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MY DEAR EDWARD,
own inclination to your wishes. My friend, tho 'I am just arrived here, and yet I have finished adjutant-general, has procured me a duplicate of my business; it has cost me some trouble, though, the Baron's protection (the original being in as you shall hear. I waited upon his Royal Major Melville's possession), which I send to Highness immediately on my arrival, and found you, as I know that if you can find him you him in no very good humour for my purpose. will have pleasure in being the first to communiThree or four Scotch gentlemen were just leaving cate the joyful intelligence. He will of course his levee. After he
had expressed himself to me repair to the Duchran without loss of time, there very courteously; “Would you think it,” he said, to ride quarantine for a few weeks. As for you, "Talbot ? here have been half-a-dozen of the I give you leave to escort him thither, and to most respectable gentlemen, and best friends to stay a week there, as I understand a certain fair government north of the Forth,—Major Melville lady is in that quarter. And I have the pleasure of Cairnvreckan, Rubrick of Duchran, and others, to tell you, that whatever progress you can make ---who have fairly wrung from me, by their down- in her good graces will be highly agreeable to Sir right importunity, a present protection and the Everard and Mrs. Rachel, who will never believe promise of a future pardon for that stubborn your views and prospects settled, and the three old rebel whom they call Baron of Bradwardine. ermines passant in actual safety, until you They allege that his high personal character, and present them with a Mrs. Edward Waverley, the clemency which he showed to such of our Now, certain love-affairs of my own—a good people as fell into the rebels' hands, should weigh ny years since-interrupted some measures in his favour ; especially as the loss of his estate which were then proposed in favour of the three is likely to be a severe enough punishment. ermines passant; so I am bound in honour to Rubrick has undertaken to keep him at his own make them amends. Therefore make good use house till things are settled in the country ; but of your time, for when your week is expired, it it's a little hard to be forced in a manner to will be necessary that you go to London to plead pardon such a mortal enemy to the House of your pardon in the law courts. Brunswick.” This was no favourable moment 'Ever, dear Waverley, yours most truly, for opening my business ;-however, I said I was
PHILIP TALBOT.' rejoiced to learn that his Royal Highness was in the course of granting such requests, as it emboldened me to present one of the like nature in my own name. He was very angry, but I
CHAPTER LXVII. persisted ;-I mentioned the uniform support of our three votes in the House, touched modestly
Happy's the wooing on services abroad, though valuable only in his
That's not long a doing. Royal Highness's having been pleased kindly to accept them, and founded pretty strongly on his When the first rapturous sensation occasioned own expressions of friendship and good-will. He by these excellent tidings had somewhat subsided, was embarrassed, but obstinate. I hinted the Edward proposed instantly to go down to the policy of detaching, on all future occasions, the glen to acquaint the Baron with their import. heir of such a fortune as your uncle's from But the cautious Bailie justly observed, that if the machinations of the disaffected. But I made the Baron were to appear instantly in public, no impression. I mentioned the obligation which the tenantry and villagers might become riotous I lay under to Sir Everard, and to you personally, in expressing their joy, and give offence to the and claimed as the sole reward of my services, powers that be,' a sort of persons for whom the that he would be pleased to afford me the means Bailie always had unlimited respect. He thereof evincing my gratitude. I perceived that he fore proposed that Mr. Waverley should go to still meditated a refusal, and taking my com- Janet Gellatley's, and bring the Baron up under mission from my pocket, I said (as a last resource), cloud of night to Little Veolan, where he might that as his Royal Highness did not, under these once more enjoy the luxury of a good bed. In pressing circumstances, think me worthy of a the meanwhile, he said, he himself would go to favour which he had not scrupled to grant to Captain Foster, and show him the Baron's proother gentlemen, whose services I could hardly tection, and obtain his countenance for harbouring judge more important than my own, I must beg him that night,—and he would have horses ready leave to deposit, with all humility, my com- on the morrow to set him on his way to the mission in his Royal Highness's hands, and to Duchran along with Mr. Stanley, 'whilk deretire from the service. He was not prepared nomination, I apprehend, your honour will for for this ;—he told me to take up my commission; the present retain,' said the Bailie. said some handsome things of my services, and Certainly, Mr. Macwheeble ; but will you not granted my request. You are therefore once go down to the glen yourself in the evening to more a free man, and I have promised for you meet your patron ??. that you will be a good boy in future, and That I wad wi' a' my heart; and mickle remember what you owe to the lenity of govern- obliged to yer honour for putting me in mind o' ment. Thus you see my prince can be as generous my bounden duty. But it will be past sunset
I do not pretend, indeed, that he afore I get back frae the captain's, and at these confers a favour with all the foreign graces and unsonsy hours the glen has a bad name-there's compliments of your Chevalier errant; but he something no that canny about auld Janet has a plain English manner, and the evident Gellatley. The laird he'll no believe thae things, reluctance with which he grants your request, but he was aye ower rash and venturesome-and indicates the sacrifice which he makes of his feared neither man nor deevil-and sae's seen o't.
