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. 1898. Excerpt: ... clear grey eyes; he was not asking himself whether it were possible to outwit these rebels--only how best to do it. The long day ended, and Jessie fell asleep at last. The sound of heavy breathing from above told that Black Carless and his cousin were untroubled by thoughts of the morrow. But Adrian Carless, who saw the ruin of his life-work threatening him, still sat at the table and weighed a score of plans in the balance. To live honourably; to take their dues as gentlemen, not robbers; to be courteous to women, kind to weaker men, so far as the utmost stretch of their own need would allow: these had been his aims; and he had striven to rear his sons and grandsons in the old faith; and half of them had fallen away. Well, he still had such straight-backed lads as David with him--and to-morrow Black Carless and his kind should be driven from the Valley, though it came to open fight. Yet still--was it any way possible to avoid a fight which would mean the wreckage of the band? On and on went Adrian's thoughts--now striking a likely plan, then seeing some flaw in it, and striving to find a better. And, meanwhile, the moon moved down the sky until its rim touched Ludworth Rise, three miles away amid the moors. CHAPTER XXX. ARMAGEDDON. The Master of Withens, soon as he had left his token on the Carless gallows-trees, repaired to Jeremy Dodd's, and found the old fellow deep in his wonted study of the bog. "We attack the Valley to-morrow," he said, as Jeremy rose to his feet. "Ay, so my pictures have told me these three days back," said the wizard, without surprise in his voice or question in his face. "Will the morrow be fair, Jeremy?" "Fair as a summer's day, with wind to harry the flames, and sun to brittle the heather stalks. Come indoors, lad, and make su...
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