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MAS. C MORSE, Publisher.
A Weekly Journal of Local and General News j Devoted to the Interests of Lamoille County.
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Office over NoycsBros. Btore.
1BEKT . Ttll.K-.
Attorney at Law, and Mister in Cbancory,
Morrlsvitlo, Vt.
.. .i.-i . nil all huHineMi trusted to him will
Liulimntlr attended to. Insuranoe of all kinds
UlTice with Boy, llendoe.
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i n.-ii 1..ah ,n tlt.nitll.llni-iif nil
,101 against tlio uovornraoni, wiuuw , miwu
utier ponsions, bountioa, back-pay, tfo
ieo win'". uko.l. watkhmah.
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Aotsfur prosecuting all oialms for pensions,
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.fie it the residence of Win. B. Outt ng. 61
ILiUiKOPATtllCUN. Johnson, Vt.
it the rosideneeofMrs. H. M. P11";8!.
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Main etroet. Will
Leo in Hyce Park and vloinity.
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'tonrst two wookb oi awry uiu, .. , . ......
room! in Cainhrldfte Born', Vt.. and thv ro-
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(prices, as can bb ohibuidu uj
n. Aoaaluill horeftftur keep my olji;eonnn
:-.hili e away irom uoiumui.
binder of the time.
iireALLtho Modern Improvement!!, anu wi-
.i ni I ... ai nn nav will
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IJonnion, vormoin'.
itaral teetii put in tlie bent atato of proserva
. ,i. .,ma xmnnKiirullv treated I
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'ieial tenth mulo la every style known to tlio
rfinioa. . .
Deputy Sheriffs and Auctlenears.
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iiputy Sheriff, Auctioneer and Livery Keeper,
Alorriavi lie, Vermont.
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Hyde Park, Vermont,
hittiful attention will bo uald toall builnuis
Biputy SherlrT, Auctioneer and Detootlve,
Hvit. Purk. Vermont. '
Ml Mill promptly attended to.
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ta;eitUpatthiehonie. Ktrlet attention paid
iiieiraoKor wests.
W. W. FOSB, Proprietor.
Qood Livery Connuoted.
Slowe (Lower Villaeo,) Vt.,
Ill K: I . i . : i . i . r D.AH.Iolnr
I'lwhmtop at thl house are r of netting
'm..uTueiit. tonvoyanceto any p
'"Irycan he had at shortnotloej and Dan."
'"iw to pieaaenis eueata.
t""AN BROS., Proprlotow, nardwlok, Vt.
"MttsehM been thorouubly refitted. Con
iomo any part of the oountry at short notioe.
'""anted. Hpeolal attention paid to
"'"InilndimenUoasei, such an tlio different
'oUihfio' i hoi. Ail.,. ii
POUD'SStMm will
ai?li'Ji.l2 beet Bent I-ollnes there Is
fnii S" S troul'", Laddem, Fenoe Rftib,
lit lir 2t,1M Pln a,"l " kinds of Turned
r'.UIfSaw nir .l...a II ..ul.. fill r..r
rni - - u.'uo Miiimur. cinuiiiim
il.i '" ""cited and prompt attention given.
C I A R E M O W T . " W - H .
j",fturers of Ppr nd B.oks
"BookBindersaDtl Ftioteri.
Solicit 7nn
I'" J thing under th. abovs beads,
"'fir Old Rtft and Pat pi
I o e t r y.
The following exqtmite baliad was
publixhrd oer an UBiiojmouS signature in
a Loudon puper :
It's sailing I am at the dawn of the day,
To nvr brother that's over the sea ;
But its little I'll care for life anywhere,
For it's breaking my heart will be.
But a treasure I'll take for old Ireland's sake.
That I'll prize nil belonging above;
It's a handful of earth from the ltnd of my birth.
From the heart o' the land I love.
And won't the poor kd in Lis exile be glad,
rt'hcn he sees the brave present I bring?
