The Tragedy of the Deserted Isle; A Chronicle of the Burr and Blennerhassett Conspiracy

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 180 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...that lay in waiting. Blennerhassett was thoroughly alarmed, and the Island all excitement and confusion. A hasty conference was held, and an immediate flight determined upon. Action succeeded commotion, and the babel soon settled in a scene of busy preparation. Night was coming on, and moving lights gleamed from the many windows of the mansion. Dark figures could be seen running hither and thither. Lighted lanterns flitted among the trees, along the walks, and toward the river. Here a watch-fire was built, and an armed guard stationed. Runners were sent out, and a constant communication kept up from shore to shore. Unknown persons were not allowed to cross without the signal. Those hailing would be asked, "What boat?" and if the answer, "I's boat," were given they would be immediately ferried over. As it was growing dusk, Simon Poole arrived on the Ohio side, opposite the Island, having come by the authority of the Governor of that State to apprehend Blennerhassett. He watched and waited incognito on the Ohio shore, but did not attempt to pass the water's edge, the utmost limit of his jurisdiction; contenting himself by watching the movements on the other shore, the sentinels keeping vigil about the fire, and the passing and repassing of boats across the river. Among those who arrived was Pearly Howe, with forty boat-poles, which he had been employed to make by Blennerhassett, who sent over his flat to receive them. In the boat were two young men armed with rifles; one of them laid aside his weapon, and stowed away the poles, while the other kept guard with his gun across his knees. Allen Wood, a neighbor of Howe's, asked to be taken over in the flat, but was refused. Dudley Woodbridge crossed to the Island just at nightfall....

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