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12 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

THE FARMERS' REVOLT.

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THE FARMERS' REVOLT. THE REBECCA RIOTS. By the Rev. J. Lloyd James (Clwydwenfro). j CHAPTER II. ( Continued). Seeing a lady approaching, he kindly opened the gate for her to pass, and said Good evening, Ma'am." She responded in the same style, and asked how far it was to some place further on she named. It is a good way on, Mp/am-you are late, and most likely tired, if you have travelled some distance." I am somewhat tired, and also feel thirsty," she replied. He kindly asked her in, invited her to a seat, and fetched her a glass of spring water, which she took and eipped, saying it was fresh and cooling. Then she re- marked—"I hear of strange doinga in these days, or rather nights—the destroy- ing of turn-pike gates and the pulling down of the gato-houses: are you not afraid of an attack on this concern ? "No, ma'arri I am not in the least afraid the people about bore are very quiet and harmless." I am glad to hear you say so and I hope that no harm may befall you. Good night. Good night, ma'am." The lady left the gate-house, and pur- sued her way in the direction of blandis- silio. The gate-man watched her as she went, and wondered how such a respectable person should be travelling by herself at that late hour. It puzzled him, as it was such an unusual occurrence in that part of the country to see one of her description where strangers were seldom seen. He knew everyone, male and female, within the several adjoining parishes, for miles around. When she had gone about a hundred yards distant he was startled to hear a shrill whistle and, to his amazement, he saw a large number of persons in strange attire, and with blackened faces, getting over the hedges from the adjoining fields into the road-way, swarming around the lady. He could hear their voices addressing her, as if on familiar terms. Their appearance had been so sudden, unexpected, and so strange, as if they had sprung out of the earth. He wondered what it all meant— such a scene he had never witnessed be- fore. He could eee, by the fading light of day, that they were in consultation about something, inasmucn as some ot them glanced in his direction. Presently they formed into a procession, with the lady in front, and marched towards the gate. Then it dawned upon his mind that they might possibly be the Rebeccaites he had heard so much about, and that they meant mis- chief. However, be stood and watched their approach, observing as composedly a demeanour as he could. They came on to the gate which was shut and fastened. The lady in front now addressed the con- course, and said in a clear and firm voice, imitating that of a female My daughters, this gate is an obstruc- tion on the Queen's highway, it has no business here, and your mother cannot pass on. Shame on those who put such a thing across the road." "It is a shame that anything should obstruct your passing on, mother. What would you have us do i only say the word, aud we will do it, mother ?" '11 should say, remove it, my children- clear it off, and leave no vestige of it re- main. „ What about the house, mother ? Remove all that is in it to a safe dis- tadce-do,iiot break anything, because the man was kind to your mothoi he let her rest, as she was tired—he gave her w&tar to drink as she was thirsty-and he spoke kindly to her, and wished her good night, as she is a stranger—do not handle the things roughly-our war is not with the man, as long as he does not resist, but with his office and the toll-gate." The man and his wife set about shifting the beat and most valuable things and scores of hands were at once employed taking out the things and placing them at a distance on the grass-plots by the side oi the road others pulled off the door-frames and windows, others were on the house-top stripping off the roof; others with saws, a cross-saw, and hatchets, were cutting up the gate and posts into pieces others were heaping the wood together on the straw that was about, and setting fire to it, until there was a blaze which could be seen for many miles around. In less than one hour the house, walls and all, had entirely dis- appeared, without a vestige remaining and the gate, posts, and all timber were burn- ing into ashes. There was a clean sweep of the turnpike-gate concern. The gateman and his wife were left to shift for themselves, the lady apologising for the inconvenience and discomfort to which they had just been put. (To be continued.)

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