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versation turned conventicle bottom. There was scarcely a dry preaching
eye in the whole company. Cameron *Were ye at Hyndbottom,' said himself was so affected that at times Gilbert, .ony o’ye, that day that he could not speak; and as he Cameron preached so shortly before leaned his brow on the Bible, the his death, fra the text, Ye will not tears wetted the leaves like a shower come unto me that ye might have life ? of rain.'
• We were there,' replied the 'Ay,' said Grizzy, the strong shepherds from Lesmahagow; and man bowed himsel', for his great a great crowd there was from all heart was pained, and full of yearnthe surrounding parishes.'
ing for souls. I remember a puir 'I remember,' said Gilbert, “how young lassie sittin beside me on the urgently he pressed the acceptance bent, and her bit napkin, which she of Christ that day upon his hearers. held to her een, was a' drenched “We offer him,"he cried, “unto you through and through wi' greeting. in the parish of Auchenleck, Douglas, It was naething to see the women Crawfordjohn, and all ye that live greet; but it was extraordinar' to hereabout. And what say ye? see strong men, and auld men, a' Will ye take Him? Tell us what ye meltit into tears, and standin' wi' say, for we take instruments before faces, as if they had been washed these hills and mountains around wi' a shower.' us that we have offered Him to 'I was sitting close beside my you this day.”
father,' said John of Lesmahagow, • Ay, Gibby,' said Grizzy, “and I ‘and he shook as if he had had the mind how he cried and pointed wi' ague. And on his right there was a his hand, “Look over to the Show. tall, swarthy man, with a firm and head and these bills, and take a look stubborn aspect, who seemed for a at them; for they are witnesses now. while to resist the general emotion; And when ye are dying, they shall but by degrees even his countenance come before your face. We take relaxed, and the tears streamed down everyone of you witness against the his cheeks. He had his bonnet in other: and will not that aggravate his hand, with which he sometimes your sorrow when they come into wiped his eyes, and sometimes he your mind and conscience, saying, dashed the tears away with the big
We heard you invited and obtested sleeve of his coat, and then with his to come to Christ, and ye would not. rough bare hand. Now are we witnesses against you.'' • Yes,' said Gilbert, 'the very It was then, I remember, that the rocks seemed to melt, and the heart whole congregation began to weep: of stone was softened. They talk and when he observed it, he cried of the Kirk o' Shotts; but I question out, “I see some tenderness among if the Kirk o' Shotts can be comyou, and that is favourable to look pared to Hyndbottom. The fruits upon. And yet that is not all. o' Hyndbottom didna soon vanish. The angels will go up to report The martyrdom of the minister so before the throne what everyone's quickly after served as a standing choice has been this day, and thus application of the sermon, and en: shall they say. There were some forces its truth till the present hour.' in the parishes of Auchenleck, • We never had the opportunity of Douglas, and Crawfordjohn, that hearing Cameron,' said one of the have received the Lord Jesus, and men from Cairsphairn; “but we have He has become their Lord;' and this had many a meeting in our wilds kept will be welcome news. These by men who have doubtless visited were his very words.'
your uplands.' O but it was an unco' day!' said Ay, said Grizzy, 'good Mr. Gilbert. 'I thought I was at the Peden tells us that there are nae very gates of heaven itself when Christians like the Christians o' sitting on the wild muir in Hynd. Cairsphairn, and nane that hae mair How the Thomsons Escaped from the Troopers.
moyen at the throne of grace than we reached the high road. We they.'
came on at length to a small wayside • Yes,' said Gilbert, and ye hae inn. This the soldiers entered, first had an eminently godly minister, locking us in the stable with the John Semple, who watered the horses. They sat long and drank deserts around you. I hae heard deep, and at length were him at the Sanquhar sacrament, and powered with liquor. We discovered the sweet impression has scarcely how matters stood, because the left me till this day.'
horses were neglected, and at once * It was under his ministry,' said resolved to make our escape. We one of the men, that we were brought got up among the joists, and finding to the Saviour; and never can we that the roofing was very slender, forget that saintly man.'
we tore aside the turf, and crept out. Ye are but men in your prime The night favoured us.
