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all established to my satisfaction," said the clergy- besides the unprinted lucubrations of his worthy

friend and tutor Mr Pembroke." * Because your good - nature blinds your good “ He says he never read them," answered the sense,” replied Major Melville.

“ Observe now:

minister. This young man, descended of a family of here “ In an ordinary case I should believe him," reditary Jacobites, his uncle the leader of the Tory plied the magistrate," for they are as stupid and interest in the county of his father a dis- pedantic in composition, as mischievous in their obliged and discontented courtier, his tutor a non tenets. But can you suppose any thing but value for juror, and the author of two treasonable volumes the principles they maintain, would induce a young

in this youth, I say, enters into Gardiner's dragoons, man of his age to lag such trash about with him? ting mich his uncle's estate, who have not stickled at avow- bels, he sets out in a sort of disguise, refusing to tell

ing, in their way, the high-church principles they his name; and, if yon old fanactic tell truth, attended karued at Waverley-Honour, in their disputes with by a very suspicious character, and mounted on a their comrades. To these young men Waverley is horse known to have belonged to Glennaquoich, and usually attentive; they are supplied with money bearing on his person letters from his family exbeyond a soldier's wants, and inconsistent with his pressing high rancour against the house of Brunsdiscipline; and are under the management of a wick, and a copy of verses in praise of one Wogan, favourite sergeant, through whom they hold an un who abjured the service of the Parliament to join usually close communication with their captain, and the Highland insurgents, when in arms to restore affect to consider themselves as independent of the the house of Stuart, with a body of English caciher officers, and superior to their comrades." valry—the very counterpart of his own plot-and

" All this, my dear Major, is the natural conse summed up with a 'Go thou and do likewise,' from quence of their attachment to their young landlord, that loyal subject, and most safe and peaceable chaand of their finding themselves in a regiment le- racter, Fergus Mac-lvor of Glennaquoich, Vich lan vied chiefiy in the north of Ireland and the west of Vohr, and so forth. And, lastly,” continued Major Scotland, and of course among comrades disposed Melville, warming in the detail of his arguments, to quarrel with them, both as Englishmen, and as “ where do we find this second edition of Cavalier meinbers of the Church of England."

Wogan? Why, truly, in the very track most pro* Well said, parson!” replied the magistrate. — per for execution of his design, and pistolling the " I would some of your synod heard you— But let first of the king's subjects who ventures to question me go on. This young man obtains leave of ab- his intentions." sence, goes to Tully-Veolan— the principles of the Mr Morton prudently abstained from argument, Baron of Bradwardine are pretty well known, not which he perceived would only harden the magisto mention that this lad's uncle brought him off in trate in his opinion, and merely asked how he inthe year fifteen; he engages there in a brawl, in tended to dispose of the prisoner ? which he is said to have disgraced the commission “ It is a question of some difficulty, considering he bore; Colonel Gardiner writes to him, first mild the state of the country,” said Major Melville. ly, then more sharply - I think you will not doubt “ Could you not detain him (being such a genhis having done so, since he says so; the mess in- tleman-like young man) here in your own house, vite him to explain the quarrel in which he is said out of harm's way, till this storm blow over?” to have been involved; he neither replies to his “ My good friend," said Major Melville,“ neither commander nor his comrades. In the meanwhile, your house nor mine will be long out of harm's way, his soldiers become mutinous and disorderly, and at even were it legal to confine him here. I have just bength, when the rumour of this unhappy rebellion learned that the commander-in-chief, who marched becomes general, his favourite Sergeant Houghton, into the Highlands to seek out and disperse the and another fellow, are detected in correspondence insurgents, has declined giving them battle at Corwith a French emissary, accredited, as he says, by ryerick, and marched ou northward with all the Captain Waverley, who urges him, according to the disposable force of Government to Inverness. Johnmen's confession, to desert with the troop and join o’-Groat's House, or the devil, for what I know, their captain, who was with Prince Charles. In the leaving the road to the Low Country open and unmeans bile this trusty captain is, by his own admis- defended to the Highland army.” sin, residing at Glennaquoich with the most active, “ Good God!” said the clergyman. “ Is the man subtle, and desperate Jacobite in Scotland; he goes a coward, a traitor, or an idiot!" with him at least as far as their famous hunting “ None of the three, I believe," answered Mel. rendezvous, and I fear a little farther. Meanwhile ville. “ Sir Johın has the common-place courage two other summonses are sent him; one warning of a common soldier, is honest enough, does what him of the disturbances in his troop, another per: he is commanded, and understands what is told emptorily ordering him to repair to the regiment, him, but is as fit to act for himself in circumstances mlich, indeed, common sense might have dictated, of importance, as I, my dear parson, to occupy your when he observed rebellion thickening all round pulpit." him. He returns an absolute refusal, and throws This important public intelligence naturally diup his cominission."

verted the discourse from Waverley for some time; “ He had been already deprived of it,” said Mr at length, however, the subject was resumed. Morton.

