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I occupied; the object of which he ex- pose that we had killed her marrow;' pressed, by turning his head sidelong, but I was careful not to disturb her and directing one eye into the black haunt, for she was very fat and round, earth which my foot had beaten bare in stepped with much caution, and never the snow. I immediately drew back a went far to feed. Accordingly, when at couple of feet, and he instantly dropped evening and morning she came out to pick into the spot of mould, peeped and picked the sweet herbs at the foot of the brae, or under every leaf and clod of earth, and, by the little green well in its face, I trode when there was nothing more, hopped up softly out of her sight, and if I passed at on the guard of my rifle, on which I was noon, made a circuit from the black willeaning, and, turning his head, looked at lows, or thick junipers, where she reposed me with his upper eye.-I again stepped during the heat. At last, one fine sunny forward, and recommenced my foot-exer- morning I saw her come tripping out cise, during which he returned to his from her bower of young birches as light branch, examining my progress with some as a fairy, and very gay and "canty'impatience. As soon as my foot was but so thin, nobody but an old acquaintremoved, he again dropped into the hol- ance could have known her. For various low, and busily collected all the little mornings afterwards I saw her on the grubs and chrysales which, though too bank, but she was always restless and small for me to see as I stood, I knew anxious — listening and searching the abounded beneath the sere leaves and wind-trotting up and down--picking a thatch of moss and sticks. In this man- leaf here and a leaf there, and after her ner I repeated his supply several times, short and unsettled meal, she would take on one of which, when I was too long, or a frisk round leap into the air-dart down he too impatient, he dropped from his into her secret bower, and appear no more perch, and hovered over the space in until the twilight. In a few days, howwhich my foot was at work, and, as I ever, her excursions became a little more continued, lighted on the point of the extended, generally to the terrace above other shoe, and remained there, peeping the bank, but never out of sight of the into the hollow, until I withdrew my foot, thicket below. At length she ventured and then descended to finish his repast. to a greater distance, and one day I stole When he was satisfied, he ruffed his down the brae among the birches. In feathers, looked up sidelong to me, and, the middle of the thicket there was a after a shake of satisfaction, resumed his group of young trees growing out of a perch close to my head, and, after prun- carpet of deep moss, which yielded like a ing and oiling his feathers, mounted down pillow. The prints of the doe's another branch higher, and opened his slender-forked feet were thickly tracked little throat with that most sad, sweet, about the hollow, and in the centre there and intermitting warble which gives such was a bed of the velvet "fog,' which a melancholy charm to a still winter's seemed a little higher than the rest, but day."

so natural, that it would not have been

noticed by any unaccustomed eye. I Take a picture of the roe, and you carefully lifted the green cushion, and will hardly doubt the humanity of our under its veil, rolled close together, the sportsmen. But why talk of it thus ? head of each resting on the flank of the No one, we hope, save a member of other, nestled two beautiful little kids, their the Manchester manufacturing school large velvet ears laid smooth on their could feel otherwise — certainly not a dappled necks, their spotted sides sleek genuine hills-man; and we quote the

and shining as satin, and their little delipassage simply for its extreme beauty with tiny glossy shoes as smooth and

cate legs as slender as hazel wands, shod and perfect fidelity to nature. No creature is more beautiful than the

black as ebony, while their large dark

eyes looked at me out of the corners with kid of the roe-deer, especially when a full, mild, quiet gaze, which had not seen in their rest, or moving through yet learned to fear the hand of man: still the ferns, on a summer evening, be- they had a nameless doubt which followed side their gentle mother the doe. every motion of mine-their little limbs

shrunk from my touch, and their velvet “ In the bedding season the does retire fur rose and fell quickly; but as I was into the most secret thickets, or other about to replace the moss, one turned its lonely places, to produce their young, and head, lifted its sleek ears towards me, cover them so carefully that they are very and licked my hand as I laid their soft rarely found; we have, however, deceived mantle over them. I often saw them their vigilance. There was a solitary doe afterwards when they grew strong, and which lived in the hollow below the came abroad upon the brae, and freBràigh-cloiche-léithe in Tarnaway. I sup- quently I called off old Dreadnought when he crossed their warm track. Upon though the Stuarts speak of it with these occasions he would stand and look considerable enthusiasm, was never at me with wonder-turn his head from

