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“W-what do you want, Mr. Boggs?” she asked, her voice trembling. “My husband is here, but-but-we were just going to eat supper, and–“
“Supper can wait a few minutes, wife,” said Mr. Dare. “I’ll see what neighbor Boggs wants. Won’t you come in, Abe?”
“No, we wanter see ye out here, Dare” replied the Tory. “Come out uv doors. We won’t keep ye but a minnet.”
“Oh, husband, be careful!” whispered Mrs. Dare in her husband’s ear as he passed her. “Don’t anger them. They have weapons in their hands, and–” With a smile and a reassuring glance Mr. Dare passed on out, closing the door behind him. He had no fear whatever of his Tory neighbors, and would have scoffed at the idea of their trying to do him injury.
Dick and Tom were washing their faces and hands and combing their hair, and did not know anything about the coming of the Tories until they entered the room where their mother was, and then Mr. Dare had been out in the yard perhaps five minutes. During this time Mrs. Dare had be