'You said we'd only gag them and rob them, not hurt them; or I wouldn't
'Shut up your whining; had to change the plan when they waked up; you
done all you could to protect them, now let that satisfy you; come, help
Both men were masked, and wore coarse, ragged 'nigger' clothes; they had
a bull's-eye lantern, and by its light I noticed that the gentler robber
had no thumb on his right hand. They rummaged around my poor cabin for a
moment; the head bandit then said, in his stage whisper -
'It's a waste of time - he shall tell where it's hid. Undo his gag, and
revive him up.'
The other said -
'All right - provided no clubbing.'
'No clubbing it is, then - provided he keeps still.'
They approached me; just then there was a sound outside; a sound of
voices and trampling hoofs; the robbers held their breath and listened;
the sounds came slowly nearer and nearer; then came a shout -
'HELLO, the house! Show a light, we want water.'
'The captain's voice, by G - !' said the stage-whispering ruffian, and
both robbers fled by the way of the back door, shutting off their
bull's-eye as they ran.