We were yet,' said Grizzy. Continue to live no sooner out, than we ran across as a credit to that good man's the fields till we reached a ravine, name. Ye may bae muckle to try where concealed ourselves you ere a' be done; for, tak my among the bushes. What beword for it, the persecution is not came of these troopers we never yet at an end, and we hae need o' heard; but we resolved to seek our patience. We cannot tell how soon homes. My aged and helpless we may be wrapped in a bluidyparents for whose sake alone I wish winding sheet, and hidden in a to live, were much concerned when mossy graff.'
they saw me, and urged instant Such was the staple of their talk. flight. To this I felt strongly Nor need we wonder that except averse, and would willing have lain topics wore a religious aspect they down my life for them. One night, were distasteful. Every moment all on a sudden, our house was surmight be their last, and a gravity rounded by soldiers. Happily I was befitting their position marked their from home at a prayer meeting. Behaviour and their speech.
On my return as I drew near the During one of these indoor chats house I heard confused voices. Not at the Miny, John of Lesmahagow, knowing what might be the matter, volunteered an account of himself I stept cautiously behind a peatand of his companion, which, with stake and examined. I soon saw true gentle manliness their host had how matters stood. The troopers not yet asked for.
had been in, and were asking angrily *We are cousins - Thomsons of for me. As they were baffled in Lesmahagow. Whenit became known their search, they came out of the that we had Covenanting leanings cottage uttering terrible oaths, and frequented conventicles, we were mounted their horses, and rode given out as disaffected. Our move away. When I entered, I found my ments were watched, and soldiers dear parents greatly distressed. were sent in quest of us. We were 'Yon must fly-at once,' they both successful in evading them, till one said, 'or my life would not be worth Sabbath evening, in coming over a a groat.' I remained till morning; lonely moor, we encountered, all at when my cousin and myself, both once, a party of troopers, who men marked by the troopers, reemerged from a hollow place in the solved to set off elsewhere for waste. They suspected we were security. Before my departure I conventiclers and pursued us. We made arrangements with some kind fled, but in vain : the moor was neighbours to look after my parents. bard and benty, and their horses We then began our wanderings, easily gained fast upon us. We which lasted several days, and were were threatened with instant death again in full flight before the soldiers, except wesurrendered. The troopers when the Lord guided us to your marched us across the moorland till | friendly abode.'
CHAPTER III.-EDDIE TAE KEELMAN.
The storm at length abated, and 'Auld Eddie Cringan and his the weather became clear, calm, and cuddie, standing on the top of the frosty. Every cottage and farm- snaw wreath at the end o' the house.' steading in the uplands was now like The callans' gaen gyte. It's a Jericho, straightly shut up; none vision-a vision.' went out, and none came in. The ‘May be ; but Eddie's there, at snow was piled as high as the top ony rate,' said the herdboy ; and of the houses, and at the Miny he's crying to help him down.' as well as the rest. It was indeed 'Eddie, is that you ?' shouted drifted
up and around in such a way honest Gilbert. that no person at a little distance 'Indeed it is, Gibby; it's a' that could have guessed that there was ye'll get for auld Eddie.' a cottage and farm-buildings near, Odear, man, that's miraculous. except from the sturdy column of It's like walking on the water with. smoke which seemed to issue from out sinkin'.' the interior of a hillock of solid But ye could walk on the water snow. The two shepherds conceived if it was frozen, Gibby ; could na the design of clearing a wide space ye? Now the snaw is frozen as hard along the entire length of the front as a board, so that a gude skater of the building, that ample room could flighter his way frae Glenbuck might be made for entering the out to this in an hour.' houses where the sheep and cattle Where hae ye come frae, Eddie!' were confined.
exclaimed Grizzy, in great astonishThe four men soon cleared the ment, as she looked up at his space. Other advantages were dangerous height. gained by this work. The fine well * Where ? frae the head o' Douglas at the bottom of the knoll at the Water, and I hae come here just wi’ end of the buildings could now be the article ye ken. But come and reached, and there was no further help me down, and I will tell ye a' need to melt the snow in pots and about it.' kettles over the fire to obtain water The four strangers were both as. for cooking and for the cattle. Fuel tonished and amused at Eddie, a could more readily be obtained. personage of whom they had never A good walk was secured between heard, and their spades were quickly the Miny and the Auchty, which was at work making a way for his frequently used for exercise. descent.
