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CHAPTER IV. They require Of Heaven the hearts of lions, breath of
tigerj, Yea, and the fierceness too. Fletcher. Evening had fallen;
and, for the last two hours, they had seen none of their ill- fated
companions, when Morton and his faithful attendant gained the
moorland, and approached a large and solitary farmhouse, situated
in the entrance of a wild and moorish glen, far remote from any
other habitation. " Our horses," said Morton, " will carry us Jio
farther without rest or food, and we must try to obtain them here,
if possible." So speaking, he led the way/to the house. The place
had every appearance of being inhabited. There was smoke is-.suing
from the chimney in a considerable volume, and the marks of recent
hoofs were visible around the door. They could even hear the
murmuring of human voices within the house. But all the lower
windows were closely secured; and, when they knocked at the door,
no answer was returned. After vainly calling and entreating
admittance, they withdrew to the stable, or shed, in order to
accommodate their horses, ere they used farther means of gaining
admission. In this place they found ten or twelve horses, whose
appearance of fatigue, as well as the military yet disordered
appearance of their saddles and accoutrements, plainly indicated
that their owners were fugitive insurgents in their own
circumstances. f This meeting bodes gude luck," said Cwddie; " and
they hae walth o' beef, that's ae thing certain, for here's a raw
hide that has been about the hurdies o' a stot not half an hour
syne?it's warm yet." Encouraged by these appearances, they returned
again to the house, atid, announcing themselves as men in the same
predicament with the inmates, clamoured loudly for admittance. "
Whoever ye be," answered a stern voi...
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