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known vessel ; at least, some of the people at the bay pretended to think so. However, four men offered to take St. Clyde out to her; and if she was the vessel they suspected, there was no fear but the captain would give him a passage up as far as Loch Gilpinn ; and he could then easily get along the Crinan Canal, and thence to Oban, where he would cross the ferry to Mull.
Off they set from the shore, and when they bad rowed about half-way to the lugger, they perceived her getting under weigh, as though the crew viewed the boat an intruder on their quiet. As the lugger appeared to be standing away to Kilbrannin Sound, one of the men in the boat took from one of his pockets a small horn, in which was some gunpowder; and have ing made up a quantity of it moist, about the size of a cartridge, he immediately struck a light in a tinderbox which he conveyed from another pocket; and, having fixed his sig, nal on the end of an oar, lighted it, and, raising the oar perpendicular, in a few minutes the lugger bore down upon them with a fine press of sail. .
Captain Whiggans," said the own. er of the boat as the lugger neared her,
are you going up the loch?"-"What of that?"__" Because this gentleman is going to Mull, by Loch Gilpinn, Kill, more, and Oban, and we hope, as he is a friend, you will take him with you.”
“ Most cheerfully. Sir,” said Whig. gans, addressing himself to St. Clyde, “ I beg your pardon, but we are not a regular packet; you are however exceedingly welcome on board; indeed, sir, I am happy in being able to render any service to my friends at Ettrick Bay; my cabin is but small, but there is plenty of provisions in it; and if brandy, claret, Hollands, and Jamaica, be palatable to you, I believe there are some bottles of each in the bunkers."
St. Clyde thanked Whiggans, and the men in the boat got a crown for their services, and a good horn of Jamaica each, and went off for the shore. It was the policy of Whiggans not to know his passenger in the boat; but the welcome St. Clyde received from the bold outlaw did honour to the better class of human feelings.
St. Clyde admired much the neatness of the lugger; the fastness with which she sailed; but he was confounded by the appearance of the crew: for though he had seen the crews of ships of war on duty, in battle, on shore, Whiggans's men looked another race of beings. ..." But it's dinner time. Come, sir," said. Whiggans, “let us below to dinner." The dinner was very simple boiled beef, biscuit, some cold fowls, a
ham and cheese, with plenty of brandy, claret, Hollands, and old Jamaica:
“ You see your dinner, Captain St. Clyde, and since you have been at sea, you know we use no ceremony." St. Clyde thanked Whiggans, and assured him he would do honour to the several dishes.
After dinner, Whiggans, though very polite since he was honoured with St, Clyde's company, would be so far out of common civility, as to ask his guest what might take him to Mull. St. Clyde told him that he was going to Mull to pay a visit to the father of a late brother officer, who had fallen on the heights of Abraham.
At the mention of Dunmorven, Whiggans started from his seat, and looking firmly on St. Clyde, said with emphasis,': What is young Dunmorven dead? I have had him on board my vessel; I can pay respect to the me:
mory of that brave man. A brother of his, who is now dead also, once had my vessel in his power; but he took nothing from the ship, he even left all my property in her; it was the repugnancy he felt at fighting against and ruining a poor man, that saved my property.'
Whiggans, drawing a dirk from his belt, kissed it in the most solemn manner, and, raising his right hand to the ceiling of the cabin, prayed an awful imprecation on himself and his crew, « if Dunmorven was not to him as Colin St. Clyde, and St. Clyde as his own brother."
He then told St. Clyde frankly, that he was tired of his trade, and expressed his detestation of it, not so much because it defrauded the revenue, and was injurious to the fair trader, but because his faithful crew were always kept poor, from being continu.