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"Fit to Fon sheik, hythe glories of Al
Raschid," he said, stepping back in admi
ration when he had buckled on the weapon.
"I tell thee that great arc thc swordsmith
and the maker of garments. Who confer
reth distinction like them? Thou art no
longer ns straddling to:igs. Thou hast the
grace of the waving palm; thou homiest as
the willow by the brook. On a warhorse
thou wouldst be the bravest of warriors.
Yea, and in the shadow of thc court, in the
place of judgment, who could so fitly de
liver laws? In every line and look of thee,
. save mayhap in the fairness of thy face,
thou art a son of Ishmael. And the Arabian
sky will quickly take that fair cast out of
thee. Then of a truth thou shalt be as our
He walked deliberately round me noting
.with words and beams of delight each point
of resemblance to the true boru Arab. He
could not enough admire, though I suspect
his i ieasure in my gallant equipment was
rather due to his own share in it than to
the dignity and naturalness with which i
carried it. Suddenly he got grave.
"Thou remiudest me of them I would
fain have about me," he said with some
thing of a sigh. As if to explain his change
of manner he added: "I had three sons.
One sleepeth beneath the green waves that
bore thee hither; one lies deep under sands
heaped upon him by the fingers of the lone
desert wind. The third is even now doing
battle, or it may be he has gone the way *
his brothers. My heart is solitary at the
thought that I may never look on him
again. And thou art so like him. He re
sembled theo in youth, in suppleness, in
bearing, in goodlinessof appearance, hiseye
had the hardihood of thine, and his arm
the same readiness to strike."
His comparisons were cut short by an
imperative knocking at the door, which
replaced his look of sadness by one of
"What meaneth this?" he said, with
bated breath, as he bent his ear to hearken.
The knock was almost instantly repeated
with an added imperiousness and empha
sis. "It must be a summons from the gov
ernor," he said, glancing at me with an ex
pression of anxiety as he rose tc meet his
It was as he suspected. A dozen of the
castle guards, armed to the teeth,clustered
about thc door, and it was evident they
were excited. Said Achmtt endeavor
ed to temporize, but he was peremptorily
ordered to stand aside, and the men, with
weapons drawn, pushed past him. With
out a word they seized me and began drag
ging me toward the door. The idea of re
sistance comos strong upon one so uncere
moniously handled without cause, and I
had swift thoughts of trying the quality of
Said Achmet's silver hilted sword. He
perceived the danger and rushed to my
"As thou vainest thy life resist not," be
whispered, hurriedly. "The governor has
sent them to take thee. Go und rely on
In the grip of a dozen armed fanatics it
would indeed have been folly to make op
position. So, merely begging that I might
be permitted to take my green bag, I quiet
ly suffered myself to be thrust into the
midst of a bristling clump of spears. The
greatest malefactor on earth could nothave
been more jealously guarded or more ig
nominiously hustled. I had just one word
of encouragement. In passing through the
door I got a whisper from Said Achmet
that he would be at the castle by sunrise
on the morrow to testify in my favor. His
meaning was not clear, but it was solacing
to have even one friend at so dubious a
The -winds seemed to bear intelligence of
my arrest. No sooner had we quitted the
garden than we were in a clamoring crowd,
bearing links that shed a grote>que and
lurid light on the strange scene. As I
trew that in Arab towns the inhabitants
are rarely abroad after sunset, the demon
stration was evidence of UUUSUal, indeed
of extraordinary, commotion.
The people, pressing about us, speculated
aloud ou 'hedoom that was in store fur me,
and their angaries were anything but
cheering. What was moredisquietiug, they
once or twice showed a disposition to take
matters into their own hands. If they had
done that, I have a notion this history
would never have been written. As I Its
tened to the shoutings and mutterings
about me I had a very vivid remembrance
of Said Achmet's tale of the Egyptian and
"Here may be the very place where th^.y
were killed," I thought to myself as we
went along. "Here their blood may have
been poured out. These walls may have
echoed their dying groans." And some
times in sudden flares and sweeps of the
torches the crimsoned ground had grewsome
suggestions of violent deeds.
