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stone, “ did the vision of this man coincide with the accident Mr. Gillies met with ?"
“ There is still less doubt,” answered Mr. Thornhill, " that the vision of Sbe. mus coincided accurately, both as to place and time, to what befel Mr. Gile lies. But then," continued he, “I have heard of another taishtar, (Don. nocha an Amrigh,) Duncan with the сар,
of Scalasdale, in the isle of Mull, who driving home his cattle, or wandering in idleness, or musing in the sunshine, or cruning his evening ditty, would be suddenly surprised by the appearance of a bridal ceremony, or funeral procession ; and would count the number of attendants or mourners, of whom, if he knew them, he would relate their names; and if he knew them not, he would describe their dresses, But why do you start, Mr. St. Clyde? You are not agitated by an account of these impostors, I hope ?”
“ Whether they are impostors or not,” replied Colin, “ it seems indeed very odd, that these people can perceive things the instant they happen, even though miles from the scene. But do you know, Mr. Thornhill, that of things future they have any rule for determining the time between the sight and the event?"
“ That I cannot tell. · The perceptive faculty, for power it cannot be called, seems neither voluntary nor constant; the appearances have no dependence upon choice; they cannot be summoned, detained, or recalled; the impression is sudden, and, as I have been told by Shemus Macalester himself, the effect is often painful : Sors in divisione bonorum funis sortis vel distributionis."
“ But have you never thought of collecting sufficient testimonies for your own satisfaction, on an opinion receive ed for centuries by the whole Scottish nation?” said Levingstone.
“ There is against it,” replied Mr. Thornhill, “ the seeming analogy of things confusedly seen, and little understood; and for it the cry of natural persuasion, which may perhaps be res solved at last into prejudice and tradition. I can never advance my curiosity to conviction of even the possibia. lity of establishing facts, from which any thing like probable results might be drawn; and I am now only willing to lend my belief to the probability of others acting the seer, as Glass acted the spectre at the Lady Maisry's Burn, and the Loch End."
The conversation dropped here. Sta Clyde was unwilling to press it further,
and the minister had given his opinions freely
St. Clyde went to bed more and more puzzled what to make of the tale of Carr, and not a little disconcerted to have sinned against Sandy Glass's honour; but, on the following morning, the first person he made it his business to see was this poor lad; and it was all to please Ellen.
He met Glass in an out-house adjoining the manse, and came up to him saying,
Here, Sandy, here's something I brought you from France."
" A dial! a dial !” exclaimed Glass, as he seized an old watch Colin held out to him; and if Glass, on the former day, swelled with wrath, and shrunk his huge frame into the hellish scowl of his brow, and the deadly slanting fire of his terrible eye, he now leapt out of himself with joy, and capered
and scattered a profusion of bows and idle blessings on the “oure guid laird.”
Colin took a turn round the garden, where he observed Levingstone walking; and in the mean time Ellen made her appearance to prepare' breakfast, for Mrs. Thornhill had made it her business to manage her own house week about with Ellen.
Glass, who had been rummaging the hen-house for eggs, came into the kitohen with some in his bonnet, and the watch tied to the highest buttonhole in his waistcoat.
“ Jesu bless the guid young laird” came, if not with reverence, at all events with idle gratitude, from the lips of Glass, as he approached Ellen, pointing alternately into his bonnet to the eggs, and then to the watch, and then lifting his eyes and praying, “Jesu bless the guid young laird.”