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brought us the first news of this joyful event,--for "I cannot rejoice in the prospect, my lord,” said such it shall be--you, Mʻllduy, shall bring it to a joy: Auchenbreck, "ihat James Grahame will be crushed ful issue, by guiding us the best and nearest road with little assistance of ours. He has left a heavy against our enemy.

account in Argyleshire against him, and I long to *** That will I willingly do," said M'Ilduy; "if I have reckon with him drop of blood for drop of blood. I shown you paths by which to retreat through these love not the payment of such debts by third hands." dusky wilds, with far more readiness will I teach you . You are too scrupulous," said Argyle;," what sig. how to advance against your foe.”.

nifies it by whose hands the blood of the Grahames 18 A general bustle now prevailed, and the leaders spilt? It is time that of the sosis of Diarmid should were everywhere startled from the rude couches on cease to flow: ---What say, you, Ardenvobr?". which they had sought temporary repose.

"I say, my lord.” replied Sir Duncan," that I think "I never thought,” said Major Dalgetty, when Auchenbreck will be gratified, and will himself have summoned up from a handful of rugged heather roots, a personal opportunity of settling accounts with Mon

to have parted from a bed as hard as a stable-broom trose for his depredations. Reports have reached our with such bad will; but indubitably, having but one outposts that the Camerons are assembling their full man of military experience in his army, his Excel- strength on the skirts of Ben-Nevis; this must be to lency the Marquis may be vindicated in putting him join the advance of Montrose, and not to cover his upon hard duty."

retreat." So saying he repaired to the council, where, not- "It must be some scheme of harassing and deprewithstanding his pedantry, Montrose seemed always dation," said Argyle, devised by the inveterate mato listen to him with considerable attention ; partly lignity of M'Ilduy, which he terms loyalty. They can because the Major really possessed military know- intend no more than an attack on our outposts, or ledge and experience, and often made suggestions some annoyance to to-morrow's march.”' which were found of advantage, and partly because "I have sent out scouts,” said Sir Duncan, "in it relieved the General from the

necessity of deferring every direction, to procure intelligence; and we must entirely to the opinion of the Highland Chiefs, and soon hear whether they really do assemble any force, gave him an additional ground for disputing it when upon what point, or with what purpose.' it was not agreeable to his own. On the present oc- It was late ese any tidings were received; but when casion Dalgetty joyfully acquiesced in the proposal the moon had arisen, a considerable bustle in the of marching back and confronting Argyle, which he camp, and a noise immediately after heard in the cascompared. the valiant resolution of the great Gustle, announced the arrival of important intelligence. tavus, who moved against the Duke of Bavaria, and of the scouts first dispersed by Ardenvohr, some enriched his troops by the plunder of that fertile coun- had returned without being able to collect any thing, try, although menaced from the northward by the save uncertain rumours concerning movements in large army which Wallenstein had assembled in Bo- the country of the Camerons. It seemed as if the hemia.

skirts of Ben-Nevis were sending forth those unThe Chiefs of Glengarry, Keppoch, and Lochiel, accountable and portentous sounds with which they whose clans, equal in courage and military fame to sometimes announce the near approach of a storm. any in the Highlands, lay within the neighbourhood Others, whose zeal carried them further upon their of the scene of action, dispatched the fiery cross mission, were entrapped and slain, or made prisonthrough their vassals, to summon every one who could ers, by the inhabitants of the fastnesses into which bear arms to meet the King's Lieutenant, and to join they endeavoured to penetrate. At length, on the the standards of their respective Chiefs as they rapid advance of Montrose's army, his advanced marched towards Inverlochy. As the order was em guard and the ouiposts of Argyle became aware of phatically given, it was speedily and willingly obeyed, each other's presence, and after exchanging a few Their natural love of war, their zeal for the royal musket-shots and arrows, fell back to their respeccause--for they viewed the King in the light of a tive main bodies, to convey intelligence and receive chief whom his clansmen had deserted,--as well as orders. their implicit obedience to their own patriarch, drew Sir Duncan Campbell, and Auchenbreck, instantly into Montrose's army not only all in the neighbour- threw themselves on horseback, in order to visit the hood who were able to bear arms, but some who, in state of the outposts; and Argyle maintained his age at least, might have been esteemed past the use of character of commander-in-chief with reputation, them. During the next day's march, which, being by making a respeciable arrangement of his forces directed straight through the mountains of Lochaber, in the plain, as it was evident that they might now was unsuspected by the enemy, his forces were aug- expect a night alarm, or an attack in the morning at mented by handfuls of men issuing from each glen, farthest. Montrose had kept his forces so cautiously and ranging themselves under the banners of their within the defiles of the mountain, that no effort respective Chiefs. This was a circumstance highly which Auchenbreck or Ardenvohr thought it prudent inspiriting to the rest of the army, who, by the time to attempi, could ascertain his probable strength. they approached the enemy, found their strength in. They were aware, however, that, at the utmost comcreased considerably more than one-fourth, as had putation, it must be inferior to their own, and they been prophesied by the valiant leader of the Camerons. returned to Argyle to inform him of the amount of

