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firm resolution to keep as free from spirits as, considering my habits, I possibly could, and on leaving the prison proceeded to carry the plan into effect.

But when I left it a complicated piece of news burst upon me :

My father, it was stated, had had his reason so far impaired as to require seclusion in an asylum for the insane, which was no doubt to be accounted for from my conduct and its accompanying circumstances. This was quite possible I make no doubt; for the behavior of his whole previous life had been such as to indicate a constitutional tendency to mental disorderwhich probably, by the way, you may think I have inherited from him. But a striking particular was, that the whole business was in the uncontrolled hands of Mr. Ormond, into which also the proceeds were flowing. It was curious to hear the opinions of people that knew us. My father's madness was admitted on all hands, as also my own; indeed, I was given to understand that my proceedings had given a considerable bias to the opinions of the doctors whose certificates had authorized his confinement. We were a pitied family, and Mr. Ormond met with every commendation for his steadiness, rectitude, and business activity. I was also informed that he had at one time expressed his intention of having me too subjected to judicial inspection, and if possible, despatched to the same quarters.

All this, morever, that my father was in a very dangerous state, and not expected to survive, was told me by the keeper of a whiskey-cellar, from whom I had been in the habit of getting my small daily supplies, and whose house was of course the first place I sought on being set at large.

On leaving this I set off homeward, if the hole I had harbored in could be called by such a name. As I went I reflected on, and was amazed at the singular run of luck that had blessed this most consummate scoundrel Ormond, who had thus in a few months found his way to fortune over the necks of his benefactors. With my mind filled with working thoughts I slunk along through lanes and alleys, toward the place where I had left Ellen on the day of my imprisonment. As I drew near the place I began to conjecture, to hope, to be anxious, to dread. What was I to expect--joy at my return, pity for my misfortunes, upbraiding for my misconduct ?-or could anything have happened to her in my absence?

I entered the house. She was not there! I enquired when she would be a loud laugh was the reply; and when it ceased, I was told she had gone to stay with a gentleman. A gentleman! I staggered back as if I had been struck on the head, while my heart whispered the name- -Ormond, but my tongue was silent. I could not speak-I turned round and left the place.

It was getting late in the evening, and almost unconsciously I took my way towards his house. On my arrival there I found a hackney-carriage drawn up opposite the door. Presently out they came together,—yes, there she was, leaning on his arm! My eyes were riveted on her as he led her forth, beaming in her strange beauty, bright as when she first seduced me, and decked out in splendid apparel and ornaments. Oh, doctor, doctor! the thought of that sight yet maddens me, though twenty years have passed since then!

The first regular theatre we have had in this town had just been completed and was that night to be opened, and they were on their way to the scene. They both saw me as they crossed the pavement. He laughed, and motioned her to look at me; while she, my wife, affected to turn away and hang down her head.

I was frantic: I cannot describe to you the feelings that settled in my mind. Hatred-jealousy-not that fantastic emotion built on trifles light as air, but the dread passion of one who knows-who with his eyes sees himself betrayed; these mingled with intense, unquenchable, and sorrowing, supplicating love to her, even now, and with bitter self-condemnationfilled my bosom. I felt my heart, as it were, swelling and rising up in my throat! Oh, how it beat, as my eye moved and rested on him! My first impulse was to attack him; but it was useless-he had ten times my strength, and I would only be exposing myself to new contumely, and in her presence. Would you believe it?-all I did was to stand and grin at him-make faces at him-upon my soul. I could not help it: my whole frame was quivering with the emotion I was suppressing. They entered the carriage and drove away.

That night I committed my first theft. I had been guilty of cheating at cards and other games before, but this was my first case of regular stealing. With the proceeds I bought a pistol at an old iron-stall, and ́ some powder, and procured leaden slugs by cutting fragments from the rain-pipes on the walls of houses. Having ascertained that the weapon was trustworthy, I lay in wait for them as they emerged from the theatre. It was a beautiful moonlight night, and they walked towards his house. I shrank in the shadow behind them and listened. They were talking and laughing together. At length, watching my opportunity, I crept up close behind them. I raised the pistol and pointed it at the back of his head: he was not two feet in advance of it. I slipped my finger to the trigger, and was about to pull.

"Strange!" thought I, "revenge is not such a sweet thing as I thought. What, shall an instantaneous death compensate for the mighty wrong he has wrought to me ?"

