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skill at any time in adding up figures, but self with a thought that Beenie had been misnow, even though I took great pains, and taken after all, and that whoever was walking counted them on my fingers, I could not get by the waterside, it was not Annie Orme. on; so at last I thought it was best to shut But my heart misgave me when I saw the the book.
moon for a moment shine on Lexie's face, and After that I sat for awhile just looking into she passed me on the door-step without a word the fire and pondering. There was not a sound of what had happened. Beenie came into the in the house–nobody being in-but the clock house just behind my sister, and you could in the passage ticking steady and slow, like a have heard her at the bridge she grat so loud, thing of wood and iron as it was, heeding not “ Oh! Miss Rechie, its a' me," said Beenie, a pin that folk were distressed. But bye and and there was a sob at every word "its a' my bye, as I sat and listened to it in the quiet wyte for telling upon Miss Annie.” house, I thought it said " Annie Orme, Annie I hurried into the room after my sister, beOrme, Annie Oi ne," in a voice like a ghost; ing now really feared ; Lexie was putting her and in spite of my own sense, and all I could bonnet away into the millinery box, and had say to myself, I could not help being feared. off her shawl, but she never spoke a word,
Annie Orme-Annie Orme ! oh, if the like though she might easy see me standing shaking of me had brought scathe upon the bairn! there, wondering what was the matter. Lexie's
So I went away at last, and opened the door | lips were closed firm, and she was holding her very cannily; for though I knew that Lexie head up so stiff, that now and then it gave a was a good distance away, I had still a dread little nod—I could not bear this any longer. of her hearing me. It was a most beautiful “ Lexie,” said I, “say anything you like to night; just on the other side of the road was a | me--miscal me as much as you are disposed great park, looking dark in the moonlight, and but speak to me, Lexie, and be pitiful to the in the hollow below that, was the Esk glimmer bairn." ing out in a bend, and all the angles and “ The bairn! the vulgar-minded, low-spirited, corners of the paper-mill rounded with silver. unthankful girl! Oh Rechie Sinclair, to think The moon in the skies was like a ship travelling we should have wared our best days upon her, upon the sea. Now and then she sailed away and her following in her mother's steps at last!" behind a cloud, and you lost wit of her ; but “ Lexie, woman! the lad is a very decent then the edging of the cloud would brighten lad," said I, “he's no very grand, but he'll be and brighten, and all the mist round it would always creditable, and he can keep her well. gleam like fairy lace woven out of silver, and What way should ye make such a work out she came herself, looking you full in the about it?" face, as if she had been hiding in play, and “Rechie, you are a deceived woman," said was young enough yet to be whiles a bairn, for Lexie, turning full round on me, and looking all her dignity and state. All the time, just fierce in my face. “I tell ye, Peter Braird is before her, as if it were guiding her track, too good for her-far too good for the notions went a little quiet star; it had a solitary, for she has- I kent that-and not only so, but even lorn look about it, as if it knew well that the your man, Thomas Mouter, who keeps a grand traveller behind would leave no kindly grocery shop, and is auld Sandy Mouter's sonlooks for a small light like what it seemed ; he's too good for her, Rechie Sinclair. She's and so as I stood out in the night, my heart | chosen for herself-she's made her ain selection, grew wistful and solitary too, and sighs came and woes me that I should see this day." out from it, or ever I knew--but it was true I Saying that, Lexie sat down upon her chair, had great cause to be anxious about Annie and turned her face to the wall, and was silent Orme.
for a time. I saw she was much moved, and I was looking down the road, expecting to that her frame shook, but she would not let see Lexie, and Annie, and young Mr. Mouter, wit to me. I laid my hand on her shoulder, all coming back together-for I could not think and said, “ Lexie, woman, dinna vex yoursel," my sister would stand out about any pride of but she shook my hand off with wrath, and her own, if it was to hinder what Annie had would not turn round her head--for Lexie is set her heart upon-when I saw a dark figure very proud--it is just her one fault. coming up by the hedge, and a little one, cry When she was done, she drew her chair into ing like to break her heart, following after as its usual place, and looked me in the face once fast as she could. “Dear me," said I, “ here is Lexie and Beenie back again," and I opened “Well, what were you asking me,” said the door wide to let them in, and consoled my- | Lexie, sharply.
