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A Weeklj Journal of Local and General News ; Devoted to the Interests of Lamoille Conntj.
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LABOR AND FRUIT.
In the world there's trial and carea
Intermingled with blessings and grace;
Midst the wheat, there's chaff and tares;
E'en through glory, foul sin shows a face
While clouds hide the sunshine yet sunshine
so fair,
Up above the dark clouds, blessed sunshine is
there.
Should I mourn if God deems it just.
Mourn and murmur that He comes with
frowns;
That my roses and blossoms arc dust,
That my diadem's thorns, more than orowns?
Ho, in hope rather trust and in faith rise lo God
Where are roses and crowns, but never a rod.
Oh my Soul lt murmuring cense,
i Lost in grace, Thy precious behest (
In tenderness let me increase
That my heart in peace can rest.
Oh come let me in to thy own fenst of love,
Dear Savior, and keep mc and bring ine above
As the clouds weep over the envtli
Po wcepeth Thy spirit for nie;
Through trnvnil and puin comes the birth
Of a soul loused from sin and made free;
So the cloud, tears nnd pains nn l labors arc
given
These are artisan's Wl-to fit me for Heaven.
Docs thy music seem haruh and untuned ?
Hits thy heart fun ml no rent on life's road T
Are thy life pleasures nil uiipci fumtd t
Does its harmony lose the accord ?
Look up, Oh ! my kuI, turn thine eyes toward
Mis word !
Onus thine nrii.s round II is cross nud trust thee
in tiud.
Miscellany'
The Maid of Kilkena.
BY Wlhl.lAM III.ACK.
Author of 'Tho Princess of Thulc," -A Daughter
or lleth," etc
CHAPTER HI. (Continued.)
"DuiiciiM Lewis," sho cried, what uro
you doing?"
'What urn I djing ?" snid he, with u
loud und hurslt ltmgli ; und sliu dimly saw
that he won groping about the bottom ol
the boat. "It iss tho. two oars tlnit liel
gone into the sen. lint (his is what I am
doing thai some one lines taken the cork
out of 'he bottom ofiL'e bout yes, when
it wat-s on the batik- und, by Kott, the
water is coming in fast, and you will lief
to swim axhorc, Ailasa Macdonald !"
For a second or two she as too siupe
fied to utttr even n sereani, She knew,
in her spoichless horror, that what he had
ftaii was true, for she hour J the gurgling
of the water, nnd at llio same moineutshc
fuw his dark figure rist in the boat auri
then (iiyt prar. tie had jumped into the
sen.
Some little time thereafter a man all
dripping and Wet was running across the
inutehy land lying bettvecn tho sea and
Hector Lewis's farm. Ho encountered
three men about halt a mile from Ihe
shore.
"Alistrr Lewis! Alister Lewip''ht
eri 'd. "it i.-K bad night for you this
night !"
'In the name of (iud. Tuncati Lewis,
where U'Afi'tui ?" sa'd t!io 'youngest of
the three men.
"I waes taking her ever in tho bout
wo wass not far from tlio Miorc- and the
water came into the boat. Il wuss wiinc
ooe bans made the cork loose when the bout
wass on tho bank-- "J ; - ; ) u i ', ! ''
' "But where is Ailasa ?" cried the young
man. scarojly comprehending Ihe story.
Where? is sho? Ay, where igehe't",
said Duncan Ltyvis, clasping his hands
over his head, apparently in an ngony of
grief. "Tho boat wass sinking 1 had to
swim ahoro "
With a shrill sharp cry, as of a wild
animal shot through tho heart, tho young
man rushctl off in the direction of the sea.
He could not piek his way on such a durk
6gtit VWt Vofcare.1 bntVlie'tlje'r ho kepi
or missed tho rough foot path lending down
to the shore.
Ailasa ! Ailaca !" he rhouted.
The sileneo of tbo night was bis only
answer.
He reached the water there was a
mournful plash of" waves all-along the
beach out there nothing but hlaekness.
'Ailnsa! Ailaeaj" he called J and. th
men who had run after him they too called.
"Ailasa! AilaM!'!
