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our night's quarters, Mr Oakenwold," said he to Amherst, whose mind had been so occupied, partly with his distresses, and partly with admiration of the lovely scenery around him, that he had not once thought of the approaching night, now beginning to settle down upon them.
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The sun was down before they had reached the brink of the precipitous and thickly wooded banks, overhanging the smaller river. Here they were met by the active Hamish, who, with an expression of countenance that told them his errand had sped, 'said something in Gaelic to his mas
“ All is right, I see,” said Macgillivray; "then lead us to the ford.”
The gilly laid hold of his master's bridle, and led his horse forward along the edge of the bank, Amherst and his servant following, until they came to a little ravine, through which a small rill found its way to the river
. Into this dark hollow the lad dived through the brushwood, where the boughs hung so low, as to force them to
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extend themselves backwards at length upon their horses.
Upon reaching the margin of the river, they found themselves just above the commencement of a boisterous stream, and at the lower end of a long deep and black pool, stretching far up between the high wooded precipices. At this place, the opposite bank became suddenly low, sinking into a meadow, or what is called in Scotland a baugh. The intervening river presented a most unpromising ford, being full of large round stones. Macgillivray begged Amherst to wait until he should first try the passage. Hamish entered, the water rising nearly to his middle, and guiding himself by feeling with the rung in his right hand, he with the other half dragged and half supported the floundering animal his master rode, its feet stumbling and slipping over the rounded and polished fragments of granite in the bottom, so that the atmosphere of water he raised by splashing hid both himself and his rider from their view. Macgillivray was no sooner in safety on the grass of the farther bank than Hamish returned for Amherst, and afterwards for O'Gollochar, whose borses he successively led over in the same way.
They now found themselves in a piece of pasture of considerable extent, having a conical hill rising from one extremity of it, whenee some lofty wooded steeps bent irregularly round it towards the river, where they terminated in a bold crag hanging over the stream, about two hundred yards above its junction with the larger river, and dividing it off from its deep bed! The flat top of this crag was covered with pines of the most picturesque form and gigantic growth, and although its face overhung the stream too precipitously to admit of the growth of any thing there but a few tortuous stems, and scattered shrub-like plants, the side fronting the haugh was every where thickly covered with hard grown deciduous trees. Those growing at the bottom shot up to an immense height, being fostered by the perfect shelter of the spot, and by the deep soil into which they had thrust their roots. The stems of these sylvan giants, however, were hid by an'apparently impenetrable thicket of birch, alder, hazle, black thorn, and holly, growing for a considerable breadth about the edges of the wild pasture
. To the surprise of Amherst, the thicket under
could not conceive how the flames and sparks, bickering up within it, could have existed without the conflagration of the whole. The gilly led the way across the haugh towards it, and, as they ad#anced, their ears were saluted by the lowing of cattle, none of which, however, were visible.
reached thicket, than Macgillivray dismounted, begging of Amherst to do the same, and each leading his horse, they proceeded to follow the gilly through an almost imperceptible path, that wound under the intertwined branches, until their farther progress was arrested by a rugged, but formidable barrier, constructed with long erooked stakes, of unbarked knaggy pieces of oak, thrust deep into the ground, and crossing each other diagonally like a close wattle, the whole being united above with the living boughs of the bushes. Through this, which at first appeared to be impervious, they found a passage by a rude gate, made of similar materials. This was sentinelled by a tall
was sentences raw-boned Highlander, carrying a long gun. The man, bent with a
ith a submissive air, and saluted Macgillivray in Gaelic, as he admitted them within the barrier, where, among the bushes of