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Fraser's Scottish Annual
Loch Earn at Midnight

By Rev. G. M. Milligan, D.D., Toronto

NEXT to his own county for all that is beautiful, every Scotchrnan places Perth. This is proof sufficient of the pre-eminent attractiveness of this fair shire. In the summer of 1897 I had a most delightful ten days' holiday in this charming country. I shall never forget the afternoon and evening spent at St. Fillans, a picturesque village at the eastern end of Loch Earn—especially the evening. An hour before midnight my travelling companion and I went out to view the scene before retiring to rest. What a scene! Stretching away to the west some seven miles, the lake lay placid as a mirror. On its bosom a short distance from us, the isle where the Neishes were murdered by the MacNabs reposed in such profound sleep that it had entirely forgotten the tragic ''thing behind." The moonlight glanced upon the eastern end of the Loch through the foliage, presenting the appearance of molten silver bubbling up from subterranean wells, or silver lamps carried round and round by invisible. hands. The hills crept down to the margin of the Loch like varders guarding its very sleep. So great was the stillness that one could fancy he might hear a leaf fall. A misty, dreamy light suffused all the landscape. In that eerie hour in such environment, with the wierd past in so romantic a setting, who needs feel ashamed that either he or his fathers believe in ghosts?

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