Was it fancy or a wild reality thai ho
heard a faint and distant voice call, "Al-
ister ' not over there in the channel
which he bad been anxiously scanning,
but for away out in the west, toward the
' A
open sea i
Again ho sot out, rushing wildly over
the patches of rough heather and broken
"rook close by the bcaoh. Kvory second
or two ho would stand and call, " AiUss !"
and then; with the strange fancy Hat he
still could hear a voice faintly replying,
ha would rush ou again. At length he
reached the extreme corner of the island
All round him were the dark sod moving
waters of the sea. He called aloud.
"I can hear her ! I can h?ar her!" he
cried, as if his heart were breaking. "And
tncre is no boat tu go for her! Ailasa !
Ailasa ! why do you not pull in to the
shore ?"'
"You can not hear her!" said Duncan
Lewis, savagely. "It is a madman that
you are, Alister Lewis ! The boat wass
sinking when I swain in to the shore.
Ay, oy, the poor lass wass in the water.
1 could not bring her to tho shore, for the
tide it iss ferry strong in the channel "
He ceased abruptly ; for the young
man, who bad been gazing into tho un-
unknown darkness with a Gxed and strange
stare, suddenly heaved a sWt, quick sigh,
and then fell heavily buck on the beach
as ooe dead.
CHAPTER VI.
"FAREWELL, MACKKIMSIOX !"
That was a wild night in Dairoch. A
great sound of lamentation arose when
the news reached the wedding guests ; tlu
women cams rushing out to fill tho dark
ness with their cries of grief; the men,
ftidticnly sobered, would search all along
the shores vainly groping about in tha
dark. There was no starlight to guide
their search, the skies were black over
head ; the wind camo moaning over the
bleak moorland, nnd the waves plashed
mournfully and distantly on the beach.
"Ay, oy." said ono of the men, "it iss
no use whatcfTer. The good lass is trooned ;
ay, ay, it U a bad night, and horsel' jist
married mirovcr."
"Duncan Lewis," said another, "is not
the man to leave a lass to bn Irooned if
there was a chance to save her ; but ho
couldtm sooni ashore wi' her, wi' tho tide
going down the channel. Ay, ny.it wass
many a time I lief told Mm. MacdoRald
sho should bef u bigger boat."
"Sho waas a bad boat, lamn her !" paid
another, fiercely. "And there wass stones
in her, too, for old Tnnnld Maclean he
would try a sail wi' hrr tniiin her, thai
teffle of a boat ! Tho poor lass the poo:
lass! And where iss Alister Lewis?"
"Ay, ny,"satd one of his companions,
"he iss out at the point. He iss fair und
mud about it, and he says that he will hef
hear her cry to him. und that she iss gone
out to the sea Hut it iss not possible
for tho bout would go down ay, ay, the
poor lus ! the poor laas ! And it wass a
bad thring to hef the other boats away at
tho olhcrt-ide of tho island and the Lew-i.-ses'
Gsl.ing bout, she is up on (he sand,
and they bef been working nt her for
threo or two days of more, and she canna
be put in tho water and if sho could be
put in ihe water, what was the use o' that?"
Then it began to rain ; und when at
last most of the people hud wandered down
to tho point, they tried to persuado Aba
ter Lewis to go back Jo the farm, but he
would not go. Duncan Lewis had gone
to get. dry clothes on and two or three of
tho young follows had started off to walk
to Ihe other side of Darrnch, to bring
round the bonis as soon as the daylight
began to lighten the sky. Meanwhile Ibis
melancholy company stood out at tho edge
of the sea, in iho slow and soaking ram,
and a great sileneo had fallen over all
; Then they began to ce each other somo
whui moro clearly. strange blue light
became visible all round, and they could
mako out something of thn coast and of
he dirk islun I lyii out thure iu tho sea .
Slowly n'pale grvy rose Up in tho cast
slow nnd mournful and they could eeo
tho palo gray sea and the palo gray rocks
and ihe low-lying white mists that hung
about the shores. . So different was this
moruing tr the morning that, had ushered
in Alister Lewis's martiaga-dtiy !
By-and-by, and fur away in tho dis
lauce, they heard the measured ocod of
oars r nnd here were somo of tho best
oarsmen ubout tho islund bringing round
two of the boais. What news did they
bring? On their way they had found ono
of tho oars belonging to Mrs. Macdonald's
boat, which had been caught in a long and
trailing mass of sea-weed, and got diified
on to a small "sland of rock.
