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FROM THE CHRONICLES OF THE

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ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE. ing that which he commanded, was the

• ship of a celebrated rover, equally famed for his courage, strength of body, and successful piracies. It was commanded

by a gentleman named Thomas de LonDuring the brief career of the cule, gueville, a Frenchman by birth, but by brated patriot, Sir William Wallace, and practice one of those pirates who called when his arms had for a time expelled the themselves friends to the sea, and eneEnglish invaders from his native country, mies to all who sailed upon that element, he is said to have undertaken a voyage to He attacked and plundered vessels of alı France, with a small band of trusty nations, like one of the ancient Norse friends, to try what his presence (for he Sea-kings, as they were termed, whose was respected through all countries for dominion was upon the mountain waves. his prowess) might do to induce the French The master added, that no vessel could monarch to send to Scotland a body of escape the rover by flight, so speedy was auxiliary forces, or otner assistance, to aid the bark he commanded; and that no the Scots in regaining their independ- crew, however hardy, could hope to re

sist him, when, as was his usual mode of The Scottish Champion was on board a combat, he threw himself on board at the small vessel, and steering for the port of head of his followers. Dieppe, when a sail appeared in the dis Wallace smiled sternly, while the mastance, which the mariners regarded with ter of the ship, with alarm in his countedoubt and apprehension, and at last with nance, and tears in his eyes, described to confusion and dismay. Wallace de him the certainty of their being captured manded to know what was the cause of by the Red Rover, a name given to De their alarm. The captain of the ship in. Longueville, because he usually displayed formed him, that the tall vessel which was the blood-red flag, which he had now bearing down, with the purpose of board- hoisted. VOL. I. X

20-SATURDAY, May 24, 1828.

ence,

" I will clear the narrow seas of this found himself unexpectedly engaged with rover,” said Wallace.

men acccustomed to consider victory as Then calling together some ten or twelve secure, when they were only opposed as of his own followers, Boyd, Kerlie, Se one to two or three. Wallace himself ton, and others, to whom the dust of the rushed on the pirate captain, and a dread. most desperate battle was like the breath ful strife began betwixt them with such of life, he commanded them to arm them- fury, that the others suspended their own selves, and lie flat upon the deck, so as battle to look on, and seemed by common to be out of sight. He ordered the ma consent to refer the issue of the strife to riners below, excepting such as were ab- the fate of the combat between the two solutely necessary to manage the vessel ; chiefs. The pirate fought as well as man and he gave the master instructions, upon could do; but Wallace's strength was pain of death, so to steer, as that, while beyond that of ordinary mortals. He the vessel had an appearance of attempt- dashed the sword from the Rover's hand, ing to fly, he should in fact permit the and placed him in such peril, that, to Red Rover to come up with them and do avoid being cut down, he was fain to his worst. Wallace himself then lay close with the Scottish Champion, in hopes down on the deck, that nothing might be of overpowering him in the grapple. In seen which could intimate any purpose of this also he was foiled. They fell on the resistance. In a quarter of an hour De deck, locked in each others arms, but the Longueville's vessel ran on board that Frenchman fell undermost ; and Wallace of the Champion, and the Red Rover fixing his grasp upon his gorget, comcasting out grappling irons to make sure pressed it so closely, nowithstanding it of his prize, jumped on the deck in com was made of the finest steel, that ihe plete armour, followed by his men, who blood gushed from his eyes, nose, and gave a terrible shout, as if victory, had mouth, and he was only able to ask for been already secured. But the armed quarter by signs. His men threw down Scots started up at once, and the Rover their weapons and begged for mercy,

SECOND SERIES.

when they saw their leader thus severely beautiful young woman of the city or handled. The victor granted them all its vicinity, and whose renown, as the their lives, but took possession of their Fair Maid of Perth, had drawn on her vessel, and detained them prisoners. much notice from the young gallants of

the Royal Court, when it chanced to be

residing in or near Perth, insomuch, that Chronicles

more than one nobleman of the highest

rank, and most distinguished for deeds of of the Canongate.

