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BY

AMELIA E. BARR

AUTHOR OF

FRIEND OLIVIA,"

," "JAN VEDDER's wife,” “ FEET OF CLAY,'
A BORDER SHEPHERDESS," ETC.

NEW YORK
DODD MEAD & COMPANY

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COPYRIGHT, 1891, BY DODD, MEAD & COMPANY.

All rights reserved.

A SISTER TO ESAU.

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A STRANGE TITLE DEED.

For valiant men and bonnie lasses,

Old Fife all other lands surpasses.”

-Old Song.

SOMEW
OMEWHAT north of Elie, where the grand coast

of Fife runs backward into lovely valleys and green pastures, there is a large gray house with corbeled walls and high turrets. It is the home of the Blair-Rodneys; and it has been for hundreds of years a part of the beautiful landscape.

The men of Rodney have been always men of the sword and the sea; and the walls of the old kirk by Rodney Law are crowded with the worn brasses, recording their warlike deeds at home and abroad. And, side by side with them, the shining tablets of our own day keep the names of soldiers and sailors of the same family, who died but yesterday in the service of Queen Victoria ; men of valor, all of them, but passing into the night, and leaving earth no better for their mighty pilgrimage.

In A.D. 1842, the owner of Rodney House was Colonel Kinross Rodney, a soldier who had spent most of his life in the East Indies, and had only in.

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