speech overcame young Hope's remaining scruples; the idea of not being thought a fine fellow extinguished the remaining spark of virtue in his bosom: and with affected gaiety he said--
"Simpson, you are a clever fellow, but how shall we be able to steal unobserved out of the house?"
"Oh! that is the easiest part of the business," said Dan, "particularly as you have an apartment to yourself. After the family are in bed, I will raise a ladder against your window; and, when I throw a pebble against the sash, you must dress yourself, and come down directly. I will provide tools for the business."
Here their conference was broken off owing to William Hope, who came to call his brother to dinner, and the wicked servant and his weak young master parted.
It was not that Simpson was afraid of doing this cruel piece of mischief by himself, that he insisted on George Hope's accompanying him, but he knew it would place the unfortunate youth so completely in his power, that he could from that