But right sure am I Sir George Mackenyie says, | means of supporting her; for my things are but that no divine can doubt there are witches, since in a bruckle state ;—but what signifies warld's the Bible says thou shalt not suffer them to live ;
gear ?' and that no lawyer in Scotland can doubt it, And if,' said Waverley, modestly, 'there were since it is punishable with death by our law. | a situation in life which would put Miss Brad. So there's baith law and gospel for it. An' his wardine beyond the uncertainty of fortune, and honour winna believe the Leviticus, he might in the rank to which she was born, would you aye believe the Statute-book ; but he may tak object to it, my dear Baron, because it would his ain way o't-it's a'ane to Duncan Macwheeble. make one of your friends the happiest man in However, I shall send to ask up auld Janet this the world ?' The Baron turned, and looked at e'en ; it's best no to lightly them that have that him with great earnestness. 'Yes,' continued character and we'll want Davie to turn the Edward, 'I shall not consider my sentence of spit, for I'll gar Eppie put down a fat goose to banishment as repealed, unless you will give me the fire for your honours to your supper.' permission to accompany you to the Duchran,
When it was near sunset, Waverley hastened, and '— to the hut; and he could not but allow that The Baron seemed collecting all his dignity to superstition had chosen no improper locality, or make a suitable reply to what, at another time, unfit object, for the foundation of her fantastic | he would have treated as the propounding a terrors. It resembled exactly the description of treaty of alliance between the houses of BradSpenser:
wardine and Waverley. But his efforts were in There, in a gloomy hollow glen, she found
vain; the father was too mighty for the Baron; A little cottage built of sticks and reeds,
the pride of birth and rank were swept away: In homely wise, and wall'd with sods around,
in the joyful surprise, a slight convulsion passed In which a witch did dwell in loathly weeds,
rapidly over his features, as he gave way to the And wilful want, all careless of her needs; So choosing solitary to abide
feelings of nature, threw his arms around WaverFar from all neighbours, that her devilish deeds, ley's neck, and sobbed out,-'My son! my son! And hellish arts, from people she might hide,
-if I had been to search the world, I would have And hurt far off, unknown, whomsoever she espied.
| made my choice here. Edward returned the He entered the cottage with these verses in his embrace with great sympathy of feeling, and for memory. Poor old Janet, bent double with age, a little while they both kept silence. At length and bleared with peat-smoke, was tottering about it was broken by Edward. But Miss Bradthe hut with a birch broom, muttering to herself wardine?' as she endeavoured to make her hearth and floor "She had never a will but her old father's; a little clean for the reception of her expected besides, you are a likely youth, of honest prin. guests. Waverley's step made her start, look ciples and high birth ; no, she never had any other up, and fall a-trembling, so much had her nerves will than mine, and in my proudest days I could been on the rack for her patron's safety. With not have wished a mair eligible espousal for her difficulty Waverley made her comprehend that than the nephew of my excellent old friend, Sir the Baron was now safe from personal danger ; | Everard.-But I hope, young man, ye deal na and when her mind had admitted that joyful rashly in this matter? I hope ye hae secured news, it was equally hard to make her believe the approbation of your ain friends and allies, that he was not to enter again upon possession particularly of your uncle, who is in loco parentis? of his estate. 'It behoved to be,' she said, “he Ah! we maun tak heed o' that.' Edward aswad get it back again ; naebody wad be sae sured him that Sir Everard would think himself grippie as to tak his gear after they had gi'en highly honoured in the flattering reception his him a pardon ; and for that Inch-Grabbit, I proposal had met with, and that it had his en. could whiles wish mysel' a witch for his sake, if tire approbation; in evidence of which, he put I werena feared the Enemy wad tak me at my Colonel Talbot's letter into the Baron's hand. word.' Waverley then gave her some money, The Baron read it with great attention. "Sir and promised that her fidelity should be re- | Everard,' he said, 'always despised wealth in warded. “How can I be rewarded, sir, sae weel, comparison of honour and birth; and indeed he as just to see my auld maister and Miss Rose had no occasion to court the Diva Pecunia. Yet come back and bruik their ain ?'