chivalry, were more attentive to exhibit feats of horsemanship as they passed the

door of old Simon Glover, in what was ST. VALENTINE'S DAY; called Couvrefew, or Curfew Street, than OR,

to distinguish themselves in the tournaTHE FAIR MAID OF PERTH. ments, where the noblest dames of Scot

land were spectators of their address. The old prejudice against genius was, “But the glover's daughter--for, as that it was an idle vein of mind which was common with citizens and artizans made its possessor the butt of the bustlers of that early period, her father, Simon, in the every-day broadways of the world, derived his surname from the trade and the scape-goat of their more worldly which he practised-showed no inclinawisdom. Modern men of genius have tion to any gallantry which came from successfully redeemed their craft from the those of a station highly exalted above odium of idleness; and of the eminent that which she herself occupied, and among these, Sir Walter Scott has cer- though probably in no degree insensible tainly exceeded his competitors in the to her personal charms, seemed desirous industriousness of his calling. “ Age to confine her conquests to those who were cannot wither him, nor custom stale his within her own sphere of life. infinite variety ;'

;" có another and another" “ In her resolution of avoiding the work of his hand “ still succeeds," 'till addresses of the gallant courtiers, the romance-readers might almost cry out, reigning beauty of Perth was confirmed We'll see no more!" but that, if they by the sentiments of her parent.

• Let did so far forget themselves, we might them go,' he said ; let them go, Ca. expect that they would next object to the tharine, those gallants with their capering appearance of star succeeding to star in horses, their jingling spurs, their plumed the heavens, and season succeeding to bonnets, and their trim moustaches, they season on the earth.

are not of our class, nor will we aim at Our contemporaries have the advantage pairing with them. To morrow is Saint of us in space as well as in "other applian- Valentine's Day, when every bird chooses ces and means to boot.” We have, her mate, but you will not see the linnet however, a way of our own in most things, pair with the sparrow hawk, nor the robin and as they have carried their crops off red breast with the kite.' the field, we shall glean, in our own modest I will have no son in law that thinks manner, after them, and trust to find a himself better than me, and for these handful or so of “ ears” to reward our lords and knights, I trust thou wilt diligence.

always remember thou art too low to be Of the numerous characters in the their lawful love, and too high to be their 66 Fair Maid of Perth," the fair Maid unlawful loon; and now lay by thy work, herself, and her brave lover and Valentine lass, for it is holy-tide eve, and it beHarry Smith or Gow, are our especial comes us to go to the evening service, and favourites; we shall therefore condense the pray that Heaven may send thee a good history of their wooing, and the incidents Valentine to-morrow. attaching to it, as our first specimen, and, Old Simon Glover and his fair daughafter this, shall return to the more histori- ter accordingly repair to the Blackfriars' cal personages of the scene, till we have Monastery, in their neighbourhood, atgiven our readers a tolerable " spice of tended by the youth Conachar, a highthe quality" of this admirable work, not land lad, apprentice to the glover. In less admirable than its predecessors. their way to the church, they are dodged

The book opens on St. Valentine's eve. by two or three gallants, muffled in their King Robert the Third is holding his cloaks. Conachar is for coming to cuffs court in Perth, and the lords and the gal- with one of them, but the ancient glover iants are where honour is to be sought, calms hiin with good counsel, and they

beauty is to be won. The fairest of arrive near to their destination. the fair of that royal city,

- Meantime the little party were over - Catharine or Katie Glover, was uni- taken by a tall young man wrapped in a versally acknowledged to be the most cloak, which obscured or muffled part

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of his face, a practice often used by the unceremoniously elbowed out of his fair gallants of the time, when they did not mistress's company by Conachar, and the wish to be known, or were abroad in noble stranger goes off muttering revenge. quest of adventures.' He came on the They enter the church, go through their right side of Catharine, who had hold of religious services, and re-issue into the her father's arm, and slackened his pace street. as if joining their party.

