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THE CUTTING OF THE FOREST

of Antónov's melancholy song; and whenever it stopped for a moment, its refrain was the sounds of the faint nocturnal motion of the camp, of the snoring, of the clatterng of the sentries' guns, and of subdued conversation.

"Second watch! Makatyúk and Zhdánov!" shouted Maksímov.

Antonov stopped singing; Zhdánov rose, sighed, stepped across a log, and slowly walked over to the guns.

June 16, 1855.

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