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CHAPTER !.
A KINSMAN AND AN SX?2?Y.
After five and forty years, they tel! :
turbulent students of tBe University
Ediuburgh listen with eury to storic
the battles of Peter Clcphane and Andi
Kilgour. To one whose sun is f:ir on
wrong side of the meridian', and who on:
rather to be engaged with his evening pi
er than his morning folly, the memorj
early misdeeds can be no mat ter for sa
faction, yet, I must own, it causes rae
surprise to hear that our ungracious rc;
tation still lives, for if fervency of h
could give immortality tc strife ours mi;
be forever memorable.
Jonathan and David made a cor aant
love, their souls being knit together in i
bonds of a mutual affection, but we sw
vows of vengeance, our hearts being afl:i
with reciprocal ill will. As a consequec
hostilities were frequent nnd hot, and b
process as quick as it was natural we i
into thc very blackest hooks of Uie anth<
ties. Almost as regularly as day succe
ed day wc heard it angrily prophesied tl
orir rebellious and fntractal le's] :;?t wo:
assuredly bring us to a speedy and an c
end. I being thc greater sinner (fri
causes which may presently bo appreciate
was encouraged with the direr predi? tio:
Eut the censors might have saved tb
breath. If these warnings bad any effi
at all, it was to stimulate and embitter o
enmity. There are certain mouds in whi
admonition but fans into the flame t
spark of rebellion that lies in every un
generate human bosom. I fear that mo
was ours. Defiant and impenitent, i
were a grievous affliction to our profess)
and the cause of many Hts of choler, resu
ing in red faces and shaken nerves. I i
gret to add that what rendered us no bett
than a pest to cir teachers made us
source of endless delight to our felic
students, particularly to such as re
studying divinity.
I hope students of a later generation a
vouchsafed moro grace, though I am bout
to add that several of those who used
cheer loudest in the thick of the fraya
now worthily thumping pulpits, and wil
evident success pointing their hearers
the straight gate and narrow waj? Wi
knows but they serve heaven all the bett
for having some special knowledge of tl
ways of sin? If the devil were converte
he would probably make a flrst ra
preacher.
Peter and I wore kinsmen, and the dca
lier enemies cn that account. We h.
come up in the same month of the san
year to pursue our studies, as college pa
times are ironically styled, he from Dandi
I from a remote part of thc highlas ds, an
as we had never previously met ncr eve
heard of each other, save by vague an
casual reports, our introduction was th:
of strangers. For co-;.- ins the mee I mg v. j
not cordial. A town bred exquisite an
the soie heir o? a lav. vcr with a big ban
account and a trunk ful of mortgage
Peter entertained a sovereign contempt f<
all such as were not of the I courte
Mammon. The wretch who could not fe
a fashionable tailor and live like a prince:
he happened to bc of princely tastes, woul
inspire neither affection nor respect in m
worthy cousin. Himself possessed of tb
longest purse and the finest ciothes in th
university, he was fawned upon by a bo-J
of the most devoted toadies that eve
worshiped a golden calf.
. To the charmed inner circle of hiswoi
shipers I was never for a moment adm it ted
yet none of his chosen friends touche?
him so closely as I did nor yielded hin
so much pleasure. They flattered, but
served as target for his wit, an nnenviabl
capacity that was extremely gratifying ti
him and extremely galling to me. Neve
an opportunity of vexing me did he miss
Not once during the two years we were to
gether did he forego the slightest chance Ol
taunting and ridiculing me. Though nal
.orally averse to toil, ho would cheerfully
have labored for half a day to coin n sen
tence that would sting or contrive an insult
that would humiliate rae.
. ! At our first meeting, though 1 .-; k
purer English than his own, be bi j ?ed foi
an interpreter, as unhappily he had a il tl
delightful Celt ic dialect at his command,
expressed surprise that one bern to thc
heritage of a kilt should demean his fine
legs with trousers, and then with a sar
casm that was .alternately like icc and fire
in the blood he commented on thc instruct
ive and interesting antiquarian cut of
breeches made in the highlands.
1 "As for your coat," said he, "it is the
finest specimen of the antique I have seen,
and I more than half suspect you of being
the lucky finder of a garnit:.! dropped
from the ark during its cr ag the
northern peat bogs. As ca nntedeluvian
relic there would be a fortune in the thing.
