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Lowlands, replied, " that it was the habit of Sir Thus comforting himself in the metay hysical im Duncan and his lady to observe as a day of solemn munities which he deduced from the vigilance of his fast and humiliation the anniversary on which their sentinel, Ritt-master Dalgetty retired to his apartcastle had been taken by surprise, and their children, ment, where, amid the theoretica, calculations of tacto the number of four, destroyed cruelly by a band of tics, and the occasional inore practical attacks on the Highland freebooters during Sir Duncan's absence Aask and pasty, he consumed the evening until it was upoz an expedition which the Marquis of Argyle had time to go to repose. He was summoned by Lorimer undertaken against the Macleans of the Isle of Mull.” | at break of day, who gave him to understand, that,

“Truly,” said the soldier, "your lord and lady have when he had broker his fast, for which he produced some cause for fast and humiliation. Nevertheless, ample materials, his guide and horse were in attendI will venture to pronounce, that if he had taken the ance for his journey to Inverary. After complying advice of any experienced soldier, having skill in the with the hospitable hint of the chamberlain, the practiques of defending places of advantage, he would soldier proceeded to take horse. In passing through have built a sconce upon the small hill which is to the apartments, he observed that domestics were the left of the draw-brigg. And this I can easily busily employed in hanging the great hall with black prove to you, mine hongst friend; for, holding that cloth, a ceremony which, he said, he had seen pracgasty to be the castle-What's your name, friend ?" used when the immortal Gustavus Adolphus lay in "Lorimer, sir," replied the man.

state in the Castle of Wolgast, and which, therefore, “Here is to your health, honest Lorimer.--I say, he opined, was a testimonial of the strictest and deepLorimer-holding that pasty to be the main body or est mourning. citadel of the place to be defended, and taking the When Dalgetty mounted his steed, he found himmarrow-bone for the sconce to be erected”.

self attended, or perhaps guardeul, by five or six Camp. "I am sorry, sir," said Lorimer, interrupting him, bells, well armed, commanded by one, who, from the 'that I cannot stay to hear the rest of your demon- target at his shoulder, and the short cock's feather in stration; but the bell will presently ringAs worthy his bonnet, as well as from the state which he took Mr. Graneangowl, the Marquis's own chaplain, does upon himself, claimed the rank of a Dunniewassel

. family worship, and only seven of our household out or clansman of superior rank; and indeed, from his of sixty persons understand the Scottish tongue, it dignity of deportment, could not stand in a more diswould misbecome any one of them to be absent, and tant degree of relationship to Sir Duncan, than that greatly prejudice me in the opinion of my lady of tenth or twelfth cousin at farthest. But it was imThere are pipes and tobacco, sir, if you please to possible to extract positive information on this or any drink a whiff of smoke, and if you want any thing other subject, inasmuch as neither this commander, else, it shall be forthcoming two hours hence, when nor any of his party, spoke English. The Captain prayers are over." So saying, he left the apartment. rode, and his military attendants walked ; but such

No sooner was he gone, than the heavy toll of the was their activity, and so numerous the impediments castle-bell summoned its inhabitants together; and which the nature of the road presented to the eques. was answered by the shrill clamour of the females, trian mode of travelling, that far from being retarded mixed with the deeper tones of the men, as, talking by the slowness of their pace, his difficulty was rather Earse at the top of their throats, they hurried from in keeping up with his guides. He observed that they different quarters by a long but narrow gallery, occasionally watched him with a sharp eye, as if they which served as a communication to many rooms, were jealous of some effort to escape; and once, as and, among others, to that in which Captain Dal- he lingered behind at crossing a brook, one of the gilgetty was stationed. There they go as if they were lies began to blow the match of his piece, giving him beating to the roll-call, thought the soldier to him to understand that he would run some risk

in case of self; if they all attend the parade, I will look out, an attempt to part company. Dalgetty did not augur take a mouthful of fresh air, and make mine own ob- much good from the close watch thus maintained servations on the practicabilities of this place.

