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i'he first person they see, whed arrived al Justice Inglewood's hous. to their mutual surprise, Raspleigh Osbaldistone; and in the conversation that takes place at the Justice's dioner-table, when he is very univaining to be disturbed by any legal business, his officious clerk, Jobson, hints (80 as to be over-heard) the opinion of Mr. R. O. as a confiration of the guilt of the accused. Before he left them, Miss Vernon extort d fro 12 him an unwilling consent to interfere so as to clear up busiu 85 in favour of her cousio : and while they are drawing the reluctant attention of the Justice, a stranger enters, at sight of whom Morris is unaccountably overwhelu ed with terror; this is no other than the Mr. Campbell they had met at the ido; and by his testimony and the concurring sanction which Morris is compelled to give, Mr. F. O. is entirely cleared from this vexatious charge. Retursing home, he and Miss Vernon, en. gaged in earnest cooversation, advance considerably iu each other's esteem, while she gives him to understand that there is a degree of mystery in her conduct and of reserve in her communications with him, which on account of others she must not explain, and into which he must not attempt to pry.
As it is late, and the party in the hall are at their usual revels, Miss Verpon introduces her companion to the library, deserted by the rest of the family, and used as her favorite retreat with formerly frequent visits from Rashleigh, who had been her instructor and friend, but whom she now represtpts significantly as her ally; and who, finding her unwilling to share this studious apartment with him any longer, had gradually ceded it to her sole occupation. Rashleigh is, however, invited by Miss Veruon to join his cousin after dinner; and, after suspecting that she may have confided more than he wished, from which suspicion Frank labours to free him, relates the manner in which he had accidentally found Campbell, and sent him to his cousin's release. There were, however, in Rashleigh's conduct some suspicious circumstances, which made an increasingly unfavourable impression upon Frank's mind. The Sunday--a day of pious meditation and calm delight to the benevolent and devotional-was, at OshaldistoneHall, to all but Miss Vernon and Rashleigh, a most burdensome portion of the week. While each iobabitant after the family-service was trying to kill the long interval which would bring the diuper-hour, Frank and Rashleigh joined in conversation each with views to the object nearest their heart. Rashleigh tries to discover the character of his upcle, whom he is going to serve, perhaps to manage, and in return for his information is ohliged to speak of Miss Vernop as one whose charms render the continuance of the intercourse he had formerly with her dangerous and improper, considering his prospects and her obligation of giving her heart to a cloister or to a betrothed husband. In the remaining part of this conversation he insinuates the commencement of an affection iu Diana Vernon for himself, which he had had wisdom to discourage, and sends Frank in po very pleasant humour 10 ruminate the unpalatable io formation he had gained. This ill-humour he brings with him io dinner, and displays so clearly to the only lady of the party, that, after a smart remonstrance, she sooner than usual leaves him to digest his spleen. Vexed with himself, he applied as
siduously to the wine, to which his habituai temperance and agia eu state of feeling gave double potency, and was soon involved in violeni altercation with his cousios, and exasperated with the irritating in erierevce of Rashleigh, whom he struck with his fist, and at length was forn away from a contest with Thoracliff, who took his insulted brother's part, by others of the young men, who locked him up in his roow, Wiere, medi. tating revenge, he soon fell asleep. With morning cuoi reflection comes ; he feels that an apology must be made; it is accepied by Rasileigh with apparent cordiality; and Miss Vernon--she relieved him from ve pain of waiting an opportuoity by inviting him to the Library to explain a difficult passage of Dante, which had that morning posed her in the divine comedian.
Pressed in this interview, he vaivly tries to conceal from her the informa: tion which had led to his altered conduct: and the vile insinuatious Rasll leigh had made lead her, in the highest one of indigoant and insulted inbocence, to relate the basest purpose for which be for years without any remorse coutiv ued his instruction, and at first insinuateil himsel' into her nosuspecting confidence. Yet she enjoins the necessity of re, re sing resentment, and asserts the existence of secrets between her and Rashleigh, which make the outward civility of her conduct towards him necessary. And Frank knew that, much as she despised this perfidious villain, slie bad occasional loog interviews with the object of her hatred.
A few days after this, Rashleigh sets off for London ; and Frank, who was fully aware that this retreat was the most unsuitable situation io which he could be placed, and that if he but mentioned the habitual temperance which disgraced its walls, his father would speedily oruer his departare--for one reason, obvious enough we suppose to the reader, maintaios perfect silence on this head in the letter which he wrives to his father.
