A Hero in Spite of Himself, from the Fr. [Costal L'Indien] by M. Reid

A Hero in Spite of Himself, from the Fr. [Costal L'Indien] by M. Reid

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... traveller listened to these sounds with a sentiment of despair. Just then he heard the clanging of a bell, as if hurriedly tolled. It was that of the hacienda, giving out its warning notes over the wide savannah. A reflection crossed his mind. It had been partly suggested by the words of the Indian: "Think only of those who may believe your death" Was there in that hacienda, where he was hourly expected, one who would bewail it? Perhaps yes, and bitterly! The thought would have urged him onward; but Don Rafael still remained halted. He saw that his horse required a moment of rest, in order to recover his wind, otherwise he could not have proceeded. The dragoon had the presence of mind to perceive this imperious necessity; and, spite of the danger that threatened, he dismounted, loosened the girths of his saddle, thus permitting the horse to breathe more freely. 151 CHAPTER XV. A FRIEND IN NEED. He was counting with anxiety the minutes that passed, when at that moment there echoed upon his ear the hoof-strokes of another horse, going at full gallop. It was a horseman following the same route, and running the same risk as himself. He was mounted upon a strong, swift animal, that appeared to pass over the ground like a bird upon the wing. In an instant the horseman came up, and drawing vigorously on the bridle, halted alongside. "What are you about?" cried the new comer, speaking in hurried phrase. "Do you not hear the alarm-bell? Don't you know that the flood is coming down?" "Yes; but my horse has given out. I am waiting till he recovers his wind." The stranger cast a glance towards the bay-brown of Don Rafael, and then threw himself out of his saddle. "Take hold of this," he said, flinging his...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509307
  • 9781236509307