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away the scabbard.' Come, Waverley, we move by his daughter, he should find farther light upon instantly."
his proceedings. In the meanwhile, the repeated “ A moment,—a moment; this poor prisoner is expustulation of Houghton,-“ Ah, squire, why did dying ; -- where shall I find a surgeon ?"
you leave us ?" rung like a knell in his ears. “ Why, where should you? We have none, you “ Yes," he said, “ I have indeed acted towards know, but two or three French fellows, who, I be you with thoughtless cruelty. I brought you from lieve, are little better than garçons apothicaires." your paternal fields, and the protection of a gene“ But the man will bleed to death."
rous and kind landlord, and when I had subjected “ Poor fellow!” said Fergus, in a momentary fit you to all the rigour of military discipline, I shunof compassion ; then instantly added, " But it will ned to bear my own share of the burden, and wanbe a thousand men's fate before night; so come dered from the duties I had undertaken, leaving along."
alike those whom it was my business to protect, “ I cannot; I tell you.he is a son of a tenant of and my own reputation, to suffer under the artifices my uncle's."
of villainy. O, indolence and indecision of mind! ** O, if he's a follower of yours, he must be looked if not in yourselves vices, to how much exquisite to; I'll send Callum to you. But diaoul ! – ceade misery and mischief do you frequently prepare the millia molligheart!” continued the impatient Chief- way!” tain,-“ what made an old soldier, like Bradwardine, send dying men here to cumber us?”
Callum came with his usual alertness; and, indeed, Waverley rather gained than lost in the opi
CHAPTER XLVI. nion of the Highlanders, by his anxiety about the wounded man. They would not have understood
The Ere of Battle. the general philanthropy, which rendered it almost ALTHOUGH the Highlanders marched on very impossible for Waverley to have passed any per- fast, the sun was declining when they arrived upon son in such distress; but, as apprehending that the the brow of those high grounds which command an sufferer was one of his following, they unanimously open and extensive plain stretching northward to allowed that Waverley's conduct was that of a kind the sea, on which are situated, but at a considerand considerate chieftain, who merited the attach-able distance from each other, the small villages of ment of his people. In about a quarter of an hour Seaton and Cockenzie, and the larger one of Prespoor Humphrey breathed his last, praying his young ton. One of the low coast-roads to Edinburgh passed master, when he returned to Waverley-Honour, to through this plain, issuing upon it from the enclobe kind to old Job Houghton and his dame, and sures of Seaton-house, and at the town or village conjuring him not to fight with these wild petticoat- of Preston again entering the defiles of an enclosed men against old England.
country. By this way the English general had When his last breath was drawn, Waverley, who chosen to approach the metropolis, both as most had beheld with sincere sorrow, and no slight tinge commodious for his cavalry, and being probably of of remorse, the final agonies of mortality, now wit- opinion that, by doing so, he would meet in front nessed for the first time, commanded Callum to with the Highlanders advancing from Edinburgh remove the body into the hut. This the young High- in the opposite direction. In this he was mistaken; lander performed, not without examining the pockets for the sound judgment of the Chevalier, or of those of the defunct, which, however, he remarked, had to whose advice he listened, left the direct passage been pretty well spung’d. He took the cloak, how. free, but occupied the strong ground by which it ever, and proceeding with the provident caution of was overlooked and commanded. a spaniel hiding a bone, concealed it among some When the Highlanders reached the heights above furze, and carefully marked the spot, observing, the plain described, they were immediately formed that if he chanced to return that way, it would be in array of battle along the brow of the hill. Alan excellent rokelay for his auld mother Elspat. most at the same instant the van of the English
It was by a considerable exertion that they re- appeared issuing from among the trees and enclogained their place in the marching column, which sures of Seaton, with the purpose of occupying the was now moving rapidly forward to occupy the high level plain between the high ground and the sea; grounds above the village of Tranent, between which the space which divided the armies being only about and the sea lay the purposed march of the opposite half a mile in breadth. Waverley could plainly see army.
