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grazed be me, cutting thro' the a visit from her nurse, and was earthree. Sure enough 'twas time for nestly invited to the comfortable me to be off.”

home which his Honour's goodness “But what was it, Reily, you were had provided for her. It would be directed to tell me ?"

unprofitable to report the dialogue, “Would the Widow Morrison be in which, except for a little flutter up at the Court to see your Majesty in the manner of the widow, there this morning afore you come out ?" appeared no embarrassmenton either

“I believe she was, but did not side. The termination of the conwait for me."

ference was too important to be pass' 'Tis what she wants is to get you ed over. Nurse had arisen to deto see her house—but you aren't to part, not quite certain, from the go, at all, at all, by no mains.” young lady's “fine English,” whe

Why not go visit my poor nurse, ther her invitation had been acceptand see to make her comfortable ?" ed or declined, and with somewhat

Aye-she'll tell you that she of confusion in her thoughts from wants you to see how snug she is an' her effort rightly to interpret, when, warm—but what do you think she in the steadiest tones, and with an wants wi' you ? It's a dhrench she air of perfect intelligence, Mary said has to give you."

« Give me, before you go, the paper « A what?

you brought from Mrs M'Grath'sA dhrench-a dhrench for her Vhauria M'Grath's—the drench, you son James. He dotes down upon the know.” As if a supernatural light ground you walk on, an' they went were suddenly poured upon the coto one that could turn day into night, vert where an assassin lies in wait, Vhauria M'Grath, an' she gave 'em a and the villain is terror (or condhrench to give you.”

science) stricken by the unlooked “What for-what is the drench for exposure, the widow felt her for?”

mystery penetrated, and all her reso“It's to make you fall in love with lution forsook her. She sunk at James Morrison--to make you think the feet of one whom she now relittle of all belonging to you, an' folly garded as of power not to be resisthim like his shadow (an' a brighted, and, trembling, lifted up her shadow you'd be, God bless you), or hands and eyes in speechless supplilike that little dog that's jumping on cation for pardon. Recalled in some you—Oh, God pity them that gets a measure to her senses by a renewed dhrench! There was ould Widdy demand for the paper, she drew it Brown, an’ she got what was mixed from her bosom, placed it on a table for her young niece—there wasn't a at her side, and passed a threshold tooth in her head, an' she shaking over which, it was her hope, she with the palsy—but it's little she should never return. matthered it, an'off she went to James Morrison scarcely felt a disVhauria M'Grath. 'What 'll I do?' appointment when he learned the says Vhauria;' will I break the charm, story of his mother's detection; but or will I put it on Nolicking Will?' his despair became more gloomy. 'It never can be broke,' says the The purpose of self-murder very widdy, 'without braking my heart'- rarely finds admission into the Irish an' she mumbling through her teeth heart. However it is to be explained,

- here's five golden guineas,' says suicide is a crime of very rare occurshe,‘an' put the pishaque on the boy rence in Ireland. The reader is not • It's little I care,' says Vhauria, for to look here for explanations of the your money'-an' she taking it, but it characteristic, or even conjectures wasn't long till Nolicking Will Treacy as to the cause of it. In the depth got thedhrench, an' gave up the niece, of bis misery, it only for a moment an’ was living in the widdy's house an' presented itself to poor Morrison's place; an' thrue for her the charm mind that life was in his own hands, wouldn't be broke, for they say that and in that moment he recoiled from in spite of all the ill-usage will the foul suggestion, as if it had been gives her-an' it's he thit's no negur permitted him to see visibly the at the bating any way-he's the ould dread aspect of the tempter. He widdy's darlint, an' will till he'll be would not trust himself longer to the death of her.”

the solitude of the narrow glen, A little after noon, Mary receired where he had lain motionless for some miserable hours, but rose up he was who was thus acquainted with and took the path which led towards his unhappiness. The stranger dehis mother's house. He had pro- clined satisfying him. “Who I am,' ceeded but a few steps, when a voice he said, “is of little consequence ; of command caused him to turn his it should be sufficient for you to head, and look to see, with feelings know that I am entitled to claim your of anger which desired a vent, who obedience. This, however, I tell dared to call him. The summons you, that the best potion to win a had come from a man of gentleman- lady is the boldness of an enterprily exterior, and was renewed with sing lover. Be guided by me, and still more of authority, when, without take a manly resolution to your heart. halting, he had turned round. Ima. I promise you success. I tell you gining that some visitor at the Castle more. She-you know whom I mean was exercising the privilege of high when I say she-remembers you; caste, Morrison was about to return and she desires nothing better than . a fierce and contemptuous reply, a good excuse for being your wife. when, quite suddenly, his manner Dare you venture for her ?" changed, and, with an air of defe- The dialogue was continued to rence, he approached the object of some length. James Morrison was his late rash indignation. A sign had convinced that he had much to hope. been exhibited, and a decoration dis- His mother, in whom it was necesplayed, which taught him that he sary to confide, through the agency stood in the presence of one who of the spell-worker, became, also, was devoted to the same cause with persuaded, and preparations were himself, and one to whom he owed made to carry off, by force, from submission.

