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soen a' the braws yonder, and finding out ane may cast was a drawn one, and should therefore count he happier without them, has made me proud o' to neither party. This judicious decision restored my ain lot— But I wuss it bode me gude, for pride concord to the field of players; they began anew to goeth before destruction. At ony rate, the warst arrange their match and their bets, with the clabarn e'er man lay in wad be a pleasanter abode morous mirth usual on such occasions of village than Glenallan-House, wi' a' the pictures and black sport, and the more eager were already stripping velvet, and silver bonny-wawlies belanging to it their jackets, and committing them, with their coSae I'll e'en settle at ance, and put in for Ailie loured handkerchiefs, to the care of wives, sisters, Sim's.”

and mistresses. But their mirth was singularly inAs the old man descended the hill above the terrupted. little hamlet to which he was bending his course, On the outside of the group of players began to the setting sun had relieved its inmates from their arise sounds of a description very different from labour, and the young men, availing themselves of those of sport-- that sort of suppressed sigh and the fine evening, were engaged in the sport of long- exclamation, with which the first news of calamity bowls on a patch of common, while the women and is received by the hearers, began to be heard inelders looked on. The shout, the laugh, the excla- distinctly. A buzz went about among the women mations of winners and losers, came in blended of “ Eh, sirs ! sae young and sae suddenly sumchorus up the path which Ochiltree was descending, moned !” – It then extended itself among the men, and awakened in his recollection the days when and silenced the sounds of sportive mirth. All unhe himself had been a keen competitor, and fre- derstood at once that some disaster had happened quently victor, in games of strength and agility. | in the country, and each inquired the cause at his These remembrances seldom fail to excite a sigh, neighbour, who knew as little as the querist. At even when the evening of life is cheered by brighter length the rumour reached, in a distinct shape, the prospects than those of our poor mendicant. ears of Edie Ochiltree, who was in the very centre That time of day," was his natural reflection, “ I of the assembly. The boat of Mucklebackit, the would have thought as little about ony auld palm- fisherman whom we have so often mentioned, had ering body that was coming down the edge of Kin- been swamped at sea, and four men had perished, hlythemont, as ony o' thae stalwart young chiels it was athrined, including Mucklebackit and his son. does e’enow about auld Edie Ochiltree."

Rumour had in this, however, as in other cases, He was, however, presently cheered, by finding gone beyond the truth. The boat had indeed been that more importance was attached to his arrival overset; but Stephen, or, as he was called, Steenie than his modesty had anticipated. A disputed cast Mucklebackit, was the only man who had been had occurred between the bands of players, and as drowned. Although the place of his residence and the gauger favoured the one party, and the school his mode of life removed the young man from the master the other, the matter might be said to be society of the country folks, yet they failed not to taken up by the higher powers. The miller and pause in their rustic mirth to pay that tribute to smith, also, had espoused different sides, and, con sudden calamity, which it seldom fails to receive in sidering the vivacity of two such disputants, there cases of infrequent occurrence. To Ochiltree, in was reason to doubt whether the strife might be particular, the news came like a knell, the rather amicably terminated. But the first person who that he had so lately engaged this young man's ascaught a sight of the mendicant exclaimed, “ Ah! sistance in an affair of sportive mischief; and though here comes auld Edie, that kens the rules of a’ | neither loss nor injury was designed to the German country games better than ony man that ever drave adept, yet the work was not precisely one in which a bowl, or threw an axle-tree, or putted a stane the latter hours of life ought to be occupied. either; --- let's hae nae quarrelling, callants — we'll Misfortunes never come alone. While Ochiltree, stand by auld Edie's judgment."