* I was asking nothing, Lexie; but I would you're another. We were thinking her a truthvery fain hear indeed," said I," what it is that ful bairn and an obedient, that liked us, and has angered ye at Annie--who was with her ? had respect to our opinions—while she's been -ye might tell me."
holding trystes all this time with Robbie at " Aye, I may tell you, and I'll tell herself | the Butterbraes!” before it be long," said my sister, “who was it? I was struck silent and dismayed I could Oh Rechie Sinclair! I'm one auld fool, and not make answer a single word.
A LADY'S NARRATIVE OF CAPTIVITY AMONG ALGERINE PIRATES.*
BUT now we had again to face the fearful | the Jew's was calm, but full of keen attention. mob, and once more to endure the same indig. I soon saw enough to tell me that an intrigue nities and insults that I have already described. was in progress, and as one of the parties We were almost supported along through the appeared to make proposition after proposition throng of negroes and camels, horses and cautiously and hesitatingly, I knew that mules, to the consular dwelling. Entering British sovereigns were gradually coming in this by the low door in front, we gained access as auxiliaries to the argument. By slow to an inner court, and were thence conducted degrees the countenance of the Jew became to a large room that opened into it. I at once complacent, relaxed into a smile, and, at last, appropriated a sort of couch at one end of the nodded in assent. The golden reasons had room, and sank upon it, weary and exhausted. proved unanswerable--a bribe had been offered
Soon after, the wife of the consul entered; and received. My husband had agreed to write she nodded at me, and passed on to the further the letter to the emperor in accordance with end of the apartment. There she threw her- the governor's order, but he had coupled his self upon a low sofa, made up of mats and rolls agreement with the condition that he should of carpetting. Many other ottomans of similar | write a second letter also, addressing it to the material were scattered around, so that the consul general at Tangier, and that the Jew place had altogether somewhat the aspect of should forward both at the same time, by an English carpet warehouse. By the side of special couriers, and should have a reward of the lady's sofa stood the consul's own bed, it fifty sovereigns for the service. also was composed of alternate layers of the By the time that this important business same kind of stuff, but it rose to the height of was decided, and the despatches were prepared, four or five feet from the floor.
it was midnight. Our lady hostess had been The lady herself was to me an object of great all this while asleep upon her rugs and carpets, curiosity, as she listlessly reclined at the further entirely unconscious of the proceeding that had end of the room. Her person was fat and bulky, attracted my attention so painfully, as one that and bedizened with gold and silver lace; her was probably fraught with life or death to us. countenance hard-favoured and dark, without Now that the affair was concluded, I became any vestige of hair about it; and her legs and sensible that I was in a state of languor and feet brown and bare, and manacled with heavy prostration that was almost insupportable. I anklets of gold. As we were so far asunder, had fasted for twelve hours, and this, too, after our intercourse for that evening began and a long period of sea-sickness. I therefore ended with the preliminary nod. I did not, hailed, with unfeigned delight, signs which however, want amusement, for as soon as I had seemed to indicate that some kind of meal was a little recovered from fatigue, my attention in the course of preparation. The anticipated was rivetted to another part of the room. My refreshment soon appeared; it consisted husband and his host had seated themselves pieces of cold black mutton, swimming in oil upon an ottoman, before a small writing-table; and garlic, with rue-tea and glasses of half a feeble lamp illuminated their features suffi putrid water. All these delicacies were served ciently to show that they were earnestly whis without bread of any kind. As our stomachs pering together in Italian. My husband's
were not yet tamed down to this kind of fare, sun-burnt face was disturbed and anxious ;
we immediately asked permission to retire to
our mattress. The younger Jew of the blue * Continued from page 74.