"Why don't you exhibit yourself?" Where*
'upon his satellites laughed uproariously,
calling out that it wasn't fair to purloin
the clothes of Noah and say never a word
about it.
I 1 left him with a crimson face and my
heart already a furnace of hate. Thence
forward we were as powder and flame to
each other-we had bi't '.0 come into con
tact to go off. Psychical experimenters
hold that an idea is a force of which the
natural tendency is to translate itself into
action. When we were together, tue tend
ency of our ideas was generally violently
that way.
In the tongue I was no raaf ch for Peter,
nor indeed in the '-mire university was
there his equal in the U'C of that diabolical
weapon cf offense. In three minutes he
-->^_could have blackened thc character of a
saint beyond hope cf recognition .-tucl puta
much more patient man than Job beside
himself with passion. As for me, a single
sentence, sometimes a single sneering little
laugh or curl of tho lip was enough to
bring my blood to the boiling point and
create an irresistible itching in my fingers
to close on his throat. To do him justice,
he took no pains to evade a contest.
; When wo laid aside our coats to settle
differences, I generally managed to pay off
scones satisfactorily, for, thongh he v..< > my
master with the tongue and three years my
senior to boot, I, bek:g lnvd a hunter and
climber of hills, had the firmer muscle.
Perhaps, too, I had the greater ardor in
cruciai moment-;, and if that had ?tseffect,
mine was not the flrst instance in which
the spark of naphtha !ire in the Celtic blood
told in the fight.
But the fortunes of war are variable. It
chanced that one day my enemy caught me
with a crippled arm. Ile railed upon m?,
as was bis wont, I retaliated, we fought and
the victory was with him. If he hud whip
ped the whole British nation instead of a
maimed and insignificant unit of it, he
could not have exulted more, nr.:- if hei I
been of thorf.ee of rebel angels could he
have paid his debt of vengeance with n
keener or opener malignancy of deli tat.
"There, you highland blusterer," ht
cried, when the issue was decided. "Have
you enough, or would you like more? How
does it feel to get a drabbing?"
"You oujht to know, who have bad it so
often," I retorted. "But as to this day's
work, we will reckon for it yet. Tomorrow
we'll see who crows loudest."
""Wo will," he laughed, witta a more bl
ister expression than I had overseen in iii:;
face before. "You and I agree for 1 nee.
And when the reckoning comes tliei
muir cocks I know whose crow will not I, .
so cruse as it is today.
He came up to me with n devilish glei
in his eyes and snapped bis fingers in my
face. "Tomorrow!" he hissed. "I'll sin
you what'll be tomo: row. , PH
you like that I" and he stamp
his heel ia thc dust. "A poor,
thing like you setting yourself upi foi
mei" Then he stood off n step and broke
into a laugh of derision, bul checking iii:;:
self be bent forward, again saying in a t one
of simulated compassion: ".Ni; er all, a.? Pm
a Christian, 1 ought to pity you. There is
a shilling for you. Take it. liefere seven
days are over I dareKnv you will liad i:
ful."
Such was my nmazement at this speech
..-.i +1,0 cn/i/ipn chance of his manner th?tl
.ri;,ht, 1S03, by John Alexander Steuart.!
mecnanicaiiy neia otu my nana unu W?N
tbe shilling. Bat its teach, which tras as
a sting in the quick, restored my senses,
and I flung the coin back in bis face.
"You may insult but you cannot degrade
me," I cried, a hot, moist, prickly sensation
springing to my eyes. "What your mean
ing is I cannot tell. I only know that, be
ing your;:, il must be spiteful and malicious.
But before the seven days of which you talk
are over I-will repay your affront with in
terest. And in thc meantime I will say in
the spirit of Timon, ic is a pity you arc not
good enough to spit'on."
My outburst awed the throng that had
gathered about nr. and I strode ?.way ir.
the midst of a drud silence, the picture, us
r.n eyewitness afterward tdd me, of fury
incarnate. Peter's tongue, however, was
not long still.
"Ha, ha !" he cried mockingly ere I had
gone 59 yards; "so the beggar would ride
OP horseback, would he? Pride goes be
fore a fall. The pauper who rcfusctffclms
today may tomorrow dispute with the dogs
for a bone. Even a highlander may find
it hard to feed on his pride."
