Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXII: The Bird Flown >> Page 274

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 274 MELLICHAMPE.
His own neck ; for, as sure as he makes a false move, he
swings from the nearest sapling. Ile shall be watched.""If this be the case, Tarleton, how can you go forward?
Will it not be for me then to execute my mission ?
Not till I fail. If I can drub Marion-, and either put Lim
to death or make a prisoner of him, your mission will be null.
There will be no use in buying one whom we can beat. But
if he now escapes me, I give it up. He would escape the
devil. You may then seek him out with your most pacific
aspect ; offer him'his pension and command among us, as our
sagacious commander-in-chief has already devised, and make
the best use afterward of his skill in baffling Green, as he. so
long has baffled us. If lie does half so well for his majesty as
for his continental prog-princes, he will be worth quite as
much as you offer for him, and something more."
True ; but, Tarleton, this chance may never offer again.
We may never get a guide who will be able to pilot me
through these d �d impervious and pestilential morasses
certainly few to show me where to find him out.""We must risk that, Moncrieff. I will not give up my
present chance of striking him, though you never have the
opportunity you seek. He has baffled me too long already,
and my pride is something interested to punish him. The
prospect is a good one, and I will not lose it. Hark you,
fellow !"
The last words were addressed to Blonay, who, in sight
of the speaker all the while, now approached at the order.
The stem, stony eye of the fierce legionary rested upon him
searchingly, with a penetrating glance scarcely to be with-
stood by any gaze, and certainly not by that of the half breed,
who never looked any one in the face. Some seconds elapsed
before Tarleton spoke ; and when he did, his words were cold,
slow, brief, and to the purpose.
You are ready, sir?"
The reply was affirmative.
" You hold to your assertion that you can lead me to where
Marion camps ?"
I can lead you, sir, to his camp, but I can't say for his