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I began a series of persecutions of the Kelpie on my own account.

My only excuse for them is, that I hoped by them to drive the Kelpie away.

It was the Kelpie, with an empty bag—a pillow-case, I believe—in her hand.

The kelpie gave a hideous roar, and turned away to run from the wimble.

I thought at first it was the Kelpie come after me, for it was a tall woman.

I was not too much abashed to take notice that the Kelpie bridled at this.

Mrs. Stedman's long-haired, blue Kelpie took a prize in the show of '95.

But the kelpie came every day, repeating the question, “Will you go now?”

Then,” said the kelpie “go home, and to-morrow you shall see Moneta and her child.

I doobt he's a kelpie, or a hell-horse, or something no canny o' that kin'; for faith!

WORD ORIGIN

1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gaelic colpach "heifer, steer, colt;" colpa "cow, horse." The Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse that was reputed to haunt lakes and rivers and to delight in causing drownings. But unlike its equivalents in Danish (nøkken) and Icelandic (nykur), it occasionally was benevolent, especially to millers by keeping their streams running.

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