the squadrons of dragoons issue, one after another, This melancholy interview with his late sergeant from the defiles, with their videttes in front, and forced many unavailing and painful reflections upon form upon the plain, with their front opposed to Waverley's mind. It was clear, from the confession that of the Prince's army. They were followed by of the man, that Colonel Gardiner's proceedings a train of field-pieces, which, when they reached the had been strictly warranted, and even rendered in Hank of the dragoons, were also brought into line, dispensable, by the steps taken in Edward's name and pointed against the heights. The march was to induce the soldiers of his troop to mutiny. The continued by three or four regiments of infantry circumstance of the seal, he now, for the first time, marching in open column, their fixed bayonets recollected, and that he had lost it in the cavern of showing like successive hedges of steel, and their the robber, Bean Lean. That the artful villain had arms glancing like lightning, as, at a signal given, secured it, and used it as the means of carrying on they also at once wheeled up, and were placed in an intrigue in the regiment for his own purposes, direct opposition to the Highlanders. A second was sufficiently evident; and Edward bad now little train of artillery, with another regiment of horse, doubt that in the packet placed in his portmanteau closed the long march, and formed on the left flank
of the infantry, the whole line facing southward. 1 Scottice for followers.
While the English army went through these evo
lutions, the Highlanders showed equal promptitude chanced to be curious about Christian burial.” To and deal for battle. As fast as the clans came upon check or dislodge this party, the English general the ridge which fronted their enemy, they were detached two guns, escorted by a strong party of furmed into line, so that both armies got into com- cavalry. They approached so near, that Waverley plete order of battle at the same moment. When could plainly recognise the standard of the troop this was accomplished, the Highlanders set up a tre he had formerly commanded, and hear the trummendous yell, which was re-echoed by the heights pets and kettle-drums sound the signal of advance, behind them. The regulars, who were in high spi- which he had so often obeyed. He could hear, too, rits, returned a loud shout of defiance, and fired the well-known word given in the English dialect, one or two of their cannon upon an advanced post by the equally well-distinguished voice of the comof the Highlanders. The latter displayed great ear manding officer, for whom he had once felt so inuch nestness to proceed instantly to the attack, Evan respect. It was at that instant, that, looking around Dhu urging to Fergus, by way of argument, that him, he saw the wild dress and appearance of his " the sidier roy was tottering like an egg upon a Highland associates, heard their whispers in an unstafi, and that they had a' the vantage of the onset, couth and unknown language, looked upon his own for even a haggis (God bless her !) could charge dress, so unlike that which he had worn from his down hill."
infancy, and wished to awake from what seemed But the ground through which the mountaineers at the moment a dream, strange, horrible, and unmust have descended, although not of great extent, natural. “ Good God !” he muttered," am I then was impracticabie in its character, being not only a traitor to my country, afrenegade to my standard, marshy, but intersected with walls of dry stone, and and a foe, as that poor dying wretch expressed traversed in its whole length by a very broad and himself, to my native England !” deep ditch, circumstances which must have given Ere he could digest or smother the recollection, the musketry of the regulars dreadful advantages, the tall military form of his late commander came before the mountaineers could have used their full in view, for the purpose of reconnoitring. “I swords, on which they were taught to rely. The can hit him now,” said Callum, cautiously raising authority of the commanders was therefore inter- his fusee over the wall under which he lay couched, posed to curb the impetuosity of the Highlanders, at scarce sixty yards' distance. and only a few marksmen were sent down the de Edward felt as if he was about to see a parri, seent to skirmish with the enemy's advanced posts, cide committed in his presence; for the venerable and to reconnoitre the ground.
grey hair and striking countenance of the veteran Here then was a military spectacle of no ordi- recalled the almost paternal respect with which his nary interest, or usual occurrence. The two armies, officers universally regarded him. But ere he could so different in aspect and discipline, yet each ad say “ Hold !” an aged Highlander, who lay beside mirably trained in its own peculiar mode of war, Callum Beg, stopped his arm. “ Spare your shot,” upon whose conflict the temporary fate at least of said the seer, “his hour is not yet come.