My arm dropped to my side, and I stood stock still, looking after them, as, gradually increasing their distance, they moved away from me, all unconscious of my neighborhood.

Next day I sought employment as a working distiller-with difficulty obtained it. I did not, however, long preserve it: my habits of idleness and intoxication were altogether inconsistent with it, and I was dismissed from the work. This being the case, my last resource was to join with some old connexions of my dog-fighting days, and commence the manufacture of potyeen among the hills. There were nearly a dozen of us in the gang, and we carried on the thing in the most systematic manner, occasionally diversifying the pursuit by a little smuggling through the Isle of Man into England-more frequently by fishing and shooting.

Some of us had followed the employment from our boyhood, but most were broken-down characters like myself, who took it for their bread, but especially to be sure of a continual and plentiful supply of spirits. My knowledge of the processes, as conducted on a large scale, was decidedly

an acquisition, and I speedily acquired much influence in the party. Our apparatus was of the simplest description, light, and easily removed, for we had no fixed place of working, but shifted about as occasion demanded.

It was a week here, and ten days there; now in an old barn, now in a hut in the middle of a bog; anon in some lonely cave in the mountains, or among the rocks of the shore; but always within a convenient distance from this town, where the chief market of our produce lay.

The prime seat of the manufacture, previous to my joining, had been the ruins of an old castle, about eighteen or twenty miles from the town, and a couple or so from the sea-coast. One tower of it only remained standing, the rest being a heap of masses of stone and mortar. Beneath this tower was a large, low-roofed vault, whose only proper vent was a square trap in the arch, through which you descended into it. In order, however, to admit a current of air for their furnaces, they had dug a hole through the thickness of the wall, which opened on the outside, close to the edge of a stream, and covered by brushwood and ivy.

This vault, however, was found to be so damp as materially to interfere with the delicate processes necessary, as well as with the health of the operatives, some of whom caught their deaths there; and finally though admirably adapted in so far as concealment went, it was abandoned.

When I had been a few days connected with the set we found it most advantageous to ply the trade at an old mill which had been for some years in disuse. It is situated at a place called the Mill Hole, a wild spot on the coast, about twenty miles from here.

This place possessed peculiar points of merit. It was surrounded landward by miles of mountainous, almost uninhabited moorland. A stream, coming from the hills, found its way to the sea beside it, washing its walls; and among the rocks through and over which it gushed were innumeracle crevices, most suitable for concealment. Moreover, the sea, hard by, afforded every convenience for the transport of our commodities; and, possessed of all these advantages, we soon began to extend our speculations, and shortly attracted the attention of the authorities of this town.

Several licensed distillers formed a society for the suppression of the illicit trade, and kept a very high reward continually advertised for the conviction of offenders. The secretary of this society, and he whose name was affixed to the placards offering the reward, was no other than my old acquaintance Mr. Ormond of the firm of Erris and Ormond.

But we were not very apprehensive of any immediate danger, as our agent in the town had especially informed us that we were not at all suspected. This person proved to be a traitor: the temptation of the reward was too strong for him; and he betrayed the whole concern to Ormond, who immediately communicated with the high sheriff of the county.

The result was that, early one morning, as a man named Quin and myself were engaged within the old mill, he, who was lying along upon the ground, thought he heard it vibrate with a heavy tread. We thought this might be the rest of our crew, who had gone up to the tower for some grain, having with them a light rickety cart or car with which we used to transport materials; but, on listening further, we perceive a regular measured step, as of soldiers on a march. We ran out, and about a

couple of hundred yards off saw a party of military, accompanied by two civilians. One of these was an excise-officer; and the other was Ormond, in his capacity of secretary of the protection society.

The instant they saw us they quickened their pace into a run. Ormond recognised me. I saw him pointing me out with violent gesticulations to to the officer that accompanied him. He was mounted on a blood-horse (an exceedingly beautiful and spirited animal,) and immediately gave

chase to us.

I stood for a moment looking at him, my blood boiling with astonishment, hatred, and rage: the next moment, however, the instinct of selfpreservation overcame these feelings, and, turning, I ran rapidly after Quin towards the shore, close to which we had a small hooker moored. We rushed into the sea, and swam off, using our utmost exertions. Ormond came galloping up ere we had made three strokes from the beach. Enraged at our escape, he made furious attempts to urge his horse yet after us: the animal, however, refusing to take the water, stopped short, reared, kicked, and finally threw him among the sand. He had preserved his grasp of the reins, and, immediately springing up, began whipping the beast with great violence.