I turned quickly on my heel, under a
frantic impulse to go back and rend my
tormentor on the spot. Perhaps it was the
vision of jeering faces that deterred me,
for the crowd were chiefly his friends, or
it may have been an acute sense of my
physical disability, but I only called out in
a frenzy of passion: "They laugh best who
laugh last. I'll silence your tinkler tongue
yet," and held on my way, my rage so fu
rious that passersby stared at me, my
brain throbbing with the fellest purposes
of revenge.
Poor fotil! One brief moment's presci
ence, one glimpse of the future, and the
kneen edged sword that fate held immi
nent over my head would very speedily
have cheeked my passion and turned my
mind to other things than petty aims of
vengeance. Yet such foreknowledge would
not have diminished my sense of wrong.
My enemy's evil influence w;is predomi
nant, and, little as I guessed, it was to
shape my whole subsequent career.
On reaching my rooms I found a letter
from home awaiting me. The superscrip
tion was my father's, a circumstance that at
another time and in a calmer mood would
immediately have struck me as peculiar,
since my mother was the invariable corre
spondent at Kilburnie. But just then I
had not eyes to observe. One thing and
thing alone 1 saw and thought of-the de
I c sti d object of my wrath. He loomed upon
my distracted mind like a portentous fate,
shutting out all else. Instead of making
baste lo 1< arn the news, I crushed the letter
in my band and strode about the apart
ment, darkeuing it with violent language.
At length I tere the envelope and read
thc letter. The effect was as if a fevered
man were to plunge into an icy flood and
have all his flaming currents chilled in an
instant. I seemed to have passed in a mo
ment from one dreadful state of existence
into another still more dreadful. I had
leaped, in the words of our poet, from "hell
heat to arctic cold," from the region of an
ger into that of despair, and for awhile I
was paralyzed. At first I read incredulous
ly, thinking ; hat fury must have disordered
my brain. Holding ray head in my hand, I
read again, and yet again, hoping to prove
the first interpretation wrong. But re
perusal only brought out the fatal truth
the more clearly. Then I thought that my
father must haw- been mad when he wrote,
but that hypothesis also had to be aban
doned. The letter indeed was mercilessly
Bane and explicit.
It was a voluminous document, covering
a full httlf dozen sheets of large, closely
written letter paper. That I might the bet
ter understand the crisis which had come
upon US and the course of events leading
up to ir, my father related the history of nil
the preceding generations of our house.
My ancestors, according to the partial his
torian, were men of rare virtues and splen
did accomplishments, brave, generous and
well favored, aiming ever at keeping their
tor bright and their bull full of good
cheer fortbeir friends. Their hospitality
sboue conspicuous ia ages more princely
;:. ours, and, said my father with a pride
that had its touch of pathos, "No man of
them was ever known to du what did liol
become a Kilgour of Kilburnie." Bat he
was constrained to add, "Though 1 am
afraid they were not al ways as wise ?is Solo
mon."
The eulogy was the preface to a very bit
ter tale. Bog and crag and moorland but
ill fit people with a chivalrous spirit and a
lavish hand. The Kilgours having ex
hausted the treasury in keeping open
house began to borrow. Then bit by bit
the otate passed away, till only a remnant
remained. "When I came into possession
of it," wrote my father, with a stroke of
sardonic humor, "it was like succeeding to
an almshouse." Then he went on to tell of
the incessant at tacks of harpies-Israeli tish
usurers aided by conscienceless lawyers
and how these harpies were now "closing
in like ravenous beasts of prey howling for
blood. Wherefore it comes," continued
the letter, "that things are pressing hard
on us at this present writing, and I and
your mother aro sore distressed." There
was, however, a chance of keeping the foe
"beyond the gates" by temporizing until
such time as I, the sole hope of the fam
ily, should be able to cometo the rescue.
Tho manner in which I was to bring relief
was by beating the harpies at their own
game. In other words, I was to retrieve
our fallen fortunes by turning lawyer
forthwith.
"After much meditation," pursued my
father, "the law commends itself to meas
a high and honorable profession. A law
yer in our family would fairly set us on
our feet again. Lawyers arc all rogues,
Andrew, as I know to my cost, but you
night get a long enough spoon to sup with
the best of them. Once started, once ris
ing, none knows where you might stop.
