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the Highlands had to be invited that longed to Lord Vapier. The lookout the funeral could not be till the 1st roon at the top was locked and sealed; February. It was wonderful what but there were battlements so that we mamma did, in spite of her weakness ; could play and run about on them as all had to be arranged — where the men much as we liked. On these battlefrom the various districts were to walk, ments we might sing our Gaelic and so as to prevent any quarrels or light-Jacobite songs as much and as loud as ing. I remember the large quantity of we liked. Our schoolroom was the old cheese which was procured from two hall on the second floor of the castle. farms at a considerable distance, as Many things surprised us. I am not food, cheese, oatcakes, and whiskey sure that we had ever seen an ordinary had to be provided for about one thou- pump in our lives; anyhow, we desand common men. A cook came from lighted in pumping - it was exercise – Inverness to prepare food for more and were amazed when the laundry than fifty gentlemen in some part of maid told us we should not waste the the offices in the square.

water. « Waste water !” We had And truly the funeral was a consider- never heard of such a thing, accusable one. Hosts of men gathered on tomed to Loch Oich in front, and the the lawn, to whom cheese cut in squares river Garry at the back of the house. and oatcakes were handed round in We soon thought the continement of hampers, followed by a man with bot- Edinburgh quite dreadful, and began tles of whiskey and a glass, during to wonder how long it would take us to which time some rain fell, but not walk or run some three hundred miles much, fortunately, as no shelter could back to Glengarry again. So we meashave been found for such a number. ured how often round the battlements At last the funeral started ; no hearse would make one mile, and each of us or carriages of any sort were at it. ran so many miles a day. The coffin was carried on men's shoulders — the piper playing in front; our only brother, in full Highland dress, the following Lament.

For Glengarry Sir Walter Scott wrote

It has been in his arm covered with crape, at the.

possession of the family ever since.1 head ; papa's only brother, Sir James, in plain clothes, at the foot ; mamma's GLENGARRY'S DEATH-SONG. two brothers, Lord Medwyn and Uncle Land of the Gael, thy glory has flown ! George, Charles Stuart Hay, and oth- For the star of the North from its orbit is ers, at the sides. Mamma had given thrown ; strict orders that no whiskey was to be Dark, dark is thy sorrow, and hopeless thy offered till after the body was under I pain, ground.

For no star e'er shall beam with its lustre About the 21st May we all set out for |

again, Edinburgh. As on all former occa

Glengarry – Glengarry is gone ever

more, sions, the carriages were quite full.

Glengarry – Glengarry we'll ever deAt the top of Corriedenna we all got

plore. out and had some sort of lunch beside a well which formerly had no name. O tell of the warrior who never did yield, Mamma was prevailed upon to break a 0 tell of the chief who was falchion and bottle of whiskey into it and to name it

shield, The Lady's Well; and ever since it

1 Miss Macdonell writes :has been called Tobar-na-Bendeen. | “MAVIS BANK, ROTHESAY, 17th April, 1893. Merchiston Castle was now to be our

“My father died in January, 1828, and my mother

came to Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh, where she home, certainly a well-chosen home for live

lived from May, 1828, to May, 1830. It was there I such wild creatures as we were. The first saw the Death-Song,' and was told by mother old castle consisted of two or three that Sir Walter Scott had written it and sent it to

her. I believe she got it soon after we all came rooms on each of five floors, with a

south in May, 1828, and it has always been in whatturret-stair from top to bottom. It belever houses we lived ever since.”

O think of the patriot, most ardent and gleton were mixed. My mother had kind;

nothing in common with her sister, and Then sigh for Glengarry in whom all were as she early discerned that the visits joined.

were not congenial she never pressed The chieftains may gather — the com

them upon me. It must have been my batants call,

father, who had vague ideas of some One champion is absent — that champion remote testamentary advantage, who was all ;

reminded me that it would be well to The bright eye of genius and valor may keep in touch with Uncle Simeon ; and flame,

perhaps it was the hope of meeting my But who now shall light it to honor and

cousin Rhoda which rendered me more fame.

compliant in this case than I often was See the light bark how toss'd! she's to such prudent suggestions. Our part wrecked on the wave!