And won't there be flowers from this treasure
of ours.
In she warmth of the bcnutiful.spnng?
Och, trin, macliree! though it's partin' we be,
It's a blessing I'll leave on our shore,
And your mountains and streams will I see in
Jnv dreams
Till I oroFs to r j country once more.
Tlie Maid of KUlecna.
Author of 'The Prlncow of Tbulo," '-A Daughter
of Iloth," etc
"Fair and fine is tlio Maid of Killecna.
Her foot is light on the heather us the
roe-deer on Corrnbhal j hor cvesaro bluer
than the blue seas round Uigj when she
ppeaks the valley rejoices. And she has
no lover, (he Maid of Killecna: her
heart i.s tin free as the winds' of the morn
ing ; the young men are nfraid of Iter
laughing; they avoid the road to Killec
na." Such were tlio phrase, mero echoes of
Macpherson'tt Oxsian, that were running
through the hea j of a young lad who lay
on the beach of the fur and lonely island
of Darroch, in tho Hibiides. Ho was
dressed in rough, dark bluo lisherman'si
costume ; his hands and face were brown
ed with the weather; but somehow he did
not cecm to have the robust tind hanlv
look common to the inhabi'ants of thai
rough coast. His lace was pensive and
ad ; his eyes large and thoughtful ; his
limbs appeared slender ami snpplc rather
than thickset and strong. At this mo
inent he was regarding with absent ami in
different look the sea before tim, tho i.
land that stood black in the pale colors ol
the water, and a largo brown rowing-boat
w'jich was being pulled out through one
of tho chauuels to the open plain beyond,
lu that boat were his four brothers. Ho
was to have gono out fishing with them as
usual : bat he had forgotten the time am,
missed them, and be hu4 run dowu to the
projecting point of the const to hail them
as they wont by. For a second or two
they held on their oars, anil g.ienicd in
olinod to pull in fur him f but then he
could fee his eldest brother, Duncan, turn
round and address his compunious with
many angry gestures ; and presently the
ears were dipped in the waves ngain, and
the boat mado out for tho open sea. The
young lad, Alis'or Lewis by name, lay
down on the shinglo, disappointed, asham
ed and wretched. His heart was not in
the fishing, and every one knew it ; still
it was hard that ho should be left at home
(o mind the form as if be were a girl or
an old woman. But as ho lay and dream
ed of all these things, his fancy took him
away to the neighboring island of Killce
oa and to a small farmsteading there,
where a molhor and only daughter lived.
The daughter was Ailias Maedoneld tho
Maid of Kitlecna, the boy used ; to call
her to himself -and his heart grew in
thinking of her. The pictufe before his
immagination was really one to dwell with
delight on ; that of a young girl of. six
teen, graceful io figure, with light brown
hair that, unloosed, would have rippled
down to her font, ye brightly bluo and
shaded with dark eyelashes, and a dispo
sition as merrg and bright and innocent
as ever cheered up a rudo homo. And
that was a rude ho'ne enough tho small
farm-bousoof Utirn Sleun, which was set
in the middle of a moor, with a few fioldB
reclaimed from the black peat-moss all
around, aud with but a scanty show of
sheep on the drier uplandi abutting on
the farm. Sho had no lover, this Maid
of Killeena j but there was some one over
the morrow channel that separated the
tho island from Parroch who lot his boy
ish fancies bluster around her in a tender
and wistful fashion, keeping the secret, 08
ho imflKi'ieu. sacred to himself.
