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-oh, you know my signification, Such things are not to be described. George!"
And I never would have gone
back “When you doubted, sweetest thus, to give any one else an idea sweet, whether you might not be of them, if I could have won that beginning to think in your angelic glory, with no anguish afterwards. heart of a worthless fellow, whose Every man must be in glory, when name is George."
his true love loves him. He knows “What language to use of such that he is not worthy of it; and a pair ! If you abuse one, you that makes the triumph nobler. abuse the other. Do you see what She might lead mo where she English I speak now? I could liked. A man is never like a not talk like this, when first I met flower— unless it be a tobaccoyou. How do you think I learned flower, which only blooms in the to do it?"
evening-but he has always been “Dariel, how should I know? like grass ; and grass (if you watch Your voice would make any lan- it carefully, and mow it very seldom) guage sweet. Your father has the has a gift of turning to the sun, gift of tongues. He speaks better like most of us who manage it. English than I do. No doubt it My sense of beauty was so vast has come down to you. And you that I could not get to the end of it, have been with English teachers." and strove to teach her every item
“Yes. But they made me speak of her own perfections. But she French more than this. They arose, and took my hand, and said, thought that the air would teach “Let us go to father. A little bit me English. And my father al- of wisdom will be good among all ways talked to me in our own lan- these wonders. But I only wish guage, such as I sang to you last that I owned them all; because night. But when I began to have they would all belong to you.” George in my mind, and to fancy Sûr Imar received us with a that he was getting fond of me, I loving smile. I thought that he changed all that. Comprehend had never looked
more grand. you now? I made my darling Dariel knelt to him, while I held father speak nothing to me but the her hand; and if I could have English. And I shall be angry knelt to any man, I would have with myself, if you have not ob- done so then to him. But the served the improvement.”
knee of an Englishman goes down At this proof of her lovely love, to none except his Maker. I said and did - no matter what. “So be it,” he said, as he kissed Never since the world began has her forehead ; may the Lord bless any man been so beyond himself. both my children.”
AN OLD SALMON-POACHING STORY. One May morning, nearly sixty the great war with France at the years ago, a man left his home at beginning of this century, no one the head of Glen Nant, and crossed but a Macleod would have risen over the bit of wild moorland up out of the graveyard of Dunwhich lies between the head of vegan. The MacCorquodales could that valley and the Pass of Awe hardly make the same boast as the or Brander. He skirted the little great western clan, but their dust wood below bis house of Barrach- must lie thick in the little moorander, where, early though it was, land churchyard of Kilchrenan. the wood - pigeons were already It is a good many years since the cooing, passed through a chain of chief actor in this sketch joined small lochs, and got out on to the his brethren there. Near bis heather near the old ruined tower grave is a huge stone erected to of Balliemore. Long ago this the memory of a world-renowned man's ancestors had been people head of a great house, to “Cailean of note in the world : in rough Mor, slain on the Sreang of Lorn, troublesome days their house was A.D. 1294.” Next to this is a strong one, both in itself and its another monument commemoratposition. It stands--what is left ing six Campbells of position, four of it—in a cup or sheltering hollow of whom were killed in some fierce among the hills, unobtrusive, un- fight in the neighbourhood. noticeable, and no doubt many an he lies in goodly company, with unfriendly traveller has unwitting- many members of his clan, and his ly passed it by. But at last came clan's enemies, side by side with the evil day, and it perished, how, ancient chiefs and warriors, and or in what period — with what freebooters, and smugglers, and stress of life and shouting and decent homelike nineteenth-cenbloodshed—the solemn hills stand- tury sheep-farmers and crofters. ing around alone know. The It is not likely that Archibald burning of Airlie or the siege of MacCorquodale ever troubled himsuch a place as Inverlochy are self very much about his ancestors, recorded in history, but she has or his own humble position. Poor nothing to say as to the end of man as he was—earning a precari. such a humble mountain fortress ous living by hard work—he was as this. On one of the lochs near probably very much better off in is an island, with the remains of most ways than any of them were. a building on it; this is called the He never was obliged to carry off “Charter-House,” the Safety-Place himself and his household gods at for Balliemore.
