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Her two companions pricked up more eminence in that profession ; their ears at this intelligence ; and at the same time she informed them, Crowe asked if the spoon had been that the said Grubble had been found? She answered in the affir- lately sent to Bridewell; a circummative, and said, the cunning man stance which, with all his art, he described to a hair the person that had not been able to foresee. The should be her true love, and her captain, without any scruple, put wedded husband: that he was a sea- himself and his companion under faring man ; that he was pretty convoy of this beldame, who, thro' well ftricken in years ; a little pal- many windings and turnings, fionate or so; and that he went brought them to the door of a ruiwith his fingers clinched like, as it nous house, standing in a blind were. The captain began to fweat alley; which door having opened at this description, and mechanical- with a key drawn from her pocket, ly thrust his hands into his pockets, she introduced them into a parlour, while Crabshaw, pointing to him, where they saw no other furniture told her he believed the had got the than a naked bench, and some right fow by the ear. Crowe grum- frightful figures on the bare walls, bled, that may hap for all that he drawn, or rather scrawled with should not be brought up by such a charcoal. Here she left them lockgrappling neither. Then he asked cd in until the Mould give the docif this cunning man dealt with the tor notice of their arrival ; and devil, declaring, in that case he they amused themselves with decywould keep clear of him: for why? phering these characters and hierobecause he must have fold himself glyphics. The first figure that ento old scratch; and being a fervant 'gaged their attention, was that of a of the devil, how could he be a man hanging upon a gibbet, which good subject to his majesty ? Mrs. both confidered as an unfavourable Cook assured him, the conjurer was omen, and each endeavoured to a good christian ; and that he gain- avert from his own person. Crabed all his knowledge by conversing shaw observed, that the figure so with the stars and planets. Thus suspended was cloathed in a sailor's satisfied, the two friends resolved to jacket and trowsers; a truth which consult hiin as soon as it Thould be the captain could not deny ; but on light; and being directed to the place the other hand he affirmed, that the of his habitation, fet out for it by said figure exhibited the very nose and seven in the morning. They found chin of Timothy, together with the the house forsaken, and had already hump on one shoulder. A warm reached the end of the lane in their dispute ensued; and being mainreturn, when they were accolted by tained with inuch acrimonious alan old woman, who gave them to tercation, might have diffolved the understand, that if they had occa- new-cemented friendship of these fion for the advice of a fort'une- two originals, had it not been inteiler, as she did suppose they had, terrupted by the old sybil, who, from their stopping at the house coming into the parlour, intimated where Dr. Grubble lived, she would that the doctor waited for thein conduct them to a person of nuch above. She likewise told them that

he he never admitted more than one at for ought he knew, might have bea time. This hint occafioned a longed to a four-legged goat, as fresh conteft : the captain infifted well as to a two-iegged astrologer. upon Crabshaw's making fail a- This apparition, which the fquire head, in order to look out afore; did not eye without manifest dilbut Timothy perfifted in refusing composure, extending a white wand, this honour, declaring he did not made certain evolutions over the pretend to lead, but he would fol- head of Timothy, and having mutlow, as in duty bound. The old tered an ejaculation, commanded gentlewoman abridged the ceremo him, in a hollow tone, to come ny, by leading out Crabshaw with forward and declare his name. one hand, and locking up Crowe Crabshaw thus adjured advanced with the other. The former was to the altar; and whether from dedragged up stairs like a bear to the sign or (which is more probable) itake, not without reluctance and from confufion, answered “ Samuel terror, which did not at all abate at Crowe.” The conjuror taking up fight of the conjurer, with whom the pen, and making a few scratches he was immediately shut up by his on the paper, exclaimed in a terriconductress ; after the had told fic accent; “How! miscreant! athim in a whisper, that he mult de tempt to impose upon the stars ? posit a shilling in a little black cof- you look more like a crab than a fin, supported by a human skull and crow, and was born under the sign thigh bones crossed, on a stool co- of Cancer.” The squire, almost vered with black bays, that stood in annibilated by this exclamation, full one corner of the apartment. The upon his knees, crying, “ I pray squire having made this offering yaw, my lord conjuror's worship, with fear and trembling, ventured pardon my ignorance, and down't to furvey the objects around him, go to baind me oover to the Red which were very well calculated to Sea like- l'fe a poor Yorkshire augment his confufion. He saw tyke, and would no more cheat the divers skeletons hung by the head: stars than I'd cheat my own vather, the stuffed skin of a young alligator, as the saying is a must be a good a calf with two heads, and several hand at trapping, that catches the snakes suspended from the cieling, starns a napping—but as your howith the jaws of a fark, and a nour's worship observed, my name itarved weale. On another fune- is Tim Crabshaw, of the Eait Ri. real table he beheld two spheres, be- ding, groom and squair to Sir Launtween which lay a book open, ex- celot Greaves, baron knaight, and hibiting outlandish characters, and arrant knaight, who ran mad for a mathemnatical diagrams. On one wench, as your worship's conjurafide stood an ink-standish with paper, tion well knoweth:--the person beand behind this desk appeared the low is captain Crowe ; and we conjurer himself in fable vestments, coom by Margery Cook's recomhis head so overshadowed with hair, mendation, to seek after my master, that far from contemplacing his fea. wbo is gone away, or made away, tures, Timothy could distinguish nc. the Lord he knows how and where." thing but a long white beard, which, Here he was interrupted by the 5