of the family had lived abroad for See dauntless Glengarry on the verge of years, and the home-keeping branch the grave!

looked askance on us. My father in See his leap — see that gash, and that eye his early years had been a pupil of Gibnow so dim!

son, but after producing one or two And thy heart must be steel'd, if it bleed

striking models (one of an Orestes I not for him.

shall never forget), he grew tired of Arise thou young branch of so noble a

the steady labor required by his professtem,

sion, and only worked when he liked. Obscurity marks not the worth of a gem ;

He never liked to work long together, O hear the last wish of thy father for thee :

and at last ceased to work at all. “Be all to thy country, Glengarry should

Then be."

| he took up painting. Then he wrote

art criticisms for an Italian newspaper. Why sounds the loud pibroch, why tolls the In fact, he and all of us were Bohedeath bell,

mians. We had hard times often, for Why crowd our bold clansmen to Garry's

we never had much money. Suddenly, green vale ? 'Tis to mourn for their chief — for Glen

| however, one of the many friends to

whom my father had shown kindness garry the brave, Tis to tell that a hero is laid in his grave. died, and left us a few thousand

pounds on condition we took his name, O! heard ye that anthem, slow, pealing on which was Winstanley. high !

Then we came to England, and we The shades of the valiant are come from

had been living in a delightful old the sky, And the Genii of Gaeldoch are first in the house in South Devon for about five throng,

years when my story begins. On O list to the theme of their aerial song.

arriving at home we were all invited

to Mudworth Hall, but we suited our It's "welcome Glengarry, thy clansmen's

| English relatives so ill that the experifast friend."

ment of a visit in force was not made It's “ welcome to joys that shall ne'er have an end,

again. My father, however, who since The halls of great Odin are open to thee, his unexpected windfall had learned O welcome Glengarry, the gallant and the pleasantness of being easy about free."

money matters, considered it his duty, as I say, to follow the Quaker precept and "go where money was,"

vicariously, in my person, for a fortFrom The Cornbill Magazine.

night every July. The reason of our THE MAN IN THE GREEN TURBAN.

dislike of the Huggletons was obvious.

They were all of the strictest sect of I AM afraid that the motives which the Pharisees. They were Sabbatari. induced me to go every year and stay as ans, Millenarians, Predestinarians, and fortnight with my uncle and aunt Hug- everything they could be which was eccentric and repellent. to people who deputation aforesaid, was the Sheikh had led the free, art-loving life to Assad-el-Deen ; but under this name, which we had been accustomed. They between inverted commas, was written attended and supported a little chapel “ The Man in the Green Turban," that of ease compared with which, I am being regarded, no doubt, as a striking sure, the Little Ease in the Tower was and sensational designation, and being " a feastful presence full of light." believed by many of his admirers to be Here the incumbent, the Rev. Gedaliah the translation of his name, which it Textor, preached twice every Sunday was not. “ It is no doubt providenand once every Wednesday on vials tial,” said my uncle at breakfast, “ that and trumpets, and the little horn, and you should be in time for our local Gog and Magog, and Armageddon, and meeting this year, as we expect an the number of the Beast. At least, arrival of no ordinary – nay, I may say when I attended his ministry this of extraordinary — interest. We shall course on prophecy was in full blast, have the privilege of hearing from his and Uncle Simeon dished up the most own lips the narrative of the sufferings hopelessly illogical and impossible of and hardships to which that zealous his pastor's expositions at family confessor of the faith, known as “The prayer morning and evening. The Man in the Green Turban,' has been whole household lived in mortal antag- subjected by his benighted and fanatopism to the vicar of the parish - a ical countrymen. I deem it a matscholarly and charming old man, to ter — whose church I once succeeded in in- Uncle Simeon was giving us what I veigling my cousin Rhoda, for which profanely called a dress rehearsal of his trespass I was duly prayed for by my introductory speech, and was only reuncle and preached at by his Levite. called to the fact that we were in ca

