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��Johnson's host was Lachlan Mackinnon, and the initials are, I suppose, his and his wife's. It was but a small place to hold the large and festive company that was gathered at the time of our traveller's visit ; but, as Boswell says, " it was partly done by separating man and wife, and putting a number of men in one room and of women in another." As I looked up at the windows which still remain, though the floors have fallen in, I wondered which was the room which was Johnson's chamber at night, and the ladies' parlour by day, where Boswell sat among them writing his journal. At the Hotel at Broadford, I was struck by the change that has come about since Johnson's time " in this verge of European life," to use the term which he applied to Skye. Corrichatachin remains almost as he saw it. A house had fallen in ruins and had been replaced by another, and a small grove of trees had been planted. A garden had been made, and patches of ground which once were pasture had been ploughed up. But the broad face of nature is unchanged. This " region of obscurity," is, however, obscure no longer. Where he was nearly ten weeks without receiving letters, now even the poor, far from their homes, by means of the tele- graphic wire can, as it were, "live along the line." A maid-servant who goes to distant services, on her arrival, by means of a telegram, at once frees her mother from her "heart-struck anxious care." The owner of the hotel, from whom I learnt this fact, said that " Rowland Hill had done more for the poor man than all the ministers since, and that many of the Highlanders in gratitude had called their sons after him."