“ I believe,” said Major Melville, “ that I must * But he regrets," replied Melville, “ that the give this young man in charge to some of the measure bad anticipated his resignation. His bag. detached parties of armed volunteers, who were za e is seized at his quarters, and at Tully-Veolan, lately sent out to overawe the disaffected districts. a:sa is found to contain a stock of pestilent jacobi- They are now recalled towards Stirling, and a small deal pamphlets, enough to poison a whole country, body comes this way to-morrow or next day, comVon 1.

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manded by the westland man -- what's his name? | when I learned that my honour was practised upon, -You saw him, and said he was the very model how different had been my present situation! i of one of Cromwell's military saints."

had then been free and in arms, fighting, like my “ Gilfillan, the Cameronian,” answered Mr Mor- forefathers, for love, for loyalty, and for fame. And ton. “ I wish the young gentleman may be safe now I am here, netted and in the toils, at the diswith him. Strange things are done in the heat and posal of a suspicious, stern, and cold-hearted man, hurry of minds in so agitating a crisis, and I fear perhaps to be turned over to the solitude of a dunGilfillan is of a sect which has suffered persecution geon, or the infamy of a public execution. O Ferwithout learning mercy."

gus! how true has your prophecy proved; and how “ He has only to lodge Mr Waverley in Stirling speedy, how very speedy, has been its accomplishCastle,” said the Major: “I will give strict injunctions to treat him well. I really cannot devise While Edward was ruminating on these painany better mode for securing him, and I fancy you ful subjects of contemplation, and very naturally, would hardly advise me to encounter the responsi- though not quite so justly, bestowing upon the bility of setting him at liberty."

reigning dynasty that blame which was due to “ But you will have no objection to my seeing chance, or, in part at least, to his own unreflecthim to-morrow in private ?" said the minister. ing conduct, Mr Morton availed himself of Major

“None, certainly; your loyalty and character are Melville's permission to pay him an early visit. my warrant. But with what view do you make the Waverley's first impulse was to intimate a desire request ?”

that lie might not be disturbed with questions or * Simply,” replied Mr Morton, “ to make the conversation; but le suppressed it upon observing experiment whether he may not be brought to the benevolent and reverend appearance of the communicate to me some circumstances which may clergyman who had rescued him from the immehereafter be useful to alleviaie, if not to exculpate diate violence of the villagers. his conduct."

“ I believe, sir," said the unfortunate young man, The friends now parted and retired to rest, cach “ that in any other circumstances I should have had filled with the most anxious reflections on the state as much gratitude to express to you as the safety of the country.

of my life may be worth; but such is the present tumult of my mind, and such is my anticipation of what I am yet likely to endure, that I can hardly

offer you thanks for your interposition." CHAPTER XXXIII.

Mr Morton replied, “ that, far from making any A Confident.

claiin upon his good opinion, his only wish and the

sole purpose of his visit was to find out the means Waverley awoke in the morning, from troubled of deserving it. My excellent friend, Major Meldreams and unrefreshing slumbers, to a full con- ville,” he continued, “ has feelings and duties as a sciousness of the horrors of his situation. How it soldier and public functionary, by which I am not might terminate he knew not. He might be de- fettered ; nor can I always coincide in opinions livered up to military law, which, in the midst which he forms, perhaps with too little allowance of civil war, was not likely to be scrupulous in the for the imperfections of human nature.” He paused, choice of its victims, or the quality of the evidence, and then proceeded : “ I do not intrude myself on Nor did he feel much more comfortable at the your confidence, Mr Waverley, for the purpose of thoughts of a trial before a Scottish court of jus- learning any circumstances, the knowledge of which tice, where he knew the laws and forms differed in can be prejudicial either to yourself or to others; many respects from those of England, and had been but I own my earnest wish is, that you would intaught to believe, however erroneously, that the li- trust me with any particulars which could lead to berty and rights of the subject were less carefully your exculpation. I can solemnly assure you they protected. A sentiment of bitterness rose in his will be deposited with a faithful, and, to the extent mind against the Government, which he considered of his limited powers, a zealous agent." as the cause of his embarrassment and peril, and he “ You are, sir, I presume, a Presbyterian clercursed internally his scrupulous rejection of Mac- gyman ?"-- Mr Morton bowed -“ Were I to be Ivor's invitation to accompany him to the field. guided by the prepossessions of education, I might