While Montrose executed this counter-march, Ar their observations; but that nobleman refused to begyle had, at the head of his gallant army, advanced lieve that Montrose could be in presence himself. He up the southern side of Loch-Eil, and reached the said, "It was a madnesy of which even James Grariver Lochy, which combines that lake with Loch- hame, in his height of presumptuous frenzy, was inLochy. The ancient Castle of Inverlochy, once, as capable; and he doubted not that their march was it is said, a royal fortress, and still, although dis- only impeded by their ancient enemies, Glenco, Kep. mantled, a place of some strength and consideration, poch, and Glengarry; and perhaps M'Vourigh, with offered convenient head-quarters, and there was am- his M'Phersons, might have assembled a force, which ple room for Argyle's army to encamp around him in he knew must be greatly inferior in numbers to his the valley, where the Lochy joins Loch-Eil. Several own, as - whom, therefore, he doubted not to disperse barges had attended, loaded with provisions, so that by force, or by terms of capitulation." they were in every respect as well accommodated as The coirit of Argyle's followers was bigh, breathsuch an army wished or expected to be. Argyle, in ing vengeance for ihe disasters which their country council with Auchenbreck and Ardenvohr, expressed had so lately undergone; and the night passed in his full confidence that Montrose was now on the anxious hopes that the morning might dawn upon brink of destruction; that his troops must gradually their vengeance. The outposts of either army kept diminish as he moved eastward through such uncouth a careful watch, and the soldiers of Argylo slept in paths; that if he went westward, he must encounter the order of battle which they were next day to oc Urrie and Baillie; if northward, fall into the hands cupy. of Seaforth; or should he choose any halting-place, A pale dawn had scarce begun to tinge the tops of he would expose himself to be attacked by three ar- these immense mountains, when the leaders of both mies at once.

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the second of February, 1645-6. The clansmen of riveted on the boat which bore his Chieftain from the Argyle were arranged in two lines, not far from the field of battle. There were feelings in his bosom angle between the river and the lake, and made an which could not be expressed; for the character of a appearance equally resolute and formidable. Auchen- Chief was that of a father, and the heart of a clansbreek would willingly have commenced the battle

by man durst not dwell upon his failings with critical an attack on the outposts of the enemy, but Argyle, severity as upon those of other men. Argyle, 100, with more cautious policy, preferred receiving to ma- harsh and severe to others, was generous and líbcral king the onset. Signals were soon heard, that they among his kinsmen, and the noble heart of Arden vohr would not long wait for it in vain. The Campbells was wrung with bitter anguish, when he reflected to could distinguish, in the gorge of the mountains, the what interpretation his present conduct might subject war-tunes of various clans as they advanced to the him. onset. That of the Camerons, which bears the omi- "It is better it should be so," said he to himseli, nous words, addressed to the wolves and ravens, devouring his own emotion; "but-of his line of a "Come to me, and I will give you flesh," was loudly hundred sires, I know not one who would have retired re-echoed from their native glens. In the language while the banner of Diarmid waved in the wind, in of the Highland bards, the war voice of Glengarry the face of its most inveterate foes !" was not silent; and the gathering tunes of other A loud shout now compelled him to turn, and to tribes could be plainly distinguished, as they succes- hasten with all dispatch to his post, which was on sively came up to the extremity of the passes from the right flank of Argyle's litile army. which they were to descend into the plain.

