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; tu jueecugrave. t aniir. in
..Ba you thinili, m lad, tbat . yva would
bb quite happy, if you had such a'; hall at
(hat we paawd thii morning, with a park
T old traea ana a lake with swans, ana , a
tarcac'ed eacden.and pheasants feeding,
and erowing in every covert. Ay, but
. rou're wroofr, any ' lad. Il iQ't halls or
parks, 6 1 anything that BMney - eari buy,
that can make you happy.' .
-The soeaker was a white haired hale
eld man, with that clear tinted complexion
fhat speaks of an active and not too hard a
life spent oat of door. From his dress he
tniffhthaVe been a small farmer, or a head
gamekeeper, r a bailiff, or ehief gardener
and from bis way of speaking, it seemed
s if be had been in the habit of convert
iag with bis superiors, and bad caught up
aoaseof their phrases and ioa..., ft
Whyihere,' he said, pulling outof.liis
Motet a printed auctioneer's eatalojrue,
'here is a paper 1 picked up -in 4he bar of
im aianou uowi, idhk tna a
nt story of the Plaoe where I passed more
than fifty years of my life.' ', '
There was not a prettier estate in !, this
Bounty than Beechgrove Park. A thous
and acres id a ring fence, beside ' Common
richta and other orooerty that went with
it.' It was in the famny of Squire Cor
burn, they say, for fire nundred years,--But
the last three squires dipped it each
deeoer thaa the other: for they all drank
and they all ! played deep, and drinking
ad dice don't go well together. Squire
Aucjrew ne wu. am . jaaw'""
forefathers had done; kept his bounds and j
feur-io-hand, and had open Jiouse always
at raoe time, and strong ale and bread and
eheese for everyone that oalled any day
fa the week; aU whioh would not have
hurt him so much if he had not always had
either the diee-bot or the brandy bottle in
bis hshiq He was the last' Of bad sort ;
who wfeie called, i jolly good. flldws;jbe
eause they fiung their moneabout to ev
ery lad and lasa that would join theii1 mad,
wicked' pranks.- v "-""' '. :.
. Well, one evening he rolled off the so.
fa, after' dinner; and before' bis poor .wife
. eould unloose bis handkerchief, bo was
dea4M;Thenj i..tanta.4 oujlhjtt, for, three
yeera, he had only been living at the Place
en sufferance, that Everything there, land,
houte-furnitnre, picture, horses, carriages
--belonged to old lawyer Kigors, of Blex
boroagh. Squire Oorburnleftnosons,only
two daughters." So the poor ladf eathered
: sip the little there was left to her, with a
mail mooma tne Squire coma not teuon,
end was never seen ao'more.: ''".l
.) iff father iwaa bailiff over the borne
farm;uuder ' Squire Corbura, and I was
his deputy, io yoo may believe we had a
nice plaee.0fiL4A.iL ' ijf.titaf..'
o The old lawyer had the oharaoter of be
ing a bard man inDusiness, ana naa mori
cacres over half the esUtea in the oountry
bu as toon as Beechgrove cam " into his
possession he altered bis -ways, retired
front business,' kept on all the - old . Head
aiirrantft-and aarrled Ott everything muoh
: the'sams aa before: "onlr ai all was done' in
perfect order, he got moe for his money
except tnat be paitea witn tne nounas, ne
pat 4oirtiHpart,of hw&rbttirii ttel
T .' IBiff.t,..n.K.m .. '
He furnished the beet' rooms; engaged a
first rate oook,k W4 to some., famous,., wine
ia addition to the old stock; and by these
means, ; with capital . Dheaaant; jireservea,'
and the reputation or ' bavins money to
lend, be wee aoea visited by almost all the
first people in the country.: ) At first the
old lawyer seemed to take a new lease of
life, looking after his gardens and. arm,'
and riding out to pay visit; for he vwas a
handsom old fellow, not muoh above six-,
ty a widower, an! 'mothers bought he
might marry again. ' 'i . . . .'
' put it was too mnea for, htm at last.,
He took too drinking, and played each
tricks with low comnair. i thai he went
back asfaetae be bad gone-forward, and
one by one, was dropped of bis new friends
for,-allhongh they might pardon strange
Penaviorin one of themselves, they could
not put up with the - liberties of a man
that some remembered as an ofSoe-boy in
Blexboroogb,.,. The end of it was that he
made jolly companions of whoever would
be jolly with biro, And ended by marryincr
the daughter and Bar-maid of Bob Carter,
one of the. Swan Inn, a bouniiinsrcrii'l of
eighteen; 1 ;-.;; ' ;..;'
.' Now, the lawyer bad a son whom- he
had brought up for. the church, and was at
college long enough; though he never be
came a parson, nor did he agree at all with
his father-. lie used to be -away a good
deal; traveling, until his father,, come into
the property. , Then be returned -with bis
wire; a very nice lady., ,., , . , ' y V r
'.The father and son, whom we all called
the young Squire, did not get along' at all
together they were so different. The old
lawyer waa -loud, noisy, and t hearty; the
young Squire was pale, shy, and silent.
He had not married according to.bittuun
er'a liking, and be did not. push1 himself
forward. 5 He, liedjijt book and hated the
bottle. ...... -.. . . .-.,.
