Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XVIII: The Half-Breed is Winded >> Page 160

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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clear loss to our commissariat. Now, Bill, I'm for the tougher
job of the two the harder fighting and the greater saving.
The wretches ! only to think that they are to have a barbe-
cue, while we are compelled to eat Tom, what are we com-
pelled to eat ?�what have you got for dinner, to-day, old fel
low ?"
Tom reappeared in season. to answer.
Wha' for dinner ! Huh ! Hab some tripe, sail, and hom'-
ny, and bile acorns."" Tripe, hommony, and boiled acorns ! And they to have a
barbecue ! Roast beef �a whole ox--stall-fed, no doubt ! and a puncheon of Jamaica! Ah ! Humphries, it is a prob-
lem which none of us can solve. There seems to be some-
thing unreasonable in this partial distribution of the gifts of
Providence. Has a tory a better stomach than a patriot ? Is
his taste more refined and intellectual? Does he need more
fuel for his furnace ? Are his nervous energies more exhaust-
ing ! Are his virtues higher ? Has he the right of the politi-
cal argument ? In other words, ought we to prefer George the
Third to the Continental Congress, for that is the question
that naturally occurs to us when we find the tories better-sup-
plied with the creature comforts than ourselves."" Well, Porgy, that's certainly a new view of the case."" Truly ; but I see how it's to be answered, without a sacri-
fice of principle. The rascals have the good things, Bill ; but
shall they be allowed to keep 'em ? That's the question. On
the contrary, they are but so many agents of Providence, in
gathering and getting ready the feast for us. We shall spoil
the.Egyptians, Bill; we shall be able to come upon them �
shall we not ? before they shall have touched the meat. I
like vastly to .take a first cut at a barbecue. The nice gravy
is then delicious. After a dozen slashes have been made in it,
it imbibes a smoky flavor which I do not relish. We must
come upon them, Bill, when everything's ready, but before
they have made the first cut."
Right ! but I'm afraid you'll not be in time for the cut, lieu-
tenant," said Humphries gravely.
" And why not, pray ?"