“ Why did not I,” he said to himself, " like other distrust your friendly professions in my case ; but I men of honour, take the earliest opportunity to wel have observed that similar prejudices are nourished come to Britain the descendant of her ancient kings, in this country against your professional brethren and lineal heir of her throne? Why did not I of the Episcopal persuasion, and I am willing to • Unthread the rude eye of rebellion,

believe them equally unfounded in both cases.” And welcome home again discarded faith,

“ Evil to him that thinks otherwise,” said Mr Seek out Prince Charles, and fall before his feet?

Morton ; " or who holds church government and All that has been recorded of excellence and worth ceremonies as the exclusive gage of Christian faith in the house of Waverley has been founded upon or moral virtue." their loyal faith to the house of Stuart. From the “ But,” continued Waverley, “ I cannot perceive interpretation which this Scotch magistrate has put why I should trouble you with a detail of particuupon the letters of my uncle and father, it is plain lars, out of which, after revolving them as carefully that I ought to have understood them as 'marshal as possible in my recollection, I find myself unable ling me to the course of my ancestors; and it has to explain much of what is charged against me. I been my gross dulness, joined to the obscurity of know, indeed, that I am innocent, but I hardly see expression which they adopted for the sake of se how I can hope to prove myself so.”' curity, that has confounded my judgment. Had I “ It is for that very reason, Mr Waverley," said yielded to the first generous impulse of indignation, the clergyman, “ that I venture to solicit your

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confidence. My knowledge of individuals in this more doubtful of your treatment upon the road; country is pretty general, and can upon occasion Major Melville is involuntarily obliged to intrust be extended. Your situation will, I fear, preclude the custody of your person to another.” your taking those active steps for recovering intel “ I am glad of it,” answered Waverley. “ I hgence, or tracing imposture, which I would will- detest that cold-blooded calculating Scotch' magisingly undertake in your behalf; and if you are not trate. I hope he and I shall never meet more: he benefited by my exertions, at least they cannot be had neither sympathy with my innocence nor with prejudicial to you."

my wretchedness; and the petrifying accuracy with Waverley, after a few minutes' reflection, was which he attended to every form of civility, while convinced that his reposing confidence in Mr Mor- le tortyred me by his questions, his suspicions, and ton, so far as he himself was concerned, could hurt his finferences, was as tormenting as the racks of neither Mr Bradwardine nor Fergus Mac-Ivor, the Inquisition. Do not vindicate him, my dear both of whom had openly assumed arms against sir, for that I cannot bear with patience; tell me the Government, and that it might possibly, if the rather who is to have the charge of so important a professions of his new friend corresponded in sin- state prisoner as I am.” erity with the earnestness of his expression, be of " I believe a person called Gilfillan, one of the sore service to himself. He therefore ran briefly sect who are termed Cameronians." over most of the events with which the reader is “ I never heard of them before." already acquainted, suppressing his attachment to “ They claim," said the clergyman,“ to represent Flora, and indeed neither mentioning her nor Rose the more strict and severe Presbyterians, who, in Bradwardine in the course of his narrative. Charles Second's and James Second's days, refused

