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particular care to avoid toll-bars, and unceasing ; and it is a common and has been often known to take remark with him, when speaking of a circuitous route of many miles, re his farm, “ that were it not for migardless of every obstacle, the least nisters, and devils, and craws," he of which would have stopt the pro- would find no difficulty in making gress of any but himself--and all to himself easy and comfortable from save a single three-halfpence. Taxes, its produce. too, and the share of the Ministers' The most of readers are perfectly stipend, which, being a laird, he is aware in what manner the rapacity obliged to pay, give him no small of ministers and crows may affect the uneasiness, and frequently call forth farmer's worldly property; but how his bitterest invectives. He cannot, devils are to have any detrimental by any sort of reasoning, perceive the influence over it, is a question they justice of making him pay a priest will no doubt look upon as less easy whom he never went to hear, nor of solution; as, beyond our moral proever did, excepting a day or two at perty, the influence of such agents is the time he got his two sons baptiz- very seldom dreamt of. The demons ed ; and he regards this contribution here alluded to, however, are not of as infinitely more unjust and oppres- what may be called the old legitisive than that required by the king. mate stock, but belong to that subIn return for what is paid to the ordinate class conceived and brought latter, he has his property protected, forth by a superstitious imagination, and his rights, both personal and re- during the darkness of the middle lative, confirmed and defended; but ages, and known by the now-scouted from the former he has-what? names of elfs, fairies, &c. The fac Why, a profession of being his spie mily of Glenhowan would present a ritual defender! from which expe- ' strange discrepancy of character, rience has taught him he can reap were this superstitious notion the nothing but disadvantage, as the in- only relic of antiquity they had cast visible attacks of his spiritual foes behind them; and, happily for their never yet tended to lighten his purse, uniformity, they still cling to it with which the keeping of a mortal chama inveterate prejudice. No accident pion to repel them has most mate befals them that is not attributed to rially done. These unseen wars of some supernatural agency; their the worthy priest in his behalf, of moral world is crowded with genii, which he has heard so much, but felt on whom devolve the consequences so little, are, according to his view of every action of their lives ; of things, entirely destitute of merit, in many instances, the apropos occursince undertaken so pragmatically, rence of some fortuitous event hath and merely for the sake of emolu- lent an air of probability to, and ment; and what still more confirms seemed in some measure to justify his antipathy to a standing army of the harbouring of, such opinions, so, theological warriors, is the belief that in like manner, the family of Glenthe charity they inculcate is a homes howan have not failed to experience drawn argument, levelled at his own some synchronisms of omens, and pocket along with those of his other their fulfilments also, to demonstrate demon-beset lay brethren, and alto- the truth and reasonableness of their gether uninfluential with regard to credulity. One or two instances of themselves. Were his views upon this I can give, which may be relied this subject adopted, the reverend on as authentic: They have, during champions would be necessitated the year, a number of unlucky days, either to disband or starve; or, em as they term them, when certain obo bracing a more heroical fate, turn servances must be kept, with the the point of their spiritual weapons view of propitiating the invisible beagainst a more material substance, ings who are deemed hostile to their viz. themselves, and fall with the interests; and, consequently, to avert courage of an ancient Roman, for the danger from themselves and their not a single zecchin would he give effects, with which they believe these for their maintenance or the support gloomy periods of their existence to of the system. The bitterness of his be pregnant. Upon one of these days, animosity against them is uniform a cow which belonged to them hap

and as,

pened to stumble into a ditch that mountain to the eastward, and lighten formed the boundary of her pasture, with its slanting ray the brawling and was unfortunately drowned be- burn and dewy meadows of the deep fore any of the family perceived her, vale of Glenhowan, where every blade -a circumstance which, while it of grass, bending under the weight deepened the gloom of their supere of a little globule of humid nourishstition, almost overthrew their sanity, ment, darted back a tingy ray towards and for a long time rendered them the broad-orbed luminary from inconsolable for the loss they had whence it derived its splendour, and, sustained.

blended with myriads of others, difAmong the multitude of their evil. fused over the valley a brightness genii, corncrakes have the misfor- which seemed to those above it an tune to be one, its cry being looked ocean of silver radiance. The lark upon as a certain indication of death had forsaken its lowly dozing place, to some one of the family, from its and sprung aloft, to welcome the rehaving once been heard a little be- turn of morning, where it was somefore the demise of the present laird's times seen to carol in middle air, or father. His widow fell badly some lose itself amid the clouds that were time after; and, during her illness, then rolling themselves up the sides a corncrake was one morning heard of the mountains, and beginning to to tune its pipes in an adjoining corn- ascend into heaven ; but, beneath, field, at a very short distance from what a contrast ! the house; and had Death, even in The daughters of Glenhowan, reall the terror of Milton's prosopopæia, gardless of all these beauties, with entered her dwelling, and, before their their long loose hair sometimes hangeyes, struck his dart into the bosom ing over their faces in matted ringof their mother, the weeping inmates lets, like the tatters of a coachman's could not have been thrilled with

mop, or, at the least puff of wind, deeper horror than that which curd- thrown backwards in wild disorder, led their blood at this unwelcome and streaming over their shoulders, sound. Convinced of its being the so as to impart to them the exact redeath-call of their mother, they im- semblance of Discord preceding the mediately gave way to lamentation; chariot of Mars! They were runand, actuated by the absurd belief ning with the most frantic gestures that, to drive from their ground the through the long corn, that drenched ominous harbinger might perhaps them with wet, and at times almost avert her fate, the daughters rushed overthrew them in their progress ; out, armed with long sticks, like so laying about them with their sticks, many female maniacs at an ancient and frequently uttering the word Bacchanalia, and spread themselves “Whish !" with great vehemence, through the field from whence the the shrill and searching sound of sound proceeded, thrashing the corn which ascended to the shepherds in all directions, which was then above them, who stalked off with a knee-height, and dripping with dew, smile, imagining that all this bustle in order, if possible, to dislodge their had been occasioned merely by the enemy.

trifling circumstance of some of their Some shepherds, who, from the hens going astray. Their exertions neighbouring hills, happened to per had at least the effect of silencing ceive this strange, and, to them, un- for a while the corncrake's noise; accountable scene, speak of it as one but not, alas ! of averting the fate of in which were combined many cir. their mother, who died in a short cumstances, both of a sublime and time after, and thus fairly establishtruly ridiculous nature. The sun, ed the corncrake's reputation for mathough a while risen, was only be lignity towards them, and insight ginning to peer over the summit of a into futurity.

(To be concluded in our next.)

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