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opposition to me!' he said, all evil pa:THE BURGLAR; OR, MATERNAL sions gathering at his heart and stormLOVE.*
ing on his brow.
« Not to you, but to your sins, GRACE HUNTLEY marries a man, Joseph,' was her meek but firin reply; handsoine in person, who, unfortunate. whereupon he swore a deep and bitter ly, after a few years becomes an aban- oath, that he would bring up his own doned villain ; and, finally, leaves his child in the way which best suited himn ; wife. Occasionally, however, he re- and dared her interference. turns for a day or two, after months of “As sure as you are a living woabsence; and having formed an ac- man,' he continued, with that conquaintance with two poachers of the centrated rage which is a thousand name of Smith, he endeavors to seduce times more dangerous than impetuous his own son to his evil and guilty prac- fury-as sure as you are a living wotices, by making him steal his mother's man, you shall repent of this! I see things, and a partaker in his nightly the way to punish your wilfulness; if exploits.
you oppose me in the management of “ Huntley soon discovered that his my children, one by one they shall be wife had been influencing their child's taken from you to serve my purposes. conduct; indeed, the sacred law of You may look for them in vain; until truth formed so completely the basis of (he added with a fiendish smile) you her words and actions, that she did not read their names in the columns of the attempt for a moment to conceal it.
“That night, as latterly had been his * The above tale is written by Mrs. Hall, custom, he sallied forth about eight and appears in that excellent annual, Amulet, under elie title of the Trials of Grace o'clock, leaving his home and fainily Huntley.'
without food or money. The children VOL. X.
crowded round their mother's knee to words; but she repeated, again and repeat their simple prayers, and retired, again, the emphatic appeal, Lord, cold and hungry, to bed. It was near save me, I perish;' until she felt suffi midnight ere her task as finished; cient strength to enable her to look and then she stole softly into her cham- again into the night. As if hope had ber, having first looked upon and bless- set its beacon in the sky, calmly and ed her treasures. Her sleep was of brightly the moon' was now shining that restless heavy kind which yields upon her cottage. With the sudden no refreshment; once she was awaken- change, at once the curse and blessing ed by hearing her husband shut the of our climate, a sharp east wind had cottage-door ; again she slept, but set in, and was rolling the mist from started from a horrid dream-or was it the canopy of heaven; numerous stars indeed reality ? and had her husband were visible where, but five minutes and her son Abel quitted the dwelling before, all had been darkness and together? She sprang from her bed, gloom. The shadow passed from her and felt on the pallet-Gerald was soul-she gazed steadily upwards-her there ; again she felt- she called-she mind regained its firmness—her resolve passed into the next room,— Abel, was taken. She returned to her bedAbel, my child! as you value your mo room - dressed – and, wrapping her ther's blessing, speak!'. There was no cloak closely 10 her bosom, was quickreply. A dizzy sickness almost over- ly on her way to the Smith's dwelling, powered ber senses. Was her hus. on Craythorpe Commion. band's horrid threat indeed fulfilled ? “ The solitary hat was 'more than and had' he sờ soon taken their child as two miles from the village ; the path his participator in unequivocal sin ?- leading to it broken and interrupted by She opened the door, and looked out fragments of rocks, roots of forze, and upon the night; it was cold and misty, Stubbed underwood, and, at one partiand her sight could not penetrate the cular point, intersected by a deep and gloom. The chill fog rested upon her brawling brook. Soon after Grace had face like the damps of the grave. She crossed this stream, she came in view attempted to call again upon her son, of the cottage, looking like a misshapen but her powers of ulterance were pals mound of earth; and, upon peering in sied-her tongue quivered-her lips at the window, which was only partially separated, yet there came forth no lined by a broken shutter, Covey, the voice, no sound to break the silence of lurcher, uttered, from the inside, a oppressed nature; her eyes moved me- sharp muttering bark, something bechanically towards the heavens--they tween reproof and recognition. There were dark as the earth :- had God de- had certainly been a good fire, not long serted her ?