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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

The fourth: His daughter's open heresy;
The last: This secret passage-way's concealment;
Sum total: Not quite equal to his credit,
Yet close enough to warrant his surveillance.

Scene III.

Enters General Cos.

Cos.

Has Bradburn from the Alamo returned?

Santa Anna.

Impatiently I bide his coming here;
The terms of the surrender may detain him.

Cos.

Thou errest; we shall have to storm the fort.

Santa Anna.

How knowest thou?

Cos.

They sent us a dispatch
Whose meaning hardly can be misconstrued:
A grim reply of cannon-balls that killed
Four men of mine exposed to their discharge.

Santa Anna.

No time must then be lost! Call out thy men
With pick and spade, to raise the batteries