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Similar details might be multiplied to almost any | bid imagination on the one hand, and a remarkable extent ; but the above are sufficient to serve the coincidence, like that of repeatedly throwing the purpose I have at present in view ; and the ques- same dice, on the other. Soldiers, and particularly tion that now presents itself for consideration is, veteran soldiers, familiar with danger and death, Supposing these facts to be perfectly authentic, are not liable to be troubled with hypochondriac which on the strongest moral evidence I believe affections, or phantoms of visionary terror, the them to be, is it possible, consistently with any progeny of ennui or jaded epicurism; the evils known principle or attribute of the human mind, they suffer and feel are physical, not mental ; their to offer any explanation of this remarkable phe- life has too much of stern reality to be embittered nomenon? It is obvious, from the preceding anec- by the phantasmagoria of the brain ; food and rest dotes, that this “ fatal presentiment,” as Napoleon after fatigue, and after battle, victory and glory, calls it, cannot be considered as an hallucination of are, in general, the prime objects with which they mind, engendered by cowardice or fear, as, in all concern themselves. It is therefore highly improbthe instances that have been communicated to me, able that such gloomy forebodings as those of which or I have come to the knowledge of, it has hap- I have been writing, should, in the first instance, pened to men of approved courage, and of great be occasioned by any distempered affection of the firmness and intrepidity of character. One of the mind; and it is no less improbable that the conmost striking concomitants of this prophetic antici- stant fulfilment of the prediction should be a mere pation of death is the overweening conviction that accidental coincidence. I have heard at least a it will be inevitably realized; a conviction so strong hundred anecdotes of the kind of which I have now as not to be shaken by either argument or ridicule; given some specimens; and the result was invarithe man, therefore, who marches to battle, assured, ably the same in all. Now, I say, that it would in his own mind, that he will never return, by that be absolutely miraculous were the dice (supposing very act, and in the peculiar circumstances, gives them not loaded) to turn up a hundred times, in the most decisive proof of constancy and resolution, succession, the same numbers. It ought likewise of his mastery over the passion of fear, and of his to be remarked, that this is one of those predictions superiority to the weakness with which some minds which cannot be said to produce its own accomare overwhelmed by the certainty of death. In the plishment; soldiers, exposed to an enemy's fire, conflict of antagonist passions, the more powerful can scarcely increase or diminish, by any act of of course prevails, and determines human conduct; their own, the hazards to which all are equally in other words, man always acts from the stronger exposed. motive.
Upon what principle, then, are we to account for Nor is it nsistent with the principles of reason, the appalling certainty of approaching death thus or even the doctrine of chances, to hold, that the irresistibly s borne in" upon the mind ? By what realization of these fatal forebodings is to be as- secret intimation is it thus, in some instances, ascribed to accident alone. The result of all the in- sured of the near approach of an event, which, to formation I have been able to collect on the subject the vast majority of men,
“ clouds and shadows is, that in no case has the presentiment been falsi- rest upon” till the fatal moment when it is revealed ? fied by the event; and, to say the least, it is very Whence the overwhelming conviction with which improbable, that, in so many instances, the predic- the presentiment is accompanied ? I confess I tion should be followed by the accomplishment, cannot tell ; but I believe the fact, because the were there nothing more in the matter than a mor- moral evidence in favor of it is, to me, irresistible.
