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and but few appertaining to others. But impart to retorted Murdoch," and would not stoop to accept us what secrets you desire to know; or, as Professor it.-What I demand to know from you, in exchange Snufflegreek used to say at the Mareschal-College, for your liberty, is, where the daughter and heiress of Aberdeen, speak that I may know thee."
the Knight of Ardenvohr is now to be found?' "It is not with you I have first to do," replied the "That you may wed her to some beggarly kinsman stranger, turning his light full on the wild and wasted of your great master," said Ranald, “after the fashion features, and the large limbs of the Highlander, Ra- of the Children of Diarmid! Does not the valley of nald MacEagh, who, close drawn up against the Glenorquhy, to this very hour, cry shame on the viowalls of the dungeon, seemed yet uncertain whether lence offered to a helpless infant whom her kinsmen his guest was a living being.
were conveying to the court of the Sovereign ? Were I have brought you something, my,
friend,” said not her escort compelled to hide her beneath a caul. the stranger, in a more soothing tone, "to mend your dron, round which they fought till not one remained fare; if you are to die to-morrow, it is no reason to tell the tale ? and was not the girl brought to this wherefore you should not live to-night.".
fatal castle, and afterwards wedded to the brother of None at all-no reason in the creation, replied M'Callum More, and all for the sake of her broad the ready Captain Dalgetty, who forth with began to lands?"' * unpack the contents of a small basket which the "And if the tale be true," said Murdoch, "she had stranger had brought under his cloak, while the High- a preferment beyond what the King of Scots would lander, either in suspicion or disdain, paid no atten- have conferred on her. But this is far from the pur. tion to the good cheer.
pose. The daughter of Sir Duncan of Ardenvohr is "Here's to thee my friend," said the Captain, who of our own blood, not a stranger; and who has so having already despatched a huge piece of roasted good a right to know her fate os M'Callum More, the kid, was now taking a pull at the wine-flask. "What chief of her clan?" is thy name, my good friend?"
"It is on his part, then, that you demand it?'' saia "Murdoch Campbell, sir," answered the servant, the outlaw. The domestic of the Marquis assented. "a lackey of the Marquis of Argyle, and occasionally "And you will practise no evil against the maidacting as under-warden."
en ?-I have done her wrong enough already." Then here is to thee once more, Murdoch," said 'No evil, upon the word of a Christian man," re Dalgetty, drinking to you by your proper name for plied Murdoch. the better luck sake. This wine I take to be Calca "And my guerdon is to be life and liberty ?" sair vella. Well, honest Murdoch, I take it on me to say, the Child of the Mist. thou deservest to be upper-warden, since thou show Such is our paction," replied the Campbell. est thyself twenty times better acquainted with the "Then know, that the child whom I saved out of way of victualling honest gentlemen that are under compassion at the spoiling of her father's tower of misfortune, than thy principal. Bread and water ? strength, was bred as an adopted daughter of our out upon him! It was enough, Murdoch, to destroy tribe, until we were worsted at the pass of Ballenduthe credit of the Marquis's dungeon. But I see you thil, by the fiend incarnate and mortal enemy of our would converse with my friend, Ranald MacEagh tribe, Allan M'Aulay of the Bloody hand, and by the here. Never mind my presence; l'll get me into this horsemen of Lennox, under the heir of Menteith." corner with the basket, and I will warrant my jaws "Fell she into the power of Allan of the Bloody make noise enough to prevent my ears from hearing hand," said Murdoch, "and she a reputed daughter of you.'
thy tribe ? Then her blood has gilded the dirk, and thou Notwithstanding this promise, however, the vete- hast said nothing to rescue thine own forfeited life." ran listened with all the attention he could to gather "If my life rest on hers,'' answered the outlaw, "it their discourse, or, as he described it himself, “ laid is secure, for she still survives; but it has a more in: his ears back in his neck, like Gustavus, when he secure reliance--the frail promise of a son of Diarmid." heard the key turn in the girnell-kist.”. He could, "That promise shall not fail you," said the Camp therefore, owing to the narrowness of the dungeon, bell, "if you can assure me that she survives, and easily overhear the following dialogue.
where she is to be found.” "Are you aware, Son of the Mist," said the Camp "In the Castle of Darnlinvarach," said Ranald Macbell," that you will never leave this place excepting Eagh, “under the name of Annot Lyle. I have often for the gibbet ?"
heard of her from my kinsmen, who have again ap"Those who are dearest to me," answered Mac- proached their native woods, and it is not long since Eagh, " have trode that path before me."
inine old eyes beheld her." "Then you would do nothing." asked the visiter, You !” said Murdoch, in astonishment, "you, "to shun following them ?"
chief among the Children of the Mist, and ventured The prisoner writhed himself in his chains before so near your mortal foe?'' returning an answer.