As it once gave a moment's notice to the safety protection to men, so it does now island; he never was awakened at to birds, and the wild ducks and midnight by an ominous flare in gulls and curlew of Loch Tromlie the sky, telling him (as it had find in its shelter the quiet and often told his forebears) that the security which it once afforded its stacks or cowhouse was aglow; and old owners.
when he left his home he knew he It has been said that if the last would find on his return the small trump had sounded at the end of wild - looking black-cattle feeding
quietly about the croft,--not hear heather and long grass. In these of them being furiously driven-a days, when salmon are scarce and panting, lowing, exhausted herd — wary, the frosty morning which to the far-away safe keeping of ushers in a broiling day is not some lord of the country stronger loved by a fisherman, but at that and bolder than himself. He cut happy period things were different, peats and dried them; he made and better, and he must have been quantities of coarse moorland hay; a novice indeed who could not do he worked on his rougb, badly. something almost any time during drained fields without being dis- the season with the fish in the couraged at the exceeding scanti Awe. ness of the crops they gave him in When MacCorquodale reached return for his labours. He made the watershed, he looked down on long journeys twice a-year to Kil- a district which, save in one remichael, and spent much time and spect, sixty years have done little energy-generally in vain-in try to change. The dark river, flecked ing to persuade other people that with white here and there, made his two or three beasts were fat its rapid way to the sea; beyond instead of thin-well-bred instead it stood up the bare grey - green of ill-bred — handsome instead of face of Ben Cruachan; and the ill-favoured—the pick of the coun- woods of Inverawe showed, as try round instead of its black they show nowadays, against Loch shots. And for pastime he did a Etive, and the granite face of little poaching; as salt to savour Bonaw. Far away to the west you his labours, quite as much as for can see Morvern, and the higher the sake of varying his fare, he peaks of Mull. Till quite rekilled
grouse and hares and salmon cently the place must have looked whenever he got a chance. Lights just the same as it has looked were often seen at night in this for centuries. The railway is the district at that period, but they only change-a mighty conveniwere harmless bits of bog · pine ence, but the thin line of iron roots, used for burning fish-haunted doubtless takes something from waters instead of substantial byre the loneliness of what used to be or rick.
one of the wildest passes in ScotThe sun
was barely peeping land. round the shoulder of Ben Bhu- Archie ran quickly down the hillrich when Archie got on to the side till he came to a great rock in high bit of tableland where he the shelter of which lay his rod, could look down on the river with reel and line on it ready for Awe. The day gave promise of work. Rod and line and fisherman being a very hot one, but as yet a have long been resolved into their dull white frosty mist lay over the component parts, but the reel lies hills, filling up the hollows and before the writer now - a long corries with its cotton-wool-like wooden one, black painted, wormmasses : every step he took left eaten, but still in good order; it its trace behind (how often must has a large hole in it through which it have happened in old fighting the rod was run. He put on a days that a man has been followed fly, dark-bodied, with heron-wings, to his death by such trail as this !), very different to the brilliant and he was soon wet above the doctors and butchers which are knee by the drip from the chiefly in use now, and began to fish his pool. Carefully he fished critical division, finds the Opposiit—a step and a cast—a step and tion have it instead, could hardly a cast, the while going through be more overwhelmed than Archie the mental process of anticipation was at this bodeful appearance. at the start, surprise at the nega- Fishing was fairly free at the time tive result of the first half-dozen we are writing of, because, as a throws, disappointment when no rule, it was of little value, but on boil in the water or pull beneath this part of the Awe the owner had it awaited him at the first likely lately been asserting his rights and place. Before, however, disappoint warning off trespassers. Archie ment had time to change into dis- had offended, and had been caught; gust he felt the pull, raised his rod had offended again, with the same a little, and found the strain in- result; had offended again-and crease ; saw the water open enough the patience of the authorities had to let him catch a glimpse of some at length been worn out. So the part of a salmon, and then as edict had gone forth that if ever rapidly close.
