Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 1. 14 MELLICHAMPE.
Cautiously, then, he took his way from his own apartment,
and proceeding through the gallery, lie soon reached the little
shed-room to which Blonay had been assigned. He paused
for a single instant at the entrance, then rapped lightly, and
was instantly admitted. For a brief space the eyes of Blonay
failed to distinguish the person of the intruder. A few embers
in the fireplace, the remnants of the light-wood brands which
had shown him his couch, yielded a blaze, but one too imper-
fect for any useful purpose. The voice of Barsfield, however,
immediately enlightened the half-breed.
A friend," said the tory, in a tone low, carefully low, and
full of condescension. " A friend, and one who needs the ser-
vices of a friend. I have sought you, Mr. Blonay, as I have
reason to believe I can rely on you. You have the certificate
of Major Proctor, a sufficient guaranty for your loyalty ; but
our brief conversation this evening has convinced me that you
are able, as well as loyal, and just the man to serve my pur-
poses."
The tory paused, as if in expectation of some answer ; and
Blonay, so esteeming it, proceeded in his own way to the ut-
terance of many professions, which might have been unneces-
sarily protracted had not the impatience of his visiter inter-
posed.
Enough ! I believe that you may be relied on, else I should
not have sought you out to-night. And now to my business.
You heard me say I had an enemy ?"
The reply was affirmative.
" That enemy I would destroy utterly annihilate for
several reasons, some of which are public, and others private.
He is a rebel to the king, and a most malignant and unforgiv-
ing one. His father was such before him, and him I had the
good fortune to slay. The family estate has become mine
through the free grant of our monarch; in consideration of my
good services in that act. Do you hear me, sir ?"
Reckon I do, cappin," was the reply of the half-breed.
Then you will have little difficulty in understanding my
desire. This son is the only man living who has any natural
claim to that estate in the event of a change of political cir-