pensively leaning upon his staff, added his regrets Edie was accordingly welcomed, and installed as to those of the hamlet which bewailed the young umpire, with a general shout of gratulation. With man's sudden death, and internally blamed himself all the modesty of a bishop to whom the mitre is for the transaction in which he liad so lately enproffered, or of a new Speaker called to the chair, gaged him, the old man's collar was seized by a the old man declined the high trust and responsi- peace-officer, who displayed his baton in his right bility with which it was proposed to invest him, and, hand, and exclaimed, “ In the king's name." in requital for his self-denial and humility, had the The gauger and schoolmaster united their rhetopleasure of receiving the reiterated assurances of ric, to prove to the constable and his assistant that young, old, and middle-aged, that he was simply he had no right to arrest the king's hedesman as a the best qualified person for the office of arbiter vagrant; and the mute eloquence of the miller and “ in the haill country-side.” Thus encouraged, he smith, which was vested in their clenched fists, was proceeded gravely to the execution of his duty, and, prepared to give highland bail for their arbiter ; his strictly forbidding all aggravating expressions on blue gown, they said, was his warrant for travelling either side, he heard the smith and gauger on one the country. side, the miller and schoolmaster on the other, as “ But his blue gown," answered the officer, « is junior and senior counsel. Edie's mind, however, nae protection for assault, robbery, and murder; was fully made up on the subject before the pleading and my warrant is against him for these crimes." began; like that of many a judge, who must never “Murder!” said Edie,“ murder! wha did I e er theless go through all the forms, and endure, in its murder?” full extent, the eloquence and argumentation of the “Mr German Doustercivil, the agent at Glen Bar. For when all had been said on both sides, Withershins mining-works." and much of it said over oftener than once, our se “ Murder Dustersnivel!- hout, he's living, and rior, being well and ripely advised, pronounced the life-like, man.” muderate and healing judgment, that the disputed “Nae thanks to you if he be; he had a sair struire


my hand.

“ And

gle for his life, if a' be true he tells, and ye maun “ Ou, doubtless, your honour is expected,” analswer fort at the bidding of the law.”

swered Caxon; “ weel I wot ye are expected. Ye The defenders of the mendicant shrunk back at ken, in this country ilka gentleman is wussed to hearing the atrocity of the charges against him, but be sae civil as to see the corpse aff his grounds ; more than one kind hand thrust meat and bread ye needna gang higher than the loan-head-it's no and pence upon Edie, to maintain him in the prison, expected your honour suld leave the land; it's just to which the officers were about to conduct him. a Kelso convoy, a step and a half ower the door

“ Thanks to ye! God bless ye a’, bairns !--- I've gotten out o'mony a share when I was waur de “ A Kelso convoy!” echoed the inquisitive Antiserving o' deliverance - I shall escape like a bird | quary ; " and why a Kelso convoy more than any from the fowler. Play out your play, and never other?” mind me-- I am mair grieved for the puir lad that's “ Dear sir," answered Caxon, “ how should I gane, than for aught they can do to me.”

ken? it's just a by-word.”. Accordingly, the unresisting prisoner was led off, “ Caxon,” answered Oldbuck, “ thou art a mere while he mechanically accepted and stored in his periwig-maker--- Had I asked Ochiltree the quesa wallets the alms which poured in on every hand, tion, he would have had a legend ready made to and ere he left the hamlet, was as deep-laden as a government victualler. The labour of bearing this “ My business,” replied Caxon, with more aniaccumulating burden was, however, abridged, by, mation than he commonly displayed, " is with the the officer procuring a cart and horse to convey the outside of your honour's head, as ye are accustomed old man to a magistrate, in order to his examina to say." tion and committal.

“ True, Caxon, true; and it is no reproach to a The disaster of Steenie, and the arrest of Edie thatcher that he is not an upholsterer.” put a stop to the sports of the village, the pensive He then took out his memorandum-book and inhabitants of which began to speculate upon the wrote down “Kelso convoy- said to be a step and vicissitudes of human affairs, which had so suddenly a half ower the threshold. Authority — Caxon.-consigned one of their comrades to the grave, and Quære — Whence derived? Mem. To write to Dr placed their master of the revels in some danger of Graysteel upon the subject.” being hanged. The character of Dousterswivel be Having made this entry, he resumed ing pretty generally known, which was in his case truly, as to this custom of the landlord attending equivalent to being pretty generally detested, there the body of the peasant, I approve it, Caxon. It were many speculations upon the probability of the comes from ancient times, and was founded deep accusation being malicious. But all agreed, that if in the notions of mutual aid and dependence beEdie Ochiltree behoved in all events to suffer upon tween the lord and cultivator of the soil. And this occasion, it was a great pity he had not better herein I must say, the feudal system (as also in its merited his fate by killing Dousterswivel outright. courtesy towards womankind, in which it exceeded)

