Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 40 MELLICHAMPE.
time, about the feelings and the fears of yet larger objects.
His reply to the application for mercy was favorable, how-
ever.
Well, if you choose, my friend, you can let it go. I don't
want it. The dog only started it for his own fun, seeing that
it's the nature of the beast. Here, Hitch'em, Hitch'em ! lie
down, nigger and shut up. You can let her go now, my
friend."�
Blonay quieted his dog, and Thumbscrew took his way into
cover, watched his moment, and, with a parting pat upon its
back, and a cheering Hurrah, Bon ! run for it with your best
legs," dismissed the little captive, once more in safety, to its
forest habitations. He then returned to the spot where Blonay
remained in waiting, and, in his blunt, good-humored way, at
once proceeded to commence a conversation with him, after
the manner of the country, with a direct question.
"Well, now, stranger, you've been travelling a bit can
you tell me, now, if you've seed anywhere in your travels a
man or boy that looks very much like a thief, riding upon a
fine, dark-bay nag, that looks like he was stolen ?"" No, that I haven't, friend ; I'm much obliged to you, but I
haven't seen .any," was the reply of Blonay.
" Well, you needn't be obliged to me, stranger, seeing it's
no sarvice to you, the question I ax'd you. But if it a'n't
axing you too much, I should like to know which road you
come."
Well todray truth, now, my friend, I don't know the name
it goes by ; it's a main bad road, you see."
I ax, you see, because, when you tells me you a'n't seed
the nag and them that's riding him on the road you come, it's
a clear chance they've gone t'other. So, now, if you'll only
but say which road you tuk, I'll take the contrary."
The reasoning was so just, and the air of simplicity so com-
plete, which the inquirer had put on, that Blonay saw no ne-
cessity for keeping concealed so unimportant a matter as the
mere route which he had been travelling ; so, without any fur-
ther scruple, he gave the required information.
" Well, then, I reckon, stranger, you're all the way from