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Tutorcester Talisman.

NO. 7.

JUNE 28, 1828.


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ower the craigs an' staines o' Kirkly Cliff a-
fore we set foot in Castle Brae."
be in sae big a hurry, mon, tis nae wolf as

sure as ye are Rowley Mc'Cleylan, for dinna THE HIGHLANDER.

ye see yon wee bit o' bair, which maun ha' MORNING rose over the tall cliffs and shag- 1 graced some human head.” Rowley relucsy craigs of the Highland Mountains, and the tantly stepped forward, and stooping, beheld sun of summer tinged their cloudless peaks, upon the corner of a rock a small lock of hair with gleamings of its own unsullied beauty. I smeared with blood. “Surely it maun ba? Earth wakesed, refreshed and invigorated be- been a deed o' the murky night, for sic a neath a sky so serene and translucent, so pure sweet mornin' would ne'er ha' looked down and beautiful, that it seemed as if the silent upon it wi' sic cheerfu' smiles,” said Duncan, wings of some guardian Angel were hovering still shuffling his staff among the leaves.upon it, to shield the inhabitants of those an Rowley rose silently, retreated a few steps, cient hills, and make their country the bliss and then turning said, “I tell ye once mair to ful abode of peace and happiness. “ 'Tis as cam along, tis na human blood, an’ were it, lavely a mornin' as e'er rose o'er Givan Glen;" || it has been lyin' there these mony days, an' is said Duncan to his fellow traveller, as they forgotten lang ago." journeyed upon the rude road which leads o'er

“ But na, it is just steaming frae the heart, many a craig and cliff, and hill and dale, from

an? then the hair.” “Tis but the wolf's lang the little Village and Kirk of Castle Brae, to

locks,” answered the impatient traveller," the straggling cottages of Dinsmoor Heath.

sae again will I tell ye to cam awa', ye ken " An' had sic a day been wi' us when we were

we were to be in the clan o' the Brae afore crosin' the Lang Moor, durin' the winters this time.” Duncan, recollecting his engagestorm, my puir bairns would wa' ha' perished || ments, yielded to the warning solicitations of in the drivin' snaw.” McCleylan answered

his companion, but with a cloud of uncertain not, save with an assenting nod; there was

suspicion resting in his bosom.--Duncan and something working in his bosom, some load Mc Cleylan were fellow laborers, they dwelt which weighed heavily upon his spirits and

in lowly cottages, situated near each other uprendered him wholly averse to entering into on the borders of Dinsmoor Heath. Their famconversation. " Ay, sure we could na' wish for a more delightfu' day;" continued Dun

ilies, dwelling almost as it were under the

same roof, were firinly attached to one anothcan, " but what ha' we here,” said he, casting

er in the bond of friendship and brotherly love. his eyes upon the ground, as they came to a more rugged and precipitous place in their Honesty and uprightness had ever been the

characteristics of the parents; they had each " sure these red streaks upon the rocks

reared a family of "smiling cherubs," and had an' leaves, would fain tell us that this has

ever been doomed to earn their bread, and been the scene o' bloody business."

dearly too, by the sweat of the brow.”. “Pugh!" returned Mc'Cleylan, cam alang Yet they seemed to be happy; their long wigtis na mair than a fray o' the wolf wi' Jamie ter evenings were whiled away cheerfully aDonald's dog, or where the brawny eagle has round the little fire, amid laughing faces and. kilt his prey."

sparkling eyes; and, if the saying proved cor• “Stay a bit, Macky,” continued Duncan, I rect, that “the harder earned the sweeter the as he removed a heap of gathered leaves with bread,” they surely must have fed upon delihis staff, and found them saturaled with gore.

