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waste of water, he crossed the tor- who felt and feels thus, the “beauty rent, and landed safely on the op- of our valley” be indeed gone, yet
it shall endure forever before her At two o'clock on Tuesday morn- imagination, thus kindled always by ing Mr. Cumming Bruce ordered a light from heaven. every one to quit the building, and But we now accompany the worhe and his people took their station thy Baronet to his own“ Relugas." at some distance, to witness the fate On the evening of Monday the 3d, of the beautiful structure. . But at being roused while at dinner by four o'clock the river began to sub- alarming accounts of the rivers, the side, and the house was saved. family took their way through the
“ The ruin and devastation of the garden to their favorite Mill Island. place was dreadful. The shrub- Sir Thomas, anxious for the safety bery all along the river side, with of a little rustic Doric temple, partits little hill and moss-house, had ly constructed of masonry, and partvanished ; two stone and three ly of unpeeled spruce trees, that wooden bridges were carried off'; occupied an isolated rock above a the beautiful fringe of wood on both broken cascade crossed by pictusides of the river, with the ground it resque bridges, said to the gardengrew on, were washed to the ocean, er, “ John, I fear our temple may together with all those sweet and be in some danger if this goes on.” pastoral projections of the fields, _“Ou, sir, it's awa else,” (already), which gave so peaceful and fertile a was John's reply-and looking upcharacter to the valley ; whilst the says Sir Thomas, “ The Divie aponce green island, robbed of its palled us ! ” groups of trees, and furrowed by a “ It resembled the outlet to some dozen channels, was covered with great inland sea, that had suddenly large stones, gravel, and torn up broken from its bounds.
It was roots. The rock in the old channel already 8 or 10 feet higher than any had been rendered unavailing by one had ever seen it, and setting dithe great quantity of gravel brought rectly down against the sloping terdown, which raised the water over race under the offices, where we it, so that it acted against the super- were standing, it washed up over incumbent mass of mortary gravel the shrubs and strawberry-beds, that was incapable of resisting it; with a strange and alarming flux and thus the house was left in the and reflux, dashing out over the midst of ruin-like a precious gem, ground 10 or 15 yards at a time, the lustre and effect of which have covering the knees of some of the been destroyed by its setting being party, standing, as they thought, far injured, and the stone itself left in beyond its reach-and, retreating jeopardy. “Dreadful, indeed,' says with a suction, which it required Mrs. Cumming Bruce, feelingly, in great exertion to resist. The whirla billet written in reply to our inqui- pool produced by the turn of the riries,' is the devastation that a few ver, was in some places elevated 10 hours have wrought. But we must or 12 feet above other parts of it. be thankful that all around us are The flood filled the whole space safe. God's will be done. I dare- from the rocks of the right bank on say we were all too proud of the the east, to the base of the wooded beauty of our valley-a beauty slope, forming the western boundary which we had not given, and could of the Mill Ísland, thus covering not take away, but which has va- the whole of that beautiful spot, exnished in an instant before His cept where two rocky wooded knolls, sweeping arm.'»
and the Otter's Rock beyond them, This is the spirit in which all appeared from its eastern side. losses in this life should be met; The temple was indeed gone, as and though from the eyes of her well as its bridges, and four other
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rustic bridges in the Island. Al- such devastation there, had all to ready its tall ornamental trees had pass through that narrow chasm. begun to yield, one by one, to the All the servants who lived in the pressure and undermining of the offices had sat up the whole night water, and to the shocks they re- in dread of the building being carceived from the beams of the Dun- ried away. Morning then camephail wooden bridges. The noise and Sir Thomas thus describes the was a distinct combination of two scene : kinds of sound; one, an uniformly
“I hurried out. But, prepared continued roar, the other like rapid- as my mind had been for a scene of ly repeated discharges of many can- devastation, how much did the realinons at once. The first of these ty exceed my worst anticipations ! proceeded from the violence of the T'he Divie had apparently subsided, water; the other, which was heard it is true, but it was more because through it, and, as it were, muffled it had widened and disencumbered by it, came from the enormous its course, than from any actual distones which the stream was hurling minution of its waters. The whole over its even bed of rock. Above Mill Island was cleared completely all this was heard the fiendlike of shrubs, trees, and soil, except shriek of the wind, yelling, as if the the hard summit towards the Otter's demon of desolation had been riding Rock ; and, instead of the space upon its blast. The leaves of the being filled with that wilderness of trees were stript off and whirled into sweets into which the eye found the air, and their thick boughs and difficulty in penetrating, one vast stems were bending and cracking and powerful red-colored river, dibeneath the tempest, and groaning viding itself into two branches like terrified creatures, impatient to against the other rocks, flowed in escape from the coils of the watery large streams around it, without one serpent.”
