Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE GAME AFOOT. 175
" It's a gospel truth, sir, and they looked quite sprigh and
the trumpet blowed, and there was a great gathering. They
had a fine chance of horses, too some of the finest I ever
laid eyes on."" Ha, indeed! This will be work for Tarleton, who must
now be at hand. From Monk's Corner to Smoot's, thirty
miles then here he should be here to-morrow noon, and I
must hurry with the dawn for Sinkler's yes it must be at
The tory thus muttered to himself, and the half-breed duly
treasured up every syllable. The speaker proceeded again,
addressing his companion
"i'is well--you have managed handsomely, Blonay ; but
you have not yet said where the gathering took place. Tell
me the route you took, and give me a full description of the
spot itself, and all particulars of your adventure."
But the half breed, though exhorted thus, was in no haste
to yield any particulars to Barsfield. The casual reference to
Tarleton's approach. which had fallen from the tory's lips in
his brief soliloquy, had determined Blonay to keep his secret
for one who would most probably pay him better ; and, though
he replied to, he certainly did not answer, the question of his
present employer.
Well, now, cappin, there's no telling how to find the place
I went to. There's so many crooks and turns so many ins
and outs so many ups and downs, that it's all useless to talk
about it. It's only nose and eye that can track it out for you ;
for, besides that I don't know the names of any places in these
parts, I could only find it myself by putting my foot along the
track, and taking hold of the bushes which I broke myself.
I could tell you that you must take the road back to the left,
then strike across the old field to the right, then you come to
a little bay, and you go round that till you fall into a little
path, that leads you into the thick wood ; then you keep a lit-
tle to the left agin, and you go on in this way a full quarter
before you come out into a valley ; then�"
Enough, enough�such a direction would baffle the best
scout along the Santee. We must even trust to your own eyes