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So the agent made out the will. At one found favour in his eyes.

With a slice of time Tibbie wrangled with him over the the Tobereevil property, together with a share which was to be the price of the goodly sum of money as a reward for his lawyer's service, but her greediness was faithful service of many years, this hitherto soon silenced, and she was forced to listen luckless rogue thought he might live to to reason. Next morning the agent strolled call himself thrifty after all. out to look at the fallen trees, and to pick Who should arrive into the midst of the up some simple peasants who should act supper-party but Bid, the “ thraveller,” she as witnesses to the will.

having stepped down the mountain to help Now it chanced that Mrs. Kearney's the gossoons to carry the faggots home. “soft gossoons" were hanging about the So the agent, looking about him, saw a woods in hope of a job at the agent's group of persons from whom to choose the hands. They had not gone up to the door witnesses to Simon's signature of the will. and asked to be hired to help with the He chose Bid and Nan, and accosted them timber, for they knew, had they made so very civilly, explaining that Mr. Finiston bold, that their suit must have been denied. was making new arrangements for some of So they lingered about the wood, and his tenantry; a piece of news which made when the agent chanced to meet them he them turn pale; and that he wanted two found them useful. They were set to honest persons to witness the signing of work all day at getting the timber carried some deeds. to carts upon the road; their wages to be "I won' go !" whispered Nan, plucking the faggots which they could pick up Bid by the corner of the cloak.

"How do when all was done. And even those wicked I know bud it's to put my mother out of faggots were precious in the winter time; her hole undher the hill ?” though people would say that they brought Aisy, aisy, asthore !” said Bid. “It's no good to a hearth; though evil sparks not for the likes o' you that they'll be did fly out of them while they burned, and signin' papers at Tobereevil. When they strange visions loomed forth out of the want yer mother out o’her hole they'll white clouds of their smoke as it curled in put her out by the shouldher, widout the sinister wreaths up the chimney. Towards splash o' a pen an' ink. Bud they're evening pretty Nan came down the moun- brewin' some quare dhrink for the owld tain, with her yellow locks blowing on the man to swally down—that's Tibbie an’ wind, carrying a little can of buttermilk the lawyer-or my name's not Bid. I seen and two tin mugs, and attended by Con, them cosherin' wid their heads together who danced on before her, bearing a large this mornin' as I skirted through the wooden dish of cooked potatoes. And threes here, an' they too greedy wid their while the gossoons made a merry supper talkin to see my shadow on the gravel.”. on the stump of a tree, the lawyer mused “Well, my good woman, can you

make at some distance and made perfect his little up your mind to spare us ten minutes of plans.

your valuable time?” asked the lawyer, inThis lawyer was a man who at the out- tending to be witty. set of life had declared to himself that he “Ay, ay !” said Bid, carelessly, "we would make money without scruple. In won't disoblige a gentleman.” But when his profession he had cheerfully accepted his eyes were turned away she glanced at all disreputable business, and taken care him swiftly and keenly from under the to make his spoils of any prey that fell to white silk fringing of her knowing, knitted his share. And yet somehow he had been brows. And she followed him to the house, unlucky until now. Dishonesty had not holding by Nan's unwilling hand. rewarded him as he had had a right to It was getting dusk, and quite dark in expect. At times he had even had stings the miser's chamber, where the light was of harrowing doubt, as to whether integrity so scantily admitted. Tibbie brought in might not, after all, have paid him better in an armful of faggots, and made a brilliant the end. He lived in a country town where blaze on the hearth, so that the whole of people's deeds are easily made known, and the gloomy room was filled with a dancing, he knew an attorney of thorough honesty uncertain light. Simon remonstrated, who had made a good thing of his fair wringing his hands at the waste.

