A romantic tale of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. "The yeoman, Oliver Wheatman, by a lucky chance rescues Margaret from the attentions of Brocton, who, as an enemy of the Stuarts, is pursuing her father. It is a yarn filled with captures and escapes, spies and incendiaries, giving us a glimpse of Prince Charlie at the turning-point of his career."--Dial
THE SERGEANT OF DRAGOONS
I threw the jack across my shoulder and we started for the Hanyards. Madam offered no explanations, and I made no inquiries. It was obvious to me that the dragoons had gone on to the little hedge ale-house, a good, long mile away, where the road from the village struck into a roundabout road to Stafford. Here, in the "Bull and Mouth," Mother Braggs ruled by day and Master Joe by night, and here beyond a doubt the stranger lady had tarried while her father had gone on with the horses to the nearest smithy at Milford.
There was ample time to get to the Hanyards, but still, for safety's sake, we kept behind hedges as far as possible. She walked ahead, and I followed behind, water oozing out of my boots and breeches at every step, and the jack's tail flopping against my legs. N
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