Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter VI: The Plot Thickens >> Page 61

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE PLOT THICKENS. 61
"And where's the use ? I could ha' put the bullet through his skull to-day, but the next moment the dragoons would have made small work of a large man. They'd ha' chopped me into mince-meat. There's no difficulty in killing one, but small chance to git away after it, when there's so many of them upon you; and, as I said afore, this shooting a man from the bush onawares, when he's travelling in quiet, looks too much like cold-blooded Ingin murder. It's like scalping and tomahawk. Give the enemy a fair field, says I, though it be but a. bow-legged nigger that's running from you in the swamp."
And, thus conferring, the two followed the route pursued by Barsfield and his party, until the shades of evening gathered heavily around them.