“Son of Diarmid, I did more," replied the outlaw; "I would do much," at length he said; "not for "I was in the hall of the castle, disguised as a harper my own life, but for the sake of the pledge in the from the wild shores of Skianach. My purpose was glen of Strath-Aven."
to have plunged my dirk in the body of the M'Aulay And what would you do to turn away the bitter- with the Bloody hand, before whom our race trembles, ness of the hour?" again demanded Murdoch; “I and to have taken thereafter what fate God should care not for what cause ye mean to shun it."
send me. But I saw Annot Lyle, even when my hand "I would do what a man might do, and still call was on the hilt of my dagger. She touched her clair. himself a man.”
shacht to a song of the Children of the Mist, which "Do you call yourself a mau," said the interroga- she had learned when her dwelling was amongst us. tor," who have done the deeds of a wolf
pleasantly, rustled I do," answered the outlaw; "I am a man like their green leaves in the song, and our streams were my forefathers-while wrapt in the mantle of peace, there with the sound of all their waters. My hand we were lambs-it was rent from us, and ye now forsook the dagger; the fountains of mine eyes were call us wolves. Give us the huts ye have burned, opened, and the hour of revenge passed away.-And our children whom ye have murdered, our widows now, Son of Diarmid, have I not paid the ransom of whom ye have starved-collect from the gibbet and my head ?" the pole the mangled carcasses, and whitened skulls Ay," replied Murdoch, "if your tale be true; but of our kinsmen-bid them live and bless us, and we what proof can you assign for ii ?". will be your vassals and brothers-till then, let death, "Bear witness, heaven and earth,” exclaimed the and blood, and mutual wrong, draw a dark veil of outlaw," he already looks how he may step over his division betweon us."
word!" You will then do nothing for your liberty ; ' said che Campbell.
• Such a story is told of the heiress of the clan of Calder, who Any thing--but call myself the friend of your wedded to Sir Duncan Campbell, from which union the camp.
was made prisoner in the manner described, and afterwarde tribe," answered MacEagh.
bells of Cawdor have their descent We scorn the friendship of banditti and caterang," 1 Harp.
"Not so," replied Murdoch ; "every promise shall geous terms now," said the Campbell; "always supDe kept to you when I am assured you have told me posing that you are faithful." the truth.—But I must speak a few words with your "Faithful, that is, to you, and a traitor to Mon
trose," answered the Captain. "Fair and false--ever fair and false," muttered the "Faithful to the cause of religion and good order," prisoner
, as he threw himself once more on the floor answered Murdoch, " which sanctifies any deception of his dungeon.
you may employ to serve it." Meanwhile, Captain Dalgetty, who had attended And the Marquis of Argyle-should I incline to to every word of this dialogue, was making his own enter his service, is he a kind master ?" demanded emarks on it in private. “What the henker can this Dalgetty. sly fellow have to say to me? I have no child, either "Never man kinder," quoth Campbell. of my own, so far as I know, or of any other person, "And bountiful to his officers ?" pursued the Captain. to tell him a tale about. But let him come on-he "The most open hand in Scotland,” replied Mur. will have some maneuvring ere he turn the fank of doch. the old soldier."
"True and faithful to his engagements ?" continued Accordingly, as if he had stood pike in hand to de- Dalgetty. fend a breach, he waited with caution, but without As honourable a nobleman as breathes," said the fear, the commencement of the attack.
clansman. "You are a citizen of the world, Captain Dalgetty," "I never heard so much good of him before," said said Murdoch Campbell," and cannot be ignorant of Dalgetty; "you must know the Marquis well, or raour old Scotch proverb, gif-gaf, * which goes through ther you must
be the Marquis himself!-Lord of Ar. all nations and all services.'
