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Sporran Clan Donald Fall 2011

Sporran Clan Donald Fall 2011

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THEFAITHFULPURSE-BEARER
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TALEofthetimesofold.Farawayinthenorth,wherethepurpleheathspreadsasthickonthehillsinsummerasthesnowlieswhiteinwinter,wherethestreamsflowdownthegranite-strewncorriesofthemountains,browngoldasthetopazlyinghidintheirbosoms,apowerfulchiefruledhisclan.Overhillandglenhisdomainspreadfarandwide,andhisnamewaslaw itselfinpeace,andpowerinwarfare.'TwassaidtheSpeyandtheGarrybothcontributedtohistable,andCairnGormandBenAlderfurnishedhimwithsport;whichwouldmeanthatovermuchcountry,andbymanymen,hisswaywasknownandacknowledged.Now,upontwothingsthechiefpridedhimselfmorethanallelse--more thanhisprowessinwar,yes,morethantheextentofhisdomainsand power--thebeautyofhiswifeandhisownjustice.Whathisclansmen thoughtofthesetwothingsisnottothepoint;whathethoughtofthemwasenoughforhimselfandforus.Itmustalsobeaddedthathepossessedsomethingseldomvouchsafedtomeninauthority,butaninvaluableblessingwhenprocurable,andthatwas afaithfulsteward,whohadchargeofhispurse,hisfarm,andhistreasures, withwhichmaybeincludedachargenottheleast,youmaybesure,in importanceatthatperiod--thecompletecontrolofhiscellar.IannaSporranwasfaithfultohischief,andwastrustedbyhiminreturn.Yetisanyonesogoodorsofaithfulastobesafefromthedartofjealousy?Itrownot.TheveryfactofIannaSporranbeingsofaithfulandsotrustedwasenoughtocreateinthemalignantheartofIannaPiob,thechiefbard,themostinveterateandoverwhelminghatred.RentwithjealousyofIannaSporran,theonequestionforhisevilhearttosolvewashowtocontrivethesteward'sdownfall."Itisnouse,"saidthechieftoIannaPiob;"itisnousetocomehowlingto meaboutthefalsenessofyourfellow-servants.JustshowmeifIhavelost
 
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anyofmycorn,anyofmygold,anyofmywine,anyofmyjewels,andthenI'llseeintothematter.Iamquitereadytoattendtoanythingreasonable;foryouknowIamajustman,andmywifeisbeautiful."Well,forawholeyearIanna5porranservedthechieffaithfully,andforawholeyearIannaPiobthoughthowhemightbringhimlow.Now,itwantedthreedaystotheNewYear,whenallthefirstmenintheclancameyearlytogetherbeforetheirchieftoofferhomageandcongratu-lations,andIannaPiob,ponderingmoredesperatelythaneverhowhecouldcircumventIanna5porran,waswalkingintheglenalone,kickingateveryrootandstonethatcameinhisway,andgivingventfromtimetotimetohisfeelingsinenviousgroans."Kerakaw,"croakedthegreyhoodieofRothiemurchus."What'sthemeaningofthisado?Haveyoueatentoomanyblaeberries?orwhatisitthatpainsyouso?"AndIannaPioblookedup,andsawthehoodie;andheconsideredherevileyespokeaheartaswickedashisown,sohetoldhistale."Isthatall?"quoththehoodie."Whydon'tyousayhestolethechief'sgoldenbarley?""justbecauseIcannotgetatthebarley;and,what'smore,IhavenowitnesstosupportmeifIlieaboutit,"answeredIannaPiob."Sillyfool!"croakedthehoodie;"whatwillyougivemeifIappearasawitnessinyourbehalf?""Ameasureofbeanswillinglyfrommyowngarden,andsomesweetmeatsIwillstealfromthechief'stable,"eagerlyexclaimedIannaPiob."Kerakaw!Istrikethatbargain,"crowedthehoodie."Bringthebeansandsweetmeatstometo-morrow.CallonmewhenI'mwanted,andIshallbetherewithoutfail."Sothebeansandsweetmeatsweregiven,andthemornoftheNewYeararrived.Andindeeditwasacrowdthatfilledthegreathallofthecastlethatsameday,asthefolkcametodelivercomplimentstothechiefandhislady,to
 
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maketheirstatements,andtoreceiveorders.JauntilyamongthemcameIannaPiob,and,pushingtothefront,bowedinlowobeisance.
"ISTHATALL?"QUOTHTHEHOODIE.
"Hownow?"saidthechief."Anycomplaints?anyadvice?anywish?Iama justman,andmywifeisbeautiful;sayanwithoutfear.""IannaSporranhasbeenstealingyourgoldenbarley,0chief!"criedIannaPiob,"andheshouldbeputtodeath.""Whoisyourwitness?"saidthechief."RememberIamajustman,andmywifeisbeautiful,andImusthaveproof." "JustthehoodieofRothiemurchus,"answeredIannaPiob;"noneotherthanhe.""Well,inthatcase,IannaSporran,"remarkedthechief,turningtowards him,"youmustdie.""Wouldnotyourhighnesscallthewitness,andprovehistruthfulnessbeforecondemningme?"askedIannaSporran."IfIamguilty,Iamwillingtodie!ifIaminnocent,yourownjusticeandyourwife'sbeautyforbidthatIshouldsuffer.""Iamajustman,andmywifeisbeautiful,"answeredthechief."Youareright.IannaPiob,callyourwitness."

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