CHAPTER V
Storm Breaks over Champlain

The full title of Ethan's pamphlet, in keeping with literary custom of the day, required an entire page, but with this out of the way he got right down to business. He said flatly that the New York statute--the Bloody Law--was unconstitutional and was an emblem of the inhuman disposition of the damnable Yorkers.

The pamphlet was unusual in that it admitted certain of the charges made against Green Mountain Boys by New York, but stated that these so-called lawless acts had become necessary because New York Province had put the lives and property of the people of the Grants in jeopardy and they had no recourse to law.

One section of the treatise was addressed with canny psychology not to New York officials but to the common people of that province, "our Friends and Neighbors who inhabit the lands adjacent to the New Hampshire Grants." Here Ethan held out the open hand. He touched on the mutual intercourse and trade that had made for a universal acquaintance and friendship between the two districts. So had the ties of marriage and blood relationship. He pointed out

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