see," concluded Lord I think it right to pay Lady ElliCastleton, lowering his voice, “ that nor the respect of repairing, as well your uncle, amongst all his other as I can, the havoc three sleepless causes of sorrow, may think at least nights have made on the exterior of that his name is spared in his son's. a gentleman who is on the shady side And the young man himself may find of remorseless forty." reform easier, when freed from that Lord Castleton here left me, and I despair of the possibility of redemp. wrote to my father, begging him to tion, which Mrs Grundy inflicts upon meet us at the next stage, (which was those who—Courage, then ; life is the nearest point from the high road long!”
to the Tower,) and I sent off the letter "My very words!" I cried; " and by a messenger on horseback. That so repeated by you, Lord Castleton, task done, I leant my head upon my they seem prophetic.”
hand, and a profound sadness settled “Take my advice, and don't lose upon me, despite all my efforts to face sight of your cousin, while his pride the future, and think only of the duties is yet humbled, and his heart perhaps of life—not its sorrows.
Before nine o'clock, Lady Ellinor the name—well, that is much ; but arrived, and went straight into Miss the living soul !--I wish Austin were Trevanion's room. I took refuge in here." my uncle's. Roland was awake and “I have sent for him, sir." calm, but so feeble that he made no Roland pressed my hand, and was effort to rise ; and it was his calm, again silent. Then he began to indeed, that alarmed me the most-it mutter, as I thought, incoherently, was like the calm of nature thoroughly about “the Peninsula and obeying exhausted. He obeyed me mechani- orders; and how some officer woke cally, as a patient takes from your Lord Wellesley at night, and said hand the draught, of which he is al- that something or other (I could most unconscious, when I pressed not catch what-the phrase was him to take food. He smiled on me technical and military) was imposfaintly when I spoke to him ; but sible; and how Lord Wellesley asked made me a sign that seemed to im- Where's the order-book?' and lookplore silence. Then he turned his face ing into the order-book, said, “Not from me, and buried it in the pillow; at all impossible, for it is in the and I thought that he slept again, order-book ;' and so Lord Wellesley when, raising himself a little, and turned round and went to sleep again." feeling for my hand, he said in a Then suddenly Roland half rose, and scarcely audible voice,
said in a voice clear and firm, “But " Where is he?"
Lord Wellesley, though a great cap“ Would you see him, sir ?"
tain, was a fallible man, sir, and the “No, no, that would kill me--and order-book was his own mortal then—what would become of him?" handiwork.-Get me the Bible!”
“He has promised me an inter- Oh Roland, Roland! and I had view, and in that interview I feel feared that thy mind was wandering! assured he will obey your wishes, So I went down and borrowed a whatever they are."
Bible in large characters, and placed Roland made no answer.
it on the bed before him, opening the " Lord Castleton has arranged all, shutters, and letting in God's day so that his name and madness (thus upon God's word. let us call it will never be known." I had just done this, when there Dide, pride! pride still !"-mur was a slight knock at the door. I
he old soldier. “The name, opened it, and Lord Castleton stood without. He asked me, in a whisper, indeed woke my sense, and made my if he might see my uncle. I drew blood run cold to hear,-the tramp him in gently, and pointed to the sole of the horses, the grating of the dier of life “ learning what was not wheels, the voice at the door that impossible" from the unerring Order- said “ All was ready." Book.
Then Fanny lifted her eyes, and Lord Castleton gazed with a chang. they met mine; and then involuntarily ing countenance, and, without disturb and hastily she moved a few steps ing my uncle, stole back. I followed towards me, and I clasped my right him, and gently closed the door. hand to my heart, as if to still its
" You must save his son," he said in beating, and remained still. Lord a faltering voice-"you must; and Castleton had watched us both. I tell me how to help you. That sight! felt that watch was upon us, though -no sermon ever touched me more. I had till then shunned his looks : Now come down, and receive Lady now, as I turned my eyes from Ellinor's thanks. We are going. Fanny's, that look came full upon me She wants me to tell my own tale to - soft, compassionate, benignant. my old friend, Mrs Grundy: so I go Suddenly, and with an unutterable with them. Come."
