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A SECRET EXPEDITION.
aHe deserves small trust,
Who is not privy councillor to himself.aa
One evening when at dinner, I received an official letter, which ordered me to proceed on the following day to a spot some miles down the river, and on the opposite bank. My luggage was not to exceed a specified weight, and further instructions would await me on arrival. I was moreover to consider the communication of a confidential character, which pointed clearly to some enterprise only to be revealed to those actually concerned, and not by any means intended as food for station gossip.
I accordingly dropped down the river the following afternoon with my old attendant, any possible difficulty in discovering the place having been surmounted by their placing a look-out there to show that I was expected. But for the unmistakably official character of the communication which had summoned me hither, the proceedings resembled a ruse to entrap me.
Nor did the place serve to allay such a suspicion ; on landing I saw nothing but trees and shrubs, and the smoke from a fire some little way inland.
The look-out now assumed the character of guide, and politely asked me to follow him to the camp, atThe look-out now assumed the character of guide, and politely asked me to follow him to the camp, at