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nature. Marks was the only one who remained wholly untouched. He was deliberately cocking his pistol, and, in the momentary silence that followed George's speech, he fired at him.
" Ye see ye get jist as much for him dead as alive in Kentucky," he said, coolly, as he wiped his pistol on his coat-sleeve.
George sprang backward, — Eliza uttered a shriek, — the ball had passed close to his hair, had nearly grazed the cheek of his wife, and struck in the tree above.
" It 's nothing, Eliza," said George, quickly.
" Thee 'd better keep out of sight, with thy speechify­ing," said Phineas ; " they 're mean scamps."
" Now, Jim," said George, " look that your pistols are all right, and watch that pass with me. The first man that shows himself I fire at; you take the second, and so on. It won't do, you know, to waste two shots on one."
« But what if you don't hit ? "
" I shall hit," said George, coolly.
" Good! now, there 's stuff in that fellow," muttered Phineas, between his teeth.
The party below, after Marks had fired, stood, for a moment, rather undecided.
" I think you must have hit some on 'em," said one of the men. " I heard a squeal! "
I 'm going right up, for one," said Tom. " I
never Who
was afraid of niggers, and I an't going to be now.
goes after ? " he said, springing up the rocks.
George heard the words distinctly. He drew up his pistol, examined it, pointed it towards that point in the defile where the first man would appear.
One of the most courageous of the party followed Tom, and, the way being thus made, the whole party began pushing up the rock, — the hindermost pushing the front ones faster than they would have gone of themselves. On they came, and in a moment the burly form of Tom appeared in sight, almost at the verge of the chasm.