upon his person; but there was no remedy, for an at. Accordingly, when all was quiet, he opened his tempt to escape from his attendants in an impervious chamber-door, and prepared to leave it, when he saw and unknown country, would have been little short his friend with the axe advancing towards him from of insanity. He therefore plodded patiently on through the distant end of the gallery, half whistling, half a waste and savage wilderness, treading paths which humming, a Gaelic tune. To have shown any want were only known to the shepherds and cattle-drivers, of confidence, would have been at once impolitic, and and passing with much more of discomfort than satisunbecoming his military character; so the Captain, faction

many of those sublime comiu nations of mounputting the best face upon his situation he could, tainous scenery which now draw visiters from every whistled a Swedish retreat, in a tone still louder corner of England, to feast their eves upon Highland than the notes of his sentinel; and retreating pace grandeur, and mortify their palates upon Highland fare. by pace, with an air of indifference, as if his only At length they arrived on the souinern verge of that purpose had been to breathe a little fresh air, he shut noble lake upon which Inverary is situated; and a the door in the face of his guard, when the fellow bugle, which the Dunniewassel winded till rock and had approached within a few paces of him.

greenwood rang, served as a signal to a well-manned It is very well, thought the Ritt-master to himself; galley, which, starting from a creek where it lay conne arnils my parole by putting guards upon me, for, 1 cealed, received the party on boara, including Gustaas we used to say at Mareschal-College, fides et fidu- vus; which sagacious quadruped, an experienced tracia sunt relativa ;* and if he does not trust my word, veller both by water and land, walked in and out of I do not see how I am bound to keep it, if any motive the boat with the discretion of a Chnstian. should occur for my desiring to depart from it. Surely Embarked on the bosom of Loch F ne, Captain Dal. the moral obligation of the parole is relaxed, in as far getty might have admired one of the grandest scenes as physical force is substituted instead thereof.

which nature affords. He might aave noticed the

rival rivers Aray and Shiray, which may tribute to the The military men of the times agreed upon dependencies of lake, each issuing from its own dark and wooded rementation of civilians, or school divines.

treat. He might have marked, on tne soft and gentle The English officer, to whom Sir James Turner was prisoner slope that ascends from the shores, the noble old after the rout at Uttoxeter, demanded his parole of honour not Gothic castle, with its varied outline, embattled walls, 18 go beyond the walls of Hull without liberty. He brought towers, and outer and inner courts, which, so far as vided he removed his guards from me, for fides et fiducia sunt the picturesque is concerned, presented an aspect relatira ; and, if he took my word for my fidelity, he was much more striking than the present massive and obliged to trust it, otherwise, it was needless for him to seek it, uniform mansion. He might have admired those and in vain for me to give it, and therefore I beseeched him dark woods which for many a mile surrounded this lois own guarus, who I supposed would not deceive him. In strong and princely dwelling, and his eye might have this manner 1 dealt with him, because I knew him to be a scho; dwelt on the picturesque peak of Duniquoich, starting the strength of the reasoning ; but that concise reasoner, Crom abruptly from the lake, and raising

its scathed brow well, soon put an end to the dilemma : "Sir James 'Turner into the mists of middle sky, while a solitary waich. must give his parole, or be laid in itons."

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dignity to the scene by awakening a sense of pos- spectacle, which seemed to his fellow-traveller omjsible danger. All these, and every other accompani- nous of nothing good. ment of this nobie scene, Captain Dalgetty might Dalgetty dismounted from his lorse at the gateway, have marked, if he had been so minded. But, to and Gustavus was taken from him without his being confess the truth, the gallant Captain, who had eaten permitted to attend him to the stable, according to his nothing since daybreak, was chiefly interested by custom. the smoke which ascended from the castle chimneys, This gave the soldier a pang which the apparatus and the expectations which this seemed to warrant of death had not conveyed.--"Poor Gustavus!" said of his encountering an abundant stock of provant, he to himself, "if any thing but good happens to me, as he was wont to call supplies of this nature. I had better have left him at Barnlinvarach than

The boat soon approached the rugged pier, which brought him here among these Highland salvago; abutted into the loch from the little town of Invera- who scarce know the head of a horse from his tail. ry, then a rude assemblage of huts, with a very few But duty must part a man from his nearest and dear. stone mansions interspersed, stretching upwards from estthe banks of Loch Fine to the principal gate of the When the cannons are roaring, leds, and the colours are castle, before which a scene presented itself that might easily have quelled a less siout heart, and turned The lads that seek honour must never fear dying; a more delicate stomach, than those of Ritt-master Then stout cavaliers, let us toil

our brave trade in,

And fight for the Gospel and the bold king of Sweden." Dugald Dalgetty, titular of Drumthwacket.

