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  • Among the green hills of Scotland dwelt two farmer lads, Tammas and Geordie, fast friends tried and loyal as members of the same clan. They are both very much in love with Jenny, a little Scottish lass, and Geordie dreams of what might be if he were successful in his wooing. Geordie persists in his attentions to her. He asks her to share her lot with him, but she replies: "1 do not lo'e ye, Geordie, I must say ye nay." But quite different does she speak to Tammas: "I do lo'e ye, Tammas" and forthwith they are betrothed. Jubilantly Tammas, on his way home, tells Geordie that Jenny is his promised bride. The shock to Geordie is too much and losing control of his anger, he denounces Tammas and bad blood comes betwixt them. On the happy wedding day, Geordie is not invited and from his home across the way he sees the happy couple enter their new home, while reflectively he stands gazing with his dog Jean from the window. Pensive and sad, he fills his cup with a large draught of consolation, lifts it high and says; "I'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for the Days of Auld Lang Syne." Throwing himself into the old armchair before the fireplace, Jean gazing into his sad face, dreams of days that might have been and he is lost in the realms of reverie, while the fire light throws its glow. Intensified by the fast approaching darkness upon him. Five years have elapsed since the last scene. A son has been born to Tammas and Jenny, now a romping little fellow of four years. The old enmity betwixt Tammas and Geordie still exists. Both men are busy about their duties on their respective farms. Jenny is deeply engaged in her household affairs. The child wanders off in the heather, across the hills and is lost. Jenny calls loud and long for her missing bairn, but he does not respond. At night, when Tammas returns from his labors in the fields, he meets his wife, who in tears, informs him of the child's absence. He and his wife start in search of the little one, guided by a flaring torch. Their efforts, which are continued until the approach of morning, are in vain and they return disconsolate to their home. Geordie starts out at daybreak with his herd of sheep and finds the discarded torch. He is puzzled until later his good dog Jean comes to him with the child's tam o'shanter, persisting in her master going with her to the place where she discovered the child, whom Geordie rescues, and hastens with it to the distracted parents, who clasp it lovingly and frantically to their bosoms. Tammas relents in his enmity to Geordie; the two men shake hands and once more become friends. Jenny brings forth a flask from which they both fill their cups and "drink a cup of kindness," making up their differences with the words of "Auld Lang Syne."


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