That evening, in the wainscoted parlour of the house in Farnham in which the King was billeted, among a crowd of army officers mingled with inhabitants of the neighbourhood who had come to pay him court, he perceived Harrison, and beckoning to him, drew him aside into a window recess, where he told him frankly of the rumours he had heard concerning him, which the Colonel indignantly denied. Presently however he began to hold forth in an ominously exalted strain about Justice being no respecter of persons, and the publicity with which Parliament meant to act, so that the King, who perceived that Harrison meant no good by this rant, closed the interview.
Next night they lodged at the King's own request, very unwillingly acceded to by Harrison, at Lord Newburgh's house at Bagshot. In his stables there was a horse reputed to be the fleetest in all England, on which his owner--a devoted loyalist--had a desperate idea of mounting the King in order that he might make a dash to elude his guards in Windsor Forest with whose intricacies he was thoroughly familiar--other horses being held in readiness at pre-arranged rendezvous. It was characteristic of the fatality that dogged all the King's attempts to escape, that this horse should have been lamed by the kick of a stable companion only the day before; but probably the scheme would have been hopeless in any case, for Harrison was on the qui vive and was taking no chances with his prisoner, whom he enclosed with guards, and mounted on a horse of his own choosing for the last stage of the journey to Windsor.
CROMWELL'S HAND IS FORCED
THE first person to greet the King on his arrival at Windsor was the unfortunate Hamilton, who was also a prisoner there. For him the bitterness of death had seemed to be past, since the as yet unpurged Parliament, which had lusted more after lucre than blood, had voted to let him off with a sentence of banishment and the huge fine of £100,000. After Pride's Purge however, this interested concession to mercy had been brusquely revoked. He had still however one chance to save his life, as the new masters of