Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription TIIE FALL OF SAM.
ranks of Jersey under the terrible concussion. Every man be-
came a hero,�every hero a tower of strength�a fortress.
Terrible was the encounter. The battle opened with the flight
of missiles from the light troops. Shells skated through the air.
It was in the play of this light artillery that the nose of Bill
Perkins, the pilot, suffered its hurts. Another one of the
Joneses, a cousin of Sam�had the bridge of his fairly broken.
It has not been held passable since. But the sanguinary pas-
sions of the two parties were not willing that the fight should
long continue at respectful distances. Soon, pike crossed with
pike ; oyster-rakes grappled with oyster-rakes ; forks, that once
drove unembarrassed through the luscious sides of fat victims
only, now found fierce obstruction, and no fat, from implements
of their own structure and dimensions. The conflict was long
in suspense, and only determined in the fall of the redoubtable
Sam, the monarch of Sandy Hook. He succumbed beneath a
blow inflicted by a young turtle, which, caught up in his des-
peration by Ralph Roger, of Tuckahoe, was whirled about as
a stone in a sling, thrice above his head, until it came in con-
tact with that of Jones. Shell against shell. The crack of one
of them was heard. For a moment, the question was doubtful
which. But, in a jiffy, the gigantic bulk of Jones went over, like
a thousand of brick, shaking the clam-beds for sixty miles along
the shore. An awful groan went up from the assembled Gotham-
ites. The affair was over. They lost heart in the fall of their
hero, and threw down their arms. Jersey conquered in the
conflict."" Oh, I am so rejoiced !" exclaimed Miss Burroughs, her proper
sense of justice naturally sympathizing with the threatened inno-
cents, assailed at midnight in their unconscious beds.
And what punishment was inflicted upon the marauders ?"" A very fearful one. Thirty prisoners were taken ; many
had fallen in the fight ; many more had fled. The missing have
never been ascertained to this day."" Well, but the punishment ?"
This was planned with a painful malice. At first, the vin-
dictive passions of the Jerseyans being uppermost, it was strenu-
ously urged that the captives should be sacrificed as a due
warning to evil-doers. It was agreed that nothing short of the
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