There was another burst of wailing whon
this nnws was told ; for now it was clear
that the boat had gone down with the
hapless girl who had so lately been made
a bride. What was the use ot putting
out to sea ? , Nevertheless, in a helpless
fashion, Alistor Lewis would get into one
of the bouts, and tho young fellows pulled
him out to the upon waters.
' A cold gray rant lay low over the sea,
beaten down by its constaut rain, and
bung about the islands, too, so that their
shores wore scarooly visible. : In all this
wide picture of desolation there wus no
sigp of life ! as fur as tbey could seo, with
eyes well trained to pick out tba smallest
objects on the waves, there was nothing
Boating there.
"No, no, Alister Lewis," said ono of
the young meo, "tho poor lass couldna
hef drilled out to the sea, even if the bunt
wass afloat. For the tido would hef driv
en her on the Skelrniore rocks, and there
was nothing there when we passed."
He did oot ask them to go furthei ; and
indeed they had hard work .o pull hack
against the wind, though tho tide was on
the turn. When they got back to Dar-
roeh again tho people had dispersed along
tho shores, seeking for some trace of tbo
auuken boat, but nothing belonging to it
except the oar had been recovered. Then
they all went back to the farm, aud sat
down iu silence, until Mrs. Macdonttld
suddenly threw up her hands again, and
called aloud, "My good lass! my good
lass!" whereupon ull the people joined in
her grief, tho women rocking themselves
to ami fio, und saying with many sobs
that there was no lass in ull tho islands
so good a lass ns Ailusu Mncdonald. And
this was noticed that while tho men, old
men and youn men, asked questions of
Duncan Lewis about'what had happened,
he answered them with his eyes on the
ground, and never once lifted them to any
one's face ; and of si! the pcoplo there,
Aiislcr Lewis was the only ono whowoufd
not ask any questions, but sometimes he
stared id silence at his brother and ut his
downcast face.
What satisfaction could be gained from
any questions or answers? They had
wakened the lad. out of his bed who bad
last pulled across tho small boat, and bad
examined hint about the cork in the bot
tom of tho frail craft. He admitted that
during Ihe day, 6nding the boat hud been
leaking, ho nnd two others had pulled her
up on tho beach, und taken out tho cork
ns the handiest method of bailii.g her;
but t-liut the cork was properly put in again
wasprou'd by his having subsequently
pulled tho boat over to Killecna and buck.
"Ay, ay," said Duncan Lewis, eagerly,
when ho henrd this, "the cork was loose
ay, tlvj cork was maybe loose, and 1 may
hef kicked it out with my feet."
"Aud it is a liar you are. Dnncun Lew
is," said the tall young lad. Gerccly. "For
I hammered the cork iu with a stone; and
how could you hef kicked thn cork when
it was atween the spars?"
At this Duncan Lewis flew into a great
rage, and would have laid .hands on the
boy but that the people held him back.
There wero one or two who looked at each
other when, in the height of his passion,
he said ho would not bo accused for noth
ing. All Iho following day they searched the
shores, and then they found the second
oar, washed up by the tide on the Skeir-
more rocks, where it had got hidden among
the sea-weed. They went round to tho
other islands, and sont messages to the
fishing stations und harbors ; all to no pur
pose. They found out. indeed, that a
small schooner from Vatcrsay, in IJarra, j
laden with herrings, and bound for Stettin,
must have passed round the outside of
these islands just about daybreak on that
fatal morning; and on the mere chance of
this vessol having seen or heard any thing
of a castaway, they gave due notice to tin
ports at which she might call. In course
of time the message came back. The
Whit Helen bad passed outside the
islands in question about seven in the
morning, but had seen nothing.
Day after day passed in hope, but not
in expectation, for there seemed to bo no
doubt ubout (be fate that had overtaken
Ailasa oc the very night cf her wedding.
Alister Lewis was a changed man, Iu
these few days he had grown bflggard and
silent. He would speak to no one. , Ho
only walked around the shores, or pulled
out in a boat by himself, as if he still ex
pected lo hear his name colled ; aud when
if by chance he came into the house, he
saw Duncan he immediately went out
again. The two brothers had not exchanged
a word.
Ono duy Alister sought out his brother
Nieol, and said to him,
"I am going away from Darroch, Nio-
oi." : ' V.