But let Scotland appeared to depend, now faced each other him beware of to-morrow—I see his winding-sheet like two gladiators in the arena, each meditating high upon his breast.” upon the mode of attacking their enemy. The lead Callum, flint to other considerations, was peneing officers, and the general's staff of each army, trable to superstition. He turned pale at the words could be distinguished in front of their lines, bu of the Taishatr, and recovered his piece. Colonel sied with spy-glasses to watch each other's motions, Gardiner, unconscious of the danger he had esand occupied in despatching the orders and receiv caped, turned his horse round, and rode slowly ing the intelligence conveyed by the aides-de-camp back to the front of his regiment. and orderly men, who gave life to the scene by gal By this time the regular army had assumed a loping along in different directions, as if the fate of new line, with one flank inclined towards the sea, the day depended upon the speed of their horses. and the other resting upon the village of Preston; The space between the armies was at times oecupied and, as similar difficulties occurred in attacking by the partial and irregular contest of individual their new position, Fergus and the rest of the desharpshooters, and a hat or bonnet was occasion tachment were recalled to their former post. This aly seen to fall, as a wounded man was borne off alteration created the necessity of a corresponding by his comrades. These, however, were but trifling change in General Cope's army, which was again skirmishes, for it suited the views of neither party brought into a line parallel with that of the Highto advance in that direction. From the neigh- landers. In these manœuvres on both sides the bouring hamlets, the peasantry cautiously showed day-light was nearly consumed, and both armies themselves, as if watching the issue of the expected prepared to rest upon their arms for the night in engagement; and at no great distance in the bay the lines which they respectively occupied. were two square-rigged vessels, bearing the Eng “ There will be nothing done to-night,” said lish flag, whose tops and yards were crowded with Fergus to his friend Waverley. “Ere we wrap our. less timid spectators.
selves in our plaids, let us go see what the Baron When this awful pause had lasted for a short is doing in the rear of the line." time, Fergus, with another chieftain, received or When they approached his post, they found the ders to detach their clans towards the village of good old careful officer, after having sent out his Preston, in order to threaten the right flank of night patrols, and posted his sentinels, engaged Cope's army, and compel him to a change of posi- in reading the Evening Service of the Episcopal tion. To enable him to execute these orders, the Church to the remainder of his troop. His voice Chief of Glennaquoich occupied the churchyard of was loud and sonorous, and though his spectacles Tranent, a commanding situation, and a convenient upon his nose, and the appearance of Saunders place, as Evan Dhu remarked, “ for any gentleman Sanderson, in military array, performing the funcwho might have the misfortune to be killed, and tions of clerk, had something ludicrous, yet the
circumstances of danger in which they stood, the only think of your sword, and by whom it was military costume of the audience, and the appear- given. All other reflections are now Too LATE.” ance of their horses, saddled and picqueted behind With the opiate contained in this undeniable them, gave an impressive and solemn effect to the remark, Edward endeavoured to lull the tumult of office of devotion.
his conflicting feelings. The Chieftain and he, “ I have confessed to-day, ere you were awake," combining their plaids, made a comfortable and whispered Fergus to Waverley ; " yet I am not so warm couch. Calluin, sitting down at their head strict a Catholic as to refuse to join in this good (for it was his duty to watch upon the immediate man's prayers.”
person of the Chief), began a long mournful song Edward assented, and they remained till the in Gaelic, to a low and uniform tune, which, like Baron had concluded the service.