It was no icoret. however, to hit four
brothers, tba e'dest of whom- a short,
thickest, hardvisugod wan of fierce tern
nor and nnuHinnato sneoch--wng himself
supposed to harbor omo wish that he
might in a year or two get this bright
young lasi to bo his wife. Duncan Lewi
spoke angrily of his younger brother's
visits to tho farm of Curn-Slenn. Ho nev
er had any great lovo for the lad, who
was ill qualified I'm the rough work of the
fishing ; but sometimes he spoke of him
with a sudden emphasis of hatred which
startled the others. On this occasion,
when young Alister Lewis came running
dawn to the point to hail ' tho boat, the
oldest brntheT had turned and Baid, fierce-
"We will not go in to tho shore for
him no, by Kott, we will not go in to
the thore. lie is no use for tho fishing,
not more as if he was a child ; and who
will look out fur tSe storms with . these'
toffies of eyes of his staring. Let him
go to the farm. Let him look after the
hens, and bring the cows home. We hot
no more use fur him in the boat !"
'Butwohef got his fiddle with us,"
said another of tho brothors, regretfully ;
"and he is ferry goot with tho songs and
tho stories,"
"The songs and the stories!" said
Duncan Lewis, with an oath. "Who will
want to hef stories that will mek the fer
ry dead rise up in their graves? They are
not goot songs for the middle of tho night.
His songs and his stories ! Lot him tok
them over to that lass at Killecna sho
will hef his tonjs and his stories !"
"But it is you, Duncan Lewis,
yoursoif," retorted tho brother, "who like
to have a word with Mrs. Macdonnld's
The eldest brother did not answer ; he
struck his onr iuto the water, tho other
oars instantly following; und the measur
ed throb could have been heard along the
shores of these lonely islands, while a
gloomy sihineo prevailed on board tho
Meanwhile Allister Lewis had got up
to his feet, showing himself u, tall and
wcll-mado stripling enough, though be had
not the stalwart make of his brothers.
"I will go over to Killoeua," ho said to
himself. het something to say toAtla-
He walked along tho shores r,( tho is
land tho shingly bench of whioh soon
gave way to strenches of fine wind-swept
sand. Ho came to a unrrow channel, on
tho other side of which was pnother is
land darker and more rocky than Dar
roch ; while the striit between hadlnlcor
Iy a strong -current running through it.
Mow to get over ? There was, not even a
houso within sight on theso desolate shores.
Tho lad cooly undressed himself, tied his
clothes in a bundle, and strapped ihem on
his shoulders : theti ho made his way care
fully into the water, and swain tho chan
nel. Tho water was pretty smooth j but
all the same the lower part of tho bundle
was considerably wet. Not heeding that
tnuoh indeed, ho had calculated on it
he rupidiy dressed himself again ; and
began walking smartly up and over the
mar.4iy green wastes of Killnontt until he
reacheJ a small farm set among the black
moorlands that had been cut for peat. An
elderly woman was at tho door, in the
misty sunlight, spinning wool, Ono or
two people mostly old men, who had
given up the fishing, but who still wore
RHVinrniati's clothes were at work in the
fields. There was no Bign of the Maid of
Killeena. :- - ' 11
"Yes, is it you, Allister Lewis? ' Mrs.
Maedotiald said, in theOaolio; "and have
you not broughl your fiddle to give us a
tune? And are your brothers not gone
to the fisting to-day?" -.. - ,'"
"My brothers have gone to the fishing
without mo," said Alistor in same tOnguo,
"uod they have taken tny fiddle With them,
I want to see your Ailasa, Mrs. Macdo
nald, for I oiu goiog away."
"Are you going away, Alister Lewis !
And where are you going?" sho said.
