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They will be with your attendant by cock-crow tomorrow. Let him be prepared to mislead them, with the story of your expedition to Glenmore. Leave Lochandhu to-morrow afternoon, as if for the purpose of going thither. The robbers' road lies on the south side of the loch-let your way be on the north. Halt, and conceal yourselves and your horses among the thickets of the Ord Bain, till the trysting-hour, and then fail not to meet me under the appointed tree. Return now to Lochandhu-be cautious till your departure. Again, I tell you, that upon your prudence for the next twenty-four hours depends the fate of Eliza Malcolm ! If you fail— lost to your friends and to your country, your bones shall whiten beneath yonder silent wave, and your lonely spirit shall wander through these pathless wilds, or hover amidst the cold mists of the loch, without one kindred ghost to listen to its wailings. Remember !-two hours before to-morrow's midnight, at the trysting-oak !"
As she finished speaking, she raised her lean arms, as if to impress her words more deeply upon his mind, and instantly disappeared among the brushwood, leaving Amherst in amazement.
Having recovered himself, he hastened forward, and had gone but a very short way when he met with O'Gollochar, who had just set out to look for him, and was overjoyed to meet him.
Amherst did not exactly choose to trust O'Gollochar with all the particulars of his night's adventures, prudently considering, that what he might himself find rather a difficult matter to conceal from the penetration of Lochandhu and his wife, would be still more troublesome for Cornelius to keep. He therefore described the place where he was bewildered, and his route homewards as lying in a direction quite opposite to the truth. He was glad, however, that his good fortune, by having thus thrown O’Gollochar in his way, afforded him the opportunity of talking to him without the chance of being soon or overheard by others. He told him that it was his intention to go on his Glenmore expedition on the evening of the ensuing day, and as he meant to devote at least a weck, partly to the pursuit of the deer, but chiefly to the wild scenery about the base of the mountains, on which he meant to employ his pencil, he should take his baggage with him.
18 He told his man further, that for certain tea sons, which he should afterwards know, it was ab solutely necessary that he should make no secret of their (proposed expedition; that he should therefore take every opportunity of mentioning it that'night, by way of a piece of news, in Loch-? andhu's kitchen, and that, if at any time he should be questioned on the subject, he should, without reserve, tell the whole of what his master had communicated to him about his plans of futúre recreation,
Matters having been thus 'settled, Amherst hastened to the house, from which he was by this time but a little way distant. The hour of his arrival was a very late one, yet he found that his host had only come in a few minutes before him. He endeavoured to meet Lochandhu with as much frankness of manner as he could possibly assume, though he felt that to do so was no easy task, and one that went very much against his conscience. He gave him a long history of his day's ramble ; ! and, after mentioning the circumstance of his " having seen the eagle, and the disappointment he "? had met with in regard to it, he told him that he had been led astray in the dark, and that he had
lost his way in the woods, but he took especial care to describe his wanderings, as he had done to QGplochar, in a mamer very wide of the reality Lochandhu listened to the story with his usual po liteness, and to the account of his sport, with much apparent interest, and Amherst, to mislead. him the more, talked, with feigned raptures of the pleasure he had lately received from such amusements.
"You know,said he, “ that much as I was gratified with the grand spectacle you were kind enough to indulge me with, when you contrived to show me so many head of deer, by having them, driven into one spot, that I yet held the sport of 1 that day to be a kind of butchery; and you mayis recollect that I then resolved to dedicate a week, before leaving the Highlands, to the pursuit of those noble animals, attended by no one but my servant, 1 and entirely depending upon my own exertions and my own ingenuity. As time now wears away, and I cannot much longer intrude upon your hospita' i lity, I have resolved to put my intentions in prace: tice, immediately, lest, by postponing them tood long, and leaving them till the last, I mayo eventually be obliged to quit the country without :
fulfilling them at all. I therefore mean to go tomorrow evening to the Bothy in Glenmore I am already acquainted with, whence I can easily reach such parts of the mountains as you have told me are frequented by the deer, and I anticipate much pleasure from being thus left to an entire dependance upon my own skill in waging war upon them. But this is not my only object. For I mean to revel in the sublime scenery to be met with about the base of the Cairngorum, and to endeavour to carry off with my pencil a few of the more remarkable features, already so powerfully impressed on my mind.”
As this was nothing more than the following up of an intention Amherst had previously more than once expressed, Lochandhu manifested no surprise at his resolution. On the contrary, he applauded his design, and gave his guest a long list of general instructions, which might have formed a very good pocket manual, or vade-mecum on the sublime and arduous art of deer-stalking.
“I suppose, Mr Oakenwold," said he archly, after all this“ I suppose by the time a week has passed away, I may collect all the horses in the neighbourhood to bring home the spoil. At