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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

J. Travis.

Once more, to learn that thou must conquer it.

Santa Anna.

Enough; lead him away and try the lash
Full twenty times on him to test his strength.

J. Travis.

That, tyrant, thou canst test immediately.

[He leaps with the fierceness of a tiger at Santa Anna whose throat he seizes with both hands.]

Santa Anna.

[Gasping for breath]

Tear him away from me; he strangles me.

[The officers pull Travis away, and form a line between him and Santa Anna, who has fallen into his arm-chair from exhaustion.]

J. Travis.

[Rising to his full height.]

Behold! as has a feeble youngster's hand
Laid weak and low that mighty tyrant lord.
So lightly shall our patriots' little band
O'ercome his hosts and break his yoke abhorred.

Cos.

[Addressing Santa Anna.]

Speak but the word and we cut him to pieces.