I now wish, since this Malcolm turns out such Waverley now took leave of Janet, and soon a parricide, for I can call him no better, as to stood beneath the Baron's Patmos. At a low think of alienating the family inheritance - 1 whistle, he observed the veteran peeping out to now wish' (his eyes fixed on a part of the roof reconnoitre, like an old badger with his head out which was visible above the trees) that I could of his hole. "Ye hae come rather early, my have left Rose the auld hurley-house, and the good lad,' said he, descending ; 'I question if riggs belanging to it.—And yet,' said he, resumthe red-coats hae beat the tattoo yet, and we're ing more cheerfully, 'it's maybe as weel as it not safe till then.'
is; for, as Baron of Bradwardine, I might have 'Good news cannot be told too soon,' said thought it my duty to insist upon certain comWaverley; and with infinite joy communicated pliances respecting name and bearings, whilk to him the happy tidings.
now, as a landless laird wi'a tocherless daughter, The old man stood for a moment in silent no one can blame me for departing from.' devotion, then exclaimed, ‘Praise be to God ! Now, Heaven be praised !' thought Edward, I shall see my bairn again.'
‘that Sir Everard does not hear these scruples ! ‘And never, I hope, to part with her more,' —the three ermines passant and rampant bear said Waverley.
would certainly have gone together by the ears.' 'I trust in God, not, unless it be to win the He then, with all the ardour of a young lover,
assured the Baron, that he sought for his happi- | little. The old Laird of Duchran would also ness only in Rose's heart and hand, and thought have his occasional jest, and the old lady her himself as happy in her father's simple appro- remark. Even the Baron could not refrain; but bation, as if he had settled an earldom upon his here Rose escaped every embarrassment but that daughter.
of conjecture, for his wit was usually couched in They now reached Little Veolan. The goose a Latin quotation. The very footmen sometimes was smoking on the table, and the Bailie bran- grinned too broadly, the maid-servants giggled dished his knife and fork. A joyous greeting mayhap too loud, and a provoking air of inteltook place between him and his patron. The ligence seemed to pervade the whole family. kitchen, too, had its company. Auld Janet was Alice Bane, the pretty maid of the cavern, who, established at the ingle-nook; Davie had turned after her father's misfortune, as she called it, the spit to his immortal honour; and even Banhad attended Rose as fille-de-chambre, smiled and Buscar, in the liberality of Macwheeble's and smirked with the best of them. Rose and joy, had been stuffed to the throat with food, Edward, however, endured all these little vexaand now lay snoring on the floor.
tious circumstances as other folks have done The next day conducted the Baron and his before and since, and probably contrived, to young friend to the Duchran, where the former obtain some indemnification, since they are not was expected, in consequence of the success of supposed, on the whole, to have been particularly the nearly unanimous application of the Scottish unhappy during Waverley's six days' stay at the friends of government in his favour. This had | Duchran. been so general and so powerful that it was al- It was finally arranged that Edward should most thought his estate might have been saved, go to Waverley-Honour to make the necessary had it not passed into the rapacious hands of his arrangements for his marriage, thence to London unworthy kinsman, whose right, arising out of to take the proper measures for pleading his parthe Baron's attainder, could not be affected by a don, and return as soon as possible to claim the pardon from the crown. The old gentleman, hand of his plighted bride. He also intended in however, said, with his usual spirit, he was more his journey to visit Colonel Talbot ; but above gratified by the hold he possessed in the good all, it was his most important object to learn the opinion of his neighbours than he would have fate of the unfortunate Chief of Glennaquoich ; been in being 'rehabilitated and restored in to visit him at Carlisle, and to try whether any. integrum, had it been found practicable.' thing could be done for procuring, if not a
We shall not attempt to describe the meeting pardon, a commutation at least, or alleviation, of the father and daughter-loving each other of the punishment to which he was almost cerso affectionately, and separated under such peril. tain of being condemned ;-and in case of the ous circumstances. Still less shall we attempt worst, to offer the miserable Flora an asylum to analyze the deep blush of Rose at receiving with Rose, or otherwise to assist her views in the compliments of Waverley, or stop to inquire any mode which might seem possible. The fate whether she had any curiosity respecting the of Fergus seemed hard to be averted. Edward particular cause of his journey to Scotland at had already striven to interest his friend Colonel that period.
