Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription CHAPTER XLI.
THE TORY EXULTS IN HIS HOPES OF VENGEANCE.

JANET lost no time in the performance of her duties. She
immediately sought out the half-breed. He lingered about
the dwelling, and was soon called into her presence. It was
with no small surprise that he now listened to the determina-
tion of the maiden, to avail herself, on behalf of her lover, of
the services of the scout in the very equivocal aid which he
had been prompted to offer by the tort'. His astonishment
could not be suppressed.
It surprises you," she said, but so Mr. Mellichampe has
determined. He thinks it better to risk all other dangers than
that of a dishonest trial before bloody judges in the city."
The half-breed shook his head.
Well, now, it's mighty foolish ; for, as sure as a gun, Miss
Janet, the cappin's mighty serious about this matter, and
there'll be no chance for the young gentleman, no how. He'd
better not think of it now, I tell you."
I thank you, Mr. Blonay�I thank you, I'm sure, for the
interest you take in me and him ; but, whatever be the danger,
Mr. Mellichampe is determined upon it, if you'll only give your
assistance."
Adrat it ! he shall have that, fur as I can go for him. Say
what I'm to do that's in reason, and I'll do it."
You must procure him some arms for his defence. If there
is danger, you know, he should be provided with some weapons
to meet it."
Arms ! a sword p'rhaps a knife �reckon he'd like pis-
tols too "
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