The Canadian Brothers, or the Prophecy Fulfilled a Tale of the Late American War — Complete eBook

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made rapidly for the coast she had recently left.  The intention of the crew was, evidently to abandon the unarmed boat, and to seek safety in the woods.  Urged by the rapidity of her own course, the gun boat had shot considerably ahead, and when at length she also was put about, the breeze blew so immediately in her teeth that it was found impossible to regain the advantage which had been lost.  Meanwhile, the American continued her flight, making directly for the land, with a rapidity that promised fair to baffle every exertion on the part of her pursuer.  The moment was one of intense interest to the crowd of spectators who lined the bank.  At each instant it was expected the fire of the gun boat would open upon the fugitives; but although this was obviously the course to be adopted, it being apparent a single shot was sufficient to sink her, not a flash was visible—­not a report was heard.  Presently, however, while the disappointment of the spectators from the bank was rising into murmurs, a skiff filled with men was seen to pull from the gun boat in the direction taken by the chase, which was speedily hidden from view by the point of land from which the latter had previously been observed to issue.  Behind this, her pursuer, also disappeared, and after the lapse of a few minutes pistol and musket shots were distinguished, although they came but faintly on the ear.  These gradually became more frequent and less distinct, until suddenly there was a profound pause—­then three cheers were faintly heard—­and all again was still.


A full half hour had succeeded to these sounds of conflict, and yet nothing could be seen of the contending boats.  Doubt and anxiety now took place of the confidence that had hitherto animated the bosoms of the spectators, and even Henry Grantham—­his heart throbbing painfully with emotions induced by suspense—­knew not what inference to draw from the fact of his brother’s protracted absence.  Could it be that the American, defended as she was by a force of armed men, had succeeded, not only in defeating the aim of her pursuer, but also in capturing her?  Such a result was not impossible.  The enemy against whom they had to contend yielded to none in bravery; and as the small bark which had quitted the gun boat was not one third of the size of that which they pursued, it followed of necessity, that the assailants must be infinitely weaker in numbers than the assailed.  Still no signal of alarm was made by the gun boat, which continued to lie to, apparently in expectation of the return of the detached portion of her crew.  Grantham knew enough of his brother’s character to feel satisfied that he was in the absent boat, and yet it was impossible to suppose that one so imbued with the spirit of generous enterprise should hare succumbed to his enemy, after a contest of so short duration, as, from the number of shots heard, this had appeared to be.  That it was terminated,

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