the sound of the wind at a distance, soon lulled As he shut the book, " Now, lads," said he, them to sleep. “ have at them in the morning, with heavy hands and light consciences.” He then kindly greeted Mac-lvor and Waverley, who requested to know
CHAPTER XLVII. his opinion of their situation. “ Why, you know
The Conflict. Tacitus saith, “In rebus bellicis maxime dominatur Fortuna,' which is equiponderate with our verna When Fergus Mac-Ivor and his friend had slept cular adage, “ Luck can maist in the mellee.' But for a few hours, they were awakened, and sumcredit me, gentlemen, yon man is not a deacon o' moned to attend the Prince. The distant village. his craft. He damps the spirits of the poor lads clock was heard to toll three as they hastened to he commands, by keeping them on the defensive, the place where he lay. He was already surroundwhilk of itself implies inferiority or fear. Now will ed by his principal officers and the chiefs of clans. they lie on their arms yonder, as anxious and as ill A bundle of pease-straw, which had been lately his at ease as a toad under a harrow, while our men couch, now served for his seat. Just as Fergus will be quite fresh and blithe for action in the reached the circle, the consultation had broken up. morning. Well, good-night.— One thing troubles “ Courage, my brave friends !" said the Chevalier, me, but if to-morrow goes well off, I will consult “ and each one put himself instantly at the head you about it, Glennaquoich.".
of his command; a faithful friend lias offered to “ I could almost apply to Mr Bradwardine the guide us by a practicable, though narrow and circharacter which Henry gives of Fluellen,” said cuitous route, which, sweeping to our right, traWaverley, as his friend and he walked towards verses the broken ground and morass, and enables their birouac:
us to gain the firm and open plain, upon which the - “ Though it appears a little out of fashion,
enemy are lying. This difficulty surmounted, HeaThoro is much care and valour in this Scotchman."" ven and your good swords must do the rest."
The proposal spread unanimous joy, and each “ He has seen much service," answered Fergus, leader hastened to get his men into order with as " and one is sometimes astonished to find how much little noise as possible. The army, moving by its nonsense and reason are mingled in his composi- right from off the ground on which they had rested, tion. I wonder what can be troubling his mind soon entered the path through the morass, conprobably something about Rose. - Hark! the Eng- ducting their march with astonishing silence and lish are setting their watch."
great rapidity. The mist had not risen to the The roll of the drum and shrill accompaniment higher grounds, so that for some time they had the of the fifes swelled up the hill - died away--re advantage of star-light. But this was lost as the sumed its thunder - and was at length hushed. stars faded before approaching day, and the liead The trumpets and kettle-drums of the cavalry were of the marching column, continuing its descent, next heard to perform the beautiful and wild point plunged as it were into the heavy ocean of fog, of war appropriated as a signal for that piece of which rolled its white waves over the whole plain, nocturnal duty, and then finally sunk upon the wind and over the sea by which it was bounded. Some with a shrill and mournful cadence.
difficulties were now to be encountered, inseparable The friends, who had now reached their post, from darkness,-a narrow, broken, and marshy stood and looked round them ere they lay down to path, and the necessity of preserving union in the rest. The western sky twinkled with stars, but a march. These, however, were less inconvenient to frost-mist, rising from the ocean, covered the east- Highlanders, from their habits of life, than they ern horizon, and rolled in white wreaths along the would have been to any other troops, and they conplain where the adverse army lay couched upon tinued a steady and swift movement. their arms. Their advanced posts were pushed as As the clan of Ivor approached the firm ground, far as the side of the great ditch at the bottom of following the track of those who preceded them, the the descent, and had kindled large fires at different challenge of a patrol was heard through the mist
, intervals, gleaming with obscure and hazy lustre though they could not see the dragoon by whom through the heavy fog which encircled them with it was made — “ Who goes there?" a doubtful halo.
“ Hush !" cried Fergus,“ hush!- Let none an. The Highlanders," thick as leaves in Valum- swer, as he values his life — Press forward !" and brosa,” lay stretched upon the ridge of the hill, they continued their march with silence and rapiburied (excepting their sentinels) in the most pro- dity.
