Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 284JOSCELYN
Among these prisoners, Walter in an instant recognized the fea-
tures of the robber. It seemed that these parties had all been sev-
erally under examination. One or two of their faces exhibited defi-
ance; others doubt, while that of the robber, whose person has been
more particularly brought to our notice, was the very picture of
terror and despair.
As soon as Walter made his appearance, the Captain said to him:
"Mr. Dunbar, do you recognize either of the five prisoners you
see before you?"
"I do, sir."
"Single him out."
Walter did so, saying, "this man overtook me on the road last
evening, and kept along with me till we reached the house of Mrs.
Carter, where we both sought lodgings for the night. About mid-
night, I was awakened by having my saddlebags pulled from under
my head, and by the cry of Mrs. Carter at the same moment. By
the light of a torch in the hands of Mrs. Carter, I distinctly beheld
this man, with a large hunting-knife in his hand. He had cut my
saddle-bags open, and most probably would have murdered me but
for the cry and presence of Mrs. Carter."
"Would you know this knife, were you to see it?"
"I could say if the shape and size were apparently the same."
"How does this weapon answer the description?"
Here the knife was shown.
"It has the same general appearance, and is about the size of the
knife which he carried."
"What followed your awakening?"
"He fled through the front door; I pursued him; but, in the great
darkness of the night, could see nothing. I returned to the house,
and after a conference with Mrs. Carter, she suddenly remembered
what I had quite forgotten, my horse. She lighted me to the stables
immediately, but we were then too late. Both horses were gone."
"Do you know your horse so as to be able to identify him?"
"Among a thousand."
"Be pleased to accompany Sergeant Mullens."
Walter did so, and returned in ten minutes leading the animal.
"That will do, Mr. Dunbar."