– herein I say, the feudal usages mitigated and softened the sternness of classical times. No man,

Caxon, ever heard of a Spartan attending the fuCHAPTER XXX.

neral of a Helot- yet I dare be sworn that John Who is he? --- One that for the lack of land

of the Girnell -- ye have heard of him, Caxon?" Shall fight upon the water - he hath challenged “ Ay, ay, sir,” answered Caxon; “naebody can Formerly the grand whale; and by his titles

hae been lang in your honour's company without Of Leviathan, Behemoth, and so forth. He tilted with a sword-fish- Marry, sir,

hearing of that gentleman.” Th'aquatic had the best -- the argument

“Well,” continued the Antiquary, “ I would bet Still galls our champion's breech.

Old Play.

a trifle there was not a kolb kerl, or bondsman, or " And the poor young fellow, Steenie Muckle- peasant, ascriptus glebæ, died upon the monks' terbackit, is to be buried this morning,” said our old ritories down here, but John of the Girnell saw friend the Antiquary, as he exchanged his quilted them fairly and decently interred.”. night-gown for an old-fashioned black coat in lieu “Ay, but if it like your honour, they say he had of the snuff-coloured vestment which he ordinarily mair to do wi’ the births than the burials. Ha! ha! wore, “and, I presume, it is expected that I should ha!” with a gleeful chuckle. attend the funeral ?”

“Good, Caxon! very good !-why, you shine this “ Ou ay," answered the faithful Caxon, offici- morning.” ously brushing the white threads and specks from “And besides," added Caxton, slily, encouraged his patron’s habit. “ The body, God help us ! was by his patron's approbation, “ they say too, that sae broken against the rocks that they're fain to the Catholic priests in thae times gat something for burry the burial. The sea's a kittle cast, as I tell ganging about to burials.” my daughter, puir thing, when I want her to get “ Right, Caxon! right as my glove! By the by, I up her spirits; the sea, says I, Jenny, is as uncer- fancy that phrase comes from the custom of pledg

ing a glove as the signal of irrefragable faith “ As the calling of an old periwig-maker, that's right, I say, as my glove, Caxon- but we of the robbed of his business by crops and the powder- Protestant ascendeney have the more merit in do tax. Caxon, thy topics of consolation are as ill ing that duty for nothing, which cost money in the chosen as they are foreign to the present purpose. reign of that empress of superstition, whom Spenquid mihi cum fæmina? What have I to do with ser, Caxon, terms, in his allegorical phrase, thy womankind, who have enough and to spare of

The daughter of that woman blind, mine own ! - I pray of you again, am I expected

Abessa, daughter of Corecca slow by these poor people to attend the funeral of their But why talk 1 of these things to thee!--my poor son!"

Lovel has spoiled me, and taught me to speak aloud

tain a calling

when it is much the same as speaking to myself. “O brother ! brother!" ejaculated Miss MʻIntyre, Where's my nephew, Hector M‘Intyre?

in utter despair at this vituperative epithet. “ He's in the parlour, sir, wi' the leddies." “Why, what would you have me call it?” con

“ Very well,” said the Antiquary, “I will betake tinued Hector; "it was just such a thing as they me thither."

use in Egypt to cool wine, or sherbet, or water; “ Now, Monkbarns,” said his sister, on his enter - I brought home a pair of them -I might have ing the parlour, "ye maunna be angry.”

brought home twenty.” “ My dear uncle !” began Miss MʻIntyre. “What!” said oldbuck, " shaped such as that

