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beauty, the sky without a cloud He will give no more of it than and full of stars, and the boat we need and no less." So they went in a white shining sea, spoke together, and all the with the wind full in her sails, time the boat went on steadily just as much wind

and quietly in the white sea. needed and no more. There By-and-by there came the fresh was a little gurgling of water breath of the dawn, and the at the helm, and except that moon faded, and what had no sound at all; and at first been shining white became when they put away from the faintly coloured, and the sky land, Margaret sat still and began to glow till a silent looking on Duncan, and ruddy light fell on the water, Duncan sat holding the sheet and on the faces of the man and rudder and looking on and the maid in the little Margaret, and there seemed to coracle. The cold bare fronts be no need of speech between of the Rhu Rannoch rocks them. The little coracle kept seemed like lines of fire, and going on steadily and quietly, as the boat came near to them and Isle Aranmore grew smaller the gulls came crying to meet and more distant, and at last it, wheeling and flashing their the black-waved lines of it were wings in the light of the sun. no longer to be seen, and it And all the time, from the hour seemed that the two were alone that Mr Duncan put up the in a great ocean of small white sail below the braeside of Isle shining waves.

« Are you Aranmore till he took it down afraid, Margaret?” said Dun- in a creek of his own native can, in a low voice. “No," place, the wind never changed, said Margaret, in the but kept the sails full, and the tones, “I was never so little sea had a gentle ripple upon it, afraid. Are you not cold, like the surface of a quiet bay. Duncan, without your plaid? And all the strange beauty

I do not need it any that had been about them since longer.” “Draw it about you, they set out, and the love that Margaret,” said Duncan ;' “I was in their hearts for one was never so far from cold or another, and the sense they trouble in my life.” They had of the providence of God went on speaking after that, in watching over them all the and Duncan found that all long distance in the frail that was in his mind was also vessel, wrought in Duncan and in Margaret's, and Margaret Margaret a kind of exalted found that all Duncan's thought joy, so that when they came was as it were the key to her to the shore at Rhu Rannoch own heart. It seemed most it hardly seemed to them that wonderful. “If the wind were they stepped on common earth. to grow strong," said the girl, It was about seven in the “we should be

upset and morning when they landed, and drowned." “Yes," said Mr after Mr M-Coll had moored Duncan, “it is likely. But I the boat in a quiet pool that have no anxiety for it, Margaret. was like red gold he led MarIt is God's wind, and I think garet to the top of a heather

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ridge that above the your choice ?” Mr Duncan cried landing - place. But there he out; "then God do so to me stood suddenly still and put and more also if I ever give his hand to his eyes, like a man you cause to repent it.”

He dazed and awaking from sleep. took her by the hand and they There was a little hollow there, went on to the house, and when in the shadow of the hill, and Duncan's old wise mother came in it a small, poor, thatched to the door to see the look of house, with smoke rising from the day, she saw her son coming one of the chimneys. There to her through the stooks of

a field before the door corn, leading with him a slim with corn in it, reaped and beautiful lassie, with hair the gathered into little stooks, and colour of gold and the look of there was a byre joined to one a great lady. end of the house and a peatstack leaning to the other end. As might be supposed, there Margaret took particular note were divers opinions on Mr of all this, because the sight of M'Coll's action on this occait seemed to have a strange sion. Many of his opponents effect on Mr M‘Coll. He stood in the Church were wont to there staring in front of him; say that he had done a very he seemed for the moment to wrong thing in going away have lost his great strength, with Aranmore's daughter in and his massive frame shook this fashion and marrying her as with some trouble. “What against her father's will, and is it, Duncan?” she asked that no excuse could be found him, "what is it?" The for the foolhardiness that made lad turned to her with him cross the dangerous passkind of sob in his throat. “I age between Isle Aranmore have done sinful selfish and Rhu Rannoch in such a thing," he said, drawing his vessel. Even some

some of those hand across his brow; " that who were his friends doubted is all the dwelling I have to whether he acted with probring you to, Margaret, and priety in so doing, and whether you

Aranmore's daughter." the thing was consistent with The girl saw that he was in his notable character. Others a great distress, and that the again declared that the cirsight of the poorness of the cumstances justified him, and house had come to him like a that the favourable wind and new surprise, often as he had weather showed there was seen it, and she bent towards blessing on the enterprise. him very kindly, and began to There was that about Mr smile and to say,

“ Where thou M.Coll which made it difficult goest, I will go; where thou to broach the subject with him, lodgest, I will lodge,” and all but there is reason to believe the ancient beautiful words that he was never, even in his that Ruth said to Naomi on the old age, doubtful of his action. way between Moab and Canaan He was known to say on one in the old time. “Is this indeed occasion to a friend that any

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strength or firmness he was he was taken aback, and stood able to put forth afterwards in looking at him, and Aranmore arranging the affairs of the returning the look. Then he Church in a difficult time were recovered himself and went on due, in his belief, to his having with the service; but he changed put fear from him at a much his subject, and took for his text earlier period of his life, when the words, “Who art thou, that he trusted himself and Mar- thou shouldst be afraid of a man garet to the Providence of God that shall die, ..and forupon the water.

gettest the Lord thy Maker ?” Aranmore's attitude towards It was a great sermon, but his son-in-law is well known. the people trembled for the He set his face against him to plainness of it, since the applisuch a degree that for three cation was not to be mistaken, years he prevented his getting and there was not a man in à settlement, and for these the church that had the courage three years Margaret lived in to look at Aranmore. But a small thatched house in Rhu when it was over, the Great Rannoch, and Duncan Man went round to the vestry grieved to the heart because and held out his hand to Mr he could give her no better. Duncan. "Well, Mr M Coll,” He found that to defy M-Kenzie he said grimly, "I see you will of Aranmore was not a light make a minister.” And in this matter.