"And Kott's will be done, and a ferry
good thing ton," Niool sail, looking at thn
young man. "If you will stay in Dar-
roeh, Alirftcr Lewis, it is a mad man you
will be. The poor lass ay, ay what is
tbo use of watching for ber any more?
and you are thinking you hef heard her
speak it is like lo rack you mad yes,
it iss a good thing you will go away and
look after your school." ,
"I am oot going to look , after any
school," said then young man, with a big
lump rising in his throat ; "that wag's for
Ailasa that 1 wanted to have the school
You would not bavo mo stay in Maol-beg
now, Nicol Lewis? There is no nun
could do that."
"And where will you be for going, then?"
said Nicol.
"America."
The elder brother uttered a cry.
"Then it is no more we will Bee you iu
the world ;"
"I will go to Glasgow, aud te'.l tho
gentlemen that they will get some one
else for ihe school ; then I can get a boat
at Glasgow for New York. There are
some here who will be glad to see me no
more.
Nicol looked at tho young man half
afraid ; aud suddenly thn whole manner
and look of Alister Lewis changed. A
ghastly pallor shot into his face, be clinch
ed his hands, ami then he almost cried,
aloud,
"Yes ! Do you know why it is that 1
am going to America ? It is this, Nicol
Lewis, thai if I live in this island an
other week thero will be a murder here
yes, as sure as I am a'ive '."
"Alister !" tho elder brother said, star
ing at him.
"A murder yes!" the younger man
said, with a vehemence that seemed to
border on madness. "And maybo not
the first within this month."
An indescribable horror was visible in
Nicol Lewis's fuco ; for this wild accusa
tion was but (he expression of many a
strange and terrible fancy that had wan
dered before his mind, and that ho striven
to banish as the work of devil. ,
"Alister Lewis, what is it you say?'
he replied, almost in a whisper. "What
is it you think ? For tho sake of Kott,
Alister Lewis, you will not say that as ain't
your own brother !"
The younger man had grown more culm,
at least ho bad sunk into a sort of gloomy
taciturnity.
"I have said what I have said, Nieol ;
let it be between you and inc. Hut 1
must go away from this country, for thero
is one in it whose life is not safe while 1
um in too. That is sure." '
No ono but Nicol knew why Alister
Lewis was leaving for America ; most
considered that ho could no longer bear
those scenes with whicti he bad been fam
iliar in bnppier days. Tho old mother
wept over him : she knew sho could see
him no more. All his brothers went with
li im as far as Stornowny to catch tho Glas
gow steamer there all his brothers ex
cept Duncan, with whom be refused to
shako hands ou leaving Darroch,
"1 have left Duncan Lewis alive; but
see that he does not kill himself." These
were the last words spoken apart to Nieol
by Alister os they stood on tho deck of
tho Clansman, just before the great steam
er steamed out of Stornoway harbor,
CHAPTER VII.
TUB '-VKlf.'A POUR MOt, 8. V. P."
When Duncan Lewis jumped out of the
small boat into iho sea, the sudden dan
ger of which Ailasa became conscious did
not deprive her of her souses. It" was,
indeed with some sort of wild instinct of
sclf-prnservatiun that she immediately
dnshed down her hnnd toward the spot at
which the water was rushing in ; and
that she found iu a moment, for she was
as well acquainted with Ihe boat flJ Dun
can Lewis had been ignorant of it. She
toro off tho woolen shawl that she wore ;
she stuffed one corner of it as tightly as
sho could into the small hole ; then she
reached up her a-m and took out one of
Ihe wooden thole.pins from tho side of the
boat. This thole-pin had been extempor
ized that very day ; Iho rough bit of wood
had been left much thicker at top than at
bottom ; somo portion of it was sure to
fit. She hastily wrapped around it a por
tion of the other end of the shawl, with
drew that already in, and in another min
ute the hole was safely plugged.
Then she looked around.
A great terror seized her, and yet she
did not scream. Where were the people?
she could hear no voices, only the sound
of the waves along the unseen beach.
Then she remembered the oars had
gone. How should she make some des
pairing effort to get into land again? She
threw out tha stones thai were in the bot
tom of the boat ; sho took tho small tin
can out of the locker in tho stern scat,
and balod out a portion of the water,
which was abcut a foot doi-p ; then she
unfixed the rudder, and went 10 the bow
of the boat,- and tried to use it as a pad.
die, now on one side, now on the other.
