Oh, how I looked at her now! "And did you see anyone?" "Ah, NO!" she returned, almost with the full privilege of childish inconsequence, resentfully, though with a long sweetness in her little drawl of the negative. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. It is in such contemplations, my fellow countrymen, which are not exhaustive but only representative, that I find ample warrant for satisfaction and encouragement. The firelight flickered on the wall and beyond the window a spectral dusk was gathering upon the river.