You might be my lord advocate yet and go
to court and make a great name and get
influence, and then we could cock our bon
nets ?md whistle with the highest of them."
This was bad enough and hopeless enough,
but thc pinch was yet to come. That my
progress might be facilitated, I was to be
ni", my legal career in the office of Thomas
Clcphane in Dundee-that is to say, I was
to put myself completely and uncondition
ally in my enemy's power. My father
thanked heaven that I had an opportunity
o? making so good a start. "I will write
to your uncle immediately," hs said, "?ind
it lies secure in my mind that he will admit
you on favorable terms. Delay not-, my
son. Let our straits be a spur to your reso
lution. Wu look to you to save us, and 1
am sure we do not look in vain. I have a
dim memory of hearing you once say that
your cousin, who will naturally bu your
uncle's partner and successor, is your fel
low student at the university. Cultivate
his got il will, ?md by the grace of God he
may befriend you.*'
] rea 1 this lotter a dozen times, dazed by
its news, sic!.(ind nt heart by its mis
plac id and tragic hopefulness. Locking the
door to prevent intrusion, I sat down and
tried t.) think. What was this burden thal
had been laid so suddenly upon me? What
wrns l tusked '..><',< i >>"ot half an hour be
fore Peter had publicly ground his heel in
th du tte si iiy how he would crush me,
and I had answered in angry defiance. Now
I was to ph :.d ft r his favor, his help, his
g< ' ! will. ! was to court his scorn, to in
vite him to heap insults and humiliations
on my head. J!-; might taunt me and
ti : tpl me, call lits companions to join him
hi making sport of mc, he might spit on
mc, i reat me liken dog. and I could give
nothing i:i return but the crouching sub
serviency which ?.dog owes to its master.
.1 sprang to my fcc t and began to pace the
room in a tumult of revolt and indignation.
No, by heaven, it should never bel Neve]
as long as he drew breath would Peter
Clcphane call me slave. To be snubbed,
contemned, jeered at, treated as a cream n
of the mire, every time thc li n mor seized bini
was a pro"; : ty bec *.:ics!e.d at onse. H?
must I-iii; i tr conditio:!. Alrwidj
' . **?.' ?!.. .<:.. Ute td he that J was ?i
pauper ana given me a roretaste 01 mo |
treatment I might expect at his bauds. My
father could have no knowledge of what
his proposal meaui. He would not willing
ly deliver me bound into the bands of my
worst enemy.
And then, with a subduing and sobering
effect, it struck home to my heart that all
this was but tho rebellion of a selfish pride.
The individual has his rights, private feel
ings have their place and value, but to
weigh them against the claims of duty is
impious. Could I be guilty of such im
piety? Could I turn a heedless ear to the
call for help that had reached me? No, a
thousand times, nol Better suffer any hu
miliatiou; better sacrifice freedom and lik
ing forever than turn traitor to those I
loved. Help? Yes, I would help. If neces
sary 1 would go to Dundee and be deaf and
dumb under Peter's persecution. He could
lay on, and I would never 60 much as pro
test.
The gloaming came, and my landlay en
tered with a light. The cheerful glow of
lamp and fire strengthened my resolution.
My writing materials w.ere on the table,
and I sat down eagerly to reply that I
would do in all particulars according to my
father's wishes. As I wrote my paltry ob
jections grew less and less till they were no
more than a vague shadow at the back of
my mind. My spirits rose, the prospect
brightened. I was almost glad of the op
portunity that had arisen to do something
practical. I would throw myself into my
new studies with all my soul and-who
knew? I might yet realize ray father's
dream and be a legal luminary and restore
tho fortunes of my family. I had read of
such things; I would make my life a ro
mance.
My sheet was perhaps half full when all
at once there arose a great shouting under
my window. I stopped to hearken, but un
able to distinguish what was said'I raised
the sash and thrust out my head. The
moon, which was near the full, shone in an
unclouded sky, so that the light was good.
Below I saw half a dozen familiar figures,
and in their midst, with a leer on his face,
was Peter Clephane. He broke Into a ti
rade of reviling and mockery as soon as he
saw me, asking me howl liked my drub
bing and whether I wouldn't come down
and get more. I closed the window, firmly
resolved to make no response. Words are
but wind, and they would not turn me
from my purpose. But the clamor waxing
louder and r ore aggressive, so that I could
not write w h any degree of self posses
sion, I put out my head again to beg them
to go peaceably away. I was received with
a volley of wry ill smelling slime aul 9
shout of derisive laughter.
