Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter IX: Owls Abroad >> Page 84

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 84 MELLICHAMPE.
" Why, yes, I think I can," said the other, quickly. "I
can't find it in my heart to leave the boy in the hand of them
Philistines, and so, you see, Humphries, soon as I can hide my
horse in the hollow, I'm going back after him. I won't let
him see me, for be's mighty ticklish and passionate, and may
get in a bad humor ; but I can keep close on his skirts, and
say nothing-- only, if harm comes, I can lend him a helping
hand, you see, when he don't look for it."
Well, you've little time, and, soon as you let him know
that he's wanted, you must both push off for the swamp.
There's a branch broke across the road at ` My Lady's Fancy'
-- the butt-end points to the right track; and, on the same
line, after you get into the bush, you'll see another broken
branch just before you ; go to the bush-end, and keep ahead
-- that'll lead you down to the first sentry, and that's
M'Donald, I think. But the two branches a'n't thirty yards
from each other; so that, if the one in the road should be
changed by anybody, you'll only have to look round in the
woods till you find the other."
Having given these directions, he stooped and whispered
the . camp password for the night in the ears of his attentive
comrade:
" Moultrie !"
Putting spurs to his steed, in another instant 'he had left the
place of conference far behind him. Thumbscrew, then, re-
turning to the wood, carefully placed his horse in hiding, and
proceeded, according to the silent determination which he had
made, upon the path taken by his young companion. He was
soon- in the thicket adjoining the plantation, and resolute to do
his best to save the youth, over whom he kept a watch so
paternal, from any of the evil consequences which he feared
might follow from his rashness.