We shall not even trouble the Talbot in his behalf; but had been given disreader with the humdrum details of a courtship tinctly to understand, by his reply, that his Sixty Years since. It is enough to say, that crediť in matters of 'that nature was totally under so strict a martinet as the Baron all things exhausted. were conducted in due form. He took upon him- The colonel was still in Edinburgh, and proself, the morning after their arrival, the task of posed to wait there for some months upon busiannouncing the proposal of Waverley to Rose, ness confided to him by the Duke of Cumberland. which she heard with a proper degree of maiden He was to be joined by Lady Emily, to whom timidity. Fame does, however, say, that Waver- easy travelling and goat's whey were recomley had, the evening before, found five minutes mended, and who was to journey northward to apprize her of what was coming, while the under the escort of Francis Stanley. Edward, rest of the company were looking at three twisted therefore, met the colonel at Edinburgh, who serpents which formed a jet d'eau in the garden. wished him joy in the kindest manner on his
My fair readers will judge for themselves; but, approaching happiness, and cheerfully underfor my part, I cannot conceive how so important took many commissions which our hero was an affair could be communicated in so short a necessarily obliged to delegate to his charge. space of time ;-at least, it certainly took a full But on the subject of Fergus he was inexorable. hour in the Baron's mode of conveying it. He satisfied Edward, indeed, that his interfer
Waverley was now considered as a received ence would be unavailing ; but besides, Colonel lover in all the forms. He was made, by dint of Talbot owned that he could not conscientiously smirking and nodding on the part of the lady of use any influence in favour of that unfortunate the house, to sit next to Miss Bradwardinē at gentleman. “Justice,' he said, 'which demanded dinner, to be Miss Bradwardine's partner at cards. some penalty of those who had wrapped the If he came into the room, she of the four Miss | whole nation in fear and in mourning, could not Rubricks who chanced to be next Rose was sure perhaps have selected a fitter victim. He came to recollect that her thimble, or her scissors, were to the field with the fullest light upon the nature at the other end of the room, in order to leave of his attempt. He had studied and underthe seat nearest to Miss Bradwardine vacant for stood the subject. His father's fate could not his occupation. And sometimes, if papa and intimidate him; the lenity of the laws which mamma were not in the way to keep them on had restored to him his father's property and their good behaviour, the Misses would titter a rights could not melt him. That he was brave,
generous, and possessed many good qualities, only of Tarrascleugh, otherwise called Evan Dhu, rendered him the more dangerous; that he was otherwise called Evan Maccombich, «or Evan enlightened and accomplished made his crime Dhu Maccombich-you, and each of you, stand the less excusable; that he was an enthusiast in attainted of high treason. What have you to & wrong cause only made him the more fit to be say for yourselves why the Court should not its martyr. Above all, he had been the means pronounce judgment against you, that you die of bringing many hundreds of men into the field according to law?' who, without him, would never have broken the Fergus, as the presiding Judge was putting on peace of the country.
the fatal cap of judgment, placed his own bonnet 'I repeat it,' said the colonel, 'though Heaven upon his head, regarded him with a steadfast knows with a heart distressed for him as an and stern look, and replied in a firm voice, individual, that this young gentleman has 'I cannot let this numerous audience suppose studied and fully understood the desperate that to such an appeal I have no answer to game which he has played. He threw for life make. But what I have to say, you would not or death, a coronet or a coffin ; and he cannot bear to hear, for my defence would be your connow be permitted, with justice to the country, demnation. Proceed, then, in the name of God, to draw stakes because the dice have gone to do what is permitted to you. Yesterday, and against him.'
the day before, you have condemned loyal and Such was the reasoning of those times, held honourable blood to be poured forth like water. even by brave and humane men towards a Spare not mine. Were that of all my ancestors vanquished enemy. Let us devoutly hope that, in my veins, I would have peril'd it in this in this respect at least, we shall never see the quarrel.' He resumed his seat, and refused again scenes, or hold the sentiments, that were general to rise. in Britain Sixty Years since.