The retreat of Argyie had not passed unobserved " You see," said Argyle to his kinsmen, “it is as I by his watchful enemy, who, occupying the superior said, we have only to deal with our neighbours; James ground, could mark every circumstance which passed Grahame has not ventured to show us his banner." below. The movement of three or four horsemen to

At this moment there resounded from the gorge the rear showed that those who retreated were men of the pass a lively flourish of trumpets, in that note of rank. with which it was the ancient Scottish fashion to sa- They are going,” said Dalgetty, "to put their lute the royal standard.

horse out of danger, like prudent cavaliers. Yonder "You may hear, my lord, from yonder signal," said goes Sir Duncan Campbell

, riding a brown bay geld. Sir Duncan Campbell, " that he who pretends to be ing, which I had marked for my own second charger." the King's Lieutenant, must be in person among You are wrong, Major," said Montrose, with a these men."

bitter smile, “they are saying their precious Chief. "And has probably horse with him," said Auchen- Give the signal for assault instantly-send the word breck, "which I could not have anticipated, But through the ranks. - Gentlemen, noble Chiefs, Glenshall we look pale for that, my lord, when we have garry, Keppoch, M'Vourigh, upon them instantly! foes to fight and wrongs to revenge ?".

Ride to M'Ilduy, Major Dalgetty, and tell him to Argyle was silent, and looked upon his arm, which charge as he loves Lochaber-return and bring our hung in a sash, owing to a fall which he had sus- handful of horse to my standard. They shall be tained ir. n preceding march.

placed with the Irish as a reserve. "It is true, interrupted Ardenvohr, eagerly," my Lord of Argyle you are disabled from using either sword or pistol; you must retire on board the galleys -your life is precious to us as a head-your hand

CHAPTER XIX. cannot be useful to us as a soldier."

As meets a rock a thousand waves, so loisfail met Lochlin "No," said Argyle, pride contending with irresolution, "it shall never be said that I fled before Mon- The trumpets and bagpipes, those clamorous hartrose; if I cannot fight, I will at least die in the midst bingers of blood and death, at once united in the of my children."

signal for onset, which was replied to, by the cry of Several other principal Chiefs of the Campbells, more than two thousand warriors, and the echoes of with one voice, conjured and obtested their Chieftain the mountain glens behind them. Divided into three to leave them for that day to the leading of Arden- bodies, or columns, the Highland followers of Monvohr and Auchenbreck, and to behold the conflic: trose poured from the defiles which had hitherto con. from a distance and in safety.-We dare not stig- cealed them from their enemies, and rushed with the matize Argyle with poltroonery; for, though his life utmost determination upon the Campbells, who wait. was marked by no action of bravery, yet he behaved ed their charge with the greatest firmness. Behind with so much composure and dignity in the final these charging columns marched in line the Irish, and closing scene, that his conduct upon the present under Colkitto, intended to form the reserve. With and similar occasions, should be rather imputed to them was the royal standard, and Montrose himself; indecision than to want of courage. But when the and on the flanks were about fifty horse, under Dal small still voice within a man's own breast, which getty, which by wonderful exertions had been kept in tells him that his life is of consequence to himself, is some sort fit for service seconded by that of numbers around him, who as- The right column of Royalists was led by Glen sure him that it is of equal advantage to the public, garry, the left by Lochiel, and the centre by the Earl higury affords many examples of men more habit of Menteith, who preferred fighting on foot in a Lally daring than Argyle, who have consulted self- Highland dress to remaining with the cavalry. preservation when the temptations to it were so pow- The Highlanders poured on with the proverbial erfully increased.

fury of their country, firing their guns, and dischargSee him on board, if you will, Sir Duncan,” ing their arrows, at a little distance from the enemy said Auchenbreck to his kinsman; "It must be my who received the assault with the most determined duty to prevent this spirit from spreading farther gallantry. Better provided with musketry than their among us."

enemies, stationary also, and therefore taking the So saying he threw himself among the ranks, en. more decisive aim, the fire of Argyle's followers was treating, commanding, and conjuring the soldiers, to more destructive than that which they sustained. remember their ancient fame and their present supe. The royal clans, perceiving this, rushed to close quarriority; the wrongs they had to revenge, if successful, ters, and succeeded on two points in throwing their and he fate they had to dread, if vanquished; and enemies into disorder. With regular troops this must imparting to every bosom a portion of the fire which have achieved a victory; but here Highlanders were glowed in his own. Slowly, meanwhile, and appa- opposed to Higl.landers, and the nature of the wearently with reluctance, Argyle suffered himself to be pons, as well as the agility of those who wielded forced by his officious kinsmen to the verge of the them, was equal on both sides, lake, and was transported on board of a galley, from Their strife was accordingly desperate; and the clash the deck of which he surveyed with more safety than of the swords and axes, as they encountered each credit the scene which ensued.

