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The party against whom judgment was awarded consoled himself by observing, «She (i. e. the watch, which he took for a living animal) died the very night Vich Ian Vohr gave her to Murdoch;» the machine having, in fact, stopped for want of winding up.

It was just when this important question was decided, that the Baron of Bradwardine, with a careful and yet important expression of countenance, joined the two young men. He descended from his reeking charger, the care of which he recommended to one of his grooms. « I seldom ban, sir,» said he to the man; «but if you play any of your hound's-fot tricks, and leave puir Berwick before he's sorted, to run after spulzie, deil be wi 'me if I do not give your craig a thraw.» He, then stroked with great complacency the animal which had borne him through the fatigues of the day, and having taken a tender leave of him,-«Weel, my good young friends, a glorious and decisive victory,» said be; « but these loons of troopers fled over soon. I should have liked to have shown you the true points of the prælium equestre, or equestrian combat, whilk their cowardice has postponed, and which I hold to be the pride and terror of warfare. Well, I have fought once more in this old quarrel, though I admit I could not be so far ben as you lads, being that it was iny point of duty to keep

together our handful of horse. And no cavalier ought in any wise to begrudge honour that befalls his companions, even though they are ordered upon thrice his danger, whilk another time, by the blessing of God, may be his own case.— But, Glennaquoich, and you, Mr Waverley, I pray ye to give me your best advice on a matter of mickle weight, and which deeply affects the honour of the house of Bradwardine.--I crave your pardon, Ensign Maccombich, and yours, Inveraughlin, and yours, Edderalshendrach, and yours, Sir.»

The last person be addressed was Ballenkeiroch, who, remembering the death of his son, loured on him with a look of savage defiance. The Baron, quick as lightning at taking umbrage, had already bent his brow, when Glennaquoich dragged his major from the spot, and remonstrated with him, in the authoritative tone of a chieftain, on the madness of reviving a quarrel in such a moment.

« The ground is cumbered with carcases,». said the old mountaineer, turning sullenly away; « one more would hardly have been kend upon it, and if it was na for yoursell, Vich lan Vohr, that one should be Bradwardine's or mine.»

The Chief soothed while he hurried him away, and then returned to the Baron. «It is Ballenkeiroch,» said he, in an under and con

fidential voice, « father of the young man who fell in the unlucky affair eight years since at the Mains.»

« Ah!» said the Baron, instantly relaxing the doubtful sternness of his features,

« I can take mickle frae a man to wbom I have unhappily rendered sic a displeasure as that. Ye were right to apprize me, Glennaquoich; he may look as black as midnight at Martinmas ere Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine shall say he does him wrang. Ah! I have nae male lineage, and I should bear with one I have made childless, though you are aware the bloodwit was made up to your ain satisfaction by assythment, and that I have since expedited letters of slains. --Weel, as I have said, I have no male issue, and yet it is needful that I maintain the ho

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house; and it is on that score ! prayed ye for your peculiar and private attention.»

The two young men awaited in anxious curiosity. «I doubt na, lads, but your education has been sae seen to, that ye understand the true nature of the feudal tenures ?»

Fergus, afraid of an endless dissertation, answered, « Intimately, Baron,” and touched Waverley, as a signal to express no ignorance.

« And ye are aware, I doubt not, that the holding of the barony of Bradwardine is of a nature alike honourable and peculiar, being blanch ( which Craig opines ought to be La

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together our handful of horse. And no cava lier ought in any wise to begrudge honour that befalls his companions, even though they are ordered

upon thrice his danger, whilk another time, by the blessing of God, may be his own case. But, Glennaquoich, and you, Mr. Waverley, I pray ye to give me your best advice on a matter of mickle weight, and which deeply affects the honour of the house of Bradwardine.--I crave your pardon, Ensign Maccombich, and yours, Inveraughlin, and yours, Edderalshendrach, and yours, Sir.»

The last person be addressed was Ballenkeiroch, who, remembering the death of his son, loured on him with a look of savage defiance. The Baron, quick as lightning at taking umbrage, had already bent his brow, when Glennaquoich dragged his major from the spot, and remonstrated with him, in the authoritative tone of a chieftain, on the madness of reviving a quarrel in such a moment.

« The ground is cumbered with carcases,» said the old mountaineer, turning sullenly away; a one more would hardly have been kend upon it, and if it was na for yoursell, Vich lan Vohr, that one should be Bradwardine's or mine.»

The Chief soothed while he hurried him away, and then returned to the Baron. Ballenkeiroch,» said he, in an under and con

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of his authority, by withholding this act of homage, so peculiarly calculated to give it splendour; for ( question if the Emperor of Germany hath his boots taken off by a free baron of the empire. But here lieth the second difficulty— The Prince weats no boots, but simply brogues and trews.»

This last dilemma had almost disturbed Fergus's gravity Why,»

» said he, « you know, Baron, the proverb tells us, 'It's ill taking the breeks off a Highlandman,'—and the boots are here in the same predicament.»

The word caligæ, however,» continued the Baron, « though I admit that, by family tradition, and even in our ancient evidents, it is explained lie Boots, means, in its primitive sense, rather sandals; and Caius Cæsar, the nephew and successor of Caius Tiberius, received the agnomèn of Caligula, a caligulis, sive caligis levioribus, quibus adolescentior usus fuerat in exercitu Germanici patris sui. And the calige were also proper to the monastic bodies; for we read in an ancient Glossarium, upon the rule of St Benedict, in the Abbey of St Amand, that calige were tied with latchets.»

« That will apply to the brogues,» said Fergus.

« It will so, my dear Glennaquoich, and the words are express; Caligæ dictæ sunt quia ligantur; nam socci non ligantur, sed tantum intromit

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