1 coat came forward to act as our chamberlain,
and he led us to a small dirty apartment on and they are great favourites with the inthe other side the court, where we found our habitants, who never molest them; they mattress spread upon the top of an old wooden build at their own pleasure, wherever they chest. I was now greatly astonished and de like, and seem to be upon the best possible lighted to hear our really handsome conductor terms with their landlords. Bendenhen caught say, in a rich, full-toned voice, “Samuel Ben one of them in his hand, to show me how denhen speak English for you. Two years pretty and tame it was. It was a small black him in Gibraltar, learn it very well; you wish and white bird, with delicate head and pointed something him can give you ? Him very glad | beak; it did not seem to have the slightest to get you some pleasure.” Rejoiced to have fear of its captor. such a friend at court, I immediately begged The young Hebrew's manner was as kind as of him to procure us some clean water for use it was pleasing. He told us this morning that in the morning. He disappeared with alacrity, he had a house in Jew Town, “half-an-hour and soon returned with a damsel, bearing a away,” with “ von little wife, and von little large brass stew-pan full of water, some soft childs," and then explained that no other Jew soap in a vine leaf, and the sleeve of an old besides the consul was allowed to dwell in cotton shirt in the place of a towel. This last Salee. He had himself remained in the town, was evidently a part of the plunder of some Eu during the last night, under the governor's ropean's wardrobe. Bidding us good night, the special order, to aid the consul, who was his courteous fellow added, "me see you more days." father-in-law, in the matter of the imperial
The survey of our chamber, which we made despatch. I asked him where his own father when we were left alone, did not afford us any was?” He answered, “very dead." The promise of comfort. The walls were black and elder Bendenhen had been possessed of conrough, and above were lofty rafters heavily siderable wealth, but as the emperor had condraperied by the industry of many full-grown stituted himself heir-at-law to all the Jews in spiders. The floor was strewn with unwashed his dominions, his property was confiscated at wool, that smelt most offensively, and a part his decease to the imperial use, excepting only of the room was rudely boarded off from the a small amount that had been turned over as rest, to serve as a sort of granary. Earnestly the portion of the widow and her child. This, thanking God that our lot was not a worse however, had prospered marvellously, and the one, we extinguished the lamp we had no Bendenhens were already rich again. means of re-illuming, and laid ourselves down, As soon as Samuel Bendenhen took leave of in the hope that we might find a little refresh us, our waiting-maid of the last night came in. ment and forgetfulness in sleep. This hope She wanted the brass stewpan, as the cooking was however, indeed, a vain one, for as soon could not be done without it; but she was as the light was out, a chorus of noises began | manifestly very glad to avail herself of this below, and a chorus of noises above. The culinary necessity, as an excuse for gratifying screaming, screeching, and racing on the ground her curiosity, for she walked wonderingly we at once knew could only proceed from an round me, and examined different parts of my army of rats, resentful at our intrusion into dress, particularly the cap, which seemed most their domains. But what the flying, fluttering, to excite her admiration. While she made and squeaking over head might indicate, was her survey of my person, I returned the commore than our imagination could fathom. Our pliment by doing as much for her, and she had attention was soon, however, taken off from little cause to shrink from the inspection. She these diagreeable sounds, by sensations that was a young Jewess, probably of about eighwere more imperative-our mattress was al teen years of age, with a bright brown skin, ready shared with us by thousands upon thou- and beautiful innocent-looking countenance, sands of virulent and hungry fleas.
set off by the finest display of long waving Finding our night even more wretched and black hair I have ever seen; her features wearying than our day had been, we were were full of expression, and beamed with glad enough to escape from it by rising early. gentle and kindly sympathy. Irresistibly atVery soon after we were up, our young friend tracted by her look, I extended my hand, she Bendenhen arrived. When we spoke of the took it, coaxed it, and then dropped upon the nocturnal noises over head, he pointed out to floor, and laid her beautiful head upon my feet. us that the upper part of the chamber was in- For the first time since our capture tears rushed habited by numerous small birds, which he into my eyes; I was glad to find my interesttold us bore the name of "birds of Jerusalem." | ing acquaintance answered to the pretty name The houses of Salce are all filled with them, of Una.
