ページの画像
PDF
ePub

back, made him look an Irish fitidhe with the sister harp of the Irish monarch Brien Boiromhe; add to all this, his haversack and a huge broad bonnet that nearly hid, by its projection, the matted tresses of his red-haired wig, and Whiggans will appear precisely as he was when St. Clyde entered the dwelling of Widow Glass.

The good woman had sense enough to go abroad for something or other, and leave her' cottage to the visitors. She felt proud that St. Clyde, a gentleman, should demean himself to come into her humble dwelling; she felt all the consequence of self-love, when she reflected on the personages who honoured her with their confidence, though in fact the poor woman was privy to no one secret of Whiggans or of St. Clyde.

“I am glad to see you, Mr. St. Clyde ; you do not recollect me”

a long pause-"Now,” throwing off at once his bonnet and wig, now, sir, you will recollect the features of Whig. gans; that was my name it was notI wore it however for many years;

1 have put it off and resumed my patro, nymic,-it is, but I'll tell it you at some other time, call me yet: Whig, gans.” St. Clyde would have spoken, but was prevented.

“ But I am happy to see you, Mr. St. Clyde; and how did you get clear of the cutter's people? The master and mate fought well; they are clever fel. lows; but how foolish they looked at the cave, over in Arran; they might as well try to gather a handful of mist, as to catch my men. I know the predicament

you were in; no apology is necessary; you could not do otherwise; I beg you will think no more of it, and now for business.”

You are very kind, Mr. Whiggans,

in your concern for me; but what business have you with me?"_“I'll be very plain—I have very strong suspicions that we shall soon meet again with Lerwick; how do you intend to act, Mr. St. Clyde ?”—“Why as my duty directs.

But on what are your expectations of meeting Lerwick soon, founded ?"

“On this, sir,” pulling a letter from his pocket; “read that letter, and say if I may be allowed to give you my assistance in securing the rascal.", St. Clyde reads.

“Why there can be little doubt that we shall meet with him; the ship he is in, is going to Aberdeen from North Shields; she is a Dutch bottom too, I perceive.”

"Exactly so; and is expected there in-in-Bless me! I have already forgotten.'

“In a few weeks after the receipt of this, I see, by looking at the postcript."

“ Now it is a month since I received that letter, and by this time the vessel in which Lerwick is, must have arrived."

“And will you not go over to the manse, Mr. Whiggans; the good man, the minister, will be pleased to see you."

“ We are not of one religion, and it is only exchanging a knife for a sword, to bring us together. I wish him well, but you will be pleased to excuse me; I'll oblige you some other time."

" And do you leave the island today, Mr. Whiggans ?”_"This night I shall embark on board my vessel to the south of Mount Stuart; and if you can get your arrangements made to go with me, I shall be very happy."

“I will, you may depend on me; I'll meet you below the factor's house ;

will that do? What is the hour of meeting?"

Very well; ten o'clock’s the hour; my signal, three flashes of the pan of this pocket-pistol; the lugger's boat will answer it by three flashes, every one less than the first, the time be. tween each a minute, as nearly as we can guess."

But if it blow hard?"-"And if it does, we'll try it, for if the wind does not shift, we shall be under the lee of the shore and you'll be there by ten o'clock at the utmost. The lugger will be there in time; she was off the Garroch-bead this morning; I gave my own signal, and the boat came under the weather-shore to me; I desired the lads to meet me a mile, the other side of the factor's house, at half after nine o'clock this night, as I was going up Loch Long with a friend-it was you, Mr. St. Clyde, I meant, and,

« 前へ次へ »