“ What's the meaning of all this?” said Oldbuck, your dog threw down ?" in alarm of some impending bad news, and arguing Yes, sir, much such a sort of earthen jar as upon the supplicating tone of the ladies, as a for- that which was on the sideboard. They are in my tress apprehends an attack from the very first flou- lodgings at Fairport; we brought a parcel of them rish of the trumpet which announces the summons to cool our wine on the passage-- they answer won

“what's all this? — what do you bespeak my derfully well. If I could think they would in any patience for?”

degree repay your loss, or rather that they could “No particular matter, I should hope, sir,” said afford you pleasure, I am sure I should be much Hector, who, with his arm in a sling, was seated at honoured by your accepting them.” the breakfast-table;-“however, whatever it may “ Indeed, my dear boy, I should be highly gra

to I am answerable for it, as I am for much tified by possessing them. To trace the connexion more trouble that I have occasioned, and for which of nations by their usages, and the similarity of the I have little more than thanks to offer."

implements which they employ, has been long my “ No, no! heartily welcome, heartily welcome — favourite study. Everything that can illustrate only let it be a warning to you,” said the Anti- such connexions is most valuable to me." quary, “ against your fits of anger, which is a short « Well, sir, I shall be much gratified by your madness -- Ira furor brevis — but what is this new acceptance of them, and a few trifles of the same disaster ?”

kind. And now, am I to hope you have forgiven “My dog, sir, has unfortunately thrown down”- me?” “ If it please Heaven, not the lachrymatory from “0, my dear boy, you are only thoughtless and Clochnaben!” interjected Oldbuck.

foolish." “Indeed, uncle," said the young lady, “I am “ But Juno - she is only thoughtless too, I asafraid - it was that which stood upon the sideboard sure you — the breaker tells me she has no vice or --the poor thing only meant to eat the pat of fresh stubbornness." butter.”

“Well, I grant Juno also a free pardon-con“In which she has fully succeeded, I presume, ditioned, that you will imitate her in avoiding vice for I see that on the table is salted. But that is and stubbornness, and that henceforward she banothing-my lachrymatory, the main pillar of my nish herself forth of Monkbarns parlour.” theory on which I rested to show, in despite of the “ Then, uncle," said the soldier, “I should have ignorant obstinacy of Mac-Cribb, that the Romans been very sorry and ashamed to propose to you had passed the defiles of these mountains, and left anything in the way of expiation of my own sins, behind them traces of their arts and arms, is gone or those of my follower, that I thought worth your -annihilated—reduced to such fragments as might acceptance; but now, as all is forgiven, will you be the shreds of a broken--flowerpot !

permit the orphan-nephew, to whom you have been Hector, I love thee,

a father, to offer you a trifle, which I have been But never more be officer of mine."

assured is really curious, and which only the cross

accident of my wound has prevented my delivering “Why, really, sir, I am afraid I should make a to you before? I got it from a French Savant, to bad figure in a regiment of your raising."

whom I rendered some service after the Alexandria “At least, Hector, I would have you dispatch affair." your camp train, and travel expeditus or relictis im

The captain put a small ring-case into the Antipedimentis. You cannot conceive how I am annoyed quary's hands, which, when opened, was found to by this beast-she commits burglary, I believe, for contain an antique ring of massive gold, with a caI heard her charged with breaking into the kit- meo, most beautifully executed, bearing a head of chen after all the doors were locked, and eating up Cleopatra. The Antiquary broke forth into unrea shoulder of mutton." (Our readers, if they pressed ecstasy, shook his nephew cordially by the chance to remember Jenny Rintherout's precaution hand, thanked him an hundred times, and showed of leaving the door open when she went down to the ring to his sister and niece, the latter of whom the fisher's cottage, will probably acquit poor Juno had the tact to give it sufficient admiration ; but of that aggravation of guilt which the lawyers call | Miss Griselda (though she had the same affection a claustrum fregit, and which makes the distinction for her nephew) had not address enough to follow between burglary and privately stealing.)