"Then I should know something of it,” said Dal- disguised nobleman, "I arrest you in the name of getty; " for, except the Turks, there are few powers King Charles, as a traitor. If you venture to call for in Europe whom I have not served; and I have assistance, I will wrench round your neck.” sometimes thought of taking a turn either with Beth- The attack which Dalgetty made upon Argyle's lem Gabor, or with the Janizaries."
person was so sudden and unexpected, that he easily A man of your experience and unprejudiced ideas, prostrated him on the floor of the dungeon, and held then, will understand me at once,' said Murdoch, him down with one hand, while his right, grasping “when I say, I mean that your freedom shall depend the Marquis's throat, was ready to strangle him on on your true and upright answer to a few trifling the slightest attempt to call for assistance. questions respecting the gentlemen you have left; "Lord of Argyle,” he said, "it is now my turn to their state of preparation; the number of their men, lay down the terms of capitulation. If you list to and nature of their appointments; and as much show me the private way by wbich you entered the as you chance to know about their plan of opera- dungeon, you shall escape, on condition of being tions."
my locum tenens, as we saíd at the Mareschal-Col" Just to satisfy your curiosity,” said Dalgetty, lege, until your warder visits his prisoners. But ii " and without any further purpose ?".
not, I will first strangle you-! learned the art from a None in the world," replied Murdoch ;." what Polonian heyduck, who had been a slave in the Ottointerest should a poor devil like me take in their man seraglio, and then seek out a mode of retreat." operations ?"
"Villain ! you would not murder me for my kind. Make your interrogations, then," said the Cap-ness," murmured Argyle. lain," and I will answer them peremptorie.
"Not for your kindness, my lord,” replied DalgetHow many Irish may be on their march to join ty: "but first to teach your lordship the jus gentium James Grahame the delinquent ?"
towards cavaliers who come to you under safe-conProbably ten thousand," said Captain Dalgetty. duct; and secondly, to warn you of the danger of "Ten thousand !" replied Murdochangrily; we proposing dishonourable terms to any worthy solknow that scarce two thousand landed at Ardnamur- dado, in order to tempt him to become false to his chan."
standard during the term of his service.". "Then you know more about them than I do," an- Spare my life," said Argyle, "and I will do as you swered Captain Dalgetty, with great composure. "I require." never saw them mustered yet, or even under arms. Dalgetty maintained his gripe upon the Marquis's
"And how many men of the clans may be expect throat, compressing it a litile, while he asked quesed?" demanded Murdoch.
tions, and relaxing it so far as to give him the power As many as they can make," replied the Captain, of answering them. “You are answering from the purpose, sir," said "Where is the secret door into the dungeon ?" he Murdoch; "speak plainly, will there be five thousand demanded.
"Hold up the lantern to the corner on your right “There and thereabouts,' answered Dalgetty. hand, you will discern the iron which covers the
"You are playing with your life, sir, if you trifle spring, replied the Marquis. with me," replied the catechist; "one whistle of mine, "So far so good:- Where does the passage lead to?" and in less than ten minutes your head hangs on the " To my private apartment behind the tapestry," drawbridge."
answered the prostrate nobleman. But to speak candidly, Mr. Murdoch,” replied the From thence how shall I reach the gateway?", Captain, do you think it is a reasonable thing to ask "Through the grand gallery, the anteroom, the me after the secrets of our army, and I engaged to lackey's waiting hall
, the grand guardroom" serve for the whole campaign? If I taught you how " All crowded with soldiers, factionaries, and atto defeat Montrose, what becomes of my pay, arrears, tendants ?-that will never do for me, my lord ;-have and chance of booty ?”
you no secret passage to the gate, as you have to you "I tell you," said Campbell, “ that if you be stub- dungeons ? I have seen such in Germany, born, your campaign shall begin and end in a march There is a passage through the chapel," said thus to the block at the castle-gate, which stands ready Marquis, opening from my apartment.” for such land-laufers; but if you answer my questions "And what is the pass-word at the gate ?!!! faithfully, I will receive you into my-into the service "The sword of Levi,” replied the Marquis; "byt of Mi'Callum More."
if you will receive my pledge of honour, I will go with "Does the service afford good pay ?" said Captain you, escort you through every guard, and set you at Dalgetty.
full liberty with a passport.".. He will double yours, if you will return to Mon- "I might trust you, my lord, were your throat not trose and act under his direction."
already black with the grasp of my fingers, -as itris, "I wish I had seen you, sir, before taking on with beso los manos a usted, as the Spaniard says. Yet bum," said Dalgetty, appearing to meditate. you may grant me a passport ;-are there writing
'On the contrary, I can afford you more advanta- materials in your apartment ?" In old English, ka me ka tree, i. e. mntually serving each will attend you there," said the Marquis, "instantly"
Surely,; and blank passports ready to be signed. I other.
