Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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JOSCELYNI
Cameron exclaimed, with a polite smile :
"Oh! surely Mr. Walter is mistaken. I did return his bow; I
did indeed; but just at that moment he turned away his head
and and "
Browne surlily said :
"I gave as good as I got. I am not much given to ducking my
head, particularly to young fellows, and "
Whatever else he might have said was stifled in a low guttural
muttering, which might have been designed for a chuckle.
"Well, well, this is a foolish sort of business, and no more words
need be wasted upon it. Son of mine need not mount the high
horse when he meets with the friends of his father "
"Friends!" was the single ejaculation of the son.
"Yes, sir, I say `friends,' and what have you to say against it?
But let us stop this badgering. We've no time to waste; and what
you've said, Master Walter, about your profession, only reminds
me that it is in the way of your profession that we would have
a talk with you. My friends here think so well of your professional
skill and ability, that they wish to engage your services in a great
case which is shortly to be tried in this country."
"Ah, sir; I shall be pleased with any opportunity to try my hand
professionally, though the devil himself be the client."
"Your want of scruple is delightfully professional. It is clear
you must succeed. Well, sir, what say you to the great case at
next popular assizes of `The King versus the Colonies'?"
"Perhaps, Mr. Dunbar," said Cameron, "the parties will be better
described as the `Crown versus Rebellion and High Treason,' for
such, it seems to me, are the real contestants in the case."
"Right, sir; the Colonies, if let alone, the people, sir, would go
in their proper tracks, in becoming harness, but for these pestilent
traitors, these nabobs of the country, whose ambition and vanity
are perpetually goading all parties into strife, under all sorts of
popular delusions, the rights of man, and heaven knows what not;
the very sort of talk, sir, which, as the good book tells us, converted
one-third of the angels into rebels and devils, and outcasts and
patriots! Well, sir, what say you to this grand cause before the