When lawyer Rigors married Kitty Car
ter, the young Squire left the Park and
went abroad, traveling in foreign parts
France, Italy, and such like; for the old
gentleman made them a handsome allow
aaoe. At lonvth the olJ pen If man ; wont
too fast, 'though Kitty took all the care of
him she oould.was taken . aiuk, lingered
for several months, and died. - . .. -
Of course the young' Squire was ., sent
for; it turned out that he had left a . curi
ous will that no out could nndara'and.with
all aorta of directionajbut above all, a great
income and one of his best estates to Kitty
for life, if ehe did not rairry. : Tlk-y say
the look the Squire gave Kitty, when the
will was read, was awful. - And that he
fiung out of the room without noting the
hand-'Kitty,' who was always a - friendly
soul--heId out to him. '
.' Now, wheu the old lawyer died, I will
say there was not a more . beautiful place
in the kingdom. You went up a drive
through the little park, after passing the
lodire-gate. under an avenue 01
f beech and
oak trees- that led straight to the lake fed
by the springs that flowed out in a water
fall and went murmuring along for miles;
stream swarming with trout. On the oth
er side the lake was the Place, a stone
house, standing behind some terraced gar
dens that led down to the water, with rich
pati-colored beds dotting oyer the green
lawns flanked by groves and bright ever
greens. . Behind the house the lawns and
gardens rolled until bounded by plantations
where vistas opened views of the dUtant
hills and the pasture fields of the home
farm. The range of walled gardens were
placed on the warnv eouth aide, quite out
of sight; there the best fruit trees had been
grown ever since the monks made -the
gardens; 7 The old lawyer spent thousands
in build inr graperies and pineries, for he
prided himself on having the best of every
thing. h ..... ,.
' To walk out on autumn evening on
those terraced gardens, all red and gold
and green with flowers, turf, and ever
green, and see the lake where the coots
and wild ducks ' played, and the swans
sailed prondly.'And the many colored trees
of the park.where too pet deer lay or brow-
sea, wun everyming as peneot as iumu b
money, levities ana orooms ana weeaers,
could make it..; Often! was up by day
break to see that gardeners make all ready
for lawyer Rigors to see when he came
irom nis annual Lionaou visit. t
And the house was a fine old place with
suites of rooms; one leading from another,
withooi end, and a great hall and ' a long
gallerywhere the family portraits hung,
and, the lawyer puf up a . billiard-table,
where he and his friends played in wet
Weather.. ? , v, r '
vTbe old lawyer was buried .before the
letter telling of his death reaohed hie son,
so Mrs. Kitty cleared and went to her
jointure bouse,, and. from that up t to Lon
don, where she met young Mr. Rigors, and
heard the will read. - 1 " 1 :: ' '
We bad orders to get all ready to receive
him. : I mind as if it was yesterday, seeing
the big travelling coach, piled with trunks
and imperials, borne up the avenue , and
wind round the lake aa fast as four horses
can trot' The children bad' their 'facet
all out of the windows, wild with delight.
and in a minute after the coaoh stopped at
the hall door, the boya Were out and over
the gardens pulling the fruit, and into the
stables; and then back to the house, and
running races through the corridors! .
,r At first, the young : Squire,' as we still
called him, kept up something of his fath
er's style, though be put down four hor
ses to a pair, and cot rid of a lot of idle
mea aervantaT ;lTie oa1U of those: "sentry
that came, ha returned; but . excused him
nai eame. ne reiurnea. nut . exousea mm-
elfon.tb; ground pf .ibealtb.and,,
dueation of bis children,-front n reeeivirig
,.l 'tn ?t w i-j-."-?il' --j -,f. in'. f'i. ' ' 1- T .
v-f-yj,'"!?"' . i!iii- t
self on i
formal eomDanv: ' ' iJ-.-'; '
i -.The children were' very liarpy-every
riding the ponies and donkiesk ami iriak-
mgaii sorts or peu in toe preserves cma on
the home farm. i.Bateaenth bw month the
expenses were cut dewn, nntij ' at length
the Squire sent for me-r-having laling'it
into his head that I was the steadiest fellow
there and told me that he was not - what
people though', but' Very poor, and that
everything most be made to pay. The
gamekeepers were all la i go, except ; two
woodsmen, and all the fancy gardeners.
The old lawyer had a dozen, one for each
department. ' All tho land that could was
to be let, and the fruit and vegetables sold.
He did not say this at first, but be ' hinted
and I understood him. Do the best you
can, aaya be,' don't ask me for money, and
I shall expect the boose well kept in dairy
and poultry, and the land ia hand to pay a
fair rent,-.;-'.'. ::
.In two years you nevet saw such a ruin!
I verily believe the master's fractious mean
away and died before the worfct: ' After
her death the Squire" went fairly- wild on
saving. i . , ., . , -
, You never saw such a change in a place
in all your life.. , 'The coach-horses were
not sold, but set to plough and cart.- And
many of the fancy beds for flowers, were
sowed with potatoes, -turnips, imngolds,
and such like,. The lawns were let tro lo
grass, and even graced over;'.'' And a for
the park, it was grazed do wn to the bare
roots with stock at so much , a-head. Until
no one would send any more to be starved.
