A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1933

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fright when I heard them heading for the same room. There was no escape for me. I glanced hurriedly around the room. looking for a hiding place. It seemed al- most impossible to find one in the par- lor. What was I to do-where was l to hide-and most important of all, how was I to save father? I was growing des- perate. The 'redcoats' would soon come into the room. I scanned the room again. At last my eyes struck the huge grand- father clock in the corner and lingered there. I remembered that there was a large space in it where the pendulum swung. It was my only chance, so I rushed to the door of the clock, flung it open, and swiftly cached myself in it. closing the door just as the first 'redcoat' entered. I feared greatly that he had seen the door close, but my fears were unreal- ized, because he was looking in the op- posite direction as he came in. I-Iow care- less of him-how fortunate for mel They all ranged themselves about the clock as far as I could make out by the sounds. I was afraid that they suspected my whereabouts and intended to torment me by keeping me imprisoned until I couldn't stand it any longer and had to come out, but I found that I was wrong. after they had begun speaking. "'Are you sure this is the house?' asked the captain. " 'Yes, sir. if what Charles Ricker said is true.' " 'Ricker said she might have gone to live with some relatives in Charleston.' 'A 'I-low did Ricker happen to tell you all this, and why does he think that Car- roll is stopping at his home before going to lVlorgan?' " 'Ricker has a grudge against Carroll for some reason or other. I think Car- roll showed him up in front of Wash- ington once, and he wants revenge. He said that it was possible that Carroll would stop at his home firstf "After hearing this, I was what you would call burning up. If I could only lay my hands on that scoundrel! What I wouldn't do to him! I had forgotten that I was a mere seven-year-old and that I would come off second best and very NINETEEN THIRTY-THREE MAROON AND WHITE much worsted if I ever contested with such a treacherous traitor. " 'I don't like possibilities. I like facts. We'll wait here for two hours and if Carroll doesnt show up by then, we'1l leave and call it a bad job.' " '1'd hate to have this fellow, Ricker, lighting on my side. I'd never know when he was going to give me away.' "You can imagine my feelings as I heard those last few remarks. Why it was at least fifteen minutes since my mother had left, and there remained just about an hour and forty-five minutes be- fore she would return with my father. Now I had heard that the British were going to wait for two hours. Why in the world did I ever go into the parlor and worst of all, lock myself up in the clock? What could I do, cramped up, with little air to breathe? I should have run out without my coat as soon as I had seen the British coming. Surely I had been out in colder weather than it was then. My father would walk into a trap all be- cause I had been so foolish. I mustn't give up hope. There must be some way to save him, for the British. who I was sure were looking at the clock, would leave as soon as their two hours were up. If there was only some way by which I could move the hands of the clock for- ward. But. no, I was unable to move them, being inside the clock, and even if I could, the movement would seem un- natural, and the British would guess where I was. The only thing to do was to speed up the clock, but how? How could I, im- prisoned in ment? "All the pendulum was swinging back and forth in front of me almost touching my nose. There it swung, implacable, silent, never speeding up, never slowing down. but al- ways keeping its slow, even pace. If I could only impart to it the knowledge that its master was in danger, it might find a remedy, but perhaps it did know and could do nothing about it. "All at once an idea struck me. It came like a lightning bolt. most assuredly from heaven. Whereas I had been sad the clock. hasten its move- while I was in there, the Page One Hundred and Thirty-mne

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