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opening of it; when, quoth Duncan Macintyre, “Na, na, sir, tell us what's your will; gif we can do our wark, we'll do it for the usual fare; gif it be honest wark we desire only ae honest reward; gif ye hae ought clarty to do, I'm frighted Duncan Macintyre
and Saunders Pitcairn canna file their hands wi't."
“I can assure you, Duncan, it is nothing disagreeable or nasty you are asked to do. This gentleman is St. Clyde; you have heard of the murder of his father. This geutleman is a friend; they are in pursuit of a fellow who is suspected of having killed St. Clyde's father; and as there is reason to think this man is come into Edin. burgh, (for he has been closely pursued through the Highlands from Aberdeen,) we very much want you to use your utmost endeavours to get hold of him; at all events, to get us information whether he came to Auld Reekie, and be yet here, or may have gone south."
“Gif he be here, we'll get baud o' him; an' gif we ance get a glower o' him, deil be in his bluid but we'll keep him as sikker as ought.”
In the course of the evening, these men traversed the greater part of the town, and at length succeeded in hearing that a man answering to the de. scription of Lerwick, was secreted in a house not far from the east-end of the North Loch.
As soon as this discovery was made, the cadies hastened to Levingstone's house, and communicated the result of their search. Accordingly, two of the town officers with a warrant, the two cadies with Lieutenant Stuart, who had joined St. Clyde at Levingstone's, proceeded to the retreat of Lerwick. The cadies and the officers entered, showed the warrant, and demanded where Lerwick was. He had just gone out, but would be in presently; they would not leave the house, but would wait till he returned. Lieutenant Stuart doubted the truth of the tale that Lerwick was out, and accordingly proceeded by a ladder up to a loft or garret, where, finding a man fast asleep, on a miserable bed, he instantly threw himself upon him, and prevented his getting up till the others came to his assistance; and thus was Lerwick without any scuffle or noise secured, and marched to the tolbooth.
As soon as Lerwick was secured, Whiggans left St. Clyde, saying “I can't remain here, but you shall hear from me in a week's time."
Levingstone and St. Clyde did all they could to persuade him to stop, but he would not on any account whateyer.
“ I must not," said the outlaw, “be caught in a place where one of my people met with so little mercy.”—“But you can be safe enough here,” said Levingstone. “What? d’ye mean to tell me I'm safe in a place where Lerwick was so easily found out? no, no, gentlemen,-you have only to take care of Lerwick: our work's not done, depend on't; the rascal you've caught, is only the less villain ; a' spur in the head is worth twa in the heel; its long since I told him not to meddle with the deil, and the Jaird's bairns. I'm off; I'll either win the horse or tyne the saddle.-And Lerwick will find out now, that he has need oa lang spoon that sups wi' the deil."
That night Lerwick was brought before a magistrate, and a precognition was taken; but it was still doubted whether he was concerned in the mur. der or not.
Just as the examination closed, a messenger arrived from Bute, desiring the immediate attendance of Mr. Leyingstone at the manse, on a matter of the greatest importance; but though asked, the messenger could only tell that “ he was sent to bring Mr. Levingstone faster than the post."
The trial of Lerwick could not take place, till the minister and the dominie should be present; and as Inverary was the place, where all crimes committed north of Dumbarton were taken cognizance of, the prisoner was sent to the county-town of Argyleshire, there to be tried. And Levingstone now mentioned to St. Clyde the letter of Villejuive, which we have recorded. Colin was thunderstruck at the recital of its contents, and a thousand opposite thoughts invaded his mind; but, just as he was ruminating on what he had heard, and questioning Leving