cious morsels. They had been called the morp"Tis an unco'story,an this is ower mickle blooding of which we were speaking, by their ocwi' na bones for one puir wolf to lose ; besides, / cupation to Castle Brae. After leaving the Jamie has gone a lang way wi' his spaniel, to

scene above mentioned, they travelled with bring back his tiny chiel frae her gran sire, l hasty steps towards their place of destinasure some luckless laddie has fallen before the

tion. merciless freebooters. - Duncan," said his 66 "Twere hardly a creditable thing in us," companion, " I tell ye tis nae sic a thing, sae said Duncan, after walking some distance in cam alang, or the sun will be a grand sight ll silence, "to leave the place sae quickly, wha



knows but some puir mortal is still lying in ag - 11 stantly rode away in pursuit and met our travony near the bloody rock? tis na common ellers before as described. The people colthing to see sic a sight o' the current o’ life in lected at the spot, discovered by Duacan, one wee spot.”

and spent a long while in fruitless and holpless “ Ye are a sensitive thing,” returned Mc- search. At length, McCieylan with another Cleylan in an offended tone ; "did na yere of the party discovered a faint track, which mither hae a' feeble heart, to gie ye sic freaks wound away round the hill towards a little an' turn yere mind frae yere wark, an' yere | lough that slept in glassy smoothness between bairns, an every thing, at the sight oa little rugged elevations which nearly surrounded wolf blood ? “As he finished speaking, a horse- || il. Having found this clue, they at once conman came rushing towards them in the oppo- ljectured that the murdered one was slumbersite direction, urging his steed forward as fasting in a watery grave. They searched the as possible, over so rugged a road. He met clear blue wave and at length the mutilated them, and in a hasty tone inquired if they had | body was drawn from the bottom ! seen or heard of a stranger at Dinsmoor Heath, "Twas na the blood o' a wolf;-I could na or any intermediate place; and in the same ha' believed it ;" said McCleylan to Duncan, breath, turning to McCleylan said, “ Ye are when be found in what manner the discovery early risen this bright mornin', but what has of the morning, so trifling as he considered it, put the crimson o' the rose on yere jolly face had terminated. They conveyed the mangled sae quickly?"

remains back to Castle Brae ; and were now 6. Tis the lang walk an' the fatigue o' the upon the alert to secure the desperado who way ;' answered Rowley somewhat embar had thus infringed upon the most sacred laws rassed, and wiping his brow with his sleeve; of their country. As the horse of the murder" tis a jaded warm mornin' as e'er came ower ed man had been discovered in their village, the hills.

a thorough search of the houses was * As to yere mon o' which ye were speak- | menced, and terminated without yielding the in,” rejoined Duncan, “ we ha nae seen or slightest ground for suspicion. The party then heard oony stranger these mony a day, but dispersed, some taking the road towards Giif ye wad but ride on, a wee bit up yon knoll, van Glen, others the rude way which was the thick blood wad gie ye a start.”

seen winding among stony cliffs, high up a “ Tis but a short way farther,” added Row hill in the opposite direction, all inspired with ley “an if we wad go, perchance we may find enthusiastic ardor to bring if possible the malesome clue o'the man ye are talking of." They factor to justice. The division which retracboth torned and accompanied the horsemaned their steps, after having strictly searched to the fatal place, where, after some new dis- every burn and brae, at length met again upcoveries, they were all firmly convinced that on the main road not a hundred rods from the it was human blood : that it was the trace of house of jamie Donald. They here met Jamie, some bloody murder, and probably the spot "just ganging,'' as he said, “ to see the gude where the man of whom they were in search folks o Castle Brae." He had returned from breathed out his life. The spirit of exertion his journey the preceding day, and passed to discover the perpetrator of the deed was through that village in the edge o' the kindled in their bosoms, the man from Castle night." 66 What aneath the sun has sent ye Brae, again strided his horse, and hastily rode a' out tagether?” he exclaimed upon meeting back to communicate his discovery and pro- | them ; " Surely ye are in a fine wa' o' liv. cure assistance. Nor was he long in doing it, | in'." for in one short hour the inhabitants of the " Hey Jamie,” interrogated the officer “ha? little clan were upon the road, for the pur- ye seen ony thing o' the wretch wha has murpose of unravelling the mystery, and divulg. || dered a puir traveller i? the last night, on ing the truth. But let us turn to the devoted | stany hills?” I dinna ken there were one victim, who was the cause of this excite. | murdered till ye tell me o't, but now ye pul ment.

