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the politics each holds, if we except the good dominie's drams and pinches of snuff. But, oho! do you see that ?"
« What? I do not see any one.”
“No-it's true there is not a man to be seen, but do you not see the burn red ?"
“Oh, I beg your pardon, I did not observe you pointed to the burn."
“ To be sure I did; I'll ne'er keep a dog and bark mysel; that's Glass's sig. nal for an intruder ; he's an ouphenbrained fellow; he that will coupar, will to coupar,-good by.”
“And you're off, are you, Mr. Whiga gans ?"
" To be sure I am,-its gude sleeping in a hale skin; you cannot be ignorant of the precognition that was taken by the Laird St. Clyde and baillie Ilan Dou, when Mactaggart intercepted my letter."
And in an instant Whiggans was hid by the bushes, and a man was seen wandering down the glen, with a lame sheep on his shoulders.
Lévingstone went home to the manse, consulted with the minister, and rode into Rothsay; and baillie llan Dou made out the warrant for the apprehension of Villejuive, but not without considerable horror and reluctance, to believe it possible that a man of Mon. Villejuive's character, could have been guilty of such a horrible crime, as the discovery of the pistol seemed to impute to him.
The officers were dispatched, but Villejuive was gone from home; however Alexander Macphail conducted them to the retreat of Villejuive, but he escaped before they could seize him; and in two days after, his body was found washed upon the rocks. It was supposed he had leaped from a high rock into the sea, as his greatcoat was found on the summit of the cliff,
The sessions were to be holden on the month following; and in the mean time Lerwick was examined by all the magistrates and justices of the peace, in the shires of Argyle and Bute.
The minister, the school-master, and the sergeant, when the report of Villejuive's suicide was brought them, prepared to go to Inverary, and they proposed to ride to Ettrick bay; and Sandy Glass having been forbidden to ride with them, though he had urged it piteously—there was hardly a person but felt for poor Sandy—“ It matters nae," quoth he; “ theres muckle to do when dominies ride; I ken wha found it a' out, and gif they winna let me ride, may be they winna hang the birkie. Peter's nae worth a woodie, gif his maister hae taen the loup."
When asked « Guilty or not guilty," Lerwick preserved the most sullen si, lence, as he did also throughout the whole trial; and though there remained no doubt that he was accessory both to the murder of the laird, and the attack upon Colin, yet such was the difficulty to bring forward sufficient evidence, that the trial was about to be put off till the next circuit of the judge, when Lerwick, snatching a dirk from the side of a Highlander who stood close beside him, sheathed it in his breast, exclaiming “Out! so much ado to get me hanged !" and he instantly expired.
The confusion and horror of the court were inconceivable; and they separated, satisfied that “whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.”
St. Clyde and Levingstone went to Edinburgh, the minister and the domi.
nie to Bute; and the good man wrote the young Villejuives a very full, true, and particular account of the discovery that had been made, and the suicide of their father; and begged to know what they intended doing with the mortgage of the estate of St. Clyde. They returned many thanks to Mr.Thornhill, for his kindness and goodness, and besought him to produce to the fiscal the postscript to their letter, by which "they renounced for themselves and their heirs for ever, all title to the mortgage, and to all monies the family of St. Clyde might be indue their late wretched parent," adding that they should change their names, and might in future be addressed as “ Louis and James Bonandros.” · St. Clyde returned to Bute, after he had spent a month with his friends, the Stuarts, at Edinburgh; and when he got possession of the estate of his la