Mr Morton seemed particularly struck with the to profit by the Toleration, or Indulgence, as it account of Waverley's visit to Donald Bean Lean. was called, which was extended to others of that "I am glad,” he said, “ you did not mention this religion. They held conventicles in the open fields, circumstance to the Major. It is capable of great and being treated with great violence and cruelty misconstruction on the part of those who do not by the Scottish government, more than once took consider the power of curiosity and the influence arms during those reigns. They take their name of romance as motives of youthful conduct. When from their leader, Richard Cameron." I was a young man like you, Mr Waverley, any “I recollect,” said Waverley ;-“ but did not soch hair-brained expedition (I beg your pardon the triumph of Presbytery at the Revolution extinfor the expression) would have had inexpressible guish that sect ?” charins for me. But there are men in the world “ By no means,” replied Morton; “ that great who will not believe that danger and fatigue are event fell yet far short of what they proposed, which often incurred without any very adequate cause, was nothing less than the complete establishment and therefore who are sometimes led to assign mo of the Presbyterian Church, upon the grounds of tives of action entirely foreign to the truth. This the old Solemn League and Covenant. Indeed, I man Bean Lean is renowned through the country believe they scarce knew what they wanted; but beas a sort of Robin Hood, and the stories which are ing a numerous body of men, and not unacquainted told of his address and enterprise are the common with the use of arms, they kept themselves together tales of the winter fire-side. He certainly possesses as a separate party in the state, and at the time talents beyond the rude sphere in which he moves; of the Union had nearly formed a most unnatural and, being neither destitute of ambition nor encum- league with their old enemies, the Jacobites, to opbered with scruples, he will probably attempt, by pose that important national measure. Since that every means, to distinguish himself during the pe- time their numbers have gradually diminished; but riend of these unhappy commotions.” Mr Morton a good many are still to be found in the western then made a careful memorandum of the various counties, and several, with a better temper than in particulars of Waverley's interview with Donald 1707, have now taken arms for Government. This Bean Lean, and the other circumstances which he person, whom they call Gifted Gilfillan, has been had communicated.

long a leader among them, and now heads a small The interest which this good man seemed to take party, which will pass here to-day, or to-morrow, in his misfortunes--above all, the full confidence on their march towards Stirling, under whose eshe appeared to repose in his innocence, had the cort Major Melville proposes you shall travel. I natural effect of softening Edward's heart, whom would willingly speak to Gilfillan in your behalf; the coldness of Major Melville had taught to believe but, having deeply imbibed all the prejudices of that the world was leagued to oppress him. He his sect, and being of the same fierce disposition, be shook Mr Morton warmly by the hand, and assuring would pay little regard to the remonstrances of an him that his kindness and sympathy had relieved | Erastian divine, as he would politely term me. his mind of a heavy load, told him, that whatever | And now, farewell, my young friend; for the premight be his own fate, he belonged to a family who sent, I must not weary out the Major's indulgence, had both gratitude and the power of displaying it. that I may obtain his permission to visit you again

The earnestness of his thanks called drops to the in the course of the day.” eres of the worthy clergyman, who was doubly interested in the cause for which he had volunteered his services, by observing the genuine and undis'sernbled feelings of his young friend.

CHAPTER XXXIV. Edward now inquired if Mr Morton knew what was likely to be his destination.

Things mend a little. - Stirling Castle," replied his friend; “ and so ABOUT noon, Mr Morton returned, and brought far I am well pleased for your sake, for the gover an invitation from Major Melville that Mr WaverDor is a man of honour and humanity. But I am ley would honour hiin with his company to dinner,

notwithstanding the unpleasant affair which de- ease and gaiety. His spirits, though not unyieldtained him at Cairnvreckan, from which he should ing, were abundantly elastic, and soon seconded heartily rejoice to see Mr Waverley completely ex his efforts. The trio were engaged in very lively tricated. The truth was, that Mr Morton's favour- discourse, apparently delighted with each other, able report and opinion had somewhat staggered and the kind host was pressing a third bottle of the preconceptions of the old soldier concerning Burgundy, when the sound of a drum was heard at Edward's supposed accession to the mutiny in the some distance. The Major, who, in the glee of an regiment; and in the unfortunate state of the coun old soldier, had forgot the duties of a magistrate, try, the mere suspicion of disaffection, or an incli- cursed, with a muttered military oath, the circumnation to join the insurgent Jacobites, might infer stances which recalled him to his official functions. criminality indeed, but certainly not dishonour. He rose and went towards the window, which comBesides, a person whom the Major trusted had re manded a very near view of the high-road, and he ported to him (though, as it proved, inaccurately) was followed by his guests. a contradiction of the agitating news of the prece The drum advanced, beating no measured marding evening. According to this second edition of tial tune, but a kind of rub-a-dub-dub, like that the intelligence, the Highlanders had withdrawn with which the fire-drum startles the slumbering from the Lowland frontier with the purpose of fol- artisans of a Scotch burgh. It is the object of this lowing the army in their march to Inverness. The history to do justice to all men; I must therefore Major was at a loss, indeed, to reconcile his infor- record, in justice to the drummer, that he protested mation with the well-known abilities of some of the he could beat any known march or point of war gentlemen in the Highland army, yet it was the known in the British army, and had accordingly course which was likely to be most agreeable to commenced with “ Dumbarton's Drums,” when he others. He remembered the same policy had de was silenced by Gifted Gilfillan, the commander of tained them in the north in the year 1715, and he the party, who refused to permit his followers to anticipated a similar termination to the insurrection move to this profane, and even, as he said, perseas upon that occasion.