“When the congregation were dismissed, “Good even to you, goodman.' the Glover and his beautiful daughter

"" The same to your worship, and lingered for some time, for the purpose of thanks.—May I pray you to pass on ?- making their several shrifts in the confesour pace is too slow for that of your lord- sionals, where the priests had taken their ship-our company too mean for that places for discharging that part of their of our father's son.'

duty. Thus it happened that the night "6" My father's son can best judge of had fallen dark, and the way was solitary, that, old man. I have business to talk of when they returned along the now dewith you and with my fair St. Catharine serted streets to their own dwelling. Most here, the loveliest and most obdurate persons had betaken themselves to home saint in the calendar.'"

and to bed. They who still lingered in "• Witn deep reverence, my Lord,' the street were night-walkers or revellers, said the old man, 'I would remind you the idle or swaggering retainers of the that this is good St. Valentine's Eve, haughty nobles, who were much wont to which is no time for business, and that Í insult the peaceful passengers, relying on can have your commands by your serving the impunity which their masters' court man as early as it pleases you to send favour was too apt to secure them. them.'

"It was, perhaps, in apprehension of 65. There is no time like the present,' mischief from some character of this kind, said the persevering youth, whose rank that Conachar, stepping up to the glover, seemed to be of a kind which set him said, Master, walk faster-we are above ceremony.

I wish to know dogg'd.' whether the buff doublet be finished Dogg'd, sayest thou ? By whom which I coinmissioned some time since, and by how, man?' and from you, pretty Catharine, (here By one man muffled in his cloak, who he sank his voice to a whisper) Í desire follows us like our shadow.' to be informed whether your fair fingers

-6. Then will I never mend my pace have been employed upon it, agreeable along the Couvrefew Street, for the best to your promise? But I need not ask

one man that ever trod it.' you, for my poor heart has felt the pang w. But he has arms,' said Conachar. of each puncture that pierced the gar ""And so have we, and hands and legs ment which was to cover it. Traitress, and feet. Why sure, Conachar, you are how wilt thou answer for thus tormenting not afraid of one man ?' the heart that loved thee so dearly ?' “Afraid !' answered Conachar, indig

66 • Let me entreat you, my lord, to nant at the insinuation ; you shall soon forego this wild talk-it becomes not you know if I am afraid.' to speak thus, or me to listen. We are "Now you are as fár on the other of poor rank, but honest manners, and side of the mark, thou foolish boy—thy the presence of the father ought to pro- temper has no middle course; there is no tect the child from such expressions, even occasion to make a brawl, though we do from your lordship.'

Walk thou before with Catha“Well, tyrant,' answered the perse- rine, and I will take thy place. We vering gallant, • I will plague you no cannot be exposed to danger so near home longer now, providing you will let me see you from your window to-morrow, The Glover fell behind accordingly, when the sun first peeps over the eastern and certainly observed a person keep so hill, and give me right to be your Valen- close to them, as, the time and place contine for the year.

sidered, justified some suspicion. Deter. « « Not so, my lord ; my father has but mined, however, to ascertain, if possible, now told me that hawks, far less eagles, whether there had been any cause for it, pair not with the humble linnet. Seek he called out to the man whose motions some court lady, to whom your favours had occasioned the alarm, and who stood will be honour; to me--your highness still, though he seemed to keep out of must permit me to speak the plain truth, reach of the light. Come, step forthey can be nothing but disgrace.' ward, my friend, and do not play at bo

"As they spoke thus, the party arrived peep ; knowest thou not, that they who at the gate of the church.'

walk like phantoms in the dark, are apt Here the young gallant is somewhat to encounter the conjuration of a quarter.

not run.

as we are.

staff? Step forward, I say, and show us moustaches which had lately been arthy shapes, man.'

ranged with some care, completed the picWhy, so I can, Master Glover,' ture. His age could not exceed eightsaid one of the deepest voices that ever and-twenty. answered question.

