Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 3 62 AMPE.
Easy enough, Thumby, if I've got a friend in the world
who's willing to risk a little trouble, and perhaps a scuffle, to
help me out of the hound's teeth."" Gimini ! Bill Humphries, you don't mean to say that you
ain't been my friend, and that I ain't yours ? Say the word,
old fellow, and show your hand, and if I ain't your partner in
the worst game of old-sledge you ever played, with all trumps
agin you, and a hard log to set on, and a bad fire-light to play
by, then don't speak of me ever again when your talk happens
to run on Christian people. Say the word, old fellow, and I'm
ready to help you. How is it to be done ? what am I to do ?"
Take my track also, follow the shoe, but take care to give
me a good start. I will ride on the very route where I got the
bullet."" What ! to get another ?"
No. I will ride in company, and Blonay is quite too cun-
ning to risk a shot, with the chance of having his own head
hammered the next minute by my companion, even if he tum-
bles me."" I see ? I see ! He will be on your track, and will follow
you, as he has done before, in hope to get another chance.
That's it, eh ?
Yes, he will not be easily satisfied. Nothing but his blood
or mine will satisfy any such varmint as this half-breed, who
takes after the savages, from whom he comes half way. He
will be on the old ground which he's travelled so long, and
that I've travelled ; and he will keep close about me, day by
day, and month after month, and year after year, until he gets
his chance for a sure shot, and then the game's up, and he'll
not rest quietly before. I know it's the nature of the beast,
and so I'm sure of my plan if you only follow it up as I show
you, and as I know you're able to do easy enough."
I'm ready, by gum, Bill. You shan't want a true heart
and a stiff hand in the play on your side, so long as Thumb-
screw can help a friend and hurt an enemy. I'm ready´┐Żsay
the word the when and the how and here's your man."
Thank'ee, Thumby, I knew I shouldn't have to ax twice,
and so now listen to me."