her father's house, a lady, who could “So, Morrison," said the stranger, not otherwise, with due decorum, "you have failed, or rather your condescend to a disproportioned almother has failed, in the design to liance. The crime by which that bewitch Miss Elmere. A fellow like menaced father bad provoked the you should have recourse to bolder coming vengeance, was the benevomeasures than old women's follies lence with which he won the affecand fables.”

tions and the confidence of his teNo words can describe the alarm nantry, and the wisdom with which and astonishment with which this he watched over their true interests. communication was received. The It was not under such influences dreadful thought from which the un- conspiracy could flourish. With the happy young man was flying, the cessation of outrage, with the hope suddenness of the stranger's appear- of comforts—the new hope-new ance, his unaccountable knowledge, views of justice and policy were beit was not wonderful that James ginning to dawn on minds, from Morrison stood silent for some mo- which in former days they had been ments, and, at first, with irresolute excluded by sorrows and crimes. and unsteady glances, then, with This was a perilous state of things, more fixedness of purpose, and with and, at all hazards, it must be interunshrinking gaze, dwelt upon the rupted; disunion must be effected face and form confronting him, and between the landlord and the peothat he even looked more than once ple; he must be driven from the towards the earth, as if expecting to country, or deprived of his influbehold the traditional deformity. He His murder might have inseemed to become reassured by the convenient results, and,

accordingly, scrutiny he had courage to make, was to be reserved as a last resource. and had the boldness to demand who

ence.

CHAP. IV.

THE STRATAGEM.

The plot was skilfully arranged, instrument; but, during the brief inand, could it have been put into im- terval of necessary delay, good fee). mediate execution, would have had ing resumed its influence over him, in the deluded young man a willing and nature, despite of all the wicked maxims by which he had been abu. a man can't spake the sinse of a sed, asserted its power, and revolted child, isn't it a great matther entire. at the baseness of the meditated ly for bim to keep all his foolishness treachery, At a meeting which was to himself? It's myself wishes him held, for the purpose of completing joy that he's cuther to-night than he all the preparations, and determining was at the meeting. Who knows but the moment at which the dreadful when the thing is done down there, blow should be struck, he had so he'll be bright as another, an' have vehemently remonstrated against the his raison agin? Did you hear the black iniquity of recompensing, by way he was raumashing about the a most foul return, the services of goodness of ould Elmere, an' what a one whose generosity should com- bad return we were giving him ? mand the gratitude and love of all Honour an' dhioul, but I thought it a who lived under his protection, that murdther to see such look before bim he was contumeliously removed from as he turned into the poor omadthe retreat where men more void of thawn without sense or spirit? Pbeprejudice had met for liberal consul- lim, sure you know all about it tation, and having been watched in who has the rights of Castle Elmere?" a path which led to Castle Elmere de- “ It belongs to the Heffermansmesne, he was seized and committed an' I'm for letting no one else have to careful custody, until a vacant it agin.” hour could be found to decide upon “What Heffermans? Is it of Derk?” the suspicions of which he now be- “No, it's the Heffermans of Drumcame the object. In the meantime, baun.-Ould Will Hefferman will his mother was given to understand tell you all about the way his grandthat he was actively employed in father was robbed out of it be the hastening on the enterprise, which it thieves' breed that come in his place. was designed should be hazarded at He says it goes agin him to curse an earlier moment than that at first 'em alther what they done for him; appointed.

