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Anne's face was averted, and the will leave the Castle, if she's no to little favourite began to comprehend serve you." that she had offended her. But “I never thought Bauby cared for Katie did not finch-she fixed her me: they're all like Lordie," said eyes full on the face of her noble Lady Anne. “Lordie says he wants friend.
you, Katie-it's never me: they all “ Lady Anne! Bauby Rodger says want Katie Stewart.” she's no to be your maid, though she “No me,” cried little Katie, slidstayed at Kellie for naething else but ing down to the carpet at her friend's because she wanted to serve you; feet.“ Whiles I would like no to be but the Lady winna let her, unless aye with mysel, but I could aye be you take it up, and say it your- with you—if you wanted me, Lady sel."
Anne." Slowly Lady Anne's head turned- The good Lady Anne! She laid her slowly her eyelids rose to meet the hand caressingly on Katie's pretty bright kindly gaze fixed upon her, head, and smoothed the hair in which and her pride melted like mist. the light shone as in gold; for Lady
“I never meant to be angry, Anne did not require so much as Katie," said the penitent.
Isabell Stewart : she was content “But will ye speak to_the Lady with the kindliness of this little simple about Bauby, Lady Anne? For Bauby heart.
“I wouldna say but it may be white woollen stockings and silverdark before we're hame, Isabell," said buckled high-heeled shoes. A black Mrs Stewart. “ I ha’ena been in velvet hood, snugly and closely encirColinsburgh mysel, ye see, this year; cling her comely face, and covering and your faither has twa-three odd all but the edge of the snow-white things to look after; and Janet-she'll lace which bordered her cap, and a be in some fuilishness before we get plaid of bright crimson, completed her within sight of biggit land ; but I'll dress. It was her Sabbath-day's make Merran be back by six or seven, dress, and Mrs Stewart felt that it and we'll no be very late oursels." was handsome, and became her.
The little house-mother stood at the Janet and Merran had gone on bedoor, equipped for her journey to the fore. John, with the broad bonnet of market-town of Colinsburgh, which black cloth, which, as an elder, and, was some three or four miles off. The moreover, as a man of substance day was a cold November one, and making pretensions to something there were various mists about the “ aboon the common," he wore on sky, prophesying very probable rain ; Sabbaths and festivals, stood at the but it was the day of the half-yearly mill-door giving directions to his market, and scarcely “ an evendown man, and waiting for his wife. Mrs pour” could have kept back Janet. Stewart left the door slightly ajar as Very bright and picturesque looked she went away ; but, bethinking her Mrs Stewart's comfortable warm when she was half-way down the dress. The gown was of thick linsey- garden path, suddenly sternel wolsey—the
waft blue wool-the warp on the broad flat stoma white linen, every thread of which fore the threshola had been spun on these several say a parting wheels, big and little, in the family
* Isabel room. As usual, the gown was open, woman and displayed an under petticoat of sen the same material, which gave as much bulk and substance to the little woman's skirts as if she had been modern belle. But the skirts of period were short enough visible a pair of neat feet
The fire is made up the hearth as They think she does not care for the clean as Merran's hands could make usual pleasures of youth—they canit; and a dim glimmer on the oppo- not understand how she should care, site wall shows you the little dark- and yet hold back with that shy recomplexioned mirror, at which Mer- serve continually. So they leave her ran has just equipped herself for the alone, and think it is her choice, and fair. The window at the other end are not concerned about the sadness of the apartment, with the clean well- which they do not comprehend ; and scoured deal-table before it, and a Isabell, feeling like old Matthew-she wooden chair standing primly on was no poet, or she might have said either side, looks cold and remote, these touching words, long before and like another apartment; while the Wordsworth said themarrangements of the rest of the kitchen give you the impression that every
“ Many love me, yet by none
Am I enough' beloved "body is out, and that the house is vacant. A great piece of coal, calcu- remains alone continually, and bears lated to burn till they all come back, it as she may. and only surrounded with a border of At present there is a quiet, sad red, fills the grate; and the cat winks wonder in this veiled and secret heart so close to the lowest bar, that you of hers. She cannot tell how it is see there can be no great heat on the that she has been put back from the hearth. The glistening doors of the warm tide of life, and made a lay oak aumrie are closed-every stool, figure in the scene where every other every chair, is in its proper place; and one has some part to play. She only one sound disturbs the surround- thinks—and as she thinks, the tears ing silence without or within.