Evan Maccombich looked at him with great earnestness, and, rising up, seemed anxious to speak; but the confusion of the court, and the
perplexity arising from thinking in a language CHAPTER LXVIII.
different from that in which he was to express
himself, kept him silent. There was a murmur To-morrow? Oh, that's sudden! Spare him! spare him ! of compassion among the spectators, from an
idea that the poor fellow intended to plead
the influence of his superior as an excuse for EDWARD, attended by his former servant his crime. The Judge commanded silence, and Alick Polwarth, who had re-entered his service encouraged Evan to proceed. at Edinburgh, reached Carlisle while the com- 'I was only ganging to say, my lord,' said mission of Oyer and Terminer on his unfortunate Evan, in what he meant to be in an insinuating associates was yet sitting. He had pushed for manner, that if your excellent honour, and the ward in haste--not, alas ! with the most distant honourable Court, would let Vich Ian Vohr go hope of saving Fergus, but to see him for the free just this once, and let him gae back to last time. I ought to have mentioned that he France, and no to trouble King George's governhad furnished funds for the defence of the ment again, that ony six o' the very best of his prisoners in the most liberal manner, as soon clan will be willing to be justified in his stead; as he heard that the day of trial was fixed. A and if you'll just let me gae down to Glennasolicitor, and the first counsel, accordingly at- quoich, I'll fetch them up to ye mysel', to head tended; but it was upon the same footing on or hang, and you may begin wi' me the very which the first physicians are usually summoned first man.' to the bedside of some dying man of rank; the Notwithstanding the solemnity of the occadoctors to take the advantage of some incalcul- sion, a sort of laugh was heard, in the court able chance of an exertion of nature—the lawyers at the extraordinary nature of the proposal. to avail themselves of the barely possible occur- The Judge checked this indecency, and Evan, rence of some legal flaw. Edward pressed into looking sternly around, when the murmur the court, which was extremely crowded ; but by abated, "If the Saxon gentlemen are laughing,' his arriving from the north, and his extreme he said, “because a poor man, such as me, thinks eagerness and agitation, it was supposed he was my life, or the life of six of my degree, is worth a relation of the prisoners, and people made way that of Vich Ian Vohr, it's like enough they for him. It was the third sitting of the court, may be very right; but if they laugh because and there were two men at the bar. The verdict they think I would not keep my word, and come of GUILTY was already pronounced. Edward back to redeem him, I can tell them they ken just glanced at the bar during the momentous neither the heart of a Hielandman, nor the pause which ensued. There was no mistaking honour of a gentleman.' the stately form and noble features of Fergus There was no further inclination to laugh Mac-Ivor, although his dress was squalid and among the audience, and a dead silence ensued. his countenance tinged with the sickly yellow The Judge then pronounced upon both prihue of long and close imprisonment. By his soners the sentence of the law of high treason, side was Evan Maccombich. Edward felt sick with all its horrible accompaniments. The and dizzy as he gazed on them ; but he was execution was appointed for the ensuing day. recalled to himself as the Clerk of the Arraigns For you, Fergus Mac-Ivor,' continued the pronounced the solemn words : ‘Fergus Mac- Judge, 'I can hold out no hope of mercy. You Ivor of Glennaquoich, otherwise called Vich must prepare against to-morrow for your last Ian Vohr, and Evan Mac-Ivor, in the Dhu | sufferings here, and your great audit hereafter.'
'I desire nothing else, my lord,' answered | note to Flora Mac-Ivor, intimating his purpose Fergus, in the same manly and firm tone. to wait upon her that evening. The messenger
The hard eyes of Evan, which had been brought back a letter in Flora's beautiful Italian perpetually bent on his Chief, were moistened hand, which seemed scarce to tremble even under with a tear. "For you, poor ignorant man,' this load of misery. 'Miss Flora Mac-Ivor,' the continued the Judge, 'who, following the ideas letter bore, 'could not refuse to see the dearest in which you have been educated, have this day friend of her dear brother, even in her present given us a striking example how the loyalty due circumstances of unparalleled distress.' to the king and state alone, is, from your un
When Edward reached Miss Mac-Ivor's present happy ideas of clanship, transferred to some place of abode, he was instantly admitted. In ambitious individual, who ends by making you a large and gloomy tapestried apartment, Flora the tool of his crimes—for you, I say, I feel so was seated by a latticed window, sewing what much compassion, that if you can make up your seemed to be a garment of white flannel. mind to petition for grace, I will endeavour to little distance sat an elderly woman, apparently procure it for you. Otherwise'
a foreigner, and of a religious order. She was Grace me no grace,' said Evan; since reading in a book of Catholic devotion ; but you are to shed Vich Ian Vohr's blood, the when Waverley entered, laid it on the table only favour I would accept from you is--to bid and left the room. Flora rose to receive him, them loose my hands and gie me my claymore, and and stretched out her hand, but neither ventured bide you just a minute sitting where you are !'. to attempt speech. Her fine complexion was 'Remove the prisoners,' said the Judge ; ‘his totally gone;
person considerably emaciated; blood be upon his own head.'