it i' my mind, I recollected of seein' in the During the afternoon preceding, a travelling | dark night a mon movin' aside o' the road on stranger supposed to be from the north of Eng- the hill as ye said.” Jamie had always worn land had called at the Brae to procure refresh- the character of a “clever laddie” among all ments. He appeared to be much worn with who had known' him, but now, under existing the fatigue of his journey, and had slept at circumstances something like suspicion sudthe house where he stopped. No one knew | denly rushed across the mind of every byhis object, or whither he was going; he an stander. Their eyes involuntarily turned to swered their numerous questions only with a meet each other, and spoke a silent language, simple affirmative or negative, as if wishing to but perfectly understood. They resolved to travel unknown. Near the close of the day continue their search and requested Jamie to he requested his horse of the host, stating that accompany them.

“ An' if the gude people as he was in haste he must proceed to Dips- || ha' a' gane frae thé Brae, I may as weel gang moor Heath, and departed. In the morning || bock agan as pae;" said he, turning and fol. the host had looked and found the identical | lowing upon the pursuit. They hastily witb horse of the stranger before his door, without one accord, proceeded to search his premises, saddle or bridle. He became alarmed, in- ll notwithstanding his asseverations that he was

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inpocent. His assertions that he “ was gone a powerful hand, and then, giving him as it a weary journey, an' knew nothin' o' the mat seemed to her a farewell look, and uttering a

were of no avail, but like a breeze upon shriek from the very depth of her heart, she kindling fire, tended to increase, rather than rushed back to her cot,exclaiming, “O,my puir, diminish their suspicions. They rushed rash- || puir bairns, yere father has gone. ye will see ly into his little cot, and rigidly scrutinized him na mair, he shall ne'er lead you ower the every crack and crevice of its interior, but Kirk again." Notwithstanding her exquisite discovered nothing. The officer now proceed- ll grief, she at length became more composed, ed into a small thatched shed which had been and consoled herself by saying that “ Justice reared for the benevolent purpose of shielding will hae its wa”.” his - beasties” from the rough winter, and Jamie had fallen into a reverie of stupor was followed by several others. He passed | when first taken, and awaked from it only to with an inquisitive eye through this building, feel his iron shackles. He had submitted to until perceiving a small gathering of straw in || legal authority unknowingly, and without ena remote corner, he gave it a basty whirl with deavors to relieve himself, and was now re. his foot, when lo! the identical saddle, bridle | solved to await his destiny with resignation. and portmanteau of the traveller, crimsoned He was well, too well aware, that there was deeply with blood, rolled out upon the floor

every proof, by circumstantial evidence, of his before the stroke !

guilt ; yet he was firmly convinced that inno" Ha Jamie, tis an unco' wa' to ha' yere

cence would not be doomed to an ignominious horse at Castle Brae while yere saddle an' || death, while guiit should go unpunished. bridle are lyin' here i’ the litter," exclaimed But, suffer us to change the scene, and turn, the officer exultingly, as he turned towards to find a heart goaded with a convicting sting. the culprit, who stood in a stupified trance of There was one, and one too, that was unsus. agony, and added, " ye are my prisoner, cam pected, which felt the load os guilt, and was alang.

assured by sad experience, that “Ah Jamie this is a sorrowful sight, I should nier ha' tho't it,” said Duncan in a tone soft

“Conscience hath a thousand different tongues, ened with as much compassionate sympathy

And every tongue brings in a several tale." as circumstances would admit. They hastily Its bearer rose in the morning, the earth redragged him to his little dwelling, and firmly

vived not with its wonted brilliancy in his eye, bound him before the eyes of his agonized fam.

and the first sweet chaunt of the birds came ily.

