|Chapter Title||THE BURGLARY AT THE SQUIRE'S.|
|Newspaper Title||Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953)|
|Trove Title||A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia|
A FINAL RE.CKONING.4 A TALE OF-BUSH LIFE IN AUSTIRLIA. Br G. A. HEY.TY. CHIAPTER IIL-Tare Bunoturar r T r Sourna' 's. "What is that woman Whitaey going to do with her boy P' the squire asked the school. master when he happened to meet him in the village about a month after she had left. "flare you hberd f" *" Nothing is settled yet, sir. My wife had a letter from her two or three days ago saying that she had been disappointed in getting Pen. fold the mill-wright to take him.- He wanted ifty pounds premium, and she could only aford to pay twenty, so she is looking out for s?me thingelse. You hre heard nothing more that would throw any light on that affair, squire P" "' o, and don't suppose I ever shall. Have you any opinion about it P' "My opinion is that of Reuben himself," the schoolmuter said. "He believes that someone di it who had a grudge against him, o paerpe to throw smpidon on hi." "'lo hould have a grudge aginst him? " the suire saked. "1 ell, squire, there was one boy in the village who r?a, rgbhly or wrongly, a grudgeI against Reuben. That is Tom Thorne. Reuben has not a shadow of evidence that it was this boy, -ut the lad has certainly been his enemy ever since that affair of beaking the windows of the school, just before I amo here. Thorne, you know, did it, but allowed Reuben to be punished fortheoffence, and the truth would neverhave beenknownrad it not been, as I heard, thatyonr daughterhappened to see the stone thrown. Since that time there has been bad blood between the boys. I do not for a moment say that Thorne poisoned your dog, still the boys are near enough of a sie for one to be mistaken for the other In the dark, and Thorne knew that Reuben had been bitten by the dog, for Reuben spoke to another boy about it that afteroonwhile Thorne was stand. iug by. Of car this is but the vaguest us pi"on. Still, if you ask my opinion, I should y that I considert from what I have heard of echaracter of Tom Thorne, that he would be much more likely to poison th@dog in order to net Reuben into disgrace, than Iteuben would be to do so out of revenge becausne the dog had bitten him." The sruire took off his hat and passed his aads tlirogh his hair in perplexity. "I don't know what to think, bhrev?bury," sersaid. "Itmaybeasyous.y. Ilookupon Thorne as the wornt character in the village, anhkelyeoughhisusmaytake after him. Tht hou of h is the resort f all the idle fellows about, I have strong reason to belirve he isin alliance with the poachers. The first time I get a chance out he goes. I have only been waiting for some time for an opportunity, Iea't very well turn him out of hi house withoutsomeaenose.. What did yon say wam the name of the mill-wrighstat Lwe Mrs. Whitney was wanting to get her soli with?" The schoolmaster repeted the name which the squlire jotted down in a note-book."' !'Look here, Shrewsbury," he said, "don't you mention to Mrs. Whitney that youpoke to m? about this matter. Do you understand " "I understand, sir," the schoolmaster said. And be was not surprised when, a few days afterwards, his wife received a letter from rs. Whitney auying that Mr. Penfold had come in to say that he had hanged his mind, and that he would take Reuben as his apprentice for twenty ponnds, adding, to her surprise, that he should give himn half a crown a-week for the first year, and gradually his pay, as be considered thatl oy ought to be able to earn a little money for themselves. Reuben. therefore, was going to work on the following week. The half a crown a-week which be was to ern was an important matter for his mother. Foralthough she had found a cottage andspraed a little shop as before, her receipts were extremely nmall, and she had already begun to fear thst she should be obliged to make another move, Lewes being too well supplied with shops forasmall concern like hers to flourish. The half-crown a-week. however, would pay her rent, and she expected that she should make at any-rate enough to provide food for herself and Reuben. Mrs. Whitneyhad hoped that, althouh Lewes was but four miles from the village, the story about the dog would not travel so far, for it was not often that anyone from the villce went over to the town. In thi.. however, she was mistaken, for a week after Reuben had g;c.a to work, the foreman went to his mruasr nit. aid: "I don't know whether you are aware. Mr. Penfold, abouant that new boy, but I hlar tlat L.I lhad to leave Tipping, where he was eml loyed Squire EllUon, for poisoning the s luire's doag." "How did you heir it '" .r. Penfold asked. "William Jenkins heard it from a man named Thorne, who belongs to the village, and whom he met at publchouse yesterday." ." William Jenkins had?est not pen somuch timeinpublic~houses,"Mr. Pen ht :d '! shCarly. "I heard the story before I saw the boy,. and from what I heatrI believe he was wrongfully acsed. Just tell Jenkins that, and say that if I hear of him or any of the hands throwing the thing up in the boy's face, I will diemni? them instantly." And so Rebean did not know till long after that the story of the killing of the dog was known to anyone at Lewes. 'For three years he worked in .Mr. Penfold's yardl. giving much satisfaction to his empiloyer . his stea.liness and handine?s. tie continued his studies of an evening under the advice of his former maiter, who came over with his wife '*res or four times each year to spend a day with Mrs. Whitne. Iteuben was now receirvci ten shillings a.week, and although the receipts of the shop failed he and his mother were able to live in coasidertlo comfort. One day, about three years ftter coming to Lewe', he was re turning to work after dinner, when, as he asued a carriage standing in front of caeo! the hops, he heard his name pronounced, and the olour flushed to his cheek as looking up he saw ?ate Elli'ao. Timidly he touched his cap and would have l.urried on, but the girl cal.,e to him. "Stop a minute, ',ben1, I want to speak to yeou. I am glad I have met you. I have looked for you every time I have come to Lowes. I wanted to tell you that I am sure vo0 did not kill Wolf ; I know you weuldn't havre done it. leaides. you know. you told me that you never told Strifes, so when I heard that you said you'didn't, I was quite sure about it," "Thank you. miss,"l Reuben said gratefully. " i did ___=?tkill the doe. I should neer hare thought of ruebch a thing, though every one " eNot eeeryon , Reuben. Ididn'tthink so?: and papa has told me s ince that he did not think so, and that he was afraid that he had mad- a mistake." " I ama glad to hear that, miss," Reuhen said. "The suire had been very kind to me, towdlser rpeit arsesagmat with the sathur
