Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE COMPANIONS. 33
in his dress than in that of his companion, though they were
not unlike in general structure. and equipment. Like him he
wore a hunting-shirt, but of a dark green, and it could be seen
at a glance that its material had been of the most costly kind.
A thick fringe edged the skirts, which came lower, in propor-
tion to his person, than those of his companion. Loops of
green cord fastened the coat to his neck in front, and a belt
of black polished leather confined it to his waist. He also
carried a rifle a Spanish dirk, with a broken handle of ivory,
was stuck in his belt, a pouch of some native fur, hanging
from his neck by. a green cord, contained his mould and bul-
lets. This dress formed the uniform of a native company.
Ills powder-horn had been well chosen, and was exceedingly
and curiously beautiful. It had been ingeniously wrought in
scraping down, so as to represent a rude but clear sketch of the
deer in full leap, a hound at his heels, and a close thicket in the
perspective, ready to receive and shelter the fugitive. These
were all left in relief upon the horn, while every other part
was so transparent that the several grains of powder were dis-
tinctly visible within to the eye without.
The youth was partially reclining, with his back against a
tree, and looking toward his elder companion. His face was
flushed, and a burning spot upon both cheeks told of some
vexing cause of thought which had been recently the subject
of conversation between them. The features of the elder
indicated care and a deep concern in the subject, whatever it
may have been, but leis eye was mild in its expression, and his
countenance unruffled. He had been evidently laboring to
sooth his more youthful comrade ; and though lie did not seem
to have been as yet very successful, he did not forego his
efforts in his disappointment. The conversation which followed
may.help us somewhat in arriving at a knowledge of the diffi-
culty before them.
I am not more quick or impatient," said the youth to his
companion, as if in reply to some remark from the other, than
a man should be in such a case. Not to be quick when one is
wronged, is to invite injustice ; and I am not so young, Thumb-
screw, as not to have found that out by my own experience. I