-would he deny one ray, before, on the capacious hearth, for the one little ray of light, to lead her to her turning ashes cast a lurid light upon child? Why did the moon cease to an old table and two or three dilapidashine, and the stars withhold their ted chairs; there was also a fowling brightness ? Should she never again piece lying across the table; but it was behold ber boy-her first-born? Her evident none of the inmates were at heart swelled and beat within her bo- home ; and Grace walked slowly, yet som. She shivered with intense agony, disappointedly, round the dwelling, and leaned her throbbing brow against till she came to the other side, that the door-post, to which she had clong rested against a huge mass of mingled for support. Iler hasband's words rock and clay, overgrown with long rang in her ears: One by one shall tangled fern and heather. She climbed your children be taken froin you to to the top, and had not been many mi. serve my purposes.' Through the nules on the look-out ere she perceived dense foģ she fancied that he glared three men rapidly approaching froin upon her in bitter hatred-his deep-set the opposite path. As they drew eyes Aashed with demoniac fire, and nearer, she saw that one of them was his smile, now extending, now contract. her husband; but where was her son ? ing, into all the varied expressions of Silently she lay among the heather, triumphant malignity. She pressed fearing she knew not what-yet knoivher hand on her eyes to shut out the ing she had much to fear. The chimhorrid vision; and a prayer, a simple ney that rose from the sheeling had, prayer, rose to her lips; like oil opon she thought, effectually concealed her ihe troubled waters, it soothed and com- from their view; but in this she was posed her spirit. She could not mistaken-for while Huntley and one arrange or even remember a form of of the Smiths entered the abode, the
other climbed up the mound. She cottage-door, she had a Qushed and saw his hat within a foot of where she agitated appearance. rested, and fancied she could feel his “Good morning, Mrs. Huntley,' breath upon her cheek, as she crouch- said her old neighbour, Mrs, Craddock, ed, like a frightened hare, more closely Have you heard the news ? Ah! in her form; however, he surveyed the these are sad times, – bad people spot without ascending further, and goingthen retreated, puttering something True, true! replied poor Grace, about corbies and ravens ; and, almost as she hurried onwards; I know, instantly, she heard the door of the heard it all.' hut close. Cautiously she crept down “Mrs. Craddock looked after her, from her hiding place; and, crawling much surprised at her abruptness. along the ground with sealth and si "I was coining down to you, Grace,' lence, knelt before the little window, said her father, standing so as to arrest so as to observe, through the broken her progress; 'I wished to see if there shutter, the occupation of the ininates. was any chance of the child Abel's re, The dog, alone was conscious of her turning to his exercises ; as this is a approach ; but the men were too se- holiday, I thoughtriously engaged to heed his intiinations
with me, interrupted of danger.”
Grace, come with me, father, and we
will make a rare holiday.? ki Then there is hope for my poor " She hurried the feeble old man child,' she thought, and I can-I will along the road leading to the rectory i save him!'. With this resolve, she but returned no answer to his enquiries. stole away as softly and as quickly as The servant told her, when she arrived her trembling limbs would permit. at her destination, that his master was The depredators revelled in their fan- engaged-particularly engaged—could cied security. The old creaking table not be disturbed --Sir Thomas Purcel groaned under the weight of pheasant, was with him; and as the inan spoke, hare, and ardent spirits; and the the study-door opened, and Sir Thomas ; chorus of a wild drinking song broke crossed the hall. upon her ear as returning strength " Come back with me, sir,'exclain. enabled her to hasten along the rude ed Grace Hụntley, eagerly; 'I can tell path leading to Craythorpe.
you want to know.!, “ The first grey uncertain light of The baronet shopk off the hand she morning was visible through the old had laid upon his arm, as if she were a churchyard trees, as she came within maniac. Grace appeared, to read the.. sight of her cottage. She entered expression of his countenance. I am v quietly, and saw that Abel had not not inad, Sir Thomas Purcel, she cons only returned, but was sleeping sound. tinued, in a suppressed tremulous voice, , ly by his brother's side.