"1 am going to Glasgow yes, that Is
where I am going. I am not any use at
tho fishing t od my mother do not want
me at the farm. It is a long way to Glas
gow." ''
"You will find Ailasa in tho kitchen,"
said Mrs. Maedonald. '
Ailasa wna raking up the peats tho
fire was In tho middle of the floor, with a
chimney overhead going up . through the
thatch of tho roof ith ' tho intention, of
putting a big pot nti the iron hook. She
turned round suddeuly as he entered a
bright look of surprise and gfadncss flash,
into her face and Bhe said in English,
And iss it you, Alistor, Yl last ? You
haf not been here "not for nioro as two
' "No, I hof not, Ailasa," ho said cast-
nir rlnwn hia eves : "and now 1 wass
o.nno to bid you good-by, for it ia to Glas
g iw that I am going. It iss no use my
being here any more
and "if I
can getj
any work in Glasgow, that will be ferry
wall indeed aud if I can go to the schools
there I will do that too, for it iss not any
great motiey you want to go to the col
lege there, as Malcolm Ross he wass telU
ing to me when I will sec him in Storno
way, and so and so, Ailasa, . I , wass
wanting to say good-bj to you before 1
go-" ; " . - . . - '
"But you will not bo for going to Glas
gow all at once, Alister?" said tho girl,
with two big tears oppearing in her eyes.
' It ins no use spending tho time any
more here," tho lud said, wistfully. "1
would write you a letter, Ailasa, from
Glasgow, if ycu would like thut : and if
you would send me the news, that would
be a ferry good day the day that I got a
letter from you with all tho news in it."
"And are you going away like that, Al
ister Lewis?" sho said ; "and none of
your friends to come and drirk a glass to
your good hoa'.th. and not a word lo any
ono of them? And it is only in half ao
hour that will hef dinuer, Alister ; and
what is half an hour if you aro going
away to Glasgow V" '
"But you will not bo ferry' angry with
me, Ailasa," he said, rather shamefaced
ly "bekass it is a hard thing to go away,
and 1 will not'hef tho spirit to say good
by to Ihem all only to you, Ailasa, and
to your mother ; and so good-by to you,'
Ailasa, 'and it will be a ferry good day for
mo that day that you will send n;0 a let
ter to Glasgow." r , ,
Ailasa was now cryiug bitterly. She
held out her, hand : aud he, , unable to
speak, shook it warmly, aud went away.
Then, with some broken sonteuces in Ga.
clic, he bade good-by to tho old mother,
and bjtook Limself again to crossing tho
wild moorland on the way to sea.
That night tho brothers, who had only
been out with tho lines, came homo late
and rather dispirited. Tho take-had been
small. When in duo course they s.tt
dowu to supper, tho old father and mother
included, Alister only was absent.
"I suppose he bass been all tho day
over wih (hut lass at Carn-Slean," sid
the black-haired Duncau, angrily. -'He
is better there than at'the fishing. He
will go to the fitiin with us no more by
Kott, bo will go with us no more." ' '
"You aro right., Duncan 'jjewis, and it
is a hard man you are," iho old mother
sai.l, beginning to cry, ! "Ho will not go
lo Iho fishing with you, not any more, for
the boy is going to Glasgow."
"And a ferry good thing too and inir
0vcr,"said Duncan, gloomily, "he will be
erry much bettor in it counting-holise
than at an our ; and ho will hef his fiddle
when ho likes, and his stories, and his
books. Tisa a ferry good thi'Jg that ' he
will be a coin 5 auy to Glasgow."
""15y Kott," exclaimed one of the oth
er brothers, with a sudden- vehemence, "if
Alister iss going for to go to Glasgow, , it
is9 not with empty pockets that ho will go,
to Glassgow !' ' " " "'
;! "No, no!" cried the !bthcr brothers'.
"We will gif the lad something to put In
his pocket ! ; By Kott, lie will bef some
thing to put in his pocket !'' '' -
And hero the white-haired 'old father
interfered; and With maiiy wise 'shakes
of tho head ho intimated lhat he-knew all
that lay before n 'young man who was go
ing to seek his fortune in a' strange ahd
distant city. ' Old Hector Lewis, to ' be
suroj - had never been out of the Hebri
des, and had never seen any "groatef ' or
more glorious city than Slornoway; but
ho was supposed to know maeb nioro than
most mou of -what was going on in the
world.; i Alistor would soon get a Bituai
tion Tie could be recommended to Mr.
