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Graham of Claverhouse   By: (1850-1907)

Graham of Claverhouse by Ian Maclaren

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[Illustration: Lady Dundee lifted up the child for him to kiss. Pages 261 2.]

Graham of Claverhouse

By

IAN MACLAREN

Author of

"Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush," "Kate Carnegie," "Young Barbarians," "A Doctor of the Old School," Etc., Etc.

Illustrated in Water Colors by FRANK T. MERRILL

Copyright, 1907, by John Watson

The Sale of this book in New York and Philadelphia is confined to the stores of JOHN WANAMAKER.

NEW YORK AND LONDON THE AUTHORS AND NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION 1907

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY JOHN WATSON.

Entered at Stationers' Hall. All rights reserved.

Composition and Electrotyping by J. J. Little & Co. Printing and binding by The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass., U. S. A.

CONTENTS

BOOK I. CHAPTER PAGE I. By the Camp Fire 11 II. The Battle of Sineffe 31 III. A Decisive Blow 53 IV. A Change of Masters 72

BOOK II.

I. A Covenanting House 93 II. The Coming of the Amalekite 114 III. Between Mother and Lover 133 IV. Thy People Shall Be My People, Thy God My God 155

BOOK III.

I. One Fearless Man 175 II. The Crisis 194 III. The Last Blow 216 IV. Thou Also False 237

BOOK IV.

I. Treason in the Camp 263 II. Visions of the Night 284 III. Faithful Unto Death 303

[Illustration: (FACSIMILE PAGE OF MANUSCRIPT FROM BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIAR BUSH)]

GRAHAM OF CLAVERHOUSE

BOOK I

CHAPTER I

BY THE CAMP FIRE

That afternoon a strange thing had happened to the camp of the Prince of Orange, which was pitched near Nivelle in Brabant, for the Prince was then challenging Condé, who stuck behind his trenches at Charleroi and would not come out to fight. A dusty colored cloud came racing along the sky so swiftly yet there was no wind to be felt that it was above the camp almost as soon as it was seen. When the fringes of the cloud encompassed the place, there burst forth as from its belly a whirlwind and wrought sudden devastation in a fashion none had ever seen before or could afterwards forget. With one long and fierce gust it tore up trees by the roots, unroofed the barns where the Prince's headquarters were, sucked up tents into the air, and carried soldiers' caps in flocks, as if they were flocks of rooks. This commotion went on for half an hour, then ceased as instantly as it began; there was calm again and the evening ended in peace, while the cloud of fury went on its way into the west, and afterwards we heard that a very grand and strong church at Utrecht had suffered greatly. As the camp was in vast disorder, both officers and men bivouacked in the open that night, and as it was inclined to chill in those autumn evenings, fires had been lit not only for the cooking of food, but for the comfort of their heat. Round one fire a group of English gentlemen had gathered, who had joined the Prince's forces, partly because, like other men of their breed, they had an insatiable love of fighting, and partly to push their fortunes, for Englishmen in those days, and still more Scotsmen were willing to serve on any side where the pay and the risks together were certain, and under any commander who was a man of his head and hands. Europe swarmed with soldiers of fortune from Great Britain, hard bitten and fearless men, some of whom fell far from home, and were buried in unknown graves, others of whom returned to take their share in any fighting that turned up in their own country... Continue reading book >>




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