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CRUIKSHANK AT HOME.
A SURGEON STUDENT'S TALE
Tread light and cautious o'er these hollow graves :
There is not a pleasanter walk all round the heartsome city of Glasgow, than that down by the side of the Clyde towards Dumbarton; and you may go either on
green sod, by the edge of the river, passing Kelvinhaugh and the Inch, or, on the level high road towards the old-fashioned
town of Renfrew; nor can a man drink a civil tumbler of Islay or Glenlivett, any where after his walk, with greater gusto than in the big room upstairs in the house of David Craighorai, the patriarchal publican of the sweet village of Long Govan. The
lass that comes smirking in with the gill stoup and the glass, with the bottle of small beer, sparkling like soda or campagne, and the bit of oat cake to dry your teeth, is a perfect pleasure to see ; and Miss Craighorn herself was really—but she's married now !
I had taken my walk that way, in company with a friend, one pleasant Friday afternoon, for I hate your Sunday stragglers; and I would not be seen in David Craighorn’s, on the Lord's day, for
any money !-and when we had walked through the town of Govan, my friend and I sauntered into the churchyard. It is perfect truth that we did go into the churchyard, for it is quite open to those who pass that way; and it is just as true that we went in, not to write or speak any palavers about it, or to be sentimental or silly, but merely to rest ourselves, and look about: and there is not a prettier churchyard in which a man can set his foot, than the quiet and picturesque burying-ground round the old church in Govan.
“ I think it odd,” said I to my friend, “ in looking round this old village, that somehow my recollections of every place to which I was accustomed to wander in my boyish days are associated with some living person, whom I always think I ought to find about the same spot where I used to observe him the first time I explored the village or hamlet. Now I remember, many years ago, that I never could pass through Govan, or cross the ferry to Parlick, or linger about the green by the side of Clyde, watching the fishers in the salmon season, without seeing the lively face and active figure of a little man, whose image,