"That's a slight expressfon of our respect
and esteem for a scabby highland man,"
cried Peter. "How does it taste?"
I shook off the filth with a dizzy head
and a sharp constriction of the throat that
made me gasp. I did not speak-I could
not, but there was a fascination that held
my eyes fast on my enemy. As I did not
withdraw, I was bespattered a second time.
They shouted in their glee louder than
ever, Peter's voice being high over all. The
rising tumult witbiu drowned the noise
without. I did not hear what was said.
Lights began to leap in a fantastic maze be
fore my sight, and there was a.sound in my
ears like the vicious song of a million bul
lets. I cleaned myself again as well as pos
sible, my assailants screaming in an ecstasy
of joy at my plight, then turning backward
I clapped on my bonnet and descended the
stairs.
My appearance outside was the signal for
another and a fiercer storm of ridicule.
But my passion was already running high
and needed no fresh tempest of derision to
make it surge. Walking straight up to
Peter and looking him in the two eyes so
that Le flinched und fell back, I said iu a
voice that was strantre even to myself:
"The time has come for you and me to set
tle seme points. Come this way and bring
your friends."
At the back of the house there was an un
used plot of ground covered by a soft
sward. It offered a desirable seclusion,
and thither I led them. They took the
thing as a fresh jest, making boisterously
merry over it, little aware of the madden
ing electricity that tingled along my veins
or the deadly intent that had brought me
there.
Immediately upon enteringthe inclosure
I threw off coat and waistcoat, slipped the
braces from my shoulders to have freer
play and tightened the belt about my
waist. Peter stood regarding me with a
look partly of curiosity, partly of con
tempt.
"I think you hud better strip," I 6aid
quietly. "I want no advantage." There
was no longer any thought of the crippled
arm.
'Your words are brave to come from so
white a face," he laughed. "You look ?as if
you lind just seen your grandfather's
ghost."
"Get ready," I said, biting my lip in my
impatience, so that I tasted the salt blood.
"Well!" he cried. "I declare I have
never seen a better performance Lt a circus,
though I must say it seems an odd taste to
war.t two thrashings in one day."
"Get ready," I repeated, "for fear I kill
you before you have a chance of defending
yourself."
He stripped leisurely, taking time to fold
each article daintily as he took it off, and
to keep ray purpose hot his tongue was
busy with sarcastic compliments to my
valor. At length he bowed elaborately,
saying he was ready to receive any atten
tention I cared to bestow upon him. The
words had scarcely left his lips when
he was reeling from the attack. But it
was not a fight such as we used to have.
It was a furious onset and a feeble defense.
I can liken it to nothing but a cur strug
2 he words had scarcely left his Ups when
he UXU reeling f rom thc attack.
gling impotently in the claws of an infuri
ated tiger. He was stupefied and windless
before the smile of disdain had time to
leave his face. I was not conscious of his
resistance. I did not feel his blows. I
thought we had not well begun when he
was an inert heap on the ground, and his
friends were calliug for mercy. I turned
from him to them, for my fury was still in
raging flood.
"Will any one of you or all of you to
gether take his place?" I asked.
But the challenge was not accepted, for
no man cared to fight a demon, and so cry
ing out upon caitiffs and cowards who
could jeer, but had no heart for battle, I re
dressed and went back to my rooms.
With the passage indoors there came a
nw! ft and miraculous change. I had not
bee) absent 10 minutes, yet I returned to
tujobhcr world, a world of convulsion and
.frightful upheaval. My father's letter lay
on the table, and besido it the unfinished
?ff!y. Glancing at them, my eye caught
'?Qi{> words of supplication, the appeal for
<ild. I sank into a chedrnnd buried my
??KC in my hands.
"And this is how I help." I cried, with a
(dicking sob. "This is my loyalty to them
I! U re. God forgive nie!" And my unger
weat out in 11 passion of team, (ind only re
ino iso and n sense of folly remained.