As soon as Una had carried off her stewpan, esteem in consequence of my inability to do a man and a boy entered our apartment; they the same. During the repast, my companions were the remaining members of the consul's were seated on carpets on the floor; I was establishment, and had come to take their turn placed conspicuously on a lofty ottoman. In in gazing at the strangers. The man opened one sense, this arrangement was a very satisthe door, which I may remark, admitted the factory one, I was too high to come in for any light as well as himself, and stalked in to share of the frequent embracings and kissings wards us. When tolerably near us he ex which turned out to be important features in tended one arm, and, in a deep sepulchral tone the ceremonial, and which, I suppose, I should pronounced, in English, “ good night.” This not have dared to refuse had they been tenphrase, it afterwards appeared, was the mea dered to me. sure of his proficiency as a linguist. He had As soon as the coffee and aniseed had been managed to pick it up somewhere, and was so discussed, the general attention was turned proud of his attainment that he took good care upon me. I had made such slight improveto lose no opportunity for its display. From ment in my personal appearance as the contents morning, through noon, to night, this phrase of my carpet bag allowed, and I suppose my was ringing in our ears in the death-bell tone hostess received this as a compliment addressed of Abram. The monotonous repetition at to herself, for she was much more familiar last made me so nervous, that I reckoned with me than on the occasion of our first inescape from it as not the least among my terview. The ladies all came round me, and joys when I turned my back upon Salee. The made signs that they wished me to stand up. man was very tall and thin, almost a black, I complied, and they then commenced a minute but with hollow features that were devoid of and careful scrutiny of my dress, examining any trace of negro physiognomy. The ex all parts of it, the inner as well as the outer. pression of his countenance was disagreeably While they were thus occupied, I took the acute, and of so ambiguous a nature that I opportunity to make my own observations. could not have said whether his age was nearer Excepting in the particular of stature, I could to twenty or to seventy. He was wrapped in see very little difference in the persons of my the customary flannel garments, and I think examiners; some might be a little older, and might have made a little fortune, without a some a little younger-some a little dirtier, and single alteration in his outfit, had he appeared some a little cleaner; but all were alike ugly as stage ghost at one of the minor theatres of and disagreeable, with dusky complexions, London.
and with frightfully full figures. They were When this ghost and his little satellite had mostly short as well as stout, with large coarse gazed their fill, they made way for the next inexpressive features, by no means improved arrival. This proved to be our hostess herself. by the effect of a circle of black paint surroundShe had come for me to return with her to the ing each eye. The palms of their hands were room we had occupied on the previous evening. dyed of a deep saffron colour, and their finger I expressed to her, as well as I could, my wil and toe-nails stained of a rosy red. lingness to be her companion, and she led me Their dress consisted of a chemise of coarse across the inner court of the house. This I calico, fashioned something like a gentleman's was now able to observe; it was open to the shirt, but without collar or wristbands. Its sky, of a quadrangular form, and surrounded seams and edges were trimmed with black by galleries ; into these galleries the doors of and silver cord, and the bosom and shoulders the several apartments led, but none of the embroidered with gold and silver thread. The rooms had windows of any kind.
