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SUNDAY MAGAZINE FOR MAY 17. I9M
I bul ■ thai instant, when .1- my back was
I towards i m,. Dan had skipped into the
I thicket, and now I heard him scrambling
I through the boshes, yelim« and whistling as
he went. I was not afraid of him '>r his
creatures; but i did noi design to be
aud <-i set Calypso's heels to work.
I'.ut jusi as i did so there came a clatter of
hoofs from the yard nr.ir by. and I knew thai
Creei h was upon my track. Calypso fli ■ I r
v.-.ir.l like a -wallow, and at the -.mir m • ■ • ■
the noise •■! a pistol spread echoes .. r
and a bullet snipped a corner from mj
That was my signal t.> be gone. "Come, my
girl!" says I; and the roan, leaping I
1 iwels, sped down the narrow pathway.
The track was as lean as a gutter, and
very sharply: the bushes t.«i pressed
upon it. and 'twas not the least <>t my hazards
to come ilnwn that descent at a Breakneck
speed. But I knew well enough that th< ■ — -
suit would be instant, and that Creech was in
t.',. l.huk a rage to pi I tsteps. So I
■ ■ the nag :■• her pa 1 . n she rushed,
• ring from side t.> side, swaying against
tl <■ bushes, and slithering over the sm •■•''■.
I held her up with the reins, and more
nee saved her from coming down ".:> >n
her prats; and once she tt < >< • k me v
:::i<K-r the overhanging bough ol a tree
fell so low that the sight of it set me a-thinking
But civ I was past my doubts w<- were
tl rough, and the mare was clattering foT the
Xot until we reai hed thi- did I pull in. and
twist about in my saddle t.. inspect what was
forward. Creech and his men were not vet
forth iif the w I; l.ut I could bear 'era
[ing away down the path, 1
they were none so far away. But for that
i ii'>t a .i,T".it ; for Calypso was stanch
and fleet, and more than a n:..n h t'..r any
horse in the shire-. So, pulling her round
upon the Belbury road, I urged her into a
I reckon that they must ha been amazed,
when they were come t-.» the highway, to see
me no more than half a mile away, an.i jog
ging along as easy and unconcerned as yon
plea -■ Bui thai was in my device; for 1
hat] t!.. animosity against such a braggart
fool as Creech, and, as 1 have sai.i. 1 ws
tickled by a pretty touch of humor. So on I
cantered; and Creei b and his two lads behind
me. very much excited, as I conceive, by the
prospect "i overtaking me. That, however,
w :-. not mv notion: and no sooner were they
• ir.iwn within shot than I put the spurs into
' alypso and forged out of range again
This maneuver I repeated several times, till
their tares must ha been yellow with chagrin.
It they had entertained !>ut a grain of reason
about 'em.theymighi have seen as I wa- merely
playing with em. And maybe they did; but
• neech had no stomach for defeat, and, being
now a veritable caldron oi passions, stuck as
>!"-e t.i me as he might. And thus we gal
loped, the four of us, at length into Belbury.
JJKKK I dropped int.. a canter, and coming
to a hah afore a little inn in the main street
lung out of the saddle and opened the stable
■ I T'others were n.>t yet round the corn r.
I so, tethering Calypso to a stake n< the
1 immediately below a window m the up
•re she stood, and hurried into the bostetn
as now, as you ni.i*. conceive, jxisst-sst-il «.t
roaring appetite, and ordered breakfast
hwitfa t.> be served in the said upper room.
able iijxm a seat, than the three I •
came thundering down the road and drew up
with a plung* before the doorway. 1 laughed
ai that; tur 1 knew they were too drunken
with rage to think straightly; and I ha
a mind to invite Danny to breakfast. Sink
me! l>ut the ninnies thought that they bad
nicked roe! For presentli after, up comes the
mill . .per with the breakfast, but bearing ..
message t..r me, from three gentlemen below,
.... saving your presence, would be glad t..r t..
breakfast in your company."
Lord! how it sei me laughing! "Why."
aj I. "'it they be honest folk, by all mean "
" rhey have ridden hard." says he, hesitat
•Why, SO have I." I answered; and t lit 1
l.ut still with reluctance, be was departtni
when 1 suddenly fetched him back. "Hj
tlie i oa( ii been long gone?" say i I; fortl
twas early 1 knew the nexl stage was long.
!'.",' ' ' X"" 1 " M - l!l •'" ''■ >ur." .i\ . he.
'■That is well." 1 !• nl t.> myself, and. d.
missing him with a nod I threw ..pet; !'■
window and i >oked «1 >wn into the yard. Ther
was Calypso, ready bridled, and num. hm
h.r ....t . beneath me Thai t...i contented in.
an 1 1 ,; d »wn and handled mj knife I
"fa . little time afore any feet ascended th
.nd then t !.. t the handle turn,
m tramped free, h, !! ulone, \\it!i a I
triumph fastened on his ugly face. It *
1 I. .r that they h 1 •..,• parley out
and he wa .t t.. I. ,r«| m< Iru c I
'•' ' ■•■■■> I p bow, v\a>.cd ;u\
t»ng< : ,t a v hair.
l"i > you, :t down ' .aid I, verj 1, ■
ou . " i take iit kin I : ■
coitk foi t.. , heer up an ..Id friend liki I
1 ' • I ' far :■ .. nobleman su. !, . .
suil .Me .11 .ugh for a humble man hi.,
' '■'■" h 1 owled : t-.t he had noi 1 » Led t 1
me :■■ t .;;. in th. I fa ihion I warrant. N •
game 1 up mj preciou i ullv. " he kid i>
"and jroud best put a p..
•.n \ ou an i give in!"