Maeilwham. tho painter and glazier, 1 of
the Gallowgate ; and though it was too
late to apprentice him to that trade, Mr.
Maoilwham would surely be" able to' find
an oooupation for a young man ' who- was
learned in all matters of bookcraft', hand
writing, figuring and. the like.'j i ' ; ,u,?
"I wass thinking he will not get much
money for the writing of verses of poetry
that is a very bad trade," Said Dunoan
Lewis, with sotno contempt;. . ifi, ,,
': "But this is what J, say,",, said .Ncol
Lowis, tho third brother, with unnpeogary
warmth, ("1 say, thef e is po, ; finer lad in,
the Western ls' as Alister Lewis, and it
will surely bo a shamp, and a great shame,
if, we wass to Jet him, fight, his ( own j way
iq a strange town, nAnd tVi8 .what I say.,
that if,effery penny of my money , that, is
iu the bauk of Stornoway will hef to , go,
Alister, ho will be. at the college, as sure
as I 'am a living mail by Kott !": ,
And thorei anil then tho three brothers
... ' rf . , . . ,.ii ...
settled it,' Dunoan being the only dissen-
tincnt. When Alistor oame in .to supper
he was pale and silent. Ho felt himself
an outcast,' and thnt hiJi-Qthcra had rea
son to despise him for lhat, he, could nqt
work in the boat 8fiy,did,;H, iwas.
oonsoious that'he spent, his time iu idling
about the moors and solitudes in playing
his rudo Violin by the side of lonely
streanis in reading books aud studying
atgcraio puzzles that could bo of no use
to any one. So he came in and sat down
at the plain wooden table, silent aud
"And wlicre hef" you been this day,
Alister?" said NicoJ Lewis. .
' Tho lad bit his lip aud was sileut ; he
did uot tvish to be laughed at. ,
;At Uiirn-Slean that iss where he
wass," said Duncan Lewis, looking dark.
"That iss true the la said at last. "I
wast over at Carn-Slean it wass ti say
good-by. For I am going to Glasgow
it iss no use my being here any more." .
"That is a true word you hef spoken,
Alister Lewis,", said his brother Niool,
in a kindly fashion ! ' "and we are ferry
glad you would think of going to Glasgow,
bekass it is ik t many hass such e'leadiug
and writing as you; aoi it wass Donald,
and Ilainisli, and me, we wass savin' thero
iss no groat expense of the going to the
college, and wass saying that the expense
well, we will tck tho txpensc, and it iss
no great thing that we will . tek tho ex
pense. Aud if you get a place io Glas
gowMhat will ktep yoj'inyour meat and
your clothes, that wass ferry well what
ever; but tho college, it its' Donald, and
Hamish, and me. we will pay for the col
lege, and you will send us tho letter, Ah
i.itcr, that will tell us nil the news.-'
Surely tin) boy fas not fit tot tho hard
life of a fisherman, ; ; for at this moment,
when he ought to be havo been glad of
heart, any pne could have seen that tears
were running down his face. , He loso
abruptly from iho table. , llo wont to the
siii.ill window a single pane of glass let
into tho wall aud stood there for a mo
ment or two. Then he came back, and
held out his hand to each of, tho three
brothers in succession. '
"I', iss u ferry kind man you arc, Nic
ol Lewi.," ho said to tho last of them, "and
a ferry good brother o me. Audit iss
uot much of your money I will spend at
the college ; and whoo lean I will puy
you back your money ; but there is more
than the money that I thank you for this
night, Niool Lewis." . - . , '
And so, some few days thereafter, Al
ister Lowis suileil in tho steamer for Glas
gow ; and many thought they could see
him no more in this world, consider that
hn hadgon? away to that distant place;
but as for Ailasa Maedonald she had no
such thoughts, and usod, on tho contrary,
to sit of an evening and wonder what the
great city was like; and wonder,' too,
when Alister. Lewis would grow lo be a
great and famous man and come back in
piide and honor to the humble farm io the
island of Darroch,, . ,,
Three months Tent by .before they got.
