the country with a brilliant reputation for witchcraft, and thus she broke in upon the narrative : " I vow, young man, ye tell us the truth upset and down-thrust. I heard my douce grandmother say that on the night when Elphin Irving disappeared disappeared I shall call it, for the bairn can but be gone for a season, to return to us in his own appointed time she was seated at the fireside at Johnstone Bank ; the laird had laid aside his bonnet to take the book, when a shriek mair loud, believe me, than a mere woman's shriek and they can shriek loud enough, else they're sair wranged came over the water of Corrie, so sharp and shrilling, that the pewter plates dinneled on the wall : such a shriek, my douce grandmother said, as rang in her ear till the hour of her death, and she lived till she was aughty-and- aught, forty full ripe years after the event. But there is another matter, which, doubtless, I cannot compel ye to believe : it was the common rumour that Elphin Irving came not into the world like the other sinful creatures of the earth, but was one of the Kane-bairns of the fairies, whilk they had to pay to the enemy of man's salvation every seventh year. The poor lady-fairy a mother's aye a mother, be she elve's flesh or Eve's flesh hid her elf son beside the christened flesh in Marion Irving's cradle, and the auld enemy lost his prey for a time. Now, hasten on with your story, which is not a bodle the waur for me. The maiden saw the shape of her brother fell into a faint, or a trance, and the neigh- bours came flocking in gang on with your tale, young man, aud dinna be affronted because an auld woman helped ye wi't."
" It is hardly known," I resumed, how long Phemie Irving continued in a state of insensibility. The morning was far advanced, when a neighbouring maiden found her seated in an old chair, as white as monumental marble ; her hair, about which she had always been solicitous, loosened from its curls, and hanging disordered over her neck and bosom, her hands and forehead. The maiden touched the one, and kissed the other ; they were as cold as snow ; and her eyes, wide open, were fixed on her brother's empty chair, with the intensity of gaze of one who had witnessed the appearance of a spirit. She seemed insensible of any one's presence, and sat fixed and still and motionless. The maiden, alarmed at her looks, thus addressed her : ' Phemie, lass, Phemie Irving ! Dear me, but this be awful ! I have come