not mad, though I may be so soonei “Grace set her house in order-took Keep back these people, and return the work she had finished to her ein with rue. Mr. „Glasscott knows I am ployer came back, and prepared not mad.' breakfast, of which her husband, hav “ She passed into the study with a ing by this time also relurned, par- resolute step, and held the door for Sir took. Now he was sieither the tyrant Thomas 1o enter; her father followed whose threat still rung in her ears, nor also, as a child traces its mother's footthe reckless bravo of the common; he steps, and looked around him, and at appeared that morning, at least so his his daughter, with weak astonishment. wife fencied, more like the being she One or two of the servants, who were had loved so fondly and so long. loitering in the hall, noved as if they
“I will sleep, Grace,' he said, when would havefollowed.), their meal' was finished — I will sleep “* Back, back, I say!' she repeated; for an hour; and to-morrow we sliall I need no witnesses there will be have a better breakfast.' He called bis enough of them soon. Mr. Glasscott,' son into the bed-room, where a few she continued closing the door, hear words passed between thein. Iinme me, wbile I ain able to bear testimony, diately after, Grace went into the little lest weakness woman's weakness chamber to fetch her bonnet. She would overcome me, and talier in the truth, not trust herself to look upon the in the broom-sellers' cottage, across the sleeper ; but her lips moved as if in common, on the left side of the chimney, prayer: and even her children still re- concealed by a large flat slone, is a hole membered that, as she passed out of the - a deu; there much of thic property
taken from Sir Thomas Purcel's last idea of his grandchild's danger, or disnight is concealed.'
appearance, he knew not which, took ***I have long suspected these men possession of his mind; and, filled with -Smith, I think, they call themselves; the single thought his faculties had the yet they are but two. Now, we have power of grasping at a time, he came abundant proof that three men abso forward to the table at wbieh Mr. lutely entered the house
Glasscott was seated, and, respectfully “There was a third,' murmured uncovering his gray hairs, his simple Grace, almost inaudibly.
countenance presenting a strong con
trast to the agonised iron-bound fea“My-my-my-husband !'and, as tures of his daughter, he addressed himshe uttered the word, she leaned against self to the worthy magistrate : 'I trust the chimney-piece for support, and you will cause instant search to be buried her face in her hands.
made for the child Abel, whoin your ""The clergyman groaned audibly; reverence used kindly to regard with he had known Grace from her childhood, especial favour.' "and felt what the declaration must have “ He repeated this sentence at least 'cost her. Sir Thomas Purcel was cast half a dozen times, while the gentlein a sterner mould. "We are put clearly men were issuing orders to the persons upon the track, Mr. Glasscott,' he said, assembled for the apprehension of the • and must follow it forthwith ; yet there burglars, and some of the females of the is something most repugnant to my feel. family were endeavouring to restore ings in finding a woman thus herald Grace to animation. At last, Sir Thomas her husband to destruction.'
Porcel turned suddenly round upon «• It was to save my children' from Abel Darley, and, in his stentorian sin ! exclaimed Grace, starting for. tone, bawled out, 'And who are you!! ward with an energy that appalled them u i The schoolmaster of Craythorpe, all; ‘God in heaven, whom I call to so please you, sir—that young woman's witness, knows, that though I would father, and one, whose heart is sooner starve than taste of the fruits of broken!' his wickedness, yet I could not betray “So saying, he burst into tears; and the husband of my bosom to-to-1 dare his wail was very sad, like that of an not think what! I tried— laboured to afflicted child. Presently there was a give my offspring honest bread: I nei- slir among the little crowd- a murmur ther asked nor received charity ; with —and then two officers ushered Joseph my hands I laboured, and blessed the Huntley and his son into the apartPower that enabled me to do so. are poor, we will be honest, was my “ He walked boldly up to the magismaxim and my boast; but he –my hus- trate's table, and placed his hand upon band, returned; he taught my boy to it, before he perceived his wife, to whom lie-to steal; and when I remonstrated consciousness had not yet returned.
when I prayed, with many tears, that The moinent he beheld her he started he would cease to train our-ay, our back, saying, 'wbatever charge you child for destruction, he mocked - scorn may have against gentlemen, you ed -- told me that, one by one, 1 should can have none against that woman.' be bereaved of my children, if I thwart "Nor have we,' replied Sir Thomas; ed his purposes ; and that I might seek she is your accuser!' in vain for them through the world, un “ The fine features of Joseph Hunttil I saw their namnes recorded in the ley relaxed into an expression of scorn book of shame! Gentlemen, this was and unbelief. “She appear against me! no idle threat-last night Abel was Not-not if I were to attempt to murder taken from me!