single obstacle to its action ; with How fared the beautiful and be- less turmoil than before, indeed, but loved Mill Island ? All its magni- with the terrible majesty of a mighty ficent trees were falling like grass conqueror sweeping sternly over beneath the mower's scythe. Nu- the carnage of his recent victory: merous as they were, says the Baro- And well might the enemy triumph! net, feelingly, they were all indivi- --For, besides the loss of the Mill dually well-known friends. Each Island, which I had looked for, the as it fell gave one enormous plash beautiful hanging bank, covered on the surface—then a plunge- with majestic forest and ornamental then the root appeared above water trees, of all kinds, and of growth so for a moment—then again all was fresh and vigorous, had vanished submerged—then uprose the stem, like the scenery of a dream, and, in disbranched and peeled—and finally its place, was the garden hedge, they either hurled round in the caul- running for between 200 and 300 dron, or darted like arrows down yards, along the brink of a red alluthe river.
vial perpendicular precipice 50 feet How stood the bridge over the high, with the broad remorseless Divie to the north of the house ? flood, rolling at its base, eating into Here, the river, bounding out from its foundation, and, every successive the rocky glen behind the Doune, ininute, bringing down masses of was fearful. The arch is 24 feet many cubic yards. And then, from high, and its span from rock to rock, time to time, some tall and graceful 60 feet. The flood filled more than tree, on the brink of the fractured two thirds of its height-yet all portions of the bank at either end, night the bridge stood fast—though would slowly and magnificently bend the wide body of water which cover- its head, and launch into the foamed the Mill Island, and wrought ing waves below. The whole scene
had an air of unreality about it that rocks, and bridges—but now the bewildered the senses. It was like Findhorn threatened and endangersome of those wild melodramatic ed human life, and his progress is exhibitions, where nature's opera- contemplated with a far deepertions are out-heroded by the mecha- with a tragic interest. Terrific was nist of a theatre, and where moun- the discharge of water, wreck, and tains are thrown down by artificial stones that burst from the pass at storms."
the Craig of Coulternose, over the “ The rocks and recesses of the extensive plain of Forres, spreadwooded banks, and the little grassy ing devastation abroad on that rich slopes, had been covered in a wild and beautifully hedgerowed country. way with many thousand shrubs, of On Monday, the 3d of August, Dr. all kinds, especially with laurels, Brands of Forres, a gentleman, as rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs, and á it appears, of rare intrepidity, was profusion of roses, which were thriv- professionally called to the western ing vigorously, and beginning to side of the river, which he forded on bear blossoms, whilst the rocks were horseback. Before he had crossed covered with the different saxifrages, the second branch of the stream, he hung with all sorts of creepers, and saw the flood come thundering enameled with a variety of garden down—his horse was caught by itflowers, all growing artlessly, as if he was compelled to swim, and he sown by the hand of Nature. The had not long touched dry land, ere path was therefore considered to be the river had risen six feet. After not unworthy of the exquisite sce dinner at Moy, he accompanied nery through which it led. But the Mr. Suter, the worthy dweller there, Hood of the 3d and 4th of August to several cottages, advising the inleft not one fragment of it remain-mates to leave them without delay, ing, from one end to the other. and come to Moy-a kind advice, Not a tree, or shrub, or flower, or which was taken by all except the piece of soil, nay, or of moss or li- family of one Kerr, who, trusting to chen, is to be seen beneath that their great distance from the river, boldly and sublimely sketched line somewhat obstinately refused to of food, that appears on either side, move. The house of Moy, by ten and from end to end of these rocks, at night, was filled with men, wolike the awful hand-writing of God men, and children, flying from the on the wall."