Our agent was now past success in Stop, woman! you will drive me mad his own peculiar line of life, and found it with you extravagance!” he said, snatchtoo late to start afresh on any other. Thus ing at the half-burnt sticks. it was with him when Tibbie's little plot Anan," said Tibbie, “is it wax candles




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ye want? Gi'e me money, an' I'll see remember I told you it was necessary to about the buyin' o' them.”

have two witnesses." “Candles !” cried the miser, with a “Oh !” said Simon, relieved, and laying shudder, as if there had been talk of shed- down his pen. “I thought, I thoughtding his blood.

But he stopped with this whisper; and the * Ay," returned Tibbie, “ye'll be wantin' terror that had crossed his mind remained some kind o'light to see to write yer unconfessed.

Now, my good woman, step forward Write my name !" echoed the miser. with your young friend," said the lawyer.

How am I to know, barrin' what I'm “Your name, if you please, and then you tould ?” snarled Tibbie. “Yer agent tould will make your mark.” me to have a light in the place, bekase Bid looked steadily at the lawyer for a the masther had to put his name to some moment, with her keen old eyes; then papers widout delay. He said it was to turned to the miser. squeeze money out o' some robber o a “ Misther Finiston yer honor,” she said, tenant, bud maybe he was tellin' lies-only “afore I put my name to that paper would it's not me that ought to be blamed !” ye just read it out loud to me, that I may

Simon pricked up his ears. True, there know whether my own little farm isn't was something to be done in the way of in it?” an ejectment; a higher price to be put “ Bid !” cried Nan, aghast. For Bid did upon some cabin, or piece of bog; a pro- not own a square inch of land in the world, spect of another bit of gold to be added to nor a roof to cover her. the heap. Well, well, he would put another Nonsense, woman," cried the lawyer. stick upon the fire. Extravagance was, “Mr. Finiston, will do no such thing. after all, pleasant when there was a reason Your farm! Why where is your farm, and for it, and when it did not go too far. I can tell you without the papers ?” What was keeping that man when the “My own party little farm down the thing could be done at once ?

valley,” said cunning Bid. "You see, sir,” said the lawyer, bustling “It's not in it. There's nothing about in, “I have had such a busy day of it after it," urged the lawyer, and put his hand on that timber. I think I explained to you the paper, as if to prevent Simon from long ago all about the necessity for this lifting it up. If he had not done this he document. Sorry to give you so much might have carried his point. But the tronble, but things must be properly miser's irascible temper would not bear done."

even the appearance of control. to

** You recollect. His memory was beginning to must leave this point to me, sir. I will fail him, though his sight was very keen. read it if I please, and as often as I like Well had the forgers contrived that the too.” He had got possession of the paper light should come from the hearth, so that and held it to the light. the table on which the paper lay should The lawyer saw that he had been too be in shade.

hasty. “I beg your pardon, sir,” he said, “ You read it all over the other day you but let me entreat you not to attempt it remember," said the lawyer, boldly, and till you have better light. We shall get a only opening one fold of the paper as he candle by-and-bye, or, better still, wait till laid it flat on the table for the signatures. to-morrow. Daylight costs nothing, ha, ha!

"I did not read it,” said the miser. In the mean time let us get on with the "Not that I recollect."

signatures. Your name, my dear ?” to “Oh, I assure you you did, sir. Your Nan. mind is so full of business that little But Simon held the paper. He looked things may escape. You'll remember by- at the lawyer's uneasy face, and a cloud of and-bye."

suspicion came into his wary eyes. Bid The old man reflected pitifully for a had done her work and was too wise to moment, and then, by such feeble light as say more, but she edged herself in between he had, scrawled his name.

the miser and lawyer, foreseeing that the “What are those figures at the door ?" paper might be snatched from Simon's he cied, suddenly, as he peered through the hand. The attempt was made as the old shifting lights at two shadows in the dis- man stooped to bring the glare of the firetance.

light on the sheet. The agent snatched, “ The witnesses,” said the lawyer. “You but Simon's grip was hard. He kept the





