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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. 1859 Excerpt: ..."Oh, you know there's no danger of that," replied Walter, with a smile. "William I" cried Gesler.' "Wait, sir, wait, the five minutes are not over 1" "You are wrong, the time is past. You must decide." "My father is ready!" cried the boy, and, springing from his father's arms, he ran of his own accord to the tree. Tell remained motionless. "Give him a bow and arrow," said Gesler. "A crossbow!" cried Tell; "I am not an archer, I am a crossbow-man." Gesler turned towards the soldiers who had arrested Tell, as if to inquire of them. "Yes! yes!" they cried; "he had a crossbow and some bolts." "Return them to him," said»Gesler; "and now bring some apples." A basketful of apples was taken to Gesler, who chose one. "Oh, not that one!" cried Tell; "not that one! I could hardly discern it at a hundred and fifty paces. You are pitiless to choose one so small!" Gesler let it drop into the basket, and took one a third larger. "You shall have fair play, Tell," he cried; "will this do?" Tell took it, and looking at it with a sigh, said, "This will do. Let us measure the distance." The distance was measured--a hundred and fifty paces; each pace two feet and a half, the usual measure for trials of skill in shooting; and Tell measured it carefully over again himself, then returned to the place where his crossbow and bolts were. "Only one," cried Gesler. "I must choose it at any rate," said Tell. "Even a knot in the wood may make a difference." Tell examined all his arrows scrupulously, tried them on his crossbow, weighed them on his finger; but he delayed lon after he had ...
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