a letter. It was on the evening of a warm
autumn day thut Ailasa saw tho solitary
figure of the postma.i come over tho level
moors ;; and in;the distanco in the midst
of tho glow, of rich color that was shining
Over all thv liui'.,nnd the sea that hum
ble official fieeiijed to. her to come like an
angol out of .a cloud of golden mist. . .. Sifts
knew the letter had qonm at last. Fleet
footed as a young .ro'.i the ran to meet
him, and she was too breathless to ask him
the nooossiry question when she was face
to face, wjth him., t . .,v
i i "Oh,, ay," the shriveled aid mtin said.
opening his bag ; "it, wass more, as four
times or six times you hef come out to
nieel me;' Ailasa ft "hi you was thinking' I
had a' letter from Alister' 'Lewis that is
away in'O'ttsgow? ' And this time you hef
nomo the right 'time'; and tharo is more
as a letter for yoo," there1 is 'a gran' big
book a ferry fine big book, ind you will
be ferry proud of it"whatcver.'i!" I bef not
seoh any such fine book siOCo the wan that
Sheila Mackenzie sent all tho way irom
Horvabo&t to Mrs, M'Gregor's lad when
hd wass ferry ill wi' the fever. ' " '
' ;"An(l ifyou'would give ine the', book
and thr lottor,; John Catnoron," Said Ail
asa, r'athor Tmpahehtly, "you could go on
to' tho house and hef a drain." '
' So Bhe got the letter and the book, and
forthwith she sat down' oti tho heather,
leavi'ug tho postman to go on his way. It
was a well-written letter Alister Lewis
had always been clover with, his pen.
. ".Dear Ailasa," so it ran, "you will bo
expecting all the news' fromnio this long
time; but 1 would not send tho news, till
I had the good news to send 'you,, And
now I can do 'th'at ; for. I have got a good
mast or, 'ami ii' bood' ihaster riiakes a will
ing servant; and ho ii very kind to tne
whatever.'!.' AmM have been ; very 'busy
with the night olatses since I was' como to
Glasgow)" and I have been' three nights
ia tho wetk -&pgy- Latin toran old gentle
man that 1 have heard was a Catholio
priest nrany years ago, and he has classes
for the young men that aro going to col
lege, and they are nil very eager to go to
the college. Tho Greek is at eight in the
morning ; and it is very much easier for
me to learn here than io Darroch, where
there was no ono to tell you if you were
right. My teacher thinks that I will pass
the examination ; and the junior Latin at
the college it is early in the morning, and
my master says he will give me what hours
I will want for my classes. Dear Ailasa,
1 have spent not ono furth'ng of the money
that Niool, and llumish, and Donald they
gave to me, no not any ono farthing of the
money ; aud 1 am in hopes to keep my
self at the co'lege. It is a terrible place
this big town you can not sleep for weeks
after coming to it ; and it is very lonely
you are. Jiut I am very busy all tho day,
and have not much time to think of any
thing but the work of the day ind my
books at night ; and when I have a little
time I go down lo tho river whero the
ships are, aud 1 hear a little Gaelic among
tho sailors, and 1 reo the big steamers go
ing away for Oban, and Islay, f.nd Stoi no
way, und then I think of all tho people I
know in Killeena, and Darroch, aud if I
shall see them any more. That is all the
news. If you would send mo a letter with
the news, that would bo a great pleasure
to mo. I was thinking would like to
send you a book if you will take it. from
tne; but if you do not wish to tako the
book from nie you will tell me about thai
in tho letter with all tho tiens. And 1
hope yaur mother is very well ; and I re
main, dear Ailasa, ycur faithful friend,
Alister Lewis.
The young girl did not look at the book.