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parchment, and slipped out of reach of police," he said, with a scowl at Tibbie. the lawyer's arm on his knees before the The gossoons who were listening in the hearth. A shriek and a curse told that the hall set up a cheer at these words, and keen eyes and keen wits had mastered its set off as volunteers on this mission. Then, contents in less than a minute. The lawyer and only then, did Tibbie lift up her voice suddenly disappeared from the room, and and howl as one baffled and undone. She

soon driving along the high road, hurried away to hide herself, and the cursing his own folly, which in grasping messengers departed. And Simon doubletoo much had deprived him of the little locked his door and barricaded his win. advantages which he had enjoyed at Tobe- dows, and sat all night long on the watch reevil. He at least could never show his with his pistols by his side. face to the miser again. As for Tibbië, she simply put her arms

LOST EXPLORERS. akimbo and faced her

angry master, “Hag!” he shrieked, “I'll have you hanged for this!"

THE expedition so properly, and, as some “No you won't,” said Tibbie. “It would think, so tardily sent out in search of Doctor cost too much money. An' besides, nobody Livingstone, reminds us how many of our would hurt me for sthrivin' to get the best travellers have lost their lives under rights for my poor boy. If ye weren't so circumstances which long remained unill-hearted I wouldn't have had to take the known. Not that many amongst us believe

hands. Judges an' in such a fate for the heroic Livingstone; lawyers could see that quick enough." most of us assert that he is, must be, shall

Begone out of the house !” cried the be, still living; the indomitable faith on miser, foaming with rage. “Never let me this point entertained by the late Sir see your face again !"

Roderick Impey Murchison is widely felt. "I'll go when I'm ready,” said Tibbie. True, Livingstone has been away from us “ An'that's

my thanks for my long sarvice. just six years, in an almost unknown part An' there's Paul Finiston come home, of Africa; and we know that more than pryin' about the counthry an’ watchin' to five years ago he described himself as become down on ye. It's little pace ye'll ing, through hunger and fatigue, “ a mere have when he gits next or near you, an' ruckle of bones;” but still we have heard nobody here to purtect ye.

from him, or rather of him, occasionally, This was Tibbie's last hope, that dread since; and experienced geographers can of Paul would cow the old man's anger, name a spot where they believe him to be at and make him loth to be left alone. She this moment. A few brief sketches will had made a great mistake, however, and show how many explorers, on the other she quickly found it out.

hand, have sunk under their privations ; “ Paul Finiston,” said the miser, sud- their fate being ascertained very soon, or denly calm. “ Is Paul Finiston in the after a long interval, or not at all. country ?”

The boys' favourite—everybody's fa“ That he is, yer honor,” said Bid, step-vourite-Captain Cook, rendered a famous ping forward and dropping a curtsy: An' amount of good service before his lamentas party-lookin' a gintleman as ye'd meet able death. Beginning with the year 1768, in a day's walkin'."

he made three distinct and very lengthened Simon's wrath had subsided strangely, voyages of discovery to the vast

Pacific and he looked timorous and eager.

Ocean. His first voyage lasted till 1771, and “ You know where he is to be found ?” the narrative describing it was drawn up by he asked, quickly.

Doctor Hawkesworth. In 1772, he started “I think I could find him out, yer off on his second voyage in the Resolution, honor,” said Bid.

his former ship having been the Endea“ Then go to him," said Simon, “and vour; in about two years he circumnavi. give him a message from me. I will have gated the globe in a higher southern latitude him here and he shall work for me. He than had ever before been attempted, and never tried to trick me, nor to worry me, made vast additions to the knowledge benor to rob me!”

fore possessed of the South Pacific Ocean. He seized the pen beside him, and He himself wrote an account of this voyscribbled some words on a scrap of paper. age, the unpretending and manly style of The

which rendered the book generally accept“ Send the first person you meet for the able. No previous commander of a ship

