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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Santa Anna.

Is that the love Miss Bradburn thinks so much of?
I doubt, if still she will appreciate it.

Bradburn.

I know that all the more she will esteem
His fortitude and noble sacrifice.

Santa Anna.

Was there perchance some sign that they awaited
More lenient terms and offers of surrender?

Bradburn.

Firm as a rock, their only expectation
Appeared a hero's death, a martyr's crown.

Santa Anna.

In this respect we are relieved from doubt
Which will facilitate our future course.
This to determine be our present task.
And as thy mission, Colonel Bradburn, gave
Thee an. advantage over us to form
A fixed opinion, let us hear from thee
What thou consider'st as thy best advice.

Bradburn.

Your Excellency have not misjudged my mind;
Although I fear me that my counsel will
Offend your ears and rouse your indignation.