CHAPTER III

THE UGLY portents of the night before seemed a dream when I came downstairs the following morning and looked out across the slope of Milton Hill to the shimmering expanse of marsh and river, harbor and bay, stretching off toward Boston and the open sea.

Surely those villages and spires, those darkly rounded patches of forest, those gems of islands floating so serenely on the blue waters to the north, could never hold lovely part in the lives of men willing to plunge all this peace, all this beauty, into the frenzy and destruction of a civil war!

No; Buell must have been wrong. Not even such a demagogue as Sam Adams, waking to the gleaming blue and gold of a New England April, could steer a course that would bring death and ruin to thousands of his countrymen.

Civil war, on such a shining April morning, was the least of my troubles. Two other problems loomed larger by far. For one thing, I wanted to get Thomas Buell out of the house before his presence became known and brought enmity upon my father; and I wondered how soon, in all decency, I could set him on his way to the corn bread and potlicker of South Carolina.

An even more pressing problem, to my way of thinking, was how soon I could cross the fields of Milton Hill to Sally Leighton's.

Sally Leighton's father, Vose Leighton, was a neighbor of ours and the proprietor of a general store in the town of Milton; and he owned two brigs, of which his seven sons took turns being captain, and on which every member of the Leighton family had at one time or another sailed to foreign parts, sometimes accompanied by friends.

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