The visitors now thought they Eddie Cringan was would re-thatch the roof. It was character in that district and a warm agreed to clear a space on the side friend to the Covenanters, though towards the cowhouse first, and there he never took a decided part with make the experiment. The farm. them. He
was regarded as a steading of the Miny consisted privileged person and went under of a row of low buildings, the the familiar name of Eddie the dwelling house occupying the Keelman, or Keel Eddie. He centre, the byre and the stable traversed the moors with his donkey, stretching to the west, and to the having a creel attached to each side east the barn and outhouse in which of the animal, while he sat on the the sheep were sheltered. The men seat between. His cuddie was a had just finished what they had strong creature, and well fitted for marked out for clearing as the night the moorlands; and wherever Eddie drew on, and were about to descend, went, both he and his companion when Sandy exclaimed,
were treated kindly. His journeys • Maister, maister, here's auld were short, and in general he was in Eddie.'
no hurry in shifting his quarters. • Auld Eddie wha' said Gilbert. His company was always entertaine
Keel Eddie and the Troopers.
ing. He gathered abundance of news | me came lightly o'er the snaw, but on his journeys, and nothing pleased their heavy horses would sink to him better than to sit by the blazing the belly at the very first step. hearth while he retailed it to others. They are fond enough o' mischief; He was known to be honest, and but they hae little notion o'sinking well able to keep a secret. Eddie themselves, man and korse, in a carried keel for the shepherds in bottomless snaw wreath. Na, na; the uplands and gathered eggs from they are no the chaps for that; and the farmers' wives, in both which so ye need na fear a visit frae them; things he drove a considerable tak my word for 't.' trade. But there were two other All breathed freer when Eddie articles he always carried in the had delivered this opinion. bottom of his creels carefully Weel, a - weel, Eddie,' said covered over by the keel and the Grizzy, 'I'm just glad to see ye. I eggs. Of these two none knew but was thinkin about ye the other day, his Covenanting friends. They and said to mysel'-—“ We'll no see were-powder and shot. Sell- Eddie the year, nor hear what is preservation obliged the hunted doing ayont the muirs.” But ye people to keep arms, and there was are here after a', and ye are welcome no way of getting ammunition ex- to our biggin.' cept through such men as Eddie. • Thank ye, gude wife. I kent His visits were, therefore, always I was welcome, else I wadna hae welcome to the Covenanters. While been here; and if I can help ye in thus secretly leaning to them, he onything, I'll be glad.' could rally with the dragoons, and The next day a fire broke out in make himself amusing to their the stable, and but for the help officers. Eddie often passed the which Gilbert got from his in. soldiers in their raids, but always creasing number of guests, the without suspicion.
cattle, the provisions, and the The thought flashed across the cottage would all have been conminds of_all the inmates of the sumed. The horses and cows were Miny, as Eddie sat by the fire with taken to the vault, the roof covered a bicker of rich, steaming brose with cabers, as Gilbert called the resting on his knees, and his spars of wood; and in a week the enormous ram-horn spoon in his damage was thoroughly repaired. mouth-that if Eddie could come After these labours were ended, thus easily over the snow, the they were again seated by the fire, troopers might shortly be expected when Eddie awakened fresh fears from Muirkirk. Their anxiety was by the following narrative: increased as Eddie thus broke the *As I was coming along by the silence :
head o' Douglas Water on the day 'I never travelled these moors that the snaw began to fa', I met a so lightly along as I have done this company o' troopers. I kent the day, and the animal, even in the captain weel, and he began to rally softest parts, never sank above the me on my puir equipage, compared hoof. I came round by the edge of wi' his gallant war-steed. “Weel, Cairntable, and called at no house a-weel," says I, "yer honour, if till I reached this. I saw the face your horses be brawly harnessed, of no living creature, and I am ye're no o'er weel clad yoursels. sure none saw me.'