Thus silencing his apprehensions with the but-end of a military ballad, he followed his guide into a sort of

guard-room filled with armed Highlanders. It was CHAPTER XII.

intimated to him that he must remain here until his For close designs and crooked counsels, fit

arrival was communicated to the Marquis. To make Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit,

this communication the more intelligible, the doughty Restless, untix'd in principle and place,

Captain gave to the Dunniewassel Sir Duncan Camp-
In power unpleased, impatient in disgrace.
Absalom and Achitophel.

bell's

packet, desiring, as well as he could, by signs,

that it should be delivered into the Marquis's own The village of Inverary, now a neat country town, hand. His guide nodded, and withdrew. then partook of the rudeness of the seventeenth cen- The Captain was left about half an hour in this tury, in the miserable appearance of the houses, and place, to endure with indifference, or return with the irregularity of the unpaved street. But a strong- scom, the inquisitive, and, at the same time, the er and niore terrible characteristic of the period ap- inimical glances of the armed Gael, to whom his peared in the market-place, which was a space of exterior and equipage were as much subject of curiirregular width, half way betwixt the harbour of pier, osity, as his person and country, seemed matter of and the frowning castle-gate, which terminated with dislike. All this he bore with military nonchalance, its gloomy archway, portcullis, and hankers, the up; until, at the expiration of the above period, a person per end of the vista. Midway this space was erected dressed in black velvet, and wearing a gold chain like à rude gibbet, on which hung five dead bodies, two a modern magistrate of Edinburgh, but who was, in of which from their dress seemed to have been Low-fact, steward of the household to the Marquis of landers, and the other three corpses were muffled in Argyle, entered the apartment, and invited, with sotheir Highland plaids. Two or three women sate lemn gravity, the Captain to follow him to his masunder the gallows, who seemed to be mourning, and ter's presence. singing the coronach of the deceased in a low voice. The suite of apartments through which he passed, But the spectacle was apparently of too ordinary oc- were filled with attendants or visiters of various decurrence to have much interest for the inhabitants at scriptions, disposed, perhaps, with some ostentation, large, who, while they thronged to look at the military in order to impress the envoy of Montrose with an figure, the horse of an unusual size, and the burnished idea of the superior power and magnificence belong. panoply of Captain Dalgetty, seemed to bestow no ing to the rival house of Argyle. One anteroom was attention whatever on the piteous spectacle which filled with lacqueys, arrayed in brown and yellow, the their own market-place afforded.

colours of the family, who, ranged in double file, gazed The envoy of Montrose was not quite so indifferent;- in silence upon Captain Dalgetty

as he passed betwixt and, hearing a word or two of English escape from a their ranks. Another was occupied by Highland genHighlander of decent appearance, he immediately clemen and chiefs of small branches, who were amuhalted Gustavus and addressed him. "The Provosi- sing themselves with chess, backgammon, and other Marshal has been busy here, my friend. May I crave games, which they scarce intermitted to gaze with of you what these delinquents have been justified for?"' curiosity upon the stranger. A third was filled with

He looked towards the gibbet as he spoke; and the Lowland gentlemen and officers, who seemed also in Gael, comprehending his meaning rather by his action attendance; and, lastly, the presence-chamber of the than his words, immediately replied, "Three gentle- Marquis himself showed him attended by a levee men caterans, God sain them" (crossing himself )- which marked his high importance.

twa Sassenach bits o' bodies, that wadna do some- This apartment, the folding doors of which were thing that M'Callum More bade them;" and turning opened for the reception of Captain Dalgetty, was a from Palgetty with an air of indifference, away he long gallery, decorated with tapestry and family por. walked, staying no further question.

traits, and having a vaulted ceiling of open woodDalgetty shrugged his shoulders and proceeded, for work, the extreme projections of the beams being Sir Duncan Campbell's tenth or twelfth cousin had richly carved and gilded. The gallery was lighted by already shown some signs of impatience.

long lanceolated Gothic casements, divided by heavy At the gate of the castle another terrible spectacle shafts, and filled with painted glass, where the sun of feudal power awaited him. Within a stockade or beams glimmered dimly through boars'-heads, and palisado, which seemed lately to have been added to galleys, and batons, and swords, armorial bearings the defences of the gate, and which was protected by of the powerful house of Argyle, and emblems of the two pieces of light artillery, was a small enclosure, high hereditary offices of Justiciary of Scotland, and where stood a huge block, on which lay an axe. Both Master of the Royal Household, which they long enwere smeared with recent blood, and a quantity of joyed. At the upper end of this magnificent galery saw dust strewed around, partly retained and partly stood the Marquis himself, the centre of a splendid obliterated tho marks of a very late execution. circle of Highland and Lowland gentlemen, all richly

