116 TYLNEY HALL. even this poor sinful worm have I stooped down to. Yes," he added, shaking his fist at poor Joe, " many's the good track you've had along with your penn'orths of tobacco, and many a word in season, to save your being smoked yourself in the devil's pipe. But it fell among tares ! Out upon you reprobate ! look what's come of your profane scoffing and scorning. Beelzebub has got you in his claws, and I hear him a-swearing and a-growl- ing over you, like our black tom cat with a mouse." " Mr. Ferrers," said the magistrate, " I am satisfied of the malice prepense. You may fill up a mittimus, and, in the meantime, I will hear the accused, if he wishes to speak. Joseph Spiller, have you anything further to urge ? " " Nothing," answered Joe. "I knew it would go hard with me, and nothing else—not that I vally my life—I wouldn't sky a copper for it with Jack Ketch himself. If I was let oiF for murder I should be drawed and quartered some day for high treason, for Fm a marked man.—Nothing can't save me ! " " Oh, the wicked heathen ! " shouted the ranter.
TYLXEY HALL 117 jumping up from his chair, and flourishing his arms. " He don't believe in the saving power of grace. But I'll tackle him V\\ thrash the old man out of him, and he shall be born again ! '"' " I wish I could ! " exclaimed Joe, who, like a great modern violinist, played wonderfully on one string ; " but that's unpossible ; " and he dropped his desponding head in its old position. " Whafs impossible, you wretched Pagan exclaimed the ranter, his voice rising from a gale to a hurricane ; " what's impossible ? "—but he suddenly stopped, and turned, with a look of alarm, towards the door, while the sound of persons in contention rose higher and higher. ? '' " Slave, stand back," exclaimed a voice more imperious than the rest : the door burst open, and the brown woman entered, and walked straight up to the table of justice. Of course such an unexpected apparition struck the whole assembly with amazement. The constable, inspired by his old awe, involuntarily retreated behind the magisterial chair; the clerk jumped to his