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had preserved his crew's health so well as simple ceremonial as was practicable. Thus Cook had during such prolonged voyages; died the brave and clever Captain James and his account of the methods he had Cook. The Sandwich Islanders earned followed was read with great interest by for themselves a long-enduring reputation the Admiralty and by ship-owners. Once for bloodthirsty cruelty, not in accordance again Cook started off, and again in the with their known general habits. Resolution, fitted out this time to bear The missionaries, who have so bravely the buffetings of the icy regions of Kamts- borne up against hunger, exhaustion, chatka and Behring's Straits. It was in disease, and every form of privation, in the 1776 that this third voyage commenced, fulfilment of the duties which they have and many thousands of leagues were undertaken, have their own group of nartraversed before the day of his death. ratives to tell, concerning the death of Cook discovered the Sandwich Islands, earnest-hearted men at the scene of their went northwards to Behring's Straits, labours. One of the best of these was John reached a latitude where a compact wall Williams, who in 1816 entered the service of of ice forbade further advance, made nu- the London Missionary Society. He went merous discoveries on the north-west coast out to the Society Islands, where he soon of America and the north-east coast of learned to talk with the natives in their own Asia, and again reached the Sandwich language. Then he voyaged to the Hervey Islands, which he was destined never again Islands, where he went through the surto leave. His death was (if such a term prising work of translating the whole of may be used) most vexing; seeing that it the New Testament into the Raratonga arose wholly from a misconstruction of in- language-till then quite unknown to tentions. While anchored off Owhyhee or Europeans; and he prepared books in the Hawaii, the ship often lost articles which same language for teaching in schools were pilfered by natives in their frequent which he established. He returned to visits; and one fatal day, February the England after sixteen years' absence, and 21st, 1779, Cook resolved to go on shore was received with the warm welcome and compel restitution. The natives put which he deserved. Williams strikingly a worse interpretation on the landing of showed, as Livingstone has shown more the captain and a few men, believing recently, how much the value of a misthat he meant a war of extermination. sionary is increased if he be a skilful man They gradually approached in great num. in any of the practical arts of life. Livingbers, conferred, armed themselves with stone was a piecer in a Lanarkshire cotton spears, clubs, and daggers, and a de- factory when a boy; an occupation which fensive armour of mats. Cook, uneasy made him familiar with the appearance at the hostile manifestion, soon returned and action of machinery; while in later to the beach, but before he could step years he picked up some acquainance with into the boat, he was struck by a stone Latin and Greek at an evening school ; thrown by a native. Cook knocked the acquired a fair knowledge of remedies for fellow down with a musket; and then an bodily ailment by attending a course of affray began. The boat's crew fired on the medical lectures at Edinburgh University; natives, but were gradually driven into the and fitted himself for such surveying and water and into the boat, leaving the cap- astronomical operations as are necessary tain alone on the beach. Before Cook for fixing the geographical positions of could reach the edge of the water, a newly discovered places. How this native struck him on the back of the knowledge has increased the value of head with a club; he staggered, fell on Livingstone's labours is known to those who his hand and one knee, and dropped his have paid any attention to his works. But masket. Another native now stabbed him mechanical skill is also full of importance in the neck with a dagger; he fell into a to a missionary, as Williams well showed. pool of water, and looked yearningly for In early life he was apprenticed to an ironsome aid from the boat-party, who, un- monger, and obtained an extensive knowfortunately, were unable to render it. ledge of the mechanical arts. His success Another tremendous blow from a club put at the Society Islands was greatly due to an end to his existence; after which the the appreciation by the natives of the pracnatives mangled and mutilated the body tical value of his skill. Wishing, some in a shocking manner. Some fragments years afterwards, to return from the island of his poor remains were afterwards mourn of Raratonga to that of Raiatea, and finding fully consigned to the deep, with such no vessel or boat available, he built one

