The Lane That Had No Turning

The Lane That Had No Turning


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and the Avocat's warnings, he had held a patriotic meeting intended to

foster a stubborn, if silent, disregard of the Governor's presence

amongst them.

The speech of the Cure, who had given guarantee for the good behaviour of

his people to the Government, had been so tinged with sorrowful appeal,

had recalled to them so acutely the foolish demonstration which had ended

in the death of Valmond; that the people had turned from the exasperated

Seigneur with the fire of monomania in his eyes, and had left him alone

in the hall, passionately protesting that the souls of Frenchmen were not

in them.

Next day, upon the church, upon the Louis Quinze Hotel, and elsewhere,

the Union Jack flew--the British colours flaunted it in Pontiac with

welcome to the Governor. But upon the Seigneury was another flag--it of

the golden-lilies. Within the Manor House M. Louis Racine sat in the

great Seigneurial chair, returned from the gates of death. As he had

come home from the futile public meeting, galloping through