On reaching the castle walls, which were
surprisingly thick, we en?er?l through a
narrow gateway, flanked With towers, to a
sort of esplanade crowded with soldiers.
Then we entered an outer court, passing
through another narrow gate to an inner.
This also we traversed; then we passed
through several crooked corridors till we
came to a gap in a dead wall. Into this I
was thrust, a door was banged and bolted
behind me, and I was alone in utter dark
ness. A moment's groping proved I was in
a windowless dungeon-probably a con
OX TRIAL FOP. MT LIFE-A SIXGCXAR DIVER
Huddled in a foul hole, which admitted
neither light nor air, I tried to imagine
what might be the outcome of this fresh
entanglemc .t. One thing seemed certain:
that I was to be kept fast under bolts for
the night. In the morning, if a pestilen
tial air did not finish me in the meantime, I
should probably be led forth to a mock
trial and convicted by overwhelming evi
dence of uncommitted crimes, for I knew
the ingenuity of the Asiatic mind in de
vising charges. What would follow-the
judgment and form of execution-were
matters that could be foretold with dis
The prospect gave me less concern than
might be imagined. Assuredly fortune
was using her teeth and claws upon me
with implacable malevolence. Blither per
secutions were beginning to lose something
of their poignancy. Like a vain woman,
fortune loves to show her power, and like a
meddlesome one, she must have a finger in
every man's pie, making it sweet and sour
according to her whim and humor. Put
When one has, as the poet puts it, looked
on his own funeral procession, he may
smile at her efforts to inflict pain. Ho is
then getting beyond her range. To that
stage of apathy I was fast approaching.
. The ignominy of the thing troubled me
most. To die once is the fate of all, and
death, as wise men have ever taught, may
be made glorious. But to be shut up in a
hole like a rat and then probed out to be
worried by bloodthirsty hounds is not to
close the fifth act of one's play with any
dignity or glory. If they would only put a
proper sword in my hand, then I might
leave my rn' mory green and furnish a tale
worth telling to their grandchildren.
In spite of what has been said, I must
not boast of confidence, for when at length
outwearied nature claimed her boon of
sleep I was constantly starting up. with a
throbbing heart and a clammy brow. To
be rid of the plaguing dreams I decided at
last to keep awake. As the best means of
doing that I crept about thc cell, entertain
in g myself first by guessing its dimensions
and then by feeling its walls indi hy inch
with my hands. This diversion lasted but
a little while, and then I fell back on my
own thoughts. They, refusing to be con
fined, flew to other days-to old scenes and
familiar faces. Time reversed his move
ment, the past became the present, dead
things stalled into life, and the absent and
the distant were brought near.
Every brae nnd bush ?bout Kilgour.
every bend of thc road, every burn, almost
every tuft of heather, every dear figure, my
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ranier, my motlier, old Duncan Trna Clio
rest rose before nie with the vividness of
reality. Sir Thomas Gordon with his
brown face was there, too, and so was Isa
bel, looking as I had so often seen her, with
her melting eyes and her abundance of
glossy hair. I trembled with a feeling
bait of joy, half of superstitious dread-as
I looked from one to another of the vision
ary company. It was pleasant to see them
ali as of old. Should I ever see them
again? The meeting was gladsome, but
would it bo the last?
In some agitation of spirit I rose, and my
foot struck against tho green bng. It was
an electric link connecting mc in very real
ity with those of whom I was thinking. I
picked it up, drew forth tho pipes, hurried
ly turned them and thc next instant was
playing highland airs with might and main.
Very weird and strange and thrilling sound
ed the music of my native hills in that close
subterranean ell-thrilling as the grasp of
a friend in the day of adversity, strange as
the Gaelic speech amid Arabian sands. J
played till I knew no fear and forgot all
danger, till there rose within me a spirit of
revolt and resistance that would have de
fied the united power of all the caliphs
from Aboo-Cekr to Mustassim. [The first
and last of the real caliphs. Under the
Mamelukes there were, properly speaking,
no caliphs, and the claim of the sultan to
rank as caliph is absurd.]