I glanced at the .!■•. i. - I think n.l Kan
ant little holiday for all three And. i '
way, where are mj friends Ned and Blab 1
don'l cc their hand tome face "
Creech giimm] m a .sour way. "You'll
make then acquaintance m-j:i tn
' ' >!i ' trail ■ th?" I
fu!. el -
" Yes," says Ci ■■;■ •■._ rtvti:.
"Just waiting outside on your
"' V' .it •.\ i • •• ■ ■ . • •
says I ■_' :n k ' on Ih i •
I'nt <>•■•■■ ■ . . • ■ .
carry the jest farther, and be
harshly, " Hark'ee, I: k ' v.
fob? ■'. it
this play acting do? Bah! < >ut tritl I
• and we'll split a bottle db itf"
Forthwitl) I pal mj hand ondci r::-.
an.! fet< hing out the iskei sel it ■.n t : I
afore me Upon 1 I1 ]
guineas, and ato] ■ ■ (pistols,"
"Come nd 1 i ys I, mhni
■ . .
'em D mny ' !i. r. they kic Rip •:.• ' I
!!■■.-. ■ ■ -
r a barker
Dan ■■ . ■ . nd |
r. I In
in his mind, and ho* • . ■
I] • ■
... . .
' ' live '■•:!! ■ ■ ■ .
I laaj - ■ ■ . ■ ' -
snapped an ihe Hung i i
was ii" coward Creech. 1
at of his rage Bui
him little n >w, f or ] ....
• ■ •;■ i .
tn the ■
• >' ' ;
Cieei h. strrai . • • ■ ■
agog, made as though ( nd 1
sprang ai the door, i I men '■'■
I was already out
. ■ tairs and. dr pp i
'alypso, casl her free .\notl et i I at
md, the gates of the yard opening, <
shot past the inn. antj gatl
under her belly, was sweeping ■■:.'. ■: B.
a a gallop.
J WAS already a quarter of a mile aWar! when.
glancing behind, I saw them making a
start; for. they wen in no wise prepared for
my diversion, and were thrown into confusion
thereby. Hut now they came abreast for me
at their hardest: for all ■ which the roan held
her own without any difficulty. li this way
the chase sped into" the open plain beyond
Kelbury. Creech clinging like a leech, "as I
knew he would, to the smell of the gold.
Halfway across the moor 1 stopped an.i
listened. There, for sure, was what I wanted
right ahead of me; ant] so. clapping back my
beds, I lolloped over the rise before me. and
came down int.. the hollow, where the coach
was rambling along like a Mows; bluebottle.
'Twas rolling and lurching ami pitching, like as
if 'twas a cockle at sea and I soon overtook
it and hailed the driver. He looked at me
suspiciously; bat reined in his horses, and I
pulled the mare across the window.
"Why." says a piping voice, which I recog
nized, " here is our young gentleman again."
I gave the old mawkin a wink, ami glanced
round the company. There was Hoit y-Toity.
as plump and proud as you please. " leaning
against the cushions, her nose in the air.
\»>ur Ladyship." says I. addressing her
politely, "I trust you have enjoyed your
i»Kht s rest to the full."
'■ 1 am in tolerable health." says she shortly.
Life, your ' tdyship." says '1 very senten
tious, "is I nil of reverses; best forgot; and the
most excellent intention- are fraught with the
most woeful issues."
"Oh!" she broke in coldly, "if you are
come to recount your failure, your time is ill
spent. In truth. 1 bad not remembered your
face till this k .h..1 gentleman >pi>ke. ami I had
never a thought lor your errand."
But it 1 was in any doubt about my business,
it was that ungracious speech disposed of it"
and, saying no more. I drew the casket from
mv pocket, and, bowing low to the saddle
with a great air .•! ceremonr. passed it t.> h.-r
"■ It I ..in remembered in your IJaJyshrp's
sneers." I says. "I i,, ... it shall l.c alone *of
those young gentlemen ..t btooU v,.u talk of
it. Hut here I glanced along the road, ana
there was the noise of hoofs coming over the
lull. An.l ' ray. sanl I. taming again t,.
her. that you rill now. as always, accept the
Incidents oi fortune with better sul.inissn.n."
I saw that the fat merchant had been eager
to speak for) sometime, an.l now he pumped
up and .•[..•!!,■, i his mouth wide. l;. : I laughed
m.l. sweeping mv hal to the sa.l.lle. pnlfcl o£E
the mart- an.l left em. with the lady -t .riiv
n an amaze at the casket on her knee
OKIVE .."'".— 1 to the coachman: atta ,
slapping the leaders With the il.it of mv
sw..r,l a, passed. I spurrcl r.,1 >,»,.. urov. theiV
noses and outlupon the u.rze grown common
'V s ; 1 lltll Si> - there was Creech and I Hike iln
terras i>n their blown tia^s. Crack goes th
i...ul,tn:,n-s whio, ami the horses ptuWl for
ward; but by thai I wm but t M K ht;l)*hrod
a "umpol i.,-> up .n the heath, where pau*
•ng.M lookeil t«ck. The ntvise of a great V' "^ ,
motion r,- 1 :< -,, me and there, a. 1 gues^d
stood ' reech with t'others aboui the o. v h i
reckon that the passengers would have slu.rt •
&hrift with that angry party.
I watched .... with mv si.lcs
fof laughter, and then put tV nag ;
lo a tr..t across the common. Dan ( v>.\\
nust haw been astonished. I'.ut 'twas a pretty
sven densbn after all; for I kept the goUf
inches, an.l I reech resume.l his jewels, whereas
llfitv-t..it\ hud the privilege to take a lesson