other, or rung upon the targets, was mingled with Sir D-zacan Campbell of Ardenvohr, notwithstand the short, wild, animating shrieks with which High. Ing the urgency of the occasion, stood with his eyes landers accompany the battle, the dance, or inderd

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violent exertion of any kind. Many of the foes op- of those who had been pressing Sir Duncan hard,
posed were personally acquainted, and sought to took the opportunity to cut him down with his broad.
match themselves with each other from motives of sword, as he turned from him in the act of firing the
hatred, or a more generous emulation of valour. pistol.
Neither party would retreat an inch, while the place Allan M'Aulay came up at this moment. They
of those who fell (and they fell fast on both sides) were, excepting Ranald, followers of his brother who
was eagerly supplied by others, who thronged to the were engaged on that part of the field." Villains !"
front of danger. A steam, like that which arises from he said, " which of you has dared to do this, when it
a seething cauldron, rose into the thin, cold, frosty was my positive order that the Knight of Ardenvoh
air, and hovered above the combatants.

should be taken alive ?”
So stood the fight on the right and the centre, with Half-a-dozen of busy hands, which were emulously
no immediate consequence, except mutual wounds employed in plundering the fallen knight, whose arms
and death.

and accoutrements were of a magnificence befitting On the right of the Campbells, the Knight of Ar- his quality, instantly forebore the occupation, and hali denvohr obtained some advantage, through his mili- the number of voices exculpated themselves, by laying tary skill and by strength of numbers. He had moved the blame on the Skyeman, as they called Ranald forward obliquely the extreme flank of his line at the MacEagh. instant the Royalists were about to close, so that "Dog of an Islander !” said Allan, forgetting, in his they sustained a fire at once on front and in flank, wrath, their prophetic brotherhood," follow the chase, and, despite the utmost efforts of their leader, were and harm him no farther, unless you mean to die by thrown into some confusion. At this instant, Sir my hand." They were at this moment left almos: Duncan Campbell gave the word to charge,' and alone ; for Allan's threats had forced his own clan thus unexpectedly made the attack at the very mo- from the spot, and all around had pressed onwards ment he seemed about to receive it. Such a change toward the lake, carrying before them noise, terror, of circumstances is always discouraging, and often and confusion, and leaving behind only the dead and fatal. But the disorder was remedied by the advance dying. The moment was tempting to MacEagh's of the Irish reserve, whose heavy and sustained fire vengeful spirit.-" That I should die by your hand, compelled the Knight of Ardenvohr to forego his red as it is with the blood of my kindred, said he, anadvantage, and content himself with repulsing the swering the threat of Allan in a tone as menacing as enemy. The Marquis of Montrose, in the mean- his own, "is not more likely than that you should while, availing himself of some scattered birch trees, fall by mine." With that, he struck at M'Aulay with as well as of the smoke produced by the close fire of such unexpected readiness,

that he had scarce time the Irish musketry, which concealed the operation, to intercept the blow with his target. called upon Dalgetty to follow him with the horse Villain !" said Allan, in astonishment, what and wheeling round so as to gain the right flank and means this ?" even the rear of the enemy, he commanded his six "I am Ranald of the Mist !" answered the Islestrumpets to sound the charge. The clang of the man, repeating the blow; and with that word, they cavalry trumpets, and the noise of the galloping of engaged in close and furious conflict. It seemed to the horse, produced an effect

