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  THE CELTIC MONTHLY
  King l)y raising the standard of rexolt against
  him, and when marching southwards he was
  surprised in Lochaber, and routed. The unfor-
  tunate cliief afterwards surrendered to the King,
  by whom his life was spared. The records of
  the feuds of the Highland clans during the six-
  teenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries
  are profuse and interesting, and show the gradual
  approach to a higher degree of civilization.
  Scenery, of the Highlands.
  Ihe Highlands of Scotland is .separated from
  the Lowlands by the Gramjiians, a chain of
  mountains running across the country from the
  north of the river Don, in Aberdeenshire, to the
  cities of Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, and Dundee,
  excluding the greater part of Nairn, Elgin, and
  Banftshire, and the counties on the eastern coast
  south of the Moray Firth. The country is
  picturesque, and the scenery exceedingly varied
  in character. At one time the hills rise with
  Alpine abruptness, presenting bare rocky pre-
  cipices, dotted liere and there with trees, or
  covered only with brown heath. Again, they
  appear in gentle slope, richly wooded, hill over-
  lapping hill, nature and oultivati(m combining
  to give them an inexpressible charm. Water-
  falls and streams gush down mountain and hill-
  sides, dashing over rocks — sometimes a distance
  of a hundred or two hundred feet — until they
  reach the quiet romantic glen where they gild
  with silver the green and golden landscape ;
  while the riveni, fed in this way, either jiursue
  their course to the .sea, or empty themselves into
  lochs. The latter are numerous, and some of
  the finest views of Highland scenery are obtained
  in sailing along their shores. Nature has done,
  much to adorn tlie "land of the mountain and
  the Hood," and the progress of civilization has,
  without doubt, increased to a great extent its
  attractions. Among these are the imposing
  country seats which are now scattered over the
  land, and which form the favourite resort of
  Royalty and rank of every grade. The railway,
  too, has opened up facilities for the vi.sit of
  many to whom otherwise the Highlands would
  be necessarily closed.
  Hardihood of the Highlanders.
  The Highlanders have ever been imbued with
  feelings of deep romantic attachment to their
  native hills and glens. Cradled in wild rugged
  fastnesses, dwelling together in clans of families
  for mutual support and protection, and for many
  centuries exposed at all times to the vicissitudes
  of war, they cultivated every quality necessary
  to produce a hardy indomitable race ; and
  generally they were characterized by remarkable
  prowess, courage, fidelity, self-respect, and love
  of independence. The mass of poetry which
  from time to time has been collected in the
  Highlands, shows that chivalry and romance
  were joined to the sterner arts of war. In
  general the Highlanders were tall, robust, and
  well formed. To a great degree they were
  inditterent to cold, and when from home they
  slept in the open. It was a usual practice in
  the winter time when sleeping in the snow to
  dip their plaids in water in order to keep in
  heat more eft'ectually. It is said that in 1745
  the Highlanders could not be prevailed on to
  use tent.s, and a Highland chief is reported on
  one occasion to have given offence to his retainers
  by forming the snow into a pillow, the act being
  construed into a sign of degeneracy. Things
  have altered very much in this respect daring
  the present century, and we fear that if the
  Highlander of 1700 could visit the earth, he
  would be appalled at the inroads of civilization
  on his degenerate sons.
  {To he contimied.)
  |p-|dl.HE crocus is everywhere lifting
  W^l Its chalice upon the air,
  '^=^ For Spring has breathed o'er the garden.
  And all the borders are fair.
  How they tiing the sun a challenge,
  And oti'er him gold for gold.
  Those dauntless yellow tiowerlets,
  Shining and overbold 1
  Yet methinks the white are sweeter ;
  Like vestals they stand, a row,
  With hardly a hint of colour
  To stain their robes of snow.
  And fairest of all are the purple,
  Dyed deep with the hues of life.
  Its violet tones of mourning.
  Its glowing heart of strife.
  But why should a flower's perfection
  Any doleful message bear I
  Enough that Spring's in the garden.
  And all the borders are fair.
  ISth Mari-h, 1S!)7.
  R. J. FOKBES.
  Shinty Notes.— Mr. John Campbell, Secretary,
  Kingussie Shinty Club, was presented, by Provost
  Macpherson, with an illuminated address, in recog-
  nition of his services to the club. —The match
  between the Glasgow Cowal rersitx Dublin Hurling
  Club, is to take place at Celtic Park, on Saturday,
  5th June. It will be an international contest worth
  seeing. — The Beauly club have won the champion-
  ship and the association cup by defeating Brae-
  Lochaber.at Inverness, on 10th April, by 5 hails to nil.

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