OVER THE BORDER. By WALT S3 BE3A.NT. "Sine I hnvo been of such great serT lee." ho said, "to Mathew Huinble, he seems to think that ho must not come o often as he did. A worthy man, however, and, perhaps, he Is moved by tho - shame of taking assistance. ' ' . "Very likely, sir." I said, wondering what thing, short of the pillory, with tho fugleman and his pike beside It, would move Mathew to shame. "It is strange that men should lima court tho appear ance of ingratitude. Did yon ever, sir, borrow mouey, sums of money, of Mathew Humble!" "Lend. jm mean, Druellla," be replied, turning rod wit h sudden nnger. "No, sir. I said borrow. Pray pardon me. sir, 1 had no Intention to offend." "Hut you have offended, child." lie puffed his cheeks, and became scarlet with sudden pasaiou. "Vou , hr.vo of feuded. 1 . eay. Not -offended? Do ' voti know what you have said! have words meaning for you? Should I. Solomon Hethcrington. Knight. bM.mii nvul VAnunl fin! fill mv ivun 1 1 It from Tower mil to Temple Car. and from IiOndou Bridge to Westminster, steep to borrow to borrow.'I kw, paltry sum.-i for kotoiild lend none but paltry sums of a petty f.-.rmer? Not mean to offend! Zounds! the gi;-I Is mad." "Pity, si!-, forgive me. I um so ignor a::t that 1 know not" "To be 111. my dear, to be mire." lie became as quickly appeasi-d as he had b?en easily oilonded. "Sho does not know the difference between lending and bor rowing, flow chould she?" "Aud have you lent Mathow much, sir." "As for lending. I have. It i.s true, placed in his hands, from time to time, tsiiis of money for which I have no security and have demanded no interest. Cut let that pass. ' I am so rich that 1 can afford to lose. Let it pass.- And whether he pays them back or not, I do not greatly care." Yon gave this money to him." 1 said, "bv drafts upon vour bankers. I suppose." "Why. certainly. You do not suppose that wo London merchants, however rich we are. carry our money about with us. That would indeed be a return to barbar ous times." "Tueu there was the paper that you signed in the presence of an attested at lorit y and of Barbara, what was that. father?" He laughed and made as If he were an uoved, though he appeared pleased. "Tut. tut." he said "A triile a mere trifle: let an old man have bis little whiui sometime. Dnisilbv" "But what was It. slrT I persisted; "Mathew would have me call It a mort jrage." my fatb?r went on "A mortgage indeed! Because he wished his sister not to know It was ho, ho! a deed of gift, child That is all It was when 1 as signed certain lauds to him. A deed ot gift, Wo called it a mortgage, but I could not prevent showing Barbara by laughing ha, hal that it was something very different In addition to the money, I have bestowed upon him a field or so for the improvement of his farm. Th.' gain to him in great: the loss is email to uio. mortgage, we agreed to call it. Ila! ha' Duly signed and wituessed. Your father, Drusiiia, is not one to do things irrcgu Lirty !!v signed and witnessed." This cfii; creation made it quite clear to n.n f ! -t I,.,, ,aA Mil 1 111, ? , i . ua7 . i. - 1 1 ' . i unu wiii.i 'vi an uir'iuiu able plot, tor our ruin. For the supposed deed of gift which my father wished to sign, he substituted a real deed of mort gage, iu which my father was to acknowl edge tliu! he bad received ZW for which be assigned his house for security, aud without, as afterward appeared, any -!:mse o- to time allowed after notice -should lie given of foreclosing How far ihe lawyer was concerned iu this con , spiracy I know not. Perhaps be was in nocent. Indeed, I am now inclined to be lieve that ho was innocent of any com plicity How far Burimra perhaps she, too, was ignorant of this wickedness All that night I lay awake turning the thing over iu my miud. I planned a thousand mad schemes: I would break into Mathew's room aud steal the papers. I would go round the town and proclaim his wickedness, I would Inveigle him into surrendering the papers by a false promise of marriage: 1 would seek the protection of Mr. Carnaby. All these things 1 con sidered, but none of them approved them solves on consideration, because a forget and a cheat will always be ready, if ho escapes punishment for the first offense, to repeat his