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  THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
  as if he had just come from the churn. He
  begged her to drink from the "kuman," and at
  first she was afraid, but as he went on asking
  her, at last she took a good drink from the
  "kuman.'
  Another Story of the Macleods, taken
  FROM Donald Eoy Macleod.
  This story seems to have some appearance of
  antiquity about it, but I question if it dates
  back to the clan period, for then the chief
  would have had more regard for the meanest
  of his clansmen than is shown here.
  A Macleod gentleman who had Ose farm
  used to be called "Captain Ose' in the old
  days before my time, but I heard many a tale
  of him from people who had been in his service.
  I am telling you what smartness and bravery
  were in the men of that period. The Captain
  went droving to Duntulm, where the morair
  (landlord) was, and he was mnvcachd air each
  (riding on a horse), and a boy on a horse
  following him as servant. Well, when they
  were down at a place called Cam's i/ohhair he
  saw hunters with big hounds on the brae above
  him, and they heard the hunters setting the
  dogs at them. Well, Captain Ose told the boy
  to keep behind him, and he struck the first dog
  with his stick and killed him, and the second
  dog he killed too with the stick, and when the
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  hunter^. Lord Macdonald and his men, came
  down, they said they thought it was a ]ioor
  man, and they were sorry it was the Cajitain,
  and he was invited to Duntulm and would not
  go, but he changed his mind and went, for he
  would let no one say that he was afraid to go
  there.
  Black Maroaket from Beacadale gave jie
  THE following:
  I asked her if she knew anything of the
  Fenian or Fingalian Ballads. She said she
  did not, but that Diarmid killed Fionn with
  the tore nimh (poisonous boar). This shows
  how quickly the heroic tales and ballads die
  out, and become corrupted amongst the
  peasantry. Campbell of Islay, who took down
  many fenian ballads, tell us how Fionn com-
  passed Diarmid's death by getting him to
  measure the boar by placing his feet against
  the bristles, which were poisonous.
  These detached tales are given exactly as
  received from the poor but decent old men
  and women who supplied them. They serve in
  a measure to show a phase of superstition as it
  actually exists in the mind of the peasant.
  They are not the prettily rounded tales of a
  Hans Anderson, they are the real article.
  [the end.]
  The Famo0s White Banner (A' Bhintucli,
  Bliau) OF the Clan Mackay is in danger of being
  sent to London. Tbe Clan Mackay are deterjnined
  to prevent it jiassing into alien hands, and the case
  is likely to be heard before the Sheriff. They
  wish this venerable relic to be placed in St. Giles
  Cathedral, where two Mackay regimental flags are
  already deposited.
  The Rkv. Dr. J. Aberigh-Maikay, D.D., Chief-
  tain of the Clan Aberigh, is staying in Switzerland
  at present. His son. Colonel .J. Livingston Aberigh-
  Mackay, of the 8th Bengal Cavalry, is in Scotland,
  and intends paying a visit to the old seat of liis
  family, Achness, in Strathnaver.
  The Dhan ani> Lornb Association have just
  completed the session, with a balance of £40 on hand.

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