Having shattered my prospects mid dis
regarded my father's advice as far as it was
Miisible, I felt there wus nothing to be done
mil. togo to him as quickly OB might be
and seek bis pardon. It was not nu agreea
ble nor indeed a promising mission, for,
tLcugh my father was ono of the most
affect ional?: of men, he was hasty tempered
tod at times narrow and arbit rary. I was
thwarting him in his dearest wish', and he
would not easily forgive me, but go to him
I must were lt only to hear his sentence of
banishment. So I set about packing al
once, resolved to start by tho first coach on
i he morrow.
CHAPTER H.
A Plil.SONAGK OK VAST IMPOIITAXCE.
I slept ?Il that night The demons that
attend the ni How of thnwrctchwl wr.fuho-^
atcneir worn ol torture, and on thc morrow
I rose with a mingled feeling of soreness
and bewilderment. My bodily injuries in
deed now caused little inconvenience, but
such was the dire confusion of my mind
that I could not?t once recall the prec a
causes of the turmoil-the thunderbolt of
tho letter, the provocation, the folly, the
impending ruin. The effort, when success
ful, did not tend to raise the spirits.
A clear perception of the situation was
simply a passing from the vague horrors of
a nightmare to the certainties of an obdu
rate fortune. But necessity has always a
stimulant, and to certain stubborn natures
calamity is its tonic. I was braced for
what was in front, if not with Christian
fortitude to bear my wrongsand hardships,
at least with a desperate defiance, e determi
nation, deep as the wounds in my soul, to
retaliate with all my might upon my ene
mies. There might be no hope of victory,but
there was a wicked satisfaction in prolong
ing the conflict and rendering evil for evil
even to the bitter end! In the raw atmos
phere of the dawn, however, my r?solu
tion could not keep me from shivering.
My impatience to be off brought me to
the point at which I was to take the coach
a good hour too early. That time, for the
want of better employment, I spent pac
ing to and fro on the pavement of Princes
street, chewing the cud of very sour reflec
tions. About me stablemen shouted and
swore, horses clattered into place, aad
fussy passengers made a commotion for no
reason whatever, as fussy passengers have a
way of doing. At another time I should
have been amused, but just then babel and
the tongues ten times confounded could
Dot have diverted my dismal and rankling
thoughts.
The morning broke brilliant and keen
caller, as they say in Scotland-with the
wind coming briskly off the firth and the
level sun striking with n dazzling radiance
on dewy roof and tower and spire. At that
hour the scene was one of transcendent
beauty. Misery itself, which is egotistical
and jaundiced, could not look without a
thrill of exaltation on the romantic city
flashing in ljquid brightness, ns if she had
just arisen, Tripping from a bath in the
sea, and glow ng, nay, blazing, with a thou
sand colors that made her pinnacles points
of fireand t'' Tied her ramparts and but
tresses to opal and amethyst.
Every mou.ent there were fresh enchant
ments, magical effects of gold and rose and
gauzy silver, so that Edinburgh, cluster
lng about her Lils and precipices and
broken into iridescent peaks and fantastic
pictured masses, seemed rt poet's dream, a
city of fairyland. Yetalready, in obedience
to the condition of her existence, sae was
bending her neck to the prosaic yoke of a
sordid routine. lier citizens were coming
forth to their daily toil with thc marks of
struggle on their brows. A little while
longer and thc sun would lookdown on
men and women striving with each other
fora pittance to keep life ia By uneasy
process I made their case my owu.
The Castle alone seemed independent and
unsubduable, lifted completely above the
trivial and vexatious affairs of life. Tue
sentinel's steel gleamed on the brtl.tl<
meuts with stirring and quickening sug
gestions of its own. I thought of the
glory of carrying arms, experiencing in
imagination something ol' the shock of
battle and the rapture of victory. Why
should I not join lite ra::ks cf those who
gayfy sought renown with banner and
music? What more natural to the band
of ti highlander than the hilt of a sword)
But as 1 asked my.-elf the question the
trumpet blared out its summons Lo mount,
and so instead of getting into warlike ac
couterments and putting my fortune to
the arbitrament of bloody strokes, as my
lord Stanley has lt, 1 took my seat on the
coach as meek tis tiny Quaker.
