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maintaining the footing he had gained with the additional recommendation of in the worthy banker's family, even modelling correct likenesses, in a few after it was abundantly evident that a hours, of any one who chose to be imretreat would have been agreeable to mortalized in wax-while Slasher, we all parties, and particularly to the repeat, was escorting Mary to this “ heed o' the hoose.” The “ heed o' sight, Mr Pearie, after many ominous the hoose” was reduced to a very hum- and mysterious nods with his sagacious ble height in presence of the Indian head to his junior partner, commenced soldier-his Cheeta shooting at Dhur a lamentation in the following termswar_his steeple chases at Belgaum 66 Charles, hoo does it happen ye his leopard-hunts at Bellary, threw sae seldom stay to yer kail?" the after-dinner boastings of Mr Peter

- You have other company, sir; I Pearie, who in his day was considered might perhaps be intrusive,' a dead shot at a moorcock, completely Deil a bit, deil a bit. Ah, Charles, into the shade ; and it was with feel if ither folk had a wee taste o' your way ings of satisfaction, worthy of Milton's o' thinkin', it would be a' the better for Satan, that Charles saw the fires of my peace an'comfort. Charles, hospirage and jealousy slowly wasting tality is a wearyin' o'the flesh. I wish I away all the good-nature in his part- had never askit that lang neckit Indian ner's bosom. In fact, it could no savage to see the inside o' my hoose.” longer be concealed that Mr Pearie He is an agreeable man, sir, I behated Captain Slasher, and it was also lieve-full of anecdote"equally incapable of concealment that “ Lees, every word o't; but, for a' Captain Slasher didn't care three that, the smooth-tongued leear is gainstraws whether Mr Pearie hated him in' his point. I had ither thochts for or not. Twice or thrice a-week, Mary ; but a wilfu' man will hae his without any invitation, the gallant sol. way—and so will a wilfu' woman. dier stalked into the banker's dining “ Mary will soon be of age-she room just as dinner was announced, will have a right to choose' told all the feats of the day—the leaps, “ But is't no shocking she should and falls, and other incidents--sent in leave the Bank, and settle in some his plate five or six times to the joint wearifu' place wi' a name like Meof beef, emptied his bottle of port and ritchgaum or Sholapoor? The lassie's three tumblers of toddy, and concluded an ass, and there's an end. Dogs on't! the evening by snoring an accompani. if I werena' sae braid in the waim, and ment to Mary's nicest songs.

gied ower fair a mark, I wad challenge Now, whether it were from the per- him to fecht ; or if I were a wee versity that is said to be a constituent younger,—hoo auld are ye, Charles ?" part of the feminine disposition, or “ Three-and-twenty, sir,”from some other cause with which we Three-and-lwenty! If I were are unacquainted, Mary did not ap- three-and-twenty-ay, or twice threepear to share in her guardian's dislike and-twenty, I wad shoot him as I wad to the society of her new acquaintance. a pairtrick." She delighted in his tales of wild My indignation is not quite so Indian adventures, and his accounts warm, sir,” replied Charles. of the noble deaths of the wild mon “ But it ocht to be, sir,-hot-boil. sters of the desert. On days when in'. I tell ye this landlouper is going the hounds did not meet, he


to break in on the customs of three nerally wiled away an hour or two generations. We've aye married thro' listening to Mary's music, or escort- ither-an' Slasher wad be a grand ing her in her walks ; in these re name to pit into the firm ! I'll no stand spects supplying the place of Charles it-I'll gang through wi' my plan, and Patieson, who had gradually with marry her in spite o' her teeth—there's drawn himself from his former inti. nae consent needed but yours an’mine; macy, and was endeavouring to wean we are her guardians-you'll consent, himself from his foolish affection. One I'm sure; and as for hers”. day when matters were in this state, " You, of course, have secured -when the gallant Captain had es that,” said Charles, with something of corted Mary to see the wax-work mo. bitterness in his tone. dels of distinguished characters, which I thocht I had ; indeed, as heed o' a provincial forerunner of Madame the hoose, I thocht it my duty to use Tussand had brought into the town, all my influence, if it had been for