Geese and ducks were jreared ii ,tbe garc
den temples and fed in the basins made for
gold . fiali. y . ) ".':.' . :
Everything wac left to fall , to rack and
ruin,' except just what could. lie turned to
protiVor what at any rate, the mtrster fan
cied to be a profit, ire took ft'nncy". to
me from the first, because yon see I was a
sort of. Jack of all trades,' end di.J not mind
turning my hand to anything. So I grew
from that to be a kind of baliff. .We had
a deal of ' fruit to sell in ' Blexborouah,
which, though not such a big place as it is
now, since these railways were found out,
was begining to be a pret.iy good market.-?
Then there was the buy and the potatoes,
the sheep and the 'pigs, and I managed, al!'.
So, of course, I got to speak to the Squire
pretty often, and t said to him. once, "1
thiuk, Squire, if you're for farming, you'd
do het'er to take a regnlar farm, and let on
sale this place that's planned for pleasure
grounds, and never was meant for profit,"
But, bless you be d never listen to any
common sense, tor X believe lue truth was
he could not bear lo pnt money out of his
pocket, and many and many a time, when
he would n t order a joint ot mear irom tne
butcher's, he'd have a poik, that, what
with one experiment or another,, would
cost him a shilling the pound.
One day be made up his mind to break
up a fine mere of land, to plough. Says I,
"we want some Inrses very bau, squire,
for that stiff clay." - - ;
"Why, Robin," says he my name's
Robin Spudder "haven't you the " four
horses?" ' ; '
"Lord, sir," says I, "they're no good
at all. They may do in the light carta.or
for harrowing, tho' that wasn't what they
were meant for, but. for ploughing, you
see, you want some weight and substance
and it's my belief you'll kill the horses,
and do no good to the laud." ' .'.
The Squire was a mild spoken gentle
man, unless you put his back up;but when
1 saiu tuis, nis eyes unreu uiu
furnace., Says be, "Robin, are you in a
conspiracy to ruin me like the rest? Those
horses cost my father four hundred pounds
and you told me yourself they .would not
fetch twenty pounds a pioce, ana now you
want me to buy morel" -. .
Well, it was n? use saying anythin j.for
I dare-not tell him that be had ruined the
Door bruica with feedina them on. a mess
of Dotatoes and ohaff-sluff, be had learned
out of a French book. ' ; ;
Another time I've known him sooner
than give on order fot a load of coals, make
me cut down two ornamental trees. - ."
, So, you see. we lived on the farm off
vegetables, poultry that did'nt sell, skim
milk, all the cream went for butter; pork,
and such old fat wethers as were not fit
for market. I used to - be sorry for the
poor children, walking among the une fruit
and not allowed to touch so much as an ap
ple, unless it was bruised, and obliged to
be content with dry bread, when we were
makinor pounds and pounds of fine butter;
talking among themselves bow different it
was when their poor Ma was alive.
But they were so young. .that they did
not feelthe ohange muoh, as long as Ihey
could play about; and, of course, when
beir father s back was turnea, tney uuu -the
best of evrything. We servants, out
.of the bouse, did very well; our wages
were regular, and, of course, we had the
best of everything that was sold besides
tbe perquisites. .; ;( "' n 1
I lived in one of the -park lodges; and
made myself and my missis very comforts?
ble with a garden. A cow's grass was part
of my wages; and many a tune the. chil
dren came down from the Hall,; had a bet
ter tea, with ua than they, were allowed 'at
home. The worst of it was; the Squire
was always trying some new-fangled plans,
and never stuck to any bf 'em long enough
to make 'em pay; ' He used to read some-
thine out of a book; and come down full
.ear.. , . . .
of it, and try it, if it could be done with
out laying Out too muoh money, nnd. then
out jayiu uui vw muvu hiwuii,wi,
befors fe:
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, One. time;. he; was fortffatt'vng cattle in
stalls'; so he fiu up with fagots and clay
some old shed, and buy' a lot bf poor
Welch catije at- a'lo'w'figure.'and goes' to
work -very Iwt for 'a few weeks. But
thebeasts'wouldg'tfVed, or the. food waf
not right, and all went wrong. They
didn t sell for mnch more than tho j cost,
'hen he was all for .pigs, and we had
ligs.bythe hundred, fating their heads j
iff. Well, that didn't answer, and the!
dairy made in one of tlie'wine-cellsrs of
the old ' house, with . htty cow didn t
turnout much better. uTIie cows died, or
gave no. milk, apt) the dairy maids stole
the butter or else no one would buy it; and
the cheese, made , on a new plan, from
Holland or Switzerland, or some outlandish
pkee, never turned outright, the Squire,
you see; was quite a bookman; and when
he'd given bis order, and read bis expla
nation, he thought he'd done all that was
necessary. ' ' . . '"
It wasn't my business to make any dif
ficulties' -Mine was a comfoctthle place, '
and so were all the servants and laborers' j
for the muter of that; but we, could uone
of us understand the Squire, .no more
could the neighbors.' For it was said, that '
though the old lawyer had not left him so
much as he expejifl I, still there, was a pret
ty tidy lot; -some, thousands a year, at tho
least, I've heirJ say, beside, tbe house and
park. "Bui lie had 'gbt.it in.'p his'head
most times that he wrs gVing be ruined.J
or that ."he was ruined, "an J was always
dwelling on the l rrge, foriuoe; h? had. to
pay to liis father's fimily.,, He'd talk, to
me, l.e'd'talk" to' any laborers about' it; 1
don't think he ever u-sed to talk" to his, la
dy about anything olae; and that's the
way hemonsd her to doiUi; I've heard
him my.-elf talk to little Rupert and Mis-
t?r uiiar;es aootii ine amy ri oy-ing con
ttnt "with diy br a l, whpn they were not
more than seven er eij ir years old, r lite
children, were dear crealuies.: Me hnd
my niissis ltved them &11,.n.l .they. Jovod
us. Ti-era w as the' el li st, M 'S'er Rupert,
a high-spirited ch ip, al ways ia "mischief
when his friei''sba')k wis tjrnsd-?-a fino,
freo-Fjiirited lad, and the kindest, bravest
heart in the world;, an l.CljaiU-s, a quiet
as a lamb, and a wars ct Ins book: and
Norman, the youngest, rather spoiled,,
hut Merrv: ahW. little Vri"-! -and tin two
young ladies, the twins, ilmt my wife nur-
sed and took to almost altogether, . wueti
their poor mother died;
-Miss , Maria iud
. . . . ......
Miss Uconrina.
Tliry ha 1 no phiynrnlcs; for the Sntiire
wouldn't lot -'em have any if be knew it-
They wern'tdrepsed like other children,-?
The boys always the tarae coid Toys, ex-,
eepton Sund,ays;and then they wove these
until they were too short i'l the arms and
the 1ol'8 by hull at yard. I lie poor, yonng
ladieswere in the same way, al vays cot-:
ton gowns nnd, common straw bonneis,
and their hair cut short Ilk ) hoys, Uahl
they were quite l ig girls. They used to
oreehinto ehurch Ashamed, for tliev "knew
they were gaii Jetulks, a'ld did not like be
ing so shabby. ..:', : .i . .- !
They n vcr went to school; tho, Squire
could not bear the i jea of tba txpunse.
Frrst he t iUght them himself;' then he found
that took too much timo;so he hired a euraio
in the next pr.Hsh; a'enrious sort of .1 snuf
fy old man, to teach boys nnd girls. ' But
thev onlv made fun of him. and did not
learn much, -I doubt; except Charles.
Then he got a chonp governeos Tor tno la
dies: but sli3 did not liko the livinz. and
marrio 1 Bob Cannon, tho forests. I ba
lieva tho Squire loved his children dearly;'
but he was 60 busy 'saving np money for
them, and ha was so savere with them n
bout every trifle, and always lecturing
them about ono: thing or another, that
they feared him too much to love him".
. Lord SplaCsrdash ssys, I am told, that
all children are alike. Ha would not have
suid so if he had known my young mas
tors Rupert, and Charles: and Norman.
Rupert.was proud naturally, he eould not
do what his father did. I' ve seen bim cry
with Bhame and vexation when the Squire
has tnken him with us to market to drive the
old chseton, and ho has beard bis father
disputing about a groat iu. the hill with the
inkeencr. For we used to take our own
chaff, and a spriklin of oats-ra a ba, and
feed outside the town, near a haystack, in
fine weather, and. stood, out all the time
in wet weather wq were obliged to putun
at an Inn; and then we had to bear with
a deal of sauce, beoAuse Squire Skinflint,
as they called him, was never inown to
snend a Dehhv if he. could help it. .He'd
go five miles round, and creep over any
hedcre on horseback;, to avoid a turnpike
Manv a time at a crowded1 fair we have
been turned out by landlords saying; "1
oan't afford to take in folks that neither eat
nor drink
But for all. that, the Squire was not a
bad man to the poor far from it; and
wnuld come down handsome at times, by
fits and starts, if there was any case of dis
tress. But hiseJwboW mind .seemod eat up
with tbe notion of saving : fortunes for his
children. He used continually to say,
"You see they're five; of them; and my
father behaved so oruelly td me, that there
be very little for them, Iiobin, when . I'm
Now, when-Master Rnpertgrew to be
ohnut fifteen, and th'e; 'two young'ladies
thirteen, although they wers kept so close,
they got to hear, many .'things-making
them.tbink that their father was not eo.'poor
as he always said. For servants will talk;
at that tiraepot one, single bit-of. furniture
had been bought since. the old lawyer qie?
? v?? t,t " . ... j- , i.
m.h W-F,iu.W.t1"W.T'.T r.! w
; , . , . ' ,.t.
iTa the living rooms they made up with 'the moon, giil"p dow.n the avenue on his
odd sets of chairs; and he'd pilch the bio-' gray oolt, tl.alie most have had alreaJy
ken window with paper Jiimfttlf, They 'wJ. I led.- V.'o n-vcr saw bim'ga'ih.
got rid of servant uutil they had oiily two ' -The S'qiiiro took lo his bed and Uy there
' oldish women iu' the house besides,, the "nigh a Wwi-kL scarce eat ing anything. 1
farm servants. They used to d"ine at ona ,!,tendcJ on him myself, I could hear hiui
o'clock, ia what was the servant's hall, on
a long deal UbL-jand I've known them to
sit down day af.er (lay, to a dih of pota- harJ and grim. Y.u coufd never tell isJj.'
toes, chosen from tbe best f those kopt for ,he meant by his'fai-e. '. ,
the pig, ftlie hestofall went (o market,)) 'ni9 sail he frcited for his son;, other
with one er and one rather of bacon
piece, and dry brown , bread. The Utchc-s
and hams, - and all that , could be, were ,
locked up in the store-room, and the Squire won, but got op al the end of the week,
kept the keys.and gave out. daily what hej moiling 'and striving, and screwing and
thought was wanted. As ' for .the young grinding,' wors than ever. . I thiuk my
ladies, when they , were big enough, they j self, he loved Master Rupert, fur all bin
were dressed in their, mother's dresses as, hard lines to him; for once -when his ton
long as they weuld last. I have seen thura' had been gone six months I found him
shivering iu a cold October day, for want , in the old lawyer's stu.ly standing look
of a shawl, or a eloakl when he had three, ing at two pictures one ' of. himself,
or four locked op in tho great wardrobe; ; taken wlteu he was about ten years old, and
.but the squire said it was too soon to bc"in , another of Rttoert, When ho was setfn or
wear warm clothes in October. No
matter what kind of weather, we never,
began fires uo'il. tho ninth of November. .
uno aaturday, just be I ore LlnUtmas .
it Was Masler Ruber, s scvententh birih
day-r-not that they kept any birth davs
the Squire went to yhnstmas fair wi;b ma
to sell a lot of bullock's, the best he ever,
h.id', fed on, th sunjmtr8 grass in the paik. j
Aii hour after.wu fcare p-,,n'a. Master Rj-.
pert called his brothers and' sis'ers '"into
the hall that was never Used, and there lie"1;
naa got a roaring ore in me grate, vjio
Jenny Crocket, who told me the story, said j
he Shouted out like a madman, 'look here 1
children, I have "got orders "16 srive you a
treat on' my birthday, ' Here's .wine.'
And so there were several cobwebled bot-
ties. ; Ha must have broken info the vault.
'Here are lowis ana turkeys ready . r lljo we iuuu j mat no nau p-i'-i jiasier riuj-en
gridiron.' Georgy, Mol!y, and you, D :m3 cash for a hr-wl mare-that ii3cJ to b call
Crocket,' help to make a tcooJ broil;. a'n'd'ed Iris, li.'fo'-o'' that li:ne the Squire had
while' you are doing that, I will show' y 'ai taken cue of the morjy, ns he sai I, for
someihiug.' ' He w.rnt out of the. roomfl tht-m, of any ca!vs or l.mbs sold belong
nnd returned dressed in a eompk-to set of ' irig to i!iv eltil r'.-n. ''
new clothed Ilka a (armei's son riding to ' .Two years after war J, n on of ihe l.esd
marV.et." .lie waa very; tall .'anl , strong of ploughman, that Ind' gone te sea-.- wrote to
his ago. and liaiiu.souie. ur.ind ho did
look, with a red flush on his cheek an l a '
stranrrp, wil I looU in his c-yel The clul-
dren sbou'.ed Willi pleasure and surprise.
Then savs he,. 'Dama Crocket. I am o-1
ing on a. joiirney a long journey." The
King nas s.-nt tor rq,', Mm 1 mttt i;ve you
hll a feast, snob hi no ,rjad of in story
books, before, I go.' ' So they! all set to
work, and cooked, feate l, and laughed,
j'.nd rejoiced, an I he tho loudest 'of them
all. When they h id do:m, he callaJ in
all tho , laborers that were in the cattle-'" watda, when lh Squire fell sh k of the itl
yards and Tonnd rlio house, an I made them ' nebs hg died of, I louod the letters under
drink. his health and a plaasant j jarncy.- ' his pillow" First, there-was a JeMer from
'Drink,' he said, tho wine won't hurt you: ! some one in India, saying", that ihey had
its old; it haS lain in (he 'cellar ever since
my crad father 'died, and long before thai. !
If you don't liku wine, her's rum ra-irksl h:id auy parents living, or that he had any j
on the cask ninety yuirs'old." ' S you'pie:eitiions V be a gentleman; and fur- i
may believe they nil drank'. Hi nn I 'tbe
men !?o ont-and fetch in mra ijrs. and
pile up such a fire as had not been seen lor ' was another letter, saj iu that, t.ince the
in ny a year; ' Then 1 ho said, Come my first was written, private Thomas Rupert-fiieiida,-'
I Will sing' you a song.'. So he : son. bad died of a wound received iu a
sung first oneand than anotlier ballad all fight wiluoma.monnted robbers, and the
mournful ditties that m ide the lasses weep ' cliap'aiu enclosed a lock of his hair, and
lid was "alwavsa tine' singer." Many a a portrait, nn de on. something like glass.
time be has rode before mo when
he was1
n child, and sung allthe way through the
park. - His beautiful voice went - ringing
thro'-the empty lialla, and winding up the
stairs,! where the cow boys hung listening.
: Ho was in the middle of a ballad we
could -liear the last verse as we came up'gihning of our wouhles.
the avenue. 'Whai's.thal?' said the Squire," I Every rear the. Squire seemed to gnsw
For the bouse was always mute as an emp-
- . .
ty. church. When, we turned into the
stable-vaid the flames of .the heanh fire
flashed out through! the dubtveobwehbed.
window.. 'lood hsavens'.l he Cried, 'the
house is'on fire!' . Next,- as be hurtled n-
long the passage came the gabble of cheer- up all night be,des the' day, when- lie was
ful voioes. . He flung open wide the heavy : not busy on die farm. looking over pareh
door. and cried in a voice of dismay and ments, and counting up money, and pack
rare. - 'What's all, this? . Who dated do, ing it np to Xiket to the Bltxborough Bank.
this?. - - fi i ;; . : ,: ... , ,".,:,-
'It was I, fUIier,' said Rubert, stepping,,
forward, , looking flushed,; and. even still:
more fierce than his father. It was I who
did it all. I. am going . to leave you, sir,
on a lon r iournevi and IbouL'ht I should
like to give my brothers and , sisWrs and
old friends oue fareivell feast alter year of
starvation; and if yon grudge it ma, why
then you can deduct it from my Fhara ot
my mother's fortune, which you" must pay.
when I come pfa-'e, - , :,: ;
Villaiut It's false. You've not a shil -
ling unless you've ..robbed me, . And. be'
raised his whip tosti ike'hini. i ..,
'Don't strike, me,' ,said JJasler llurbept,
stepping hack apace, and, turning from red.
to white; -don t-Btrike me, or you U repent oiu uau. . xiiey wore iiia..a; wucuaoi--it
for mai y a lonV day . - -t : row and sad thoughts soon ,pa. ,,So poor
But he ilidtiik4um-agaiu.ana again,
rMit across the face, untilthe blood flew,
. In one minute, before I could step be-j
tween them, the son, who was a head tall-,
er than his father, bad binr iu his arms
pinioned, snatched out of his other hand
the big,-black pocket book he always car-,
ried, and then, full of the prica.of. twenty
bullocks, burst it open over, the lire, ehoo"k';
nf tli notoe "fnbi ili'n rraeklinT Annus.
then threw lbaJook into the embers and'
put bisheelnpou.it.. Soma pf.the notes
ney; the rest
' 'TbereP.b
I should like, I
ey it is your
Master Rupert , was. crone,
. JleeVU8pvrusup i,peJC)iai.-. 'ioriuin-i "V'. .M,VJ
v.ere ashes in an Jnitaat.., . . l it not to be so much ws
e'rlarV ihpr1 ' Tlint's how ill-used the poof thinc&t Lsngston ' :tbat
lo serve all your cursed mon-i married Miss Hoorhy; gave up the law anq
curse and ours.- , ... " lopencu spuVu f7,v., " ,
.ii(.: i i
- J
clatterlnir iu.tbe yard of horses'
- . - i 'im , :' : .. ..
groan as I parsed liis door; hut when i
t ime in h !i,Led just t usual, pale and
a-:iil it was for the mony 'Master-. Rupert'
burned, and tl.e loss of the
ray colt.
the best he'd bred. Anyhow,
he said no
eil't, drawn for hi 'grandfather My some
foreign ar;ul. I heard him mutter to him-
self, 'so changed;' anl 1 half fancied there
ww a tear in Ins eye. Uut turning l.im
s If short round oil nvr. he said grirnlike.
'Could any iiWi believe that pretty child
cbnlJ have turned out suuh a villain, lo
rob his poor, ! 1 father? 'What?' hi cried
to me, as i mu'tercd rtime'.hing for the
b;v was mv favorite 'do von defend him?
"Mas'tf Rupert was nota " yillairi,' says
K 'if itwm the fist;iyord 1 ha I iO ?pft:k.H
ioij wuu mm t inrew uown lue ;imjne oi (
wheat I had brought; Went oaf, nnd never
weht nenr Kim all that day. But J,c ronlif j
not do wiihoaf m?. So t!ie next tiriie ' 1 1
(had to go to him, ! took no moie no'i-p; s,
j When we ciTne to settle wl;b tU niilh-r, j b
; who look 'part ofonr corn in 1 sent us meal, , s
perl in C.ik-iiV.a; Pressed in esvahy
lorm; that I;B- knew him in a minu;e; nl- l
t'.iotiH lie was very mueii aitcreu.
that Master Rupert denied bis name,
and :
' - ,1 In ,rr i 1 . .run rrtr.il li.l. "'..I 'it ,
1 IZI IV 4 I'll O.Vt L, rj vul'ti I
before.1 Cut Bob was qtite ch-nr that it j
was -'-ilie voun'g te'iuifp. -1 went and toiJ j
my master, who fai 1 no'.hmg at the lime, j
but it s jerns went to work wi ll his London 1
friends to bny Mr.sior Rupert out. I did
not know this at ihe (imp. . Lon alter-
seen the soldier, Thomas Ruperison. of i!te:j
fiftieth ,K. O., Light Cavalry,- and that he ,
ther bti;d he abould enter some.o(ber regi
meni imoieoiaiely if .bought out. Theie
only .'tough, by an, Indian.. . Poor ladl.it
was the very moral of . bim; though the j
thick, d:vk moustaches; andthe fierce look,
'was icry different ' to'wben 'be used to g
; a shepherding wi.li hio on his rough 7ony.'j
i M htcr Rup?l-L's going was only tbe b-j-
richer. He conM.nof help U;- Tor, though
. ' A
lue turne-tarm wasmiseraoiy wianageu, ite
spent nothing to sp:ik of, and was saving
up his rent. and laying thenr oat every
year oniutereu. reopio came 10 u::n
from an prls"to boitow monoy;'and he sat
' The young ladies were growing up; but
he only. wemed to notice- them by ins ana
starts. 1 hey were at raid or him, always
skulking out of tne way, anduuly-spohe in
I whimpers; or just Ay. aud Nay, before him,
thoujh they could hiut;h loud enough be;
Wad hw.back.joking with the lads, wbo4
made an txcuse lo ot when they knew
thdi Squire . was at Iniirletor bank. t Oh,
but awy,-,-. wre-. oviiny . lapses, wnu eowr.
like roseI but eu-ange-aad wild in iheir I
j way as.auy young guiles, au no oho iq
,, look uficr them, wmpenog about ..the
park, ou their J30.uws,i.wU theii hair fly tug
about .their eai, rnd just an old shawl or
a horsq-rug round their feet, instead of a
habit; or playing bide-and seek round the
ltupert was iorgouen,; vxcept on wiuier
tyenitig round the fiie..-, , -. ,j
Well, one.day they were both niK-iug;
thoy had'gone.. off and married, two wild
fellows, lawyer's clerks not . bad-looking
chaps,, though-?-who. got acquainted with
them in theupark while coming backwards
and forwards" to. raise money, on wriiings
for." ' tbei'r .master, . Ifwy.d', ' Jojms JTesuit
Johns ibaV called him. . 'It "was a sad busi-
$is? Fivst, tba. bnsbands Sue,d the Squire
' their wjyas .snare or, ineir, motner
l..u..i l.dit ttrlian'Hb rrrtt if Bhil r.-llinil
JUUildiscbxar' bmelt ;ing and sporting teiwws, iromne.iiMu
Wer beard a (Moo'r.training rpurids,-usetj to co;-Hot
'.feet I ran, ipoor MwsUcorgy, who always riaa a spir ,f
,-?vl "stl.. ..,-r'v.-.4!.n.'..'..--.:v.'f':: ;"s
way of beating i hvT ran off with ClfiUla ,
LuUiher. of U Laiieers, the sK-eple-uhiisii.,
rid?r: What became of her tlf.er ward J,
dn't know; but they ilH say that she died
in a London-work ,1 4e-4'' Miss Maria, the.'
fair one, wjis always a . nw.k sj'iriijand;
when he found thv Mr. Sam .Woods had.
only married br.-r her. money r she fiei-, ,
ted away, to a shadow, and soon faded, a-,
way aliogeilier. -. .. -
, The next , that left us, was Master Nor--manr
lite spoiled il.uliiig. lie was a keen :
hand from a child, an i. would lake any--thing
h could lay his baud on. .He cheat
ed al marbles; was never so happy as when .
he could '""t 'a fcw luilfpouee and play
jiitcU-aiu' with ihe farm hi Js, or the '
the f o:i,, jown at the Flying Cliilders.
lie took to wotting hy going on the sly to .
hisbrother-in-law,Luigtton'pubie house. .
How he got the money wc could nol tell;,
but he canio to be a regular blackleg be-'
fore he had a beard, at every race he could,,
steal away to. lie uHished hy breaking,
open the Squire's desk, when k was lull of
the priec of- ihe wheat-stacks, and going ;
off to Doncaster, where we heard he .won
a sight of ; money. Ho never bowed a-,
gam until he was come of ace. Then bi :
drove up, (lresed like a lord, wiih two;
men servan s, a bullboganda bl'.fk-facej,
blaekguaid.-Iooliug dandy fellow Vong-.
side of him. Jhe Sqniie was getting f.,e-,
b'e then, but niort fond, of money (V :,n'
ever, ftorman t'tgliled mm so, ir.ai no;
was g,Ud to. give l.iui more ihai hi &.!tra
of mother's fortmis down on the pail, to
et rid of hint. When he ht-f.rd vh.it had
become o. i ! s't
swore awfttHr.',
rs, ih'f hiy cl"re
Kiorrt ' !,Ht lis
I ll L.
s..iu, 'it s'eeir
it ...c iaJ trou;
to rr.rrv dpi
ihi the
Of .I'M
black 1.1 ini
.-si wir 1 w'r- ro
; :r.: ia I;
ijqniie tli it
f if more c
i ' "I J-.'-T '''
: . h. r'
it. it i
lie was u'.w. i.r.l kill.',
maikvl s; mg j.:. .1.1
w hes.-.i of ilr.-Rcf.f-
,- t
; ar I.
