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nt Comfort. These were answered by grape-shot from the British. The drums in the village beat to arms. The affrighted inhabitants, half-dressed, rushed to the streets, the non-combatants flying in terror to places of safety. Very soon hissing Congreve rockets set buildings on fire in the town, and these were followed by more destructive bomb-shells. While panic and fire were raging, the British landed. All but eight or ten of the militia had fled from the village, and only two men (John O'Neil and Philip Albert) remained at the battery. These were captured, with the battery, when the guns of the latter were turned upon the town. The invaders were 400 strong. They were divided into squads, and began the work of plundering and destroying systematically, officers and men equally interested in the business. When half the village had been destroyed, Cockburn went on shore, and was met on the common by several ladies who had taken refuge in a brick dwelling known as the Pringle