We rolled off with regal pomp, our flour
ish of trumpets and the festive style of our
equipage collecting ti group of gazers at
even the early hour of I?. But they did
not long feast their eyes on our splendor,
for our steeds being fresh and the charioteer
fond of displaying, we were soon out of the
echoing streets and bowling merrily along
the highway. The exhilaration was imme
diate and exquisite. There is something in
freedom and rapid motion and vivid sun
shine and the jovial companionship of irrev
erent coachmen and trumpeters and the ad
miration of blushing rustic maidens and
mettlesome horses gay with polished trap
pings and flying ribbons that even the un
fortunate and hypochondriac cannot resist.
My spirits, chill and leaden as they were at
starting, were soon in a glow, which they
retained moro or less until we drew up
amid shouts of welcome at the Hound
and Stag in Perth, where we were to pass
the night.
The Hound and Stag was a cozy old
inn, with low black ceilings, yellow sand
ed floors, a cheerful display of kegs, cop
per kettles, crystals an.l other utensils of
good cheer and an appetizing fragrance
diffused by savory pans nnd bubbling, hiss
ing ovens. It was a place which the hun
gry guest entered with expectations and
left with regret and pleasant recollections.
The traveler can find no such hospitable
refuges now. We have palace hotels and
great gilded dining rooms and formality
and grandeur and invisible landlords and
supercilious waiters who criticise your
manners and expect exorbitant tips for do
ingit, but no com fort like thatof the Hound
and Stag. That evening the entertain
ment was so princely that long ere the sup
per was over half my fellow travelers were
uproariously hilarious, and the host took
no offense.
Being in no mood for revelry, I stole out
through the town and down by the green,
leafy banks of the Tay. When I returned,
some of the company had prudently gone
to bed, others, less mindful of appearances,
were snoring serenely in their chairs in
every variety of posture that the inconti
nent human frame can assume, and one or
two, whom I took to be kirk elders on fur
lough, were discussing the doctrine of pre
destination and eternal punishment in a
perfectly amiable and fatuous manner over
well plenished tumblers of toddy.
But the chief thing to be noted is that
during my absence another guest had ar
rived. That be was a man of consequence
was evident no less from his own lofty and
imperious mien than from tho servile at
tentions of mine host. He was booted and
Bpurred as though he had just alighted
from the saddle. A silver mounted riding
whip and a pair of riding gloves lay beside
him ou a ta! 'e, and he wore the loose brown
velvet coat affected by the better class of
horsemen. High about his neck was a
huge stiff collar that held his head defiant
ly in the air and kept his ears rigorously at
attention. An imposing bunch of seals
dangled from his fob, and bis rosy gills and
portly waist proclaimed that when he was
at home he "knew how to dine. His head
was bald on the crown, and a ragged wart
marred the symmetry of his nose, which,
however, was flung in the air with a sempi
ternal snort Of contempt. His air told he
was perfectly well aware that when he
stood his two legs supported the very pink
of creation.
"When I entered, he did me the honor of
staring hard at me, but almost immediate
ly he brought the tips of his fingers super
ciliously together and turned his eyas to
the ceiling in a manner which said plainly
he regretted demeaning himself with an ut
terly insignificant and casual stranger, and
that he would certainly not do it again. As
he was delivering himself silently but im
pressively of these sentiments and resolu
tions the landlord bustled into the room
with ?i bowl of steaming, fragrant toddy, a
glass and a ladle, all of which he set down
with becoming ceremony on a small table
specially placed at the right hand of the
great mail. The great mau thereupon took
his eyes from the ceiling and his eloquent
finger tips apart and condescended to give
a grunt of approval. Thus encouraged th?>
landlord became adventurous.
"I have taken the liberty, sir," he said in
his suavesttnanncr, with nn inclination of
the body toward his patron, "to put the
heel of n lemon In it. I aye think lemon
adds to tho flavor of the best Glenlivat.
Let mo fill your glass, sir. There, I thiuk
you'll find that worth drinking. I had Sir
Thomas Gordon of The Elms here the other
day. Something in India or China, I didnna
weel ken which or what-a fine fellow if he
was unjust so yellow, but that's the liver.
air. My word, a bad liver's"
"An ugly companion," said the great
man, taking a sip; "but, to say the truth,
I'm not interested in Sir Thomas' biliary
organs."
"Faith, nae mair nm I, sir," promptly re
sponded the host. "A mp a btw troubles
enough of his own iu this world without
fash i u wi' other folks' livers. But, as I was
saying, Sir Thomas hau iened tn Im in"
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