But tho "work was hopeless. She had to
stoop so far that her bank began to ache ;
then her arms grew so tired with tho uoJ
wonted labor that she eould barely move
this heavy pieoe of wood aed at length,
wearied out' and yet not quite aware of
the peril that awaited hor, gbo sat dowo
on tho middle thwart and began to cry si
lently. A new souud startled her. Tha boat
scraped agaiust a rock. . With a sudden
joy in her heart she sprang to tho side
and reached out her arm there was noth
ing there. She searched all round in tho
darkness nothing but water. She knew
new how rapidly the wind and tide com
bined were carrying her away ; and as
Ihe wild fancy struck ber that was the I
last point of the island that the boat had j
grazed, and that she was drifting cut to
sea. sho rofe and called aloud in her ago- j
ny (o her friends, and most of all to her
young husband. Alas ! 'here was ' not
even an echo to theso wild cries.
She might, however, drift on to tho
Skcirn'0'0 rocks: nnd as the sea, with the
wind off the land, was here comparatively
smooth, she would be able to scrable over
the sea-wced to somo higher placo of safe
ty. But she could not make them out in
the darkness of tho night. Sho sat wait
irg in silence now, with a great dread
stealing over heart, listening for the sound
of the waves on the rocks. At length
she heard it. It made her tremble, but
it was welcome. She kept watching tho
water by the side of the boat that she
might bo able to mako out tho first mass
of stone or sea-weed, and she knew now
that the point of the long and narrow is
land was near at haud. Still she kept
her head down. Tho water was lapping
all around the boat ; it confusod her as
she listened to tho breaking of tho waves
close by. Then sho roso again. Was not
the sound more distant ? She had gone
by tho Skciymore recks, and was drifting
out to the open sea.
"Ailasa! Atlrsa .'"
She started to her feet ogain. Was not
that, tho voico of her lover, far away and
faint ?
'Alister!" sho cried, "Alister! Are
you coming for me ?"
She listened again. There was another
sound of "Ailasa ! Ailasa .'" but it
seemed more faint ; and how eould she
send back an answer agaiust the wind ?
Nevertheless despair made her try again.
She called uljud from time to timo, and
listened ; then whon she could hear no re
ply sho gave harsclf up for lost, and sat
down in the boat, aad could only cry bit
terly that she should see Darroch and
Kiileena and her young husband no more.
So she sat through tho weary hours,
sleepless with her utter wretchedness, and
yet sinking into a numbed stato with the
cold und the wet. Sho had sacrificed her
shawl ; it was now lying soaked iu tho
bottom of tho boat, one cornor of it plug
ged iu with the tholo-piu. She heard no
moro tho sound of tho waves along tho
coast; the waves were growing bigger;
sho knew that she was out at sea.
Day broke, cold and gray and misty.
The islunds that she could dimly see in'
tho distance lay like huge black shaddows
iu tho white fog; but the more she gazed
at them the more she was convinced that
t hese were not the Skeirmoro rocks, with
Darroch and Killecna behind. Whither
had she come? A sort of stuper was be
ginning to crawl over her ; the pain in
her heart ulone prevented her siiAing in
to the bottom of the boat, und letting tho
rain and tho wind and the cold sea have
their will of her.
She could not havo closed her eyes ;
yot ii wis with a start that she sa, , fur
down in the southwest, a small vessel ap
parently coming northward. Faint us the
chances were '.hat they would descry so
small an object us (his boat in the midst
of the fug and rain, tho sight gave her
new courage. She begun to think of the
ships she had watched go by this remote
aud lonely coait. Might not ono of them
them pick her up, and carry her to some
port from which she could make her way
back to her own homo? And if this help
was long delynd, she knew they would
find only a corpse in ihe drifting bout.
How slowly the small and shadowy ship
came along! Sho gazed ut it with such
iniensity that occasionally her head be
came giddy, and it seemed to disappear
altogether; then with a quick anxiety she
would rub her eyas nnd look again. It
was a Bchooner. She stood up in tbo boat
and she had more difficulty uow in bal
ancing horself aud waved.her handker
chief, looking anxiously all the while.