and it has always grieved me very much thathe ahUold think me capable of such a thing. I it feltangry at the time, but I have not felt angry since I have thought it over quietly, for thecase seems so strong agnaint me that I don't see how the squire could have thoucht other wise. lThank you, miss. I ,sh'n't forget your kiedneos," and Reuben went on with a light aheart, just as Mrs. Ellisan and her dler daughter clnue out from the shop. " Who were you speaking to, Kate ?" she asked as she took her seat in the carriage. " I was talking to Reuben Whitney, muamma. IIe was pas.ing, so I called him to tell him that I did not lelieve he had killed Wolf." "Then it was very improper behaviour on your part, Kate," her amother Laid angrily for she had onver quite roreoered from the ahock Mrs. Whitney had given to her dignity. " You know my opini onon the subject I have told you before that it is one I do not care to have di:usleed, and that I consider it very im. proper for a girlof your ag to hohll opinion, tifferent tothoseof your elders. I tarve no doubt whatever that boy poisoned the dog, I must beg of you that you will nevrer speak ti, him again." Kate leaned back in the carriage with a little sigh. She could not understand why her mother who was so kind to all the village people, should beso implacable on this subject. But Kate, who wasnoeletwecnfourteenandfifteen, knew that when her mother had taken up cer tain opinions, they were not to be shaken, and that her father himself always avoided argu ment on points on which he differed fronm her. Talkin- alone with hia d aughter the a juire had, in answer to her sturdy assertion of Irube n's innocence, owned to her that he himself had his doubts on the subject, and that he was sorry he had dismissed the boy from his service; but tihe had nuver heard himh d3 more than utter a pro. test against Reubea's euiltbeing held as being atsolu:cei Ieroved when hlir mother spokeof his aeuqiuLue.cy. But Kate was not one todescrt a prot:,h, anl hbaing Iea thle s. u.s of Iteulen'sintrodsction to her father's, she had always regarded herself as his natural pro. I teetor, and Mrs. Ellason would not hare been I pleased had she known that her daughter had I seldom met the schoolmaster without inquiring if ee had heard how Reuben was getting on.,. I She had evenasled Mr. Shrewsburyto assure him of her belief in his tnnocence, which bha I been donee; but she had resolved that should sh eesermeet h, she would herself tell him so, even at the risk of her mother's displeasure. SAMather year passed?? Renben was now seventeen, and was a. tall, powerfully-built young fellow. During the fouryrnt he had never beenover to T?p ng in the daytime, but had occasionally over after dark to i visit the Shrwaburys always going on r?special invitation when he knew tht no one elsei would bethere. The Thornes no longeroccau. pied thelittle poblichose. Tom Thorne had a yearbeforebeeneaptnredwithtwoatherpothenr Sthe squires woods, and had hadsix moths' t hard labor, and his father had at one been h ejected from his boeus, and had disappeared d from that part of the country. Iteuben wu glad that the had left, for he had long before heard that heorne had spread the storey in Lewes of the 1,oisaoing of the dog. He felt, d however, with their departure all chance of his ever being, righted mn that matter was at an One evenin winter when Reuben had I done hi work he said to his mother: a , "I shall go over and see Mr. Shrewsbry to. a aight. Ihave not been over for sometime, I and as t. is not his night for a.laus I am si pretty are not to find any one the. I tld h ahi when I was there last that I would take a over a few touis and fix up those shelves for a him. I don't suppose he will stay very much a longer at nipping; his health is completly h stored now, and even his wife admats that he b could wa rk at his own bsness again. He fa has already been doing a little for ome of thes t houses he worked for in town, so as to get his eonnection back again. I expect every p time I eehim to hear that he has made up his mind to go. He would have done it two years a back, but his wife and the two little ones ne b so well that he did not like the thought of p taking them up to London, till he was mare a that hs health was strong enough to stand b steadywork. I shall miss them very much; in be ha been a good friend indeedto me." s "He has indeed," Mrs. Whitney said. " I t think, anyhow, Reuben, you would have got n on at your trade, but you would never bhare b been what on are now if it hadn't been for h him. Your poor father wsold be proud of you h if he could e yrou ; and I am sure that when you take off that workman's suit and put on a your Sunday clothes, you look as well as if the mill had never gone wrong, and you had been I brought up as he intended you to be. Mrs. t< Tylerwas saving only the other day that you y looked qunite the geotleman, and lots of people n have said the sarme." " Nonsense, mother," Reubkn answcred, " therehis nothing of the gentle:man about me. Of course people say thine that they think will please you, knowing that you regard me a asasortof wonder. I hope I shall make my way some day. and the fact that I have had a d better education than most young fellows in r my position of life of course may make some P little difference, and will, I hope, help me to t mount the ladder .*hn once I put my foot t upon it." f But although, no doubt, Mrs. Whitney was a partial judge, her opinion as to her son was not an incorrect one, for with his intelligent faeeand quiet self.aured bearing he looked very mach more like a gentleman than many young fellows in a far better postion in life. .The stars were 'shining brightly when he started at seveno'clock in the evening, and he walked with a brisk step until he arrived within half a mile of the village. As he passed by the end of a lane which ran into the road, he heard a horse impatiently F pawing the ground, the sound being followed by a avage oath to the animal to stand auiet. teuben walked on a few steps and then paused. h The lane, as he knew, only led to some fieids a shortdistance away. What could a horse be doing there? and who could be the man who a spoe to it? There bhad elatdy been srer-al harglnries on lonely housee in that part of the country, and the genersl belief was that these had been perpetrated by men from IPndon. "I datresay it's nothing," Reuben said ta I himself; still it is certainly curious, and at any b rate tie-r can be no harm in having a look." b Walking upon the grnss at the side of the road he retraced his steps to the end of the lIne and then stood and listened. lIe h?rdl a murmur of vouces, and determined to follow the matter r:p. lie walked quietly down the lane. After go:ng about a hundred vards he saw samethin:g dark in the road, and aproach- h ing it very cautiously found that it was a horse harno-.sei to a gig. As he was etandina wondering what to do next he st.artcd. for the sitnce was brike r: r som, voices near him. " It wan a stupid thing to get here s? earl,. and to lhare to wait