Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter II: Malcontents in Council >> Page 24

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 24JOSCELYN
"Ah ! " cried Browne, rubbing his hands, "that is something like
it. By the way, friend Dunbar, where could Mr. Walter have got
his information about these supplies for the Indians?"
"I really do not know."
"They have no real information on the subject. It is only a
reasonable conjecture. They propose to do the same thing them-
selves, and naturally give us credit for a like policy."
"It is clear to me, Cameron," said Browne, "that Master Walter
was not wholly satisfied with your explanation and denial on that
subject."
"Very like ! But that will not matter much in the end. He has
some active associates, who are not only not with us, but whom
we believe to be working bitterly against us. There are the two
Joscelyns."
"Ha! the Jcried the old man. "Which of them?"
"Both; and they are both visitors here."
"One of them, Martin, the younger brother only. The other,
Stephen, rarely comes hither. He keeps a school somewhere over
on Beach Island, and is said to be a smart fellow, though I could
never see it. But he is a cripple, you know, miserably deformed,
and goes little about the country. As for Martin, he seems a good
boy enough; I thought well of him, but if you suspect him "
"Suspect ! I know him to be active among the rebels. We have
him and his brother both upon our list as traitors."
"He shall never darken my doors again," cried the old man.
"Don't be foolish," said Cameron. "Let him come if he will.
He will be on his good behavior while here, and you can have
him under your eye. To let him know that you suspect him, is
to put him on his guard. It will be time enough to denounce when
we are prepared to destroy."
"I must probe Walter about him."
"Better not. The surgeon will only probe when he is prepared
to operate; and your son is in no mood to submit to any operation
now. Once more, my old friend, let well enough alone. As for
the elder brother of these Joscelyns "
"Oh! he's a poor cripple; he can do nothing."
"There you miss it mightily ´┐Ża poor cripple, indeed, and possibly
not the one to take up arms, but we have him down as a most