Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription CHAPTER XXXIV.
A faint sickness seized upon the heart of Walter Dunbar, as he
turned from the miserable spectacle, and followed his companion up
the ascent, and into the sylvan tent of the latter. Here, still sick with
what he had seen, he took his seat upon the rushes, and the Captain
somewhat abruptly said to him:
"And now, Mr. Dunbar, that you have been so fortunate as to
recover your horse, I would counsel you to proceed at once upon
your journey. You cannot remain with us. Our duty and the pros-
pect before us forbid that you should do so. If I understand it rightly,
you are not one of us, and it is not so clear that you are not one of
those who are opposed to us. But I do not wish to learn your secrets,
and I take for granted that, whatever steps you may take, and into
whatsoever company you may happen to fall, you will respect ours,
and say not one syllable of what you have seen."
Walter very promptly gave the assurance desired.
"I have," continued the Captain, "so far as I know, fulfilled all
the promises that my mother was pleased to make for me. You may
be sure that she will fulfill all her own. Your gold is in safe hands
whenever you shall be pleased to call for it. Let me beg that you
will do so as soon as you can. It will be a danger to her, as it is a
temptation to others. I must now leave you. Lieutenant Sandys will
accompany you on your way beyond our outposts. God be with you,
sir, in mercy."
And, hardly waiting for the warm thanks of Walter, the Captain
passed out of the tent. Scarcely had he done so when Lieutenant
Sandys entered, followed by one whose appearance aroused a variety
of emotions in the bosom of Walter. This was no other than the
dashing stranger who had made his appearance beside him at the
branch, shared his bread and meat so frankly, and subsequently dis-