abut for four hours in tjis dit:h." "It wans the b?est p'an though," another voice P replied. "The trp mnight hbreo ten natic-d if we had teen dnrving at-ut tie roads after dark, while In the dayligllt no one wnuld givei it a second thonught." "That' right enough,'" the first spe.aker i said, "but it's preciocas cold here. Hiand mee that flask cain. I am b'st if the wind does not come throrugh the hedre tiko a knife." The voices came from the other side of the sl hedge on the opposite side of the lane. Reuten Ia rc??o~eed inoiselesly. There was a gate just cl where the cart had stopped, and the men hai ci evrideutly got ovrer It to obtain the shelt'r of a the hedge frcm the witlh. IReuben felt the gate. which was old andrirckhet, then cautioulr c he plasced his feet on the lower bar and leasne I d forward so as to look ro-und the hedge. "What time are thue others to be here, h Tom:" a "They did they woull be here at 9 o'clock. We pass;ed t!,hem about six miles on the road, I so they ought to to here to time." "I suppose there's no doubt about this here iti being a rood business ' "I will answer for that," the other vail. " I don't suppose as there'e much money in the n house, but there's no end rof silver ;plate, and their watches and plenty of sparklers. I have heard say as ther e' no ne in the county ast a . more jewelsthan the SlUIre's wife." a " You know the huese well, don't you '" ' "I never was. insidle," the ot!ler alid, "but I as have hea.rd enough from ther thatb has to know where the rooms lie. The plate chest is in the n butler's pantry, and, as we are goring to get ii by the kitchesi window, we are safe to b:e abe to dear that out wilhhut Iing heard. I shall a go on dirsctly the others come and chnuk this i meat to the dogs-that will silence them. I kenow the way there, for I tried that on once t before." Ilubehn had thought that the voice was e familar to him, and the words gave him the a clue-the speaker wars Tom Thornse! and he a:nd thoase with him were ga ig to commit a hurplaryat the sluire's. ie was hesitating whether to mae ot at once to warn the eluire d of what was intentel, or to listen and leant a little more of their plan, when suddenly a light shone behhind him, and a voice exclaimed with b anoath: " W1ho have we herei" He leapt down, and was in the act of tuarning round to defend himself, when a heavy blow a with a cudgel struck him oa the hend and felled him intsensile nto the ground. While he had been listening to the eonversation two men had nomequietlyup the lane, walking on the grass as he had done, and their footsteps had
e been unheard by him, for the horne continu d 1 at times impatiently to paw the ground. T e t sound of their comrades voices had told them r where they were sitting, and turning on a t bull's-eye lantern to show them the gate, they had seen Reuben loaning over it in tl.o act of r listening. t When Reuben recovered consciousness he r found that he was lyin' in the ditch, his hands tightly hound to his sides, nod a handkerchief a stuffed into his mouth. The four men were gathered close by talking in low tones. ".I ain't going to give up the job now we t ome so far to do it," one sid, with an oath; "besides, it's not only the swag but the grudge I owe the souire. If I am readyto goon rI I supose you needn't be afraid; besides, he don't know to." '" lest cut his throat and 'a' done with it," a Svoice which lReuben recognised as that of his ohl enemy, said : "I owe him one, and it will bho afest to stop his month." " o, no," a third voce protested; "I ain't going to have nothing to do with cutting throats. I don't mind running the risk of Botany lar, but I ain't going to run the chance of bing scragged; but let's more a bit away from here while we settle it; you bit him pretty hard, bat he will he coming round prescntly. I thought at first that you has killed him, but he's bleeding too free for that." The nmen moved some little dittance away. and for snne tame ':aelun could heir "a murmured talk, but could fmake out nothing of what had leeu said. It wao, he judged, a quarter of an hour before the conversation coated: thb y:liid not return to him, but re mained at some distance off, and Ileuben thought that ie heard the footsteps of one of them going down the lae,. Ite could feel by a warn sensation ncro's lhs :eE.k that the b!kod was flowing freely from the wound be had re ceived on his temple. A dull torpid feeling came over him, and af:er a time he again lost consciousness. Hoes lones he remna?ed in this state he did not know, but he was at c.t cL ro:!ed by being lifted and thrown into tie lbrten of the cart. Four men thenl limted up into it ond the hiare was started. They drove:: a quick p?cpe, a:d Ileuhen wonderedewhy tl:er were taking him away with them. Iis hea; anch,,l t rribly, and he suffered much from the ticihti.ess of the cords which lrund his arms. The men eeemed in high good-humour, arol talked ard laIghed in low tones, hbu the noine of the vhidle pee vented Reuben I earing what was said. It was, an ftr as he could judge, full two hours before the vehicle stopped. Hie was roughly taken out of the cart, his arms were unbound, and the men lopcing up drove away at all sled. The slot where he had been left was very dark, for teoes orershadowed it on both sides. Where he was he had no idea, butherjudged that he must he fully twenty miles from the village. Uls first impulse was to take the handkerchief from his mouth, and bhethen walked slowly along the readinthe dirtion from whIch le had come. It was, he felt sure, no use shouting, for they would have been rertaintohave selected omse lonelyspot to set him down, and there would be no chance of awakening the inhatsitants of any distant cottage. He walked slowly, for he was faint with loss of blood. After proceeding about a quarter 'of a mile he emerged from the wood and came upon a spot where the road forked. Having no clue whatever as to the direction in which Lewes lay, he sat down upon a heap of stonesand waited patiently for momaing. He had no doubt that the burglary had been a anucesful one, and he bitterly regretted his neglect to keep a watch down the Ilne to see that he was not surprised by the men he had heard were coming. At any rate he hoped that heshould be able to give suck in formation as would set the constables upon the track. It seemed to him that some three hours passed before a faint light began to dawn iin the sky. By this he knew that it must. be about half.past ix, and calculated, theretore, he must have set out in the trap abeut hall past one. He now started to walk along the road, hoping that be should soon meet seome labourer going to work. Stopping by a small stream which rann across the rod he washed his head and face: as he hal lain on the ground after being struck the blocd had not flowed en to his c!hloes. After the wash be proceeded with a Ii.skcr step. h alf an hour later ht ret a pleoughman riding oneof his team to the fields. "Is this the road to Lwes?' IReuaben asked. "Lewe-? Non, this hirt the 'r:al to Lewes. I don't know nothing abort the mal to Lewes. This bee the road to IIastings. if you goes farther. So th ell me; I ain't rever been thee." "'Is there a village anywhere about bere " Re'lben asked. "Ay, half a mile or so ca." I!eaben walked on till he got to the village, and then going to a public house obtained some refreshment and earned from the landlord the direction he should take to get to the main road leading to Irwes, which was, as he ex pected, some twenty n:iles away. He found that the cart had not fllowed the main road towards London. hut had driven by eross-aods for a considerable distance before turning north. It was late in the afternoon before Reuben arrived at Lewes, for he had been obliged to rest often by the way. and had made but slow progress. When within a few doors of his mother's house, one of the constables of the town came up to him and touched him on the shoeilder. "Iarrest yo in the king's ncame!" "Arrest me! chat for?" Reuben ex. claimed. "For breakhng into the hou?e of Squire Elison, of Tipping, that's c hat it's fir." Ieubenlaughed. "' ou have o:t the wrong man this time. I have no more to do with the Lurglry than a child." "It's no l~ughing matter," the constable said. "If youn areinnocent you have got to prove it: that ain't no buintecs cf aini. All I hare got to do is to arresrt cu." So saying. and Lbefre lteuben knew what be as about, he slipped a pair ef handlcE'lis over Lis wrists. iihen flushed up. HIitherto he had sesreely taken the malttcr sr ualy, but to be marched handcuffett throubgh the trets of Lewes was an indignitrc hich enra-ed him. "Take these oil," he sid angrly; " I will go quietly with you." "You mar or vonu mar not," the mal said doggedrl. "a?ec are oun:er tl.an I am, and maybe ci: r'n ioter; I ain't ageing to chance it." Itleuen rsal it was no n' to . ga· r ou, ?nIrut and ide he walked alree hr the site of the cinstablh. Rho ret rino :la ti:ht h' It of his collar. A litt:e crorcwd gathered s?e'dily rouod, for -ucha sight was unusunl in Lwe's, and Ic-ubc-n fit thonkfnl 'oen ther rsehed the cerlls and he 'eas 'elere for the go:' of the aublic. . min:ute ter the L.ie.dcaritaoile came "NSOw, Amy lad, dnn't s?r anyth;ig to erimi. nate your-li," 'e beran; " t!.e Ic-s on talk the bLtter for yeu. I nram sorry ti, sfce eu here,. for I knew your feeter, and I fare a ge.1 chiar actor of you free your:r ccl !ocr; so gI re ynou my adtic'--keep your mouth ihut." "Butl Inn not coin a to ;,, my mouth shut," Ieoh'n said inlinantly. " Hire am I arreted in the ublic streets, ,narctet hbnd cuofed thrIbu:-h the town up-on a mo:t mrnstrous charge, wich has ben brhecght againt me without a sh~doa oicf rvidence." "LI)an'i t teltkin d', 'et bs talking," the c?n,,.e ,i! d t,1-tily : "you wrill htar the eri denca in ti:e rcenugh. "l But I wIl talk. I want to tell you what's hapyen-l,and ycuwill sea that I a:a innocent at once." "Vry wtell. if you wll; but mind, don't blame me afterwards." Reuben told tL es:cry of hisader.tures fror. the time of levinc. "There," he said when Le had fini'h cd, "ien't that enough to show that am in necent'." "No." the chiiI O cestab!te said gravely, "it'snot ei:-crh t lpmrore anythving one way cr the other. I am bue I to ar the ,story Icoks a likely one. ansl if t i wereat for two or three maltter hilch I hard ,i from the certab!re who came oerfroem Tp-.:nrz. I should have no dn!u.t atut it. iowever..ill that is for the magistrlate to dcccdet; there will te a meotiug tome rro?w." Idout can't i be tl:en bhfore a megistra!e at ence. There's Capt:ila i'idler within a "m ,lat would be the gecoeti" the chief coe talet said: "you dcn't suppo's anyone would let vu out on the story vou h.eve told me; he eon)d oaly remand ?:ou, andyou coald galin nothing hv it." "Can t ?cO my smother?" RcaPben asked next. " Yes," the constobtlesid, "Ir will send her down a mweage at once." .Mrs,. Wtite.r sorcn ca'rje up. A netghcbor had beroeght her ic the unws whEn lieuebn had b-en arc s'ed,an ie alc on the Ipint ofstalrticg to iquire abolut it when she menage arrived. bhe was more nclininnit than grievedt whC n she heard the charge wh:ch had been brought "The idea of such a thing:" she exchimed. "Thesne rconstables don't srcm to h?re natural ase. The idea of charging anr one bwho is known as a respectabhle yeung rsen with uch a thing au that, and shuttig aim up without a
question. Why, there cmi't ba any evidence' against you.', "There's no saying, mother," I:euben re plied; "you mustn't ho too sure of that. Ion'tyou remember that :ol ir of the dog? Well, the some hand is at wo:k now. Before I only suspe:ted who hoal dlne it, tut I am sure now. Iuowever, whatever evidence they lave Fot we know it isn't true. I have four years good character here to speak for me. Still, it ishard that I shou!d get into pefitions of this sort without any fault of mine." "It's better that it is without any f-,lt of yours, Ileuten." "That is right enough, mother, so we will both keep op our spints." CHIAPTER IV.-Tre acre were three magistrates on the ern.ch on the following morning when Reuben was broughtup. The justice-room was crowded, for the series of burglaries had caused some excitement, and the news that the house of Mlr. Ellison had been broken into, and that one of the mon who had been taken turned out to belong to Lewes, had createdl quite a sensation. Mr. Ellison was the first to give his evidence. He testified that on waking on the previous morning he found that some one had been in his room during the night. tIe was not in the habit of locking his doer, and had not been awakened. oe found that a box which stool on the dressng.table, containing some valuable jewellery, was gone; that his watch and that of Mrs. Ellison had been taken; that the drawers had been opened and a case containing the more valuable jewels of his wife had also been abstracted. This was not discovered till afterwards. IHe first mi-sed his watch. He rang the serrvant up, for it was still early, and it was then discovered that the lower premises had been broken into, the p!atoechest in the butler's patry Lroken open, and a large quan. titr of plate tolon. "What do you retimnat the value of the articles stolen.lMr. Eilien?" " The value if my wife's iewels I shot I prut down roughlr at two thousan o p-aunt., the silver plate might have been worth three hun. dred more, the watches and other articles. so for as I yet miss them, say another hundred." The servants proved that they found the kitchen window epex on gong down-stairs. It had beun openel by the catch aod nforced back. It was not the custom to put up hnutters; the pantry-door, which was a strong one. had been cut with a saw ronnd the lock. The butler testified to the plate having been safe the night before, and the strong chest in which it was kept haring been forced open. Directly t was discovered the constable of the village was placed in charge of the room with orders to admlt noons, and a man on horseback was sent off to Iswes to the, chief constable. The village conmtalle gave evidence as to the state of the place when he was put in charge. The constable who had been sett over from Lewes then ste?ped into the witness-box. Iet testified to the marks of entry of ..thethieves. andsaidthat the manner in which'they bad gone to work, and in whikh hae deac haul been sawn through, and the heet forced open. seemed to show thet tt as the iork of practised hands. On examinieg ceely , the. buter's pantry be found apowerful' scrow.dnrr and a heeavy hisel; these corresptled to mrks in the lid, end had evidently besn'?ed for rathe prpose of fdoine it open. " They had theinerisle "BI W."-brnt in the handles. The instel of the bonse all denied any knowledge of these tools. Mr. Ellison had been present when be showed them to Mre. Ellison. On lookingat them she said at once.: - -. - R. W. Why, that most beRe?ben Wlhtfney, that wicked boy again.. -. SUpon making iturinc he found that the man named worked at Ir. Penfold's, the mill.wight at Lewes. le returned there at once, and, going to Mr. Penfold, fand the prisoner was absent from work. The men lientifed the brand on the tools as that of the prisoner; Another constab!e proved the arrest The chief const tbe then read th statement that the prisoner had made to him. The magi;trate, conferred together far a few minutes in an undertone. " irs. Eltson," the senior of them said, ad. dressing that lady, who was sitting on a chair placed at the upper end of the court, "we are Foryv to trouble wou, but we must ask you to go into the witness-beo. I wish to ask you," he went on when she had taken her stand in the bxo, "tow it was you at once connected the initials with the prisonerr"' "becaus he had at one time lived in the villace, and was employe assisting our gart?ner. He was disha- edon ausni?onsof hoeing poisoned a watcl.dcg whIch-had bit him; and as the three dogs about the plee had all been poisoned on the nfght when the house was broken into, his name had been in my mind, and, on seeing the Iitials, I naturally recognised them at ones." .. Ther was a deep silence in the cort when Mrs. hllison gave her evidence. Hitherto the impression had been rather favourable to the prisoner. His story, though trange, had been by no means impomsle andl if true, would have completely aeconte for the find. ing of the tools, which were the only evidened againtt him. The evidence of Mrs. llion, however, entirely altered -the complexion of the case. Renben had stood quiet and composed during the hearing. His countenance had evinced no surprise or emotion when the tools were pro. dced. He bad, indeed, upon thinking the matter over before coming into mort, come to the conelusion that the tools, which he had in a small basket at the time he was attacked, bad been found in or near the house, having been left there parosely by Tom Thorne in' order to throw nspiaon upon him; their production therefore was no anEop .. A slirht shadd psed over his fare when Mrs. Ellison entered t tness.box. Glancing at the squire as she gave her evidence, Reuben saw that Mr. Ellison looked greatly vexed and annored. As before, at the onesedsion of the evidence of esch-witness, Reuben was asked if he had anj question to put. He hesitated for a moment, and then as before replied in the negative. . Again the magistrates conmlted theter. SMr. Ellisnn, we shall be obigedif you will enter the witness-box again. In?your former evidence, Mr. Ellison, you said nothingin any way relating to the prisoner, but it nor soems you had a previous seauaintnce with him. Will rou tell the court wian it is" "I' have not much to say," the squire said. " As a boey he lived in ithe village with his mother, a nmost respectable person, and widow of Jacob Whitner, a millers a good way of tosiness, who * it may be in yonr memory, was found droned in his mill-pond sme seven or de:ht years ego. The widoa being in ret!o,:l ec?r?ietaces, settled in Tipping. The b.-y war an in:t:lligent lad, and when the boy erop!ored In my garden left I gave hm the laere. IIr'ae- everv satisfacton. One day he was ses- r--[v to:ten by the watchdog, and thre? dirve l:er the dog was fouand p~lisoned. My goartienr saw a hbr running awar froan the spot a quart:rr of an hour before the dog died; he believed it to be the prsoner. but it was two dark for hima to lisaoonish the fea:ures. "At the tome I certainly suspeced that he had been ru.?t:r cof Ioisona g the dog. and in spite of hos denyinr that he had anything to do with it, as hoe was unable to account for where he was at th- tirme the toy was reen, I die charged him. I wi.h to sy pbatidly that I have desrl- regretted hbsng done so ever since, nnd thfnt I rcsider I acted hastily and wronaly in so doing. Considering his prenouse good ?harcter I ooCht not to hare samed his grilt without more top.isve enodence than I had beforerno. I marsy a!lso sa that Lthe school mester of our ollage will gire the I riontr the hi.hert charaoter tcr truthftu!nos, nd he ho kn.own him eser since. Iis resent ecmploy?r, Mr. Pealel l, is ls.o, I b liere, r ot to t stify to Lis ex:ulhnt orduct: during hes Lf ryTars of api renticochip." "I suppose, Mr. E:lion." the .senior anceis trate said, " you hacve not, at any time s:nre the posnoino of the deJr. o?ltt: ied any actual evidernce which waou!l show that coo were mitak?en in cur E,-st view, anl theat your cubsoqCent chainge cf pienion was cue so:ely to your g-neral view of the bvy's character, so far ns you knew it." *'That is so," the s-ire asented,. and no further questocn bem.ng sekedo he re-noed his seat. Ils evidence had causned eurlrie and rsome little amuostm-nt inr court. It was clear that there was a rirong difference of o.iui:n b.tween him and his wifecn the subject. and that, whole the ladv had sonmethig lhke an aonicus against the prisoner, the sluire was e'ronglyimpressed in his favour. Ai: some consultatioenthe magistrate said : "The case will t~e remande I un'il this day week to seet if further evid-nce is forthooming: but I maysay that, under the i; r.cnt circum stances of the ease, we shall feel cur-elve, obliged to send it for trial. The Ir t:ner' account of his pro:eedings fr m the tim- he ft: Lewos on the lresiorus eccY og up to tha: cl his return and arrest heres may be true, btt so far it is entirely nu.up-crtsd. On the ether hond. we have the eridt-re of the to,!s, adrittet to heltong to him, beinig found on the sc re of the buregleary. We Lahe the further i.npor:ant faut that bnhsl teen formerly emt!orcd upno the ]lace,sndh'tditray b" suppe] ,?neknowlerdge of the premaises; he had been dischrPo d upo n suspi:on, rightfully or wrongfully entertue-dl. of hishating loisoned a doeg belongFing to .Mfr. Elliison, and there is reaon for the behef, that the do;s poisoned before the burglary were got at by so?ae oea acquainted with the place."
"Will it be any use my calling evidence ante character at tba next meeting '" ITeuben asked. "No," the ma 'trate sid: "cruidence of that kin will bi useful at the trial, when the maotel or ill thoroughly sifted. We have only to de:ide that there is ,prina f ii eovidence connectine you with the offence, and of that there can be no doubt." At the ittin: a w atek hler no fresh evidence was p:odeced, and l:ci ea was committed for trial at the next w'iael. Public opinion in Lewes ran Ijh to the subject of lteuben's guilt or innccrce. The other workmen at the mill-wright's were trongly in his favour-he wa very popular amonghi?s feilows-and they pointed out that several hands must Lhae been concerned in the business, that he was never seen about in pubc houses of an evening, or was likely to have any connection with bad charactcrs. Was it probable, if he had gone about such a job as that, he would have taken toos marked writh his own initials, or, if he had, that he would have been fool enou:h to leave them behind s Upon the other Lanl , ep.inion in general ranl strongly against him. Ilis story was declare I to be utterlvimprobahle, aon a fell?w who had once been di,?ir-ed for poisoring a deg would be likely at any future time to revenge himself upon the employer who turned him if. Aa to Mr. Ellisoa's declr.tion of his s!AjlCouent opinion that he acted hastily, little weight was attached to it. Everyone knew' ,uire Eglion was a kind-hearted nan, and as he acknow. le.led himself that he had obtained no evidence which would sat?of him that he hid acted wronglyin the first ease, it was clear that it was from mere kindness of heart that he had changed his mind on the subject. At Tipping the subject was never mentioned. The squire ard Mrs. Ellison, en the drive home, had the most serious quarrel which had ever taken place during their wedded life, which had conded by the former savioe': "If anyone had ever told me before, Mary. tht yeao were a vindictive woman I should have knocked him down. I might do no now, but I should know in my heart that he had spoken truly. For scme reason or other you took a irejudice against that boy, and you never forgave his mother for standing np in his defence. I was shocked, downright shocked, when you gave your evidence in court." Mrs. Ellison had been too much offended to reply, and the rest of the drive had been passed in silence. Upon their return home the girl were full of eager questions, but the s squire sid shortly: "My dears, the les we talk about it the I better. 'Your mother andI dffer entire on I the subject. She believes that Reuben Whit- 5 ney is guilty. I am absolutely convinced be is innocent; therefore, if you please, we will not I dismis it." The following morning Kate Ellson went down to the scolhouse. "Mr. Shrewhury," she sid, putting her I head in at the door, "could you come Out for I twoorthree minutes? Iwantperticularly to speak to you. Have you heard what took I plaeyeeday at Lewes" she asked when he I came ont. "Yes, Miss Elison, I aw Jone the coao stable last night, andhe told me all thathad I been said in court." "And you think Reuben Whitney is iano 1 cent?" she asked eagerly. "Iamquite sure of it, MiesEllison-as p re I as I am ofmy own existence. For anyone I who knows him to have a doubt- is absolutely absurd. A fineryoung fellowthan Reuben it woldbehard tofind." "Bat what did be say? Howo did he sconuat for his toolseing fiond thler?" The schoolmaster repeated the account c Reublen hd given. and said:. "When the I trial omem ol dshall, of coarse, go over, and I testify both as to his general onduct and to the fact that he had, as hbe said, promised to bring over his tols to put up some shelves in my cuopboar s." "Do you think he will get off, Mr. Shrews bury" she asked anxiously. I "I should hope o. Miss Elloo, but I can't disguise from myself that it is by no means I certain. That onfortunte oldbusiness about the dog will tellterribly against hi, and, though I am pefectlysure that his account of hat took pce is correct, there is nothing t onfirm it. It is jst the sort of story, theba will sa, that he would naton ly get ucp to account for his absence ani tor the toolsbnag 1 found. Of course if the jury knew him as well as I edo theresmlt would becrtain; but I have been tryingto look at the facts as if he were a stranger, and I can't say what decision t I should come to in such a case. Still, of cose, the high character that will be gven him, and the fact that there is no evidence I whatever connecting him in any way w.ith bad characters, mast count immensely in his favour." The siewere to to take place onlya fort night after the date of Ieuben's committal. lie.Whitney hal engaged a lwyr in the town to defend her on. and, to the ourpris of this gentlemun, Mr. Ellison called upon himt two or three days later and said: "Mr. Brngden, I hear that you have been engaged by Mrs. Whitney to defend her son, 1 don't beheve the young fellow is guilty, and therefore I uthoeris you to rpend any sum I thatmnt be ne .sy m getting rp his defence, I and wi hroa toinstruct a con toselto appn forhim. Of coarse I cannot appear ophelyin e the matter, and my name must not be mentioned, but I will guarantee all expenses. It seems to me that it would be desirable to ind out, if porsible, the village where he lsav hebrekfastedand aked the way to Lewes. In his story he says he didn't know the name of the village, but, as he was told it was about twenty miles from Lewes, and he can describe I the road he followed, there ought to be no I diiculty in finding it. I should advise you to have a chat with Shreasbary, the schoolmaster at Tipping. Hes a great friend of the ld's and a very intelrliget fellow; he ma' be able to stggest some points to be followed up. At anrrnae do ell you " n. . leuben had another adherent who was also acting on his behalf. The afternoon before the trial Kate Elliou stopped before the blck. I smith shon in the village, and ming thatJacob Priestley the Smith was at work alore she entered. - i I"b it tre, Jacab, that yon have been It suammoned en the juryat Les, to-morrow?" ' "Yes, miss, it beetrne, aly. It be four emmdmnd, and 5t bemighty hard that they ashould have piced nmon me. Still I have nmrerbeen elied before, soI mppse I mestn't 1 gramble; buttt be hardto be taen away from I wrlkto waste ose's time in a conurt, and they say the 'sies ull ist for three days." -"Well, Jacob,;; in knoew that Reabsa i Whitne is going to be tried for robbery at our " Yes, miss: so theysave." "Well, what doyou thk abhout it, Jacohbs' "I dn't think nothing onet way or the other,' mis. Moat folk? says as bow he must hae w done it,'cuse as hew he lisone? ? squire's dog 1 alores." 1 "He didn't do oanthing of themrt, Jacob, and its very wicked ofepls toutsay so. H is innoeent, quileinnoeeant, la sure heis: and papa is quite sure.too; end he will beternibly putoutif he i found gilty; ?solwant youto promie me that, whaterer the others tink, I you will hold out that he is innocent" 1 SWell. miussn," the smith said, sratching his head. "if yoube snue ofit, and nui be asre. i 1 suppose themre can't be no doubt aboutit, for I who should know better than squire; and lam sure I woulda't go to put him about, for a better landlord thel lmre sin't to bi found in the coMnrn, so you toil him, mis, asI wll Lold rout." "But papa doesn't know that Ihare come down here, Jscob. It wouldn't do for him to interfere you know, especially as he is a mag.state himelf. You mustn't mention to J anyone that I have spken to you aboautit r.oi to anyone, Jacob, not even to your wife: t but Ican tellyou the squire willbe heartily 1 plased If he i found inuceant, and he will be I terribly put out if he is found guilty." "All right. mIss," the smith replied. "I 1 nderstand; and no one shan't know. uasyot herve spoken to me aboot it. It be quite enough fcr l to knr asathe squire lnowsas he's innocent It ain't likely as I should stick my optior up against lIt." The day after he heard of Rcuben's arret the *honolma.er went over to s.ee hirm. asd ao La ircs th-' bearer of a letter :trom Mr. Elso:n to the Goverecr ef the jut he wan o.!e to 0e9 ';n ameIttce. " Was there ever ?u?h an c:.fcrtnat?e fellow as I am'"' Peu!vn excrlimei ot:tr the firnst he?rty grertina. "ltr, sm I frr the sec.nt, ::oe a.r.?d of a crin:o of whi-h I am innoc-nt. nr. from r hich, ivndr.. in tih c ime ?alut siacl: .-:cuse I went o.t 1 rmy war to iuCilre int wIh:a: seeoCl to be a s;,ii 'oun, ' r..',." "T s ir:e alla-?butit. Reuahn. I Iate hurl the est'oment ynu t;.!e t the c!iof Oe:.[ t : : out ti it ms aa-ir, with every dltelil voe cao thim n u'. S'-e circor-stere ae't -:c-oor toyu aast:?.;: t=-oy .i:rn:h c:cre." "I r.3re -u~ 3,r. ii;r.'in. Ih-: a-rne. i h'oe o'et him i c!l:t ha:-;enl." 1,uben si, '" t ,i cour - I w li otadly tell yau lJ tE?u'-n rep.,?bl thIe t:?iry cf the ad rv-t sIr with lvery det1: that he caol. thinkI e', s -akin. slowt y s tLe scl.hoo:mset:r wrote dJon at lugtlh.
"I willsee whatoI ca make of it when think it over," 3MrU'SIrewdry said. " Of course as it standii so natural and proballe that it would elear at once badit not been for that unfortann dsg businessbefore, and the oupition arited b ti thatr c had a feel. ing of heily to the ~o. a shall be abtle partly to dispo of tht, for I can wear that you have frequently spoken tome of the squire in tones of respect and liking, and that, aml though you regretted the manner in which you left hi service, you felt no ill.willagainst him on aconntof it. Moreover, I shall able to prove that the reasons you gave for bating your tools with you was a true one; and al. though I cannot swear that I expected you Epeoilly on that evening, the fact that you werein the habit of coming over attimato see me cannot ut corroborate your story. I shall get leave for two or three days, and will hunt up the village whereyo breakfasted." "lThnk you very much," Reuben said, "though I have been thinki it over, and do not see that the evidence of the people at the public.boue would help me much. It will simply prove that I passed through there in the morang, but will not show in any way whether I went willingly as far s that as one of the party who broke into the house, or whether I was taken there." "They can probably provethat youlooked pale and exhausted," the schoolmaetersid. "I fancy I should look pale in case," Peunln said. "if I had gone throughauch a night's work as that of breaking into the equire'." "Well, keey up your courage Rubnr. Yon arhe l euite sure that the friend will do all in their power for you. I shall go now and have a chat withyour mother. I m afraid that she will want comforting more than you do." "Yes," Reaben agreed, "I am afraid so. Somehow I don't seem totke it toeart much. Ihall feel it more afterwards, perhap; but at present the whole thing seems sex ordinary, that I can't quite realise thatl am in danger of being sent to BotonyBay. The worst of is that, even if I m auitted, lots of people will atill thinklm gulty Thereis only one thing that can rally prov my inmoemnce, nd that is the arrest of Tom Thse and his father." "Ihear,"the schoolmaster said, "that the chief constableha written up to Bow Street forthem to put the rnnmers on the traces of those two accundrels. Whether they believe yonrstory or not, it is quite evident that more than onperson was concerned in the affair. Theirtheory, of course, is that you quarrelled wuththe oternoerthedivion ofthe poil, an? gotthath knockon the head, which is a very severe one. I went down yestrday withones to see the spot where you said you were assaulted. There were marks where the horse , and marks of feet in the feld, and a aeh of blood, all of which goes to prove that oor story may be true, but unfortunately it doesn't prve that it wu; becanse, according to thetheoryagalnstyon, you might have been as-aultedafter the robbery a well as before "But in that case," Reuben said, "why should they have taken the trouble to carry me twenty mles awayP' "Yes, there is. of course, that question," the schoolmster. aid thcnhlfntlyl; 'bt then, on the other band, why did they take the troablein case you were not anaccomplic In both cases the answer is the sa -they did it to prevent your giving the alarm nntl they h got far away from the sene. They didn't like tomurderyou becauseof the cnieqnncev ti themselres, but they would not risk your recovering conscioneass and getting up an earlypurmait' It cts both ways, yon e." "8a it does," Reuben asented. "It's jsta question of belief, and I own myself that that old dog business is very much against me, and that I ea't blame anyone who considers me ekuben's was the last ens taken at the assizes, and occasioned a good deal of interest in that part of Ssoex, prtly owing to the positron of lquireEison, partyto the nature of the defence set up, euto wich opinion was a good deal divided. Theevideacefor the proseeutio wa• to a great etent similar to that given at the in qus?y before the magisttenes. Unfortunately forieoben, the jede was notonously a severe one, and his bas from the first appeared to be againsttheprisoner. MU. Ellison was eloae'y questioned by the proecutor a to the p~sonng of his dog, as this was considered to show a partlnlar animns on the pert of R.ecen: he again repeated his counviction of Renhen's innocence in that afair. "Batwhatreason have you, Mr. Ellioon." the counsel for the prosecntion asked blandly "for canging aropinion on the suljectt? Thiswas just the question which the e.umre could notanswer satfactoily, and was a par titlarlyirritating one, becaue it had often been triumphantlr asked by hiwife. "I can ra!ly give no prticular reason," he id, " except that on reflection the boy's pre vious character and antecedentsa covinced me thathe ld not have done such an act." "Infact," the counsel Said surrely "son were inflened by your own goooness of heart, Mr. Ellison, in thus laing aside a con riction which the facts had a the tims forced upony yo." "I don't look upon it in that licht,C the squire replied shotly. "I conside that in the first instance acted hastily and unadvisedly, and on consideration I saw that I had dope so." a? I mtfrid, Mr. Ellison," the counsel said,"that you willnot persuade the jery to agree with you." "I have oulyne or two questions to ask you," the counnel for the defence said when he rose to ross-examine, "for indeed your evi dence is, as I think the jury will agree. alto-. geter is favour of the prisoner. In the first place, was the lad, when in your employmeno, ever up asirs in your house?" "Not that I know of," the squire re?lid. "Certain y in the course of his duti he would never be there. Indeed it wonuld be very aellom that he wonid even enter the h.,chcn, expt to bring i. rgeetsbles. Certanly he would never psthrongh to gouptairs; he could sot poilly have done so without ex citing attention and remark~" "He waould, therefore, Mr. Elilon, hare no means of panssessing any knowledge as to the internal arrsngeenet of ar bohouse beyjond that po?,aed by the other people in the village." "None whatever," Mr. Ellson replied. "a'ow, as to that unfortunate affair of the poisoning of your dog. Your opinion as to theinnocence of the prisoner I that matter is not a recent one-not the outcome of his aLter good conducet and charucter?' -"Not t all," Mr. Ellison uasi.d. "Ichtnged m oinion on the matter re shcrtly indeed fter theafaiL." "Within a few days I think I mye seyf" the counsel sked. "Within a very few dars; 1 may almost tay within a few hours." the squire replied. "~'he boy's otory, told not to me but to another, tthathe beiccd the dog wa pisoned yarother ld inthe villae who owed him a grudge, and who has eiee turned otu an eediel ban hadcracter, serch me as beidnp erynnmuch moreprobble than that h should do ithimelf." Mrs.Elltien?watnextcald. Her evidence aa to the robbery was a mere repetition of that giren by the quire. The counasl then turne to tlheqaiaeno* t0 pionin,. "I would rataeraysohnab toC t it,,Irn. Ellison said. "It I a matter which has been productive of mcchpain to ,me, and Iwonld rather say nothing about t." "But you mast, madem," the judge said -harply. "TYounare