Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XLV: Humphries Trees the Half-Breed >> Page 374

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 374 MEI.LICIIAAIPE.
HE had barely attained his place of shelter when Hum-
phries returned. Ile returned alone. He had dismissed his
comrades as no longer essential to his search, and had deter-
mined upon stealing back to the neighborhood where the half-
breed had been last seen, placing himself in a position to
watch him, and lingering till the latest possible moment, in the
hope to see him emerge. The thoughts of Humphries were of
the most annoying description. He reflected bitterly on the
chances now before him, not only of his enemy's escape, but
of his own contiamed danger. The whole Iabor of pursuit
and stratagem was again to be taken over ; and with this dis-
advantage, that, as they had now alarmed the half-breed, who
must have been conscious of their recent pursuit and search, it
would be necessary to adopt some new plan of action, and
contrive some new scheme, before they could possibly hope to
entrap him. In the meantime, to.what danger was his threat-
ened victim not exposed, since, while effecting nothing toward
his own security, the recent adventure must only contribute to
the increased wariness of his enemy.
Full of these bitter and distracting thoughts, he took post
upon a little hillock, which rose slightly above the miry sur-
face which spread all around him. A huge cypress, rising up
from a shallow creek, stood like a forest monarch directly
before his eyes. The cane, in which be had pursued so hope-
less a search, spread away in a winding line beyond the
creek, and upon its slightly-waving surface his eyes were fixed
in intense survey.
It was therethere he must be still," lie said to himself,