“ How many of these brave fellows The patrol fired his carabine upon the body, and will sleep more soundly before to-morrow night, the report was instantly followed by the clang of Fergus !” said Waverley, with an involuntary sigh. his horse's feet as he galloped off. “ Hylax in li
“ You must not think of that," answered Fergus, whose ideas were entirely military. “ You must
| See Note 2 P, -- Anderson of Whitburgh.
evine latrat," said the Baron of Bradwardine, who in the flank, received an irregular fire from their beard the shot; " that loon will give the alarm." fusees as they ran on, and, seized with a disgrace
The clan of Fergus had now gained the firm ful panic, wavered, halted, disbanded, and galloped plain, which had lately borne a large crop of corn. from the field. The artillerymen, deserted by the But the harvest was gathered in, and the expanse cavalry, fled after discharging their pieces, and the was unbroken by tree, bush, or interruption of any Highlanders, who dropped their guns when fired, kind. The rest of the army were following fast, and drew their broadswords, rushed with headlong when they heard the drums of the enemy beat the fury against the infantry. general. Surprise, however, had made no part of It was at this moment of confusion and terror, their plan, so they were not disconcerted by this that Waverley remarked an English officer, appaintimation that the foe was upon his guard and rently of high rank, standing alone and unsupprepared to receive them. It only hastened their ported by a field-piece, which, after the flight of dispositions for the combat, which were very simple. the men by whom it was wrought, he had himself
The Highland army, which now occupied the east- levelled and discharged against the clan of Macern end of the wide plain, or stubble field, so often Ivor, the nearest group of Highlanders within his referred to, was drawn up in two lines, extending aim. Struck with his tall, martial figure, and eager from the morass towards the sea. The first was to save him from inevitable destruction, Waverley destined to charge the enemy, the second to act as outstripped for an instant even the speediest of the a reserve. The few horse, whom the Prince headed warriors, and, reaching the spot first, called to him in person, remained between the two lines. The to surrender. The officer replied by a thrust with Adventurer had intimated a resolution to charge in his sword, which Waverley received in his target, person at the head of his first line; but his purpose and in turning it aside the Englishman's weapon was deprecated by all around him, and he was with broke. At the same time the battle-axe of Dugald difficulty induced to abandon it.
Mahony was in the act of descending upon the offi-. Both lines were now moving forward, the first cer's head. Waverley intercepted and prevented prepared for instant combat. The clans of which the blow, and the officer, perceiving further resistit was composed, formed each a sort of separate ance unavailing, and struck with Edward's generous phalanx, narrow in front, and in depth ten, twelve, anxiety for his safety, resigned the fragment of his or fifteen files, according to the strength of the sword, and was committed by Waverley to Dugald, following. The best-armed and best-born, for the with strict charge to use him well, and not to pillage words were synonymous, were placed in front of his person, promising him, at the same time, full each of these irregular subdivisions. The others indemnification for the spoil. in the rear shouldered forward the front, and by On Edward's right, the battle for a few minutes their pressure added both physical inipulse, and ad- raged fierce and thick. The English infantry, ditional ardour and confidence, to those who were trained in the wars in Flanders, stood their ground first to encounter the danger.
with great courage. But their extended files were * Down with your plaid, Waverley,” cried Fer- pierced and broken in many places by the close gus, throwing off his own; “ we'll win silks for our masses of the clans; and in the personal struggle tartans before the sun is above the sea.”
