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Next morning, Sir Alisander's tenant, Master Colley, was in waiting with two stout active littlet grey horses, fitted with tolerably good furniture The price he demanded for them seemed to be per fectly reasonables. As he received it with his broad blue bonnet in his hand, he did not fail to season his thanks with many remarks upon the re spective qualities of the “ twa naigs.” . , Brisk, as being the lighter and more spirited of the two,
he recommended to Amherst for his own riding. Whilst Braidbottom's corporeal qualifications rendered him admirably adapted for a baggage horse.
“ Tak my word for't, Sir, the waulees wull cling to his hinder-end just as gin they had grown there, an fient a flea will he care for the weight o' them an' the man, mair than gif they were as muckle strae.” visi
Master Colley's advice was too good to be despised, and the arrangements were made accordingly. Macgillivray's horse was mouse-coloured, and something of the same description as those Amherst had just purchased. For him no mounted
lacquey attended, but 8ragged, kilted, bare-leg. ged, and bare-footed loon, with a bush of hair like a wisp of straw, held his stirrup, and shouldering a long peeled rung, he ran off before them with bent knees, employing his tocs in a sort of limping trot, in which, though like a fox, he appeared to creep over the surface, he in (reality, went extremely fast, and with comparatively little exertion; occasionally applying the end of his rung, like a third leg, to the ground. -st. Aty
After mounting, Amherst bid Cleaver a hearty adieu. Then, accoutred in a sportsman's dress, girt with a handsome Spanish rapier, the gift of Lord Eaglesholme, when he first became bis guest, and with his pistols at his saddle-bow, he rode on after. Macgillivray. OʻGollochar followed upon Braidbottom, similarly armed, carrying a portmanteau behind, and bearing his master's rifle over his left shoulder.
Amherst jogged on with Macgillivray, listening to him rather than taking any weighty share of the conversation. Their way lay across a flat country of considerable extent, where cultivation was carried to as high a degree of perfection as was then known. The farm-houses and cottages were very similar to each other in their architecture, except that some of the latter had stone instead of turf walls, and were thatched with bent grass from the sand hills instead of sods. Here and there
ap peared a gentleman's house, most of them single buildings of two or three stories, with a number of small windows, and thin gable ends, and greyslate roofs. Some of the proprietors still contented themselves with a few straggling additions to the rugged tower, or keep, into which their ancestors had climbed for security in troublesome times. A few inexplicable dry-stone dikes, and a dozen or two of gnarled ash trees, generally formed all the embellishments of these mansions of the aristocracy.
Beyond this district, they began to rise gradually over a range of dreary moorlands, interspers ed with peat bogs, swelling from the margin of the plain. As they proceeded, the landscape before them became monotonous in the extreme. Low, dull hills, of unvarying outline, and sombre hue, swept their long fatiguing lines in every direction, without offering a single object to interrupt their sameness of contour, except the smoke arising from miserable heaps of turf now and then
appearing, which Amherst, much to his surprise, leamed were the houses of the inhabitants.
If this be a taste of the grandeur of Highland scenery, thought Amherst, I shall be soon satisfied with it. But, barren and dreary as it was, he felt that it was suited to the melancholy reAlections into which, in defiance of the conversation of his companion, he was continually relapsing
They rode on together for an hour or two, without any material change taking place upon the face of nature, until, coming to the brow of a hill, down which the path wound, Amherst's eges were gladdened by one of the most beautiful scenes fancy can well imagine. They had now arrived at the edge of those hills, bounding a wide part of the valley, through which the river flowed. The vale was here more than half a mile across, and it continued to present nearly the same breadth, for about a mile downwards, to where it was closed in a precipitous pass, by the approach of the hills to each other. The plain in the bottom was partly cultivated, and partly diversified with groves, and gently swelling knolls, covered with oaks, from amongst which a little cot was seen peeping
out here and there. The river entering the val. ley at an abrupt angle, a view was thus obtained up the long vista of the glen it came from, where its wide stream was seen in spots, glistening from the depths of its wooded banks, the declining sun pouring a flood of yellow light down this part of its course.
The hills on the opposite side of the river were covered by an extensive natural forest of oak, pine, and birch, and the sides of those the travellers looked from were also wooded, though more partially. At the upper end of the valley, the larger river was joined by another, issuing from a deep glen, whence it came sweeping round a high conical hill.
As their beasts were painfully picking their steps down the steep and slippery path winding into the valley, through groups of trees and brushwood, Macgillivray called to Hamish, his gilly, or running footman, who had uniformly kept about ten or twelve yards before them during the whole day, and having given him some orders in Gaelic, he darted off like a weasel through the intricacies of the brushwood.
“ I have sent the fellow forward to provide for