Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 20 MELLICIIAMPE.
the thought which his mood had prompted ; when, at length,
as if he had arrived at a full and satisfactory conclusion, he
arose from his place, supplied the fire with new brands, and,
as night had now set in, proceeded to bring forth his supper
from the little cupboard where it usually stood. His fare was
simple, and soon despatched. When this duty bad been per-
formed, he next proceeded to such arrangements as seemed to
indicate his preparation for a long journey. He brought forth
from the recess which had supplied him with his evening repast
a small sack of corn-meal, possibly a quart or more, and a
paper containing at least a pound of common brown sugar. A
huge hoe, such as is used in the corn-field, was then placed by
him before the blazing fire the flour and sugar, previously
stirred together, were spread thickly over it, and, carefully
watching the action of the heat upon his mixture, he took
due heed to remove it at that period when he perceived the
flour to grow slightly brown, and the sugar .to granulate and
form in common particles along with it. It was then with-
drawn from the fire, exposed for an hour to the air, and
afterward poured into a sack made of the deerskin, which
-teemed to have been employed frequently for a like purpose.
To this, in another skin, the remnant of a smoked venison ham
was added, and the two parcels, with one or two other items
in the shape of hoe-cake and fried bacon, were deposited in
a coarse sack of cloth, opening in the centre like a purse, and
so filled as to be worn across the saddle after the fashion of the
common meal-bag. This done, he proceeded to what appeared
a general overhaul of the hovel. Various articles, seemingly
of value; were drawn out from their secret recesses ; these were
carefully packed away in a box, and, when ready for removal,
their proprietor, honestly so or not, proceeded to, secure them
after his own manner. Leaving the cabin for an instant, Ile
. went forth, and soon returned bearing in his hands a spade,
with which, in a brief space, he dug a hole in the centre of
the apartment sufficiently large to receive and conceal his
deposite. Here he buried it, carefully covering it over, and
treading down the earth with his feet until it became as hard
as that which had been undisturbed around it. Placing every-