Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER VII.
THE BARBACUE.
Drayton offered his carriage, and the insensible form of Walter
Dunbar was carefully lifted into it. Martin Joscelyn, with a friend,
entered with him, and had him carried to his own lodgings, where,
for the present, we propose to leave him.
The effect of this scene upon the multitude was one of unmingled
horror, which soon gave way to an unqualified indignation at the
brutal ferocity of the father. Had he remained on the ground he
would have hardly escaped the fury of the mob, and there were those
present who needed only a few words to impel them to pursue and
lynch him that wild sort of justice which is so often the resort of
an ignorant population in sparsely-settled regions.
It was some time before the business of the day was resumed.
Drayton was again called upon, and his discourse was addressed to
the exciting exhibition which had just been made.
"You see before you, my friends, in the melancholy scene of wild
and ferocious temper which you have beheld, the sort of passions
which are at work among too many of our people. Where the father
strikes down the son with stabbing words, can you wonder if the same
temper shall whet the tomahawk and sharpen the scalping-knife of
the savage? You heard the words of the young man to his father,
when the proofs of this murderous conspiracy against our people
could no longer be denied. `We have been deceived!' said he. No
doubt the young man had been deceived ! But the father was not
deceived. He, the son, had been used for a purpose; and, as a blind
instrument, not seeing the way he went for himself, has baffled the
expectations of those who employed him. I have other proofs. Alex-
ander Cameron, of Lochaber, who plays the part of a feudal baron
in that quarter, as he does among the Indians, was harbored here,
in these very precincts, but a few nights ago. He did not dare to
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