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ened that night by the statue of Hercules, it was acting cruel and unchristian, to force him home; but home he must go, and home he was sent alt alone in the darkest part of the night.
When St. Clyde got on board the smuggler, the lieutenant of Whiggans, acting commander, received him very civilly, and the crew hailed their captain with smothered joy; for the daring outlaw was looked up to as their chief; and the officer now commanding the lugger, when Whiggans came board, was pleased and honoured to be named lieutenant: lieutenant he had been for five long years, and he had now received the command of the vessel, which Whiggans gave up to him, that he himself might go with St. Clyde.
“Mr. St. Clyde, we haven't much room here; our cabin's smaller than the last one you were in with us, but
you'll perhaps try to make yourself comfortable.”
“ Indeed, M .Whiggans, every thing is excellent here; your brandy is peculiarly good, a glass of it this airy night is not amiss: won't your commander be with us awhile ?"-"Why, no, he has got a strange opinion that our vessel never thrives when any one besides ourselves is on board, and I suppose he's a putting all things to rights; but we'll see him soon; but your man is not acquainted with people like this crew."
“Oh, let him alone, he will take care of number one."
The wind toward the middle of the night shifted, and by day-light it blew fresh against them ; it was not possible to get up the frith that day; they were obliged to put about, and seek the straits of the channel between the Cumbras and the Largs, and tried to
make Brodick bay; but there was seen scudding, as if from Loch Fine, in the same direction, a sail, which Whiggans pronounced to be Stuart's cutter.
The cutter saw the smuggler, and gave chace. Whiggans hoisted the Dutch flag and altered her course, standing more to the south-east; the cutter pursued ; Whiggans could not flee; but he might pretend to be steering to Ayr, or perhaps to the south; the cutter might not presume to chase an ally's vessel ; but, suspicious of trick, Whiggans also pretended to be going the same track, southward : however the cutter could gain nothing on the smuggler, and when Whiggans came within half a league of Aisla Rock, he altered his course, leaving the cutter many leagues behind; and by morning the lugger weathered the Mall of Cantiré, when the cutter could not be seen.
It was now that Whiggans took an opportunity of disclosing to St.Clyde, his belief in the divinations of the seer Shemus Macalester. St. Clyde, though he took the popular side of the question in his argument with Mr. Thornhill, was not very willing to admit the conclusions Whiggans drew from the seer's divinations; for the bold outlaw had affirmed, that “Shemus Macalester could even divine futurity;" but St. Clyde was too much indebted to Whiggans, to controvert the point, or advance any thing that might make him desist from his enterprise.
As the wind shifted, the lugger was able to lay up Jura sound; and Whig. gans, St. Clyde, and his servant, were landed on a little point of land south of Duntroon.
The lieutenant, on parting from them, wished them success, and on receiving some secret instructions from Whiggans, intimating, that he should expect, whatever might be the result to himself personally, of the expedition in which he was engaged, as the lieutenant was now well off in the lugger, the minister and Miss St. Clyde should not be forgotten by the shipper of any of the North Channel rovers: the lieutenant replied significantly,
66 common, kiss your kimmer," and lifted his hat to St. Clyde, saying, “ Farewell, sir, I wish you success."
At Duntroon they got provided with horses, and travelled along Loch Awe; nor halted but to refresh nature, till they arrived at Dalmally. At the littłe inn at which they put up here, every article was of wood, except a few tea-cups and saucers; and St. Clyde, who had not for many years eaten of it, preferred at dinner a bowl of curds and cream.