My jailers beat upon the door with the
butts of their muskets to demand silence,
but they might as well have whistled to
thc charging lion. Heedless of their pound
ing, indeed scarcely hearing it, I played on,
the wild slogan of the clans almost burst
ing the walls asunder. Faster and faster
danced the fingers of the piper; ever more
and more furious rose the strains that
never yet failed to give the strength of ec
stasy to a highlander. It was the pipes that
won Waterloo, that saved Lucknow, that
broke the Russian swoop at Balaklava. On
reeking fields of gore their scream hasmade
men forget death and banish the thought
of yielding. What they had done in the
stress and havoc of battle they were now
doing in solitariness and darkness. With
their music in my ears, I could dare any
All at once the door opened, and a reflec
tion of far away sunshine dribbled feebly
in. A band of grisly warriors stood with
out, grasping their weapons and bearing
countenances of distrust and apprehension.
"Come forth," said one, stepping a litMe
in advance of his fellows. "The great A bou
Kurani waiteth to hear tbecharges against
For half a second I held my breath, un
certain whether or not to put up my pipes.
Then with a fierce gathering of spirit 1
blew again, harder than ever, and swept
forth, my chanter bumming so bravely that
the Arabs fell back with their fingers hard
in their ears. Perhaps it was mit of char
ity, or it may have been from fear to med
dle with a thing so unearthly, but the
guards suffered me to have my own way,
and I, determined to make a good appear
ance, put my whole soul into the playing.
We passed along devious passages of
treacherous suggestion, then through an
open circula" court, whence we had a
glimpse of enormous walls, stoutly bas
tioned and buttressed, and of massive tow
ers flanking arched gateways; then into
another large court surrounded by balco
nies. All thc while I blew with unabated
defiance and independence, much to the
amazement of the assembled people, and
to the evident terror of not a few who
clearly regarded the skirling of the pipes
as the screeching of evil spirits. My tune
on entering was the "Highland Laddie,''
and a very singular figure I must have cut
with my bandaged head, my puffed cheeks
and trailing garments. I had a vague feel
ing of being a second Macpherson march
ing victoriously to death to my own quick
step, and I dare say the bit of bravado sus
Though it was yet little past the dawri,
the court was densely thronged with citi
zens and soldiers, for the Arabs are abroad
with the sun. On a raised seat facing the
entrance sat the governor. Benches of
stone and beaten earth that ran round the
sides were occupied by courtiers, castle of
ficials and the more prominent citizen?,
while the common people and the soldiery,
some with bristling arms and some with
out, elbowed each other to find standing
room as best they could.
Marching with my proudest step into the 1
center, I abruptly ceased playing and sa 1
luted my judge. He did not return my sa
lute, but sitting motionless as a statue 1
watched me with sharp eyes and contracted '
For cn Arab he was uncommonly hand
some. In tho primo of life, he was tall, 1
broad chested, clean featured and bore him
self with the imperial mien of the Caesars. 1
His hair was jet black; his eyes, also black,
were as keen as the falcon's and more de
termined, and his countenance in general
expressed haughtiness and inflexible reso
lution. Just then it was inauspiciously
He was arrayed with regal splendor. Over
a gleaming white shirt he wore a cashmere
robe richly embroidered by the artists of
Delhi, and above that again a small deli
cately worked cloak of camel's hair, a dis
tinction reserved for sheiks and princes
alone. His tasseled turban was of the fin
est red and yellow silk gorgeously brocaded,
and was fastened by a fillet of camel's hair
inwoven with gold and silver and blazing
with precious stones. His leather girdle,
worked with gold and set with brilliants,
supported a gold hilted sword and a steel
and ivory handled dagger, flashing with
jewels and embossed and inlaid with the
precious metal. His feet were in crimson
slippers, on which were bound elaborately
There was an uncomfortable silence as he
examined me minutely from head to foot.
