The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, August 01, 1887, Page 586, Image 10

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finding constant employment, He com- pletion, and that of 1771, when restored
manded him to build a cauld, or dam by Lady Margaret Douglas. The old
head, across the Tweed, at Kelso, which foundations remain the same, and the
was done in one night Michael next old hall looks as one would expect to see
ordered that Eddon hill, which was then it built during those days of border feud
a uniform cone, should bo divided into and foray, when it was necessary
three. Another night was sufficient to To watch against southern force and guile,
part its summit into the three pictur- From Warkworth or Naworth or merry CarlMe.
esque peaks, which wo now behold. At In imagination, as we gazed, we peo
length, tho enchanter conquered this in- pled it again a8 when
defatigablo demon, by employing him to
make ropes out of sea sand. Ten quires ten yeomen, mail-clad men,
,r. . . Waited the heck of the warders ten;
Iho road runs far below Branksome Tllirty Btecd8( both flcct and wight
castle, so that from it one can have but stood saddled in stable day and night,
a very partial view of the building; con- A hundred more fed in stall ;
sequently, bidding our coachman to stop, Such was t,,e tUHtom in Branksome Hall,
wo alighted, and with tho independence, Wishing to gain from the butler some
perhaps assurance, said to be character- information concerning the Scott fam
istic of Americans on theii travels, as- ily, I said: " He lived before the time of
cended tho avenue leading to the back Sir Walter?" "Behind, lady," he re
of tho house, walking through an invit- plied, gently correcting me; and pre
ingly open gale, for a nearer view of the Burning I had his meaning, I answered,
premises. "Fortune favors tho brave," "I see." The ancestor was a descend
er bold, and most opportunely were wo ant We tendered our shilling gladly,
seen by tho butler, who, tho family bo- as but small recompense for the very in
ing absent, hospitably, or mercenarily, teresting visit, which, though mildly
invited us to enter. We achieved tho waved aside as " too much," was ulti
summit of our wishes, in being conduct- malely accepted. We passed the " Peel
Oil up a spiral staircase, to the very top (tower) of Goldiland," going and re
of tho Bo-called Sir David's tower, into turning, as also a dilapidated fountain
my Lady of Branksome's own room, by the river's side, a few paces from the
with which description the " Lay " opens, road. The inscription, in Latin, was al-
Tho foant was over in P.rank wine tower, mSt obliterated an( hen and by whom
And the I.adye had gone to her secret lower, erece(l I co&ld not decipher. A hos-
Uvr Ikiwct that was guarded by word and by pitable line was legible, concluding with
Idly to hear and deadly to tell- n, the friendly address: " Drink-farewell,
Jcu Maria hhivM tis well ! onri mn i 1 i 11 .. -n
o livinir ,i t i i m(i may G(xl 1)0 gracious to thee." Few
o mmg wight, save tho l-adye alone, i., u lL 11 . t
Mad dand t cws the threshold stone. travelers, other than commercial ones,
T, . . . . ' visit Hawick, and yet it is in the midst
I Ins Ladyo was widow of Sir Wal- of a lovely country, well worthy inspec
tor boott, of Branksome, an ancestor of tion. It is an important manufacturing
the novehst, who was slain in tho streets town, noted for its cheviot cloth, or
of hdmboro, in 15;,2, grandson to tho tweeda, so called.
Zil , n.Whm th " Not far Hawiek, " Kelso, and at
S n m'mm' M Eduu, a couple of miles distant, was
ITteLlt J h ? m,fCrn- James Thompson, the au-
ir t u ?,U,Je the of "Th0 About a quar-
dates of 171, probably thotimoof cm- tor of a mile from the village, a plain