As Dalgetty looked on this new object of terror, his dressed, among whom were two or three of the clergy, principal guide suddenly twitched him by the skirt of called in, perhaps, to be witnesses of his lordshif s his jerkin, and having thus attracted liis attention, zeal for the Covenant. winked and pointed with his finger to a pole fixed on The Marquis himself was dressed in the fashion the stockade, which supported a human head, being of the period, which Vandyke has so often painted; that, doubtless, of the late sufferer. There was a leer but his

habit was sober and uniform in colour and on the Highlander's face, as he nointod to this ghasily rather rich than gay. His dark complexion furrow

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forehead, and downcast look, gave him the appear- and I suspect you are one of those Irish runagates, ance of one frequently engaged in the consideration who are come into this country to burn and slay, as of important affairs, and who has acquired, by long they did under Sir Phelim O'Neale." habit, an air of gravity and mystery, which he can- "My lord,” replied Captain Dalgetty, "I am no not shake off even where there is nothing to be conrenegade, though a Major of Irishes, for which I cealed. The cast with his eyes, which had procured might refer your lordship to the invincible Gustavus him in the Highlands the nickname of Gillespie Gru- Adolphus the Lion of the North, to Bannier, to O.x. mach (or the grim,) was less perceptible when he enstiern, to the warlike Duke of Saxe Weimar, Tilly, lookel downward, which perhaps was one cause of Wallenstein, Piccolomini, and other great captains, nis having adopted that habit. In person, he was tall both dead and living; and touching the noble Earl of and thin, but not without that dignity of deportment Montrose, I pray your lordship to peruse these my and manners, which became his high rank. Some- full powers for treating with you in the name of that thing there was cold in his address, and sinister in right honourable commander." his look, although he spoke and behaved with the The Marquis looked slightingly at the signed and usual grace of a man of such quality. He was adored sealed paper which Captain Dalgetty handed to him, by his own clan, whose advancement he had greatly and throwing it with contempt upon a table, asked studied, although he was in proportion disliked by those around him what he deserved who came as the Highlanders of other septs, some of whom he the avowed envoy and agent of malignant traitors, had already stripped of their possessions, while others in arms against the state? conceived themselves in danger from his future "A high gallows and a short shrift," was the schemes, and all dreaded the height to which he was ready answer of one of the bystanders. elerated.

"I will crave of that honourable cavalier who hath We have already noticed that in displaying him- last spoken,"

said Dalgetty, to be less hasty in self amidst his councillors, his officers of the house- forming his conclusions, and also of your lordship to hold, and his train of vassals, allies, and dependents, be cautelous in adopting the same, in respect such the Marquis of Argyle probably wished to make an threats are to be held out only to base bisognos, and impression on the nervous system of Captain Dugald not to men of spirit and action, who are bound to Dalgetty. But that doughiy person had foughi his peril themselves as freely in services of this nature, way, in one department or another, through the great as upon sieges, battles, or onslaughts of any sort. er part of the Thirty Years' War in Germany, a pe- And albeit I have not with me a trumpet or a white nod when a brave and successful soldier was a com- Nag, in respect our army is not yet equipped with its panion for princes. The King of Sweden, and, after full appointments, yet the honourable cavaliers ana his example, even the haughty Princes of the Ein- your lordship must concede unto me, that the sanctity pire, had found themselves fain, frequently to com- of an envoy who cometh on matter of truce or parle, pound with their dignity, and silence, when ihey could consisteth not in the fanfare of a trumpet, whilk is not satisfy, the pecuniary claims of their soldiers, by but a sound, or in the flap of a white flag, whilk is admitting them to unusual privileges and familiarity; but an old rag in itself, but in the confidence reposed Captain Bugald Dalgetty lrad it to boast, that he had by the party sending, and the party sent, in the hosate with princes at leasts made for monarchs, and nour of those to whom the message is to be carried, therefore was not a person to be brow-beat even by and their full reliance that they will respect the jus the dignity which surrounded M'Callum More. In- gentium, as weel as the law of arms, in the person deed, he was naturally by no means the most modest of the commissionate." man in the world, but, on the contrary, had so good "You are not come hither to lecture us upon the an opinion of himself