and her face and hands as white as the purest Almost stupefied with his feelings, Edward statuary marble, forming a strong contrast with found that the rush of the crowd had conveyed her sable dress and jet-black hair. Yet, amid him out into the street, ere he knew what he these marks of distress, there was nothing negliwas doing.–His immediate wish was to see and gent or ill-arranged about her attire ; even her speak with Fergus once more. He applied at hair, though totally without ornament, was disthe Castle, where his unfortunate friend was posed with her usual attention to neatness. The confined, but was refused admittance. The first words she uttered were,' Have you seen him ?' High Sheriff,' a non-commissioned officer said, Alas, no,' answered Waverley; 'I have been
had requested of the governor that none should refused admittance.' be admitted to see the prisoner excepting his
'It accords with the rest,' she said ; 'but we confessor and his sister.'
must submit. Shall you obtain leave, do you ‘And where was Miss MacIvor? They gave him suppose ?! the direction. It was the house of a respectable For--for-to-morrow,' said Waverley ; but Catholic family near Carlisle.
muttering the last word so faintly that it was Repulsed from the gate of the Castle, and not almost unintelligible. venturing to make application to the High “Ay, then or never,' said Flora, until'-she Sheriff or Judges in his own unpopular name, added, looking upward, 'the time when, I trust, he had recourse to the solicitor who came we shall all meet. But I hope you will see him down in Fergus's behalf. This gentleman told while earth yet bears him. He always loved him, that it was thought the public mind was you at his heart, though—but it is vain to talk in danger of being debauched by the account of of the past.' the last moments of these persons, as given by *Vain indeed !' echoed Waverley. the friends of the Pretender; that there had been Or even of the future, my good friend,' said a resolution, therefore, to exclude all such persons Flora, so far as earthly events are concerned ; as had not the plea of near kindred for attending for how often have ! pictured to myself the upon them. Yet he promised (to oblige the heir strong possibility of this horrid issue, and tasked of Waverley-Honour) to get him an order for myself to consider how I could support my part; admittance to the prisoner the next morning, and yet how far has all my anticipation fallen before his irons were knocked off for execution. short of the unimaginable bitterness of this hour!'
'Is it of Fergus Mac-Ivor they speak_thus,' 'Dear Flora, if your strength of mind' thought Waverley, or do I dream of Fergus, 'Ay, there it is,' she answered, somewhat the bold, the chivalrous, the free-minded--thé wildly; "there is, Mr. Waverley, there is a busy lofty chieftain of a tribe devoted to him? Is it devil at my heart that whispers—but it were he, that I have seen lead the chase and head the madness to listen to it—that the strength of attack,--the brave, the active, the young, the mind on which Flora prided herself has murdered noble, the love of ladies, and the theme of song her brother !' -is it he who is ironed like a malefactor-who 'Good God ! how can you give utterance to a is to be dragged on a hurdle to the common thought so shocking ? ' gallows—to die a lingering and cruel death, and 'Ay, is it not so ?—but yet it haunts me like to be mangled by the hand of the most outcast a phantom : I know it is unsubstantial and of wretches ? Evil indeed was the spectre that vain ; but it will be present-will intrude its boded such a fate as this to the brave Chief of horrors on my mind — will whisper that my Glennaquoich !'
brother, as volatile as ardent, would have With a faltering voice he requested the divided his energies amid a hundred objects. solicitor to find means to warn Fergus of his It was I who taught him to concentrate them, intended visit, should he obtain permission to and to gage all on this dreadful and desperate make it. He then turned away from him, and,
cast. Oh that I could recollect that I had but returning to the inn, wrote a scarcely intelligible once said to him, “He that striketh with the