gather slowly into her eyes—that she A low, humming, musical sound- herself, left here alone, is as loveable at present somewhat slow and languid as the loud Janet, now gaily on her -the soft birr of the wheel at which way to the town. It is not either Isabell sits, drawing the fine yarn vanity or envy which prompts these through her hand, and with her slight thoughts ; nor do they utter the weak figure swaying forward now and then sighs of self-pity: only a painful cona little, as she turns the wheel with sciousness that she has the qualities her foot. There is very little colour, which, in ordinary cases, produce very little light in her face, as she affection and regard, makes Isabell's droops it, with a melancholy grace, heart heavy within her. She wants over her graceful work. You can something-some strange, mysterious discern, at first, that there is any- faculty of being loved, which others thing living at all in the apartment, have; and there is a yearning in her, only by the soft lulling sound of the which will not be persuaded into conwheel; and so she knows the pain in tent. her heart only by the. murmur it And so, as she sits and spins, the sends—a low inarticulate cry, which afternoon wears on. Now and then rather expresses, than complains of, a fragment of some plaintive song the pang within—sighing through all steals over her lip, half said, half her thoughts.
sung; for the rest, Isabell sits moThey have left her alone-she is tionless and silent, while the yarn alone in all the world, this poor grows on the pirn, and the wheel Isabell. They have no intention of bums softly under her hand. But neglect—no wish to wound or slight the room begins to brighten as the her ; but they think she should claim grey sky grows darker without, for pleasures for herself—should boldly the mass of coal has reddened, and take consideration like Janet, or laugh sends off flashes of cheery light, which at the lack of it. But the shy Isabell glimmer in Merran's little glass on the can do none of these. She has come wall, and in the glistening aumrie to think herself of so little account, doors; and unconsciously Isabell that if she had stretched out her moves her seat into the brighter hand to receive some envied gift, and circle which the happy fire enany other claimant did but appear, lightens, and the warm glow casts she would shrink back and lose it. a ruddy shadow on her cheek, and
the wheel hums with a quicker sound; of greeting—usual words ; but they while darker and darker, towards the might be Arabic for anything either evening, grows the eastern sky, and of the two know of them. even in the west you can see little But by and by Philip Landale trace that the sun there has gone lays down his whip, and strangely down into the sea.
hums the wheel of Isabell—now vio. She has paused for a moment in lent and swift—now low and tremher work, and the wheel ceases to bling, like a breeze at night in spring hum. What sonnd is that, which -and now altogether it has ceased. seems to wander about the house- Ceased; and there is no sound in now nearer, now more distant ? “The the apartment but the words of one East Neuk of Fife" very certainly, hurried voice — the beating of two whistled by some one whose whistling loud hearts. The firelight flickers powers are by no means inconsider- on Isabell's cheek, which of itself able; and suddenly Isabell's fingers now, dim as it was before, could fall again on the wheel, and it almost make the darkness radiant, and her shrieks under her touch as it flies idle arm leans on the wheel, so that round and round.
its support shakes under it; and the A shadow on the further window! whip has fallen from the hand of A head bending under the great young Kilbrachmont, as he stands boughs of the apple tree, to look in; before her, speaking those wonderful and now, the whistling suddenly words. ceases, and a footstep begins to make The first — the best — the most itself audible, hastily approaching; dear ;-there is one in the world, and over the quick song of her then, who thinks her so; and the wheel, and over this other sound tears fall heavy from her eyes upon without, Isabell hears the beating of her leaning arm, and her heart is sick her heart.
for very joy. Lift the latch, neighbour; there are Is it true? Look up again, and no envious keys or bolts to bar the hear it; and the darkness passes out entrance to this peaceful house; and of your eyes, Isabell, and you begin now it is well, with natural delicacy, to trust in the tenderness of others. to leave the door a little ajar, so that Thus feels one - one whom you sometimes the voice of the man at the doubted-and now your heart grows mill may assure the young dweller brave in its new warmth, and you at home that some one is very close can trust all the world—can trust at hand. Pleasantly now the sounds yourself. blend and mingle in this place, which The darkness grows, but these two was so still an hour ago ; the burn do not see it. The mill-wheel rustles without, ringing soft silvery bells into on; the burn sings to itself in the the night; the mill-wheel rustling, darkness; and loudly now whistles not too swiftly; the spinning-wheel the miller's man, as he stands at the adding its lady's voice; and on the mill-door, looking out over the threshold, the hasty foot—the eager, linsburgh road, in the vain shy hand upon the latch of the opened seeing the flitting lante door.
ing voice or step to w Just within the firelight now stands master's return. Philip Landale, and again his hands lutes the listen are busy with his riding-whip, and Moulter his eyes cast down upon it, as he says those tremulous usual words
BY AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD.
UNITED STATES, 6th May 1852. Maine-prohibiting entirely the sale SIR,—Here, as in England, we are of all fermented liquors. This seems, in all the bustle of preparation for an on the first view, merely a ridiculous election; but no two scenes can be burst of fanaticism. Every one ex. more different than those presented cept the most ignorant is well aware by the two countries. Without at that no sumptuary law has ever been tempting to contrast them, however, carried into effect: every one knows I will endeavour to give you some that such a law could not be really notion of what is going on here. put in force in any Statem that it has
At first sight, American politics not been so in Maine ; and that present nothing but a chaos of con- although the attempt to execute it fused elements struggling with each has caused much strife, some bloodother. Thirty-three State Legislatures shed, and great general detriment to are just bringing, or have brought that State, it has only served to detheir sessions to an end, each having prive the poor of intoxicating liquors, thrown some apple of discord into the and not the rich. Yet this law, ungeneral scene of turmoil; and Congress reasonable, tyrannical, and unconstihas struggled, and snarled, and quar- tutional as it is, has been struggled relled nearly to the end of its labours for with a fierceness that smacks of for this year.
