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ture seemed to have qualified for these purpofes with the most absolute insensibility both of danger and humanity. This adroit personage, by name Lawrence O'Rourke, whose origin was to be fought in the west of Connaught, had been taken into Blachford's service, when he first commenced planter in Jamaica; and so faithfully had he ministered to the cruelties of his master, that it was generally thought most of the memorable acts were done by his hands, for which that gentleman became distinguished in those parts by the title of Bloody Bob Blachford.
The moon was at this time commodiously in her last quarter: Lord Crowbery had signified "his intention of summoning Henry to the caftle that evening, and it occurred to Blachford that the opportunity was favourable for way-. laying him on his return through the grove, where Larry O'Rourke undertook to post himself, armed with a stout bludgeon, in the use and exercise of which he was very expert. • In the mean time Ezekiel and Goody May,
having in their different quarters disseminated the story of Blachford's employing his attorney to eject them from their cottage, through the whole village, the indignation became general,
and some of the younger people began to employ themselves in the making and erecting of a very stately gibbet in the centre of the Green, and in full view from the windows of his worship's mansion, for the purpose of executing that venerable magistrate by proxy on the spot. This proxy, which was a very reasonable likeness of it's principal, was seated in a tumbril, with it's arms tied behind it in a very orthodox manner, and seemed only to wait the prayers of some charitable person, before it received the word of cornmand for being hoisted • up to the place of it's execution. In this aw.. ful interim it occurred to the ingenious projectors of this moral machinery, that if Doctor Daw could be prevailed upon to give it his pafsport to the other world, they might launch it off with becoming grace, and the spectators be edified by the catastrophe. . It was in the dulk of the evening, and Ezekiel had just knocked the ashes out of his last pipe, when the noise and hubbub on the Green called him forth. No sooner had the figure in the tumbril crossed his optic nerves in the obscurity of the twilight, than those aforesaid nerves suggested to his sensorium an idea, that the enraged mob were actually about to execute,
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a living man without judge or jury. Horrorstruck at the sight, he rushed amongst them, vociferating by the way; " For the Lord's fake, neighbours! what are you about? Are you mad? Are you going to commit murder?" “ No, no,” cried one of the throng, “ we are only gibbetting the Squire for turning you and Goody May out of doors.”—“ Od's my life !" cried Ezekiel, coming nearer to the figure, and discovering something like a human face, with an enormous pair of black eyebrows, “I protest to truth it did deceive me: Never trust me if it is not å striking likeness of that unworthy person who has turned the widow from his door, and affailed the chaftity of her daughter: would to Heaven the original were as harmless as the copy! Oh! thou monster of uncleanness” (for now the spirit had taken hold of him, and he had again forgot he was addressing himself to a dumb image) “Oh! thou idolatrous worshipper of filthy Belial! outcast from grace, and given up to work all manner of whoredoms and abominations in the land; juftly art thou cut off in thy sins, thou he-goat of the flock of Beelzebub! Have you eyes, ye lookers-on, and can you see the fate of this unholy one without trembling? Have you ears, and can you hear me and not
mark ! Hearts have you, ye obdurate finners ! and will you not understand how terrible is the latter end of the wicked? Let him that coveteth his neighbour's daughter take warning by this wretch's fate! What is the luft of the eye? a fnare: What the evil motion of the heart ? a ferpent in your bosom: What the war of the members provoking to uncleanness? a'ramping and a roaring lion. Maidens! (if there be any here that answer to that name) remem, ber that the chastity of a damsel is like the dewdrop on the flower ; the sun shineth wantonly upon it, and it is gone : Keep yourselves in the fhade ; let your concealment be your safe. guard; ye are then only secure when no one can approach you: Handle not the asp, for it will iting you; put not your hand to the cockacrice's neft, for there is poison in the tooth of it, and it hath the bite of mortal death.”
Whilst these words were upon his lips, Ezekiel, to his utter astonifhment, beheld the figure slowly ascend out of the cart; and by the operation of a rope and pulley (of peither of which, good man! he had taken any account, being then warmly engaged with the cockatrice) mount into the air, suspended by the neck from the cross-bar of the gibbet. He cast : . . E 6
his eves upwards with pity and amaze, and pia oufly ejaculated, in the charity of his heart, “ The Lord have mercy upon thy soul !” “ Amen!" echoed John Jenkins, who performed the office of hangman, and at the same time run the vice-justice up by the pulley. John was the idleít fellow in the parish, and most in the ill graces of Doctor Daw; for the looseness of his morals.-" Here he goes to the devil in a whiff,” quoth Jenkins.-" Art thou so familiar with the devil,” said Ezekiel, « as to know whom he will take, and whom he will spare? Have a care of one, John Jenkins, and do not venture to pronounce upon thy neighbours.”—John was too busy to enter into argument, so Ezekiel had the last word, and turned aside towards the cottage.
The mob, under the conduct of General Jenkins, the hangman, marched in array to Dame May's cottage, and having drawn up before the door, Jenkins being deputed as spokelman, announced himself, and was admitted. .. “ By your leave, Dame May,” quoth the orator, “ we mean you no offence; but being, as you do see, your friends and neighbours, we come to cheer you a bit in your affliction, by telling you, for your comfort, we have gib