Sho rcud and ro-read tho letter, and her
face was full of pride and gladness. Had
he not prospered famously in tho far city,
whero they had already so far recognized
the erudition he had picked up in Darroch
that they were going to admit him to the
great University? And he had mrin
tainod himself, keeping himself free from
debt, and ho a mere stripling. Ailasa
drew a wooderful picture for herself of
tho young mau's triumphant circumstances
and prospects. She did not know of tho
dingy little room in tho attic; of the
breakfast, dinner and supper of oatmeal
porridge'; of the weary hours of study
stretching fur mto tho night, und of the
slow drudgery of the day in that shop in
Iho Gallowgate..
Surely this evening was to bo ono full
of wonders. Another figuro appeared as
if coming out of the eunset; what now
stranger was this? A short, stout-built
dark-hairod man camo across tho rough
moorland, aud approached Ailasa in a
somewhat shy fashion.
'I bopo you are ferry well, Ailasa,"
said he, holding out his hand in an em
barrassed way.
j "Yes, I am ferry well whatever, Dun
can Lewis," said she, without any great
concern. "And you will be for seeing
my mother. She is in the houso."
"1 might hef come to see yoursoif, Ail
asa," said he, ; i
The young girl laughed lightly.
"To come all the way from Dorroch to
sea ine? That would bu ferry kind of you,
Duncan, if I could believe it. But my
mother was saying it will bo a long time
since we hef seen any of the Durruch peo
ple, and she will be furry glad to see you
this day oh yes, sbo will be forry glad
to seo you,"
Tho fisherman stood, embarrassed and
uncertain. He would liko to have said
samething more ; but he had been regard
ing the open letter and thegilt-edgcd book
lying on her lap, jiud angry suspicions
were crowding in on his mind. So ho sud
denly left her, and went ou to tho house,
whero he found Mrs. Maodonald stirring
up the peat fire. Sho rapidly dusted a
stool for him, and bado him sit down.
'r "U is a ferry fico evening this evening,"
said he.
"Indeed it is, praise God," sho said, in
tho Gaolio ;' and therefore they spoke in
that tongue.
.;; "It is a strange thing I am como to you
about this day," said he, with his eyes on
the ground," "1 am tho eldest one of my
family. 'T havo dono well in the world,
Mrs. Maedonald. ' I have more than 120
in tho bank atStornoway."
, ."That is a good thing, Duncan Lewis."
aho answered. "You havo kept off" tho
drink like a prudent man. It is not ev
ery one has 'so much money' in tho bank
at Slornowny." "' ' ' '
, "And it is titno, Mrs. Maedonald," ho
continued, "that ono of our family should
take a wife ; and the eldest first, accord
ing to the old saying." " ' ' " ,: ' '
"Yes, indeed, the eldest first," she said,
producing a bottlo, and a gluss. and a plate
with some pieces of oatmeal cuke on it.
1 "And this is it, Mrs. Maedonald ;f there
is no luss in all the islands - so good and
fino a lasBasyour Ailasa, Mrs. Maedon
ald, and if she will take me for a husband,
it is a good husband I will be lo her ; and
I will come to Uaiti-Sleas when there -is
no fishing and look after the farm for you,
for you want a man (6 look aftorthe farm
at the time of the sowing and abthe ti.-ne
of the harvest."
Tho Highland woman received this pre
posal io a calm and matter-of-fact way,
"Take a glass of whisky, Duncan Lew
is, and drink to our good health. 1 do
not touch the whisky myself. A for our
Aihsa, bbu will be married some day, I
hope, for that is good and right for a lass,
and I hope she will have art hone hu.
band who knows how to keep off the drink
ike yourself, Duncan. Dut sho is (no
voting a lass to think of taking a husband
yet. If sho waits five or six years, theff
it will be a good time to take a husband.''
"That is fairly 8Dokcn."said the fisher
man. "I will wait five or six years if
Ailasa will promise to be my wife. I am
not in a hurry, Mrs. Maedonald ; but it
is a good thing to know you havo mdo
your ehoiec, instead of going to all places
to look for a wife."