Surely they must see her uow. She watch
ed tho sails and the course of tho vessel
her accustomed eye eager to perceive
the slightest charge in either. Aud there,
sure enough, the schooner seemed to be
drawing nearer to hor. She waved the
handkerchief again. Sho began to trem
ble violently. Then she sank into tbe
stern of tho bout, keenly conscious of ull
that was around her, and yet apparently
iooapableof movement,
It was a small schooner, but it setjoscil
Itko the hugo ghoti of a dozen men-of-war
as it bore down upon her through the gray
mists of jbo rain In a sort of dreuni
she saw What the men wero' doing. She
saw them short eu sail ; then she heard
voices; theu the schooner hove to and iho
small boat was sent down. Thero were
two meu and a lad in it. They pulled
toward her. They catr.e nearer. And
now the whole world seemed to be roc ki riff
nnd surging around her, and il apreuied
to her that sho must struggle upward lo
save herself from drowning, und that she
was powerless to act or to speak. They
hailed hor. She gave ono loud cry ami
then she knew no more.
When sho camo lo herself sho was on
the deck of the schooner and Iwo or
three men, weather-worn of face, were
gazing at her in a woinlerin;' way. ubh)
speaking to each other in unknown tongue,
"1 u in Ailasa Macdomil," sho said ; '
livo in Ki.leenn. Will you put me ashoro
at aoy place thai is near to my home 1"
They shook their heads, una she saw
they did not understand. But the skit
per, a small red-faced man, who held u
bottle and a glass in his hand, said lo her,.
"Engluesh?"
"Yes, yes," she said, eagerly.
"Varc you como?" ho said, think
ing of each word as ho pronounced it.
Sho pointed over to tho distant coast,
now almost invisible in tho fog.
'No wreck? No boat down?" he said,
supplying with abundant gestures tho
missing words. "You come out lost ?"
"Yes, yes," she said. "Can you take
me ashore ?"'
He shook his head.
"Take you there? Non. Not pos--siblc.
You rest here a boot ho como'
back you take the boat, yes?"
They were all regarding ihe beautiful
young girl as though sho had dropped
from the skies, and yet there was nothing
rude or unkindly in their gaze. One of
the crew came forward with some brandy
i n a cup She shuddered, and refused it,
but ho prosed her to take it so urgently
that she sipped some. Then tho captain
touched her dress.
"Ferr bud ferr bad," said ho, shak
ing his head, for her clothes wero'soaktrrg
wet.
He turned to tho sailors, and some con
sultation with them in this unknown
tongue. Then ho motioned her try follow
him ; and although she guessed they wero
French, and knew that tho French were'
not liked by tho fishermen of her coast,
still she had no fear of sea-faring folk,
acd she followed him bravely.
He took her to the door of hisowa cab
in, and pointed inside. He showed her
the bolt ; and when she hesitated, he said,
with vehement gosture,
"No? Why no? Forr you it is
forr you. Go there, and mo come back
you shall give the dresses by this way
they go to dry by the fire, yes? Why
uo? You ore afrait? Mon Dieu. sec !"
He showrd her tho bolt again ; uud
there was a proud and hurt look in his
faco (hat gavo her more courage thun auy
voluble protestations could have done.
She went inside ihe small cabin it was
not small in her eyes, accustomed as sho
was to the resources of much smeller craft
than a French schooner and made her
self quite at homo there. The sailors
treated her with the greatest thought ful
ness and kindness. The boy whom she
had seen in the small bout was Bent to the
door of the cabin to wait for her wef
clothes. Ho brought her some coffee and
biscuits , ho brought her, too, abundant
coverings for tho hnmmrck ; aud though
bo cculd not speak a woid, his big black
eyes aud browned hands showed her what
to dc. Then, having partaken of this
frugal but comforting meal, she bolted tho
door of tho cabin, sho rolled herself up in
tho warm clothes, and, tired, cold, and
heart -sio'c beyond measure, gunk into a
deep sleep.
When sho awoke her clothes were thor'
oughly dried ; nnd she knew tho difficulty
they must have experienced i drying ny
Woman's clothes ou board a boat. When'
sho hnd dressed herself sho went on deck,
and it seemed to her that she had cutercdf
upon a new life. Surely she had passed
through the agony of death, and left ulr'
her old friends and ossooiates behind. For
now it was cloar mid-day, and the sun
had rolled baok the rain-olouds to the hor'
izon, while far away u cross ihe blue sea at
palo, 'all, white object ut the. very extrem
ity of the laod caught rho sunlight atd1
shono over thn dark -eoast.
If is tho Bull of LowU!'" she'erifd, itf
dismay. , . 'i- -
-Lewis'? Yes, yvti yes !w tbo sWatt',-red-faced
eaptaio said.
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