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naething but the sake o' the Bank ; between them an object, which at first but deil hae this lang-backit ne'er-do- the breathlessspectator found it difficult weel, she seems to forget her auld to recognise. Lifeless and limber, with. freend and the kind o' promise she out sign of voluntary motion or resistaince gave me

ance, it was dragged along the ground “ She gave you a promise? sir," en- by Mr Pearie and his assistant. With quired Charles ; “ I think she might a thrill of unimaginable horror Charles have consulted me before going quite so recognised, in the long blue surtout, far. In a matter like that my consent, I the top boots and breeches—and above should think, is of some importance.

all, in the long, pale face, with the pro“ What the deil, sir !-are ye de- digious whiskers and moustaches, the mentit ? Do ye think, young man, lifeless form of the unhappy Captain that it wad be seemly in me—the heed Slasher ! Horror kept him silent_in o'this hoose, sir—to hae nae discretion voiceless, motionless terror and surin the marryin', or not marryin', o' prise he watched the dreadful proMary Peat? It's yer ain faut, sir- ceedings of the pair. They dragged ye'll drive me to do something ye'll be the body to the river, and apparently sorry for-I'll speak to this Captain— fixing heavy stones to it to ensure its into this hoose he'll come no more sinking, they dropt it slowly into the ye'll repent it, sir ; ye'll repent it, and water-and rapidly retired. that'll be seen and heard tell o'.'

While Charles Patieson looked on, Pale and agitated with a night of awestruck at the unexampled agitation sleepless distress, Charles Patieson preof Mr Pearie, that gentleman, as if sented himself next morning at the suddenly seized with some great re

house of Mr Pearie. He had come to solve, snatched up his hat and stick, the resolution to warn the unhappy enquired where Miss Peat and the man to flee for his life, for he could Captain were gone to, and followed not bring himself to give his friend, them to the exhibition room of the and his father's friend, into the hands wax-works.

of the executioner. At the same time

concealment of the awful secret was “ Slighted love is sair to bide,"

out of the question and not a moment as Robert Burns sings—and as Charles was to be lost. Patieson felt. How lonely he seemed Mary Peat received him. She was that long, long evening; reflecting, in gayer and more friendly in her manevery possible way, over the words ner than she had been for a long time. and innuendoes of Mr Pearie. The • Dear Charles, I am so glad to sce Dene had never appeared to him so you.—You're come to breakfast?"* dull ; even the bright moonlight “ I've no appetite, Mary," replied trenbling into his drawing-room, Charles,-“ In fact”. through the glass of his conservatory, “Oh! you've breakfasted already-failed to soothe him; and, in a fit of Mr Pearie will be so glad to see you." desperation, he rushed out into the I doubt that" - answered the He wandered down the

young man, coldly. shelving banks of his beautiful villa “ But he will, though-he told me to the river, which was brawling along so himself-he told me that he was beneath its overhanging rocks, some busied to a late hour last night in your times hiddenin darkness, sometimes, for service.” a long expanse of its bright pure water, Charles shuddered as the dreadful glimmering peacefully in the moon scene recurred to him. “ My service !" light. Charles stood still beneath one of he said the great cliffs, for he thought, on the “ Yes—and do you know I think it opposite side of the water, where the must have lead some connexion with light was unobscured by trees, he Captain Slasher's departure." heard the sound of distant voices; “ Departure !" - echoed Charles, shortly afterwards he observed two almost unconsciously. figures emerge from the darkness, “Oh! yes-he's away; quite suddenwhom he easily recognised to be Mr ly—something or other carried him off." Pearie, and Mr Dawson, the head. “ Mary," —said Charles, solemnly clerk. They seemed to look round taking her hand into his _“ something them very cautiously ; and then they has indeed carried him off; but somesuddenly returned to the dark corner thing very different from what you they had emerged from, and carried suppose.'

open air.