In oue of bis usual strolls about the grounds, the gardener, after his characteristic tediousness of detail, informs bim that a pedlar, travelling from London, had brought intelligence that the report of the robbery had reached the Parliament, and that an attempt was made through it to fix the
sugma of disaffection upon several families in the North : while waiting for this pedlar, whom the gardener is sent to feich, Frank is surprised and mortified by clearly discerning two persons walking together in the Li. brary, when he had taken pains delicately to shew Miss Vernon, that his, being there in the evening without a third person, was indecoroub, as the habits of the family made it at that time her sole retirement. This circumstance, and the accidental notice of a private door being open which led up to the Library, which the gardener observed, and supposed it must have been done by father Vaughan the priest, with whom Rashleigh
appeared to be intimate, and iu whose presence Miss Vernon tiad ge. nerally shown some agitation, caused the intercourse of these friends to be clouded with distrusi, some degree of peev.shuess, and occasional efforts, which failed, at what is most difficult to manage in such circunstances a candid explanation.
In one of their interviews, Miss Venuou suforms him that his father is gone to Holland, that Rashleigh is left in the almost
uncontrolled management of his affairs, and advises him to set out for London to counteract his artful schemes, which otherwise will certainly ruin their house. Alarmed by such unexpected intelligence, and carried away by feelings he could not control, he asked her if she advised his departure for London, and in reply to her remonstrance he seized her hand, and exclaimed, “The world can afford me nothing to repay what I must leave behind me." She reminds him of her destiny to marry either one of the brutal family she is in, or to go to the convent, and suddenly orders him instantly to leave her. His eye catches the cause of this sudden injunc. tion, by pursuiog the direction of hers, and perceiving the tapestry shake before the private door leading from Rashleigh's room. But he yields to her assurance, that it is nothing, and leaves the apartment. In his own room, under the influence of jealousy, he resolves to discover whom this favoured and mysterious rival is. He lurked about in the garden till he perceived a light in the Library, and then rushed in, and found Miss Vernon-alone. Making pretence that he came for a book, he sought it on the table, and there saw a man's glove. Miss Vernon, embarrassed, threw another glove on the table ; which she called a relick of her grandfather ; but it proved to be of the same hapd. This momentary attempt to dissemble she found fail, and then avowed that the glove belonged to one whom she revered and-Frank filled up the pause-“ Loved Miss Vernon would say." But she refused further explanation, and yet desired that they might be to each other disinterested friends. She then gave him a letter which she had mysteriously received, which he opened; but before he had finished reading it, it fell from his hand. It was from his father's partner, informing him that Rashleigh had disappeared with large remittances and effects, which he had with him, to take up bills at Glasgow; and thither Owen, his father's confidential clerk, had gone ; and thither without delay Frank resolves to repair, which he does, accompanied by Fairservice the gardener, who is glad of this opportunity of returning to Scotland again. Me. Vittie was one of his father's creditors; and upon the assurances of his servant aud the landlady, 'that he wonld be at the kirk, he resolves to go there. Andrew took him not to the body of the cathedral, but to the subterranean vaults, where a congregation was assembled, and where, once in, he was obliged to stay, the doors being locked, though he appeared to be unable to make progress in the great object of his pursuit. During the service an unknown person whispered himn that he was in danger in this city: the voice again shortly after added, "Meet me at the Brig at twelve precisely, keep at home till then, and avoid observation.” He went to the appointed place, and was punctually met by a stranger, who represented himself as one whom the very stones of the street would shake to hear named, apd whom it would, as much as a victory, rejoice the citizens to seize ; but his assurances of useful service to Frank induce bim to follow. His guide conducted him to the town-prison, the gates of which were opened by the keeper as soon as he heard the stranger's voice, and he conducts Frank up a narrow stone stair-case, to a room in which an elderly man is in bed. This proves to be Owen ; who had been arrested and eonfined as one who
meditated escape from his creditors by the partners in the house which had been most obsequious to the London firm before the knowledge of these embarrassments. During the painful greeting which took place, a loud knocking was heard at the door. Poor Dougal, dreading the fate of the upknown, whom he seemed ardently to love, lingered as long as possible in unbolting the doors : the stranger put himself into a posture of resistance, as if meditating to force his escape, but instead of many persons, which Dougal's fears conjured up, it proved to be the Baillie, Nicholas Jarvis, and his maid-servant carrying a lantero. Having heard of the trouble of Owen, he waited till midnight, the entire close of sabbathday, and then sallies out to visit, in coinmiseration, the respectable clerk of a firm with which he had long transacted business. He recognizes in the stranger his kinsman the outlawed Rob Roy, and is, partly from pity, partly from fear, unwilling to detain him: Rob had threatened that he would dash his brains against the wall if he offered to put any restraint