upon his ear with thrilling sensations never "O! ye are a cruel gang, ye could na think

known before. He felt that the day of retri. sae hard o'my Jamie;" exclaimed his weep

bution was at hand. He went abroad ; the ing wifo, as she sat wringing her hands in

winds that blew over the hills struck him phrenzy before him. "O, my Jamie, he could

mournfully, and the gushing waters grated on na' ha' been sae cold hearted; he could na

his heart. He saw the glassy lake, and he ha' done it, for he did na cam home wi' my

wished, but vainly wished, that his bosom was wee little Lucy till late i’ the night. O, 'tis

as calm and unruffled as its silent surface. To a pitifu' day o'life ; wha could ha tho't Jamie,

him the echoing rocks repeated hollow sounds that ye wad ha' cam to this, when ye sat this

Jike unearthly voices, aud his slumbering hours rosy morn i’ the door to list the prattle o our

were haunted with horrid visions. The fishtiny new bairn."

hawk flew over the waters, his shrill shriek

came like a death note to his ears. The voice As they were binding the prisoner, McCleylan discovered upon his collar the sprinkling

of the yelping cur, that bayed the evening of blood. “'Twas jaded cunnin' i' ye to turn

stars, struck him with dismal forebodings, and

the still but goading voice of reproach, came in yere bloody linen, was it nae?" interrogat. from the whispering grass. Nature seemed McLeylan as he turned it out and exhibited | rising with a revengeful frown, to cast him, it to the by-staaders. “ Tis but the blood stained and polluted, out of her earthly temple. which he drawed i’ the shavin' of his beard ;" exclaimed the unhappy woman, as she stoop

Three long and dismal weeks had elapsed ed and pointed out the place from whence it || after the imprisonment of Donald. It was a

But the people had turned a deaf ear | clear, cloudless evening, and the lamps of to all her cries, and when the officer exclaim- | night were thickly set in the deep and dark ed in a hoarse rough voice, to “ fetch him a blue firmament; the wind had ceased to long,” she shrieked out in the plenitude of blow over the hills, and silence was broken her sorrow,"Ye sha'pa', ye sha'na'go, Jamie, ll only by the low hum of distant water. an' if ye do I will gae wi' ye, they sha’ na | guilty man could find po bliss, no contentment part us. O, our puir dear bairns, an what wi' in his home, and he walked forth upon the 'come o' them? Jamie, shake them off, they | moor.

A vacant wildness was in his eye, sha' na' tak’ye away. Ye ha' callous hearts, || his very nature seemed perverted. He crosspe are avengin' the murder, i' the sheddin' o'lled the moor unconsciously, and climbing up innocent blood; why will ye sport wi’ the among the steep craigs of Kirkly Cliff, at feelin's o' a woman?” She clung to her hus- length seated himself, with his elbow upon his band as they took him away, until severed by knee and his head resting upon his hand, up


66 The

on the summit of a jutting rock. He had rest

EXTRAORDINARY SINGLE COMBAT. ed but a few moments in this situation when his bewildered vision beheld a light and airy AUBRY DE MONDIDIER, travelling alone form approaching him, through the shadows of through the forest of Bondy, in France, was night. He suddenly raised his head, and the assassinated, and buried at the foot of a tree. form stood before him. He sat motionless and His dog remained for several days upon his listning with mute attention while she thus grave, and quitted it only through the force adddressed him,

of hunger. It returned at length to Paris

where it went to the house of an intimate Ower mony a bank an' brae Through the distance far away,

friend of the unfortunate Aubry, and by its Ower mony a bog an' fen,

melancholy howlings, appeared desirous of Craggy cliff, an' murky glen,

communicating the loss it had sustained. AfFrae the land upon the sea,

ter eating, it recommenced its cries, went to

the door, turned its head to see whether any I hae come to speak wi' thee. Knit no more that clouded brow;

one followed, returned to his master's friend,

and pulled him by the coat, as if inviting him Stranger, listen ! hear me now. Thou’rt a rebel, go and save

to follow it. The singularity of these actions Him who's near a murderer's grave.

of the dog, its returning without its master, Go deliver up thy breath,

whom it never had been known to quit, and

the sudden disappearance of that master, alto. Shield a parent from his death. Save the innocent from shame,

gether determined the friend to follow the dog. Snatch from infamy his name.