"It were too much honour for the like of me,” said law stretched his benumbed arnis, and bounded from Dalgetty; your lordship shall remain under charge the floor of the dungeon in ali the ecstacy of recoverof mine honest friend Ranaid MacEagh; therefore, ed freedom. prithec let me drag you within reach of his chain. " Take the livery-coat of that noble prisoner," said Honest Ranald, you see how matters stand with us. Captain Dalgetty; "put it on, and follow close at my I shall find the means, I doubt nol, of setting you at heels." freedom. Meantime, do as you see me do; clap your The outlaw obeyed. They ascended the private hand thus on the weasand of this high and mighty stair, having first secured the door behind them, and prínce, under his ruff, and if he offer to struggle or thus safely reached the apartment of the Marquis * cry out, fail nol, my worthy Ranald, to squeeze uoughtily; and if it be ad deliquium, Ranald, that is, till he swoon, there is no great matter, seeing he designed
CHAPTER XIV. your gullet and mine to still
This was the entry then, these stairs-but whither after! "If he offer at speech or struggle,” said Ranald, Yet he that's sure to perish on the land "he dies by my hand.”
May quit the nicety of card and compass, That is right, Ranald-very spirited :-A tho And trust the open sea without a pilot.
Tragedy of Brendovi. rough-going friend that understands a hint is worth a million !
"Look out for the private way through the chapel, Thus resigning the charge of the Marquis to his Ranald," said the Captain, " while I give a hasty renew confederate, Dalyetty pressed the spring, by gard to these matters." which the secret door flow open, though so well were Thus speaking, he seized with one hand a bundle its hinges polished and oiled, that it made not the of Argyle's most private papers, and with the other slightest noise in revolving. The opposite side of the a purse of gold, both of which lay in a drawer of a door was secured by very strong bolts and bars, be rich cabinet, which stood invitingly open. Neither side which hung one or iwo keys, designed apparently did he neglect to possess himself of a sword and to undo fetterlocks. A narrow staircase, ascending pistols, with powder-flask and balls, which hung in up through the thickness of the castle-wall, landed, ihe apartment. * Intelligence and booty," said the
the Marquis had truly informed him, behind the veteran, as he pouched the spoils, "each honourable tapestry of his private apartment. Such communi- cavalier should look to, the one on his general's becations were frequent in old feudal castles, as they half, and the other on his own. This sword is an gave the lord of the fortress, like a second Dionysius, Andrew Ferrara, and the pistols better than mine the means of hearing the conversation of his prison-own. But a fair exchange is no robbery. Soldados ers, or, if he pleased, of visiting them in disguise, an are not to be endangered, and endangered gratui. experiment which had terminated so unpleasantly on tously, my Lord of Argyle. -But soft, soft, Ranald; the present occasion for Gillespie Grumach. Having wise Man of the Mist whither art thou bound ?" examined previously whether there was any one in It was indeed full time to stop MacEagh's proceedthe apartment, and finding the coast clear, the Cap- ings; for, not finding the private passage readily, and tain entered, and hastily possessing himself of a blank impatieni, it would seem, of further delay, he had passpori, several of which lay on the table, and of caught down a sword and target, and was about to writing materials, securing, at the same time, the enter the great gallery, with the purpose, doubtless, Marquis's dagger, and a silk cord from the hangings, of fighting his way through all opposition. he again descended into the cavern, where, listening "Hold, while
e you live," whispered Dalgetry, laying a moment at the door, he could hear the half-stified hold on him. We must lie perdue, if possible. So voice of the Marquis making great proffers to Mac- bar we this door, that it may be thought M'Callum Eagh, on condition he would suffer him to give an More would be private--and now let me make a realarm.