cutive tune, and commanded the drummer to beat This news put him in such good-humour, that he the 119th Psalm. As this was beyond the capacity readily acquiesced in Mr Morton's proposal to pay of the drubber of sheepskin, he was fain to have some hospitable attention to his unfortunate guest, recourse to the inoffensive row-de-dow, as a harmand voluntarily added, he hoped the whole affair less substitute for the sacred music which his instruwould prove a youthful escapade, which might be ment or skill were unable to achieve. This may be easily atoned by a short confinement. The kind held a trifling anecdote, but the drummer in quesmediator had some trouble to prevail on his young tion was no less than town-drummer of Anderton. friend to accept the invitation. He dared not urge I remember his successor in office a member of that to him the real motive, which was a good-natured enlightened body, the British Convention : Be his wish to secure a favourable report of Waverley's memory, therefore, treated with due respect. case from Major Melville to Governor Blakeney. He remarked, from the flashes of our hero's spirit, that touching upon this topic would be sure to defeat liis purpose. He therefore pleaded, that the

CHAPTER XXXV. invitation argued the Major's disbelief of any part of the accusation which was inconsistent with Wa

A Volunteer Sixty Years since. verley's conduct as a soldier and man of honour, On hearing the unwelcome sound of the drum, and that to decline his courtesy might be inter- Major Melville hastily opened a sashed door, and preted into a consciousness that it was unmerited. stepped out upo a sort of terrace which divided In short, he so far satisfied Edward that the manly his house from the high-road from which the marand proper course was to meet the Major on easy tial music proceeded. Waverley and his new friend terms, that, suppressing his strong dislike again to followed him, though probably he would have disencounter his cold and punctilious civility, Waver- pensed with their attendance. They soon recogley agreed to be guided by his new friend.

nised in solemn march, first, the performer upon The meeting, at first, was stiff and formal enough. the drum ; secondly, a large flag of four compartBut Edward, having accepted the invitation, and ments, on which were inscribed the words, Covehis mind being really soothed and relieved by the Nant, Kirk, King, KINGDOMS. The person who kindness of Morton, held himself bound to behave was honoured with this charge was followed by the with ease, though he could not affect cordiality. commander of the party, a thin, dark, rigid-looking The Major was somewhat of a bon vivant, and his man, about sixty years old. The spiritual pride, wine was excellent. He told his old campaign which in mine Host of the Candlestick mantled in stories, and displayed much knowledge of men and a sort of supercilious hypocrisy, was, in this man's manners. Mr Morton liad an internal fund of face, elevated and yet darkened by genuine and placid and quiet gaiety, which seldom failed to undoubting fanaticism. It was impossible to beenliven any small party in which he found himself hold him without imagination placing himn in some pleasantly seated.' Waverley, whose life was a strange crisis, where religious zeal was the ruling dream, gave ready way to the predominating im- principle. A martyr at the stake, a soldier in the pulse, and became the most lively of the party. He field, a lonely and banished wanderer consoled by jiad at all times remarkable natural powers of con the intensity and supposed purity of his faith unversation, though easily silenced by discouragement. der every earthly privation; perhaps a persecuting On the present occasion, he piqued himself upon inquisitor, as terrific in power as unyielding in adleaving on the minds of his companions a favour-versity; any of these seemed congenial characters able impression of one who, under such disastrous to this personage. With these high traits of energy, circumstances, could sustain his misfortunes with there was something in the afiected precision and

solemnity of his deportment and discourse, that this world wiser in their generation than the chilbordered upon the ludicrous; so that, according to dren of light !” the mood of the spectator's mind, and the light un “ However, sir," said the Major, “as you are der which Mr Giltillan presented himself, one might to take charge of this gentleman to Stirling, and have feared, admired, or laughed at him. His dress deliver him, with these papers, into the hands of was that of a west-country peasant, of better ma Governor Blakeney, I beseech you to observe some terials indeed than that of the lower rank, but in rules of military discipline upon your march. For no respect affecting either the mode of the age, or example, I would advise you to keep your men of the Scottish gentry at any period. His arms more closely together, and that each, in his march, were a broadsword and pistols, which, from the should cover his file-leader, instead of straggling antiquity of their appearance, might have seen the like geese upon a common; and, for fear of surprise, rout of Pentland, or Bothwell Brigg.

