Lieutenant Colborn; Or, the Disinherited

Lieutenant Colborn; Or, the Disinherited

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...of the wood upon the andirons in the fire-place. Two small windows having very small panes of glass, lighted the room by day, and were partly covered by white cotton cloth, suspended by a string as curtains. Fellows joined the old man in a smoke, and the trio became quite talkative. "Have you lived here long?" he asked, hoping to draw some conversation from them about the arrest of himself and Fletcher. "More than twenty years," answered the old man, " and Ilve seen some hard times and strange sights in that time." " I do not understand what you mean by strange sights, but by hard times I presume you mean high prices and also high taxes." " High prices and high taxes you can well say," joined the old woman, "the members of the government fix it so we poor folks suffer very much. They tax usin war-time, they say, to carry on the war, and in time of peace, to pay ofl' the debt," and she declared they had become so poor by taxation, that she could hardly buy " a hap'orth 0' ale." "The strange sights I spoke of," said the old man, used to be quite plenty about here twenty years ago. Highwaymen then frequently committed depredations and outrages, but of late years they keep more to the north. They dare not come about here now. I have not known of one being about here, since the escape of that terrible fellow who was to be hung in Winchester. Oh l it was a great race they had before they took him and his companion at first. One was hung, and the other got away." As he spoke he placed his pipe on the mantel-piece, after tapping its bowl on the andirons to discharge the ashes. Fellows looked inquiringly at the speaker, then at the old...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768418
  • 9781236768414