, that into whatever company law of arms, sir," said the Marquis, "which neither he chanced to be thrown, he was always proportion- does nor can apply to rebels and insurgents; but to ally elevated in his own conceit; so that he felt as suffer the penalty of your insolence and folly for much at ease in the most exalted society as among bringing a traitorous message to the Lord Justice his own ordinary companions. In this high opinion General of Scotland, whose duty calls upon him to of his own rank, he was greatly fortified by his ideas punish such an offence with death." of the military profession, which, in his phrase, made "Gentlemen,” said the Captain, who began muco a valiant cavalier a camarado to an emperor. to dislike the turn which his mission seemed about

When introduced, therefore, into the Marquis's to take, “I pray you to remember, that the Earl of presence-chamber, he advanced to the upper end with Montrose will hold you and your possessions liable an air of more confidence than grace, and would for whatever injury my person, of my horse, shall have gone close up to Argyle's person before speak, sustain by these unseemly proceedings, and that he ing, had not the latter waved his hand, as a signal will be justified in executing retributive vengeance on to him to stop short. Captain Dalgetty did so ac- your persons and possessions." cordingly, and having made his military congee with This menace was received with a scornful laugh. easy confidence, he thus accosted the Marquis : "Give while one of the Campbells replied, " It is a far cry you good morrow, my lord or rather I should say, to Lochow;" a proverbial expression of the tribe, good even; Beso a usted los manos, as the Spaniard meaning that their ancient hereditary domains lay be

yond the reach of an invading enemy." But, gentle"Who are you, sir, and what is your business?"men,” further urged the unfortunate Captain, who demanded the Marquis, in a tone which was intended was unwilling to be condemned, without at least the to interrupt the offensive familiarity of the soldier. benefit of a füll hearing, " although it is not for me

“That is a fair interrogative, my lord," answered to say how far it may be to Lochow, in respect I am Dalgetty," which I shall forthwith answer as be- a stranger to these parts, yet, what is more to the comes a cavalier, and that peremptorie, as we used to purpose, I trust you will admit that I have the guasay at Mareschal-College.

rantee of an honourable gentleman of your own name "See who or what he is, Neal," said the Marquis Sir Duncan Campbell of Arden vohr, for my safety or sternly to a gentleman who stood near him. this mission; and I pray you to observe, thai in

"I will save the honourable gentleman the labour breaking the truce towards me, you will highly preof investigation," continued the Captain. "I am judicate his honour and fair fame." Dugald Dalgetty, of Drumth wacket, that should be, This seemed to be new information to many of the late Ritt-master in various services, and now Major gentlemen, for they spoke aside with each other, and of I know not what or whose regiment of Irishes; the Marquis's face, notwithstanding his power os

and I am come with a flag of truce from a high and suppressing all external signs of his passions, shower the 2nd powerful lord, James, Earl of Montrose, and other impatience and vexation.

noble persons now in arms for his Majesty. And so, Does Sir Duncan of Ardenvohr pledge his honour God save King Charles !"

for this person's safety, my lord ?'' said one of the
Do you know where you are, and the danger of company, addressing the Marquia.
dallying with us, sir," again demanded the Marquis, "I do not believe it," answered the Marquis ; " but

that vou reply to me as if I were a child or a fool? I have not yet had time to read wie letter.”
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ther of the Campbells; "our name must not suffer groan, so deranging the Captain's descent that he discredit through the means of such a fellow as this." Houndered forward, and finally fell upon his rands

A dead fly," saia a clergyman, "maketh the oint- and knees on the floor of a damp and stone-paved ment of the apothecary to sțink.'

dungeon. Reverend sir," said Captain Dalgetty,

When Dalgetty had recovered, his first demand was spect of the use to be derived, I forgive you the un- to know over whom he had stumbled. savouriness of your comparison; and also remit to "He was a man a month since," answered a hollow the gentleman in the red bonnet, the disparaging and broken voice. epithet of fellow which he has discourteously applied " And what is he now, then," said Dalgetty," that 10 me, who am no way to be distinguished by the he thinks it fitting to lie upon the lowest step of the same, unless in so far as I have been called fellow. stairs, and clew'd up like a hurchin, that honourable soldier by the great Gustavus Adolphus, the Lion of cavaliers, who chance to be in trouble, may break the North, and other choice commanders, both in their noses over him BY! Germany and the Low Countries. But, touching Sir “What is he now replied the same voice; "he Duncan Campbell's guarantee of my safety, I will is a wretched trunk, from which the boughs' have gage my life upon his making my words good there one by one been lopped away, and which cares little anent, when he comes hither to-morrow.'