Finding that the time was drawing rapidly on in which the heavy bills agaiøst his father's house must be honoured ; and having no other resource to discover Rashleigh, Frank broke open a sealed paper which Miss Vernon had given, to be opened only when every other resource failed ; from this a letter dropped, which the Baillie picked up and gave to the stranger, who was no other than Robert Campbell, who had, by Miss Vernon's interference with Rashleigh, apeared in Frank's behalf at Justice Inglewood's. After tbis they left the prison. Campbell soon disappeared, after having assured Frank that he would comply with the
request of the letter. The next morning, walking in the college-gardens, Frank discovered Rashleigh in company with M.Vittie and Morris ; he watched them till they separated, and then immediately presented himself to Rashleigh, and demanded the immediate resignation of his father's effects. This produced an altercation which led them to draw their swords. Rashleigh fought with fierce vengeance, wounded his antagonist, who, in recovering, was just about to plunge his sword into his heart, when he was stopped, and they were parted by Campbell, who sent Rashleigh away, and told Frank. the old charge was revived against him by Morris ; that he must take care of himself, and come agreeably to an appointment to see him at the Clachan of Aberfoil, with the Baillie, and that he would not allow him to be wronged. When conversing over their affairs with the Baillie and Owen, after dinner the Baillie tells them that oppression drove Campbell to the line of life he had adopted—that of a levier of Black Mail, a certaio tax, upon the payment of which the party who received it engaged to protect the farm or district from all depredations. But that amid this apparently lawless and desperate way of life, he had amicable feelings, and some strong sentiments of justice and honour. He then in forms Fraok, that Rashleigh has injured his father's house in this manner, to distress the Highland lairds who hail accepted his father's bills, and who would thus be excited to a more speedy insurrection which they were meditating in favour of the Stewarts; that Rashleigh could not get the assets, which were the principal part of the property he had taken away; and were doubtless disposed of some-where, where, did he wish it;
Robert Campbell could get at them, and make the restoration, which would save the credit of his father's house. Early the next day, they began their journey towards the Highlands, and rode all day along a most dreary way, gradually rising into barren hills, and presenting in distance the immense summits of the snow-clad mountains.
In the evening they arrived at the Forth, and about half a mile beyond found a public-houre, a miserable hovel, in which they were to pass the night. This was pre-occupied by some wild Highlanders, who would not let the strangers share its miserable accommodation without a skirmish, but no blood was shed, and they were allowed then to remain in peace. The landlady delivered a note to Frank from Campbell, which requested him to abide by the directions of the person who delivered it, to meet him elsewhere; but that a vigilant pursuit which he must avoid prevented him meeting them according to engagement, at the Clachan. lo fact the Highlanders wbo were at the ind, were in search for Campbell; and during the night, an English officer, with a company of soldiers, arrived with the same object, and with directions to seize and detain two persons supposed to be disloyal, an elderly and younger man. A smaller party soon after brought in a prisoner, who was Dougal, and who by the threats of the officer was compelled to undertake to lead him and his men to the place where Rob Roy might be found. Dougal led them along the road which was on the border of the lake, and enclosed by abrupt and precipitous mountains; and though cautioned by his prisoner, the officer persisted to proceed, till his advanced men informed him they had seen Highland bonpets and long firelocks on the tops of the hills, and at the ssme time the Highland bagpipes were heard behind. The officer directed an immediate attack; but the enemy, safely protected by the nature of the place, had little trouble in destroying almost the whole of this determined band, and the affair ended in making prisoners the officer and those who remained. It was here that Helen M Gregor, Campbell's wife, rose like an apparition on the mountain, loudly complaining of the wrongs she and her elan had sustained ; and her spirit, ipfused into her attendants, made them irresistible, if greater exertion had on their part been required. While the Baillie was exciting her scorn by familiarly endeavouring to remind her of his relationship, the band, whose bag-pipes had been heard arrived; they consisted of stout well-armed young men, and two sons of Rob Roy. They approached with down-cast looks, and upon uttering a few words in Gaeic, Helen uttered a dreadful shriek, which was joined by the other women present. She then reproached her sons with bitter taunts for surviving the capture of their father. They informed her that they had come to muster a greater force to render the attempt inore probably successful; that their ather had received a message, with an appointment, from a Southern, which he accepted, leaving the messenger as a hostage, and had been -ized by a party concealed for that purpose. The iniserable hostage was iroduced, who was no other than the mean Morris; he implored most zarnestly her mercy, at one time stated how he loved her husband, and ben inconsistently said that he was the agent of Rashleigh Osbaldistone ; jut with infinite scorn she ordered him to be thrown into the lake, and his