much to our taste. It is true that the side to side-snoff the ground again, to

largest stags are generally to be met see if it was possible that he could be

with in the wood, and we have folmistaken-and when he found that there

lowed the sport ere now in the Speswas no disputing the scent, cock one ear at me with a keener inquiry, and seeing sart, among the pines of Darmstadt, that I was in earnest, trot heavily onward

and the thickets of Strath Garve; but with a sigh.

it must always partake more or less “ The affection of the roe for their young of the character of driving, and we is very strong ; and timid and feeble as never have felt, while engaged in it, they are by nature, inspired by the danger that enthusiasm and keenness which of their offspring, they become brave and sends the blood to the heart of the daring, and, in their defence, will attack hunter when he first discovers a herd not only animals but men. We were one

in the gorge of some solitary glen. day passing along the west walk of Then he feels that he must put forth Eilean-Agais, and, beyond a turn in the the whole resources of his art—that path, heard the sound of feet running to

he must baffle the acutest of all inwards us, and immediately out shot a cat round the corner, and, close at her heels, stincts by the aid of human cunning a doe pursuing her with great eagerness.

-that he has a thousand difficulties Knowing that her pursuer could not over- to overcome before he can arrive take her, and having no instinctive dread within reach of his quarry, and that a of her kind, the cat did not give herself single false step or miscalculation is the trouble to run faster than just suffi- sutticient to destroy the labour, the cient to keep beyond her reach, while the patience, and the vigilance of a day. doe pursued her with an angry scrambling Great, fat fallow-deer, waxing into pace, and, whenever she was near overtaking her, endeavoured to kneel on her the approach of a human being, even

obesity in a park, do not seem to mind back. This is a mode of attack common to deer as well as cattle, which, when

were he an alderman redolent of blackthey have overthrown their object, not

currant jelly. But the red-deer, as only gore them with their horns, but many incipient stalkers know to their bruise and crush them with their knees. cost, has a very different amount of At our appearance there was a pause ; perception. Unless you take the wind the cat cantered up the brae to the top of of him, he is off like a shot, though a little rock, where she lay down in the your distance may be upwards of a sun to see what would happen between mile. In the words of the old stalker, us and her pursuer. The doe, after a few * Above all things, let not the devil bounds, turned round and looked indig tempt you to trifle with a deer's nantly at us, and stamped and belled in great displeasure ; this she continued for

nose: you may cross his sight, walk some moments, glancing occasionally at

up to him in a gray coat, or, if the cat with a strong desire to resume

standing against a tree or rock near her chase; but being restrained by a sense your own colour, wait till he walks of prudence, she slowly ascended the hill, up to you; but you cannot cross stopping at intervals to stamp and bell at his nose, even at an incredible disus, who knew very well that she had two tance, but he will feel the tainted kids in the junipers upon the craig." air. Colours or forms may be decep

Now let us up to the hill, where the tive or alike; there are gray, brown, mighty herds are feeding. Scotland and green rocks and stocks as well will, in all probability, never see a as men, and all these may be equivotainchel more; indeed, save at a royal cal; but there is but one scent of man, hunting, it were scarcely desirable and that he never doubts or mistakes; now. The feudal system has melted that is filled with danger and terror, away, the clans are broken and scat- and one whiff of its poison at a mile tered, and we care not again to see a off, and, whether feeding or lying, his pageant which is indissolubly con- head is instantly up, his nose to the nected in our memories with national wind, and, in the next moment, his gallantry and misfortune. But the broad antlers turn, and he is away to deer are still on the mountain and in the hill or the wood; and if there are the wood, and we shall seek them in no green peas, corn, or potatoes in the their former haunt. Wood-stalking, neighbourhood, he may not be seen

on the same side of the forest for a herded within a wide vacant circlemonth.” A word to the wise, from there was a mighty black hart, with a the lips of a Celtic Solon !