The physiology of the mind is a subject of which Wellington's position, on the Sierra de Busaco, the tropps, we are, and will forever continue, in total ignorance. not expecting that the enemy was near, had laid down on It may have latent powers, which only a particular bers, both of the men
and officers, overcome with fatigue, combination of causes can call into action; and naturally fell asleep. Among the latter was the gallant that combination may be of rare occurrence, and officer who then commanded the Connaught Rangers. beyond the reach of our inquiries, when it does He had not slept, however, any length of time, when he happen. Many of the lower animals are gifted the officers of the same regiment, who had laid down with a presentiment of danger, the manner of acquite close by him, said, “I have just had a most extraor- quiring which is probably as mysterious as that dinary dream ; such as 'I once had before, the night before which we are considering; and this seems to be a batile. Depend on it we shall be attacked very soon.” given them by Nature for their preservation. Man The young man immediately went forward, and after is, in general, placed in a less enviable situation, while to every sound and murmur
wafted on the night because he has reason, instead of instinct, as his breeze, returned, and reported that all was still. The guide. Yet it has been believed, in all ages, that colonel was satisfied, and they again laid down; but, in men have been, occasionally, forewarned of their less than half an hour, he started up a second time, ex: approaching dissolution, and that “sounds, by no claiming, in strong language, that ere an hour elapsed mortal made,” are intelligible to “death's proyoung friend throwing aside their cloaks, and moving off
, phetic ear.” This belief, probably, I may add, several of the officers around them took the alarm; and certainly, originated from the observation of facts it was time-for, on examination, it was found that the similar to those I have mentioned; but how, at the enemy's columns of attack were ascending the heights, " sunset of life," " coming events cast their shadthey had reached the summit, and that some of their ows before,” is a mystery which we shall never be batialions had deployed into line before the British were able to penetrate. It is equally impossible, I susready to attack them. They were then charged, broken, pect, even to conjecture, with any degree of plausiand driven down the hill with great loss. it is remark-bility, whether these premonitions result from any able that the same gallant officer, now a general, had a internal consciousness, or external agency-from March, before the British position was attacked by the some latent power of the mind suddenly called into French under cover of the darkness. The reader will action, or from the immediate influence of that find a case nearly parallel in the 7th chapter of the Book mighty Being of whom it is only an emanation, of Judges.
Be this as it may, it is the business of philosophy to accumulate facts, not theories, and where these will not believe that a single shepherd and his dog are few, and the connecting principle doubtful, to will accomplish more in gathering a stock of sheep avoid all hasty generalizations.*
from a Highland farm, than twenty shepherds could
do without dogs. So that you see, and it is a fact, From Blackwood's Magazine.
that, without this docile little animal, the pastoral
life would be a mere blank. Without the shepTHE SHEPHERD'S CALENDAR. —DOGS.
herd's dog, the whole of the open mountainous land There being no adage more generally estab- in Scotland would not be worth a sixpence. It lished, or better founded, than that the principal would require more hands to manage a stock of conversation of shepherds meeting on the hills is sheep, gather them from the hills, force them into either about Dogs or Lasses, I shall make each of houses and folds, and drive them to markets, than these important topics a head, or rather a snag, in the profits of the whole stock were capable of mainmy Pastoral Calendar, whereon to hang a few taining; Well may the shepherd feel an interest amusing anecdotes ; the one of these forming the in his dog; he is, indeed, the fellow that earns the chief support, and the other the chief temporal family's bread, of which he is himself content with delight, of the shepherd's solitary and harmless the sınallest morsel; always grateful, and always life.
ready to exert his utmost abilities in his master's Though it may appear a singular perversion of interest. Neither hunger, fatigue, nor the worst the order of nature, to put the dogs before the of treatment, will drive him from his side ; he will lasses, I shall nevertheless begin with the former. follow him through fire and water, as the saying I think I see how North will chuckle at this, and is, and through every hardship, without murmur think to himself how this is all of the shepherd or repining, till he literally fall down dead at his being fallen into the back ground of life, (by which foot. If one of them is obliged to change masters, epithet he is pleased to distinguish the married it is sometimes long before he will acknowledge state,) for that he had seen the day he would hard- the new one, or condescend to work for him with ly have given angels the preference to lasses, not the same avidity as he did for his former lord ; but to speak of a parcel of tatted towsy tykes ! if he once acknowledge him, he continues attached
I beg your pardon, sir, but utility should always to him till death ; and though naturally proud and take precedency of pleasure. A shepherd may be high-spirited, in as far as relates to his master, a very able, trusty, and good shepherd, without a these qualities (or rather failings) are kept so much sweetheart-better, perhaps, than with one.