which ensued, the nature of the Highlanders' weaThe clansmen on every side stript their plaids, pons, and their extraordinary fierceness and actiprepared their arms, and there was an awful pause vity, gave them a decided superiority over those who of about three minutes, during which the men, pull- had been accustomed to trust much to their array inz off their bonnets, raised their faces to heaven, and discipline, and felt that the one was broken and and uttered a short prayer; then pulled their bon- the other useless. Waverley, as he cast his eyes toDets over their brows, and began to move forward wards this scene of smoke and slaughter, observed at first slowly. Waverley felt his heart at that mo Colonel Gardiner, deserted by his own soldiers in ment throb as it would have burst from his bosom. spite of all his attempts to rally them, yet spurring It was not fear, it was not ardour,– it was a com his horse through the field to take the command pound of both, a new and deeply energetic impulse, of a small body of infantry, who, with their backs that with its first emotion chilled and astounded, arranged against the wall of his own park (for his then fevered and maddened his mind. The sounds house was close by the field of battle), continued around him combined to exalt his enthusiasm; the a desperate and unavailing resistance. Waverley pipes played, and the clans rushed forward, each in could perceive that he had already received many its own dark column. As they advanced they mend wounds, his clothes and saddle being marked with ed their pace, and the muttering sounds of the men blood. To save this good and brave man, became to each other began to swell into a wild cry. the instant object of his most anxious exertions.
At this moment, the sun, which was now risen But he could only witness his fall. Ere Edward above the horizon, dispelled the mist. The vapours could make his way among the Highlanders, who, rose like a curtain, and showed the two armies in furious and eager for spoil, now thronged upon each the act of closing. The line of the regulars was other, he saw his former commander brought from formed directly fronting the attack of the High- his horse by the blow of a scythe, and beheld him lar ders; it glittered with the appointments of a receive, while on the ground, more wounds than complete army, and was flanked by cavalry and would have let out twenty lives. When Waverley artillery. But the sight impressed no terror on the came up, however, perception had not entirely fled. assailants.
The dying warrior seemed to recognise Edward, “ Forward, sons of Ivor," cried their Chief,“ or for he fixed his eye upon him with an upbraidthe Camerons will draw the first blood !"— They ing, yet sorrowful look, and appeared to struggle reshed on with a tremendous yell.
for utterance. But he felt that death was dealing The rest is well known. The horse, who were closely with him, and resigning his purpose, and commanded to charge the advancing Highlanders folding his hands as if in devotion, he gave up his
soul to his Creator. The look with which he re- to the man ; " but if you play any of your hound's garded Waverley in his dying moments, did not foot tricks, and leave puir Berwick before he's sortstrike him so deeply at that crisis of hurry and ed, to rin after spuilzie, deil be wi' me if I do not confusion, as when it recurred to his imagination give your craig a thraw." He then stroked with at the distance of some time.
great complacency the animal which had borne him Loud shouts of triumph now echoed over the through the fatigues of the day, and having taken whole field. The battle was fought and won, and a tender leave of him,-“ Weel, my good young the whole baggage, artillery, and military stores of friends, a glorious and decisive victory,” said he ; the regular army remained in possession of the vic “ but these loons of troopers fled ower soon. I tors. Never was a victory more complete. Scarce should have liked to have shown you the true points any escaped from the battle, excepting the cavalry, of the prælium equestre, or equestrian combat, whilk who had left it at the very onset, and even these their cowardice has postponed, and which I hold to were broken into different parties and scattered all be the pride and terror of warfare. Weel, I have over the country. So far as our tale is concerned, fought once more in this old quarrel, though I adwe have only to relate the fate of Balmawhapple, mit I could not be so far ben as you lads, being that who, mounted on a horse as headstrong and stiff- it was my point of duty to keep together our handnecked as his rider, pursued the flight of the ful of horse. And no cavalier ought