Mystery set in Scotland. There is an abundance of that delectable humor known as Scotch, while the downfall of the family which dwelt in "The House with the Green Shutters" is told with a realism which is both grim and fascinating.
ad they not been aware of his stupidity, they would never have minded his triumphs in the countryside; but they felt it with a sense of personal defeat that he--the donkey, as they thought him--should scoop every chance that was going, and leave them, the long-headed ones, still muddling in their old concerns. They consoled themselves with sneers, he retorted with brutal scorn, and the feud kept increasing between them.
They were standing at the Cross, to enjoy their Saturday at e'en, when Gourlay's "quarriers"--as the quarry horses had been named--came through the town last week-end. There were groups of bodies in the streets, washed from toil to enjoy the quiet air; dandering slowly or gossiping at ease; and they all turned to watch the quarriers stepping bravely up, their heads tossing to the hill. The big-men-in-a-small-way glowered and said nothing.
"I wouldn't mind," said Sandy Toddle at last--"I wouldn't mind if he weren't such a demned ess!"
"Ess?" said the Deacon unpleasantly. He