chemise closed in front by means of gold When we reached the apartment of state, I buttons, and its large loose sleeves were somefound a large party of ladies already assembled, times worn low over the wrists, and at other although it was yet only seven o'clock. I had times were tucked up above the elbows, accordgood cause to rejoice in my ready acquiescence ing to the caprice of the moment. Over the in my hostess's invitation, for the company calico chemise was drawn a striped jacket, of were partaking of coffee and biscuits, and I pink and white cotton, with short sleeves, and gladly joined them in their occupation, and open in front; this also was devoid of collar, made a refreshing meal. When coffee drink and trimmed out with gold lace. A straight ing was ended, Una brought in a flask of white piece of dark green cloth was wrapped tight spirit, smelling strongly of aniseed, and most round the body, by way of a skirt, and this of the ladies took their three and four glasses was ornamented at the bottom and along the of the cordial—I fear I suffered a little in their | outer edge by a broad binding of scarlet
satin damask, finished with golden cord. A scarlet sash encircled the waist, and concealed the union of the jacket with the skirt. No hair was visible about the heada skein of black worsted was bound tightly round, where the commencement of the hair should have been seen. Immediately above this circlet, a series of yellow and red silk handkerchiefs were pinned, and their ends were allowed to fall over behind, in a sort of drapery, and were there festooned up into the sash. A short tuft of black feathers took the place of hair on each side of the face, and low down upon the forehead, almost touching the eyebrows, a band of red cloth was placed, as the recipient for a row of large and very beautiful pearls. In each ear were two pairs of ear-rings, the upper of the two suspended from the top rim of the organ, so as to conceal its orifice. Large embossed bracelets and anklets of silver and gold adorned the arms and legs. Some of the anklets must have weighed at least ten or twelve ounces, and many of them had a very antique look. Those in particular that were worn by the wife of the Jew, possessed this attribute in so marked a degree that I could not help fancying they might be some of the very ornaments which her husband's ancestors had borrowed of the Egyptians, when they made their exodus from the land of bondage. The skirt of the dress was so short, that it exposed the bare legs almost up to the knees. The feet also were quite uncovered; the loose slippers of red and gilt leather being left at the threshold of the apartment, and only assumed with the flannel wrappers, upon the rare occasion of their mistresses having cause to venture abroad.
The details of this description apply more particularly to the habiliments of my hostess, but all the rest of the company were arrayed in a similar costume; this lady herself proved to be far more accomplished than I had anticipated. She had the reputation for being able to converse fluently in the several languages of the Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic, but I could not put her abilities to the test. While we were mutually engaged in improving our acquaintance, Samuel Bendenhen came to the door of the apartment, and I asked him to express for me my regret that I was not able to talk with my entertainers. He told me I need not mind this, for they were very well pleased with me as I was. They said they found me as fresh as a flower, and as gentle as a dove. I felt this to be a very pretty compliment, but I was totally unable to return it, for I thought them as unlike to
flowers or doves as it was possible for living things to be. They all took snuff profusely,
and they had but one handkerchief among the | party, which did duty for the whole. Now it
was engaged in one place, in relieving some dusky skin of superfluous moisture, next it was applied to the nose or mouth of some other borrower, and then it was used to dust the feet and anklets of its owner, before it was restored to its proper resting-place in her girdle, as a preparation for a fresh start. By the time I had noted all these particulars, my companions seemed to have satiated their curiosities, for they commissioned Bendenhen to tell me they were very sorry I could not talk freely with them, as they would have liked to hear all about my country. They then took an extra pinch of snuff, jerked up their several girdles, and giving me familiar nods as they passed me, they took themselves off to a vapour bath, that had been steamed up in some recess of the inner court, and I was left alone.
There was one particular in this singular interview that puzzled me not a little at the time. Each lady, after she had made an end of her inspection of my person and dress, gave me her wrist to feel, and looked in my face with an air of anxious inquiry. I afterwards found that my old friend, the giant Abdallah, had established me in a reputation that many a veteran professor of the healing art might have envied. He was himself one of the grandees of Salee, and as these ladies all belonged to the same distinguished grade of society, they were at once put in possession of the gossip about my remedial skill. My fame * was not, however, long confined to the elite of society, for before I had been two days in Salee, crowds of patients flocked to me; every woman and child who could get near enough, thrust a wrist into my hand : I must have counted some hundreds of Moorish pulses before I left the town. I soon learned that there was some little excuse for the extravagant estimation in which my assumed medicinal powers were held, for Bendenhen assured me that there was not a single practitioner of medicine in the dominions of Morocco, to dispute my reputation with me. No one could be found to undertake the treatment of disease in a land where the loss of a patient's life was very likely to involve the unpleasant consequence of the removal of the doctor's head.
When all my companions were gone, I had to exert some little courage to retrace the galleries, and regain our sleeping place, for the court below was now crowded with a levee of Moors and negroes. My husband was not