On both sides of him sat his ministers
ugly, crafty, pitiless looking dogs, with a
6ort of grin o' expectation on their faces
but none dared to disturb the governor's
scrutiny. Presently he gave a signal, and
without a word the guards pushed me
closer to him. Fora moment he scrutinized
mo again, and his eyes had in them the
leaping lights of a hawk's when it bends
over its pre}-.
"Thou hast the face of a Christian, an
infidel, and the garb of an Arab, a believer,"
he said sharply at length. "How cometh
"My lord," I replied, with a profound
bow, "a generous and charitable man of
this town bestowed these clothes upon me."
"His charity was ill at ease, me thinks.
What is his name?"
I hesitated, not wishing to compromise
"Thou wilt find it best to bo quick with
thy answers," said Abott Kurani sternly.
"His name," I replied, "is Said Achmet."
"Thou meanest to tell me he sheltered
and clothed thee?"
"Ile succored thy servant when he was
in need," I answered humbly.
"Go bring Said Achmet," bo called out.
"We will see into this matter."
Three men instantly bent themselves to
thc earth and hurried off to arrest my ben
"Whence comest thou anti what is thy
business?" he tisked, turning to me again
and looking rather through me than at me.
As briefly and succinctly as possible I
told him my tale.
His lip curled and bis eyes danced as he
"It is a likely story," be remarked, wi th a
sneer, when I had finished. "How comest
thou, an utter stranger, and, -st hon sayest,
with no desire trTtou.'j hither, to .'.peak our
I told liiin of the tuition of Abram ben
"Thou seest yonder tower?" he said sig
nificantly. "lt is not many days since lt
was adorned wi. h the head of a spy who
added lying t o his ot her virtues."
"As my lord liveth, I speak the truth," I
returned earnestly, for it was ti hardship
that my proficiency as a linguist should
stand against me.
"jYever liar yet bat was as true as tho
prophet. Thine own ears shall bear tho
corroboration of tby words."
Whereupon be called the witnesses. They
appeared in appalling numbers, with ftp
palling testimony, delivered with tbe glib
ness and assurauce of actors who had well
conned their parts. I had anticipated much.
The reality was beyond my wildest concep
tion; beyond anything indeed that the slug
gish western imagination could conceive.
Speechless with amazement and horror, I
heard the damning evidence heaped up that
woulcPhave convicted with a jury sworn lo
acquit. At times I was almost moved to
indignation at my own villainy, for I had
difficulty in remembering that I was the
scoundrel depicted, so atrocious above all
belief were the crimes I had committed.
Never did odious rogue swing from gibbet
or yardarm or dangle from castle wall with
half the felonies on his head that I bore.
I was the emissary of a hostile power
scheming to conquer and enslave. I had
been caught spying by honorable and re
spectable men, whose word was as far above
suspicion as Caesar's wife. I bad sought
entrance to the castle in order to assassi
nate the prince, my judge, and so clear the
way to the throne for a foreign usurper.
Ffttiisg iu that, I had tried to bribe others
to do tLe foul deed, and the actual money I
had given was exhibited by the recipients.
These and other enormities far above any
ordinary capacity for crime were trium
phantly brought home to me. There could
not be the shadow of a do-bt that I was a
rare monster of wickedness, a disgrace to
Tho clown appeared against me with
enough of incrimatory evidence to hang 10
honest men, nnd the impertinent youth on
whom I bad drawn backed bim up with a
readiness and resource that I must have
admired bad he not chanced to be swearing
away my life. After them trooped the ma
jor part of the population, each with a
darker tale and clearer proof of guilt and
depravity than the other. It was wonder
ful how one man could have sinned so
much; how one head could have devised so
much wickedness. Long before my ac
cusers were finished I was loaded with a
mass of iniquity and infamy sufficient to
drag a score of saints to the uttermost
deeps of perdition.