expression of nobleness, the marquis On entering the sitting-room, Lady turned to Lady Ellinor, and saidEllinor came up and fairly embraced “Pardon me for telling you an old me. I need not repeat her thanks, story. A friend of mine-a man of still less the praises, which fell cold my own years—had the temerity and hollow on my ear. My gaze to hope that he might one day or other rested on Fanny where she stood apart win the affections of a lady young -her eyes, heavy with fresh tears, bent enough to be his daughter, and whom on the ground. And the sense of all circumstances and his own heart led her charms-the memory of the ten- him to prefer from all her sex. My der, exquisite kindness she had shown friend had many rivals; and you will to the stricken father; the generous not wonder-for you have seen the lady. pardon she had extended to the cri. Among them was a young gentleman, minal son; the looks she had bent who for months had been an inmate upon me on that memorable night of the same house-(Hush, Lady looks that had spoken such trust in Ellinor! you will hear me out; the my. presence-the moment in which interest of my story is to come)—who she had clung to me for protection, respected the sanctity of the house he and her breath been warm upon my had entered, and left it when he felt cheek,-all these rushed over me; he loved-for he was poor, and the and I felt that the struggle of months lady rich. Some time after, this genwas undone—that I had never loved tleman saved the lady from a great her as I loved her then—when I saw danger, and was then on the eve of her but to lose her evermore! And leaving England - (Hush! againthen there came for the first, and, I hush !) My friend was present when now rejoice to think, for the only these two young persons met, before time, a bitter, ungrateful accusation the probable absence of many years, against the cruelty of fortune and the and so was the mother of the lady to disparities of life. What was it that whose hand he still hoped one day to set our two hearts eternally apart, aspire. He saw that his young rival and made bope impossible ? Not wished to say, Farewell!' and withnature, but the fortune that gives a out a witness: that farewell was all second nature to the world. Ah, that his honour and his reason could could I then think that it is in that suffer him to say. My friend saw that second nature that the soul is ordained the lady felt the natural gratitude for to seek its trials, and that the ele- a great service, and the natural pity ments of human virtue find their for a generous and unfortunate affecharmonious place! What I answered tion; for so, Lady Ellinor, he only in I know not. Neither know I how terpreted the sob that reached his long I stood there listening to sounds ear! What think you my friend did? which seemed to have no meaning, Your high mind at once conjectures. till there came other sounds which He said to himself—'If I am ever duty."
to be blest with the heart which, in All that we attempted was to comspite of disparity of years, I yet hope fort and strengthen each other for to win, let me show how entire is the that which must be: not seeking to trust that I place in its integrity and conceal the grief we felt, but proinnocence: let the romance of first mising, with simple faith, to struggle youth be closed—the farewell of pure against the grief. If vow were pledged hearts be spoken-unimbittered by the between us — that was the vow idle jealousies of one mean suspicion.' each for the other's sake would strive With that thought, which you, Lady to enjoy the blessings Heaven left Ellinor, will never stoop to blame, us still. Well may I say that we he placed his hand on that of the were children! I know not, in the noble mother, drew her gently broken words that passed between us, towards the door, and, calmly confi- in the sorrowful hearts which those dent of the result, left these two words revealed—I know not if there young natures to the unwitnessed were that which they who own, in impulse of maiden honour and manly human passion, but the storm and
the whirlwind, would call the love of All this was said and done with a maturer years—the love that gives grace and earnestness that thrilled fire to the song, and tragedy to the the listeners: word and action suited stage ; but I know that there was each to each with so inimitable a har- neither a word nor a thought which mony, that the spell was not broken made the sorrow of the children a till the voice ceased and the door rebellion to the heavenly Father. closed.