connoissance for the private passage." "Not for a forest of deer-not for a thousand head By looking behind the tapestry in various places of cattle," answered the freebooter; "not for all the the Captain at length discovered a private door, and lands that ever called a son of Diarmid master, will behind that a winding passage, terminated by another I break the troch I have plighted to him of the iron- door, which doubtless entered the chapel. But what garment!"
was his disagreeable surprise to hear, on the other " He of the iron-garment," said Dalgetty, entering, side of this second door, the sonorous voice of a di" is bounden unto you, MacEagh, and this noble lord vine in the act of preaching shall be bounden also ; but first he must fill up this “This made the villain," he said, “recommend this passport with the names of Major Dugald Dalgetty to us as a private passage, I am strongly tempted to and his guide, or he is like to liave a passport to ano- return and cut his throat." ther world."
He then opened very gently the door, which led The Marquis subscribed, and wrote, by the light of into a latticed gallery used by the Marquis himself, the dark lantern, as the soldier prescribed to him. the curtains of which were drawn, perhaps with the
And now, Ranald," said Dalgelty,," strip, thy purpose of having it supposed that he was engaged upper garment-thy plaid I mean, Ranald, and in ii in attendance upon divine worship, when, in fact, ke will I muffle the M'Callum More, and make of him, was absent upon his secular affairs. There was no for a time, a Child of the Mist;-Nay, I must bring it other person in the seat; for the family of the Marover your head, my lord, so as to secure us against quis,-such was the high state maintained in those your mistimed clamour.-So, now he is sufficiently days, - sate during service in another gallery, placed muffled ;-hold down your hands, or, by Heaven, I somewhat lower than that of the great man himself. will stab you to the heart with your own dagget! This being the case, Captain Dalgetty ventured to nay, you shall be bound with nothing less than silk, ensconce himself in the gallery, of which he carefully as your quality deserves.--So, now he is secure till secured the door. some one comes to relieve him. If he ordered us a Never (although the expression be a bold one) was late dinner, Ranald, he is like to be the sufferer;- a sermon listened to with more impatience, and less at what hour, my good Ranald, did the jailer usually edification, on the part of one, at least, of the audi
The Captain heard sirteenthly-seventeenthNever till the sun was beneath the westerı wave," ly-eighteenthly, and to conclude, with a sort of feel said MacEagh.
Then, my friend, we shall have three hours good," ing like protracted despair. But no man can lecture said the cautious Captain. "In the mean time, let * The precarious state of the feudal nobles introduced a great us labour for your liberation."
deal of espionage into their castles. Sir Robert Carey mentions To examine Ranald's chain was the next occupa- 1 tain a confession from the mouth of Geordie Bourne, his prisoner,
his having put on the cloak of one of his own wardens to ob. son, It was undone by means of one of the keys whom he caused presently to be hanged in return for the frank: which hung behind the private door, probably de noss of his communication. The fine old Border castle of Na. posited there, that the Marquis might, if he pleased, William Howard, by which he could visit the dungeon, as ja dismiss a prisoner, or remove him elsewhere without alleged in the preceding chapter to have been practised by the the necessity of summoning the warden. The out- Marquis of Argyle.
