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terference, I declined the honour of being martyred on his behalf, and, leaving him to discover at his leisure the confederacy of which he was the willing victim, fled, I know not how or where, into a labyrinth of lanes and alleys, where the darkness saved me from pursuit

, and also from the danger of meeting my adversaries on my way home; for there I had to stay until the daylight enabled me with difficulty to extricate myself.

Such were the circumstances under which I formed the acquaintance of the gentleman in the driving-seat, who, to do him justice, carried about him the look of a bonâ fide gentleman, and a handsome one into the bargain ; and in the mood of discontent under which I laboured at the moment of recognizing him, it is not to be expected that I should take much trouble to shun his notice, or the rencontre to which such a notice would be likely to lead. Beyond this passive hostility, however, it was impossible for me to proceed, inasmuch as the carriage to which the aforesaid driving-seat was an appendage, had for its occupant a lady, who seemed, by the by, to be much more intent on philandering with her good-looking escort than in watching the maneuvres of the field; but, as her back was partly turned to me, I couldn't tell whether or not her face deserved all the attention he paid her, though I was rather inclined to think it did ; for, somehow or other, a scamp, like the unlucky cavalier, generally manages to appropriate a beauty. My curiosity was at last satisfied, and more than satisfied.

The cavalry in one of their evolutions dashed by, seriously incommoding the pedestrians at the outer ring, and creating a hubbub which caused every one to turn their eyes in that direction. Mine met the lady's. Holy Saint Bridget! it was Grace Seymour herself,—as handsome,-ay, twice as handsome as ever. A thrill of joy gushed through my every nerve, and I almost jostled down half-a-dozen people in my attempt to approach her. But fancy my dismay when she withdrew her look, without affording the slightest symptom recog. nition, turning away with as much coolness as if I was a mere gauger's apprentice!

Bewildered by this unaccountable slight, I still gazed, unable to recover myself ; but not even a passing glance did I meet in return. Her whole attention was occupied by the man in the driving-seat, who so fully answered the description given to me of my rival ! Oh! the surpassing bitterness of that moment !-bitterness which I mentally swore that I would return tenfold on the head of him whom I suspected of supplanting me, and with whom I had already such a good ground of quarrel. To watch him closely until some opportunity of exchanging cards with him should occur, was therefore my only resource, as, from the shortness of my stay, the matter would brook no postponement; and while I accordingly kept my eyes fixed on him, I observed that his were, for some reason unknown, fastened in another direction, and that too with such an expression of consternation, as left me no doubt that he saw something there more than he liked. A half-suppressed exclamation escaped him after a moment or two. He sprang to the ground from his elevated position, and crouching beside the carriage, spoke a few hurried words of explanation to the terrified girl, and, before I could recover from my surprise sufficiently to note his movements, he had retired among the crowd, leaving her to the mercy of the charitable.


The riddle was soon read. Scarce had the bystanders resumed their places, after allowing the Levanter to pass, when a new actor was added to the scene, attired in a shabby-genteel white hat, a half shabby black coat, which in its days of prosperity had owned a more corpulent inmate ; a waistcoat of the same class, and unmentionables to match; within all which articles of decoration stood an individual five feet six or so in his buskins, with a decided cast in one of his eyes, and a world of rascality in the other. The moment this prepossessing personage appeared, it was impossible not to connect his entry with the desertion of Miss Seymour's protector; for the poor man, on looking up to the driving-seat, and finding it untenanted, betrayed the most unmitigated disappointment. He next took a cursory view of the interior of the vehicle, but apparently without deriving any consolation from aught he saw of its contents, and then scratched his head, and proceeded to bethink him of an expedient.

It is very hard to deceive a Galway man in a bailiff. Even the dumb brutes of that lawless region are endowed with an instinctive faculty of recognizing a member of the hated fraternity. I remember one time while my father was on his keeping, and every mother's son about the premises was on the alert, watching to detect the approach of any unauthorized stranger, it was universally allowed that the most trusty sentinel in the place was a large Poland gander; his sagacity in the matter was truly miraculous; his discrimination almost infallible; accordingly, whenever this gifted bird uttered his unmusical scream, all persons concerned took the alarm forthwith, the outer doors were barred, the windowblinds drawn down, and the master bolted off to his sanctuary like a detected pickpocket. Allowing me to arrogate for my judgment the claim of similar credit—the wit of a goose, and no more-I would feel inclined to pronounce the man in the white felt and shabby etceteras to be one of the proscribed, and invested with a mission fatal to the liberty of mine adversary.

