Old Saint Paul's eBook

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of fire and smoke poured through the aperture.  Notwithstanding this, he continued his exertions, Judith shrieking all the time, until the lock at last yielded.  He then threw open the door, but finding the whole passage involved in flame, was obliged to close it.  Judith had now risen, and their looks at each other at this fearful moment were terrible in the extreme.  Retreating to either side of the cell, they glared at each other like wild beasts.  Suddenly, Judith casting her eyes to the entrance of the vault, uttered a yell of terror, that caused her companion to look in that direction, and he perceived that the stream of molten lead had gained it, and was descending the steps.  He made a rush towards the door at the same time with Judith, and another struggle ensued, in which he succeeded in dashing her upon the floor.  He again opened the door, but was again driven backwards by the terrific flame, and perceived that the fiery current had reached Judith, who was writhing and shrieking in its embrace.  Before Chowles could again stir, it was upon him.  With a yell of anguish, he fell forward, and was instantly stifled in the glowing torrent, which in a short time flooded the whole chamber, burying the two partners in iniquity, and the whole of their ill-gotten gains, in its burning waves.



Lord Argentine proceeded, as directed by the king, to the eastern end of Tower-street, where he found Lord Craven, and having delivered him the king’s missive, and shown him the signet, they proceeded to the western side of the Tower Dock, and having procured a sufficient number of miners and engineers, together with a supply of powder from the fortress, commenced undermining the whole of the row of habitations called Tower-bank, on the edge of the dock, having first, it is scarcely necessary to state, taken care to clear them of their inhabitants.  The powder deposited, the trains were fired, and the buildings blown into the air.  At this time the whole of the western side of the Tower Moat was covered with low wooden houses and sheds, and, mindful of the king’s instructions, Lord Argentine suggested to Lord Craven that they should be destroyed.  The latter acquiescing, they proceeded to their task, and in a short time the whole of the buildings of whatever description, from the bulwark-gate to the city postern, at the north of the Tower, and nearly opposite the Bowyer Tower, were destroyed.  Long before this was accomplished they were joined by the Duke of York, who lent his utmost assistance to the task, and when night came on, a clear space of at least a hundred yards in depth, had been formed between the ancient fortress and the danger with which it was threatened.

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