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national contests, undertaken with the vague hope of settling the birthplace of melodies which probably belong to neither one country nor the other, but to both.
But I think that the Scotch may be said to have trained up the bagpipe to a perfection of superiority, and to keep up that perfection even unto this day. And I conceive that one of those grand, stalwart practitioners whom we see in that magnificent cos­tume which English folks have not disdained to wear (though it is a relic belonging to a peculiar district), would blow down, by the force and per­sistence of his drone, any rival from Calabria, or the Basque Provinces, or the centre of France, or the Sister Island.
To this universal bagpipe may some of the lawless progressions of Scottish melodies be referred. The following is clearly a relation to the Irish march on three legs already cited.

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