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besiege our house. My guards surrounded me, and we occasionally fought, skirmishes, which always terminated in our favour. Providence has unfathomable secrets. I was never struck by a ball from a bandit. I bear the scars of seventeen wounds ; but these wounds were made with naked blades. It could bo said of me, as in I know not which Scotch ballad : " Did not the Devil's soldiers pass through the balls, instead of the balls passing through them " Yet I have often been fired at ; sometimes the barrel of a gun has been pointed at my chest, and that at a few paces from me. My clothes have been torn by the bullet, but my body has always escaped harm.
One morning I was cautioned to put myself on my guard, because some banditti had met together at a few leagues fromOne morning I was cautioned to put myself on my guard, because some banditti had met together at a few leagues from