And again the door unclosed, and That mournful bliss for which I had Fanny walked with a firm step to her so pined was vouchsafed : I was alone mother's side, and, pausing there, with her to whom, indeed, honour and extended her hand to me, and said, reason forbade me to say more than as I bent over it, “Heaven WILL be the last farewell.
with you !" It was some time before we recovered A word from Lady Ellinor; a frank -before we felt that we were alone. smile from him—the rival ; one last,
O ye moments ! that I can now re- last glance from the soft eyes of call with so little sadness in the mel Fanny, and then Solitude rushed upon low and sweet remembrance, rest me- rushed, as something visible, ever holy and undisclosed in the palpable, overpowering. I felt it in solemn recesses of the heart. Yes !- the glare of the sunbeam-I heard it whatever confession of weakness was in the breath of the air : like a ghost interchanged, we were not unworthy it rose there—where she had filled the of the trust that permitted the mourn- space with her presence but a moment ful consolation of the parting. No before? A something seemed gone trite love-tale-with vows not to be from the universe for ever; a change fulfilled, and hopes that the future like that of death passed through my must belie-mocked the realities of being; and when I woke to feel that the life that lay before us. Yet on the my being lived again, I knew that it confines of the dream, we saw the was my youth and its poet-land that day rising cold upon the world : and were no more, and that I had passed if-children as we wellnigh were with an unconscious step, which never we shrunk somewhat from the light, could retrace its way, into the hard we did not blaspheme the sun, and world of laborious man! cry - There is darkness in the dawn!"
THE GAME LAWS IN SCOTLAND.
THOSE who have been accustomed the agitation trade is too valuable to to watch the tactics of the Manchester be lost sight of by those who earn party cannot have overlooked or for their bread or their popularity in that gotten the significant coincidence, in line of business. Hundreds of honest point of time, between Mr Bright's peasants, rotting in unwholesome attack on the Game Laws, and the last gaols, their wives and children herded grand assault upon the barrier which in thousands to the workhouse-hardformerly protected British agriculture. working tenants sequestrated by a That wily lover of peace among all grasping and selfish aristocracy-these orders of men saw how much it would are all too fertile topics for the assist the ultimate designs of his platform philanthropist to be risked party to excite distrust and enmity by leaving open any door for conciliabetween the two great divisions of tion; and therefore the terms dethe protectionist garrison-the own- manded are such as it is well known ers and the cultivators of land ; and cannot be accepted. the anti-game-law demonstration was Our attention has been attracted to planned for that purpose. The ma- the doings of an association which nonvre was rendered useless by the has for its professed object the abolisudden and unconditional surrender tion of all game laws, and which has of the fortress by that leader, whose recently opened a new campaign in system of defence has ever been, as Scotland, under the leadership of the Capefigue says — “ céder incessam- chief magistrate of Edinburgh, and ment." It is impossible, however, to one of the representatives of the city. disguise the true source of the sudden Of course the construction of such sympathy for the farmers' grievances, societies is no longer a mystery to any which in 1845 and 1846 yearned in one; and that under our notice apthe compassionate bowels of the pears to be got up on the most apagrarian leaders, and led to the proved pattern, and with all the lengthened inquiries of Mr Bright's newest improvements. A staff of committee.