wickedness. Lastly, I re solved upon seeking Mathew at the mill, where I ejuld talk to him at greater freedom. I went there in the afternoon about 8 of the dock. When I lifted the latch I saw Barbara sitting on the settle near the window working. Before her, as usual, lay an open Bible. Strange! that one who was to hard and severe, could draw no comfortable things from a book which should be full of comfort. She shook her long lean forefinger at mo. "I have known," she said, "for a long time the ruin that hangs over your house. I saw your father sign the mortgage. Ho laughed and called ita deed gift, I remem ber. Ah! good money after bad. But my brother, who was foolish enough to lend the money, was not so foolish as to let it go without security, A deed of gift! He is cunning, your father, and would de ceive me if ho could, I doubt not." Sho turned over tho leaves and found some- j thing that seemed to. suit the occasion iul my demerits. " 'IIcThath made thy vino bare.' My brother Is full of com passion. 'Ho hath mailu It clean bare.' Thy punishment huth begun." ,- .. "I wish to boo your brother alone." "Do you come lit peace or iu enmity? If Iu peace, you must tlrst nmko submis sion, and confess your deceits as regards t'le boy, who Is surely dead. Nothiug elso will satisfy him. You can beglu with me Where la tho boy?" "What I have to say is with your brother, not with you." "Uo, thenj but remerr.ber, when you are married, look not to lie mistress here. I shall continue to bo tho mistress as I have always been. If you come In enmity, then you have mo to battle with and not my brother alone. Two hundred pounds is not a sum to be given away for naught. Men are soft where a woman Is concerned, Mathew limy be a fool for your sake; you may look to wheedle him out of his papers. Ah. but you shall ixt Ho may be a fool, but I am behind. I am not soft; your eves will not make a fool of mo, Mistress I'trusilla." 'She then bade mo go within, where I nfioiild find her brother. '" It was a cloudy afternoon, and. bo early in tho season, already growing dusk; Mathew was seated besido tho lire, and on the table a stout jar containing Hollands which lie had already begun to drink. "lYetty Drusilla!" he cried, astonished. "Have you brought the money?" "No." I said, "i como to learn If you are In earnest or In Jest." "In Jfit?" Then ho swore a load oath. "Hew you. my lass; if that money Is ant paid nest week, your house will bo sold. M.ike your uicouut of tlutt, But If you comply with my conditions, tho papers shall lx tor;i up." "Then I a.-.i ronio to tell you, ..Mathew, that although I shall u.t comply with your conditions, the cottage will not be sold." "Why not?" "Because, first of all. that mortgage Is false. 1 kuow now what you did. Ynu caused my father to sign one paper, be lieving it to bo another. That is a fraud, aud a hanging matter, Master Mathew." Ho laughed, but uneasily, and ho turned ialo. Also, which is hardly worth the noting, ho swore a great oath. "It's a lie!" he cried. "Provo It!" "I can prove it. when the time come Meantime, retiect on what I have said. II is a wicked and detestable plot. I'cflect npon this and tremble." He laughed again, but nneaslly. "There is auother reason," I said, "why you will not sell tho cottage. It Is thia. You are afraid that Halph may come homo cud demand ax amount. -- . ........ Well, I can tell you this; thnt he will not come home just yet. But. if you do this thing as sure as I am alive, Mathew, I will write to him aud tell him all I sliall tell him how yon have persecuted me to marry you. not because you want nie for your wife, aud though you havo had your answer a dozen times over, but because you want to plague and spite your cousin. I will tell him, next, how you have spread falae reports about another will, and how you have whispered that he is turned highwayman. And lastly. I will tell him how you have practiced upon the kind heart of a poor demented mau, and made iiim sign his name in testimony of your own foul plot and falsehood. I will not spare you. I will tell him all. I will beg iiim to return post haste, and to bring with him ollicers of justice. Then, in deed, you may look for no mercy, nor for anything short of the assizes and New castle