'Then you can speak to herself, Dun
can Lewis; and here she comes" said the
mother. "And do not forget to say that
you will come and look after the fariw
when you have not to go to the fishing."'
Ai'sa camo in, bcaringher two treasures
in her hand ; and surely a brighter or pret
tier lass than this comely young creature
could not have been found anywhere iu.
theso remote islands.
"Do you know I hef a letter from Af
ister Lewis?" she said to her mother,
"and a'fino book too, that is full of tho
pictures of flowers. And it iss a ferry
good letter of news, for he is going to tho
college, just liko Malcom Boss."
"Oh, ay," his eldest brother said, with
an angry look gaibering on his fuco, "it
is ferry fine for him to go and be a gentle
man with all the money that Ban ish and
Nicol gif to him. as if he was no more
nor a beggar's son, and it iss ferry fine for
him to live on their money and go to the
"But it is a mistake and a ferry great'
mistake that you hef made, Duncan Lew-'
is," said Ailasa, very warmly. "It is no"
beggar's son that Alister is, for he has
not touched a farthing of money ; and if
he had, it wass only a loau that he could
give them back again ; but ho hnss not'
spent no not ono farthing of tho money,
and he jss no more a beggar's son as you
are yourself, Duncan Lewis!"
"I am not a beggar's son," said tho-dark-haircd
fisherman, his temper getting
tho belter of his prudence. "It is" more
as 120 I hef in tho bank at Stornbway ; '
and when will he make that at tho Cob
"Me will make that and a great deal
very much more than lhat before a few
years is over," said tho girl, confidently ;;
"and it is not money thai is every thing."
"Well, it is not right for us to hef a
quarrel, Ailasa Maedonald, ' said Duncan
Lowis, gloomily. "I did not co'mo here
to hef a quarrol. I wass saying to " your
mother that a rxan who haps money to tek'
a farm of hij own should think of marry
ing; and 1 hef told you what money it is
that is ir.iiie in tho bank at Stornoway ;
and I wass saying I would como and look
after tho farm ot Carn.Siean when thore
wass no fishing "
"That is ferry good of you, Duncan
Lewis," said Ailasa, with soino surprise.
He was not ordinarily generous.
"But this is it, Ailasa," said ho ; "you
are a young thing, and hef uo one to tek
caro of you if your mother wass ill. And
I wass saying 1 wass saying to your
mother that I would like to hef you for'
my wife, in fivo yeurs, or four years, as
might be, and that, is tho word I wiiss
wishing to speak td yoo, Ailasa Maedon
ald." The girl looked more and more aston
isheJ, aud thou iurood, as if for guidance,
to hor mother. Mrs. Maedonald had be--gun
to pool sotno potatoes for supper, and'
was apparently not listening.
'To bo your wife, Ducan Lewis? And'
it iss not any joko that you ure making?"
"It iss not any joko ut all," said he.
"Then I can not gif you my word back,
Duncan Lewis," sho suid, simply. "Not'
in fivo yean, or in four years it iss no'
uso your thinking of it nil that time yoi1
will get fotnu other lassjn Darroch." '
The man rose with a gloomy look about
the dark eyes,
"That iss your aDswor to me, Ailasa'
Maedonald ; and it iss the last word voir
hef for mo?" '
"Yos, it iss the Inst, Ducun Lewis,"'
she said "but it iss ferry good friends
that we may be, although'l oan not think
of marrying you.'
He did not make any uns'ver to that
proposal. He bado mother and daughter
good-by in a brief word or two in Gaelic',
und then ho set cut to erofs tho Killecna
moors. The shadows of night were gath
ering over tho islands and the sea when
ho entered his own homo; but their black
noss was not half so forbidding and oinin
inpus as the fixed aud angry scowl on his
face.- -
(To be Coutloaed.)

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