As soon as we got on board the hooker we cast off the line that attached it to its grapnel, and rowed out with all speed to sea. When we had reached a safe distance we lay upon our oars, to watch their proceedings. We saw them first read over, probably by way of form, one or two papers. Immediately after they fell to work and demolished our whole apparatus. All this while Ormond was riding about the mill, interfering, directing, and making himself the busiest of all, appearing to be exulting in his work with a devilish glee.

And there was I, lying inactive on my oar, a spectator from a distance, while my last means of earning my bread were being annihilated by him who had already robbed me of every other thing-station, wealth, love! What could I have done to him that, not content with this, he should pursue me still with such rancor-persecute me with such exterminating malignity? I had raised him from the very dunghill, and sent him to my own place. Oh, ingratitude! most mortal of the sins that sink men's souls! surely from the smoke of the bottomless pit didst thou draw the deep dye that blackens thy hideous front!

I felt as if struck dumb. While Quin, my companion, shrieked oaths and maledictions at them across the water, I remained mute and calm, looking on,—but the state of my thoughts during that fearful time! It was as if my whole mind were not an aggregrate of faculties, as you philosophers will have it, but one single dread passion, revenge! My heart beat slowly and laboriously-there seemed to be a dull heavy mass weighing down my bosom-my skin felt cold-I actually shivered. Then, in the silent thoughts of my own heart, I prayed to the fiend, that I felt was there at the time, that he would glut me to the teeth with vengeance, though I should perish with the surfeit.

At length, as the work of destruction continued in the ruin, a large quantity of spirits appeared to have caught fire: they were the firstlings, or products of the first distillation, containing a large quantity of essen

tial oil. The burst of flame was sudden, loud, and very bright, flashing through the small windows and crevices of the old building. Thereupon Ormond's horse, wild with fright, darted from the building, and flew madly up hillwards from the shore. In vain he attempted to rein or manage it; it bore him furiously on; and they disappeared behind a rising ground while we could hear the rapid sounds of the galloping lessening, growing faint, but not slower, in the distance. The excise officer rode a short way after him, but soon turned and came back alone.

Shortly after, having completed the destruction of the still, they marched in a body away along the shore, in the direction of the highway to the town, which passed about three or four miles distant.

As soon as we were satisfied of our safety, we rowed ashore and landed. On going to the mill we found everything broken or burnt, not a stave of a tub remained entire. With heavy hearts we left the place, embarked again, and reached a quiet cove, a couple of miles down the shore; here we drew our boat up on the beach beside the houses of some fishermen that we knew, and went up the country towards the tower.

On reaching this ruin, what was our surprise to find Ormond's horse standing among the fragments of building, tied to a stone, and dripping with perspiration! A loud sound of altercation reached our ears from the inner part of the tower, and presently out rushed two or three of our band, and immediately, with eager exultation, informed us that Ormond's horse had borne him to the immediate vicinity, where it had terminated its race by falling to the ground. They had immediately secured both the horse and its master, and the latter was now fast in the vault below, where formerly our still had been wrought.

When I heard this the blood gushed to my head; I grew dizzy; I could hardly see; my heart beat with bursting force and rapidity; I could not speak; I felt a strong impulse to drop upon my knees and return thanks to some superior power-not of heaven, certainly-for delivering him into our hands.

Not so Quin partly by hurried speech, partly by signs, he gave them to understand the total destruction of our stills at the Mill Hole, and the active share in it of this our prisoner. The old building echoed with cries of execration, shouts of triumph, and for immediate vengeance. There were eight, every one excited almost to madness; but what was their joy, their fury, or their thirst for vengeance to mine?

We had a hurried consultation how we should proceed.

"Let me see him," cried I; "let me be sure of him. Bring him to look me in the face!"

Two of them immediately jumped into the vault and pushed him up through the trap. His hands and feet had been tied, and, as they thrust him up into the light, he struggled much to avoid the sharp edges of the stones. As his head and chest appeared through the aperture, and while his eyes were yet blinded with the sudden change from darkness to bright light, Quin rushed to him, and dashed his fist with his whole force into his face. He fell back with a loud cry upon those below, but he was again pushed up, while the rest held Quin back. He was set upon his feet, and our boys dispersed from about him.

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