The Old Dominion; A Novel Volume 2, No. 2

The Old Dominion; A Novel Volume 2, No. 2

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...was Mr. Travis himself, with two terrible hatchet wounds on the top of his head--one from which it seemed the weapon had glanced, and the other sinking deep into the skull. In bed lay his wife, with her brains dashed out, and the pillow all soaked with blood. But, more horrible still, on the floor, near the foot of the bed, was a' little cradle, and from it the wretches had dragged an infant not four months old, and after killing it with blows of their axes, had cast it down near its father's feet. My blood ran cold. I have seen many a man fall in battle. I have passed over the field and gazed upon the slain, but I never saw any sight which so horrified me as this. When man is arrayed against man in deadly strife, the mind is prepared for scenes of death of every kind; and the hand clenching the sword or the musket, the scattered arms and broken weapons, have all that _ sort of harmony with the work of the fell destroyer, that they deprive it of part of its terrors. But here every thing was in strange and terrible contrast. The peaceful aspect of domestic life was all around; the lightsome, gay parlor, with its open book, the instruments of music, the quiet, shaded bed-room, the little cradle, with its light curtain of rosy silk, all added horror to the sight of violence, and blood, and death. I would not stay to contemplate it, but left the room speedily and closed the door. Bessy threw her arms round me and wept. " This is but what we might expect to find, my love," I said; "but, dearest Bessy, we have other things to think of than mourning for the dead. We shall be in perfect safety here for a time, for these bloodthirsty wretches will not return speedily to the scene of their barbarous deeds. I must find you...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991362
  • 9781236991362