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  THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
  here." Ami he gave him the half-rotten roll ;
  but took good care to say nothing of the others
  which he had contrived to put away into a
  secret place while Mr. Cameron was busied in
  the loft.
  " (;>h, this won't do at all !" cried Mr. Cameron,
  in a rage : "I counted and threw down thirty
  rolls."
  '■ Thirty rolls," echoed Archibald: " preserve
  me '. but you amaze me, Mr Cameron. What
  should bring thirty rolls of tobacco in my loft ?
  M e ! who am bound to protect the revenues of
  my country ! You must have been drinking, Mr.
  Cameron, and wetting your eyes, Mr. Cameron.
  Preserve me I but you see more than double,
  Mr. Cameron, it's lucky that you did not set my
  loft on iire with that candle. Thirty rolls !
  why you must be very drunk indeed, Mr.
  Cameron : and not at all the proper company
  that a decent man like I am ought to keep."
  Mr. Cameron was so beside himself with rage
  and amazement, and with Archibald's coolness,
  that he was blurting out his words very much
  as if he indeed were tipsy.
  " I thought you had come on a fool's errand,
  Mr Cameron," Archibald went on to say, "but
  I never thought you were overtaken in liquor,
  Mr. Cameron. And to fancy that this little
  packet was thirty rolls of tobacco ! I would'ut
  have believed it of you, Mr. Cameron. And to
  try to take away my honest name, and make me
  out to be no better than a smuggler ! Me !
  who am bound to protect the revenues of my
  country. Preserve me ! But 1 could take the
  law at you, ]Mr. Cameron."
  " It's I that will take the law of you, Mr.
  Macuab, as you will soon find to your cost; "
  said Mr. Cameron, as he bounced out of the
  house.
  Very soon, Archibald received a summons to
  appear before the Sheriff, and he obeyed the
  summons. Mr. Cameron made out a strong
  case against him ; but, as he had no witnesses,
  Archibald got the liberty to plead for himself.
  "Let me hear, Mr. Macnab," said the Sherili'.
  " what explanation you can give to this re-
  markable charge that has been brought against
  you."
  Archibald put on his most smiling face and
  jocular manner. '■ It was the gowk-hunting
  day (the first of April) and my good friend, Mr.
  Cameron here, was to be made a fool of. And
  this was our plan. He was to be told that I
  bad some smuggled tobacco in my loft, and
  then he was to come to me on a fool's errand,
  in search of it. In my house, preserve me ! but
  the idea was amusing. Well, my good friend,
  Mr. Cameron, never susj^ected that he was
  being fooled ; so he came to my house, made
  his demand, and went up the ladder to the
  loft. There he found that roll of tobacco that
  ia placed before you ; it is, as yciu plainly see,
  rotten and worthless, and had probably been
  lying there since the building of Babel. Well,
  my good friend, Mr. Cameron, threw down the
  roll and I received it ; and he said. That's one.
  Without showing him what I was doing, I
  threw it up again into the loft, while he was
  turning about in the dark with his candle.
  Presently he found it, and threw it down,
  saying. That's two. So I did the same over
  again ; and I was throwing it up, and he was
  throwing it down and counting, until I thought
  that I had drawn enough fun out of hmi for
  one day ; so then I stopped. And, of course,
  he was" obliged to stop ; and he said. There's
  no more; that last made thirty, and came
  down from the loft. Then I showed him what
  I had done, and that it was gowk -hunting day,
  and that I had played him a trick with that
  worthless roll of tobacco. But, my good friend,
  Mr Cameron took it amiss that he had been
  put upon a fool's errand, and so he took the
  summons against me. And that, Mr. Sheriff,
  is the whole of the case."
  Upon this, all the persons in court burst out
  laughing, and although Mr. Cameron protested
  that a false tale had been told, yet there was
  no witness to support what he said. So, the
  Sherili" dismissed the case, and Mr. Cameron
  was ordered to pay the expenses: and Archibald
  Macnab went home, quite pleased at having
  won the day.
  As a note to this anecdote of a former officer
  of excise in Cantire, I may mention a published
  statement regarding the pay of his successors.
  Thf Financial Reforniei; for July, 1862, in
  speaking of the enormous cost of collecting the
  Customs' duties, said, " at Campbeltown, four
  officers receive X471, for handing over to the
  Commissioners of Customs the sum of £17 ! "
  {To he continued.)
  Clan Mackay Sooiety. — A meeting of this
  Society was held on loth April in 5 St. Andrew
  Sciuare, Edinburgh ^Mr. Daniel Mackay, Vice-
  President, in the chair. It was reported that a
  number of applicants from the counties of Suther-
  land and Caithness would compete for the Mackay
  Bursary in June, and in this connection it was
  resolved to increase the bursary to the annual sura
  of £25, and to be called "The Clan Mackay Victoria
  Jubilee Bursary," in honour of Her Majesty's
  record reign. It was brought to the notice of the
  meeting that "A" Bhratach Bhan"— the white
  banner of the clan— was, in consequence of the
  death of the last custodier, in danger of being lost
  to the clan. Mr. John ]Mackay, Secretary {Celiic
  Mnnthhi), and Mr. John Mackay, S.S.C, were
  appointed to take such steps as they may think
  necessary in order to see that the old flag of the
  clan passed into proper and safe custody.

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