A dozen different old Puritanical fanaticism. Neverthecandidates are striving secretly and less, fanaticism is not the great mover openly for the Presidency or Vice- in the business. The advocates of Presidency, on what they call here a this law have, it is true, many fanatics dozen different platforms; and a crowd amongst them; but the great body of of different influences are brought for the liquor-law men are needy poliward by their friends or opponents to ticians, who are striving to make a affect their success. Political parties little political capital out of a popular are split up into numerous factions, cry, or timid politicians who dare not and a multitude of citizens are hold. oppose a loud-tongued faction: for the ing aloof to go with the strongest, and tyranny of opinion here is worse than take their chance of recompense. that of Eastern despotism. Under Each State has some peculiar crotchet this aspect the question has some sigor some peculiar principles for which nificance, otherwise I should not have it affects to fight; and there are, be- noticed it at all; but that significance sides, other objects which band two is not half as great as one would beor three States together in one cause. lieve, from the pledges given to supThe east and the west, the north and port no one who will not advocate the the south, bave each their several in- “Law;" for when the real struggle terests to serve; and in no country comes, all those pledges will go to the upon earth does selfishness rule more wind, and, at most, will only affect completely in political matters than State elections. here.
A much more important question is Such is the first aspect of things; the Tariff; and it is one which will but, gradually, a little light comes enter more or less into every political in, and a few leading facts appear, combination. It has not of late been To these I shall address myself, and put very prominently forward ; but it leave you to draw your own deduc- is not the less important on that actions.
count. The manufacturers of America One of the prime questions of the cannot exist under competition with day in most of the northern, and England without a higher tariff; and some of the southern States, has the simple question is, whether manulately been what is called “The Maine facture shall cease or not. I may reLiquor Law Question,"- that is to say, turn to the subject in a subsequent whether a law shall be passed-as in letter ; but I shall now remark only,
that while the East, as the great between the States as binding, which manufacturing district, has been gene- may stand in the way of what they rally in favour of bigher duties, the call a Higher Law. This body has West and the South have been ad- hitherto been in a minority in Converse. A change, however, is taking gress; but they make every effort place in this respect. Manufacture to obtain a majority by endeavouring is increasing in the West, especially to exclude slavery from any new since large mines have been operated State applying for admission to the upon, and has sprung up in the South. Union. This is, perhaps, a legitimate Neither is so exclusively agricul- mode of carrying out their views ; tural as it was; and there has been but they have recourse to other means, hardly a President-making speech for which only tend to exasperate the the last six months which has not bad Southern States, and, beyond doubt, some allusion to the necessity of an produce very evil results as regards increased tariff. This is significant. the slaves themselves. The denial of
The great question, however, is education to the slaves in many Southern Slavery. On it hangs the Southern States, and the expulsion fate of the United States. I shall not from some of all free negroes, were, enter into the general question here, undoubtedly, motived upon self-prethough I may treat of it hereafter; servation, as the direct tendency of but I shall proceed to show only how the efforts of the Abolitionists was to it affects the country at the present produce a servile war. The pammoment. It has broken up all the phlets and pictures which they circuold combinations. The great desi- lated were only calculated to excite a deratum in constructing this republic, general rising of the black population, was so to unite numerous separate and a massacre of the whites. Slavcommonwealths in one general bond, ery is, undoubtedly, a great evil; but as to leave to each separate State full it exists, and has existed for years; freedom of action within itself, and and no feasible scheme-although yet create a power by the concur- several have been circulated - for rence of all, by which questions abolishing it by degrees, which imaffecting the whole might be decided. plies any great sacrifice upon the The balance required very nice ad- part of the Abolitionists themselves, justment between the separate power has met with any favour at their of each State and the central power of hands. They would cast all the loss the whole. Those who would attri- and burden upon the South, which bute greater authority to the federal would still suffer even if they purgovernment obtained the name of chased for emancipation every slave Whigs, and those who would leave at his estimated value. the utmost possible separate power to In this state of things, a measure each State took the name of Demo- was lately passed, which has obtained crats. It would seem from this that the name of the Compromise, the the Democratic party were bound to most objectionable portion of which leave the South to deal with the was the concession to the Southern question of slavery as each separate States of a right, by means of someState might think fit; but, neverthe- what questions ilo legality, to pursue less, the great, able, and unscrupulous a fugitive
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