j-itl." " I spo!:e so resolutely, though porhnji through ignorfuico I spoke foolishly, tliat 1 moved him aud he trembled. t Yet ho blustered. Ho said that nil women are liars, as is very well kuuwii; that the boy was long silica dead uuu buried, else why did he no return to claim the property? That, as for my story, he did not value it one farthing, while, aa regards my accusation, lie would laugh. In fact, he did laugh, but not mirthfully. "Come, Bmsllla," he said; "your fathet is welcome to the money, for aught I care I do not desire to sell the cottage. Sit dowii and be friendly. Tell me all alxiut tho boy; aud look, my lass" his eyes wer cunning indeed "look you. Write to the boy; tell hint, if you will, about the money, ieli mm that i am wining not. to press it if ho will give reasonable a-ssur anee or security of his own in exchange Let hint, for instance, give mo a mortgage on tho mill, and let him, since he is so prosperous, pay the interest himself." This was a trap into which I nearly fell But I saw in time that he designed to Cud out in this wav what he lmd to fear. "I have told you," I said, "what I shall do." 'Ah! your story, I doubt, is but made up by woman's wit. Drusllla, you are a cunning baggage. Come, now, give over: stay here and be my wife; thou shalt be mistress in everything. As for Barbara, I aiu tired 'of her sour looks. She scold all day. Site may pack; she makes the meals uncomfortable. She may vanish; she stint the beer, We will keep houae without her. Sho finds fault from morn ing to night. She is a" 'You called me. Mathew?" Barbara suddenly opened the door and stood be fore us. Her eyes followed nie as I went away with malignity difficult to describe, and Mathew. sinking back into his chair. feebly reached out his hand for tho jar of Uollauds. ; : CIIAPTKK rX. TfTK WISDOM OK TUB MTKO.NO MAN. When I went homo I told my mother that for the present, at least, we need not fear anything from. Jllathew. Of thia I was quite ri,"uiiu, My assurance that I would appeal to uiy cousin, the doubt where "tho boy" might bo there wiw no retwua. .for l;i'itanca why he should not bo at Ne-wiMHtlo. or ut Itothuury, or at Hexham, or at Cullsle to say nothing of my charge of fraud, went homo to Ids guilty roufcelnneV.' .These things were sure, 1 tlioug'lit. 'to deter a Hum not nat urally courageous, although .Ills con aeionco might be uurdoited, from tempt lug the veugeaui'v of his Injured coiihIu. No far was 1 right, that for the whole of the spring ami Hummer we had no fur ther molestation from Mm, hut cnutluued iu our (pilot course, .spending as little money as we could, yet looking forward to the timo, now growing very near, when there would be no more left to spend. As tor myself. I may truly declare- that my faith was strong I mean not the faith ol a Christian, such as I ought to have held but faith In my lover so far away. He would send me au answer. ' The answer, whatever it might ho, would surely sot all right. Mathew not only ceased to persecute us, but ho ceased to desire the conversation and company of my father. He camo uo more even to church, us if conscious of ills wickedness, and ashamed to face honest people. Ho was rarely seen oven in town, and he left me quite alone; so thut I )h gau to think that repentance hud perhnp! si -iiied upnu his soul Alas! Ilcpcritaucc knocks iu vaiu at tho heart of such iu Mathew. Though, however, we saw him not, I heard, through my faithful fugleman, certain intelligence about hint. Thus, In drank harder; he neglected his busiiioM.'i lie quarreled dally with his sister, who reproached him for his drunken ways, unt! tho neglect of his worldly affairs; also, die continually urjred him to recover t!t; JL-(X) owed him, as she thought, by m father. She hungered and thirsts afte: this money, which, it seemed, she did i:ot know that her brother Mssensed. Vii hud he concealed from her, she asked him with anger, that ho had so much as .'."