But in subordination, that he has not a will of his own. what is he without his dog? A mere post, sir-a Of such a grateful, useful, and disinterested animal, nonentity as a shepherd-no better than one of the I could write volumes ; and now that I have got on gray stones upon the side of his hill. A literary my hobby, I greatly suspect that all my friends at pedlar, such as yourself, Sir Christy, and all the Ambrose’s will hardly get me off again. thousands beside who deal in your small wares,
I once sent you an account of a notable dog of
my own, named Sirrah, which amused a number * Having confined myself to military anecdotes, illus- of your readers a great deal, and put their faith in trative of the presentiment of approaching and inevitable my veracity somewhat to the test; but in this disof Henri IV. That truly great prince, on the night im-trict, where the singular qualities of the animal mediately preceding the day on which he fell by the knife were known, so far from any of the anecdotes being of Ravaillac, "could take no rest, and was in continual disputed, every shepherd values himself to this day uneasiness," and, " in the morning, he told those about on the possession of facts far outstripping any of him he had not slept, and was very much disordered. those recorded by you formerly. With a few of Thereupon M. de Vendome entreated his majesty to take these I shall conclude this paper. care of himself that day, and not to go out; FOR THAT DAY WAS FATAL TO HIM." (Pere de l'Etoile.) The But, in the first place, I must give you some acking, however, treated this advice with derision; and as count of my own renowned Hector,* which I promone la Brosse had predicted that he would fall on that ised long ago. He was the son and immediate of March, and, if possible, to give the prophet the lie. successor of the faithful old Sirrah ; and though This disturbance and disorder continued unabated till the not nearly so valuable a dog as his father, he was very moment that he formed the resolution to go abroad a far more interesting one. He had three times in the afternoon. Mathieu, in recounting his discourse more humor and whim about him; and though exboth before and after dinner, adds, that he could not ceedingly docile, his bravest acts were mostly stay one moment in any place, nor conceal his irresolu. tinctured with a grain of stupidity, which showed his hand, he exclaimed, " My God! there is something his reasoning faculty to be laughably obtuse. here which strangely troubles me; I know not what is the I shall mention a striking instance of it. I was matter!" The assassin, who was on the watch for his once at the farm of Shorthope, on Ettrick head, opportunity, hearing that the king had ordered bis car, receiving some lambs that I had bought, and was and the dreadful prediction was fulfilled. We are in- going to take to market, with some more, the next formed by Sully, that Henri lived in perpetual apprehen- day. Owing to some accidental delay, í did not sion of assassination ; and it is therefore quite probable get final delivery of the lambs till it was growing that the prediction of La Brosse, coupled with the constant late ; and being obliged to be at my own house that dread that he would, in this wav, be immolated, to satiate night, I was not a little dismayed lest I should that undefinable irresolution and disorder for which he scatter and lose my lambs, if darkness overtook me. himself was unable to account. It may, therefore, be Darkness did overtake me by the time I got half doubted whether the state of Henri's mind, immediately way, and no ordinary darkness for an August evenpreceding his death, can be considered as that of a person ing. The lambs having been weaned that day, laboring under a presentiment of his approaching fate. and of the wild He derided, or affected to deride, La Brosse's prediction; ingly unruly, and for a good while I lost hopes of
<-faced breed, became exceedconviction that his hours were numbered: he only felt an mastering them. Hector managed the point, and unusual restlessness, and a disorder of the brain, which we got them safe home; but both he and his masmight have been produced involuntarily by the causes ter were alike sore forefoughten. It had become already mentioned. The circumstance, however, was altogether too remarkable to be passed over.