in any wise to dragoons above four miles from the field of battle, begrudge honour that befalls his companions, even when some dozen of the fugitives took heart of though they are ordered upon thirice his danger, grace, turned round, and, cleaving his skull with whilk, another time, by the blessing of God, may their broadswords, satisfied the world that the un- be his own case. — But, Glennaquoich, and you, Mr fortunate gentleman had actually brains, the end of Waverley, I pray ye to give me your best advice his life thus giving proof of a fact greatly doubted on a matter of mickle weight, and which deeply during its progress. His death was lamented by affects the honour of the house of Bradwardine. — few. Most of those who knew him agreed in the I crave your pardon, Ensign Maccombich, and pithy observation of Ensign Maccombich, that there yours, Inveraughlin, and yours, Edderalshendrach,
was mair tint (lost) at Sheriff-Muir.” His friend, and yours, sir." Lieutenant Jinker, bent his eloquence only to ex The last person he addressed was Ballenkeiroch, culpate his favourite mare from any share in con who, remembering the death of his son, loured on tributing to the catastrophe.“ He had tauld the him with a look of savage defiance. The Baron, laird a thousand times," he said, “ that it was a quick as lightning at taking umbrage, had already burning shame to put a martingale upon the puir bent his brow, when Glennaquoich dragged his thing, when he would needs ride her wi' a curb of major from the spot, and remonstrated with him, half a yard lang; and that he could na but bring in the authoritative tone of a chieftain, on the madhimsell (not to say her) to some mischief, by fling- ness of reviving a quarrel in such a moment. ing her down, or otherwise; whereas, if he had had “ The ground is cumbered with carcasses," said a wee bit rinnin ring on the snaffle, she wad ha' the old mountaineer, turning sullenly away; “ one rein'd as cannily as a cadger's pownie.”
more would hardly have been kenn’d upon it; and Such was the elegy of the Laird of Balma- if it wasna for yoursell, Vich Ian Volir, that one whapple.
should be Bradwardine's or mine."
The chief soothed while he hurried him away;
and then returned to the Baron. “ It is BallenkeiCHAPTER XLVIII.
roch,” he said, in an under and confidential voice,
“ father of the young man who fell eight years An unexpected Embarrassment.
since in the unlucky affair at the Mains.' Wuen the battle was over, and all things coming “ Ah!” said the Baron, instantly relaxing the into order, the Baron of Bradwardine, returning doubtful sternness of his features, “I can take from the duty of the day, and having disposed those mickle frae a man to whom I have unhappily renunder his command in their proper stations, sought dered sic a displeasure as that. Ye were right to the Chieftain of Glennaquoich and his friend Ed- apprise me, Glennaquoich; he may look as black as ward Waverley. He found the former busied in midnight at Martinmas ere Cosmo Comyne Braddetermining disputes among his clansmen about wardine shall say he does him wrang. Ah! I have points of precedence and deeds of valour, besides nae male lineage, and I should bear with one I sundry high and doubtful questions concerning have made childless, though you are aware the plunder. The most important of the last respected blood-wit was made up to your ain satisfaction by the property of a gold watch, which had once be- assythment, and that I have since expedited letters longed to some unfortunate English officer. The of slains.-Weel, as I have said, I have no male party against whom judgment was awar Iconsoled issue, and yet it is needful that I maintain the ho. himself by observing, . She (i. e. the watch, which nour of my house; and it is on that score I prayed he took for a living animal) died the very night ye for your peculiar and private attention.” Vich Ian Vohr gave her to Murdoch ;" the machine The two young men awaited to hear him in anhaving, in fact, stopped for want of winding up. xious curiosity.
It was just when this important question was de “ I doubt na, lads,” he proceeded, “ but your cided, that the Baron of Bradwardine, with a care education has been sae seen to, that ye understand ful and yet important expression of countenance, the true nature of the feudal tenures?" joined the two young men. He descended from his Fergus, afraid of an endless dissertation, answerreeking charger, the care of which he recommended ed, “ Intimately, Baron," and touched Waverley, to one of his grooms. “ I seldom ban, sir," said lie as a signal to express no ignorance.
1 See Yote 2 G,
Death of Colonel Gardiner,
2 See Yote 2 H, -- Laird of Balmauhapple.