As soon as the dog reached the foot of the Murderer haste, make no delay,

tree, it began to scratch up the earth, at the Still iet justice have her way.

same time redoubling its cries. The friend See, the bat and owlet fly

immediately dug, and found the body of the

murdered Aubry. O'er the forest, I must hie, Hark, the eagle screams for prey,

Some time aster, it accidentally met the as'Tis my warning, I'm away.

sassin, who is unanimously called by histori

ans the chevalier Macaire. It seized him by The seer receded and was quickly lost from the throat, and could with difficulty be made the miscreant's view. The world seemed no to let go its hold; and, every time it saw him, longer to possess its wonted splendor, to him it attacked and pursued him with the same who now felt that he was unworthy of its en fury. The ferocity of this dog, who was mild joyment. Every circumstance combined to to every one else, began to be thought extrarender it loathsome ; he could not withstand | ordinary ; its attachment to its master was the whisperings of " the still small voice with called to mind, together with some symptoms in ;'' and now when the seer had thus re of hatred which Macaire had often manifested proached him, he resolved to throw himself toward Aubry. Other circumstances strengthinto the arms of Justice and snatch the unof ened the suspicion. fending victim from an untimely grave. With The king, informed of what was said on the this resolution he returned to his sleepless subject, caused the dog to be brought into his dwelling, and when the morning again burst presence, where it was tranquil till the apthe shackles of thraldon, he hastened to Cas pearance of Macaire, among twenty other tle Brae, and made a full confession of his courtiers. Immediately, it turned upon him, crime to the officer ;-acknowledging that he || barked, and endeavored to seize him. In those had committed the murder, and to screen times, when the proofs of a crime were not himself from the law, and place the crime up- sufficiently convincing, a combat was ordainon an innocent person, had conveyed the sad ed between an accuser and accused; this spedle, bridle and portmanteau to the spot wherecies of combat was called the judgment of God. it was discovered, and had driven the stran because it was believed that heaven would gers steed to Castle Brae. It was Rowley | rather work a miracle, than allow innocence Mc'Cleylan!

to suffer. The king, struck with all the parThe innoceat prisoner was released, and | ticulars which united themselves against MaRowley, the succeeding day was arraigned at caire, thought proper to command a single the bar, tried and condemned to suffer,as an at combat between the chevalier and the dog. tonement to the laws of both God and man, The lists were prepared in the isle of Notre against which he had rebelled.

Dame, which was then a waste and uninhabitThe consternation which these events caus ed spot. Macaire was armed with a large club ed among the inhabitants of the surrounding and the dog had an empty cask allowed it, for clans may be more easily imagined than de. a retreat. It was let loose, and it immediatescribed, and when gude Jamie Donald left the ly sprang upon its adversary, ran roundubim, iron shackles of confinement, with the good | avoided his blows, threatened him, now on will of every laddie, he returned to his happy this side and now on that, wore away his cot, where his loving wife, so overflowed with strength, and at length seized him by the the rush of joy, could only exclaim, “ Ah Jam- | throat, and threw him down. In this situa. ie, I tauld 'em that justice wad hae its way." || tion, and in the presence of the king and all

CLARENCE. his court, the chevalier confessed the murder.


the grave.