again-only once-he was caught Archie came up the hill a little dipping a fly in the river, then to have more command over the would he have to leave his little fish; a thrill of joyful exultation cottage in Glen Nant, and the tiny ran through him, and the frown on well-loved farm-that never more his face indicated only concentrated on all those wide lands would be attention. With feet well apart, find a resting place for his feet, finger ready to check the line, "Not if you lived for a hundred and eyes following anxiously the and seventy years !” added the point where it, slowly moving, cut factor, shaking a quill pen at him. the water tight as a strained steel But word had come to Arcbie the wire, he stood on the bank, perhaps previous night that his enemy the at that moment the happiest man keeper had been summoned to see in all the far-stretching parish of a dying son far away up at Loch Glenorchy and Innishail. But near Tulla in the Blackmount, a long are joys and sorrows in this world; day's journey for an active man. close together, ever watching man- And lo! regardless of that affection kind, sit Fortuna and the Fates. which is felt by all but the basest
From behind a grey rock on the of men, this unnatural father was opposite side of the river rose up lying in wait for him here ! now a grey man-long of leg, tough So it came about that Archibald in sinew, stern of countenance; no MacCorquodale stood chained to greeting gave he to the fisherman, the river by a big salmon within no friendly congratulations or ap- seventy yards of a man whom he plause. He stalked down to a looked on as a natural enemy; from convenient boulder, which com- whom he always felt inclined to fly manded a good view of the pool, even when merely pursuing his natand sat down on it; he got out his ural lawful occupation. His first pipe—his eye the while glued to thought was to break his line and the point of interest—and soon the be off
. But what would he gain by gentle wind carried over to Archie's that? He would not so shake off nostrils the fragrant scent of his his foe. And there was another tobacco.
There is a grim story of A Prime Minister, who, thinking a laird of the old school who was he had a certain majority on a busily engaged in playing a very heavy fish when a messenger came ye!" was the grim answer that to tell him of the sudden and seri- came back, and Archie almost fell ous illness of his wife. The fisher- into the river at the
response. man, reasoning that his wife might “It'll be a bad day's work for recover, but that he was never me this !” he cried out almost in likely to get hold of such a mon- a whine. strous specimen of the Salar tribe “It'll be all that, my man!” reagain, could not bring himself to plied the keeper, cheerfully. loose his hold, so sent for further The fish, so passive hitherto, tidings. “The mistress is dying,” had behaved as large fish often was the answer : but the laird now do behave, he had shown no saw that he was engaged in a hurry or undignified alarm. The struggle with such a creature as disagreeable thing he had got into Tweedside in all its history had bis mouth would soon be swallowed never seen the like of, and again or spat out
So he sailed up and he hardened his heart; and it was down the pool, unwilling to allow only when he heard that all was that there was any force guiding over that he reluctantly broke, or compelling him from above. and went up to the house. “She Then all of a sudden he got was a good wife to you, laird !” irritated, and made a furious rush cried a weeping and sympathising across and down the stream withretainer. “Ay, she was that, out breaking water. The stiff unJeanie, she was a' that!” said the oiled reel screeched as it had never disconsolate widower; “but eb, done before, and a red streak ran woman! yon was the varra muck- up the man's thumb as the coarse lest fish that eyes of man ever get horse-hair line cut it almost to saw on Tweed!”
the bone. The salmon nearly ran The crofter felt something like aground in the shoaling water on the old laird : he had not seen the the keeper's side, and then turned fish, beyond the merest glimpse of and went up the stream again, and it as it slowly walloped away out the latter saw the great white belly into the stream after being hooked, flash under the thin water as the but he judged from the weight put mighty rudder of a tail twisted it on his hand and arm, and from the round as on a pivot.
Something strain on the rod, that if it were like five feet of blue-brown back only once on the bank, good kipper came shooting up the pool close to to eat with his porridge would be the bank, and then disappeared plentiful in his house for many a like a ghost in the deep stream day to come. Always provided— above. Archie thought he had and this was indeed a very large hold of a prize, but the other “if"—no one prevented him car- knew it, and his experienced eye rying it off when it was landed. told him that he had just seen the So in a swither of discomfiture heaviest salmon which had ever and uncertainty Archie played his come into his ken either in or out fish for five or ten minutes, and of the Awe. “By —, he is a then, unable to bear the silence fish !” he cried to himself, as with any longer, cried out to the man straining eyes he followed the on the other shore
wake in the water. “It's a fine day this !”
Great, indeed, was this keeper's “It'll be a day you'll be wishing wrath and indignation.
It was it was night, before I've done wi' bad enough that this poaching