hereto acaweraJyques tion Lwhich may enablse the jury to form an pnion on this case." "I am s-rrytopreesyo, Mrs. Elluon." the coousel continued. LtIreally must do so. Yonu took a differentopinion to that held by your hanoand?" *"I recret to say that I did. Mr. Elli.on tuoldmethe reasouns he had for supectin the boy.I thoo ht tthecessous eo lfeot, and have seen uno canse for changing my opinion." A fterthe evidence for the prrosection had been given, the caunsel fe the defene pointed out that there was in fact o evidence what mever connecrting Reuben with the robbery beyond the disovery of his tookl oan the prmises: andthat as tothis trumpery story of the ~soniega adog four year bef?ore, appa retll only for the purpose of showng some sort of nimu. he regarded it as altogether contemptible. When amsan meant to commit a burglary in a hus he did so in order to obtain ;oyseeion of the goods, and not from anT spite acainst the owner. Had this young fellow felt sny malice for this ridiculnnus charge on i?Li h hh ad been dtsmitsed, he world not h ive allied hivn'elf with burg'lars to rob the kou-e, hot sould pr'hably have vented his fit' in the usu'l fonhin, by setting fie to a sirsek cr cau:Etnuse: lst us frua be could see, therp a., n -undan:no fsor the charge brouchpt s-i:.t timr. ?s. thec bld u!rodr heard Mr. L !is:i ds'hare ti'i '. e rer slt'l he had r~u:-cted Eit. a -nd '0-' " ea leved him toube :tsncet. Blu ce?n Ea3 it tin lircvei up to w tb he ;oet I:.=*>-. It be hadsp tte dog, wh ,t :ri It wua~ e t a Eulnca sin. I r -oo?:i it -it :le e mrl ct.ara~cter. No too lihes bauine a e' raken out sf h's coll tea esorie ;, dg. a'i t!e:, woeld h?ve .ben e; thing us cccv seryrltul bud be reveoged hi ,ef. I1t wa prootle thot even errarc the jryr there was one or mare who, if he hisd not
absolutely eet ison'for his neghbors e lfo destroying is g sens orscratching i p his florbe, hait h tamed to do so,. Land would tot hae qdld it ,m a very serious crime had ho tone so. Therefore q contended that the jury should put' tb trumpery offir altdge:er out of their mind, on the donble ground that, in the Sfct pue the prisoner t the badid not poison thedcýi and that Lad b? done no it would have hna nothing whatever to do with the present afair. "Why, gentlemen," he sid, "it is aninsult to your.undertanding to k you to redit thst this young fellow, whose character, whih I shall presently prove toyou by unimpeachable evidence, is o! the high?st kind, has for four yera cherished such malice against his em ployerfor dismissng him mietakesl that he has become the consort of thieves and mlu ha stained hishandsin crime, and rendered himself lisle to iranportatim for the purpose merly of pitingthat getlemn. Such a can. tention be abolutely absurd. I must beg you to dismiss it altogethr from your mind, nd =a sl it from different stand potltoeth r. Divod ofthise ez sTamous bdnth matter is a mompleoe. The prisoner left his mother's cottage at stmn o'clock in the evninto go over for an hoar or two to his friend Mr. Shrewbury. the schoolmaster of Tipping. He took with im few tools, as he had promised to pt some shelves in his friend's hone. On the way he heard some talking down a lane, which he knewledto only a fld. Thinking itstrange he went to see whoit was, and some distance down he found a horse and art standing, and, listening to the conversation of two men who wto i?g o nrm de thhed ge heard enough to inform him that abrgs was intended Uponthe bonoof Mr. llim. He was bout to make off to give the slrm, when h was saddenl attacked by some men who had come up behind, and weu felled to the ground. Whle l insenoiblebe wasbondhand and foot and let inaditch, where remainedtill the burglars returned from ompleting the work o handa. Theythen thrw him into the crt, andpathim down sometwentymilesway. Being greatly exhausted by loe of bloodit was late im the afternoon before he arrived at Lewes, when he was at once arrested. This, gentlemn, is the prisoners story as related to the chief constable when he w takn to the lock-p. othing can be simpler or more probable, and in some point at least I hal be able to confirm it by independent testimony. Mr. Shrewsbury will tellyou that the prioner had amanged to Come over to?ee him and?ring his tools; he will alsotellyou that two days after the prion arrest be went with Jones, the vi e constale, and found the?mark where the horse and trap had stood,while justinsdethe field the grass was tramled with feet, and in the bottom of the dry ditch s a great dark ptch, which he was able toascert to be blood. Dr. Hewit willtellyouthat be was called into stap up the prisonr's bead after his rest, on that the rcat verysevereone, andmnsthvebeen inflicted by a hea weapon with gre force. I ame onvinmsd, gentlemen, that aterbering this evidence you will agree with me not only. thatthe prisoner is perfectly innocent of the charge, but that he is a most ill.used person, mn that it is a matter of msrprise and rerret that the magistrates should have committed him for trial, when the only shadow of evi. dence against him wa the dscovery of these tools-a discorry which he a: one rspapin.d. Of other evid-ncethero is not one jo: or tittle No attempt has been madeto prove that the prisoner was in the habit of cosortin with bad?harcters : noattempt has been mode to shorway conv?ction whatever between him and the men who came in a horse andtrap across the hil forthe purpose of efecting a burglary at Mr. Ellisir's, and who, as we know, did eect it. No scr of the property stolen from the house has been found upon him, smd, in oirer to accunt forthesevere wound on his head, the consel for the prose cntionhas startedthe bypcthesis that.it was given in the cors of a onaxel during the. divisi of the pu ,de fiaut had that been the case, gentlemen, the prisoner would not have been standicg here alone. Bobbed and ill-treated ly these e~npanions of his, he woold naturally have put the oftce?r of justire on their track, and, as he mst have ben in oirmmuaiestai with them and well acquainted with their wars and haunts. he could have given informaJicd which would have led to their early arrest. ie could well have dons ttus, for the Crown would have made no diii cultywhtever in promising a lad like this a free pardon on condition cf his tarting evi dence agaist these ?rglars, whese mode of procedure shows t°m to have lsen old hands, and who are no doubt the same who bare comn mitted the various robberies whichhr haeltely taken pla in this part of the c?antry. " The pri?eor is the son of hi;ly respect able plrente. His ea r!oyer will come before you and gre you evideaee of the extremely itch chandter he bears. M[. Shrewsbuy will tell you that be has for the last fier years devoted no inconsiderable portion of his leisure tim. to improve Lis eduscati, arri enable him to recover the position ocoupwed by his father. whoEn ws amruchires ctd rll3e in thisnoigtlnhoeod. Istall leate the case in roar haels, gentlemen. with an abertine crn fidence that you will with's: a mor:5n esitotion find a verdict prolaiming the irr- cence of my client, and enabe im to lerae the dock without P. stain pon his chan?terP (0o or ccstrrnrm )