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the pipers were gentlemen ; but the solace and phrensy which the bagpipe had hitherto given the chief, the ladies, Thegn Mactorloisk, and the captain, the vassals and the bard, was now to cease; for the magistri artium of Sky college, had long enough, with upright attitude and majestic stride, paced the hall and the lawn, and both the pipers threw down
the ground their bag-pipes, as being only the passive means of conveying their skill to the ears of the chief and his lady, and St. Clyde; but the gillies snatched up the instruments, that they might not suffer indignity from the neglect of men who did not think them a proper weight to be carried, except when their hereditary office demanded their exhilarating powers.
It was at a late hour that Mactor. loisk left Dunmorven castle; and when he departed, the ceremonies were neither fewer nor less antiquated than when he came; and though Mactorloisk could but ill afford to stand the expense of a feast that might vie with his chief's; Dunmorven, his lady, and daughters, and Captain St. Clyde were invited to the caim of Torloisk, to dine with its owner.
As they passed through the vestibule, every man girded on his claymore, and his dirk had remained long enough in the ground, in token of friendship: they met like brothers, and they parted in peace and harmony,
The sky it seems would pour down stinking pitch,
did knock Against my very heart!
Thegn Mactorloisk had scarcely left Dunmorven castle, when a violent storm came on, which lasted all night; and the morning discovered the havock it had made. A large ship richly laden had been driven on the rocks of the Ross of Mull; and the people from every part that the news of her dis. aster had reached, came to the creeks to plunder the wreck.
This ship had come from South America, and was bound to Copenhagen. The captain had resolved to sail round through the Pentland Frith, and being little acquainted with the dangerous nature of the western coast of Mull in stormy weather, he kept too much to the east : his vessel was wrecked; and, as none of the crew could be found alive on the shore, it was conjectured all had perished.
The vassals were eager and indefatigable in carrying away every thing that could be found. Dunmoryen, as chief of the clan, and sole proprietor of the coast, had his share of the booty brought to his castle. In short, there was nothing but the shattered hull of the vessel left, and even this there were preparations made to take to pieces; but the sea, in two days, again ran high ; and the bold rocks soon reduced to fragments, what the tardy process of these islanders would have severed in little less than a month.
When the weather permitted the fishermen to visit the ling banks on the southern coast of the island, the people of one of the fishing-boats observed, on a shelf of a bold high rock, something which they took to be ai signal made by a man; and, on a more close attention being paid to its could plainly perceive it was a man waving his linen shirt for assistance and relief.
Accustomed to the dangers of the deep, the fishermeni rowed instantly to land; and as the situation of the man on the rock was inaccessible from the sea, the fishermen- took ai rope with: them, and went to the top of the rock, and let one end of the rope down with a loop on it. The Joop was soon filled, but from the top it could not be perceived what was put into it; and when the load was drawn up, it proved to bet a dead, man. It was again let down, and a second time a corpse was drawn