conjurer, who exhorted him to fit ing." O, good my lord down and compose himself until he conjurer! (roared the squire) I'd as thould cast a figure : then he scrawl- lief give forty shillings as be hanged the paper, and waring his wand, ed."- "Peace, Girrah! (cried the repeated abundance of gibberish other) would you contradict or reconcerning the number, the names, verse the immutable decrees of the houses, and revolutions of the fate. Hanging is your destiny ; planets, with their conjunctions, and hanged you shall be ----- and oppositions, signs, circles, cycles, comfort yourself with the reflection, trines, and trigons. When he per- that as you are not the first, so neiceived that this artifice had its pro- ther will you be the last to fwing on per effe& in disturbing the brain of Tyburn tree.” This comfortable Crabshaw, he proceeded to tell him assurance composed the mind of from the stars, that his name was Timothy, and in a great measure Crabshaw, or Crabsclaw ; that he reconciled him to the prediction. was born in the East-riding of He now proceeded in a whining Yorkshire, of poor, yet honest pa- tone, to ask whether he should suf. rents, and had some skill in hor- fer for the first fact? whether it ses; that he served a gentleman, would be for a horse or a mare? and whose name began with the letter of what colours that he might G

, which gentleman had know when his hour was come.--. run mad for love, and left his fa. The conjurer gravely answered, that mily; but whether he would return he would steal a dappled geldir.g alive or dead the stars had not yet on a Wednesday ; be cast at the determined. Poor Timothy was Old Baily on a Thursday, and suffer thunderstruck to find the conjurer on a Friday; and he strenoully re. acquainted with all these circum- commended it to him, to appear in stances, and begged to know if he the cart with a nolegay in one mought be bauld as to ax a ques- hand, and the Whole Duty of Man tion or two about his own fortune. in the other." “ But if in care it The astrologer pointing to the little should be in the winter (faid the coffin, our squire understood the squire) when a nosegay can't be hint, and deposited another shilling. had”-..“ Why then (replied the The fage had recourse to his book, conjurer) an orange will do as erected another scheme, performed well.” These material points beonce more his airy evolutions with ing adjusted to the entire satisfacthe wand, and having recited ano. tion of Timothy, he declared he ther mystical preamble, expounded would bestow another fhilling to the book of fate in these words : know the fortune of an old com" You shall neither die by war nor panion, who truly did not deserve water, by hunger or by thirst, nor so much at his hands ; but he could be brought to the grave by old age not help loving him better than or distemper ; but, let me see — e'er a friend he had in the world. ay, the stars will have it so, you So saying, he dropped a third offerMall be --- exalted --- hah! ... ay, ing in the coffin, and desired to that is ---- hanged for horse-steal- know the fate of his horse Gilbert. September 1761.




