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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 479
" 'But look', I wailed, 'my child is dyin' and I must save
her. If she goes out into the cold she will die, she will die.'
Yo cannot help that,' interrupted the speaker, who came
forward and seised a piece of rude furniture, 'we have orders
and must do our duty.'
"God knows I didn't want to do any one harm, hut the
sense o the injustice done me almost made me commit mur
der that day. And still I answered not a word; I knew too
well that what I could do would be of little use. I took what
coverin' I could find, and wrappin' my Eileen in it, carried
her out to a turn in thf roadside where she could not see the
destruction of the cabin."
The old man changed his tone abruptly; he was weakening
"I must hurry on," he said, "and finish, please, Father,
give me another sip of that broth."
Meanwhile he brushed quietly aside the tears that had been
rolling down his cheeks during his story, and he continued:
"Well, my poor Eileen did not survive the cruel blow. She
'v diid by the roadside I buried her as decently as I could, but
"" my heart was buried with her. Many a tear of mine watered
- - , that little grave when 1 realized that I was left alone in the
'That evenin' I sat heartbroken near the ould cabin where
my child had been taken from me and where all that was near
and dear to me had lived for years, when a man came towards
, me. It was the hated landlord. With one bound of rage
may God forgive mel I sprang forward and caught the wretch
by the throat. After a moment's struggle he lay, as I thought,
lifeless at my feet. An hour later a crazed man was flyin',
flyin' far from that desolate spot, far from the churchyard,
far from the ones his soul loved best, far from the Liffey.
Thanks be to God! the landlord did not die, but the search
k. for the one that would have killed him was long and perse-
verin'. It had been told me that if 1 was ever caught livin'
under the British flag I should have to pay the penalty."
' - Here the little old man smiled, and one could detect sar-
casm in his words: