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distinct, and human moan-and this was immediately followed by a convulsive movement of the whole frame, so long and strong, as to remove any doubt that there was yet life in the supposed defunct.
" • He is not dead!' they both cried out at once, and, at that instant, a voice replied. Not dead!'
" Who's that?' exclaimed the father, almost screaming with affright.
“Not I,' replied the son, in a similar tone, and then, after a few moments, he added, "It must have been the echo! Come, father, see! How the poor wretch struggles !-Shall we not save him ?'
“Save him ! cried the same voice which they before heard, and which this time seemed to come from behind the Spinny by which the gibbet was backed, and again their alarm was, for a short space, at its height; but common compassion soon took the place of uncommon terror, and, setting to work heart and hand, they quickly cut the rope, and divested the sufferer of the noose, which, in the hurry and fright of the unskilful practitioner, had been so put about the neck as to cause only half strangulation. They then stripped the body, and, with their strong hands, well rubbed the vital regions to restore circulation, and, finally, opened the clenched teeth, and poured down the throat a good dose of that invigorating fluid of which they were themselves too fond ever to stir any distance without it. The effect of this treatment was soon apparent, for the dead-alive opened his eyes, and, after some small but homely expressions of doubt as to which world he was actually in, he was easily prevailed on to take another draught of brandy, in order to prove, beyond a doubt, that he was not in the land of spirits. By repeated administrations of this much-praised, much-condemned liquid, which Black Tom thus at his second entrance into life, sucked in like the mother's milk, which it had always been to him, the work of restoration was completed, and in less than an hour he was by the side of his humane companions on his way to their hospitable fireside, where bed and board, and every care were lavished upon him.
“ Thus passed the night; and, in the morning, when the dismayed and defeated authorities returned to Donnington Cross to complete their work, by enclosing Black Tom in iron hoops, as ordered by law, what was their astonishment to find no vestige of the body! Consternation was, for a time, the order of the day, which soon, however, settled itself down into a quiet belief, on the part of the better informed, that the culprit's friends had been at hand, and ready and active to take advantage of the confusion, had carried him off in the hope of restoring animation, while the more ignorant were, as is their wont, not slow to attribute to mankind's arch enemy himself this peculiar care of his favourite offspring. In the mean time the worthy gardener's compassion did not stop at this mere point of restoration : it had, indeed, been well for him if it had done so; for, if ever the gallows-tree grew to any real good purpose, it was to hang such a heartless, hopeless, unvaried, and unmitigated scoundrel as was he who had just escaped his well-merited doom there.
“The honest, well-meaning pair who had saved him from death, and who afterwards concealed, sheltered, protected, and supported him, in the new life they might be said to have given him, too soon, and too severely, felt the sting, which this human serpent, warmed into existence by their kindness, first darted upon his preservers and benefactors. He
began by such petty pilferings and small outrages as were scarcely perceived, or speedily overlooked. But it was not in his nature to stop at these; and not a twelvemonth had elapsed, when, after one particular occasion for which, in consequence of his misdoings, his host had ventured to call him to a severe account, he quitted the house, abstracting at the same time such articles as were most easy of removal. The good folks were too glad to be rid of such an inmate at any price, to make any serious stir about his departure; besides that, for their own sakes, remembering what they had done in the face of the law, they judged it more prudent as well as humane, to be silent. Fate, however, had willed that they should suffer still more for their misplaced compassion; and thus Black Tom, having speedily associated himself with others of a like spirit, recommenced his quondam trade of daily plunder and nightly marauding; and, in the fulness of his gratitude, soon marked out his late protectors for his present prey.
“Being so well aware, as he naturally was, of their habits and movements, he was of conirse enabled to shape his plan of attack to the best advantage; and there is no doubt that their property, and if necessary their lives, would have fallen the sacrifice, but for an act of his own, arising out of his revengeful nature. Accident just then brought him in contact with his old enemy, the Witch of the Wood, and, suspicion having fallen on her of being by her spells the cause of a foul disease amongst the cattle, then prevalent in the neighbourhood, Black Tom, in order to ensure her punishment, having first disguised himself as a wayfaring traveller, came voluntarily forward, and deposed to the midnight spells and sorceries on her part, to which, as he swore, he had by chance been witness. His statement was so clear, and his interference seemed so completely the result only of a kindly feeling for the sufferers, that it was readily believed, and the reported witch was sentenced by the purblind old magistrate who had heard the case in his own parlour, to be severely whipped at Donnington Cross. The beadle was about to remove her for that purpose, when thrown off his guard by his extreme joy, her accuser stepped up to her, and whispered in her ear, in his own natural voice
“So, mother they've ordered you your whipping at Donnington Cross.'
* Ha! exclaimed the prisoner at once recognising her inveterate fue, ''tis Black Tom; I know him now, in spite of his sandy wig.'
«• Black Tom !' cried the feeble old magistrate. "Black Tom !' echoed the burly beadle.
“Then,' continued his worship,' the devil has not yet got his own: seize on the villain and hold him fast.'
"' I will,' replied the functionary; but before he could put his ponderous weight in movement, Tom had burst through the glazed door, that opened on the lawn, and throwing off as soon as he could the heavy driving-coat which formed his chief disguise, he darted with lightning speed over hedge and ditch, and had soon distanced all pursuit. Intent upon the one desire of securing the flying criminal, no one heeded her who had so lately been the object of universal attention, and she had just the sense to profit by the turn things had taken, and to withdraw herself altogether from that by which she had nothing to gain and everything to lose: Not to throw a chance away, she, however, very quietly took up the coat which Black Tom had abandoned, never dis
daining to accept of what might be useful even from an enemy. She
“ They are but three,' said she.