an' he says if the Castle isn't throu, By those delicate gradations, which bled for a year an'a day, he'll lave suggest to the contemplative mind off praying for revenge of 'em.” elevating though undefined thoughts "Faix then, Phelim, there's little and similitudes, the dimness of the de- chance of his laving it off yet a parting summereve was changed, and while—there'll mony a curse be said raised into solemn splendid moon- yet, an' he'll know that soon.” light, and James Morrison, regardless “ Ob, but that's not the throuble of the fourarmed men who surround- ould Will talks of. They say that ed him, sighed his soul towards Cas- his grandfather's ouldest son walks tle Elmere, in total ignorance that the there four nights in the year—that's moment which must decide the fate the son that done the murdther en. of its inmates was rapidly approach- tirely. He an' the father were tuk ing. He was but litile disposed to prisoners—an' they say that the sotake a part in the conversation which diers got the boy in licker, an' they his sentinel-companions carried on, bewildthred him with this an' that, although he was frequently address- an' fun, an' games, until, when he ed by them, and more frequently the com to himself, he found that his subject of their discourse.

sowl was gone, for he was turned "Why then, blood and ages, man," Protestan, an' that there was a paper said one of them, “how often is a agin him with his name put in it, an' boy to spake to you before he can another selling the whole place for have an answer? If you can't be ci- a thousand pound that he hadn't a vil, can't you give us a curse—any pinny of in his pocket, but lost it thing, to be neighbourly. What'll all, they tould him, playing cards you do with the pretty colleen that's or dice. Well—he an' the father coming to you?" No answer. “Bad said they'd have law-an' they went look to me, Daniel,” said the speaker to look for it; but in them times it to a companion of his watch, " but was as aisy for a sodier or a judge James Morrison flogs the world all to have an inimy's life, as it is now out for knowing how to hould his for them that's in the right-an' so, tongue.”

tale or tidings was not heard of 'em "'Twould be well for him to know until they were found dead in a ditch that same," was the reply. “When -an' ever since, they say the boy appears four times in the year-that's less of it. His attention had been the night he was christen'd, the night for a few moments strained, and his he turned Protestan in his licker, the eyes earnestly directed towards his night he was murdthered, an' the mother's habitation. In the bright night that the Protestans came first moonlight it was distinctly visible. to get possession of his place. Will, At this moment it would have been that's ould Will, says it he doesn't equally so had the heavens been dark. walk this year-an'he didn't, he says, “ My jewel you wer,” cried Phethe first night-he'll not be praying for lim, an' isn't that a fine sight for revenge any more. Any way- Will one that has neither house or home itself has more sinse than the poor to sit in ?”. Thus he saluted a volume innocent here to the fore, that says of flame that rose over the Widow we ought to fight for them that tuk Morrison's cabin, and replied to the our right, and is keeping it from us.

sounds of bustle and the shrieks that That's thé iligant law, to be sure. A reached the hill-side.

“ It's aisy to fellow comes into your place, an' see that Mr Morrison is going to live kills your father, an' takes your cows in a coort, an' it's quare enough be an' your sheep an' your land-an' if what a light he finds his way there. he does not take the life o' you en- They say that Buck Annerville in tirely, but lets you have a pratee, an' the ould times used to light a bankmaybe a grain of salt, for your hard note to look for a lady's thimblework, up early an' down late—an’if but the devil a one of him is equal he doesn't look at you as if you war to Morrison, that sets his house afire a worm that ought to be trud into to light him to the Castle, an' it in the airth, you're to go on your mar

the moonshine too, that”-and he row-bones an' pray for him, or throw sung a line from a popular song, up your ould hat, and cry, Long life • • Wants no light at all, as you all may to your honour, for a fine, brave,

remark.' tender-hearted gentleman.”

An' look how contented he is“ Too good work for you," re- that's the pleasant fire surely." joined Phelim, with a chuckle some- James Morrison was any thing thing like a laugh. "If the ginile- but contented. He app

at first men would take patthern by them in a state of the most painful agitathat could tache 'em well, it's little tion—then, by strong effort, overmastime to pray or cry they'd lave the tering himself

, and assuming a semlikes of you. Isn't Elmere better to blance of calm, he stood for a mous than Brennan an' his gang was to ment motionless, and, the instant he the man they stopped the

other day? thought the attention of his guard Says he to 'em--an'he handing his turned from him, sprang forward to purse an’ twenty golden guineas in escape them. The man behind him ik-says he to 'em, quite polite an' uttered a cry, and the advanced senrespectful,. Gintlemen,' says he, tinel, by an involuntary effort, struck

