'But what if it was they who robbed the post-office? said Allan. 'Robbed the post-office, Mr. Allan! cried Duncan; 'what will they pe doing that for? Not them, Mr. Allan! So do not pe meking trouble by telling the laird 'But we have told him, said Reggie. 'Dear, dear, Mr. Allan and Master Reggie, said Duncan with a vexed face; 'what will you haf peen doing that for?
'But they are not honest folk if they're smugglers, interposed Reggie, who had been listening to the conversation without joining in. A peculiar expression flitted across Duncan's face. 'Well, but, Mr. Allan, he maintained; 'I'm just telling you, that it will pe petter if you will not pe telling the laird; you will only pe meking trouble in the island and will pe doing no good at ahl, at ahl.
'Are you not for coming, Neil? said Duncan, standing in the mouth of the cave; 'ta captain says he iss in a hurry to be gone. 'Come, Neil, said Rob MacLean persuasively, 'it will not pe meking Mistress Macdonnell any better, puir soul, for you to be waiting here with ta police, silly bodies, at your heels. Neil came forward, Marjorie and Allan following him anxiously.