the lead. “I am truly sorry, sir,” said Hector, that Juno “ It's a bonny thing,” she said, “Monkbarns, has committed so much disorder; but Jack Muir- and, I dare say, a valuable; but it's out o’my way head, the breaker, was never able to bring her un -ye ken I am nae judge o' sic matters." der command. She has more travel than any bitch « There spoke all Fairport in one voice!” exI ever knew, but”

claimed Oldbuck; “it is the very spirit of the bo“ Then, Hector, I wish the bitch would travel rough has infected us all; I think I have smelled herself out of my grounds."

the smoke these two days, that the wind has stuck, “We will both of us retreat to-morrow, or to-day, like a remora, in the north-east- and its prejudices bat I would not willingly part from my mother's fly farther than its vapours. Believe me, my dear brother in unkindness about a paltry pipkin.” Hector, were I to walk up the High-street of Fair

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port, displaying this inestimable gem in the eyes of agitates every corner of Europe, there is no know.
each one I met, no human creature, from the pro- ing where you may be called upon to serve. If in
vost to the town-crier, would stop to ask me its Norway, for example, or Denmark, or any part of
history. But if I carried a bale of linen cloth under the ancient Scania, or Scandinavia, as we term it,
my arm, I could not penetrate to the Horsemarket what could be more convenient than to have at your
ere I should be overwhelmed with queries about fingers' ends the history and antiquities of that
its precise texture and price. O, one might parody ancient country, the officina gentium, the mother of
their brutal ignorance in the words of Gray: modern Europe, the nursery of those heroes,
· Weave the warp and weave the woof,

Stern to inflict, and stubborn to endure,
The winding-sheet of wit and sense,

Who smiled in death?-
Dull garment of defensive proof

How animating, for example, at the conclusion of 'Gainst all that doth not gather pence.

a weary march, to find yourself in the vicinity of a The most remarkable proof of this peace-offering Runic monument, and discover that you had pitched being quite acceptable was, that while the Antiquary your tent beside the tomb of a hero!” was in full declamation, Juno, who held him in awe, “ I am afraid, sir, our mess would be better supaccording to the remarkable instinct by which dogs plied if it chanced to be in the neighbourhood of a instantly discover those who like or dislike them, good poultry-yard.” had peeped several times into the room, and encoun “ Alas, that you should say so! No wonder the tering nothing very forbidding in his aspect, had at days of Cressy and Agincourt are no more, when length presumed to introduce her full person; and respect for ancient valour has died away in the finally, becoming bold by impunity, she actually ate breasts of the British soldiery." up Mr Oldbuck's toast, as, looking first at one then “ By no means, sir- by no manner of means. I at another of his audience, he repeated, with self- dare say that Edward and Henry, and the rest of complacency,

these heroes, thought of their dinner, however, be«« Weave the warp and weave the woof,'–

fore they thought of examining an old tombstone.

But I assure you, we are by no means insensible to "You remember the passage in the Fatal Sisters, the memory of our fathers' fame; I used often of which, by the way, is not so fine as in the original an evening to get old Rory M'Alpin to sing us - But, hey-day! my toast has vanished !- I see songs out of Ossian about the battles of Fingal and which way-Ah, thou type of womankind! no won Lamon Mor, and Magnus and the Spirit of Muirder they take offence at thy generic appellation !” artach." -(So saying, he shook his fist at Juno, who scoured “ And did you believe,” asked the aroused Anout of the parlour.)—“However, as Jupiter, ac- tiquary, “ did you absolutely believe that stuff of cording to Homer, could not rule Juno in heaven, Macpherson's to be really ancient, you simple and as Jack Muirhead, according to Hector Möln- boy?” tyre, has been equally unsuccessful on earth, I sup “Believe it, sir?--how could I but believe it, when pose she must have her own way.” And this mild I have heard the songs sung from my infancy?” censure the brother and sister justly accounted a “ But not the same as Macpherson's English full pardon for Juno's offences, and sate down well Ossian- you're not absurd enough to say that, I pleased to the morning meal.