I further recommend to you to form a small adAs he came up a few steps to meet Major Mel- vance-party of your best men, with a single vidette ville, and touched solemnly, but slightly, his huge in front of the whole march, so that when you and overbrimmed blue bonnet, in answer to the approach a village or a wood”-(Here the Major Jajor, who had courteously raised a small tri- interrupted himself )-" But as I don't observe angular qold-laced hat, Waverley was irresistibly you listen to me, Mr Gilfillan, I suppose I need not impressed with the idea that he beheld a leader of give myself the trouble to say more upon the subthe Roundheads of yore in conference with one of ject. You are a better judge, unquestionably, than Marlborough's captains.

I am, of the measures to be pursued; but one thing The group of about thirty armed men who fol- | I would have you well aware of, that you are to lowed this gifted commander, was of a motley de treat this gentleman, your prisoner, with no rigour scription. They were in ordinary Lowland dresses, nor incivility, and are to subject lim to no other of different colours, which, contrasted with the arins restraint than is necessary for his security." they bore, gave them an irregular and mobbish “ I have looked into my commission," said Mr appearance; so much is the eye accustomed to con Gilfillan,“ subscribed by a worthy and professing nect uniformity of dress with the military charac- nobleman, William, Earl of Glencair ; nor do I ter. In front were a few who apparently partook find it therein set down that I am to receive any of their leader's enthusiasm; men obviously to be charges or commands anent my doings from Major feared in a combat where their natural courage was William Melville of Cairnvreckan." exalted by religions zeal. Others puffed and strut Major Melville reddened even to the well-powted, filled with the importance of carrying arms, dered ears which appeared beneath his neat miliand all the novelty of their situation, while the tary side-curls, the more so, as he observed Mr rest, apparently fatigued with their march, dragged | Morton smile at the same moment. “Mr Gülfillan," their limbs listlessly along, or straggled from their he answered, with some asperity, “ I beg ten tloucompanions to procure such refreshments as the sand pardons for interfering with a person of your neighbouring cottages and ale-houses afforded. - importance. I thought, however, that as you have Six grenadiers of Ligonier's, thought the Major to been bred a grazier, if I mistake not, there might hinself, as his mind reverted to his own military be occasion to remind you of the difference between experience, would have sent all these fellows to the Highlanders and Highland cattle; and if you should right about.

happen to meet with any gentleman who has scen Greeting, however, Mr Gilfillan civilly, he re- service, and is disposed to speak upon the subject, quested to know if he had received the letter he I should still imagine that listening to him would had sent to him upon his march, and could under- do you no sort of harm. But I have done, and take the charge of the state prisoner whom he there have only once more to recommend this gentleman mentioned, as far as Stirling Castle.

“ Yea,” was to your civility, as well as to your custody:- Mr the concise reply of the Cameronian leader, in a Waverley, I am truly sorry we should part in this Foire which seemed to issue from the very pene- way; but I trust, when you are again in this countralia of his person.

try, I may have an opportunity to render Cairn“ But your escort, Mr. Gilfillan, is not so strong vreckan more agreeable than circumstances have as I expected,” said Major Melville.

perinitted on this occasion.” “ Some of the people," replied Gilfillan, “hun So saying, he shook our hero by the hand. Morgered and were athirst by the way, and tarried un ton also took an affectionate farewell; and Wavertil their poor souls were refreshed with the word.” ley, having mounted his horse, with a musketeer

“ I am sorry, sir,” replied the Major, "you did leading it by the bridle, and a file upon each side pot trust to your refreshing your men at Cairn to prevent his escape, set forward upon the march vreckan; whatever my house contains is at the com with Gilfillan and his party. Through the little mand of persons employed in the service.”

village they were accompanied with the shouts of ** It was not of creature-comforts I spake,” an the children, who cried out, "Eh! see to the Southswered the Covenanter, regarding Major Melville land gentleman, that's gaun to be hanged for shootwith something like a smile of contempt ; "how- ing lang John Mucklewrath the smith!” beit, I thank you; but the people remained waiting upy the precious Mr Jabesh Rentowel, for the out-pouring of the afternoon exhortation.” “ And have you, sir,” said the Major,“ when the

CHAPTER XXXVI. rebels are about to spread themselves through this

An Incident. contry, actually left a great part of your command at a field-preaching?”

The dinner hour of Scotland Sixty Years since Gilfillau again smiled scornfully as he made this was two o'clock. It was therefore about four o'clock indirect answer," Even thus are the children of of a delightful autumn afternoon that Mr Gilfillan

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