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where surrounded by the endless forest of pine, a
“ The champion head
Insuperable height of loftiest shade
A sylvan scene, and as the ranks ascend
wt la But the delicate and softening mists of eyen-T2
ing, hanging between the various heights, relieved them from each other, and assisted in filling the mind with the magnitude and intricacy of the circumjacent solitude, and a knowledge of their real'extent was gathered from observing that the giants of the forest were diminished to the eye by perspective, in proportion as they appeared climbing the different distances. Even upon the shaggy sides of the mountains, the pines were seen running up in long and scattered detachmerits, as if determined to take possession by assault, even of those bare summits towering far over every thing below, and which were still clad in the sober brown of their heathy covering. The skimming form of the eagle, seen dark amid the pure ether, and his shrill shriek, prolonged among the hollows of the mountains, were the only indica tions of animal life, except the light splash, and widening circle, now and then produced on the surface of the lake by the sportive trouts. These too were the only interruptions to the glassy still. ness of the water, that reflected all above it, and even doubled the fair cup of the water-lily resting upon its bosom.
A few low hillocks, thinly covered with wide growing trees, divided this upper lake from that
below it, to which the mysterious dwarf had referred in her conversation with Amherst. Leaving the path that led between them, he turned off abruptly to the left towards the southern shore of Loch an Eilan.
This lake was considerably larger than the other, possessing, from similarity of situation, the same savage grandeur on its southern side, whilst its northern shores displayed a contrast of the most perfect beauty and softness. This arose from the lovely green-topped hill called the Ord Bain, the sides of which were chiefly covered with woods of oak and birch. Its projecting rocks also, being of limestone, presented masses of less rugged outline; and its slopes, where occasionally seen, exhibited a verdant turf running down in some places to the very water's edge.
Opposite to a smooth open lawny spot of this description, and but a short way from the shore, there was an island, described by tradition as being entirely artificial ; and perhaps the circumstance of piles appearing among the stones, when the waters of the lake were reduced by extraordinary droughts in summer, afforded some reasonable grounds for such an idea.
The island, whether artificial or natural, was
so small, as to be entirely occupied with the sbattered walls of an ancient fortalice, once a stronghold of the powerful family of the Cumins.
Such was the scene in which Amherst had now arrived. O'Gollochar was much surprised to see his master break off from the track, and dive abruptly into the shades of the Ord Bain. He followed him, however, without any remark. Having gained the thickest part of the woods upon its side, the young Englishman halted and dismounted, and bid his servant tie the horses to a tree.
Amherst then told the faithful fellow the true state of affairs, avoiding what might implicate Lochandhu, but saying enough of Alexander Macgillivray and his associates, to convince O’Gollochar of their villany, and to explain their plots against his life, and his present maneuvre to counteract them. He told him of the signal service rendered him by the Carline, as well as of the warning she had given him ; and finally, he made him aware of the time and place of their proposed meeting
O'Gollochar listened with perfect astonishment, and with occasional exclamations of horror, to his master's narrative. So carefully had every sus
picious circumstance been concealed from him, that he had not had the slightest notion of the villanous treachery by which they had been so long surrounded at Lochandhu. ...What most of all surprised him was, that the Dwarfie Carline had proved so friendly. But notwithstanding all that Amherst had told him in her favour, O'Gol. lochar quaked at the very thought of the expected meeting. After making him examine their pistols
16" Cornelius," said he, “I know you to be * brave fellow, when all ideas of witches, fairies, devils, and ghosts, are banished from your mind. I beg, therefore, you will summon up your courage and your wits, for, from the caution the Carline gave me that we should both come well arm, ed, I expect we shall have something more sub stantial to deal with to-night than spirits or aëria! beings... Bụt - soft !--- was not that something like the tramp of horses, as if issuing from the pass 9-Let us climb this huge fir, that looks like the last remaining denizen of former forests, to discover whether the sound we hear proceeds from Macgillivray and the gang of robbers, and if it does so, we may judge then, with some degree