hope?” said the Antiquary, his brow darkening When breakfast was over, the Antiquary pro- with wrath. posed to his nephew to go down with him to attend But Hector stoutly abode the storm; like many the funeral. The soldier pleaded the want of a a sturdy Celt, he imagined the honour of his counmourning habit.

try and native language connected with the authen“ 0, that does not signify—your presence is all ticity of these popular poems, and would have fought that is requisite. I assure you, you will see some- knee-deep, or forfeited life and land, rather than thing that will entertain- no, that's an improper have given up a line of them. He therefore un. phrase -- but that will interest you, from the re- dauntedly maintained, that Rory M‘Alpin could semblances which I will point out betwixt popular repeat the whole book from one end to another ;customs on such occasions and those of the an- and it was only upon cross-examination that he cients."

explained an assertion so general, by adding, “At “ Heaven forgive me!” thought MʻIntyre;—“I least, if he was allowed whisky enough, he could shall certainly misbehave, and lose all the credit I repeat as long as anybody would hearken to him.” have so lately and accidentally gained.”

“ Ay, ay," said the Antiquary; " and that, I When they set out, schooled as he was by the suppose, was not very long." warning and entreating looks of his sister, the sol “Why, we had our duty, sir, to attend to, and dier made his resolution strong to give no offence could not sit listening all night to a piper." by evincing inattention or impatience. But our best “ But do you recollect, now," said Oldbuck, setresolutions are frail, when opposed to our predo- ting his teeth firmly together, and speaking without minant inclinations. Our Antiquary,- to leave opening them, which was his custom when contranothing unexplained, had commenced with the fu- dicted “Do you recollect, now, any of these verses neral rites of the ancient Scandinavians, when his you thought so beautiful and interesting – being a nephew interrupted him, in a discussion upon the capital judge, no doubt, of such things ?” “ age of hills," to remark that a large sea-gull, “ I don't pretend to much skill, uncle; but it's which flitted around them, had come twice within not very reasonable to be angry with me for admishot. This error being acknowledged and pardoned, ring the antiquities of my own country more than Oldbuck resumed his disquisition.

those of the Harolds, Harfagers, and Hacos you “ These are circumstances you ought to attend are so fond of.” to and be familiar with, my dear Hector; for, in “Why, these, sir—these mighty and unconquered the strange contingencies of the present war which Goths --- were your ancestors! The bare-breeched

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selts whom they subdued, and suffered only to exist, “ Excellent !- why, this is better and better. I like a fearful people, in the crevices of the rocks, hope Saint Patrick sung better than Blattergowl's were but their Mancipia and Serfs !”

precentor, or it would be hang-choice between the Hector's brow now grew red in his turn. “Sir,” poet and psalmist. But what I admire is the courhe said, " I don't understand the meaning of Man- tesy of these two eminent persons towards each cipia and Serfs, but I conceive that such names are other. It is a pity there should not be a word of very improperly applied to Scotch Highlanders: no this in Macpherson's translation.” inan but my mother's brother dared to have used “ If you are sure of that,” said M'Intyre, gravely, such language in my presence; and I pray you will “ he must have taken very unwarrantable liberties observe, that I consider it as neither hospitable, with his original.” handsome, kind, nor generous usage towards your “ It will go near to be thought so shortly - but guest and your kinsman. My ancestors, Mr Old pray proceed.” back”.

Then,” said M'Intyre, “this is the answer of “ Were great and gallant chiefs, I dare say, Hec- Ossian : tor; and really I did not mean to give you such

• Dare you compare your psalms, immense offence in treating a point of remote anti

You son of a' quity, a subject on which I always am myself cool, “ Son of a what?” exclaimed Oldbuck. deliberate, and unimpassioned. But you are as hot It means, I think,” said the young soldier, with and hasty, as if you were Hector and Achilles, and some reluctance," son of a female dog: Agamemnon to boot."