- Mr Pearie called him aside for a shoulder, " do you think I believe your very short time at the Wax-works, tale about a promotion in Captain and this morning he told me, before he Slasher's regiment?" went out for his walk, that I should - What care I whether you believe it not see Captain Slasher again.” or no? He believed it, an' that's enough.

“ He told you so?—'Tis, indeed, too He's awa' to Lon'on,—his horses are true.”

a' to follow to-day ;-his rent is a' paid, I'm so sorry!-Captain Slasher and sae we're quit o' him. You dinna had seen such strange things in India; seem half pleased about it, Charles?" -but I don't think Mr Pearie ever - Look within, into your own heart, liked him ;-Do you think he did ?” Mr Pearie, and tell me if you think I

My dear Mary,” said Charles, ought to be pleased.". don't run

so thoughtlessly « 'Deed ocht ye, for ye see we've it is of the greatest importance that the disposal o' Mary a' to ourselves, this subject should not be mentioned. she'll still be in the firm; and between Neyer on any account allude to the oursels, I ha'e every reason to bedislike you perceived Mr Pearie en lieve she's as well pleased at the busi. tertained to Captain Slasher. Hush ! ness as we are." he's coming! It may be the saving of Once for all," - said Charles, firma life. Beware!"-and Charles rush ly—“ I know all, Mr Pearie,-mark ed out of the room to have his inter- me,-all. I was by the water's side, view with the murderer alone.

last night--you understand me." Never were happiness and peace of 66 W hisht! for God's sake whishtmind more clearly depicted on a hu. it wad ruin our credit in the townman countenance than on that of Mr poor Dawson has his way to makePearie. His hands stuck in both folk wad think it was carryin' the pockets, his hat cocked airily on one joke owre far. It was grand fun! but side of his head, for he had just re sef us, man, whisht about it." turned from his morning's stroll,--and, During this recital, which was achis whole outward man swelling with companied with many explosioris of comfort and satisfaction, he winked mirth, the listener was transfixed with significantly to the horror-struck visi.. a mingled feeling of pity and disgust. tor, and said

At last, however, a conviction of the We've done him, Charles; yon insanity of the unfortunate banker birky will gie us nae mair trouble.” took possession of his mind. But

A shudder passed over poor Charles Dawson, the quiet, steady head-clerk at this dreadful commencement.

- the confidant of his principal's “ You allude-I presume-to-to plans about Mary—the depository of Captain Slasher ?” he stammered. his schemes of vengeance against his

Just so-1 gi'ed him a hint about rival! It was impossible to believe some promotion that was going on in that both were insane. Time pressed the Indian army, and he set aff that --he resolved to leave Mr Pearie ; to very hour for London.”

explain the whole business in a few * Promotion ?” enquired Charles, words to Mary ; and then to inform with a searching look at the uncon Dawson of the discovery of his misscious narrator.

deeds. At this moment a bell was “ Yes- a sudden death had ta'en rung in the street, and Mr Pearie, place in the regiment that he was aye rushing to the window, listened for puffin' and boastin' about. — Do ye a moment to a proclamation of the mind hoo he used aye to be telling us bellman, then looking at Charles with hoo pleased he would be if we could a face in which alarm and vexation see his corpse ?"

were very powerfully expressed, he Charles gathered the whole energy of exclaimed, .66 We're found out! we're his soul into one sentence. With com found out !-what'll become o' us ?pressed lips, and an eye rivetted on Mr I'll gie the bellman five shillings, and Pearie, he said, “I have seen it, sir !" bribe every ane else to haud their

Weel, was't a braw ane ?-It tongues. Not a word, Charles, o' what maun hae been unco black, for ye ye saw last night.”. mind he tauld us his men were a' nig