head like a blasted pine, and a cluster of So much for your chance, if, in the points in each crown. Though each stag plenitude of your full flavour, you take

of the surrounding circle had not less the hill, regardless of the currents of than ten points, there were none which the air, which, moreover, are perpetu- approached his size, and they all kept at

a respectful distance, while he marched ally shifting. But there are other

round and round the central group of difficulties. Though not impossible, hinds. He will have them all in the it is very ticklish work to get within ring before long,' said MacLellan ; 'yon's shot of a deer by any other means one of the old heroes of the Monadh-liath ; save diligent creeping, and sometimes, he has not been four-and-twenty hours in when the ground is unusually flat and the forest.' I looked with an eager and open, that method of approach is im- longing eye at his gigantic stature, but practicable. Then there are divers ene- there was no apparent possibility of apmies—that is, of yours, for in reality proaching even the outward circle of they are scouts to the deer-whom stags. The herd was scattered over all you must try particularly to avoid. This little knoll and eminence had its restless

the ground between the hills, and every is not easy. Sometimes when you picquets, and plumps of discomfited stags, are sinuating like a serpent towards

which had been beaten by the great hart, the especial stag of your heart, a and were chafing about, driving off and blundering covey of grouse will start broding the buttocks of all the inferior from the heather, and give an effectual stags which came in their way, then realarm; sometimes the shrill whistle turning and staring with jealous disgust of the plover will change your antici- at the mighty stranger, who gave them pated triumph into mourning; and no notice, except when one or two more sometimes a charge of that disagree

audacious, or less severely beaten, made able cavalry the mountain sheep, little

a few steps before his companions ; upon less sagacious and wary than the deer

which he immediately charged, drore

them before him, and scattered the nearthemselves, will put the whole of the

est in every direction. Upon these occaglen into disorder. But the worst

sions, some hind of greater levity than enemies you have to guard against are the rest took the opportunity of extending the hinds, who are usually so disposed her pasture, or paying her compliments as to be out upon the feeding-grounds, to her companions, for which she immeand thus to mask the stag. In such diately received a good prod in the a position, it becomes a point of honour haunch, and was turned back again into to circumvent the lady, which is any

the centre. thing but an easy task. The Stuarts

« • There is no doing any thing there,' give us an admirable recollection of

said I. such a scene in the forest of Glen

"'Deed no', replied MacLellan, shutFidich, which is so exciting that,

ting up his glass, we be to go down to

the foot of the burn.' though rather long, we make no apo- “ This was a stream which runs through logy for transferring it to the columns the middle of the narrow plain, and of Maga.

empties itself into the Fidich, about four “ After about an hour's stalking, we miles below, at the east end of the forest. came upon the shoulder of a long slope, Before resolving upon this, however, we which looks into the gorges of two or

made an attempt to cross the little glen three short glens, opening to a narrow

to the north-west ; but, after passing plain, on which we saw a noble sight round one hill, and nearly to the top of - a herd of four or five hundred deer, another, we fell in with a small herd of among which were many very fine stags. insignificant stags, but none among them After having feasted my eyes with this being worth the disturbance of the great splendid sight, the illustrious cavalry of herd; and being unable to pass them unthe hill, the crowned and regal array of observed, we were obliged to adopt the the wilderness—I began to calculate how last alternative, and descend to the Fi. . to make the approach, how to slip be

dich. In about an hour and a half we tween the chain of vidette hinds, and performed this retrogration, and, having numerous picquets of small stags, which crossed at the forester's house, ascended commanded almost every knoll and hol- the burn till we again approached the low. In the centre of the main body, deer, and stealing from knoll to knoll, with a large plump of hinds, which he again came in sight of the herd. The

