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THE SQUIREEN

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE AWKWARD SQUADS

BY THRASNA RIVER
RING O' RUSHES

THE CHARMER

THE BARRYS

IRISH PASTORALS

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BY

SHAN F. BULLOCK

NEW YORK

MCCLURE, PHILLIPS AND COMPANY

1903

HARVARD COLLEGE LA

THE BEQUEST OF THEODORE JEWETT EASTMAN

1931

Edinburgh : Printed by T. and A. CONSTABLE

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THE SQUIREEN

CHAPTER I

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climb Rhamus Hill, mount the castle wall and set your face towards the setting sun, on your right will be Emo and the long glitter of Lough Erne, behind will lie Thrasna river and the wilderness of Bilboa; on your left Lackan lough will gleam darkly among the hills, Armoy and its boglands stretch away towards

my Lord the mountain, and the pastures of Gorteen spread out below your feet even unto the distant whiteness of the Ferry road and the rude borders of Drumhill townland.

Should the day be cloudy and in summertime, the wind south-west and moist, the sky high and grey, your eyes will have happy sight of a characteristic Ulster prospect. The scene will be fair, wide-spreading and varied, at once heartsome and subdued : mountains blue and

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