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him then make his way for Villejuive's abode, and came to the inn to his master, St. Clyde was at home, and Whiggans was with him; Watson related to them the interview he had had with the stranger whom he described.

There remained now no doubt on Whiggans's mind that this man was Lerwick, and off he started to the house where Villejuive was. He could not gain admittance: Villejuive's footman would not let Whiggans pass the threshold; the outlaw hastened to the inn for St. Clyde and Watson; they returned, and demanded admittance. The confusion of Villejuive was too great to be smothered by the artifices of etiquette, and his surprise was perfectly indescribable at seeing St. Clyde, whose presence struck him with the death-knell. Whiggans bounded from bis mask, rushed past the side of Villejuive, and brandished in his hand a

dirk; “ Follow who will-I go—I'll search the house," were all the words that Whiggans used.

• You shall not search de house; dere be not one man nor one ting in it dat you shall want;" said Villejuive, as he pursued and seized Whiggans by the arms. Whiggans threw Villejuive in an instant; and, standing over him with his naked dirk, “ Vengeance I'll repay upon your head, if you attempt to stop me in my search; death sits on the blade of my dirk, and shall drink thy blood, if we are hindered in our search by you. Come, St. Clyde, -come Watson-your arms, your pistols—and if you see any man attempt to escape, fire; shoot him; or I'll run you through."

The stern look, the commanding tone, the determined resolution of Whiggans appalled Villejuive, and inspired' both St. Clyde and his servant.

The Gaul had address enough. Whiggans rushed up stairs, searched the upper rooms and garret, but could not find Lerwick; came down, and Lerwick was not found below; and Villejuive, though he stood in dreadful suspense, now triumphed excessively, and threatened Whiggans with the vengeance of his host for such rudeness; but to St. Clyde he paid more attention. However, Colin was too deeply penetrated by the irresistible conduct of Whiggans, to be allured by his uncle's fi

And out of the house they çame, but it was now evening, and the town's people were sauntering about their doors; and as Whiggans, St.Clyde, and Watson, entered the town, the colly dogs set up a hideous barking ; for these men came into the town as if impelled by the furies, and the people literally thought them madmen: but when Whiggans approached a group

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of the people, and demanded whether they had seen a man coming from Villejaive's, there was instantaneouly produced a hue and cry after somebody, though nobody knew who was the man to be apprehended.

The road through the town was the high road to Oban, and a smith's shop was the first or the last house as you entered or left the town, and there were several neighbouring farmers 'at the smithy getting their horses shod for the next fair. Some of the people at the smithy door had seen a man pass in great baste, and from the description they were able to give of him, for the depth of the gloamin did not allow them to mark the precise colour of his clothes, nor the features of his face, nor the exact symmetry of his make; the description was such, however, as to warrant a belief that it was none other than Lerwick. And now

Whiggans recollected, that whilst the house was being searched, some one ought to have stood sentinel at the door, or watched the road leading from it; for Lerwick had dropped from a window, and, running to the main road with all his speed, was now out of their reach. There is no time to lose,” said Whiggans; “horses cannot be procured, but we all have legs, and it is strange if we cannot pursue with as much speed as the villain fed.”

The pursuit commenced, for neither Whiggans nor St. Clyde thought of returning to the inn; but on they went, this one with his pistols in his hands, and that one with his unsheathed dirk, and the valet followed.

When the pursuers got to the ferry, they learned that a man answering to the description of Lerwick had gone over to Mull. This island Whiggans knew well, and over they went without

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