upon Argyle's right wing be decreed, that in Allan M'Aulay had arisen the which no other sounds could have impressed them avenger of his mother's wrongs upon this wild tribe, with. The mountaineers of that period had a super- as was proved by the issue of the present, as well as stitious dread of the war-horse, like that entertained of former combats. After exchanging a few blows, by the Peruvians, and had many strange ideas res- Ranald MacEagh was prostrated by a deep wound pecting the manner in which that animal was train on the skull; and M'Aulay, setting his foot on him ed to combat. When, therefore, they found their was about to pass the broadsword through his body. ranks unexpectedly broken, and that the objects of when the point of the weapon was struck up by a their greatest terror were suddenly in the midst of third party, who suddenly interposed. This was no them, the panic, in spite of Sir Duncan's attempts other than Major Dalgetiy, who, stunned by the fall, to stop it, became universal. Indeed, the figure of and encumbered by the dead body of his horse, had Major Dalgetty alone, sheathed in impenetrable ar- now recovered his legs and his understanding: mour, and making his horse caracole and bound, so "Hold up your sword," said he to M'Aulay, "and as to give weight to every blow which he struck, prejudice this person no farther, in respect that he is would have been a novelty in itself sufficient to ter- here in my safe-conduct, and in his excellency's serrify those who had never seen any thing more nearly vice; and in regard that no honourable cavalier is at resembling such a cavalier, than a shelty waddling liberty, by the law martial, to avenge his own priunder a Highlander far bigger than itself. The re- vate injuries, flagrante bello, multo majus flagrante pulsed Royalists returned to the charge; the Irish, prælio.' keeping their ranks, maintained a fire equally close "Fool!" said Allan, "stand aside, and dare not to and destructive. There was no sustaining the fight come between the tiger and his prey !". long :r, Argyle's followers began to break and fly, most But, far from quitting his point, Dalgetty stept towi.rds the lake, the remainder in different direc- across the fallen body of MacEagh, and gave Allan cions. The defeat of the right wing, of itself deci- to understand, that if he called himself a tiger, he sive, was rendered irreparable by the death of Auch was likely, at present, to find a lion in his path. enbreck, who fell while endeavouring to restore order. There required no more than the gesture and tone of

The Knight of Ardenvohr, with two or three hun defiance to turn the whole rage of the military Seer dred men, all gentlemen of descent and distinguished against the person who was opposing the course of gallantry,--for the Campbells are supposed to have his vengeance, and blows were instantly exchanged had more gentlemen in their ranks than any of the without farther ceremony. Highland clang-endeavoured, with unavailing he- The strife betwixt Allan and MacEagh had been roism, to cover the tumultuary retreat of the common unnoticed by the stragglers around, for the person of file. Their resolution only proved fatal to themselves, the latter was known to few of Montrose's followers; as they were charged again and again by fresh adver: but the scuffle betwixt Dalgetty and him, both so saries, and forced to separate from each other, until well known, attracted instant attention; and forat length their aim seemed only to be to purchase'an tunately, among others, that of Montroso himself, honourable death by resisting to the very last. who had come for the purpose of gathering together

"Good quarter, Sir Duncan,", called out Major his small body of horse, and following the pursuit Dalgetty, when he discovered his late host, with one down Loch-Eil. Aware of the fatal consequences of ur iwo others, defending himself against several dissension in his little army, he pushed his horse up Highlanders; and, to enforce his

offer, he rode up to to the spot, and seeing MacEagh on the ground, and him with his sword uplifted. Sir Duncan's reply Dalgetty in the attitude of protecting him against was the discharge of a reserved pistol, which took M'Aulay, his quick apprehension instantly caught the effect not on the person of the rider, but on that of cause of quarrel, and as instantly devised means to his gallant horse, which, shot through the heart, fell stop it. For shame," he said, “gentlenien cava. dead under him. Ranald MacEagh, who was one liers, brawling together in so glorious a field of vie

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tory!-Are your mad? Or are you intoxicated with sudden mission was not conferred for some laten the glory which you have both this day gained ?'' and unexplained purpost. But Montrose, skilful in

It is not my fault, so please your Excellency," searching the motives of others, was an equal adept said Dalgetty. "I have been known a bonus socius, in concealing his own. He considered it as of the a bon camarado in all the services of Europe ; but last consequence in this moment of enthusiasm and he that touches a man under my safeguard”. exalted passion, to remove Allan from the camp for

"And he," said Allan, speaking at the same time, a few days, that he might provide, as his honour re " who dares to bar the course of my just ven- quired, for the safety of those who had acted as bis geance"

guides, when he trusted the Seer's quarrel with Dale "For shame, gentlemen!" again repeated Mon- getty might be easily made up. Allan, at parting, on trose; “I have other business for you both. --business ly recommended to the Marquis the care of Sir Durof decper importance than any private quarrel, which can Campbell, whom Monirose instantly directed you may easily find a more fitting time to settle. to be conveyed to a place of safety. He took the For you, Major Dalgetty, kneel down."

