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ter, would even, in spite of the dark, black grey rocks, have raised in the passengers' mind a series of contemplations on the beauties of a Highland glen; the retreat of daring fellows, who, without feeling one pleasurable idea from the enchanting scenery and magnificent cascade, stalked to their cold and- dreary cavern, equally regardless of the intermixture of the roa mantic and the sublime, as of the barren and frightful rocks which reared their enormous tops to menace the clouds and the boisterous storm; and the awful and terrific chasms of the yawning sides of these rocks seemed to smile, and bid defiance to all the artillery of heaven that might be levelled against their impregnable masses; and such was the commanding view that now lay around the pursuers of Whiggans, in whom we have traced one disinterested action. ;....
Stranger ! if e'er thine ardent step hath traced
The northern realms of ancient Caledon, Where the proud Queen of Wilderness hath placed
By lake and cataract her lonely throne; Sublime but sad delight thy soul hath known
Gazing on pathless glen and mountain high, Listing where from the cliffs the torrents thrown
Mingle their echoes with the eagle's cry, And with the sounding lake and with the moaning sky.
The LORD OF THE Isles.!
When St. Clyde and the excisemen, and the cutter's people, had advanced in this way for about three hundred yards,' after crossing the burn a second time, the same man they had been pursuing. was observed on a piece of table rock that seemed to be about thirty feet above the scarcely passable foot-path; but as this shelf was acces
sible only by the most difficult process of clambering up the face of the rock, which inclined very little from a perpendicular; and as the officers judged if the smugglers were concealed there, a desperate resistance would be made before a footing could be secured, the besiegers were divided into three parties; two parties were to ascend, one on either side of the projecting rock, another party was to cover their ascent from the pathway; and the excisemen, by a circuitous roate, were to get above the cave, and roll down stones on the smugglers, who should offer to come out to dispute the entrance to their retreat.
This disposition of the forces having been made, the party who were to begin the attack waited some time for the officers making their appearance on the brow of the cliff; but being galled by two shots from the fellow on the
table rock, who was now joined by some of his companions from within the cave, the covering party also commenced operations with their pistols; and the two divisions, who were to ascend, commenced their escalade. The roots of the trees, and the bushes which were thinly scattered on the rock, were seized by one hand, whilst the men defended themselves with the other; and though several of them got some justy thumps from the besieged, five of them at last succeeded in establishing themselves on the rock. The smug. glers were not willing to stand to be shot at from beneath, but retired into their hiding-place, prepared to dispute with death-fraught resistance the passage of the mouth of the cavern.
The position on the rock having been gained, the entrance was next to be forced ; but this was truly hazardous. The entrance to the cavern was
by a cleft in the rock, inclined to the horizontal platform, in an angle of about seventy degrees, and so narrow that but one man at a time could get in with any thing like ease. And as it was not known what depth the sides of this opening might be, before sufficient room might be gained for two men to engage those within, the besiegers were puzzled how to act. None would volunteer to go in, and the excisemen were gone to the top of the cliff. Their orders, if they had been present, would not have obliged any one to enter. One of the people within the cavern interrupted delay, by calling out from the womb of the rock, that “they had better draw lots who should go in first, as he intended to send that man's head out to the others as a sample of his method of creating sailors · Knights of the Glen.""
After waiting a long time for the