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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Were at the enemy's next attack to catch
One of their officers and him to hold
As hostage subject to exchange.

Travis.

I see


The force and justice of thy counseling words.
All we can do is to abide in patience,
And hopefully await the nearing crisis.

[Enters Captain Kimble.]


But see, who comes. What tidings, Captain Kimble?

Kimble.

An officer, dispatched by Santa Anna
And shielded by a flag of truce, stands waiting
Before the gate. He bears from his commander
A peaceful message which he will deliver
To thee in private, witnesses excluded.

Travis.

I wish no secret dealings with the enemy;
My subalterns are equally my friends.
Though yearns my heart to know my brother's fate,
I will not list to private negotiations.

Kimble.

He says, unless he speak to thee in secret.
He must return with object unaccomplished.