* See the Mountain Bard.
so dark, that we were obliged to fold them with a droll stupidity about him, and took up forms and candles ; and after closing them safely up, I went rules of his own, for which I could never perceive home with my father and the rest to supper. When any motive that was not ever further out of the way Hector's supper was set down, behold, he was want- than the action itself. He had one uniform practice, ing! and as I knew we had him at the fold, which and a very bad one it was, during the time of family was within call of the house, I went out, and called worship, and just three or four seconds before the and whistled on him for a good while, but he did conclusion of the prayer, he started to his feet, and not make his appearance. I was distressed about ran barking round the apartment like a crazed beast. this ; for, having to take away the lambs next My father was so much amused with this, that he morning, I knew I could not drive them a mile would never suffer me to correct him for it, and I without my dog, if it had been to save me the scarcely ever saw the old man rise from the prayer whole drove.
without his endeavoring to suppress a smile at the The next inorning, as soon as it was day, I arose extravagance of Hector. None of us ever could and inquired if Hector had come home. No; he find out how he knew that the prayer was near done, had not been seen. I knew not what to do; but for my father was not formal in his prayers; but my father proposed that he would take out the certes he did know-of that we had nightly evilambs and herd them, and let them get some meat dence. There never was anything for which I to fit them for the road; and that I should ride was so puzzled to discover a motive as this; but, with all speed to Shorthope, to see if my dog had from accident, I did discover it, and, however gone back there. Accordingly, we went together ludicrous it may appear, I am certain I was corto the fold to turn out the lambs, and there was rect. It was much in character with many of poor Hector sitting trembling in the very middle of Hector's seats, and rather, I think, the most outré the fold door, on the inside of the flake that closed of any principle he ever acted on. As I said. his it, with his eyes still steadfastly fixed on the lambs. great daily occupation was pointing the cat. Now, He had been so hardly set with them after it grew when he saw us kneel all down in a circle, with our dark, that he durst not for his life leave them, al- faces couched on our paws, in the same posture though hungry, fatigued, and cold; for the night with himself, it struck his absurd head that we had turned out a deluge of rain. He had never so were all engaged in pointing the cat. He lay on much as lain down, for only the small spot that he tenters all the time, but the acuteness of his ear sat on was dry, and there had he kept watch the enabling him, through time, to ascertain the very whole night. Almost any other colley would have moment when we would all spring to our feet, he discerned that the lambs were safe enough in the thought to himself, “ I shall be first after her for fold, but honest Hector had not been able to see you all.” through this. He even refused to take my word He inherited his dad's unfortunate ear for music, for it, for he durst not quit his watch though he not perhaps in so extravagant a degree, but he ever heard me calling both at night and morning. took care to exhibit it on the most untimely and ill
Another peculiarity of his was, that he had a judged occasions. Owing to some misunderstandmortal antipathy to the family mouser, which was ing between the minister of the parish and the ses ingrained in his nature from his very puppyhood; sion clerk, the precenting in church devolved on yet so perfectly absurd was he, that no imperti- my father, who was the senior elder. Now, my nence on her side, and no baiting on, could ever father could have sung several of the old church induce him to lay his mouth on her, or injure her tunes middling well, in his own family circle ; but in the slightest degree. There was not a day, and it so happened, that, when mounted in the desk, he scarcely an hour, passed over, that the family did never could command the starting notes of any but not get some amusement with these two animals. one, (St. Paul's,) which were always in undue Whenever he was within doors, his whole occupa- readiness at the root of his tongue, to the exclusion tion was watching and pointing the cat from morn- of every other semibreve in the whole range of ing to night. When she fitted from one place to sacred melody. The minister, giving out psalms another, so did he in a moment; and then squatting four times in the course of every day's service, down, he kept his point sedulously, till he was consequently, the congregation were treated with either called off or fell asleep.
St. Paul's in the morning, at great length, twice He was an exceedingly poor taker of meat, was in the course of the service, and then once again at always to press to it, and always lean ; and often the close. Nothing but St. Paul's. And, it being he would not taste it till we were obliged to bring of itself a monotonous tune, nothing could exceed in the cat. The malicious looks that he cast at her the monotony that prevailed in the primitive church from under his eyebrows, on such occasions, were of Ettrick. Out of pure sympathy for my father exceedingly ludicrous, considering his utter in- alone, I was compelled to take the precentorship in capability of wronging her. Whenever he saw her, hand; and, having plenty of tunes, for a good while he drew near his bicker, and looked angry, but still I came on as well as could be expected, as men say of he would not taste till she was brought to it; and their wives. But, unfortunately for me, Hector then he cocked his tail, set up his birses, and began found out that I attended church every Sunday, a lapping furiously, in utter desperation. His good and though I had him always closed up carefully nature was so immovable, that he would never at home, he rarely failed in making his appearance refuse her a share of what he got; he even lapped in church at some time of the day. Whenever I close to the one side of the dish, and left her room saw him a tremor came over my spirits, for I well -but mercy as he did ply!
