original work a fairly "safe" speculation. Besides, if the Highlands are nowadays worth anything, they have surely spirit and common sense enough to support their own authors. Let me assure my countrymen that no one else will; and that if they do not show a little more generosity and patriotism in the future than they have done in the past, they and their language will soon cease to exist. A nation which is without letters is justly held contemptible by civilised countries, and is not fit to exist. CRABHADH DO LEANABAN NAOMH PHRAGUE
A Leinibh Naoimh ! Tha mi 'greasadh a d'ionn-suidh. Tha mi 'guidhe ort as leth do Mhathair gun saor thu mi.
Oir, tha mi 'creidsinn gu daingean gum beil do Dhiadhachd g'am dhion.
A Leinibh Naoimh! Tha mi 'guidhe ort gun saor thu mi as ... ; agus deonaich dha* d' sheir-bhisich t'fhàcal èisdeach a chaoidh. 'Us tha mi 'g achanaich Ort3a cuideach t'Aodan fhaicinn maille ri Moire 'Mhathair is Ioseph, agus aoradh a thoirt dhut am measg nan Ainglean uile. Amen, Amen, Amen.
For a commercial people — a " nation of shopkeepers," in fact — it must be allowed that the English are remarkably slow to rid themselves of their insular prejudices, one of the most hardy and unintelligent of which is the common prejudice against the acquisition of foreign languages. Surely the day has long since gone by in which the typical Englishman, standing on his own hearthrug in that position which his numerous and industrious caricaturists have rendered familiar to us, was wont to assert his inborn superiority to the rest of mankind, and his fixed determination to impose his language on the universe ? Mr Chamberlain's fiscal proposals have rudely awakened him from his venerable dream of self-sufficiency ; and one is obliged to wonder that that astute politician, in recommending his nostrums to his countrymen, did not take occasion to tell them that their mode of doing business, as well as their policy, was at fault, and likely to prove fatal to them. In Scotland, fortunately, there is less of this insular prejudice against foreign languages than there is across the Border. Moreover, by common consent we are allowed to possess, as a nation, less of that insular conceit which renders the average English-