A Loyal Traitor; A Story of the War of 1812

A Loyal Traitor; A Story of the War of 1812

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... my big hat in my lap. My teeth chattered so that I feared the noise would be audible, and I had been just in time, as, laughing and talking, the officers were approaching down the hall! As I sat huddled in my corner I perceived that they had some huge joke among them. They were walking slowly, and I heard distinctly what passed. "The idea of Tillinghast forgetting the countersign strikes me as being grand," exclaimed some one, with a guffaw at the end of the sentence. "Ha! ha! ha!" laughed another. "I told you it was the author of Robinson Crusoe, Tilly." "Why, confound it all! I always thought that he himself wrote the book," roared a deep bass. I recognized the speaker as one of the young lieutenants of the garrison--it was his clothes, by-the-way, that I had on my back at the moment. "I think the governor chose it for a play on words," quoth another. "A poor pun, even for him." "Why we should require a password at all is more than I can see," responded Tillinghast. "Come down to my quarters, Carntyne. We have time for a hand of whist." They passed on. I waited a few minutes, putting two and two together, and suddenly it came to me. / had the password at the tip of my tongue! Hastily rising, I stepped outside of the room. It was but a few yards to the bottom of the stairs, and I heard the sentry humming a snatch of a tune, and keeping time to it cleverly with the stamping of his feet in the measure of a jig. I was afraid that if I approached him the way that I had done before, he might look closer, so I made believe that I was carrying on the fag end of a conversation with some one, and answered an imaginary question with a laugh (a trifle forced, I must admit)....show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545362
  • 9781236545367