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his absence, poor fellow—­poor, poor fellow!—­Lassie came home, with my handkerchief tied round her neck.  They knew and understood, and the whole strength of the farm was turned out to follow her, with wraps, and blankets, and brandy, and every thing that could be thought of.  I lay in chilly sleep, but still alive, beneath the rock that Lassie guided them to.  I was covered over with my brother’s plaid, and his thick shepherd’s coat was carefully wrapped round my feet.  He was in his shirt-sleeves—­his arm thrown over me—­a quiet smile (he had hardly ever smiled in life) upon his still, cold face.

My father’s last words were, “God forgive me my hardness of heart towards the fatherless child!”

And what marked the depth of his feeling of repentance, perhaps more than all, considering the passionate love he bore my mother, was this:  we found a paper of directions after his death, in which he desired that he might lie at the foot of the grave, in which, by his desire, poor Gregory had been laid with our mother.

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