how soon it is torn up and hewed into billets for the "Il Sir Duncan be soon expected, my Lord,” said furnace." one of the intercessors, "it would be a pity to an- "Friend,” said Dalgetty, “I am sorry for you, but ticipate matters with this poor man.

patienza, as the Spaniard says. If you had but been Besides that," said another, your lordship+1 as quiet as a log, as you call yourself, I should have speak with reverence-should, at least, consult the saved some excoriations on my hands ana knees." Knight of Ardenvohr's letter, and learn the terms on “You are a soldier," replied his fellow-prisoner; which this Major Dalgetty, as he calls himself, has" do you complain on account of a fall for which a been sent hither by him."

boy would not bemoan himself?'' They closed around the Marquis, and conversed A soldier ?" said the Captain; "and how do yon together in a low tone, both in Gaelic and English. know, in this cursed dark cavern, that I am a soldier ?" The patriarchal power of the Chiefs was very great, "I heard your armour clash as you fell,” replied and that of the Marquis of Argyle, armed with all the prisoner," and now I see it glimmer. When you his grants of hereditary jurisdiction, was particularly have remained as long as I in this darkness, you absolute. But these interferes some check of one eyes will distinguish the smallest eft that crawls on kind or other even in the most despotic government. the floor." That which mitigated the power of the Celtic Chiefs, "I had rather the devil picked them out !" said was the necessity which they lay under of concilia- Dalgetty; " if this be the case, I shall wish for a ting the kinsmen, who, under them, led out the lower short turn of the rope, a soldier's prayer, and a leap orders to battle, and who formed a sort of council of from a ladder. But what sort of provant have you the tribe in time of peace. The Marquis on this got here-what food, I mean, brother in affliction ? occasion thought himself under the necessity of Bread and water once a-day," replied the voice. attending to the remonstrances of this senate, or "Pri'thee, friend, let me taste your loaf,” said Dalmore properly Couroultai, of the name of Campbell, getty; "I hope we shall play good comrades while and, slipping out of the circle, gaye orders for the we dwell together in this abominable pit.! prisoner to be removed to a place of security.

"The loaf and jar of water," answered the other Prisoner !" exclaimed Palgetty, exerting himself prisoner, stand in the corner, steps to your with such force as wellnigh to shake off two High-, right hand. Take them, and welcome. With

earthly landers, who for some minutes past had waited the food I have well nigh done." signal to seize him, and kept for that purpose close Dalgetty did not wait for a second invitation, but, at his back, Indeed the

soldier had so nearly attained groping out the provisions, began to mụnch at the ; his liberty, that the Marquis of Argyle changed stale black oaten loaf with as much heartiness as we

colour, and stepped back two paces, laying, however, have seen him play his part at better viands. his hand on his sword, while several of his clan, "This bread," he said, muttering, (with his mouth with ready devotion, threw themselves betwixt him full at the same time) "is not very savoury; neverand the apprehended vengeance of the prisoner. But theless, it is not much worse than ihat which we ate the Highland guards were 100 strong to be shaken at the famous leaguer at Werben, where the valorous oft

, and the unlucky Captain, after having had his Gustavus foiled all the efforts of the celebrated Tilly, offensive weapons taken from him, was dragged off that terrible old hero, who had driven two kings ont and conducted through several gloomy passages to a of the field-namely, Ferdinand of Bohemia and small side-door grated with iron, within which was Christian of Denmark. And anent this water, which another of wood. These were opened by a grim old is none of the most sweet, I drink in the same to Highlander with a long white beard, and displayed a your speedy deliverance, comrade, not forgetting mine very steep and narrow flight of steps leading down-own, and devoutly wishing it were Rhenish wine, or ward. The Captain's guards push od him down two bumming Lubeck beer, at the least, were it but in or three steps, then, unloosing his arms, left him to honour of the pledge." grope his way to the bottom as he could ; a task While Dalgetty ran on in this way, his teeth kept which became difficult and even dangerous, vihen time with his tongue, and he speedily finished the the two doois þeing successively locked left the provisions which the benevolence or indifference of prisoner in total darkness.

his companion in misfortune had abandoned to his voracity. When this task was accomplished, he

wrapped himself in his cloak, and seating himself in CHAPTER XIII.

a corner of the dungeon in which he could obtain a Whatever stranger visits here,

support on each side, (for he had always been an We pity his sad case,

adınirer of elbow.chairs, he remarked, even from his Unless to worship be draw near

youth upward,) he began to question his fellowThe King of Kings-his Grace. Burns's Epigram on & Visit to Inverary.

captive.