Rj'l'.i'eie W
wr, ) WiiS ft V.':;',S a ri't'"l. i-ar .ft ., .-. a
I !.a I r.-.w. :,1..; ilu :.inir 1, I.-.l lm ' .i?-'
ha.l p,
f ,, iir.te him. Fo be tist-d to
in ;!! th VmIc." nnd sofC np'-on;
t'und.ivs.' w iltincr' the "n?'i fir.! t'..itfs-4 l.e
com!- a s.-,t in a jig. g 'ing h:,. L the'
.. i . km k d v. in., rr ritt l-nvt. ' Ha
J.J U, . . luv iu n-- .,.,. ...
w.-i; t rerr same sort r.s t!
not tl-ii ;.".u;. loti.ir.-
mMj ind ,11
.n;-!; :J s'o-
yiui:;j on.', wiih a t.ry oM'
"ag siiou' -kr-J, wnlkiii-j ep,
.et-., p In tr.ik, erciy
loWTl t
1 Monday
rinv t'e v f'opt.,! mi l
; loled over prin" d pi pers" !ir. Chaile
t would hiing ua' oi i n !" k t. If t!?",
wa'.he'r was too- ronx'.,. n- V ",.ul'l t-ke
eir Wi'if in -the- !"ag r'dh-ry. nii u s-ivo-
off a
f:!t-n th-y wuai t i. iLwu to -cltt.e. .
bit ofhvjoir; or p.-rlmps a rabbit
eanghi in the p
all -ihe time ' il
k or ni.y cheap me, n i
wir tonguos went iow y, '
stea'ly on, bt'; nver a;out any hm il-at
Irould hear, bu; jusl mo icy, mi.i y, mm-
After a while M-l Ci trleft ietl ihe b'tr-.':,
and set up in iiu -iafvs f r hitu -elf, end, rn-,
cording fo' whvt we liearj heard, j;tew
wonderiu'iy rk-!,; i'iien there came a.
time of .plain of American TLine-1, wltfru
Ihe outbid eanrw from, and canal and , all
sorts of -el,niiry;i. r,:e oil quires
eye's. wuulX glisun aain wheu he boa; I
what a sigh1, of n.ou -y Mr. Charles wns.
likely to ou5sv -lie u-e-J lo anr.:vlien
Charles was getirBtf re.'t..'v i-rt the I. iiM:-pII,
to go bo.ue ou it ,:.day uigm. uoou ooy,
! good boyfifaj! yqn.,viU:.on'. f-oiue til .
right, you II tu.ve all t nae. y . ,
.IT.... .. ll,n( k.. f..t It tar!' tf .i
i ,) iomh iy ,; ve,wvi.-mi,
j Charted Ud him, one n'ght, ,'-,.,.
ii.e om .wan s, cys gi sujneo, .u no.
ruuoeu: n .n.to wuuj ,
' 'i houtandi. boy; Honan.vi jm aiu, an.i.
theu weit btck imUj the parlor, robbing til
h..uua faster than ever.' ,.
Afie.r a wli'le. howsfver, tl'b.c.!i.'iiirj.
very uuh.4. Mr. Cuarles lust hw iilei ii-I..
looks on Sundays, and I riiiced ; tjiat, k
whenever hu (muio tiie .old Sqaire.iw ,
bla.il-auJ , uiii,;li.d aboui the no..-.icd.,
moiitli,.u 1.5 ttlwnys.did wlitu,. anybody,,
asked, hurt fjr cjoucy. , It -;mc.; fj(niep
ihut Mr. CLai'ws' specuW.ions bad. not-conn-
off, right., .. - . ;.r;. ;
Wll. on SnnJiy it was iu NutemWr
for. Ua first time I heard MrliRrlcs aii
the, Sqiiiro:.t sgniGihiiii? liko high woids;
anyhow Mr. C!ia, Wi voice was raiaad.
So I stood in-,lHshivW of, ihu long gallery
door . aud heard; the Squire say,: .-.
('Give my ba-eVml moliiey to a pack
of scoundrels, thievs ? . No- Charles, no;
not a penny. It will be "better for you
to-i-' 1 could nrt caioh the. htSl word; bit.
Mr. Charles soieahied -'Never!' in such a?
voice thuv 1 did not forget, and heard in.
my dreams often after. - They; ceased then.'
but began agaiil after supper, with' tke;
doors closed., ,; ..- ; : f - .
1 'The next miming I went to call.Mr
LCharle,-as usual, to go wilb me In the
mnrket-oart, to tdwn. H;a door was fast.'
1 knocked. No answer. Something fcis
gave me; so I got one of the boys to climb
up to-the window with a Udder, and get.
in by 'breaking a pane; : As bn as ithft
boy got in be began to hollow and hieilr
so I put my shoaldur to ihe door and burst
it in. - Sure enough Mr. Charles had hurn;
himself and was dead and eold. U'J
never been a-bed.' but sat rvp-wrliiwe ...
tearing np paper. . I could just-:ral t
half a dozen times .Writteu onr, rT, ;'';
rupt Beggar-My poor-Wife.'. r I ff,
knew, be was niartied vttMf'w u: ' nl
'D'et ObSoladed'on fourtb t,,::
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