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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription Chronicle of Ashley River—No 4.
The disappearance of the enemy had
the effect of lulling the Sergeant into a
temporary security, particularly as he was
one of ribose easily satisfied beings, who
conceive that one service renders unne-
cessary all further labor on their part.
He, therefore, having congratulated him-
self upon his success in diplomacy, emp-
tied the contents of his can, which, to do
him all justice, now held but little, and
descending into the lower room of the
building, occupied and furnished as a tap
or bar-room, assiduously compounded of
the varioils ingredients another glass of
the aforesaid valuable stomachic, with
which he returned to the window or ra-
ther observatory, as we have seen it thus
employed. Satisfied of the entire depar-
ture of his Indiair visitors, he was dispo-
sed to relax in the watch he had hitherto
kept, and his potations, accordingly, be-
came less cautiously taken and too fre-
quently for a. sentinel. Gradually, and
by insensible degrees, his knees and arms
became. Jointless, his head sunk upon his
hands, and a wandering insensibility and
apathy overspread his huge body. He
grew, in fact, literally drowsy, and began,
in the common phrase, a long and tole-
rably noisy doze, from which he was sud-
denly and violently aroused by an iron
grasp upon his left leg, which we had
forgotten to inform the reader, had been
suffered to remain, incumbent upon the
sill of the dormitory through which he
had hitherto made his observations. Al-
though not sufficiently aroused to analyze
his first impressions upon this intrusion,
the Sergeant had his eyes sufficiently
wide to perceive that his leg had been
forcibly taken possession of and part of
his body in the custody of a pair of arms
which seemed endeavouring, by their