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THE YOUNG PRETENDER,
BY J. F. SMITH, ESQ.,
"HAROLD TRACY,” “BELLA TRELAWNEY,'
," "DICK TARLTON," "MARION BERNARD," "FRED
," "MINNIE GRAY,” “Gus HOWARD," "TEMPTATION," “Roch-
“ THE VIRGIN QUEEN," ETC., ETC., ETC.
THE YOUNG PRETENDER,
her veins, to our own Sovereign Lady,
The Queen unites in her own fair person
steady virtues that command respect and The summer sun was up betimes, clear-esteem, she has inherited from her Scoting away the Scotch mist that hung over tish forefathers the qualities that captithe auld toon of Edinbro';' and waking vate and endear. some to weal and some to woe—some to
But although the third George, the toil and some tồ trifle—some to love and fourth William, and the first Victoria rank some to hate—some to plenty, and some eminently in history as popular sovereigns, to pinching want !
But so goes
George the First and Second were singu
larly repulsive, unloving, and unloved In 1744, as in 1857, the morning sun
To their personal disqualifications and woke up human beings with the same pas- unpopular manners, much of the long-prosions, views, objects, and predilections, to tracted distaste to their dynasty may be play their parts in the same eternal dra
traced. ma of life.
The nobility of Scotland, at the time of It is true some years, like some human our tale, avoided the court of St. James's, beings, are remarkable for elements of from a feeling of general disaffection tostrong interest; and of all such years there wards the reigning house. is none recorded more absorbing than the
To many the actual sovereign was mereyear 1744-45.
ly Elector of Hanover-a stranger who And of all such human beings, none who usurped the Stuarts' throne. excites feelings more intense, more thrill
The affair of 1715 had left wounds ing, or more lasting, than those awakened which were yet unhealed, for there were by the gallant young
• Chevalier St. few families which had not suffered from George'—the brave, ill-fated Charles Ed-attainder or confiscation, either in the chief ward—the Last of the Stuarts—the Young or collateral branches. Pretender.
Amongst the most distinguished of these On the bright summer morning to which was the house of Arran. Duncan, eleventh we allude, many who had passed the night earl of that ancient name, escaped the in pledging, in deep draughts of usque- scaffold only by dying of his wounds while baugh, Charlie over the water,' woke a prisoner in Stirling ; but his estates were hard-headed, well-seasoned topers that confiscated, subject only to the payment they were, 'ne'er a pin the waur—to of an ample dower to his widowed countess plan how Charlie over the water should
—whose near relationship to the ducal gain possession of what they considered house of Argyle prevented her being inCharlie's land.
volved in the ruin which overtook all of A passionate love for the exiled Stuarts, her husband's clan and name. and a corresponding distrust and dislike of
The difficulty which the government exthe reigning monarch, filled, at that time, perienced in finding purchasers for the all the noblest hearts in Scotland.
forfeited lands, backed by the interest of The Stuarts, with all their faults, had a her family, induced the crown finally to singular power of winning and keeping the re-grant her late husband's possessions to passionate devotion of their people—a the widow, who parted with her jewels, power which has descended, with that por- plate, in fact every movable of valne she tion of their rich old blood that flows in possessed, to raise the large sum by the