outskirts of its wide circle had been much that they again emerged from under the broken and deranged by the jousts and flat pebbles, and returned to their station expulsions during our absence ; and we in the middle of the stream, skulling saw that it was impossible to get near the their little tails between my legs with no better stags without taking the channel more concern than if I had been a forked of the stream. We immediately de- tree. At length the immobility of the scended into the water, and crept up the hinds began to give way: first one ear middle, sometimes compelled to crouch turned back, then another, then they beso low, that the pools reached our hips, came sensible of the flies, and began to and, as the stones were round and slip- flirt and jerk as usual, and, finally, one pery, it was very uneasy to proceed with applied her slender toe to her ear, and out floundering and splashing. At length, another rubbed her velvet nose upon her however, we were within the circle of

the knee ;-it was more than half an hour, deer : there was not a breath of wind, and however, before, one by one, they began the least sound was audible in the pro- to steal away, perking and snuffing, and found stillness. We slipped through the turning to gaze at the least air that water like eels, till we came to a little whiffed about them. At length they all rock, which, crossing the burn, made a disappeared, except one gray, lean, hagshelving fall, which there was no means gard old grandmother of hinds, who had of passing, but by drawing ourselves up no teeth, and limped with one leg, probathe shoot of the stream. With some bly from a wound which she received fifty difficulty I pushed my rifle before me or perhaps a hundred years before I was along the edge of the bank, and then, born. Her vigilance, however, was only while the water ran down our breasts, we sharpened by age ; time, and the experiglided up through the gush of the stream, ence of many generations, had made her and reached the ledge above. The re- acquainted with all the wiles and crafts turn of the water, which I had obstructed, of the hill,—her eyes and ears were as made, however, a rush and plash different active as a kid's, and I have no doubt from its accustomed monotonous hum, and she could smell like Tobit's devil.I had scarce time to lay flat in the burn, MacLellan looked at her through his glass, when a hind sprung up within a few and spit into the burn, and grinned yards, and trotted briskly away, then against the sun-as if he was lying in another, and another. I thought that all the bilboes instead of cold water.—The was over, and that, in the next moment, old sorceress continued to watch us withwe should hear all the clattering hoofs out relaxation, and at last lay down on going over the turf like a squadron of the brow of the knoll, and employed her cavalry. All remained still, however, rumination in obstinate contemplation of and, in a few seconds, I saw the first hind the bank under which we were ambushed. wheel about, and look back steadily to. There was now no alternative but to wards the fall. I was rejoiced to observe recommence our progress up the burn ; that she had not seen us, and had only and as I was determined to circumvent been disturbed by the unusual sound of the hind, I prepared for every inconvethe water. She continued, however, nience which could be inflicted by the anxious and suspicious -- watched and opposite vexations of a sharp, rough, listened-picked off the tops of the hea- slippery, and gravelly stream. Fortuther-then walked on, with her ears laid natety, at the place where we then were, back, and her neck and step stilting away it was so narrow, that we could hold by as stiff as if she had been hung up in the the heather on both sides, and thus drag larder for a week. This, however, was ourselves forward through the water, benot the worst ; all the surrounding hinds tween each of which advances I pushed which noticed her gait gathered here and my rifle on before me. In this manner we there, and stood on the tops of the little reached the turn of the brook, where I knolls, like statues, as straight as pucks, concluded that we should be round the with nothing visible but their narrow shoulder of the knoll, and out of sight of necks and two peg-legs, and their broad the hind, who lay upon its east brow. ears perked immovably towards us, like This was effected so successfully, that, long-eared bats. MacLellan gave me a when we looked behind, we only saw her rueful look. • Cha n-'eil comas air.' back, and her head and ears still pointing

Never mind,' said I, we shall see who at the spot which we had left. One hundred will be tired first.' The forester

ave a

yards more would bring us within sight of glance of satisfaction, slid up his glass on the great hart ; the general position of the the dry bank, and we lay as still as the herd had not changed, and I hoped to find stones around us, till the little trouts, him near the central' knoll of the flat, at which had been disturbed by our convul- the base of which the burn circled. We sion, became so accustomed to our shapes, were almost surrounded by deer ; but the

