James V of Scotland, brave, chivalrous, generous-hearted, impulsive and full of delightful strategy, with a mania for wandering about his kingdom incognito, is a character worthy of the role of hero in any novel or drama, and Mr. Barr's extended knowledge of new and interesting incidents in connection with the life of this youthful monarch, his knowledge of many small events which are here so entertainingly presented, makes it impossible not to enjoy the work in its entirety.
ht at this time, and learn whether or no they agree to have me as one of their number. If they refuse, there's no harm done; I shall say nothing, and the king will know no more about the matter than he does now."
"I could not ask better assurance than that," said the host cordially as his guest rose.
They shook hands, and the guidman of Ballengeich, after peering out into the darkness to see that the way was clear, took his leave.
The laird was prompt in keeping his appointment on the following Wednesday, and learned that the conspirators were glad of his assistance. The cobbler's tool-box had been pushed out of the way, and a makeshift table, composed of three boards and two trestles, occupied the centre of the room. A bench made up in similar fashion ran along the back wall, and there were besides, half a dozen stools. A hospitable pitcher of strong drink stood on the rude table, with a few small measures, cups and horns.
As if the weight of conspiracy had lain heavy on his shoul
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