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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Santa Anna.

[Aside.]

The second time my scheme has failed, but wait:
I have some better cards still in reserve.

[Aloud.]

Misfortunes hunt in company—so says
The proverb, Lady Bradburn; hence defend
Your mind with fortitude—

Elsie.

[Interrupting him.]
What must I hear?

Santa Anna.

[Continuing his speech.]

And let not rest your undeserved displeasure
On the unwilling bearer of the news.

Elsie.

Oh, pray ! relieve me of my dread suspense.

Santa Anna.

So hear! By orders sent from Mexico,
On evidence obtained I know not how,
Your father stands committed to arrest,
Arraigned for treason and disloyalty.

Elsie.

That charge is false—false as a gem of paste.
No subject was so truly, ah! so blindly