A continuation of the author's earlier novel, Hardscrabble. The curious anachronism in this title is perhaps accounted for by a fact recorded in an appendix to this volume in which the gallant Major confesses that his head was completely turned by the beauty of Rebecca Heald, when, with Captain Heald she was brought wounded and a prisoner of war to Detroit, where he, then a young British officer, was station.ed At any rate it was then that he determined to write a romance based upon the story which he had from her lips.
ter; but you must know that all the agitation of the youth was caused by his jealousy of the good fortune of Ronayne."
"Jealous of Ronayne?" exclaimed Captain Headley with unfeigned surprise. "Ha! ha! ha! excuse me, my dear Ellen, but I cannot avoid being amused at the strangeness of the conceit."
"It was even so," returned Mrs. Headley, gravely, "and a source of unhappiness I fear it will prove to us all that it was so."
"Proceed," said her husband.
"Are you aware that the son of Winnebeg has never entered the fort nor been even in the neighborhood since the night of that marriage?" pursued his wife.
"I do not believe he has been seen since," remarked Captain Headley.
"I know that he has not; but yet he is ever near, seemingly bent on one purpose."
"Love?" interposed the Captain, smiling.
"Yes, love! but a fearful love--though the love of a smooth-faced boy--a love that may bring down destruction upon us all."
"Ellen, you begin to fill m