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CHAP. III.?MUFFLED DRUMS. mHERE is something very sad in a
soldier's funeral, at all times. When they buried the good old
Colonel the next day?for in that tropical country the beloved dust
and ashes cannot be kept in our sight for more than a few brief
hours?there was all the pomp and circumstance of glorious war.
There were the files of foot soldiers, and artillery with their
imposing gun-carriages, and startlingly- brilliant native cavalry.
Very far away from all his own kith and kin they laid him to rest.
His ancestry were from the North. Many a Lee, in the good old times
when men had but little regard to meum and tuum, had made moonlight
forages into the wild Border- country, and ridden, lance in hand,
behind weary cattle that had certainly not fallen to their lot
over- honestly. The Lees of a later generation had been of an
honester, perhaps of a more politic breed. They allowed their
neighbours' steers and c stots to remain at peace. They fell into
ways of commerce and prosperity, and were as ready as their
neighbours to allow that honesty is the best policy. But something
of the old Scottish clanship lingered with them, even when the head
of the house lived in smoky London. And Colonel Lee, by education
an Englishman, cherished an intense love of the fair North Country,
whence his forbears had come. His mother had been one of the Homes
of Burnside. So, when he was laid to sleep, with the crack of
musketry thundering over him, and the rattle of the old familiar
steel sounding close to his resting-place, there was nothing to be
greatly wondered at in his choosing, as guardian and best friend to
his child, his dear friend and cousin, Magdalen Lyndsay. There were
great folk, nearer kith and kin to the Lees, who would, perhaps,
have accepted the trust; for...
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