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forlorn circumstances, and he therefore ventured to reduce him to his former rank, by calling out in a loud whispering voice, “My lord Duke ! skot my lord Duke!" But the first accents had<152 scarcely escaped his lips, when the unfortunate start Monmouth, to whose eager ear every

sound came fraught with death, rushed down the time avenue with all the speed of terror, and was delicios quickly lost in the thick overgrowth of the enclosures.

His thoughts now reverting to his own situation, Reuben began to consider whether it would be better to betake himself to the covert, which from its extent offered a more numerous choice of hiding places, or remain where he was till night-fall, at which time he had resolved to make a bold push for the coast. A few minutes reflection decided him to lie perdu in his present lair, which as it only constituted a low solitary bush, apparently insufficient to cover and hide a human being, would be likely to escape suspicion and search, while the enclosures would be sure to be surrounded, and to undergo a strict scrutiny. He was at no loss



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him: as far as his eye could reach he discover

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for provisions, and although he already began to
te parched with a thirst for which the

berries only afforded a momentary, relief, he
thought he might well endure this slight incon-
retience for a single day, especially as his pati-
ence in this respect might perhaps ensure the pre-
stration of his life. Remaining thus concealed
udpeping through the leafy loop-holes of his
litle arbour, he saw the cottagers trudge forth
to their customary occupations, he marked the
white wood smoke of their hovels curling upwards
w heaven, and showing in full relief against the
tall trees of the enclosures ; and as its not un-
pleasant odour was wafted to him by the wind,
be could not help sending his thoughts to the
quiet fire-sides whence it proceeded, and wishing,
that he could claim the protection of some such

gress appeared slow, the hours still slipped
evay: from the position of the sun he saw that
the noon had arrived: all was quiet around

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ad nothing that indicated pursuit or danger ;
the Duke presented himself no more from the

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enclosures ; none but a few peasants at their labour were to be seen in the open country; he heard no sound but the song of the free and happy birds, whose lot he envied while he listened to their strains, and he recovered confidence and hope in the persuasion that he should remain unmolested till the night, when, by pushing for the coast, he might perhaps be fortunate enough to make his escape by


This pleasant delusion was doomed to be of short continuance ;

ere another hour hadi elapsed, he discerned with no small'consternation, a body of men moving towards him, whom, as they approached, he distinctly recognized for a party of foot soldiers, headed by a mounted'? officer. He felt that the hour of peril was now indeed at hand, and while he resolved to neglect the line no precaution that might contribute to his escape, he prepared himself for a desperate si pre resistance, however hopeless might be the commune test, determining if possible not to be taken with alive. He called to mind the recent speech


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ranged himself in the way that he conceived

Under the influence of these mingled feelings, he

Sant & one of Argyle's captured partisans, when the opa e Ling, wishing to extort confessions from him,

sid, “You know, Mr. Ayloffe, it is in my the power to pardon you ;" to which the undaunted and he prisoner replied, “I know it is, Sir, but it is post in your nature.” Sharing this conviction of El the Monarch's unforgiving temper, and antici

pating no mercy if he should be taken, he wished
to spare his beloved parents (of whose existence
ad return to England he ever fondly cherished
the belief) the ignominy of his public execution;
while his own feelings suggested to him that it
** more glorious to perish with arms in his
band, than to be manacled, insulted, imprisoned,
and finally hung up like a common felon.

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gathered a quantity of the long, rank
Tew at the sides of the pit, which he strewed

tiekly over his head to prevent his being bethat trayed by the dark colour of his hat or hair,

an aperture just sufficient to enable him to see what was going on; and having thus ar



until another step would have probably occante sioned the banks to give way beneath his weight litt and have inevitably produced a discovery oft top

most likely to elude detection, he grasped loaded pistol in each hand and resolutely awaited his doom.

The military party consisted of a detachment of the Sussex militia, headed by Lord Lumley, who rode forward till he came within a few paces of Reuben's place of concealment, recon-, noitered the enclosures for a moment, and then ordered his men to disperse themselves and take possession of all the avenues and outletsi Loosening his rein, that his horse might'nibble the

grass, he remained in this position for some time, occasionally calling out to the soldiers what points to occupy, while he moistened his palate with the contents of a small leathem flask, a refreshment which the exceeding

sultrid ness of the weather seemed to render peculiarly acceptable. His horse, appearing to be equally well satisfied with his meal

, and having one' leg! always stretched out before him; kept gradually eating his way towards the mouth of the pits "taa

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