knew what the issue would be. The moment that It will appear strange to you to hear a dog's he heard my voice strike up the psalm," with might reasoning faculty mentioned, as I have done ; but, and majesty," then did he fall in with such overI declare, I have hardly ever seen a shepherd's dog powering vehemence, that he and I seldom got any do anything without perceiving his reasons for it. to join in the music but our two selves. The shepI have often amused myself in calculating what his herds hid their heads, and laid them down in the motives were for such and such things, and I gener-backs of their seats rowed in their plaids, and the ally found them very cogent ones. But Hector had lasses looked down to the ground and laughed till
their faces grew red. I despised to stick the tune, / patience. I had a great attachment to this animal, and therefore was obliged to carry on in spite of the who, with a good deal of absurdity, joined all the obstreperous accompaniment; but I was, time after amiable qualities of his species. He was rather of time, so completely put out of all countenance with a small size, very rough and shagged, and not far the brute, that I was obliged to give up my office in from the color of a fox. disgust, and leave the parish once more to their old His son, Lion, was the very picture of his dad, friend, St. Paul.
had a good deal more sagacity, but also more selfHector was quite incapable of performing the ishness. A history of the one, however, would same feats among sheep that his father did ; but, only be an epitome of that of the other. Mr. Wilas far as his judgment served him, he was a docile liam Nicholson took a fine likeness of this latter and obliging creature. He had one singular qual- one, which that gentleman still possesses. He ity, of keeping true to the charge to which he was could not get him to sit for his picture in such a
If we had been shearing, or sorting sheep in position as he wanted, till he exhibited a singuany way, when a division was turned out, and larly fine picture of his, of a small dog, on the Hector got the word to attend them, he would opposite side of the room. Lion took it for a real have done it pleasantly, for a whole day, without animal, and, disliking its fierce and important look the least symptom of weariness. No noise or exceedingly, he immediately set up his ears and hurry about the fold, which brings every other dog his shaggy birses, and fixing a stern eye on the from his business, had the least effect on Hector, picture, in manifest wrath, he would then sit for save that it made him a little troublesome on his a whole day, and point his eye at it, without own charge, and set him running round and round budging or altering his position. them, turning them in at corners, out of a sort It is a curious fact, in the history of these aniof impatience to be employed as well as his baying mals, that the most useless of the breed have ofneighbors at the fold. Whenever old Sirrah found ten the greatest degree of sagacity in trifling and himself hard set, in commanding wild sheep on useless matters. An exceedingly good sheep-dog steep ground, where they are worst to manage, he attends to nothing else, but that particular branch never failed, without any hint to the purpose, to of business to which he is bred. His whole cathrow himself wide in below them, and lay their pacity is exerted and exhausted on it, and he is of faces to the hill, by which means he got the com- little avail in miscellaneous matters ; whereas, a mand of them in a minute. I never could make very indifferent cur, bred about the house, and Hector comprehend this advantage, with all my accustomed to assist with everything, will often art, although his father found it out entirely of put the more noble breed to disgrace, in these himself. The former would turn or wear sheep no paltry services. If one calls out, for instance, that other way, but on the hill above them; and, though the cows are in the corn, or the hens in the garden, very good at it, he gave both them and himself the house-colley needs no other hint, but runs and double the trouble and fatigue.