For four years I had succeeded in mera by the butler offering him a ending my visit the week before the choice of ham and veal cutlets. He great local missionary function took helped himself, and proceeded in a place, but on this fifth visit, either I more colloquial strain : was later than usual, or the meeting “I mean, we should be thankful to was earlier than usual. At all events, get him down, as last year there was a before I had been in the house twelve thin attendance, and the subscriptions hours I learned that the dreaded gath-have been growing less lately in spite ering was appointed for the following of our dear Mr. Textor's efforts. Monday, and that something was to Rhoda, you do not, I fear, make it distinguish this particular occasion known at Sunday School that adınisfrom all former meetings at the Hall. sion to the annual treat depends on Placards, leaflets, tracts met you every- punctuality in sending in the money where, and on all of them was the visi-boxes. Represent it as a privilege to ble presentment or name of the speaker contribute to spreading the Gospel. who would accompany the deputation The pennies wasted at Mrs. Hardbake's from the parent society, and who sweet-shop would clothe and educate would relate his experience and de- four black children a quarter; I have scribe his persecutions, first at a draw. made the calculation myself." ing-room meeting, and then, secondly, “By what train will the sheikh be in the evening at the schoolhouse of here?” asked my aunt. the chapel of ease. I have the por- “ He will be in time for luncheon. traits of the man in my mind's eye as He proposes to make the Hall his basis I write, and I have the face of the of operations, and from hence to attack original still more vividly impressed the neighboring parishes, returning to on my recollection. His name, which supper each evening.” was variously pronounced and accented "Dear me!" said my aunt. bis by my uncle, the incumbent, and the tone which betrayed less exited to LIVING AGE. VOL. LXXXIV. 4334

When one

ticipation at the prospect than her | icate in fibre and refined in expreshusband displayed. “Dear me! Will sion, of course ; but still, doctrinally he want anything particular to eat ? | and practically, she believed what he Black people are peculiar in their believed. By temper and training she habits, and I would tell Mrs. Joynt if was a Puritan maiden. It evidently he is likely to prefer anything." pained her intensely to notice a trace

“No, my dear. The sheikh has of sarcasm in my remarks about the thrown away all restrictions of that missionary meeting. The incongrunature. (I will take some kippered ities and inconsistencies which forced salmon, Jacobs.) The irksome regula- themselves upon her notice in the tions of Indian caste, and the dietary speeches of my uncle were slight laws prohibitions of Mohammedanism – re- in crystal, for no Christian character sembling, alas ! too closely the Lenten is complete ; but a missionary was the observances of the apostate Church of holiest and noblest of men. No oue Rome - all are to the enlightened could dedicate himself to evangelistic Christian beggarly elements, and have work without a divine calling, and all been doubtless discarded by our colored other professions and occupations were brother — "

sordid and selfish in comparison with “Is he black, uncle ?” said Rhoda this one. It must be remembered that innocently.

Rhoda never read a novel, that she “No, my dear, no; certainly not had no coutact with any society save black — rather dark, swarthy, bronzed that at the Ilall, and that her sole litby the sun of Araby, I should say -erature consisted of stories in which but we shall see in good time. We self-devoted preachers and easily permust check impatience. It is not, as suaded negroes filled the canvas. Beworldly people say, a mere foible. It sides, the discipline of thought, speech, is a fault - a fault having the nature of and act in the little circle she moved in a sin, and capable of developing into was strict and vigilant. Her compan

ions were all pietists, and any phrase My uncle said grace and retired to that did not come out of the vocal)his study. I vanished to smoke a fur- ulary was noticed and reprimanded at tive pipe in the shrubbery, and then once. To me, strange as it may seem, was fortunate enough to find Rhoda all this had a charm, for I felt that with equipped for a trip into the village. her it was thoroughly real. I did not She ought, I believe, to have hunted even apprehend it all. Her words imup the parents whose cbildren refused plied motives I did not understand, and to subscribe to missions ; but she sub- influences to which I had never been mitted to force mujeure and her love of subject. Still, as we walked through nature, and wandered with me in the the woods, ankle-leep in fern, and pleasant beech woods.

