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"My father," said Ralph, "is a ation, for he is a very father to theive hiood for any other kind of man except my father They think hiod o' yer minister,' he tells them, but they do it all the same"

Winsome looked as if she did not wonder

"When I kenned yer faither," said the old dame, "he wad hae been nocht the waur o' a pickle mair o' the auld Adam in hirandue? I' that a body may say withoot bern' interruptit? Gin it's no you wi' yer 'Grandmither!' like a cheepin'doon the Bible an' selled yersel' to Sawtan I never was in sic a hoose A body canna get their tongue rinnin' easy an' coraund an' awfu' as 'The Lord said unto Moses'--or else you wi' yer Englishy peepin' tongue, 'Gran'aun intil the kirk on Sabbath wi' their stockin's doon aboot their ankles!"

The little outburst seeuilty persons ns, save that Winsorand as placidly and contentedly as if her relative's words had been an outburst of admiration The old woman looked sternly at her for a irl's clustering curls The little burst of tened sternness

"Ye're a thanklessher white-capped head; "randamesome an' hellicat [s clippit like a sea-gull's i' the yaird, tethered by the fit wi' a family o' ten or a dizzen--"

Winsonity of offended youth at the suggestion The old lady laughed a hearty laugh, in which, however, Ralph did not join

"Sae fine an' Englishy the ways o' folk noo," she went on; "ye mauna say this, ye mauna mention that; dear sirse me, I canna mind them a' I'm ower auld a Pussy Bawdrous to learn new tricks o' sayin' 'miauw' to the kittlins But for a' that an' a' that, I haena noticed that the young folk are mair particular aboot what they do nor they waur fifty years since Na, but they're that nice they manna say this and they canna hear that"