1 The conjecture of Major Heyward was true.
2 Major Heyward found Munro attended only by his daughters.
3 "To-day I am only a soldier, Major Heyward," said the veteran.
4 Your notions are those of a gentleman, Major Heyward, and well enough in their place.
5 The beauty and manliness of warfare has been much deformed, Major Heyward, by the arts of your Monsieur Vauban.
6 Major Heyward was mistaken only in suffering his youthful and generous pride to suppress his active watchfulness.
7 Go, Major Heyward, and give them a flourish of the music; and send out a messenger to let them know who is coming.
8 You have said enough, Major Heyward," exclaimed the angry old man; "enough to make a volume of commentary on French civility.
9 This is my schooling, major; and if one neglects the book, there is little chance of learning from the open land of Providence.
10 But, concerning the life that is to come, major; I have heard preachers say, in the settlements, that heaven was a place of rest.
11 I was sent by Major Effingham, at Sir William's own bidding, to outflank the French, and carry the tidings of their disaster across the portage, to the fort on the Hudson.
12 Softly, softly, major," said the scout, who by this time had reloaded his rifle; "we are a little too far already for a rifle to put forth its beauties, and you see yonder imps are holding a council.
13 Lord, major," returned the flattered woodsman, "I should be but a poor scholar for one who has studied so long in the wilderness, did I not know how to set forth the movements or natur of such a beast.
14 You'll know, already, Major Heyward, that my family was both ancient and honorable," commenced the Scotsman; "though it might not altogether be endowed with that amount of wealth that should correspond with its degree.
15 Before Major Heyward would imitate this proof of confidence, he glanced his eyes around the plain, and beheld with uneasiness the numerous dusky groups of savages, who looked out from the margin of the surrounding woods, curious spectators of the interview.
16 It was in the afternoon of the fifth day of the siege, and the fourth of his own service in it, that Major Heyward profited by a parley that had just been beaten, by repairing to the ramparts of one of the water bastions, to breathe the cool air from the lake, and to take a survey of the progress of the siege.
17 Major Heyward," said Munro, turning to his youthful associate with the dignity of his years and superior rank; "I should have served his majesty for half a century, and earned these gray hairs in vain, were I ignorant of all you say, and of the pressing nature of our circumstances; still, there is everything due to the honor of the king's arms, and something to ourselves.
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