But Charles was in no mood to make gers.—But is't come hame? Whar promises. Mr Pearie rushed forth to saw ye his corpse ?"

carry his plans of bribery into effect; « Old man l” said Charles, laying and Charles hurried into the Bank. his hand solemnly on Mr Pearie's There, seated quietly at his desk, as if


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nothing particular had happened, was « Murder !" cried Mr Pearie, astoDawson busy making entries.

nished ;

“ it's no just sae bad as that " Dawson,” said Charles, “no time is either, though Tam Jaffrey, the bell. to be lost. Follow me into the house." man, says that the town-clerk tauld

Mr Dawson folded up his books and him it amounted to hamesucken and papers, and did as he was told.

robbery-principally on account of Mary was no little amazed to see the breeks ; for ye see they were the Charles, thus accompanied, enter her Captain's ain breeks, and a pair o' his breakfast parlour.

auld boots too." “ What's the matter?" she exclaim - What is all this about?" enquired ed, “ has any thing happened ?" Mary, who had gazed from one person

“ Yes,” said Charles, “ murder has to the other, amazed at the conversahappened ! have you heard the bell- tion.

“ Just a frolic, Mary, o' Dawson an' “No-who? what is it? oh tell me." me," said Mr Pearie_“ Ye see that

“ Dawson can tell you best!-out lang-neckit Indian, afore going awa', with it, sir,-it is no secret to me!- had had the vanity to hae his statue I saw you last night by moonlight." done by the folk at the Wax-works,

“ Me, sir?-de'il a bit o' me will and had furnished it with bis auld tell ony thing without the order o'my claes. Noo, I saw clear enough that principal.”

his plan was to leave this statue wi' “ Then I will," continued Charles. you, Mary, as a parting keepsake; an You will see your admirer, Captain as I didna wish to hae ony thing o' Slasher, no more.

the kind, Dawson an' me just gaed “ I know it,” replied Mary, “ Mr doun last night, clamb into the upPearie has told me so.'

stairs window, and got haud o' the “ It was Mr Pearie, aided by the wax figure. We didna ken hoo to diabolical ruffian at my side, who got get quit o't, so we tied a wheen stanes quit of him.”

round it, an' threw it bodily into the “I know that too,” said Mary; “I water opposite the Dene-walks-and think they managed it very well.” Charles, ye see, refuses to tak' the

Charles Patieson reeled as if thun- blame o't, tho' I've tauld him ye're derstruck, and fell into a chair. willing to reward him."

But farther disclosures were inter Charles Patieson, at this explanation, rupted by the entrance of Mr Pearie. started up. “ What! refuse? Who

" Ah! Dawson ?"_he exclaimed- said I refused? My dear sir,,I will “ this is a foolish business—they're confess this moment." draggin' the water--they'll find the “ An' marry Mary Peat?" body to a certainty.”

Our chronicle gives no account of - There ! there!" cried Charles. “I what Charles's answer was. But, we told you so, Mary!"

believe, a very short time saw every “ Unless we get some body to tak’thing satisfactorily arranged - and the wyte o't, it'll ruin our reputation; the spotless reputation of the “ heed some young chap-it wadna harmo' the hoose” preserved from the scan. the like o' a laddie o'twa or three an' dal of so frolicsome an achievement, twenty-Charlie, will you just save by the self-devotion of the younger Dawson an' me frae disgrace, and tak' partner. The church bells thunderthe blame o't on yersel ?"

ing forth their best, “ one morning " Who! I, sir?"

very early, one morning in the " Wha else? Was it na for your spring," gave notice to all whom it sake it was done ? Wasna it to get ye might concern, that the banking estathe hand (ye've gotten the heart al. blishment lately carried on under the ready I jalouse), o' Mary Peat there, names of Pearie, Peat, and Patieson, that Dawson and me did it?"

was now conducted under the names Charles looked at Mary, and Mary's of Pearie and Patieson only. In the silence and blushes confirmed Mr course of a few years it was finally Pearie's statement.

dissolved. Mr Pearie retired from No, sir,” he replied at last, " not business, and now resides at the Depe even for that. Mary herself would —his old premises bearing, in new gilt recoil. from a person accused of mure letters above the door — " Branch der.”