I have a journey afore me, an' I him a heavy blow on the head with haven't one hapenny more to jingle the but-end of his musket. Morrion another-would you be pleased,' son staggered a little, but before the says he, 'to gi' me a little change blow could be repeated, started forback agin, jest to pay a night's lod- ward again, and was beyond the ging for me towards my journey's sweep of the second blow aimed at end?' But-well becomes Brennan him. with bis joke-Boys,' says he, 'do Phelim, who seemed to be in auye hear the thief of the world ? he thority, struck down a presented wants to rob us on the king's high- gun. “The echoes,” said he, “the way. That's the lad can larn ye echoes—they'd warn the Castle agin manners, ye spalpeens.' Who knows the boys—throw down your gunsbut James Morrison got a lesson let Daniel stay here, and watch 'em. from him, or maybe tuk a start with We're three to one, and if after the him, an'larned to be so humble an' salute he got we can't come up with condescending to the gintlemen.” him-on boys, on, on, to the glen,

These last words were spoken in to the glen-don't let him double rather a low tone, as if intended on- us—but stay close.” ly for the ear to which they were The flames which had thus broken addressed. The subject of the sneer, up the mountain party, were not however, seemed to have been heed- unobserved or unregarded at the Castle. At first an unusual murmur name, to bring him in, and have him and bustle was heard, and Mary, secured here." hastening to a window which looked His benevolent intention was disout in the direction whence the appointed. A party of conspirators sounds came, beheld the fire, and had been stationed in the immediate called to her father. A party was neighbourhood of the house, whose speedily assembled at the window, object it was to intercept its inmates and the proposal to go down and directly when they left the door, and offer such assistance as they were then proceed to the great business enabled to afford, would have been of the night. When Morrison was immediatelyadopted, but that Colonel seen so unexpectedly to make his Stapleton, (whose bullet had scared appearance, and derange their plans, the tenant of the laurel,) suggested the vexation of some of the assassins the idea of treachery, and advised was too great to be controlled; and some farther deliberation. But now at the moment when he was about one and another straggler on rapid to become the object of wise and befoot crossed the lawn. “Oh, God nevolent care, a murderous volley bless your honour,” cried out one, was discharged from the neighbour“ bave compassion on poor Widdy ing shrubbery, and he fell, pierced Morrison, she'll be destroyed, house with many wounds. His body-it and home-an'worse-herson James was his dead body-was instantly will be ruined entirely. Three men drawn within the protection of the can't hould him. It's he that set the house, and arms were hastily procabin a-fire--and ten can't do so vided to meet the expected assault. much to save it as he's doing to de. They were not now required. The stroy.” Another and another corro. party which had been called out to borated the statement, and repre- assault the Castle were not prepared sented the Widow Morrison in agony, to find it defended, and after raising and her son in an excess of frenzy, a sanguinary yell over the vengeance while their home and all they pos- they had taken of an unfaithful sessed was sinking in the fames. brother, they dispersed, leaving to Further delay Sir William thought the miserable old widow the rememwould be cruel. His presence might brance of her treachery, and the body perhaps prevent dreadful disaster; of her murdered son. to stand aloof from such calamity, The scheme of the incendiary was and give way to unworthy suspi- in part successful. The kindliness cions, would be cowardly. The ball- of union between the landlord and door was actually open, and all the his people was poisoned. Suspicion male inmates of Castle Elmere were was planted in his mind, and betrayhastening out, when a new appari- ed itself in his manner. The tenantry tion checked them. Up from the felt that they must be distrusted, and deep and precipitous valley, in front the anxiety to win and secure golden of the house, a form rapidly emerged, opinions ceased to be with them an and rushed towards the open door. animating principle. In one thing His face and clothes were fearfully the evil purpose failed. It did not add covered with blood. For a moment one to the list of absentees. Castle he seemed unable to articulate; he Elmere still continues the seat of a made gestures of warping, and ut- resident proprietor; and if ever a tered uncertain sounds. But soon time arrive when the power of a vinhe seemed to recover strength, and dicated law causes a well-governed with a voice of thunder cried out, people to value the bounty and the “ Shut your gates, if you would not favour of an indulgent and forbearmeet death, and worse than death.” ing proprietor, its master will have He now stood near the door, and this honour, and it is probable may cried, “ Close it-close it: there's succeed in winning to good courses them near at hand that won't give multitudes, whose helplessness, while ye much time.”

the laws are without authority, gives “ 'Tis poor Morrison,” said Sir them up to be the pliant instruments William ;'« his disorder bas taken a of evil. new turn. Let us try, in God's

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