greater number were small vigilant hinds, stamp and a short grunt close beside us the abomination and curse of a stalker. - I had scarce time to turn my head, and At length, however, we reached the catch a glimpse of a base little gray hind knoll, and rested, to take breath, at its who, in crossing the hollow, had stumbled foot ; I examined my rifle, to see that upon us.--It was but a moment: a rapid the lock was clean and dry. We took a wheel and rush through the long grass, view of all around us, and, drawing our- and I heard the career of a hundred feet selves cautiously out of the burn, slid up going through the hollow. I sprung on through the heather on the south side of my knee, and skaled a dozen small stags the eminence.-Scarce, however, had our and hinds which came upon us full speed ; legs cleared the stream, when we dis- for those behind, not knowing from whence covered a pair of ears not above fifteen came the alarm, made straight for the hill. yards from the other side.-Mo mhal. The herd were now gathering in all direclachd ort ! [My curse upon you)- tions ; charging-flying-re-uniting, diswhispered MacLellan. She had not dis- persing, and reassembling in utter disorder, covered us, however, and we glided like a rout of cavalry.-I made a run for round the base of the knoll—but on the the middle knoll,-two stags, with pretty other side lay three hinds and a calf, good heads, met me right in the face.-I and I could see no trace of the great did not stop to look at them, but rushed hart.-On the edge of the burn, however, up the brae.- What a sight was seen from further up, there were five very good its top !-upwards of six hundred deer stags, and a herd of about thirty deer, were charging past — before, behind, on the slope of the north brae. All round around, in all directions. The stately us the ground was covered with hinds ; figure which I sought-the mighty black for the prevalence of the westerly wind, hart, was slowly ascending an eminence during the last few days, had drawn the about three hundred yards off, from deer to that end of the forest. Upon the whence he reconnoitred the ground below; spot where I lay, though I could only see while the disarray of stags and hinds a portion of the field, I counted four hun- gathered round him, like rallying masses dred and seventy ; and it was evident of hussars in the rear of a supporting that no movement could be made upon column. I was so intent upon the king that side. We tried again the opposite of the forest, that I saw nothing else. slope of the knoll ;—the hind which we No other heads, forms, numbers, took any had first seen was still in the same place, place in my senses ; all my faculties were but she had laid down her head, and on the summit of that height.--At this showed only the gray line of her back moment I felt my kilt drawn gently ; I over the heather. We drew ourselves took no notice—but a more decided pull cautiously up the slope and looked over made me look round :—MacLellan mothe summit. On the other side there tioned up the slope, and I saw the points was a small flat moss, about seventy yards of a good head passing behind a little in breadth ; then another hillock ; and to ridge, about eighty yards away. I looked the left two more, with little levels, and back at the hart- he was just moving to wet grassy hollows between them. Upon the hill. What would I have given to the side of the first knoll there were two have diminished a hundred and fifty yards young stage and some hinds; but the points of the distance which divided us! He of some good horns showed above the crest. passed slowly down the back of the emi

– The intervening ground was spotted nence and disappeared, and the gathering with straggling hinds, and we might lay herd streamed after him. 'o Chial! A where we were till to-morrow morning, Chial !' exclaimed the forester-bithidh without a chance of getting near any of è air falbh !' The stag whose horns I the good deer. While we deliberated, had seen had come out from behind the MacLellan thought that, by crawling with ridge, and stood with his broad side toextreme caution up a wet hollow to the wards me, gazing at the herd ; but as left, we might have a chance to approach they moved away, he now began to follow. the stags whose horns we had seen behind The disappearance of the great hart, and the other knoll, and, as nothing better the disappointment of MacLellan, recalled could be done, we decided upon this me to the last chance. I followed the attempt. The sun was going down from retreating stag with my rifle, passed it the old towers of Auchandùn, and we had before his shoulder, whiz went the twono more time than would give light for ounce ball, and he rolled over headlong this venture.- We slid away towards the in the heath, on the other side of the hollow, and, drawing ourselves, inch by knoll, which the next stretch would have inch, though the heather and tall thin placed between us. I looked to the hill grass, had reached the middle of the level above : the whole herd was streaming up between the hillocks, when we heard a the long green hollow in its west shoulder

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