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Excerpt from Sprigs of Heather: Or the Rambles of May-Fly With Old Friends
The friend in question, let the reader know, was neither a bright merry girl, nor a jolly young fellow, - both good in their way, - but a brown mountain stream, well known to tourists and anglers as the Highland Braan. And why not an improving companion? Have we not a high authority for the fact that there are books in running brooks? Aye, and better books than many that talk in large type. The streams have a word for the hear ing ear, and have been preaching a gospel of their own kind ever since their soft liquid tongues made sweetest music through moor and woodland. We invite the reader, especially if Waltonian, to go with us for a ramble among the broomy braes that are made bright and cheery by the waters of the Braan. This picturesque stream ﬂows from Loch Freuchie, a lonely sheet of water nestling among the heath-clad hills of Western Perthshire. After a brawling course of about fourteen miles, it loses itself in the lordly Tay, opposite the hoary Cathedral of Dunkeld, near to the somewhat classic hamlet of Inver.
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