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 “We can't help that,” retorted Kagi; “it is no business of ours; there is no use having any nonsense about this; if Paris 1 wants peace, the whole Treaty, amnesty and all, must be observed; if not, there must be war.” At this time, the officer could not see more than five armed persons, not knowing that there were thirteen squatters in the cabin, or that Montgomery lay in ambush in a ravine close by, covering the whole wing of the posse, with twenty-one picked men, who were eager for the fight. He was so placed, that, in ten minutes, he could have swept the entire posse from the face of the earth. “But you can't resist,” said a politician, who accompanied the Sheriff; “look at our force opposed to you.” Stevens stretched his manly form to its full height, and, raising his right arm, with a defiant glance, in a ringing tone, gave a reply, every word of which the followers of the Sheriff heard, and which evidently made a great impression on them: “But, believing we are right, before God, we will resist if the whole Universe is against us ” The posse retired without firing a shot! On the same day, the Sheriff and his companion were disarmed by two men who fell at Harper's Ferry. “Do you know who we are?” asked the Sheriff. “I am the high Sheriff of this county.” “To the devil with the high Sheriff of Lynn County!” said Kagi. “Hand over that gun.”
1 The lesser Headquarters of the ruffians and Democrats.
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