turns them out. The shepherd's dog knows not It cannot be supposed that he could understand what is astir ; and, if he is called out in a hurry all that was passing in the little family circle, but for such work, all that he will do is to break to the he certainly comprehended a good part of it. In hill, and rear himself up on end, to see if no sheep particular, it was very easy to discover that he are running away. A bred sheep-dog, if coming rarely missed aught that was said about himself, ravening from the hills, and getting into a milkthe sheep, the cat, or of a hunt. When aught of house, would most likely think of nothing else than that nature came to be discussed, Hector's atten- filling his belly with the cream. Not so his unintion and impatience soon became manifest. There itiated brother. He is bred at home to far higher was one winter evening, I said to my mother that principles of honor. I have known such lie night I was going to Bowerhope for a fortnight, for that and day, among from ten to twenty pails full of I had more conveniency for writing with Alexander milk, and never once break the cream of one of them Laidlaw, than at home ; and I added, “ But I will with the tip of his tongue, nor would he suffer cat, not take Hector with me, for he is constantly quar- rat, or any other creature, to touch it. This latter relling with the rest of the dogs, singing music, or sort, too, are far more acute at taking up what is breeding some uproar.' Na, na," quoth she, said in a family. There was a farmer of this " leave Hector with me; I like aye best to have country, a Mr. Alexander Cuninghame, who had a him at hame, poor fallow."
bitch that, for the space of three or four years, in These were all the words that passed. The the latter part of her life, met him always at the next morning the waters were in a great flood, and foot of his farm, about a mile and a half from his I did not go away till after breakfast; but when house, on his way home. If he was half day the time came for tying up Hector, he was want- away, a week, or a fortnight, it was all the same; ing.-" The d's in that beast,” said I, “I she met him at that spot, and there never was an will wager that he heard what we were saying instance seen of her going to await his arrival yesternight, and has gone off for Bowerhope as there on a wrong day. If this was a fact, which I soon as the door was opened this morning." have heard averred by people who lived in the
“ If that should really be the case, I 'I think the house at that time, she could only know of beast no canny,” said my mother.
his coming home by hearing it mentioned in the The Yarrow was so large as to be quite impas- family. The same animal would have gone and sable, so that I had to go up by St. Mary's Loch, brought the cows from the hill when it grew dark, and go across by the boat ; and, on drawing near to without any bidding, yet she was a very indifferent Bowerhope, I soon perceived that matters had gone sheep-dog. precisely as I suspected. Large as the Yarrow The anecdotes of these animals are all so much was, and it appeared impassable by any living crea- alike, that were I but to relate the thousandth part ture, Hector had made his escape early in the of those I have heard, they would often look very morning, and swum the river, and was sitting, much like repetitions. I shall therefore only in “ like a drookit hen,” on a knoll at the east end this paper mention one or two of the most singular, of the house, awaiting my arrival with great im- ) which I know to be well authenticated.
There was a shepherd lad near Langholm, whose by one ; but the last one was dead. I give this as name was Scott, who possessed a bitch, famed over I have heard it related by the country people ; for all the West Border for her singular tractability. though I knew Mr. Walter Steel well enough, I He could have sent her home with one sheep, two cannot say I ever heard it from his mouth. I never sheep, or any given number, from any of the neigh-entertained any doubt, however, of the truth of the boring farms ; and in the lambing season it was relation, and certainly it is worthy of being prehis uniform practice to send her home with the served, for the credit of that most docile and affeckebbed ewes just as he got them. I must let the tionate of all animals—the shepherd's dog. town reader understand this. A kebbed ewe is The stories related of the dogs of sheep-stealone whose lamb dies. As soon as such is found, ers are fairly beyond all credibility. I cannot she is immediately brought home by the shepherd, attach credit to those without believing the aniand another lamb put to her; and this lad, on mals to have been devils incarnate, come to the going his rounds on the hill, whenever he found a earth for the destruction of both the souls and kebbed ewe, he immediately gave her in charge to bodies of men. I cannot mention names, for the his bitch to take home, which saved him from com- sake of families that still remain in the country; ing back that way again, and going over the same but there have been sundry men executed, who ground he had looked before. She always took belonged to this department of the realm, for that them carefully home, and put them into a fold heinous crime, in my own time; and others have which was close by the house, keeping watch over absconded, just in time to save their necks. There them till she was seen by some one of the family ; was not one of those to whom I allude who did not and then that moment she decamped, and hasted acknowledge his dog to be the greatest aggressor. back to her master, who sometimes sent her three One young man in particular, who was, I believe, times home in one morning, with different charges. overtaken by justice for his first offence, stated, It was the custom of the farmer to watch her, and that after he had folded the sheep by moonlight, take the sheep in charge from her ; but this re- and selected his number from the flock of a former quired a good deal of caution ; for as soon as she master, he took them out, and set away with them perceived that she was seen, whetner the sheep towards Edinburgh. But before he had got them were put into the fold or not, she conceived her quite off the farm, his conscience smote him, as he charge at an end, and no flattery could induce her said, (but more likely a dread of that which soon to stay and assist in folding them. There was a followed,) and he quitted the sheep, letting them display of accuracy and attention in this, that I go again to the hill. He called his dog off them : cannot say I have ever seen equalled.