My judge had an easy task. He had to
determine no question of guilt or innocence;
no delicate balancing of points was de
manded of him; he had simply to decide
what should be done to an infamous wretch
who should be defrauded of his deserts by
hanging, beheading, drawing and quarter
Abou Kurani did not move a muscle dur
ing the fearful recital. Sitting with clinch
ed lips and drooping lids, he scarcely seemed
to hear. But when the pitch was exhaust
ed and I could not possibly be made blacker
he turned on mc the face of victory.
"Art thou satisfied with the testimony?"
he asked grimly. "Thou seemest a man of
much integrity. Of a very truth, thou art
a pretty fellow."
"My lord," I blurted, with a gulp, for in
spite of my carly bravado the sweat of ter
ror was new breaking upon me. "My lord,
they are liars every one."
"And thou alone speakest truth. Yea.
that is likely. Thou hast been at thc
pains to learn our tongue and hast faced
perils in coming hither and put on our
clothes and spied and plotted out of pure
friendliness of heart. Thy secret plannings
and bribings are ali for our welfare. Thou
yearnest to do good by stealth."
For the first time he laughed, and it was
a laugh to curdle the blood. When the
judge cackles in irony and derision, the
prisoner may well quake.
Quickly recovering his austerity of man
ner, he looked me over with eyes that peu
etrated to the core of my being:
"Doubtless some one is present to testify
to that goodness thou displnyest so strange
ly," he said.
In my bewilderment I had forgotten Said
Achmet, but now I turned anxiously to
seek his friendly face. A chill went to ray
heart as I searched the crowd in vain. He
had not come; he would be too late. But
just as I was about to breakout into an in
coherent protestation of innocence in de
spair of a favorable word there was a move
ment among the people, and Said Achmet
entered between his guards. Advancing
with respectful bearing to the front, he
made a low obeisance and stood with bent
head and body to bear the governor's pleas
"I thought," remarked Abou Kurani
very slowly, "that Said Achmet was of
those we could call friends."
"There liveth not a man this day who
could wish my lord better," returned Said
Achmet in a low but fervent voice.
"Yet thou givest refuge to spies and ene
mies of the state."
"Heaven forbid thy servant should do
such a thing."
"But thou hast done it."
Said Acbmet's eyes nearly leaped from
"My lord but jesteth," he 6aid after a
pause during which he scarcely breathed.
"Nay, there is no jest in it," answered
Abou Kuram. "Look on this fellow and
tell me what thou knowestof him."
Said Achmet briefly related the circum
stances of our meeting, and bis reasons for
Laking mo in and giving me clothes.
"Thou art a man of honor, Said Achmet,"
observed the governor, "but thy pity bath
blinded thee. Dost thou know aught else
Said Achmet in a few sentences repeated
the tale of misfortune I had told him, Abou
Kuram listening with evident irritation
"I doubt not he had trouble in getting
hither," said the governor, "and the reason
for his coming may be judged by bis readi
ness to endure dangers and hardships.
Thinkest thou it was for sport he encoun
tered those perils by sea and land? In spite
of thy years and thy wanderings, thou
art but a babe, Said Achmet. A feign
ing tongue imposeth on thee, and thou
art moved by the woe of the deceitful.
Hast thou never yet learned that words
are easy as the wind and often as false?
This fellow hath come to spy, and the wages
of the spy are death. Thou mayst go in
freedom, Said Achmet, but another time
see thou let not thy compassion make a
fool of thy judgment. Methinks it is time
thou wert learning to discern between
friend and foe."
Said Achmet, again bowing profoundly,
retired without a word. AB ho went out
our eyes met for a moment, and the look
ho gave mo was full of sorrow and pity. It
was but a glance, yet it expressed more elo
quently than would be possible in words
the conviction that I was lost and his grief
at being unable to save me, or cveu so much
"Is there any oue else to speak in his fa
vor?" demanded Abou Kuram in a loud
voice. The crowd swaying violently craned
its neck for an answer. Nono came, and
the governor turned to me.