No sooner had her favoured scamp retired in the extraordinary manner I have related, than my poor little faithless Grace, utterly overcome by the exceeding embarrassments of her situation, bowed her head on her bosom, and burying her face in her hands, wept with ill-subdued violence; so that, vehemently as I longed to avail myself of the opportunity of offering her my services, common decency forbade me to intrude upon her. No similar scruple, however, actuated the discomfited bailiff: after pondering for a moment or two, he suddenly advanced to the carriage, and leaning across the door, in a tone as wheedling and soft as Nature would allow one of his craft to assume, he uttered the monosyllable Miss. At the very sound of his voice the poor girl, seemingly but too conscious of the nature of his business, crouched back, cowering in the very far. thest corner, while the low moan that involuntarily escaped her, struck to my very heart, and quite eradicated whatever resentment I felt at first on experiencing the shortness of her memory

Miss,' repeated the bailiff; and to insure her attention the scoundrel stretched his hand towards her shoulder. It jars on one's nerves indescribably that touch on the shoulder, bestowed whether in jest or earnest by any of that ill-omened craft,—as the Connaught-man said of the gun, Charge, or no charge, she's dangerous.' To stand neuter while such an

outrage was being perpetrated would require more coolness than I possessed, at least at that moment, even had it been any

other than

my inamorata who was in jeopardy; so, taking one long step, which just brought me within a convenient distance of his ear, I summoned all my strength for the blow, and floored the man of law by one judicious tip planted just where it ought to be. He did not lose a moment recovering and gathering himself up; which being achieved, he looked angrily round for his assailant, and faced me with a show of spirit not always to be found in those who wear the sheriff's livery.

You infernal ruffian !' exclaimed I in explanation, 'how dare you attempt to lay your ugly paw on any lady ?

The fellow made no answer, but eyed me from head to foot with a look of puzzled incredulity. I was rapidly losing my temper while undergoing his inspection, and was about repeating the assault, when in a half audible voice he ejaculated, 'Galway, by jingo!' and forthwith proved his prudence equal to his sagacity by decamping without further parley. I was now master of the field, fully entitled to enjoy all the honours therefrom accruing, and yet, albeit that bashfulness, as everybody knows, was never the besetting family failing of our house, my heart trembled while I proceeded to the task of awakening the strangely dormant recollections of the lady.

Miss Seymour,' said I gently, don't you know me?'

Slightly starting at this abrupt claim on her acquaintance, she looked up, but her eyes were dim with tears, and her memory with terror, and

a doubting sort of voice she answered me. “Yes — no ; and yet something tells me I ought to remember

What!' rejoined I, do you forget Bob Donnellan, your partner at the Galway ball ?

"Oh, Mr. Donnellan!' exclaimed the poor little girl, and giving me one hand, she held her handkerchief to her eyes with the other, and burst again into an agony of tears.

Perhaps,' said I, after a short pause, 'you had better let me look for your horses, and see you home; that ruffian might return, and annoy you again.'

Do - do!' she answered with difficulty, you are very kind,' and hastening to where a group of servants stood with their horses, quickly found her coachman, had the horses put to in a space of time truly miraculous, then sprang into the vehicle, and seated myself by her side, and away we went as fast as a willing whip and two smart greys could expedite us.

It was some time before the paroxysm of her grief abated sufficiently to let me edge in one word of consolation, although one would think that a little chat by way of salvage fees was the least that I might expect. At length I seized the opportunity of a momentary calm, and begged her to quiet her apprehensions, as we were long out of danger either of pursuit or annoyance: the only effect, however, of this intimation seemed to be that, her own personal peril being over, she deemed it now high time to lament the hard fate of her hopeful, for his name, repeated with all the fondness of pity, became the burden of her renewed tribulation. Plague on the girl! couldn't she find some other subject to lament about ? I almost writhed with vexation, and would willingly have resigned


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all the honours of the championship to be out of hearing of this undisguised preference of a rival, who had so coolly deserted, and under such unfavourable auspices.

"Oh, poor Frank !-poor, poor Frank !' she continued to exclaim ever and anon, when her convulsive sobs permitted her to apply her tongue to that very indifferent use.

‘By my word, Miss Seymour,' said I at length, nettled beyond forbearance, your lamentations seem to be very much wasted on that gentleman ; to all appearance he placed too high a value on his personal liberty to let it stand in jeopardy in any case where a quick pair of heels could secure it to him.'

But,' she answered passionately, 'if he is caught he'll be ruined.'