same precaution for MacFagb, committing the latter

, Kneel!" said Dalgetty;, “I have not learned to however, to a party of the Irish, with directions that obey that word of command, saving when it is given he should be taken care of, but that no Highlander from the pulpit. In the Swedish discipline, the front of any clan, should have access to him. rank do indeed kneel, but only when the regiment is The Marquis then mounted a led horse, which was drawn up six file deep."

held by one of his attendants, and rode on to view "Nevertheless," repeated Montrose, -"kneel down, the scene of his victory, which was more decisive in the name of King Charles and of his representa than even his ardent hopes had anticipated. Of Ar

gyle's gallant army of three thousand men, fully one When Dalgetty reluctantlyobeyed, Montrose struck half fell in the battle, or in the flight. They had been him lightly on the neck with the flat of his sword, chiefly driven back upon that part of the plain where saying,

'In reward of the gallant service of this the river forms an angle with the lake, so that there day, and in the name and authority of our Sovereign, was no free opening either for retreat or escape. Se King Charles, I dub thee knighi; be brave, loyal, veral hundreds were forced into the lake and drowned. and fortunate. And now, Sir Dugald Dalgetty, to of the survivors, about one half escaped by swim. your duty. Collect what horsemen you can, and ming the river, or by an early fight along the left pursue such of the enemy as are flying down the side bank of the lake. The remainder threw themselves of the lake. Do not disperse your force, nor venture into the old Castle of Inverlochy; but being without too far; but take heed to prevent their rallying, either provisions or hopes of relief, they were obliged which very little exertion may do. Mount, then, Sir to surrender, on condition of being suffered to return Dugald, and do your duty."

to their homes in peace. Arms, ammunition, standBut what shall I mount ?” said the new made ards, and baggage, all became the prey of the con. chevalier. “Poor Gustavus sleeps in the bed of ho- querors. nour, like his immortal namesake! and I am made This was the greatest disaster that ever befell the a knight, a rider, as the High Dutch have it, just race of Diarmid, as the Campbells were called in the when I have not a horse left to ride upon."

Highlands ; it being generally remarked that they “That shall not be said," answered Montrose, dis- were as fortunate in the issue of their undertakings, mounting; “I make you a present of my own, which as they were sagacious in planning, and courageous has been thonght a good one; only, I pray you, re in executing them. Of the number slain, nearly five sume the duty you discharge so well."

hundred were Dunniewassels, or gentlemen claiming With many acknowledgments, Sir Dugald mounted descent from known and respected houses. And, in the stred so liberally bestowed upon him; and only the opinion of many of the clan, even this heavy loss beseeching his Excellency to remember that Mac- I was exceeded by the disgrace arising from the ingloEagh was under his safé-conduct, immediately be- rious conduct of their Chief, whose galley weighed gan to execute the orders assigned to him, with great anchor when the day was lost, and sailed down the 13 zeal and alacrity.

lake with all the speed to which sails and cars could “And you, Allan M'Aulay," said Montrose, ad- impel her. dressing the Highlander, who, leaning his swordpoint on the ground, had regarded the ceremony of his antagonist's knighthood with a sneer of sullen

CHAPTER XX. scorn-"you, who are superior to the ordinary men led

Faint the din of battle bray'd, by the paltry motives of plunder and pay, and personal

Distant down the hollow wind distinction-you, whose deep knowledge

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War and terror fled before, valuable a counsellor-is it you whom I find striving

Wounds and death remain'd behind.-PENROSE with man like Dalgetty, for the privilege of tramp MONTROSE's splendid success over his powerful tiling the remains of life out of so contemptible an val was not attained without some loss, though not enemy as lies there? Come, my friend, I have other amounting to the tenth of what he inflicted Tue work for you. This victory, skilfully improved, shall obstinate valour of the Campbells cost the lives of win Seaforth to our party. It is not disloyalty, but many brave men of the opposite party; and more despair of the good cause, that has induced him to were wounded, the Chief of whom was the brave take arms against us. These arms, in this moment young Earl of Menteith, who had commanded the of better augury, he may be brought to unite with centre. He was but slightly touched, however, and ours. I shall send my gallant friend, Colonel Hay, made rather a graceful than a terrible appearafice to him, from this very field of battle, but he must be when he presented to his general the standard un ted in commission with a Highland gentleman of Argyle, which he had taken from the standard-bearer rank, befitting that of Seaforth, and of talents and with his own hand, and slain him in single combat

