Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter XXXIV: The Fates Still at Work >> Page 293

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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And as Browne proceeded, without regarding him, to open the
letter, Walter sprang forward and grasped the packet from his up-
lifted hand. In the next moment he was stricken to the ground by a
heavy stroke from the butt of his horseman's pistol, which, quick as
lightning, Browne had drawn from his holster.
"Take that, fool ! " was his ejaculation, as he struck. The youth
fell incontinently, while the blood streamed from his forehead. There
was a murmur among the officers, Fletchall and others now running
forward and lifting the body from the earth.
There was a call for Dr. Smyzer, as they took the now insensible
man to the dwelling in the rear. Walter Dunbar had again encoun-
tered with his fate, and had not been permitted to follow the counsel
of his friend, in getting "the first clip" at his enemy.