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The aftrologer having again con- the doctor addresfed him in these fulted his art, pronounced, that words : “ Approach, Raven.” The Gilbert would die of the staggers, captain advancing, “ You an't and his carcase be given to the much mistaken, brother, (said he) hounds; a sentence, which made a heave your eye into the binnacle, much deeper impression upon Crab. and box your compass ; you'll find Maw's mind, than did the predi&ion I'm a Crowe, not a Raven, tho'f of his own untimely and disgrace. indeed they be both fowls of a fea. ful fate. He shed a plenteous ther, as the faying is."...." I know Thower of tears, and his grief broke it; (cried the conjurer) thou art a forth in some passionate expressions northern crow,---a fea crow; not a of tenderness :---at length he told crow of prey, but a crow to be the astrologer he would go and send preyed upon :---a crow to be pluck. up the captain, who wanted to con- ed, ---to be flayed, ---to be bafted, --fult him about Margery Cook, be- to be broiled by Margery upon the cause as how she had informed him gridiron of matrimony- " The that Dr. Grubble had described just novice changing colour at this desuch another man as the captain nunciation, “ I do understand your for her true love ; and he had no signals, brother, (faid he,) and if it great stomach to the match, if so be set down in the log-book of fate, be as the stars were not bent upon that we must grapple, why then, their coming together. Accord. 'ware timbers. But as I know how ingly the squire being disiniffed by the land lies, d'ye fee, and the cur. the conjurer, descended to the par- rent of my inclination sets me off, I Jour with a rueful length of face; Mall haul up close to the wind, and which being perceived by the cap- mayhap we shall clear Cape Mar. tain, he demanded - What cheer, gery. But, howsomever, we fhall ho ?” with some signs of appre- leave that reef in the foretopfail :--hension. Crabshaw making no re- I was bound upon another voyage, 'turn to this falute, he asked if the d’ye see --- to look and to see, and

conjurer had taken an observation, , to know, if fo be as how I could and told him any thing? Then pick up any intelligence along shore, the other replied, he had told him concerning my friend Sir Launcelot, more than he desired to know who fiipped his cable last night, and “ Why, an that be the case (faid has lost company, d'ye see.” “What! the seaman) I have no occafion to (exclaimed the cunning man) art go aloft this trip, brother." This thou a crow, and can'it not smell evafion would not serve his turn : carrion ? If thou would'st grieve old Tifiphone was at hand, and led for Greaves, behold his naked car. him up growling into the hall of case lies unburied to feed the kites, audience, which he did not examine the crows, the gulls, the rooks, and without trepidation. Having been ravens."- "What, broach'd to * directed to the coffin, where he pre- "Dead! as a boiled lobfter.” “Odd's fented half a crown, in hope of heart! friend, these are the hearendering the fates propitious, the viest tidings I have heard these feusual ceremony was performed; and ven long years---there must have


been deadly odds when he lowered ject, and found reason to believe his topsails---Smite my eyes! I had that Sir Launcelot was assassirather the Mufti had foundered at nated; that he should think sea, with myself and all my genera- himself happy in being the instrution on board---well fare thy soul, ment of bringing the murderers flower of the world! had honest to justice, though he foresaw they Sam Crowe been within hail would, of themselves, save him but what signifies palavering.” Here that trouble ; for they would quarthe tears of unaffected forrow flow- rel about dividing the spoil, and ed plentifully down the furrows of one would give information against the seaman's cheeks :---- then his the other. grief giving way to his indignation, The prospect of this satisfaction “ Hark ye, brother conjurer, (faid appeased the resentment, and, in he) you that can spy foul weather some measure, mitigated the grief before it comes, damn your eyes! of captain Crowe, who took his why didn't you give us warning of leave without much ceremony ; and this here squall? Blast my limbs! I'll being joined by Crabshaw, promake you give an account of this ceeded with a heavy heart to the here damned, horrid, confounded house of Sir Launcelot, where they murder, d'ye see--mayhap you your- found the domestics at breakfast, self was concerned, d'ye see.---For without exhibiting the least sympmy own part, brother, I put my tom of concern for their absent trust in God, and steer by the com- master. Crowe had been wise pass ; and I value not your paw- enough to conceal from Crabshaw wawing, and your conjuration, of a what he had learned of the knight's rope's end, d'ye see.”---The conju- fate. This fatal intelligence he rer was by no means pleased, either reserved for the ear of his nephew, with the matter, or the manner of Mr. Clarke, who did not fail to this address. He therefore began attend him in the forenoon. to soothe the captain's choler, by As for the squire, he did nothing representing that he did not pretend but ruminate in rueful silence upon to omniscience, which was the attri- the dappled gelding, the nosegay, bute of God alone ; that human and the predicted fate of Gilbert. art was fallible and imperfect ; and Him be forthwith visited in the staall that it could perform, was to ble, and saluted with the kiss of discover certain partial circum- peace. Then he bemoaned his stances of any particular object to fortune with tears, and by the which its inquiries were directed: found of his own lamentation, was that being questioned by the other lulled alleep among the litter. man, concerning the cause of his master's disappearing, he had [ To be continued. ] exercised his skill upon the sub- ,

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