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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Soldier.

Whom mean Your Excellency?

Santa Anna.

The girl!—thy prisoner!—they are gone and free.

Soldier.

None, none I saw.

Santa Anna.

Then look and search about,
While I arouse the camp entire to scout
All o'er the neighborhood with man and hound;
The fugitives! — they must, they must be found!

[Santa Anna starts to go, slowly followed by the soldier.]

Soldier.

Your Excellency have left your sword behind;
Shall I return to find it?

Santa Anna.

Never mind.

[Suddenly turning and collaring the soldier with frantic rage.]

Rogue! Knave! Choke down into thy throat the word
Thou spakest just! for in it I have heard
The sneers of ages and the scoffing voice
Of generations, as their hearts rejoice
O'er my defeat ! [Roaring.] Hast heard what I have said?