"I can show 'my “The family appeared all well pleased shapes well enough, only I wish they with the unexpected appearance of an old could bear the light something better.” friend. Simon Glover shook his hand

Bod of me,' exclaimed Simon, again and again, Dorothy made her com( I should know that voice !-And is it pliments, and Catherine herself offered thou, in thy bodily person, Harry Gow? freely her hand, which Henry held in his -nay, beshrew me if thou passést this massive grasp as if he designed to carry it door with dry lips. What, man, curfew to his lips, but, after a moment's hesitahas not rung yet, and if it had, it were no tion, desisted, from fear lest the freedom reason why it should part father and son. might be ill taken. Come in, man ; Dorothy shall get us “ Her father, on his part, called out something to eat, and we will jingle a can frankly, as he saw his friend's hesitaere thou leave us. Come in, I say; my tion, daughter Kate will be right glad to see Her lips, man, her lips! and that's thee.'

a proffer I would not make to every one By this time he had pulled the per- who crosses my threshold. But, by good son whom he welcomed so cordially, into St. Valentine, (whose holiday will dawn a sort of kitchen, which served also upon to-morrow,) I am so glad to see thee in ordinary occasions the office of parlour. the bonny city of Perth again, that it

“Their unknown attendant now stood in would be hard to tell the thing I could full light aniong them, and though his ap- refuse thee.'” pearance was neither dignified nor hand The Smith, encouraged by this hearty some, his face and figure were not only welcome, salutes Catharine. Meantime deserving of attention, but seemed in some Conachar has stolen off to his bed, but manner to command it. He was rather is brought back, and exhibits no little jeabelow the middle stature, but the breadth lousy of the sturdy stranger Harry Gow. of his shoulders, length and brawniness A qiiarrel ensues between the two at the of his arms, and the muscular appearance supper table, in which armourer Harry of the whole man, argued a most unusual has, as usual, the best of the fray. share of strength, and a frame kept in "Let me depart, father Simon,' said vigour by constant exercise. His legs Henry Smith, mournfully ; I might were somewhat bent, but not in a manner have guessed I should have my old luck, which could be said to approach to de- and spread strife and bloodshed where Í formity; on the contrary, which seemed would wish most to bring peace and hapto correspond to the strength of his frame piness. Care not for me-look to poor though it injured in some degree its sym- Catharine ; the fright of such an affray metry. His dress was of buff-hide ; and hath killed her, and all through my he wore, in 'a helt around his waist, a fault.' heavy broad-sword, and a dirk or po 66Thy fault, my son !-It was the niard, as if to defend his purse, which fault of yon Highland cateran, whom it is (burgher-fashion) was attached to the my curse to be cumbered with ; but he same cincture. The head was well pro- shall go back to his glens to-morrow, or portioned, round, close cropped, and taste the tolbooth of the burgh. An ascurled thickly with black hair. There sault upon the life of his master's guest in was daring and resolution in the dark eye, his master's house !--It breaks all bonds but the other features seemed to express a

between us. But let me see to thy bashful timidity, mingled with good-hu- wound.' mour, and obvious satisfaction at meeting

«« Catharine !” repeated the armourer, with his old friends. Abstracted from the look to Catharine." bashful expression, which was that of a "Dorothy will see to her,' said moment, the forehead of Henry Gow, or Simon ; surprise and fear kill not Smith, (for he was indifferently so called, skenes and dirks do. And she is not more as both words equally indicated his pro- the daughter of my blood, than thou, my fession,) was high and noble, but the dear Henry, art the son of my affections. lower part of his face was less happily Let me see the wound. The skene-occle formed. The mouth was large and well is an ugly weapon in a Highland furnished with a set of firm and beautiful hand.' teeth, the appearance of which corre "I mind it no more than the scratch sponded with the air of personal health and of a wild-cat,' said the armourer ; and muscular strength, which the whole frame now that the colour is coming to Caindicated. A short thick beard, and tharine's cheek again, you shall see me a

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