."OU, wheu he wotdd not pivo her even money to buy things wanted for the house? Ix; him get the money back. Was ho niad to let Interest and all go? She let hlni have no peace; she longed to have this money; perhaps sho longed for our ruiu as well. Then she constantly threw in her brother's teeth tho fact that if tho boy was not dead and should return, if. iu fact, my story was trim, he would find the books and ait counts iu such confusion as might lead to theirruin. Hhe wanted to know what truth thero was In tho reports, once so industri ously spread, about a second, will. Iu fact, she led the wretched nian a dog's life, having a tongue sharper than a sword and more dreadful than a fiery ser pent. But. as concerning the things she said of lUlph. I could have desired noth ing better, because it kept alive hi Mathew's breast tho wholesome fear of his cousin's return. Bo long as that lasted wo were safe. We should have continued in safety, because that fear did not die away, but rather increased day by day, save for tho instigation, as I caunot but believe, of the evil oue, and tho concoc tion of a design oven more wicked than that of the mortgage. I suppose tho plot was conceived in tho spring or summer, hut it was no! until the lato autumn that it was attempted. Tho way of it was as fullows (I do t;- liarm, I trust, by speak ing openly of a traffic which, ns everybody knows, la conducted ulniost openly all over the northern counties of England and the southern counties of Scotland). I have mentioned one miiel, or Han (Sedge, always called the timing Man, be cause he was liko Hercules, the fabled (ireck, for bodily strength, who lodged with Sailor Nun. He professed to make a living out of his strong arms and legs. Ho went to fairs, aud was simiii on market days in all the towns of Northumberland, Durham and Carlisle, informing great feats for wagers, or for money laid down. He was a man standing over six feet, with legs and arma of surprising stoutness, a square red face and a kindly eye. Despite his strength ho was peaceful and the soft est hearted of mankind. Now, though he protended to live by the exhibition of his strength, which I believe was the reason why tho vicar called him Milo, it vwas very well known everywhere that ho had another and a more, important source of profit. This waa in Tho running of "stuff" across the Border, a business which do mauds, as everybody knows, much can Hon, with knowledge of the country and powers of endurance. The "stuff" con sists generally of brandy, lace, silk and Geneva. Salt Is also smuggled across, but a liottcr profit Is made out of the former articles, which iro less In bulk and more easily joncealed, Thero are many reasons why Warkworth should be a convenient spot for the illicit trade. First, it lies two adles up the river, and has many aafe hid ing places, m tliat a cargo once landed at ;!ie mouth of tho Coquet may be safely Mid speedily carried tip the river and be stowed whe'.-e it Is judged safe; for all ilwig the steep banks there are spots learly designed by Nature for the conve dent storage of valuable packages. Not 0 speak of the thick hanging woods be .idetho banks, whore enough CSonovaand Jpllamls may.be stored to supply London or a year, there Is the Hermitage, whose loublo chamber I have myself seen mcked full of silk hi bales waiting for an ipportuiiity, while In the castle itself here are vaults, dungeons, passages and !(, chambers, known only to the fugle mm, Here, little suspected by my Lord if Northumberland, enough brandy might 3o stored to supply the county (which is 1 thirsty ono) for a dozen years. The llordor is not, to bo sure, so near as lt(ls higher up the coast; hut, on the other .and.'tho lookout aiu! wuleli kVl h? ,m' raugers cannot bo by atiy means m. vl' jtnt and close as whore the county IV.'" rows to tho north) while more than halt the run takes place over the wllii moors i!id pathless slopes of the Cheviots, n place In which the excise people find II dlllieult indeed to discover or to stop n run made by men who know the country. They havo a service of ponies for the work, little, hardy, sure footed creatures, who carry the ankers, kegs and' bales slung ai-rosm their backs, and can he trusted to make the whole thirty-live miles from Warkworth to the Border In a single night, that is, In seven or eight hours, the drivers walking or riding ho stile them. Most of tho farmers and craftsmen of Warkworth tiiko a share in these risks and profits; one or two of them of whom Mathew vus ono often accompany and hud tho expedition. Everybody