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with his own hands. He first made the These two intrepid men reached, by an tools, and then shaped timbers to his entirely new route, one point of the Niger. need; he built a vessel sixty feet long by The privations were so varied and inceseighteen feet wide, secured the seams with sant that Clapperton, sinking under them, oakum of banana stumps and cocoa-nut died in the arms of his faithful servant on husks, made sails of native matting, and the 13th of April, 1827. Richard Lander cordage of the bark of the hibiscus. So made his way back alone to the coast, seaworthy was this little craft, that it with a firmness, endurance, and intelliserved him during four years' voyages gence that gained for him well-earned rebetween and among the various groups nown. Meanwhile, Major Laing, another of islands in the vast Pacific, then more explorer, crossed the desert from Tripoli; usually known as the South Seas. Poor but on his way he was attacked by a band Williams! He was one of those whose of wild Tuaricks, and prostrated by no less fate it was to “die in harness,” to fall in than twenty-four wounds. Wonderful to the midst of his work; but it is sad that relate, he recovered, although many por. such a man should die such a death. In tions of broken bone had to be removed November, 1839, when out on a second from his head. He reached Timbuctoo, but expedition, he visited Erromanga, one of was murdered soon after quitting it; and the New Hebrides ; there he was murdered no papers came to light to show how far or by the natives, and his body in greater part how much he had contributed to the diseaten.

covery of new regions. Richard Lander and Adolph Schlagintweit was one of those his brother John were aided in an expedition who have lost their lives in Asiatic explo- to finish the work which Clapperton had ration. Three hardy brothers, Adolph, begun. They started from the Guinea Hermann, and Robert Schlagintweit, left Coast in 1830, followed Clapperton's route their homes in Bavaria in 1854, to ex- to the Niger, and, to their infinite credit

, plore almost unknown regions north of the they persevered against all obstacles until Himalayas. Taking Egypt by the way, they they traced the great river down to its visited many parts of India; worked their real outlet in the Gulf of Guinea. Richard way northward; explored Sikhim, Bhotan, Lander was destined to die, as his former and Assam; penetrated into Ladakh, Cash- master had died, in the wilds of unhealthy mere, and Baltistan; and reached the Africa. He joined a trading expedition, Kuenluen Mountains. Adolph, hoping to fitted out from Liverpool in 1832, in two do what no one else had up to that time small steamers; but malaria destroyed effected, started off to cross the mountain four-fifths of the crews, and Lander was barrier between the Indian, Chinese, and killed by hostile natives. Russian dominions. He was never again Captain Allen Gardiner was one of those seen by a white man. The truth was after who are lost for a time and then come to wards known that he had been murdered light only too late for the saving of life. in August, 1857, at Kashgar, by a ruthless A pious man, he combined missionary chieftain named Waller Khan.

enterprise with the duties of captain of a Captain Clapperton, Major Laing, and merchant ship. At length he determined Richard Lander perished while endeavour to become a missionary altogether, and to ing to solve the mystery of the Niger. go among the Patagonians and Terra del Clapperton, accompanied by Major Den- Fuegians of South America. With six ham and Doctor Oudeney, started in 1822 companions, two large launches, and two from Tripoli, crossed the Great Desert of dingies or luggage-boats, he landed on the Sahara, entered the kingdom of Bornou, frigid and in hospitable shores of Terra del and discovered the finest sheet of water in Fuego, on the 5th of December, 1850. No Africa, Lake Tchad; but they failed to civilized man ever again saw those hapless hit the Niger by this route. Clapperton adventurers alive. Thirteen months afterand Denham returned safely after three wards, Her Majesty's ship Dido landed a years' wanderings; Oudeney perished boat's crew at that same spot; and there through disease and privation. Clapperton, they found-first, a direction rudely written not many months afterwards, resolved to on a rock; then a boat lying on the beach attack the problem from the west coast, at the mouth of a small river; then the starting from the Gulf of Guinea. The unburied bodies of Captain Gardiner and party comprised many explorers, all of Mr. Maidment, a missionary who had whom gradually perished, except Clap- accompanied him; then a packet of papers perton and his servant Richard Lander. and books; then the shattered remains of

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