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. 1848 Excerpt: ...the crowd of boys looking on, a loud shout, which was instantly suppressed again, in expectation of what might be the issue of this bold deed. The sergeant, mortified and enraged, recovered his weapon, and would have run him through upon the spot, but for the interference of a party of officers who were riding past, who shouted to him to desist He sullenly obeyed, muttering oaths of revenge. 'What means this?' demanded one of the officers, dressed in the uniform of a colonel of infantry. 'They have taken possession of our play ground, sir,' answered, in a manly tone, one of the lads, whose name was Otis, 'and we have come here to remonstrate, when this cowardly sergeant drew his sword upon us, and would certainly have run this brave boy here through the body had he not caught the blade and wrested it from his hand.' 'And did the boy do so!' said the officer. 'Even the very children suck in rebellion,' he added, turning to a captain of huzzars near him. 'They boy has done bravely, but deserves to be arrested for this act It will make others of riper years bolder, if it pass unnoticed.' 1 Is it best, however, colonel? To arrest that brave little fellow, whose eyes seem to flash us defiance, would exasperate as many households as there are lads in this eager and anxious crowd, and ere to-morrow night all Boston would be in a rebellion.' Perhaps you say truly, Talbot But mark me, if this fomenting spirit of rebellion come to a head, as it one day must, we Bhall have resolute foes in the colonists, when their boys already disarm a British sergeant!' They are Anglo-Saxon stock, colonel, and it will be Greek to Greek. But these lads seem to look up at us as if expecting our interference or decision in this affair. Ask the sergeant by what authority he took possess...
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