watched the sunshine flash and flicker That ramble gave me an insight into through the leaves and the squirrel her character which was a new experi- sputter up the beech stems, and lisence. Living, as I had lived, mostly tened to the murmurous note of the with artists and journalists, I had never wood-pigeon and the tinkle of the rivhad an opportunity of conversing with ulet that hid itself coyly amongst the a perfectly simple and deeply enthu grass and ouly peeped up now and siastic woman. I had seen on former again to deepen the emerald tint of the visits that Uncle Simeon's artificial sod, I felt a sense of rest and security tone grated on her, and she often that was new to me. I was not lookwinced at the oild contrast between hising at all the beauty as a sketcher with unctuous spiritual professions and vul- words or pencil. I was feeling the rar, self-indulgent habits, but I did not healthful breath that went out of it all

ize until our talk amidst the beeches coming into my own being and cleansinduce religious beliefs were precisely | ing it and uplifting it. That hour in fortnight is his. Infinitely more del. I the green world was one of the days

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most to be remembered in my queer 1 justice, for my attention was bent on rambling life. I have often wondered examining the sheikh. He was a tall, what would have happened if I had narrow-shouldered man, with a dark told her then what I was feeling ; but I complexion and good features. His am not sure that I could have done so. eyes were piercing, his lips thick, perIndeed, after-events revealed much to | laps sensual, his nose was delicately which I was a stranger at the time. cut. He had a mark in the middle of That day I was not conscious of any his forehead, and a silver earring in, feeling towards Rhoda definite enough one of his ears. He wore an ill-made to bear putting into words, or else I suit of clerical black clothes, but it was had no apt words to express the feeling understood that he would appear after - it was so absolutely vague. I do not luncheon in native costume. Preju. know which sentence expresses the diced as I am against him, I acknowlcase most accurately. All I know is, edge that he had a beautiful voice and that the ramble in the sweet woods was spoke English fluently ; indeed, I was all too short, and that we went back soon sufficiently interested in him to be to the Hall only just in time to enter anxious to ascertain his real history and the dining-room as the luncheon- to get at his actual antecedents. The bell stopped clanging, and my uncle, memoir of him given in the various between the deputation and Sheikh tracts and leaflets was occupied with a Assad-el-Deen, was closing his eyes record of his spiritual progress and expiously for his Levite's unctuous grace. periences, concerning which I could

He introduced me to his guests in a form no opinion. curt sentence, and then, after reminding us somewhat emphatically of our unpunctuality, launched out into the I LEARNED further particulars later, great subject of the day -- the assign- but more by putting casually dropped ment of appropriate parts to himself statements together than by the and his two visitors, first at the draw- speeches of the deputation and the iny-room meeting and then at the great sheikh himself at the drawing-room field-night in the schoolroom. The meeting. This last was a great sucRev. Gedalialı was not expected to be cess. Some forty or fifty men, women, very prominent on these occasions. and clergymen were present. My aunt He had at first resented being put into and Rhoda did the honors without fusthe background, but soon learned that siness, and Uncle Simeon was in his it was wiser to submit, so he revenged glory. In the glossiest broadcloth and himself for his temporary suppression the largest white necktie I had ever by being longer, more irrelevant, and beheld he dominated the entire scene, more denunciatory than usual on the until (I must be accurate) the rising of ensuing Sabbath.

the Man with the Green Turban. “Our dear brother Textor," Uncle He had kept behind and in shadow Simeon would say, “ will be glad of a during the speeches of my uncle and rest, and so perhaps I, though un- the deputation, but when he steppel worthy, will open the proceedings, in-forward in an Eastern costume which troduce the speakers, sum up the results was a gem of harmonious coloring we of the adresses, and engage in the felt the hero of the day would not distipal prayer."

appoint us. Having thus secured the lion's share He began by a compliment to his of public talk to himself, he proceeded host, then to England - the only land to improve the deeply interesting occa- that “conquered without cruelty and sion by inquiries as to the state of the converted without coercion” – and work in foreign countries ; to which after a few florid sentences told us the replies were, it struck me, singu- what professed to be the story of his larly evasive and fabby. I may not, life in a style wonderfully adapted to however, have done the deputation his audience. The story - wlien one

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