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  THE OELTIO MONTHLY
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  When morning broke the gale had spent
  itself. The wind was full of the smell of fresh
  seaweed. The skies were breaking into great
  banks of white clouds, and the sun was shining
  cheerily on the dancing blue waters, above
  which the sea birds were whirling in delight.
  But what was that at the point ? A group
  of black figures — all women — gathered round
  something that lay on the beach, and a sound
  of lamentation was borne across the sunlit bay,
  for when young Ailasa Macleod was wandering
  along the beach at the break of day, she was
  heard to utter a wild cry when she came upon
  a bit of wreckage on which was written in
  white letters the name ' Waterwitch!' Further
  out by the point another of the women had
  been attracted by something white among the
  seaweed. On drawing nearer she turned
  deadly pale. It was the shape of a human
  hand floating above the water, and when the
  next wave rolled in it turned up the scared
  face of Ewan Mackenzie ! He had kept his
  tryst, but the light of the Evening Star had
  failed !
  ToKQun, Macleod.
  DUNCAN MACRAE, QUEENSLAND.
  THE HIGHLAND BAGPIPES.
  ^J\ij WAY with your fiddles and tlutes,
  W% J As music for wedding or ball ;
  ^M- Pianofortes, clarionets, lutes,
  The bagpipe surpasses them all.
  For polkas, the waltz, the quadrille,
  There's naught with the pipes can coi)i]iare,
  An anchorite torpid 'twould thrill,
  Such glorious sounds in the air.
  So tuneful, harmonious, and sweet, —
  The very perfection of art ;
  Lend wings to the tardiest feet,
  And joy to the sorrowing heart.
  Upheaved the fair dancers with feet
  Like birds, poising light on the wing.
  As nimbly they trip in the reel.
  And roll off the steps of the Hing.
  No requiems grand I assail,
  Like Handel's Dead March, played in "Saul'
  But yet I maintain that the Gael
  In coronachs, vanquishes all.
  In music, in warfare, in song, —
  With bagpipes, and banners unfurled ;
  Like a torrid simoom borne along.
  The Highlanders lighten the world.
  York. Patrick MAcrnERSoN.
  ^■fiR. DUNCAN MACRAE, of Strath-
  ^mMp garve, S. Queensland, is a son of the
  ^J^ late Duncan MacRae, who occupied
  the sheej) farms of Kemasary and Toultrie, near
  Poolewe, Ross-shire, where he acquired a good
  practical knowledge of sheep farming which has
  proved of great value to him in his subsequent
  career. His mother was also a MacRae, a
  native of Lochbroom. In 1853, when only
  seventeen years of age, Mr. MacRae left his
  home for Australia, where he has since engaged
  extensively in pastoral pursuits, and is now one
  of the oldest living pioneers and leading Over-
  landers in the colonies. Some of Mr. MacRae's
  business undertakings have been on a gigantic
  scale. For instance, in 1861 he succeeded in
  bringing ovei'laod from N. Australia to S. W.
  Queensland '25,000 breeding ewes, an operation
  which occupied 12 months, and established his
  reputation as a skilful manager and a practical
  bush man.
  Two years later, the Government of New
  South Wales passed a stringent act prohibiting
  sheep from Victoria passing into that colony
  owing to disease being prevalent in Victoria.
  Mr. MacRae, with his usual enterprise, purchased
  18,000 ewes in Victoria, took them overland
  through S. Australia, and entered New South
  Wales, where he sold the sheep at the high
  ])rice then ruling. This hazardous undertaking
  occupied 18 months. Subsequently lie made
  several trips, the last being in 188(i, when he.
  took 17,000 store wedders from Queensland to
  Victoria, a distance of 1,000 miles.
  Desirous of retiring from the Overlander's
  life he accepted the managership of extensive
  stations in New South Wales, the stock consisting
  of 170,000 sheep, 10,000 cattle, and 700 horses.
  Three years later he resigned, and married a
  daughter of Mr. Louden Hastings MacLeod, of
  Hylang Station, S. A. He purchased several
  good station properties, and carried on squatting
  extensively. A few years ago he held on lease
  in Australia and New South Wales 27,00,000
  acres of land.
  Mr. MacRae is a magistrate in Queensland
  and New South Wales. Stratligarve is chiefly a
  freehold, and is capable of wintering all the
  year round 10,000 sheep, and 700 cattle: it is
  situated in a beautiful valley in the Darling
  Downs district, which is allowed to be the
  Garden of Queensland.
  He has a family of two daughters, and one
  sou called Louden Hastings Duncan.
  Although absent from his native Highlands
  for so many years, Mr. MacRae has never lost
  touch with, or interest in, the afliairs of the old
  country.

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