'"Thou canst, not be old," he said, survey
ing me fe the fiftieth time. "Thy face
hath t he bio im and comeliness of youth,
j et already thine acts reek with iniquity;
yea, they are 08carrion to the uostrils. In
what school thou bast learned thy guile
and how thou hast the heart to practice it,
I know not, but thou art a match for the
hoariest headed transgressor alive. We
have bad some of thy kind here lately, and
they did not return to the place whence
they came. Thou hast heard tho tale of
thino iniquities. What thinkest thou is
Before I could give any opinion in the
matter- hided my tongue was not at all
ready-one cf the men scated by Abou
Kuram on the right interpolated:
"A needles-; question, my lord. Cast bim
to the dogs and let them tear him alive.
Then let his gnawed head be perched ou
the topmost tower as a warning to spies
and other malefactors."
He was a leather faced rascal, with small,
deep set eyes, very close together, the
mouth and jaws of a bloodhound and the
shifting, sinistrr expression of the hyena.
There are brave and elegant gentlemen,
adventurous fireside heroes, who can dis
pose of the fear of death in an epigram.
Unluckily for myself, I am not so happily
constituted, and it was with a sudden gasp
and throb of terror that I now turned to
the minister. The bato of hell was in his
loweri tig, fanatical face-the spirit that
makes tho Moslem a fiend in the fra j-, that
impels him to cut ont an enemy's living
heart and stump its quivering life under
foot, that in jealousy, anger, revenge or
statecraft makes him subtle, crafty, ruth
less, diabolic, an instigator of foul deeds,
a secret assassin or an opeu murderer, as
the occasion may require. Such a spirit
gleamed sullenly from every lineament of
the minister's cruel and repulsive visage,
CrouchiiiK there, his hand upon bia
crooked sword, he wntched nie ss Jf he faljx
' "wou?a spring"rorward ana cleavo me on ra?
spot. His hideous countenance and glitter
ing eyes fascinated me ns the serpent fasci
nates the fluttering hird it is nhout to de
stroy. My tongue was frozen. With a
tingling sense of innocence and wrong iu
every atom of my being I could not utter n
word in self defense or vindication. I could
do nothing hut gaze enchanted upon tho
devil which had so suddenly confronted me
in the form of a man.
Fortunately Ahou Kuram had thoughts
and a mind of his own. He made no reply
to the minister's suggestion. Perhaps, be
ing human, he pitied mo in spite of my had
character, for I must have presented a pic
ture of utter distress; perhaps after the
fashion of the great he loved the idea of
absolute power. At any rate, he made a
diversion, which set my heart leaping with
tumultuous hope. A small thing you will
generally notice is of great effect in an ex
"What is that instrument on which thou
madest music?" he asked. "Nay, rather,"
he added quickly, "on which thou madest
witches and genii screech."
With palpitating baste I answered it was
named a bagpipe in my country, that it
put the spirit of victory into warriors and
the fleetness of fear into the heels of their
"I said it was thc scream of demons," he
remarked, with a chuckle. Then suddenly
his expression became one of deep thought;
he seemed to be trying to recollect some
thing. "I have it ; I have it," he cried, sit
ting up with a beam of intelligence. "In
thy country are tho men naked about the
"Partly, my lord," I answered in aston
"They have been to Egypt, have they
not?" ho said eagerly. "To Cairo, Alexan
dria-they have looked on the desert and
sniffed its sands. They have likewise been
to India. They have pulled down princes,
established empires, uprooted ancient laws
and made new ones, said prayers in a
strange tongue that no mau could under
stand and gone to battle with great cries.
Have they not done all this?"
"My lord speaketh the truth," I said,
more and more amazed.
"They are called"- He pressed his brow
as a man will to aid his memory.
