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Before the Dawn

A Story of the Fall of Richmond

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 124,491 / 351 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,911
Added to site: 2007.05.05
mnybks.net#: 16773
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ess traveling in a wagon with the Western army until a month since, when it had come over to the Army of Northern Virginia. The Patriot was "little" only in size. The wit, humour, terseness, spontaneous power of expression, and above all of phrase-making, which its youthful editor showed in its columns, already had made Raymond a power in the Confederacy, as they were destined in his maturity to win him fame in a reunited nation.

"He's a great gamester and thinks that he's a master of chance," said Talbot, "but as a matter of fact he always loses. See how fast his pile of money is diminishing. It will soon be gone, but he will find another resource. You watch him."

Prescott did not need the advice, as his attention was already concentrated on Raymond's broad, massive jaw and the aggressive curve of his strong face. His movements were quick and nervous; face and figure alike expressed the most absolute self-confidence. Prescott wondered if this self-confidence did not lie at the basis of

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