Cabled reports state that the Duke of Montrose, whose estate includes these historic spots, is being compelled, owing to heavy taxation, to sell by auction the whole of Ben Lomond and its approaches from the famous Loch Lomond.
O Scotland! In an olden time A bard who lacked the gift for rhyme Wrote him a song of heartfelt thanks For Lomond and its "bonny banks." Historic and romantic spot! Since then there's many an exiled Scot In this new land who sang they praise. Loch Lomond of the spacious days. But in these days when bitterness Comes with the dire financial stress, Scotsmen, all dour, with faces long Put new words to the olden song. The high road we no longer tread To fortune; but with bended head, We walk in sorrow on the low. And this is how the words now go: "Oh, we're done wi' the high road; We all tak' the low road; An' what ha'e, ye, Scotland, before ye? For I an' my bawbees will never meet again, Since the bonny, bonny Banks ha'e Loch Lomond."
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