. of influence such as may make an impression upon Montrose dearly loved his noble kinsman, in whom him. You are not only in every respect the fittest for there

was conspicuous a Aash of the generous, to this most important mission, but, having no imme- mantic, disinterested chivalry of the old heroic times

, diate command, your presence may be more easily entirely different from the sordid, calculating,

and spared than that of a Chief whose following is in selfish character, which the practice of entertaining the field. You know every pass and glen in the mercenary

troops had introduced into most parts of Highlands, as well as the manners and customs of Europe, and of which degeneracy Scotland, which every tribe. Go therefore to Hay, on the right wing, furnished soldiers of fortune for the service

of almost ne has instructions, and expects you. You will find every nation, had been contaminated with a more bim with Glenmorrison's men; be his guide, his in- than usual share. Montrose, whose native spirit was terpreter, and his colleague."

congenial, although experience had taught him how * Allen M'Aulay bent on the Marquis a' dark and to avail himself of the motives of others, used to penetrating glance, as if to ascertain whether this Menteith neither the language of praise nor of pro

In German, as in Latin, the original meaning of the word mise, but clasped him to his bosom as he exclaimed Rittar rerresponding to Eques, is merely a horseman

My gallant kingman!” And by this burst of heart

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wait applause was Menteith thrilled with a warmer spect my nether garments are at present shamefung glow of delight, than if his praises had been recorded the worse of the wear. Alas! poor Gustavus, why in a report of the action sent directly to the throne of didst thou not live at least one hour more, to have his sovereign.

borne the honoured weight of knighthood upon thy "Nothing," he said, "my lord, now seems to re- loins !" main in which I can render any assistance; permit He was now turning away, when the Marquis me to look after a duty of humanity-the Knight of called after him, -"As you are not likely to be antici. Ardenvohr, as I am told, is our prisoner, and severely pated in this act of kindness, Sir Dugald, to your old wounded."

friend and companion, I trust," said the Marquis, ". And well he deserves to be so," said Sir Dugald you will first assist me, and our principal friends, Dalgetty, who came up to them at that moment with to discuss some of Argyle's good cheer, of which we a prodigious addition of acquired importance, since have found abundance in the Castle." he shot my good horse at the time that I was offering Most willingly, please your Excellency,” said Suc, him honourable quarter, which, I must needs say, Dugald; "as meai and mass never hinder work.' was done more like an ignorant Highland cateran, Nor, indeed, am I afraid that the wolves or eagles who has not sense enough to erect a sconce for the will begin an onslaught on Gustavus to-night, in reprotection of his old hurley-house of a castle, than gard there is so much better cheer lying all around like a soldier of worth and quality.”,

But," added_he, "as I am to meet two honourable Are we to condole with you then," said Lord knights of England, with others of the knightly de Menteith, upon the loss of the famed Gustavus ?" gree in your lordship's army, I pray it may be exa

“Even so, my lord," answered the soldier, with a plained io them, that now, and in future, I claim deep sigh, " Diem clausit supremum, as we said at precedence over them all, in respect of my rank as a the Mareschal-College of Aberdeen. "Better so than Banneret, dubbed in a field of stricken battle." be smothered like a cadger's pony in some flow-moss, "The devil confound him!" said Montrose, speak.. or snow-wreath, which was like to be his fate if this ing aside; "he has contrived to set the kiln on fire as winter campaign lasted longer, Bụt it has pleased fast as I put it out.-This is a point, Şir Dugald," his Excellency (making an inclination to Montrose) said he, gravely addressing hiin," which I shall re" to supply his place by the gift of a noble steed, serve for his Majesty's express consideration; în my whom I have taken the freedom to name · Loyalty's camp, all must be upon equality, like the Knights of Reward,' in memory of this celebrated occasion. the Round Table; and take their places as soldiers

"I hope," said the Marquis, "you'll find Loyalty's should, upon the principle of-first come, first served.". Reward, since you call him so, practised in all the "Then I shall take care," said Menteith, apart 10 doties of the field, -but I m'ist just hint to you, that the Marquis, " that Don Dugald is not first in place at this time in Scotland, loyalty is more frequently to-day.-Sir Dugald," added he, raising his voice, rewarded with a halter than with a horse."

as you say your wardrobe is out of repair, had you Ahem ! your Excellency is pleased to be facetious. not better go to the enemy's baggage yonder, over Loyalty's Reward is as perfect as Gustavus in all his which there is a guard placed? I saw them take out exercises, and of a far

finer figure. Marry! his social an excellent buff suit, embroidered in front in silk qualities are less cultivated, in respect he has kept till and silver." now inferior company."