(for the service was called a lecture) for ever; and Prince, whose memory is so dear to every Protestant the discourse was at length closed, the clergyman bosom ?", not failing to make a profound bow towards the lat- “Sir, the drums beat to prayers morning and even. ticed gallery, little suspecting whom he honoured by ing, as regularly as for parade ; and if a soldier passed that reverence. To judge from the haste with which without saluting the chaplain, he had an hour's ride they dispersed, the domestics of the Marquis were on the wooden mare for his pains. Sir, I wish you scarce more pleased with their late occupation than a very good evening-I am obliged to depart the the anxious Captain Dalgetty; indeed, many of them castle under M'Callum More's passport." being. Highlandmen, had the excuse of not under- “Stay one instant, sir,” said the preacher; "is standing a single word which the clergyman spoke, there nothing
I can do to testify my respect for the although they gave their attendance on his doctrine pupil of the great Gustavus, and so admirable a judge y the special order of M'Callum More, and would of preaching ?!! have done so had the preacher been a Turkish Imaum. Nothing, sir," said the Captain," but to show mo
But although the congregation dispersed thus ra- the nearest way to the gate--and if you would have pidly, the divine remained behind in the chapel, and, the kindness," he added, with
great effrontery, walking up and down its Gothic precincts, seemed Jet a servant bring my horse with him, the dark gay either to be meditating on what he had just been de- gelding-call him Gustavus, and he will prick up his livering, or preparing a fresh discourse for the next ears--for I know not where the castle-stables are opportunity. Bold as he was, Dalgetty hesitated on situated, and my guide," he added, looking at Ranala, what he ought to do. Time, however, pressed, and " speaks no English.”' every moment increased the chance of their escape "I hasten to accommodate you," said the clergy. being discovered by the jailer visiting the dungeon man; “your way lies through that cloistered passage.” perhaps before his
wonted time, and discovering the “Now, Heaven's blessing upon your vanity!" said exchange which had been made there. At length, the Captain to himself. "I was afraid I would have whispering Ranald, who watched all his motions, to had to march off without Gustavus."'. follow him and preserve his countenance, Captain In fact, so effectually did the chaplain exert himself Dalgetty, with a very composed air, descended a in behalf of so excellent a judge of composition, that flight of steps which led from the gallery into the while Dalgetty was parleying with the sentinels at body of the chapel. A less experienced adventurer the drawbridge, showing his passport, and giving would have endeavoured to pass the worthy clergy- the watchword, a servant brought him his horse man rapidly, in hopes to escape unnoticed. But the ready saddled for the journey. In another place, the Captain, who foresaw the manifest danger of failing Capiain's sudden appearance at large after having in such an attempt, walked gravely to meet the di- been publicly sent to prison, might have excited susvine upon his walk in the midst of the chancel, and picion and inquiry; but the officers and domestics of pulling off his cap, was about to pass him after a the Marquis were accustomed to the mysterious policy formal reverence." But what was his surprise to view of their master, and never supposed aught else than in the preacher the very same person with whom he that he had been liberated and intrusted with some had dined in the castle of Ardenvohr! Yet he speed private commission by their master. In this belief, ily recovered his composure; and ere the clergyman and having received the parole, they gave him free could speak, was the first to address him. “I could passage, 001,” he said, "leave this mansion without bequeath- Dalgetty rode slowly through the town of Inverary, ing to you, my very reverend sir, my humble thanks the outlaw attending upon him like a foot-page at his for the homily with which you have this evening fa- horse's shoulder. As they passed the gibbet, the
old vonred us.
man looked on the bodies and wrung his hands. The “I did not observe, sir," said the clergyman, "that look and gesture were momentary, but expressive of you were in the chapel."
indescribable anguish. Instantly recovering himself, " It pleased the honourable Marquis,” said Dalget- Ranald, in passing, whispered somewhat lo one oi . ty, modestly, "to grace me with a seat in his own the females, who, like Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, gallery." The divine bowed low at this intimation, seemed engaged in watching and mourning the vicknowing that such an honour was only vouchsafedtims of feudal injustice and cruelty. The woman to persons of very high rank. “It has been my fate, started at his voice, but immediately collected herself, sir," said the Captain, "in the sort of wandering life and returned for answer a slight inclination of the which I have led, to have heard different preachers head, of different religions-as for example, Lutheran, Dalgetty continued his way out of the town, uncerEvangelical, Reformed, Calvinistical, and so forth,tain whether he should try to seize or hire a boat and but never have I listened to such a homily as cross the lake, or plunge into the woods, and there yours."
conceal himself from pursuit. In the former eveni "Call it a lecture, worthy sir,”, said the divine, he was liable to be instantly pursued by the galleys the phrase of our church."
of the Margnis, which lay ready for sailing, their long “Lecture or homily," said Dalgetty, "it was, as yard-arms pointing to the wind, and what hope could the High Germans say, ganz fortre fich; and I he have in an ordinary Highland fishing-boat 10 could not leave this place without testifying unto you escape from them? If he made the latter choice, his what inward emotions I have undergone during chance either of supporting or concealing himself in your edifying prelection; and how I am touched to those waste and unknown wildernesses, was in the the quick, thai I should yesterday, during the refec- highest degree precarious. The town lay now behind tion, have seemed to infringe on the respect due to him, yet what hand to turn to for safety he was unsuch a person as yourself.".