her!' be answered firmly. 66"I knew there must have been a Grace!' exclaimed her father joyfourth.' interrupted Sir Thomas coldly; fully, 'here is the child Abel- he is we must have the boy also secured.' found !' and, seizing the trembling boy,
"The wretched mother, who had not willi evident exultation, led him to imagined that any harm could result 10 her. The effect of this act of the poor her son, stood as if a thunderbolt had simple-minded man was electrical transfixed her-her bands clenched and the mother instantly revived, but turnextended – her features rigid and blanch- ed her face from ber husband ; and, ed-her frame perfectly erect, ar mo- entwining her son in her arms, pressed lionless as a statue. The schoolmaster, bim closely to her side. The clergyduring the whole of this scene, had man proceeded to interrogate the pribeen conipletely bewildered, until the soner, but he answered nothing, keep
ing his eyes intently fixed upon his 6"A very singular womnan. Her in wife and child. In the meantime, the formation transported for life a husband officers of justice had been prompt in whom she loved notwithstanding his the execution of their duty : ihe Smiths coldness, and his crimes. She had, at were apprehended in the village ; and that time, three children, and the eldest the greater portion of the property had already become contaminated by his stolen from Sir Thomas Purcel was father's example. She saw nothing but found in the hut where Grace had be- destruction for them in prospective, her held it concealed.
warnings and entreaties being alike “When the preparations were suffi- unregarded; so she made her election ciently forward to conduct the unfortu- -sacrificed the husband, and saved the nate men to prison, Joseph Huntley children!' advanced to his wife. The scornful, "But what does she here?' as well as undaunted, expression of his 6 Her eldest son is now established countenance had changed to one of in a sniall business, and respected by all painful intensity ; he took her hand who know him ; her second boy, and a within his, and pressed it to his lips, father whom her misfortunes reduced without articulating a single syllable. to a deplorable state of wretchedness, Slowly she moved her face, so that their are dead; her daughter, a village belle eyes encountered in one long mournful and beauty, is married to my father's look. Ten years of continued suffer- handsome new parish clerk; and Mrs. ing could not have exacted a heavier Huntley, having seen her children tribute from Grace Huntley's beauty, provided for, and by her virtues and inNo language can express the withering dustry made respectable in the Old effects of the few hours agony; her World, is now on her voyage to the husband saw it, and felt, perhaps for New, to see, if I may be permitted to use the first time, how truly be had once ber own simple language, whether been loved, and how much of happiness she can contribute to render the last he had sacrificed to sin.
days of her husband as happy as the "O'Twas to save my children,' was first they passed together.' li is only the only sentence she uttered, or rather justice to the criminal to say, that I be'one she for many weeks. Her **And on this chance she leaves her fine reason seemed overwhelmed." It children and her country?' was a sight few could witness without She does! She argues that, as the tears. The old father, tending the will of Providence prevented her from couch of his afflicted daughter, would discharging her duties together, she sit for hours by her bedside, clasping the must endeavour to perform them sepachild Abel's hand within his, and every rately. He was sentenced to die; but, now and then shaking his head when by my father's exertions, his sentence her ravings were loud or violent. was commuted to one of transportation
for life; and I know she has quitted “It might be some fifteen years after England without the hope of again bethese distressing events had agitated the holding its white cliffs.”” little village of Craythorpe, that an elderly woman, of mild and cheerful as MANNERS AND HABITS OF A pect, sat calmly reading a large volume TURKISH NOBLEMAN. she supported against the railing of a noble vessel that was steering its course Mr. Slade in his “ Records of Tra. from the shores of merrie England,' to vels in Turkey, &c." gives the followsome land far over sea. Two gentle- ing description of the third man in the men, who were lounging on the quarter- empire : deck arm-in-arm, frequently passed
6 I have hitherto said little on the her. The elder one, in a peculiarly capitan pasha-those of most Ottoman kind tone of voice, said, "You bear the grandees. He led a life of absolute voyage well, dame.'
ennui. He could neither read nor oro Thank God, yes, sir.'
write, nor was there any body to read Ah!
you will wish yourself back to him, had he wished it. He did not in old England before you are landed play at chess, therefore had an enjoysix weeks,'
ment less than the sailors: neither had 666 I did not wish to leave it, sir ; but he any person to converse with, an admy duty obliged me to do so.'
vantage possessed by every 'body else * The gentlemen walked on.
on board. Between a master and his "'Who is she ?' inquired the younger. slaves there can be no conversation,