" Voto a Dios! as the Spaniard says,” exclaimed Not meaning his Excellency the General I hope," the Major, “and some beggarly gilly may get it while said Lord Menteith. "For shame, Sir Dugald!" I stand prating here !"

My Lord,” answered the knight gravely, "I am The prospect of booty having at once driven out of incapable to mean any thing so utterly misbecoming. his head both Gustayus and the provant, he set spurs What I asseverate is that his Excellency, having the to Loyalty's Reward, and rode off through the field sime intercourse with his horse during his exercise, of battle. that he hath with his soldiers when training them, ** There goes the hound," said Menteith, "breaking may form and break either to every feat of war which the face, and trampling on the body, of many a better be chooses to practise, and accordingly that this noble man than himself; and as eager on his sordid spoil charger is admirably managed. But as it is the inter- as a vulture that stoops upon carrion. Yet this man curse of private life that formeth the social cha- the world calls a soldier--and you, my lord, select racter, so I do not apprehend that of the single soldier him as worthy of the honours of chivalry, if such to be much polished by the conversation of the cor- they can at this day be termed. You have made the poral or the sergeant, or that of Loyalıy's Reward to collar of knighthood the decoration of a mere bloodhave been much dulcified, or ameliorated, by the so- hound.” ciety of his Excellency's grooms, who bestow more "What could I do?" said Montrose. "I had no caths, and kicks, and thumps, than kindness or ca- half-picked bones to give him, and bribed in some resses, upon the animals entrusted to their charge; manner he mus: be,- I cannot follow the chace alone. whereby many a generous quadruped, rendered as it | Besides, the dog has good qualities.".. were misanthropic, manifests during the rest of his "If nature has given him such," said Menteith, life a greater desire to kick and bite his master, than "habit has converted them into feelings of intense to love and honour him."

selfishness. He may be punctilious concerning his Spoken like an oracle,” said Montrose. "Were reputation, and brave in the execution of his duty, there an academy for the education of horses to be but it is only because without these qualities he can

anexed to the Mareschal-College of Aberdeen, Sir not rise in the service-nay, his very benevolence is Dugald Dalgetty alone should fill the chair." selfish; he may defend his companion while he can "Because, being

an ass," said Menteith, aside to keep his feet, but the instant he is down, Sir Dugald be General," there would be some distant relation will be as ready to ease him of his purse, as he is lo between the professor and the students."

convert the skin of Gustavus into a buff jerkin." “And now with your Excellency’s permission," said " And yet, if all this were true, cousin," answered the dew-made Knight, “ I am going to pay my last Montrose, "there is something convenient in comvisit to the remains of my old companion in arms.' manding a soldier, upon whose motives and springs

"Not with the purpose of going through the ceremo- of action you can calculate to a mathematical cernal of interment ?" said the Marquis, who did not tainty. A fine spirit like yours, my cousin, alive to a' know how far Sir Dugald's enthusiasm might lead thousand sensations to which this man's is as imper. Im; " consider, our brave fellows themselves will vious as his corslet,-it is for such that thy friend. have but a hasty burial."

must feel, while he gives his advice." Then, suddenly Your Excellency will pardon me,” said Dalgetty; changing his tone, he asked Menteith when he had my purpose is less romantic. I go to divide poor seen Annot Lyle. Gustavus's legacy with the fowls of heaven, leaving The young Earl coloured deeply, and answered, toe flesh to them, and reserving to myself his hide ; " Not since last evening, -excepting,” he added, with which, in token of affectionate remembrance, I pur- hesitation, "for one moment, about half an hour be. ose to form into a cassock and trowsers, after the fore the battle began." Tartar fashion, to be worn under my armour, in re

My dear Menteith," said Montrose, very kindly VOL IIL

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