knows beforehand when a run Is arranged; niuny In the towu know the very night when it will take plane, tho road chosen and the value of tho sfufT. There Is so much syuqiathy with this work, on luith side of the Border, and so many partners In the venture, that Information Is never giveh to tho escino. and hiding places are found everywhere, with the help and con iiivauee of tint moHt innocent looking plowboy aud tho most demure country lass. Now mm morning It wan in N'ovomlier, when the days have already become short, iiihI the nights are long and dark. Ihui (ledge got up from hlii sleeping Ismeh, or cupboard In the wall, wlsiut H or a lit tle after, calling lustily for small beer, of which he drank a quart or so as a stay to hiii stomach before breakfast. Then he dressed and came forth to the door with the mug in his hand. K.dlor Nan was td'.vady seated on her stone, pipe in mouth, and three rornpred hut on her h"ad She had tukeu her bre.iklVit. and now sat, regardless of the raw, cold air for all th" winds thut blow were the same to her looking up and down tho strait, lu which nothing as yet was ni'ivtng, though the blacksmiths apprentice across the road Lad lit the lire, mid the cheerful breath of tho belloivs made one feel warm. "Fugleman and me." said Dan. yawning, "fugleman and me, we was rowing up and down from Amble most all night." "What is tho run:" asked Nan, who "M .of ijfierunr needed uo other explanation; "aud who's in it?" "Mathew Humble Is in it for one." said Dan. "(Suing with It himself, he Is, this journey. Ho. ho! Polks will talk of tlda run when they come to hear of It. The fugleman thinks ho knows. But he don't; no. he don't know. He's not to be trusted. I'm tho only one who known. Ay. a ram run it will be, too out of the common this run will lie Folks will lift up their head when they hwtr of this night's work!" "What is It. Dan? Lace boliko." He shook his stupid head and laughed. . How could Mathew havo boon such a fool as to trust him? "Boliko thcro's lace in it, and silk lu it, and brandy In it. There's always them things. But there's more, Nan there's more." "What more, Dan?" 'Fugleman, he'll laugh when he hears the news. He's helping in the job, and ho don't know notliing about it; only Mathew and me knows what that job Is. Mathew and mo and ono other." "Who is the othor, Dan? And what is tho job?" IIo shook his head and buriol It for safety in the pewter pot. "Mathew Humble," ho said, "Is a masterful man." "What Is the job?" asked Nan, feeling curiosity slowly awaken. "It is a job," replied Dan, "which can't bo told unto women." "Why, ye lubber," sho sprang to her feet and shook her fist in tho Strong Man's face, so that ho started back; "lubberand land Inliher, you dare to cull me a woman captain of the foretop, Now, lot me hear what this job is that I am not to be told. Out with It or" I omit tho gar nish of her discourse, which consisted of sea oaths. "Mathew Humble did say" the Strong Man began. But strong mon are always like babies in tho hands of a woman. ' " 'Vast there. Dan," said Nan; "d'ye think I value your job nor want to know what it is a rope's end? But that you should refuse to tell It to me, you ship iiot that's what galls. And after yestor forenoon's salmagundi?" This accusation of ingratitude cut poor Dan to the quick. Iu the matter of sea pie. lolwcouso and salmagundi (which is a moss of suit beef, onions, potatoes, pep per, oil and vinegar, tho whole fried to make a toothsome compound) Sailor Nun vus "more than a mother" to him. "Twenty yeuw alloat." continued Nan, n deep disgust!; "from hoy to captain of . Iio foretop, and' from Capo Horn to the Vtrtrow seas and Copenhagen, and to kw told by a iund wab, who never so much as smelt blue water, that I'm a wonnui'" "()' course," said Dim feebly, "I didn't really moan It." ',. - "Didn't moan it? Why-there! Wha Is It, thou? Is It piracy or murder?" lie shook his head. "Look ye, Nan. It won't signify, not a button, telling you, I said to myself, at the beginning, 'Nan won't spoil sport;' and it's only a girl." Only a girl! Nan pricked up Iter ears, "As If I cared about girls," she Bald care lessly. "Only a glrly. It's Miss Drtmy that's all. You see she's linen louglng to run away with Mathew