and mounting his pony, he rode away. At that The late Mr. Steel, flesher in Peebles, had a time he said his dog was capering and playing bitch that was fully equal to the one mentioned around him, as if glad of having got free of a above, and that in the very same qualification too. troublesome business; and he regarded him no Her feats in taking home sheep from the neighbor- more, till, after having rode about three miles, he ing farms into the flesh-market at Peebles by her- thought again and again that he heard something self, form innumerable anecdotes in that vicinity, coming up behind him. Halting, at length, to all similar to one another. But there is one in- ascertain what it was, in a few minutes, there stance related of her that combines so much sagacity comes his dog with the stolen drove, driving them with natural affection, that I do not think the his- at a furious rate to keep up with his master. The tory of the animal creation furnishes such another. sheep were all smoking, and hanging out their
Mr. Steel had such an implicit dependence on tongues, and their driver was fully as warm as the attention of this animal to his orders, that they. The young man now exceedingly whenever he put a lot of sheep before her, he took troubled ; for the sheep having been brought so far a pride of leaving it to herself, and either remained from home, he dreaded there would be a pursuit, to take a glass with the farmer of whom he had and he could not get them home again before day. made the purchase, or took another road, to look Resolving, at all events, to keep his hands clear after bargains or other business. But one time he of them, he corrected his dog in great wrath. left chanced to commit a drove to her charge at a place the sheep once more, and taking his dog with him, called Willenslee, without attending to her condi- rode off a second time. He had not ridden above tion, as he ought to have done. This farm is five a mile, till he perceived that his dog had again miles from Peebles, over wild hills, and there is given him the slip; and, suspecting for what purno regularly defined path to it. Whether Mr. pose, he was terribly alarmed as well as chagrined; Steel remained behind, or took another road, Ifor the daylight approached, and he durst not make know not; but on coming home late in the even- a noise calling on his dog, for fear of alarming the ing, he was astonished at hearing that his faithful neighborhood, in a place where both he and his animal had never made her appearance with the dog were known. He resolved therefore to abandrove. He and his son, or servant, instantly pre- don the animal to himself, and take a road across pared to set out by different paths in search of her; the country which he was sure his dog did not but on their going out to the street, there was she know, and could not follow. He took that road ; coming with the drove, no one missing ; and, mar- but, being on horseback, he could not get across the vellous to relate, she was carrying a young pup in enclosed fields. He at length came to a gate, her mouth! She had been taken in travail on which he closed behind him, and went about half a these hills; and how the poor beast had contrived mile further, by a zigzag course, to a farm house to manage her drove in her state of suffering, is where both his sister and sweetheart lived ; and at beyond human calculation ; for her road lay through that place he remained until after breakfast time. sheep the whole way. Her master's heart smote The people of this house were all examined on the him when he saw what she had suffered and effected; trial, and no qne had either seen sheep, or heard but she was nothing daunted; and having deposited them mentioned, save one man, who came up to her young one in a place of safety, she again set the aggressor as he was standing at the stable-door, out full speed to the hills, and brought another, and told him that his dog had the sheep safe enough and another, till she brought her whole litter, one down at the Crooked Yett, and he needed not hurty