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A Volunteer with Pike The True Narrative of One Dr. John Robinson and of His Love for the Fair Señorita Vallois   By: (1870-1954)

A Volunteer with Pike The True Narrative of One Dr. John Robinson and of His Love for the Fair Señorita Vallois by Robert Ames Bennet

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A VOLUNTEER WITH PIKE

The True Narrative of One Dr. John Robinson and of His Love for the Fair Señorita Vallois

BY ROBERT AMES BENNET

AUTHOR OF "FOR THE WHITE CHRIST," "INTO THE PRIMITIVE," ETC.

With four Illustrations in color by

CHARLOTTE WEBER DITZLER

CHICAGO A. C. McCLURG & CO. 1909

COPYRIGHT BY A. C. MCCLURG & CO. 1909

Published October 2, 1909

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

All rights reserved

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.

TO ONE WHO FOLLOWED AFTER PIKE TO THE GRAND PEAK HALF A CENTURY LATER MY FATHER

[Illustration: "'We go in now, señorita,' I said, offering her my arm"]

Contents

I. THE ROSE IN THE MIRE

II. PLAIN THOMAS JEFFERSON

III. AT THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE

IV. SEÑORITA ALISANDA

V. GULF AND BARRIER

VI. THE WEB OF THE PLOTTER

VII. SHIP AND CREW

VIII. THE HOSPITABLE BLENNERHASSETTS

IX. MY INDIAN TALE

X. THE FATHER OF WATERS

XI. GENERAL WILKINSON

XII. AU REVOIR

XIII. AGAINST THE CURRENT

XIV. THE LURE

XV. THE PAWNEE PERIL

XVI. THE BARRIER OF ROCK

XVII. THE GRAND PEAK

XVIII. FAMINE AND FROST

XIX. BEYOND THE BARRIER

XX. A MESSAGE TO MY LADY

XXI. HO FOR CHIHUAHUA!

XXII. GLIMPSES OF FATE

XXIII. THE HOUSE OF VALLOIS

XXIV. THE SERENADE

XXV. A VICTORY

XXVI. A DEFEAT

XXVII. HEART TO HEART

XXVIII. A SPANISH BALL

XXIX. THE INSULT

XXX. THE DUEL

XXXI. MY CROSS

XXXII. THE MESSAGE

XXXIII. IMPRESSED

XXXIV. SHAME

XXXV. UNDER THE LASH

XXXVI. ACROSS THE GULF

Illustrations

"'We go in now, señorita,' I said, offering her my arm"

"We swung out into the current and drifted swiftly away"

"'The Grand Peak!' I shouted. 'We'll name it for you'"

"He fell like a steer: my sword blade broke clean off, a span beyond the hilt"

A Volunteer with Pike

The True Narrative of One Dr. John Robinson and of His Love for the Fair Señorita Vallois

CHAPTER I

THE ROSE IN THE MIRE

The first time I was blessed with a sight of the señorita was on the day of my arrival in the Federal City, in fact, it was upon my arrival. An inquiry in the neighborhood of the President's House for my sole acquaintance in the city, Senator Adair of Kentucky, had resulted in my being directed to Conrad's boarding house on the Capitol Hill.

In the Fall of 1805 Indian Summer had lingered on through the month of November. As a consequence, so I had been informed, Pennsylvania Avenue was in a state of unprecedented passableness for the season. Yet as, weary and travel begrimed, I urged my jaded nag along the broad way of yellow mud toward the majestic Capitol on its lofty hill, I observed more than one coach and chariot in trouble from the chuck holes of semi liquid clay.

It was midway of the avenue that I came upon her coach, fast as a grounded flatboat, both of the forewheels being mired to the hub. The driver, a blear eyed fellow, sat tugging at the reins and alternately plying the whip and swearing villanously. I have ever been a lover of horseflesh, and it cut me to see the sleek coated, spirited pair plunge and strain at the harness, in their brave efforts to perform a task utterly beyond them.

I drew rein alongside. The driver stopped his cursing to stare at me, purple faced.

"Are you blind drunk?" I demanded. "They'll never make it without a lift to the wheels."

"Lift!" he spluttered "lift! Git along, ye greasy cooncap!"

He raised his whip as if to strike me. I reined my horse within arm's length.

"Put down that whip, or I'll put you down under the wheel," I said cheerfully... Continue reading book >>




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