Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XVI.
FOOT PRINTS.
The next morning Walter Dunbar failed to make his appearance
at breakfast. He had ridden forth at day light, and his absence occa-
sioned no inquiry, and remained unaccounted for. Mr. as we shall
henceforth distinguish him�Maj or Alison was in the breakfast room
ere the advent of the old Baron. There he encountered Annie, alone,
preparing the table. He scanned her countenance with keen glances
of inquiry, but without effect. Her face, in this instance, was no tell-
tale. Nothing could be more calm, artless and dignified. There was
no troubling consciousness in her eyes, significant of concealment, or
of the possession of any secret, and the tones of her voice were as
smooth and unbroken as if she had slept through the night on a
pillow of the most placid and pleasant dreams.
Alison was baffled in his scrutiny. He claimed to know much about
women; and, having his vanity on this head, could not easily persuade
himself that so young a creature should contrive to escape or defeat
his analysis. He was not content, however, merely to look with eyes
of keenest vigilance, or listen with ears of the most lively suspicion.
He glimpsed at the events of the night. He frankly told the lady
that he had been aroused by signals which he had deemed intended
for his own ears, and which, at first, he considered as meant to warn
him of danger.
"And I need not tell you, Miss Annie, that your father's interests,
as well as my own, require our utmost vigilance while I am here."
The lady expressed some natural surprise. She could not exactly
see in what respect her father's interests could be comprised in the
business of Major Alison. She hoped, indeed, that he was mistaken.
At all events, she was not willing to infer that any danger was im-
plied to her father, at least, though, from the language of Major
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