able to determine, and began to be sensible, that in "Alas! my worthy sir," said the clergyman, "we escaping from the dungeon at Inverary, desperate as meet in this world as in the Valley of the Shadow of the matter seemed, he had only accomplished the Death, not knowing against whom we may chance easiest part of a difficult task. If retaken, his fate Lo encounter. In truth, it is no matter of marvel, if was now certain ; for the personal injury he had we sometimes jostle those, to whom, if known, we offered to a man so powerful and so vindictive, could would yield all respect. Surely, sir, I would rather be atoned for only by instant death. While he pon have taken you for a profane malignant than for such dered these distressing reflections, and looked around a devout person as you prove, who reverences the with a countenance which plainly expressed leci. great Master even in the meanest of his servants. sion, Ranald MacEagh suddenly asked him," which
It is always my custom to do so, learned sir," way he intended to journey ?” answered Dalgetty, for in the service of the im- And that, honest comrade," answered Dalgetty, mortal Gustavus--but I detain you from your medi-"is precisely the question which I cannot answer you. tations," -his desire to speak of the King of Sweden Truly I begin to hold the opinion, Ranald, that we being ur once overpowered by the necessity of his had better have stuck by the brown loaf and watercircumscances.
pitcher until Sir Duncan arrived, who, for his own "By no means, my worthy sir," said the clergy-honour, must have made some fight for me.' dan What was, I pray you, the order of tha great "Saxon," answered MacEagh, do not regret
havir.g exchanged the foul breath of yonder dungeon | Ranald MacEagh the difference betwixt travelling for the free air of heaven. Above all, repent not that expeditus and impeditus, as these two military phrayou have served a Son of the Mist. Put yourself ses were understood at Mareschal-College, Aberdeen. under my guidance, and I will warrant your safety The sole answer of the mountaineer was to lay his with my head."
hand on the soldier's arm, and point backward in the Can you guide me safe through these mountains, direction of the wind. Dalgetiy could spy nothing, and back io ihe army of Montrose?” said Dalgetty. for evening was closing fast, and they were at the
"I can,'' answered MacEagh ; "there lives not a bottom of a dark ravine. But at length he could man to whom the mountain passes, the caverns, the distinctly bear at a distance the sullen toll of a larg glens, the thickets, and the corries are known, as beli. they are to the Children of the Mist. While others "That," said he, "must be the alarm-the stormcrawl on the level ground, by the sides of lakes and clock, as the Germans call it,". streams, ours are the steep hollows of the inaccessible "It strikes the hour of your death," swered Ra mountains, the birth-place of the desert springs. Not nald, "unless you can accompany me a little further all the bloodhounds of Argyle can trace the fastnesses For every toll of that bell a brave man has yielded up through which I can guide you.".
his soul." Say'st thou so, honest Ranald ?" replied Dalgetty; "Truly, Ranald, my trusty friend," said Dalgetty " then have on with thee; for of a surety I shall never "I will not deny that the case may be soon my own; save the ship by my own pilotage."
for I am so forfoughen, (being, as I explained to you, The outlaw accordingly led the way into the wood, impeditus, for had I been ex peditus, I mind not pe wy which the castle is surrounded for several miles, destrian exercise the flourish of a fife.) that I think I walking with so much dispatch as kept Gustavus at had better ensconce myself in one of these bushes, a round trot, and taking such a number of cross cuts and even lie quiet there to abide what fortune God and turns, that Captain Dalgetty speedily lost all idea shall send me. I entreat you, mine honest friend Ra. where he might be, and all knowledge of the points nald, to shift for yourself, and leave me to my fortune, of the compass. At length, the path, which had gra- as the Lion of ihe North, the immortal Gustavus dually become more difficult, altogether ended among Adolynus, my never-to-be-forgotten master, (whom thickets and underwood. The roaring of a torrent you must surely have heard of, Ranald, though you was heard in the neighbourhood, the ground became may have heard of no one else,) said to Francis Alin some places broken, in others boggy, and every bert, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburgh, when he was morwhere unfit for riding.
tally wounded on the plains of Lutzen. Neither What the foul fiend,” said Dalgetty, "is to be despair altogether of my safety. Ranald, seeing I have done here? I must part with Gustavus, I fear." been in as great pinches as this in Germany-more "Take no care for your horse," said the outlaw; especially, I remember me, that at the fatal battle of he shall soon be restored to you."
