Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 1829-10-15
Transcription of infinite advantage ; their escape was
facilitated by the space which it created.
An old blankent, saturated with water,
encircled the no-ways pigmy dimensions
of the worthy landlady ; her daughter,
the fair Julia was wrapt in another, and
thus protected, they were borne safely
through the flames. Efforts were now
made to remove such moveables as might
be of sufficient value in the new settle-
ment to reward the trouble. Few of the
liquors were preserved ; many of them,
from the intense -heat having burst the
casks in which they were contained.
Box after box and barrel alter barrel,
however, was borne away with the most
unexampled rapidity. The Sergeant did
wonders at work, but the Captain found
it unsuitable to his dignity to labor at any
other than the profession of a soldier.
' What is this,' said one of the assis-
tants to' his companions as he drew from
a corner a bag, at the bottom of which
something heavy seemed to rest.
' Out with it,' said the Sergeant, and
in a moment a bloody head rolled forth
upon the floor. A glance discovered it,
though gashed and mangled, to be the
head of the unfortunate scold Mrs Tchew
whom we may remember to have seen
before.
A general expression of horror an-
nounced the sentiment which followed
this discovery in. the minds of the party.
' Och' said the Sergeant, ' no harm in
the world had the thafe taken out the
ould wife's tongue, but her head, fait,
that was going too far.'
The bag was the property of the chief
Redfoot, and the strong desire he had to
reclaimed it was now accounted for.
Having removed the head of the un-
fortunate woman for examination, they
left the house; at dawn it was level with
the ground and one quarter of the little
township was in the same situation.