way the two were reconciled. At the end of three years he

Mr M‘Coll lived to see great received an invitation to preach changes in the Church, and to in the island. He was amazed make them as well as to see at it, but he went, and found them, for he was a great warmatters there in a bad way. rior. His wife survived him The congregation was still by some years.

still by, some years. She was a good without a settled minister, and woman, and her mind was much there was dissension and grum- set on the world to come. She bling amongst

amongst the people. was beautiful even in old age; Aranmore was away in London, and although accounted proud, and the session had sent off for

was very gracious and kind. Mr M‘Coll to preach to them, She was very particular in her and now they were like to ways, and like a lady of old repent for fear of Mr M‘Kenzie's times, so that it was difficult anger. Duncan heard the to believe she had lived for whole story, and late on Satur- three years in a thatched house day night who should come in Rhu Rannoch. She was of into the bay in a yacht but a reserved nature, and spoke Aranmore himself; and very rarely of her husband, but Sabbath, when Mr M‘Coll went when she did so it was in a to the pulpit, there he sat way not to be forgotten. She facing him with his unmoved seemed to think there was no look and his gleaming eyes. man in the world nowadays Mr Duncan had not heard of that was like Mr M Coll. his arrival, and for a moment

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WE have no spring in the driving ice last month, and the North-West. We jump over soil about their roots was carthe dividing line between winter peted with scentless violets; a and June, and then jump back mob of bare - legged Galician again hurriedly, as if afraid of women in bright cottons were

own temerity, until the waiting for the ferry; and F. almanac tells us that summer said that it reminded him of has really arrived, and then we the tropics, and ate bananas " make it so." I have seen a man and fanned himself with his. in flannels and a straw hat sit hat to complete the illusion. down on

a log to watch the We drove about forty miles ice-floes clashing and grinding that day, skirting round the down the river and piling them- boggy places, for the melted selves tumultuously over the snow and the rains had not yet piers; and I have been driven, permeated into the rich black as you shall presently hear, off soil, and there were pools of a field of snow by mosquitoes. clear water here and there that But F., who has spent most of would have been called lakes in his life soldiering in India, an English park.

We were wouldn't believe all this, and hunting locations with the aid that is why he started without of a Survey map, that divides a greatcoat, when he invited the whole province into oneme to accompany him on an mile squares like a gigantic inspection trip in the month of chess-board, each square being May.

subdivided into thirty-six parts, We sat on a platform at the so that a practised hand can rear of the car, all the way find his

way to any farm down to Selkirk on the Red he wants, without sign-posts. River; and we smoked in the The thermometer stood at 72° sun, fighting off the flies with in the shade, and the mosquitoes our handkerchiefs, and trying sang around us in clouds during to count the long black zigzags the afternoon, till we drove of wild geese who were hurrying into a bush-fire, where wavelets north to their breeding-grounds of flame were licking up the in the Arctic circle. Next morn- short undergrowth all round, ing we were up early, and walked and crawling in and out bedown to the wharf, with the tween shallow pools of surfacesmell of fresh-sawn lumber in water, with swirling clouds of our nostrils and the breeze off blue smoke that parched our the prairie fanning our cheeks. throats and made

our eyes The trees on the river - bank smart. Therefore we determgleamed white and naked to ined that the morrow should about the height of a man's

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with the grey gulls from Hud- bottom of the harbour; and son's Bay, and dream that he the whole blessed entanglement is at sea again.

twisted round the blades and There were twenty-four miles coiled tight about the shaft till of river to be travelled before the Little Bobs stopped dead, we could reach open water, and and used up most of her steam we only had one day wherein in hooting piteously for assistto make the entire trip; but we had an old friend in Selkirk We hacked off some of the who owned a small fleet of fish- mess with knives, and tore it ing and lumber steamers, and away with our fingers, and startwho had seen us through before ed the engines again, to see "if now in case of need. He offered she would chew it up herself,” us the use of the Little Bobs, a as the skipper expressed it, brand - new steam - tug, which but finally gave up in despair had made her first trip the and towed her ashore. Then previous day, and was we got a long chain and passed lying in “The Slough," a sort it bodily round her stern, and of lagoon half a mile from the rigged up a tackle with triple town: a haven of dead ships blocks and enlisted all the halfduring the winter, with wharves breeds in sight to haul on it littered with scrap - iron and till we had lifted the whole rusted chains, and a great cold- propeller clear out of the water, storage warehouse where fish and then we sent for a blackcan be kept through the hot smith and a cold chisel. It was months in a temperature re- half-past eleven before we were duced by the ammonia process under way again and steaming to 25° or 30° below zero. Its at full speed-about six miles walls

festooned with an hour-down the dull green enormous necklaces of wooden waters of the Red River. The net-floats, strung together like Indians were holding their anbeads. There were new boats nual dog-feast on the Reserve, building near the spur-line of the and the drumming of tom-toms railroad, and derelict skeletons and “ki-yi-yings" of the braves falling to pieces on the muddy were raising à diabolical row shore. But for a couple of on the eastern bank. Small Indians in a canoe among the brown-skinned papooses were reeds, we might have been in a throwing gleaming fish ashore backwater of the estuary of the from their flat-bottomed boats, Thames.

and the huge Government The skipper promised to start dredge towered up like a threeat eight sharp, and his pass- storied house, lumbering along engers were on time”; but in the wake of an absurd little after half a dozen revolutions tug, not much bigger than the steam-tug's propeller picked the Little Bobs herself. There up a long strand of abandoned were wild-duck overhead and fishing-net, and the net caught in the water; and as we drew a hundred feet or so of barbed near to the head of the delta wire that was lying at the the wind began to blow in cool

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