• Do you compare your psalms, “I am sorry I expressed myself so hastily, uncle,

To the tales of the bare-arm'd Fenians ?** especially to you, who have been so generous and Are you sure you are translating that last epigood. But my ancestors”

thet correctly, Hector ?” “ No more about it, lad; I meant them no af “ Quite sure, sir,” answered Hector, doggedly. front- none.'

“ Because I should have thought the nudity might “ I am glad of it, sir; for the house of MʻIn- have been quoted as existing in a different part of tyre”

the body.” “ Peace be with them all, every man of them,” Disdaining to reply to this insinuation, Hector said the Antiquary. “ But to return to our sub- proceeded in his recitation : ject-Do you recollect, I say, any of those poems ** I shall think it no great harm which afforded you such amusement ?"

To wring your bald head from your shoulders'“ Very hard this,” thought M'Intyre, “ that he “ But what is that yonder?” exclaimed Hector, will spcak with such glee of everything which is interrupting himself. ancient, excepting my family.”—Then, after some “ One of the herd of Proteus," said the Antiquary efforts at recollection, he added aloud, “ Yes, sir, a phoca, or seal, lying asleep on the beach.” -I think I do remember some lines; but you do

Upon which MʻIntyre, with the eagerness of a not understand the Gaelic language."

young sportsman, totally forgot both Ossian, Pa. “ And will readily excuse hearing it. But you trick, his uncle, and his wound, and exclaimingcan give me some idea of the sense in our own ver “I shall have her! I shall have her!" snatched the nacular idiomn ?"

walking-stick out of the hand of the astonished An“ I shall prove a wretched interpreter," said Mac- tiquary, at some risk of throwing him down, and Intyre, running over the original, well garnished set off at full speed to get between the animal and with aghes, aughs, and oughs, and similar gutturals the sea, to which element, having caught the alarm, and then coughing and hawking as if the translation she was rapidly retreating. stuck in his throat. At length, having premised that Not Sancho, when his master interrupted his the poem was a dialogue between the poet Oisin, or account of the combatants of Pentapolin with the Ossian, and Patrick, the tutelar Saint of Ireland, naked arm, to advance in person to the charge of and that it was difficult, if not impossible, to render the flock of sheep, stood more confounded than the exquisite felicity of the first two or three lines, Oldbuck at this sudden escapade of his nephew. he said the sense was to this purpose :

“ Is the devil in him," was his first exclamation,

“ to go to disturb the brute that was never think* Patrick the psalm-singer, Since you will not listen to one of my stories,

ing of him!”—Then elevating his voice, “ Hector Though you never heard it before,

-nephew -- fool- let alone the Phoca - let alone I am sorry to tell you

the Phoca !- they bite, I tell you, like furies. He You are little better than an ass

minds me no more than a post. There- there they “Good! good!” exclaimed the Antiquary; " but are at it-Gad, the Phoca has the best of it! I am ço on. Why, this is, after all, the most admirable glad to see it," said he, in the bitterness of his fooling- I dare say the poet was very right. What heart, though really alarmed for his nephew's safesays the Saint?

ty-" I am glad to see it, with all my heart and “ He replies in character," said M'Intyre: “but spirit.” you should hear M‘Alpin sing the original. The In truth, the seal, finding her retreat intercepted speeches of Ossian come in upon a strong deep bass by the light-footed soldier, confronted him man--those of Patrick are upon a tenor key." fully, and having sustained a heavy blow without

“ Like M'Alpin's drone and small pipes, I sup- injury, she knitted her brows, as is the fashion pose," said Oldbuck. “ Well? Pray, go on." of the animal when incensed, and making use at “ Well then, Patrick replies to Ossian:

once of her fore paws and her unwieldy strength, Tpon my word, son of Fingal,

wrenched the weapon out of the assailant's hand, While I am warbling the psalms,

overturned him on the sands, and scuttled away The clamour of your old women's tales into the sea, without doing him any farther injury Disturbs my devotional exercises.'

Captain M'Intyre, a good deal out of countenance at

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