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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Scene II.

Deaf Smith, the Scout, appears with a party of seven men.

Bradburn.

But see! who comes? 'T is Texans: their advent
I hail with joy: it guarantees success.

Deaf Smith.

Who art thou, fellow, enemy or friend?

Bbadburn.

My uniform betides the Mexican,
My heart's pulse throbs for Texas and her freedom.

Deaf Smith.

So art thou a deserter? Strange, indeed,
Must be the motive that induces thee
To leave thy comrades' banner at a time,
When Victory, the fickle goddess, is
So stable a companion of their arms.
When in the fatness of the land they revel,
While want and hopelessness abide with us.

Bradburn.

The purer my intention is.

Deaf Smith.

Thy name?

Bradburn.

I shall reveal it to thy general.
Lead me to him: for my report is urgent.