Mine honest friend," said he, you and I, being The Captain finding himself deprived of light in comrades at bed and board, should be better acquaintine manner we have described, and placed in a very ed. I am Dugald

Dalgetty of Drumth wacket, and so uncertain situation, proceeded to descend the narrow forth, Major in a regiment of loyal Irishes, and Envoy and broken stair with all the caution in his power, Extraordinary of a High and Mighty Lord, James hoping that he might find at the bottom some place Earl of Montrose.--Pray, what may your name be?" to repose himself. But with all his care he could not "It will avail you little to know," replied his more Jinally avoid making a false step, which brought him taciturn companion. down the four or five last steps 100 hastily to preserve “Let me judge of that matter," answered the soldier. vis equilibrium. Ai ibe bottom he stuinbled over a "Well, then-Ranald MacEagh is my nametnat rundle of Amething soft. which stirred and uttered a lis, Ranald Son of the Mist."

Son of the Mist!" ejaculated Dalgetty. "Son of change the manner thereof from hanging, or simple utter darkness, say I. But, Ranald, since that is your suspension, to breaking your limbs on the roue or name, how came you in possession of the provost's wheel, with the coulter of a plough, or otherwise putcourt of guard ? what the devil brought you here, that ting you to death by torture, surpasses my compreis to say ?"

hension. Were I you, Ranald, I would be for mis. My misfortunes and my crimes," answered Ra- kenning Sir Duncan,

keeping my own secret, and nald. “Know ye the Knight of Ardenvohr ?'' departing quietly by suffocation, like your ancestors

"I do know that honourable person," replied Dal- before you. getty.

“Yet hearken, stranger," said the Highlander, But know ye where he now is ?" replied Ranald. "Sir Duncan of Ardenvohr had four children. Three "Fasting this day at Ardenvohr," answered the died under our dirks, but the fourth survives; and Envoy, " that he may feast to-morrow at Inverary; more would he give to dandle on his knee the fourth in which last purpose if he chance to fail, my lease child which remains, than to rack these old bones, of human service will be something precarious."

which care little for the utmost indulgence of his “Then let him know, one claims his intercession, wrath. One word, if I list to speak it, could turn his who is his worst foe and his best friend," answered day of humiliation and fasting into a day of thankRanald.

fulness and rejoicing, and breaking of bread. 0,1 "Truly I shall desire to carry a less questionable know it by my own heart! Dearer to me is the child message," answered Dalgetiy. " Sir Duncan is not Kenneth, who chaseth the butterfly on the banks of a person to play at reading riddles with."

the Aven, than ten sons who are mouldering in earth, Craven Saxon," said the prisoner, " tell him I or are preyed on by the fowls of the air." am the raven that, fifteen years s.nce, stooped on his "I presume, Ranald," continued Dalgetty, "that tower of strength and the pledges he had left there, the three pretiy fellows whom I saw yonder in the ** I arn the hunter that found out the wolf's den on the market-place, strung up by the head like rizzer'd hadrock, and destroyed his offspring-I am the leader of docks, claimed some interest in you?" the band which surprised Ardenvohr, yesterday was There was a brief pause ere the Highlander replied, fifteen years, and gave his four children to ine sword.” in a tone of strong emotion, -" They were my sons

"Truly, my honest friend,” said Dalgetty "if that stranger--they were my sons !-blood of my bloodis your best recommendation to Sir Duncan's favour, bone of my bone!-Aleet of foot-unerring in aimI would pretermit my pleading thereupon, in respect unvanquished by foemen till the sons of Diarmid I have observed that even the animal creation are overcame them by numbers! Why do I wish to surincensed against those who intromit with their off- vive them ? The old trunk will less feel the rending spring forcibly, much more any rational and Christian up of its roots, than it has felt the lopping off of its creatures, who have had violence done upon their graceful boughs. But Kenneth must be trained to small family. But I pray you in courtesy to tell me, revenge-the young eagle must learn from the old whether you assailed the castle from the hillock called how to stoop on his foes. I will purchase for his Drumsnab, whilk I uphold to be the true point of at- sake my life and my freedom, by discovering my setack, unless it were to be protected by a sconce." cret to ihe Knight of Ardenvohr."