There's a batch o'chaps that's come *Think ye, Eddie,' said Gilbert, enow to Douglas that dings ye out expressing the fears of all the in- right. They are a' clad brent new mates, that there is no likelihood frae tap to tae, in bonny bright red; of the troopers coming out fra but your cloaks are turned sae blue Muirkirk, if the snaw keeps hard p' in the hue that they need a bit o'
'Na, na,' he replied, there is my keel to bring back the colour.” nae fear o' that. The cuddie and “Never mind, Eddie," said he ;
“ orders are given to cleed us all he saw me and the captain haverin anew before the winter sets fully in. thegither, he fell into the rear, and -But who is the commander of the so when the party scampered off, Douglas party?”, ".0,, it's that Geordy cries, Eddie, hae ye ony scapegrace, Peter Inglis.' “Peter tobacco p" “I dinna ken but I hae, Inglise I thought he had been I says; and so he fell back; for a' garrisoned in Hell's Byke in Les- this was a pretence. He just wanted mahagow.” "So he was; but he's to speak wi' me; for ye see I somecome bussin' out o' that byke, and times get news frae Geordy. So as a' his bees at his back; and noo I was takin out the tobacco, says, they are skeppit in the Red Ha' “Geordy, what's in the wind enow p" in Douglas. “So ho,” he cried, “O,” says he, “we are on the chase and rode off.
the day. Twa herd lads frae Les. * But the thing I am ga'en to tell mahagow side were seen hereabouts, is this : there's a blade, a dragoon and we are after them; and last in his party, they ca' Geordy Ga'; night we got notice of other twa a fine chiel.' I kent his father weel. men frae Cairsphairn hand, the one He was a douce man, auld Saunders a tailor and the other a shoemaker, Ga'. He was one o' the cottars o' that have been seen coming down Carmacoup. It was a waefu' day, the Afton, and then directing their that o' their flittin', when so many course to the upper part of Kyle; godly families were driven frae the at least so say the spies from New skirts o' Cairntable; and when Cumnock. But I hope we'll make thirty chimneys ceased to smoke on nothing of it:
:-noo ye hae my the fair lands of Carmacoup, and a' secret; and, good day: for keeping a gude conscience. But I now began to think what I Geordy means nae ill. He just should do ; and so praying earnestly wontit to be a sodger, and sodger he for Divine direction, I rode to is. Geordy tells me he never puts Glenbuck, for the snaw was belead in his pistol, and when he fires, ginning to fa', and there I was his piece maks as loud a noise as storm-stayed till the day ye saw ony o' them. Weel, as I was sayin', me and the cuddie on the tap o' the Geordy was in the troop, and when snaw.'
MYSTERY IN RELIGION.
*But there is mystery in it!' Such the finite to perfection, would be a is the reply of the rationalist so- solecism, an absurdity. We don't called and the infidel Socinian (for know ourselves. Man is an enigma, Socinianism is nothing less than a mystery to himself. Our mental infidelity adapted to the latitude of and moral being is inscrutable in England), and it amounts to this, many points, defying the analysis of that mystery is suspicious and con- the most subtle metaphysicians as stitutes a valid objection to a Divine evidenced by their conflicting interrevelation. It is implied too, al- pretations. And if man be a riddle though perhaps it would not be to himself, if all nature be full of avowed, that a Divine revelation mysteries, if the sublimest intellects should have everything comprised are ever finding and confessing that in it plain, if it be not even exhaustive. there are limits beyond which The objectors, however, forget two clouds and darkness rest upon' great principles-First, that Divinity truth, can anything be more irra. itself and its actings, must necessarily tional, impudent, and hypocritical be beyond the range of human cog. than to take objection to a revelation nition—that a God wholly compre- of God because it contains mysteries hended – known by the creature -things 'dark with excessive light,'