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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription OLD BROUGH. 273
himself stolen to a perch, which enabled him to command the
front entrance to the cottage. The only two means of egress
were thus effectually guarded.
In a little time the household was completely quiet. Dunbar
had heard the mutterings, from above, of the family prayers, in
which it was no part of his profession to partake ; and had
heard the footsteps of the old couple as they passed through
the passage-way to the chamber opposite the dining-hall. A
chamber adjoining theirs was occupied by Frederica Sabb ; but
he listened in vain for her footsteps in that quarter. His watch
was one calculated to try his patience, but it was finally re-
warded. He heard the movement of a light foot over head,
and soon the door opened in the rear of the dwelling, and he
distinguished Frederica as she descended, step by step, to the
ground. She paused, looked up and around her, and then, dart-
ing from tree to tree, she made her way to the kitchen, which
opened at her touch. Here, in a whisper, she summoned to her
side a negro � an old African who, we may at the same time
mention, had been her frequent emissary before, on missions such
as she now designed. Brough, as he was called, was a faithful
Ebo, who loved his young mistress, and had shown himself par-
ticularly friendly to her afaires de cceur. She put a paper into
his bands, and her directions employed few words.
" Brough, you must set off for Mass Richard, and give him
this. You must keep close, or the soldiers will catch you. I
don't know where they've gone, but no doubt they're scattered
in the woods. I have told him, in this paper, not to come, as
he promised ; but should you lose the paper "" I no guine lose'em," said Brough seemingly rather displeas-
ed at the doubt, tacitly conveyed, of his carefulness.
" Such a thing might happen, Brough ; nay, if you were to
see any of the tories, you ought to destroy it. Hide it, tear it
up, or swallow it, so that they won't be able to read it."" I yerry, misses.""Very good ! And now, when you see Mass Richard, tell
him not to come. Tell him better go farther off, across the fork,
and across the other river ; for that Mat Dunbar means to push
after him to-morrow, and has sworn to hunt him up before he
stops. Tell him, I beg him, for my sake, though he may not