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them frankly, that if within twentyfour hours it were not restored, he would use the power the renovated laws of his country furnished him with, to bring them to punishment.

And indeed the clan felt the full force of the command; for the Union having deprived the chiefs of their jurisdiction, Dunmorven had lost much of his influence in protecting them from suffering the vengeance of the laws for their depredations: so true it is, that the chiefs had in this respect degenerated from patriarchal nobles to rapacious landlords, as the law which divested them of a formidable retinue, armed with a target, a heavy broadsword, pistol, stock and lock of iron, a dirk, and a skeenocles, had lessened, in the baillie's eyes, that dignity which Dunmorven derived from an opinion of his military importance; and Killdrummie was resolved “no tascal money should

be offered for the discovery of the goods." : The council was just going to be broken up, when a messenger arrived from Dunmorven, saying that the clan must give up the property, and the captain might remove it to the customhouse at Tobermony, or leave it at Dunmorven castle, till he could take it away, or find a purchaser for it.

This news went through the crowd of wassals like lightning; and, before pext evening, all the property of the Dane that had been saved was restored.

Our readers who may not be able to reconcile the conduct of these people, ought to recollect that they had a very distinct idea of the nature of an gath, when they were called upon to swear by the object of their adoration, whether they had plundered the wreck; and from the methods taken by the baillie and the priest, there was not a man of them who perjured himself; on the contrary, they gloried in renouncing their quarry and not their conscience,

CHAPTER IX.

Thou wilt be like a lover presently,
And tire the hearer with a book of words.

SHAKSPEARE.

LEVINGSTONE in the frequent rambles he took among the hills and glens, the woods and muirs, discovered on the summit of one glen the watch-house of a shepherd ; and observing that this was the constant rendezvous of two young shepherds, he deemed it no uninteresting sport to conceal himself with a book in his hand, in a large but curiously-grown furze brake that sheltered the watch-house, and there as an eaves'-dropper to observe their manæuvres, and listen to their chit-chat.

The conversation of these youths turned on Willie's attachment to Bess;

and Wattie having rallied him on his “ daft dreams and heavy heart,” Willie frankly confessed, that as “Bess ne'er looked upon

him wi'a blithesome smile, but gart him look blate wi' her jeers, though he could na' but looe her, he wad na tint his bluid, the disdain o' Bess he tholed, wad fetch him to his cauld grave soon eneugh.”

Wattie advised Willie to “ leave aff that silly whining way: wha can help misluck ? ne'er fash your thumb wi' sic a thrawin, gabbett chuck: dinna tint your hope, man; but whan ye’re glowring about, gif ye see her linkan oure the 'muir wi' her coats kiltet, and her straught bare legs far whiter than the snaw, and her haffet locks waving oure her ruddy cheeks, loup oure the dyke, and seem as gif ye had forgathered wi' her by mischance; an' gif she misca' ye at the first, do ye but laugh, and clasp your arms about her neck and

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