"We ascended the cliff by ladders of withies or “You may attain your end more easily," said a saplings," said the prisoner, drawn up by an ac- third voice, mingling in the conference, " by entrust. complice and clansman, who had served six months ing it to me.' in the castle to enjoy that one night of unlimited All Highlanders are superstitious. “The Enemy vengeance. The owl whooped aroundus as we hung of Mankind is among us!" said Ranald MacEagh, betwixt heaven and earth; the tide roared against springing to his feet. His chains clattered as he rose, the foot of the rock, and dashed asunder our skiff, yet while he drew himself as far as they permitted from no man's heart failed him. In the morning there was the quarter whence the voice appeared to proceed. blood and ashes, where there had been peace and joy His fear in some degree communicated itself to Capat the sunset.

tain Dalgetty, who began to repeat, in a sort of poly, "It was a pretty camisade, I doubt not, Ranald glot gibberish, all the exorcisms he had ever heard MacEagh, a very sufficient onslaugh, and not un- of, without being able to remember more than a word worthily discharged. Nevertheless, I would have or two of each. pressed the house from that little hillock called Drum In nomine domini, as we said at Mareschal Colenab. But yours is a pretty irregular Scythian fashion lege-santissima madre di dios, as the Spaniard has ! of warfare, Ranald, much resembling that of Turks, is-alle guten geister loben den Herrn, saith the blessTartars, and other Asiatic people. But the reason, ed Psalmist, in Dr. Luther's translation”my friend, the cause of this war-the teterrima causa, "A truce with vour exorcisms," said the voice they as I may say ? Deliver me that, Ranald."

had heard before ; "though I come strangely among ** We had been pushed at by the M'Aulays, and you, I am mortal like yourselves, and my assistance other western tribes," said Ranald," till our posses- may avail you in your present streight, if you are not sions became unsafe for us."

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too proud to be counselled.” " Ab ha !" said Dalgetty, "I have faint remem While the stranger thus spoke, he withdrew the orance of having heard of that matter. Did you not shade of a dark lantern, by whose feeble light Dalput bread and cheese into a man's mouth, when he getty could only discern that the speaker who had had never a stomach whereunto to transmit the ihus mysteriously united himself to their company, same ?"

and mixed in their conversation, was a tall man, "You have heard, then," said Ranald," the tale of dressed in a livery cloak of the Marquis. His first our revenge on the haughty forester ?"

glance was to his feet, but he saw neither the cloven "I betbink me that I have," said Dalgetty," and foot which Scottish legends assign to the foul fiend, that not of an old date. It was a merry jest that,

of nor the horse's hoof by which he is distinguished in cramming the bread into the dead man's mouth, but Germany. His first inquiry was, how the stranger somewhat too wild and salvage for civilized accepta- had come among them? tion, besides wasting the good victuals. I have seen "For," said he, "the creak of these rusty bars when at a siege, or a leaguer, Ranald, a living soldier would have been heard had the door been made pawould have been the better, Ranald, for that crust of tent; and if you passed through the keyhole, truly, bread, whilk you threw away on a dead

sir, put what face you will on it, you are not fit to be "We were attacked by Sir Duncan," continued enrolled in a regiment of living men." MacEagh, "and my brother was slain--bis head was "I reserve my secret," answered the stranger, “unwithering on the battlements which we scaled-1 til you shall merit the discovery by communicating vowed revenge, and it is a vow I have never broken." to me some of yours. It may be that I shall be

"It may be so," said Dalgetty; "and every tho- moved to let you out where I myself came in." tough-bred soldier will confess that revenge is a "It cannot be through the keyhole, then,': said sweet morsel ; but in what manner this story will Captain Dalgetiy, "for my corslet would stick in the interest Sir Duncan in your justification, unless it passage, were it possible that my head-piece could get should inove hiin to intercede with the Marquis tol through. As for secrets, I have none of my owi

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