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where their horses had been left, and while some of the attendants were in the act of putting the saddles upon them, Amherst was surprised by some one pulling his skirt, He looked round, and perceived the Highlander whose life; he had saved, standing behind him. There were others near; and the man seemed to wish to communicate some private information. He spoke some words of Gaelic in an under tone; and whilst he did
he looked timidly about him, as if afraid of being observed. Amherst's face showed bim that he had not been understood. The Highlander looked unhappy. His features betrayed extreme anxiety; and thinking that he was not perceived by any one near him, he whispered Amherst again in broken English,
“ Tak him care o' herselý tak him care olyon man!" and as he said so, he threw 2 side look to wards Alexander Macgillivray, turning his chumb in the direction where he stood, and then in stantly moved away.
Amherst was a good deal surprised with this caution. He had taken an unaccountable dislike to Lochandhu's natural brother, from the first moment he beheld him; and, now that he looks
ed at him again, he thought he perceived a certain low cunning, and a cast of villany in his down-looking and unsteady eye, which assured him, if there was any reality in the danger his monitress had warned him of, it must be from this
very man that it was to be apprehended. At all events, he resolved to be on his guard against him.
The horses being ready, the party proceeded on their route homewards. Amherst remarked, that during the greater part of the way, Alexander Macgillivray, who was on foot, slunk sullenly along in the rear, whispering from time to time with one of his own people,-a man who had the appearance, and partly the dress of a Lowlander, and who was of very unprepossessing physiognomy. Lochandhu himself rode in the van, talking loudly and merrily to the Highlanders around him, with whom he seemed to be very popular.
When they had reached the valley of the Spey, the men broke gradually off in different directions ; and the party diminished, till Lochandhu and his brother, and their attendants, were all that remained. Alexander Macgillivray now came up
to his brother's saddle-bow, and continued to walk with his hand on the pummel, maintaining an earnest conversation with him in Gaelic. · Amherst watched them with some anxiety; but as well as he could guess from the expression of their countenances, the natural brother seemed to be giving Lochandhu some information to which the other listened with great attention ; and from all he saw, he had no reason to believe that he formed any part of the subject of their conversation.
Some time before they reached the house of Lochandhu, Alexander Macgillivray and his
party left them. The young Highlander who had spoken to Amherst at the bothy moved off along with them, but, catching his eye as he was going, he reminded him by a significant look of the caution he had given him.
Lochandhu havingnowinitiated Amherst into all the mysteries of Highland hunting, left him more frequently to seek his own amusement. This was a source of great satisfaction to him, as he was glad to be left to the private indulgence of those sad but interesting thoughts, he neither had the power nor the will to banish from his mind. Soon satiated with the murder he committed on the in
nocent inhabitants of the woods, the waters, and the mountains, he now followed the various sports they yielded rather as an apology for being alone, tham from any pleasure he derived from such slaughters. The wild, romantic, and solitary scenes he wandered in, afforded him so much delight, that, expert as he now was in threading their mazes, he would often dispense even with the attendance of O'Gollochar, that he might indulge undisturbed in the enjoyment of those reveries they originated. vir In this manner he sauntered down one evening
to the lake, where he had been taught to expect ta shot at a flock of wild swans. · As he lay concealed by some bushes growing on the margin, near the lower end of it, he perceived something
Hoating towards the sandy beach. It was already Talmost dusk, and for some time he paid little re
gard to its having supposed it to be a log of n. Wood As the natural swell of the water, that 1 set towards him, brought it nearer, he was
surprised to see a human head... For some miinutes he was led to believe that it was a man s swimming for pleasure, and floating on his back, - his face being upwards. But it advanced, and a
vave soon threw the lifeless body endwise against the sand, where it rested, with the lower extremi. ties still in the water. W 1911. septynius
Amherst went towards it but what was his horror when, upon closer inspection, he recognized the features, though much disfigured, of the young Highlander whose life he had saved ta few days before, and who had afterwards taken occasion to give him the mysterious warning to beware of Alexander Macgillivray ? gagns. 371°33:
" His body bore too evidently the marks lof a violent death, to leave him a moment in doubt that he had been murdered. He seemed not to have yielded to his fate without a struggle. The eyes were open, and the teeth' set together, and great part of his dress was rent off, the sleeve being entirely gone from the right arm. The marks of several severe blows appeared on the head, chest, and arms. : One finger of the left hand was nearly separated, as if by some sharp instrument, and both hands were firmly clenched, and contained portions of long red hair, as if torn from the head of some one with whom the murdered man had been in desperate conflict; and the wrist of the right arm was deeply marked above and below, apparently by the teeth of his opponent. The neck