There is a picture of this battle, which took therefore it was Peter who, in gnawing his place on the 8th of October, 1361, in the great shroud, caused the death of Joho. This reahall of the castle of Montarges.

soning is not of the strictest kind; but it is of that sort which, in all times, has been adopted by superstition. It has been clearly shown

that judicial astrology had no other origin NEAR the new burying-ground, situate at than that disposition of the human inind to rethe gates of Mayence, there is a place where gard, as the cause and effect of each other, all the dead are deposited before they are buried, those phenomenons which have often been and where they are kept for some time, un seen to recur in the same order of time. The covered, in the coffin. The design of this es utility of repressing such prejudices is evident; tablishment is, to prevent any person, appar

for it is better to know why a man who was ently dead, from being buried alive. A keep believed to be dead has goawed his, shroud, er is employed to watch the body, and into and to take precautions against burying our the hands is put the cord of a bel!, to the end fellow-citizens alive, than to prevent the unthat, if life should return, assistance may be happy persons buried from eating their grave immediately obtained. An annonymous cor

clothes, under the pretext that by so doing respondenī of the Mayence Gasettr., after prais they will draw all their family after them into ing with great reason this truly humane institution, condemns a custom which still prevails and which, if persevered in, is sufficient to counteract its aim. A large board is fixed un

SERVANTS. der the chin, and it is secured in that situation by means of nails and screws, which enter in

THERE is one foible among housekeepers, to the coffin, on each side. It is evident that,

that cannot be too severely reprobated. It is a confined in this manner,

person awaking

contemptible itching for a knowledge of their from a long sleep, can never raise himself, nor

neighbors affairs. This curiosity leads them discover the bell cord which alone can enable

to encourage and listen to the scandalous prathim to give notice of resuscitation, and draw

tle of their own servants, concerning the doassistance. The author of the letter stigma

mestic affairs of other families in which they

have been employed. tises, in the most forcible terms, a custom so barbarous; and we ought to hope that his ef

Servants are always ready to take advantage forts will be crowned with success; but what of the slightest advance towards familiarity on is more generally interesting is the explana the part of a mistress; and where they find one tion he offers of the origin of this abuse. He weak enough to relish a relation of vices discovers it in a prejudice formerly general in

or follies of others, the appetite will be always Mayence, and which is still cherished by a administered to, so long as prolific brains can part of the inhabitants. According to this, it coin a lie. Mistresses should recollect while often happens that the dead seize their grave encouraging this practice, that their own houseclothes with their teeth, and then never cease

hold affairs will probably be served up, with till tbey have totally destroyed them. no exaggeration of defect, whenever their doIn this case also, according to the same preju-mestics pass into another family. Two or dice, while this strange meal continues, the three instances have lately come under our relations of the dead die one after the other, I knowledge, where comfort and reputations till the grave clothes are consumed. It is to

have been sacrificed by falsehoods propagated prevent the arrival of this misfortune that the l by females. board in question is nailed underneath the And where is the remedy for this evil ? It chin of the dead. Our judicious writer does lies in the hands of every head of a family. pot content himself with relating this popular || This tattling tendency should be stopped in tradition, but clearly demonstrates that, like its very commencement, and if a refusal to the generality of others, it has a degree of listen to the scandalous catalogue of private truth for its foundation. 6. It has but too of weakness or error were accompanied by seten happened," says he, “that persons have vere reprimand, the state of society would be been interred as dead, who really were alive. very much benefitted. When their graves have been opened, it is nothing marvellous that some have been found who, after a waking, have torn their clothes, GETTING INTO NOTICE.- The best talents, and even their own flesh, into pieces. Now, || in the world, must be known in order to be which are the coffins that are most likely to patronised. Man is the child of opportunity have been exposed in this manner, a little circumstances either make or mar him-but time after their being laid in the grave? Those he may sometimes make circumstances. Some certainly of which the graves have been open time ago, a young lawyer of fine talents, deed for the reception of some corpse of the same cent learning, and a graceful and powerful family.” Here are facts sufficient to explain orator withal, settled in one of our western the prejudice in question. When they buried villages. He took no letters of introduction, John, the brother or cousin of Peter, they and knew nobody. He waited in vain for clia have found that Peter had gnawed his shrowd;'ents, his abilities were unknown, and of

to gnaw,

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