active officials directs its movements, But it seems we are not yet done and collects funds-lecturers, pamwith the game-law agitation. It is phleteers, newspaper editors are paid true the last rampart of protection is or propitiated. From the raw malevelled to the ground: but the sub- terial of Mr Bright's blue-books the jugation of the country interest to the most exaggerated statements and potentates of the factory is not yet calculations of the most zealous witaccomplished. The owners of the nesses are carefully picked out, and soil have not yet bowed low enough worked up into a picture, which is to the Baal of free trade; their influ- held up to a horrified public as a ence is not altogether obliterated, nor true representation of the condition their privileges sufficiently curtailed; of the rural districts; and the game and therefore Mr Bright and the laws become, in the hands of such Anti-Game-Law Association have artists, a monster pestilence, enough buckled on their armour once more, to have made the hair of Pharaoh and the tenantry are again invited to himself to stand on end. It is not to join in the crusade against those who, be wondered at if some, who have they are assured, have always been not had the opportunity of investigattheir inveterate oppressors ; and, to ing for themselves the effects of these cut off as much as possible the re- laws, have been misled by the bold motest chance of an amicable settle- ingenuity of the professed fabricators ment, it is proclaimed that no con- of grievances; but it is a fact which cession will be accepted-no proposal we shall again have occasion to of adjustment listened to short of the notice, that they have made but little total and immediate abolition of every impression on the tenant farmers. Of statute on the subject of game. the few members of that class who
The truth is, that this branch of have taken an active share in the agitation, we doubt if there is one try. The system of the tenure of who could prove a loss from game on land, also, is pronounced to be a cryany year's crop to the value of a five- ing injustice; and one gentleman pound note.* The fact is, that while modestly insists on the necessity of a no one will deny the existence of in- law for compelling the landlord to dividual cases of hardship from the make payment to his tenant at the operation of the game laws, you will expiry of every lease for any increase hear comparatively little about them in the value of the farm during his among those who are represented as occupation. The author of an “Essay groaning under their intolerable bur- on the Evils of Game-Laws," which den. If you would learn the weight the association rewarded with their of the grievance, you must go to the highest premium, and which, thereburghs and town-councils; and there fore, we are fairly entitled to take as -among small grocers and dissenting an authorised exposition of their senticlergymen, who would be puzzled to ments, thus enlarges on the witherdistinguish a pheasant from a bird-of- ing and ruinous thraldom” to which paradise-you will be made acquaint- the farmers are subjected by a system ed with the extent of the desolation of partial legislation. of these " fearful wildfowl :" from “ No individual,” he complains, “ of them you will learn the true shape this trade has ever risen to importand dimensions of "the game-law ance and dignity in the state. While incubus," which, as one orator of the merchants of every other class, lawtribe tells us, “ is gradually changing yers, and professional men of every the surface of this once fertile land other class, have often reached the into a desert."
highest honours which the crown has But while we are willing to allow to bestow, no farmer has ever yet for a certain leaven of misled sin- attained even to a seat in the legislacerity among the supporters of this ture, or to any civic title of distincassociation, it is evident that, among tion ; uncertain as the trade is natuits most active and influential leaders, rally, and harassed and weighed the relief of the farmer or the relaxa. down by those sad enactments the tion of penal laws is not the real game laws, to be enrolled among the object. "We shall show from their class of farmers is now tantamount to own writings and speeches the most saying, that you belong to a caste convincing proof that they contem- which is for ever excluded from the plate far more extensive and funda- rewards of fair and honourable ambimental changes than the mere abo- tion."-(Mr Cheine Shepherd's Essay. lition of the game laws. There is Edinburgh, 1847.) not, indeed, much congruity or sys- The association of the game laws tem in the opinions which we shall with the scorns which " patient merit have to quote; but in one point it of the unworthy takes," is at least in. will be seen that they all concur—a genious. We confess, with Mr Cheine vindictive hostility to the possessors Shepherd, that the aspect of the times of land, and an eager desire to abridge is wofully discouraging to any hope or destroy the advantages attached, that a coronet, " or even the lowest or supposed to be attached, to that order of knighthood," will in our days description of property. Thus the become the usual reward for skill system of entails—the freedom of real
“ In small-boned lambs, the horse-hoe, or property from legacy and probate
the drill." duty- the landlord's preferable lien for the rent of his land, figure in the We cannot flatter him with the prosdebates of the abolitionist orators, pect of becoming a Cincinnatus; or along with other topics equally rele- that we shall live to see the time when vant to the game laws, as oppressive muck shall make marquisates as well burdens on the industry of the coun- as money; and perhaps the best ad
* “ The game agitators are individuals who suffer a little, and see their brethren suffering more, and who have their feelings annoyed; and those who are not hurt at all by game, but will strike at any public wrong."-Speech of Mr Munro, one of the Council of the Association,