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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Save ruin and disgrace to serf and master.
But see! the parley is at end! it means
Surrender and exchange of prisoners,
As I infer from seeing Elsie freed
From her captivity : will she come here?

Scene IX.

Enters Elsie. Travis leaves the window and comes to meet her.

Elsie.

Oh, Travis! freedom smiles on thee again!

Travis.

And twice as gratefully, since I receive it
Given through thy hands and from thy lips announced.

Elsie.

Thou know'st what has occurred ? Pray, tell me how?

{{center|Travis.

My knowledge rests on inference alone,
Since I beheld thee 'mong our countrymen.
Thy own lips must impart to me thy venture.

Elsie.

My tale is brief. Sad and disconsolate
About my father's unmoved stubbornness,
I went, while yet he was engaged with thee.