and murry him, for months. Longing she has, having took a fancy for Mathew, which is a st range thing, come to think of it, and she ho young. But women are . Ay, ay. Nan. I know. You seo I ulways thought she was saving up for ltulph Emblotuii. But Mathew, he says that's nonsense Well she all this time longing to marry him, and her mother won't hoar It no chance till now. So It 's fixed for to-night, What a run! Iten, and bruudy. aud Geneva, and a girl." "Oh well; J don't care, Oo on. Dun. If you like." Ho then proceeded to explain thut Mat how hud arranged for u pony to lie saddled In readineNs; thut the idguul agreed upon between the girl and Mathew wus a inessiijti from the ensile carried by a certain boy named Cuddy, pretending to come from the 1 uglenian, who was to be kept out of the way, employed at the Her mitage, where the stuff was bestowod; tho boy wan to say that the fugUmiun was III. On receiving this messagi the girl would make an excuse to run up to the castlo where she would mount the pony, and so ride off with Mathew and Is- married ovor the Border. To keep up appearances, he went on I lib soft headed giant it had been arranged that the young woman was to scream and struggle at lirst, and that Dan should lift Iter into the saddle, and, If neciwsary, hold her on. Once across the Border they would Is) niiirried without so much as a jump over the broomstick. Nan slowly rose. "I'll got you some more Iswr, Dan," she said. Sho went indoors and poured about throe-fourth of a pint of gin into a tankard which she filled up with strong ale, and brought out to her lodger with tender caro. "Drink that, Dan," sho said; "it's good old stingo noi 10 of your small beer. Drink it up; then ynu run put on your coat and go about your work." He drank it off at n gulp, with every outward sign of satisfaction. Then he suddenly reeled and caught at the door post. "(Jo and put ou your coat, Dan." sho suiil, looking at him with a little anxiety He disappeared. Nan heard one two heavy fall, and nodded her lieud. Tlieu Bho followed into tho room aud found the strong man lying upon tho floor, on his back, with his mouth open aud his eyes shut. She dragged a blanket over him, and went nut again to sit on her stone with as much piitlence as a spldor in Oo II toticr. She sat there all tho morning quiot as if alio was on watch. About !i:St) in the afternoon there camo slowly dowu tho street no other than Mathew Humble himself. "Where Is Daniel?" ho asked. Nan pointed to the door. "He's within, fast asleep. He camo home late last night. I dure say he'll sleep on now, if you let hlme ulono, till evening." "Havo you has he talked with ynu this morning?" Mathew's eyes woro rest less, and his cheek twitched a sign of prolonged auxiety or much drink. "Nay, what should he say to mo, see big that ho camo home in the middle of the night as drunk as a pig? Let him bide, Master Mathew. .What do you want him for? Is there a run?" no nodded. Sho held out her hand. "Ill drink luck to the venture," sho said, taking the shil ling which lie gave her for luck. "Thank you; this is suro to bring you luck. You'll say so to-morrow morning. Be member that you crossed old Nan's palm with a shilling. A lucky run! Such a run as you never had before A run that will surprise the people." "Ha! ha!" said Mathew, pleased with the prophecy. "It shall surprise them." "And how do you got on with Miss Drusy? So she Bald nay. Sho will and she won't ay, ay I know tholr tricks. Yes, a fino girl, and spoiling, as one may say, for a husband. Take care, Master Mathew. Bettor mon than you havo lost by shillyshally." "Why, what would you have me do, Nan?" "Do? A man o' mettle shouldn't ask. Capture tho prize; pipe all hands and alongside; then off with hor; show a clean pair of heels; clap all sail." "I believe, Nun," Mathew said, "that . you are a witch." "I believe," she replied, "that after, your run you'll be sure I am. Go in and wake Dan." The follow, roused rudely, eat up and rubbed his heavy eyes. " You can't be drunk still, mon," said Mathew, "seeing it's half-past 2 In the afternoon." TO BE CONTINUED.) .: Durham's steamery and tobacco fac tory and the tobacco factories of Cameron & 0" and Cameron & Sizor were de itroyed by fire at Richmond, Va.