Bank. Hours of business from 10 till 4."


Among those serious and vexatious Radical. The poor Duke asked for an affairs the public have had a little re- increase of his pension, that pension laxation in laughing at the misfor- being, on the whole, equal to the antunes of his Royal Highness the Duke nual interest of half a million of of Sussex. This Royal Duke has been money ; his only discoverable plea notorious for many years as a Whig being that he would extremely like to “ and something more," as a liberal of have more money than during his the most vociferous kind. Nature sixty years of drowsy existence he had having given the Royal Duke no ta ever possessed. No one in the House lents whatever, he could not, like some was cruel enough to ask what he had of his betters, abuse them, and his prin. done for all that he had got from the ciples having been taught by Whigs, nation already. The royal patriot the character of those principles may and petitioner never having held any be left for the amusement of the public. office, never rendered any service,

But during his whole life the topics never been heard of in any human of his oratory were the abomination shape of any possible exertion for the of living upon the public,-his own public behoof. The case was so dehuge pension, we presume, being the cisive, that, prodigal as the House was, reward of intended services, he never the petition slept on the table. The having rendered any in the sixty years result was lamentable; the Royal of his being. His Royal Highness Dake gave up the Presidentship of the was in perpetual agonies at the idea Royal Society, to which his prodigious of pensions and places, of titles con. discoveries among the stars, or possibly ferred without cause, of royal extrava. his investigation of the philosopher's gance, and Ministerial corruption. stone, doubtless entitled him ; wrote a The friend of the patriotic party who lacrymose letter to the Fellows, which sang and swore that self-denial, public was intended to rouse the very inseneconomy, and personal disinterested- sible feelings of the public, and, declarness had taken refuge among them ing that he was unable to support the exalone, could do no less than flourish penses of this formidable elevation, rehis commonplaces at taverns and tea- tired, covered with, we presume, glory. drinkings, and preach cheap living The men of science, it must be and liberty. All this was often looked owned, have not been altogether on with surprise, when it was remem- pleased with the reason, however they bered that his Royal Highness him. may have been with the result. They self was one of the most palpable cases did not choose to be regarded as havof sinecurism in the kingdom; and that ing eaten up a Royal Duke, as churchthe success of his doctrines would wardens were once said to devour a have driven him to the hopeless ne- child. Accordingly, some lively corcessity of earning his bread by the la- respondence has followed. bour of his brains or hands. Still his The point in question is the Royal Royal Highness harangued, and while Duke's inability to support the heavy there seemed no chance of his getting expenses of his Presidentship. This any thing from the Treasury he was is an unlucky confession to be thrown the most averse of any man living to among so many arithmeticians. They condescend to the national offence of have since been busy in the calculamaking any demand upon the finances tion how much it may have cost his of what he, as regularly as the tavern Royal Highness to give tea and cakes, bell rang, pronounced an impoverish- which were all that his Royal Highness ed, beggared, cruelly burthened, and ever gave. Some take the items of so forth, nation.

the tea, which they assert might be a But the hope of other things dawn- couple of pounds at five shillings each, ed.. He saw the Duchess of Kent, as on his soirees. And others distinctly her expenses decreased, getting an state, that those soirees, last year, augmentation to her income, and the amounted only to four, and allowing Duke, old as he was, thought that as for candles, sugar, cream, &c.—for to his merits were quite equal, so might these calculations the melancholy anhis luck. He accordingly made his nouncement of his Royal Highness's proposal, through the bowels of com- dilapidation have naturally driven passion of Mr Gillon, a young gentle- them—the amount might be, at the man who, in default of all other claims outside, about L.200 per annu on public attention, avows himself a which, deducted from his pu

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