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On admiring the neatness of the bicker, or bowl, Whiggans remarked

“- Fabricataque fago

Pocula.-" And St. Clyde, who till now had conceived of Whiggans nothing more than a plain man of good sense, but depraved morals, in pursuing the trade of an outlaw, started as if he had heard the voice of an oracle, and looked at Whiggans so gravely as to draw from him another remark.

“Why start, Mr. St. Clyde? I had read the bard ere ye could dance cur. cuddie-but spier nae mair; you can emulate

your forebearis. I, if I make the boast of Tully negative,

“Ego meis majoribus virtute non præluxi," I will have briefly pictured my life ; but still I hope I shall have time for repairing the errors of manhood, into which the inconsiderate folly of youth plunged me.

CHAPTER XVI.

Whererer he turns his eyes, horror presents itself ; if he looks backwards, unavailable repentance treads on his heels; if forward, incurable despair stares him in the face; 'till, like a condemned prisoner, confined in a dungeon, he detests his present condition, and yet dreads the consequence of that hour which is to relieve him from it. [Mr. Allworthy to Tom Jones, on discovering

the treachery of Blifil.]

As soon as St. Clyde and Whiggans arrived at Aberdeen, they applied for a warrant to apprehend Lerwick; the magistrate, who had personally known St. Clyde's late father, no sooner heard the request, than, recognising in the person of Colin the Laird St. Clyde, he gave him a hearty welcome, and declared he would himself go and see the warrant executed; and they all

went instantly in search of Lerwick; but he had gone the day before to some part of the Highlands, the name of which place he had not mentioned to the captain of the Dutch vessel.

Whiggans suspected Lerwick had gone to Villejuive's, and proposed to St. Clyde to go thither; accordingly they left Aberdeen, and travelled by Kincardine, and through Braemar, stopping at Blair Athol only one day; then pursuing their journey through the mountains, they came to Inversuick, and thence they arrived at Dalmally, and here they got some intimation of a man answering to the description of Lerwick, and from the route he had taken, it seemed pretty evident that he was going to Airdshiel to Vil. lejuive. Whiggans here assumed the dress in which he appeared to St. Clyde in Bute; and as he could really play,

wan.

suspicion hid her face when he went to Villejuive's; the outlaw's thin, sallow visage seen but, half, half hidden by his hood; his gaunt frame worn with toil; his cheek sunk; his eye looking haggard-wild, and his face

The plaid he wore wrapped up his whole frame, save his hose and brogues; his harp was carelessly slung over one shoulder, and a haversack was suspended over the other; his cabir staff, as long as his length, he grasped two-thirds of its height from the ground; and, pilgriin-like, with “wandering minstrel age and care,” in solemn step, he came to the door of an emigrant's house in which Villejuive now put up; and as this man affected great consequence and courtesy to strangers, he welcomed the minstrel with amazing condescension; the sang froid of his native land would ill have greeted this son of song; the grimace

and etiquette of Gallic look and gesture-master, Villejuive for once dismissed, to share with his host this “ helpless harper's toil, and cheer and guide him on his rugged way."

After opening the ceremony of a Highland welcome, Villejuive could not cease to observe the fixed look of the outlaw, who now asked, whether he might not be allowed to reside in the house for some days. · The host could hardly refuse the poor man's request; it was enforced, too, by the solicitations of his two daughters. Villejuive could ill brook their courtesy, but he strove by a smile to quell the agitation of his heart, and the harper was welcomed by their host.

This was all Whiggans wanted. He pretended to visit the neighbourhood, but in fact to communicate to St. Clyde his success in gaining a footing in Villejuive's house. St. Clyde and

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