Nerlingen-after which I changed service''As he spoke, he whistled in a low tone, and a lad, If you would save your father's son's breath to half dressed in tartan, half naked, having only his help his child out of trouble, instead of wasting it own shaggy hair, tied with a thong of leather, to upon the tales of Seannachies," said Ranald, who protect his head and face from sun and weather, lean, now grew impatient of the Capiain's loquacity, wo i and half-starved in aspect, his wild gray eyes appear your feet could travel as fast as your tongue, you might ing to fill up ten times the proportion usually allotted yet lay your head on an unbloody pillow to-night.! to them in the human face, crept out, as a wild beast "Something there is like military skill in that," might have from a thicket of brambles and replied the Captain," although wantonly and irrebriars.
verently spoken to an officer of rank. But I hold it “Give your horse to the gillie,” said Ranald Mac- good 10 pardon such freedoms on a march, in respect Eagh; your life depends upon it."
of the Saturnalian license indulged in such cases to Och!'och!" exclaimed the despairing, veteran ; the troops of all nations. And now, resume thine " Eheu! as we used to say at Mareschal-College, office, friend Ranald, in respect I am well-breathed; must I leave Gustavus in such grooming ?'' or, to be more plain, I prae sequiar, as we used to say
" Are you frantic, to lose time thus ?” said his at Mareschal-College." guide; “ do we stand on friend's ground, that you Comprehending his meaning rather from his mo should part with your horse as if he were your bro- tions than his language, the Son of the Mist again ther? I tell you, you shall have him again; but if led the way, with an unerring precision that looked you never saw the animal, is not life better than the like instinct, through a variety of ground the most best colt ever mare foaled ?"
difficult and broken that could well be imagined. And that is true too, mine honest friend," sighed Dragging along his ponderous boots, encumbered Dalgetty; "yet if you knew but the value of Gustavus, with thigh-pieces, gauntlets, corslet, and back-piece, and the things we two have done and suffered toge- not to mention the buff jerkin which he wore under ther-See, he turns back to look at me!-Be kind to all these arms, talking of his former exploits the him, my good breechless friend, and I will requite whole way, though Ranald paid not the slightest atyou well."''. So saying, and withal sniffling a little tention to him, Captain Dalgetty contrived to follow io swallow his grief, he turned from the heart-rending his gụide a considerable space further, when the deep spectacle in order to follow his guide.
mouthed baying of a hound was heard coming down To follow his guide was no easy, matter, and soon the wind, as if opening on the scent of its
prey. required more agility than Captain Dalgetty could “Black hound,” said Ranald," whose throat never master. The very first plunge after he had parted boded good to a Child of the Mist, ill fortune to her from his charger
, carried him, with little assistance who littered thee! hast thou already found our trace? from a few overhanging boughs, or projecting roots But thou art too late, swart hound of darkness, and of trees, eight foot sheer down into the course of a the deer has gained the herd.” torrent, up which the Son of the Mist led the way. So saying, he whistled very softly, and was an Huge stones, over which they scrambled, -thickeis swered in a tone equally low from the top of a pass, of thorn and brambles, through which they had to up which they had for some time been ascending. drag themselves, -rocks which were to be climbed Mending their pace, they reached the top, where the on the one side with much labour and pain, for the moon, which had now risen bright and clear, showed purpose of an equally precarious descent upon the to Dalgetty a party of ten or twelve Highlanders, and other; all these, and many such interruptions, were about as many women and children, by whom Ranald surmounted by the light-footed and half-naked moun. MacEagh was received with such transports of joy, taineer, with an ease and velocity which excited the as made his companion easily sensible that those by surprise and envy of Captain Dalgetty, who, encum- whom he was surrounded, must of course be Childbered by his head-piece, corslet, and other armour, ren of the Mist. The place which they occupied well not to mention his ponderous jack-boots, found him- suited their name and habits. It was a beetling crag, self at length -o much exhausted by fatigue, and the round which winded a very narrow and broken foo:difficulties of zhe road, that he sate down upon a stone patlı, commanded in various places by the position in order to recovny his breath, while he explained to which they held.