I had a great mind to tell her in reply, that in regard of ruination, as far as my opinion went, the boy was past praying for already; but where was the use of it? She evidently loved him, and didn't seem much inclined to love him less for his misfortunes. To me she was lost for ever, and I could well afford to be generous on the occasion. I therefore determined to give her such a hint of the character and views of her swain's associate as would form an easy clue to him if he had but the sense to follow it.

“Pray, Miss Seymour,' said I with this intent, do you know a gentleman named Hall ?

“Yes,' she faintly answered, a good deal startled by the question.

A dashing sort of customer,' continued I, dark eyes and hair, whiskers ad libitum, and as much gold round his neck and fingers as would redeem a Galway mortgage.'

· The same, I should think,' she replied, in the same tone, and growing rather pale.

· And, perhaps,' said I, “your acquaintance further extends to a person of the name of Desmond.'

• I have heard of him,' said she, scarce able to answer with some overpowering emotion. Why do you ask me?'

Because,' I answered, as I quit this country to-morrow, I would wish first to do one act of duty which chance has thrown in my way. I have happened to discover that both these persons are engaged in a swindling confederacy, and have already succeeded in my presence of defrauding of a very large sum your — your — that gentleman whom I saw in your company to-day. In fact, I overheard them arrange to sue him forthwith on some bond which they have obtained from him, and it is more than probable that his present dilemma is the consequence of their conspiracy

It is --- it is!' she exclaimed breathlessly. He told me this morning he was afraid of Desmond; but Hall - Hall, and her voice sank as she named him. 'Oh! Mr. Donnellan, he thinks that wretch is his bosom friend.'

'I was aware of that,' I replied, and he will find no difficulty in disconcerting their villainy, if he only follows the clue I have now given you. Hall seems desirous to have him in his power on account of some lady. The reason of this he will understand him. self.'

Oh! too well-too well!” she said with a shudder: 'but you must see him, and tell him yourself. Hall knows the very spot where he has concealed himself, and will betray him; it is in L- where he lodged in the spring, and Hall used to be there with him for days. Dear Mr. Donnellan !' she cried earnestly, 'won't you go and explain it to him at once before it is, perhaps, too late.'

* Excuse me,' I replied, with something of a tremor in my voice, my time is


limited. There are other reasons, too, why I would not wish to have any interview with that gentleman,-reasons which it would be worse than useless to talk about now.'

• Oh! don't say that, Mr. Donnellan,' she entreated again. You can have the carriage this minute. I can walk home; or I will go


you, if you let me. Only don't leave my poor-poor brother at the mercy of that treacherous Hall.'

• Mother of Moses !' I ejaculated, confounded at the discovery, and was that

young man only your brother after all ?? Why,' she asked, with undisguised surprise, 'what else did you imamine him to be ??

'Bedad !' answered I, overjoyed at the éclaircissement, 'I took him for your sweetheart.'

“And what, in the name of wonder, could have put such a notion into

your head ?

• ?Faith, I don't know,' I replied, “barring 'twas jealousy.'

Further explanation was needless; my hopes all blazed out afresh, all the brighter for the little damp they had undergone; but it was no time for regular love-making, nor could I, at all events, have wished for a better opportunity of ingratiating myself with her than by now applying myselt sedulously to the rescue of her brother. The horses' heads were accordingly turned round in the direction of the ground we had traversed to convey us to the refuge of the fugitive ; and while we rapidly returned towards the park, I extracted from her all she knew of her brother's dealings with Desmond, thus throwing some light on what I knew already myself

. It would seem that on that very morning he had accounted for some depression of spirits by imparting to her in confidence the fact of his having passed Desmond a bond for three hundred pounds, for money lost to him in gambling, besides his having expended in a similar pursuit all the ready money he could command ; thus leaving himself no other alternative but a jail, in case his friend, who had engaged to interfere with Desmond in his behalf, should be unable to prevail with that worthy not to press the demands for payment which he had made in a rather urgent and threatening tone.

And did he tell you who was this obliging friend, Miss Seymour?' I asked.

She held down her head, and made no answer, but twitched the string of her parasol in confusion : I bethought me of Hall's words that I had overheard in the gambling-house, of his extreme intimacy with her duped brother, and allowing a little for the usual exaggeration inflicted on all stories brought to the country, or in fact brought anywhere, had not a doubt but that he was the rival with whom I had been threatened ; though, if I was to draw any conclusion from the apparent feelings of the lady towards him, he was far from being so dangerous a rival as I was at first

'I shouldn't wonder if it was to Hall he alluded,' remarked I carelessly, in order to bring her to some clear demonstration on the subject.

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