flood. «« There's twa families yon“ The damage done at Relugas der wholly surrounded,” cried a by the flood, is perhaps not more, in voice, “ and as for poor Sandy actual value, than L. 1200; yet, Smith ! Poor Funns! Naebody when the rocky defences all along can ever houp till see him or his fathis very small property are consi- mily again." This Sandy Smith dered, even this sum is great. But was an active boatman, commonly the beauties of nature cannot be es- called Whins, or, in the provincial tirnated in money; and although pronunciation, Funns, from his resiRelugas has yet enough left to cap- dence on a piece of furzy pasture, tivate strangers, and to make them at no great distance from the river. wonder how there could have been A far distant gleam of light came anything to regret ; yet ten thou- from his window. “I have often sand points of locality are lost, on heard of a ray of hope,” said which hung many long-cherished Suter, “but this is the first time I associations with the memory of ever experienced it in a literal those who can never return to sanc sense." What too was to become tity the new scenes resulting from of the Kerrs at Stripeside !
Here the late catastrophe.”
we must record in our pages an Hitherto we have seen the flood incident most honorable to the huraging chiefly against plains, woods, manity and courage of Mr. Suter.
“ But farther consideration for and ascended the tower to look out them was extinguished for a time, from the top. The prospect was by the loud screams that proceeded awful—all the extensive plain of from the gardener's wife and child- Forres being one wide-weltering ren near the offices at Moy. They flood, down to the expanding Frith hastened thither, and found the flood and German Ocean. The houses rushing strongly about the house. of Stripeside were still standing ; It was not yet too deep to wade, and he saw too the far-off dwelling but the river was making rapid ad- of poor Funns, its roof rising like a vances, whilst the people were de- speck above the flood, that had evibating what was best to be done. dently made a breach in one of its 'I will go myself and save them !' ends. Mr. Suter, about seven in cried Mr. Suter. God forbid that the morning, went to his own ofye should risk yoursell alane, sir !'fices, and there he found one of his said an elderly woman standing by ; servants, Alexander Kerr, son of I'll gang wi' ye.'— Come along the old people in jeopardy in Stripethen, madam,' said he, offering his side, weeping in agony for the inearm to the old lady, whom he now vitable destruction of his parents. recognised to be Widow Ross, his As Mr. Suter was trying to comfort washerwoman, who had only a him, the whole gable end of old short time before escaped with her Kerr's dwelling gave way, and fell children, from her house at Stripe- into the raging current. Dr. Brands, side, with the loss of everything she who was looking intently the while had in this world. Come along ! through a telescope, observed we shall try it at all events. They hand thrust through the thatch of entered the water, and, after three the house—it worked busily, as if in or four paces, it became deep. despair of life-a head soon appearThey had to pass through a gate, ed-and then the whole body of old where the current was strong. "No Kerr, who began drawing out his fear, widow !' said Mr. Suter, ‘lean wife and niece. They all crawled more on my arm. By this time they along the roof, towards the northern were up to the middle in water. chimney. As soon as they had left · Haud mair to that side, sir, cried the roof it fell into the flood. Old the widow, there's a deep well Kerr let himself drop from the eaves here, and we may fa' intil't.' They on a small speck of ground higher reached the cottage door. What's than the rest, close to the foundation the meaning of this delay ?' de- of the back wall of the building, manded Mr. Suter. Come, young which was next to the spectators. fellow,' said he, addressing himself The brave Dr. Brands set off on to the gardener's youngest son, and horseback—and the lad Alexander bending his body to receive him, also, in another direction—to en• leap upon my back.' The little deavor to find a boat. But after urchin joyfully obeyed, and, in ten many narrow escapes from danger, minutes, the whole family were intrepidly encountered, the Doctor saved.”