“Those she was addressing seemed somewhat astonished to find that the old woman thus included herself in the number of defenders; but their wonder was much greater when she thus proceeded
“Talk of calling constables and neighbours, indeed! What for, unless it may be, to listen to Black Tom's story of who came between him and the just sentence of the law, last Lammas-tide ?'
“The father and son stared at each other in utter amazement, for this was the first time they had ever heard a suspicion breathed that they were suspected of having had any hand in the removal of the body from the gallows.
“At length, ‘Black Tom,' said the father, 'is he not dead ?'
"Not dead!' exclaimed the visitor, with a tone and emphasis which it seemed to them they had heard before.
“. And if he was cut down on the night he was hanged, what had we to do with that ?' asked the son, and then, with an attempt at a searching glance as if to discover how much the reputed witch really knew, and how much she only pretended to know, he added—'we did not save him.'
“Save him!' ejaculated the hag; and in an instant, both father and son recognised the peculiar voice and the self-same words which they had heard with such terror on the night of the execution. Their looks fell to the ground, while the hag, regarding the pair for a few moments with the most contemptuous composure as she leaned on her long staff, thus spoke :
“I tell you no list'ner need be at a loss,
For an echo there lives around Donnington Cross ;
Yet Donnington gibbet would soon have its own.'
there is business to be done; put out your lights, bar your doors and windows, look to your firelocks, and above all, call up a mnaly courage in your hearts. Come, my warning's worth a dram at least, and we weak women need something to support us when we are to do the work of men. With brandy you brought the dead culprit to life, and now 'tis brandy shall help the live culprit to death ;-there!' continued she, drinking off the full measure they gave her, “and now, I
say once more-to business.'
“ This female commander now disposed her small forces to the greatest advantage, and then all was silent, until the hour arrived at which she well knew the attempt was to be made. It was a bright moonlight, and, as the first footsteps were heard treading the narrow footway that separated the dwelling from the high road, the besieged, from the concealed corner in which they had stationed themselves, took deliberate aim, and fired on their assailants. A loud cry was heard, and one fell, the other two, without the delay of an instant, betaking themselves to flight. The party within, immediately descending, approached the prostrate man, and quickly discovered it to be Black Tom himself. The wound had taken effect about the knee, but being only from duck-shot, was clearly not of a dangerous nature; and, lifting him up with too little caution, the father very nearly fell a sacrifice to his heedless haste, for the villain, who was armed with a knife of formidable dimensions, seized a favourable moment and struck at him with all his vengeance. A loud cry, however, from the witch who had followed them closely down, gave notice to the son, who, with a heavy blow, felled the miscreant to the earth. Then, wresting the knife from him, he would in his rage have put an end at once to his crimes and his life, but his arm was at that moment stayed by the tone that had before urged it on.
“« Hold! hold !' said she," the Fates must be fulfilled. He is not to die by lead nor steel, but by oaken board and twisted cord. Out at once with your cart, harness your fastest horse, and bring your strongest rope; give me the knife in this hand, and let me get the other well about the caitiff's throat: nay, never writhe and wriggle, man!' continued she, as her victim vainly endeavoured to release himself from her savage grasp. "Your neck must be grappled tighter than this before your breath is quite squeezed out.'
“She now seemed so completely the master-spirit of the whole scene, that the other parties appeared only as subordinate agents, to do her bidding
Accordingly, the vehicle was quickly brought out, the prisoner fast bound and placed in it; then, all three mounting, they drove over hill and through vale as she directed them, until, by a bye-way known to few but herself, they suddenly came upon Donnington Cross. Here they stopped; and in the shortest time in which it could be accomplished, the culprit was, in spite of his cries and struggles, once more fastened to the very beam from which, not a twelvemonth before he had been cut down; and the very same hands that then had rescued him, now themselves did the work of death upon him!”
Tho' once we thought the lesson vain;
And send thee back Love's gifts again!
(Like our affection's sever'd cord);
But proved as frail as-woman's word !
(It ne'er shall clasp my finger more);
But now—that silken slav'ry's o’er !
An echo to love's gentle song ;
And discord dwells their notes among !
With the same look as in the hour,
My dazzled senses own’d thy power!
Its glossy texture charms not now;
The whisper'd word and murinur’d vow!
Like relics, in some sainted shrine;
I had not mourn'd the loss of thine !
Tho' once we deem'd the lesson vain;
And smiles shall light my brow again!
SCENES IN THE LIFE OF AN ADVENTURER.
The outbreak of that Revolution which the French have named “ the glorious three days," was just as violent at St. Germain's as in the good city of Paris. A young Englishman, named Henry Falconer, and his friend, the Vicomte Léon de P-, a royalist officer in a regiment of Lancers, were taken prisoners by the mob; their lives, which were in imminent peril from the infuriated canaille, were preserved by the promptitude of the Mayor, and the young men were conveyed to the prison of the town. As the offence of which they were guilty had nothing in it very serious, and was one, moreover, for which they were not likely to attempt to escape, the honest concierge allowed them the whole range of the prison, never shutting them up but at night. This consisted of two wings, five or sis large rooms in each, a square court, and a hideous