"Highlanders," I shouted, beside myself
"Nay, nay, not that. That is not it. I
will remember; yea, I have it. Dont thou
not recall tin tale of that Egyptian ?" turn
ing to his minister. " 'Naked Scottish devils'
-that was it. They leap like lions aud roar
like bulls of Bashan; yea, they have the
voice of the wild ass, and their tread is like
an army of horsemen that maketh the
earth to tremble."
"My lord is right again," I cried.
"Wert thou naked when Said Achmet
took thee in?" he asked.
"No, my lord."
He seemed disappointed at this, but his
face lighted up again as he said:
"At any rate thou hastthe screeching de
mons with thee. Wo have leisure this
morning. Thou shalt give us some of the
war music of t hy land."
"If my lon1 will cause room to be mude
for nie," I said joyously.
"Cause room to he made for thee! Why,
dost thou swell with playing:'"
"Nay, my lord, but the piper must walk
to aud fro to play well."
"Thou callest thyself a piper. I have
heard of tin; com jinny of prophets with
pipe nnd tabrct. Perchance we shall have
thee prophesying." Saying this, hu waved
his hu nd with a laugh as a signal to the
soldiers to clear a space.
"Make room," he called. "Hearken to
the music that puttct-h courage in the
hearts of the naked Scottish devils."
The next instant the woudering people
were being hustled back, end the pipes
were squealing in the process of tuning np.
You may be sure that, if ever piper played
with all the zeal and skill that were in him
it was then. The consciousness of the
great prize at stake was diffused like an
electric current through lips nnd lungs and
fingers, through head and feet and all that
lay between, giving fiery energy and ardor
to both the soul and body of the performer.
Yet in spite of this earnestness and
the acute sense of momentous issues hang
ing in the balance, I could not help being
tickled by the ludicrousness of the situ
ation. Very absurd it was to me, an Arab
in garb, a highlander in feeling, to go
sailing about in flowing skirts, bursting my
cheeks for the favorable verdict of judges
who had never seen or heard a bagpipe in
their lives, who did not know one tune
or note from another, and who would be
quite likely to decide with overwhelming
unanimity that all my merits were faults
and all my faults merits, and who were
prejudiced and incensed against me.
It was like putting Harlequin on a trial
of skill before a man who hail never seen a
piny, who detested the theater and its tra
ditions, and above all fervently hated the
performer. Yet I gave them the music of
my native hills with all my might-all the
marches, strathspeys, reels, pibrochs, cor
/ gave them thc music of my native hills
with all my might.
onachs, all the solemn tunes and ranting
airs, all the rousing battle pieces and the
melting funeral wails I had ever learned or
heard, with many more that were impro
vised on the spot. I thought my playing
would have charmed thc soul of a Macrim
mon; my vanity even then made me proud
of my crowding warblers. I had flying
thoughts of the delight of Duncan could
he have heard me.
In fine, to my own mind I was surpassing
myself in all kinds of music, both grave
and gay, and playing nobly enough to win
the plaudits of the best judges in all Scot
land. But Arabs are not Scotsmen iu the
matter of pipe playing. The glances I man
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"Macgregor's Gathering" and "Hoy's
Wife" had precisely the same e fl cet-a uni
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I played charges that would have made
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howl for blood, and pibrochs that would
have made a highland bailiff sit down and
cry, and lilts that would have sent the
young men and maidens of a whole village
skipping over thc green-I strode, I dou
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of enthusiasm. Yeti blew on-blew livelier
or fiercer as t hc case might be, for thc in
ccntive to keep going was strong. I walk
ed with my drones in the faces of the ranks
that lined my path, a thing that wa:? un
wise; I pressed as near as possible to Ahou
Kuram and his ministers, a thing that was
unwiser still, for thc pipes at close quar
tersare more than any foreigner can bear
I was in the midst of the parade, when,
in advancing toward Ahou Kurani, I no
ticed the leather faced counsellor at his
right wriggling as if in dire pain. Haying
no heed I cania up, wheeled and marched
back, but before J reached the ot her end
there was a sudden cry, aud willi a nish
the people closed in, almost knocking th*
pipes out of my hands.
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