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The Men of the Moss-Hags

Being a history of adventure taken from the papers of William Gordon of Earlstoun in Galloway

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Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,217 / 311 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 651
Added to site: 2010.04.26
mnybks.net#: 27498
Origin: gutenberg.org
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>"There are people hereabouts that are not very chancy. My father saw the Marshalls go by this morning!"

Often and often I had heard of the tribe before, and they had a singular name for their ill-done deeds. Indeed the whole land was so overrun with beggars of the Strong Hand, and the times so unsettled, that nothing could be done to put a stop to their spoilings. For the King and his men were too busy riding down poor folk that carried Bibles and went to field-preachings, to pay attention to such as merely invaded homesteads and lifted gear.

As we set breast to the brae and came to the top of the little hill, I stumbled over something white and soft lying behind a heather bush. It was a sheep--dead, and with much of it rent and carried away. The ground about was all a-lapper with blood.

"A worrying dog has done this!" I said.

But Maisie Lennox came up, and as she caught sight of the carcase her face fell. She shook her head mighty seriously.

"Two-footed dogs," she said. "S

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