was forced, without having attained The stormful blackness of the his object, to return to Moy. At night made it impossible to assist this time poor Funns, and his family, either the Kerrs or Funns, but Mr. were thus situated : Suter said “ Let candles be placed They were huddled together on in all the windows of the house, a spot of ground a few feet square, that poor Whins, if yet in existence, some 40 or 50 yards below their inmay know that he is not forgotten undated dwelling. He was someamidst the horrors of this awful times standing, and sometimes sitnight. But, alas ! his light no ting on a small cask ; and, as the longer burns!” At daybreak Dr. beholders fancied, watching with Brands hurried down to the offices, intense anxiety the progress of the
flood, and trembling for every large water ; so that, by means of the tree that it brought sweeping past telescope, the gentlemen saw the them. His wife, covered with a poor inmates actually dragged out blanket, sat shivering on a bit of of the windows, from under the walog, one child in her lap, and a girl ter, having been obliged to duck of about 17, and a boy of about 12 within ere they could effect their years of age, leaning against her escape. The boat then swept down side. A bottle and a glass on the the stream towards a place called ground, near the man, gave the the Lakes, where John Smith, his spectators, as it had doubtless given wife, and her mother, were safely him, some degree of comfort. Above landed. a score of sheep were standing “ The boat was now again brought around, or wading or swimming in up by the Kincorth horses to a point the shallows. Three cows and a near the bridge over the Moy Burn. small horse, picking at a broken There Donald Munro again sprang rick of straw that seemed to be half forward, and Sergeant John Grant, afloat, were also grouped with the an old pensioner from Findhorn, family.”
with David Reat, from Kinteasock, At last a boat was seen launched and Robert Dallas, claimed the hofrom the garden at Earnhill, about nor of the Stripeside adventure. Afa mile below :
ter bringing the boat across the "The young man who went in flooded bridge, they, with great difthe direction of Kincorth, found that ficulty, crossed the stream on the Mrs. Grant had already ordered out south side of it, and pulled along a pair of horses to convey the boat the road till the current became so to the spot where it was committed strong that the people, who waded to the waves ; and it was immediate- breast deep to meet them, were ly manned by Donald Munro, over- compelled to haul them up by means seer to Mr. Loudon at Earnhill- of ropes. There was one individual William Smith, salmon-fisher-and in that boat whose exertions, Mr. Tom Fraser, floater-who nobly Suter says, he can never forget. volunteered to proceed, in the first The others were sufficiently active, place, to the rescue of the family of but he was both physically and moa man named John Smith, who were rally more energetic than they, and in the most perilous situation imagi- his conduct.was so conspicuous, as nable, in the island opposite to to call forth the frequent and united Earnhill. The gentlemen on the plaudits of all present. This was tower watched the motions of this Donald Munro, who, from certain boat with the liveliest interest. They remarkable parts of his dress, was saw it tugging up till an intervening that day called Straw-Hat and Yelwood hid it from their view. Again low-Waistcoat,-titles under which it was seen beyond, making, as it he gained so much honor, that he were, for Rodney's cottage, as they may well be proud of them for the hoped with the intention of reaching rest of his life. He was now at the Stripeside. But in an instant it prow, now at the stern, now in the dashed into the main stream, and water to the neck, and again he was disappeared behind the wood with a tugging hard at the oar : in short, velocity so fearful that they con- he seemed to be the chief instrucluded its destruction certain. But ment of deliverance. in a moment it again showed itself, “ Having pulled up as far as they and the brave fellows were seen could in the still water, they applying their oars across the sub- proached the desperate current formerged island of Earnhill, making merly noticed as having swept away for John Smith's cottage, the thatch, the two elms, and fearlessly dashed and a small part of the side walls of into its tumultuous waves.
For a which, were alone visible above the moment the spectators were in the