ashed past, and stopped a few yards beyond them, the Cadets at once jumping out and taking up positions on each side of the car with Lewis guns trained to sweep the road as far as the big rock. Blake, after ordering William and a constable to take Patrick and Sheila down the Ballybor road out of the line of fire until he could deal with them, took command of the Auxiliaries, and waited for the action to develop.
By this time it was daylight, and the police, who had worked round the flanks of the ambushers, began to make it pretty hot 鏉窞娲楁荡涓績鎸夋懇 for the men in the trenches. Now it is one thing to shoot an unfortunate policeman perched up in a stationary lorry in the middle of the road, and quite a different story when the policeman starts to shoot 鏉窞榫欏嚖闃佽鍧?you in the back from behind a tree, and very soon the Volunteers broke from their trenches and started to stream down the Ballybor road.
There was a momentary lull in the firing, broken by two hurricane bursts of fire 鏉窞鎸夋懇鍝噷濂?from the Cadets鈥?Lewis guns, and the Volunteers fell in little heaps on the grey limestone road; the remainder hesitated, and then ran for their trenches, to be met by a hail of bullets from the police, who had taken up positions commanding the trenches while the Volunteers 67were trying to escape by the road. Again they tried to escape along the road, and again the Lewis guns spat out a magazine of bullets whilst a man could count five, the noise of the guns being intensified by the dead wall of trees.
The few Volunteers now left threw down their arms, put up their hands, and the fight was over.
In the meantime William had taken his brother and sister down the 鏉窞娲楁荡鎸夋懇浣撻獙 Ballybor road until they came to the lane where the car was, and here he told them to wait. After a few minutes Sheila asked him to send the constable out of hearing, 鏉窞榫欏嚖璁哄潧lanwashe as she wished to talk to him.
After the constable had retired up the lane there was a terrible silence for several minutes. Patrick and Sheila both realised too late that William must have been in the house when they started on their journey to Dublin for the arms, and that he must have gone straight to Ballybor to warn the police of the impending ambuscade. They knew that, even if they were not sentenced to death, they could not escape a long term of imprisonment, and that they had been betrayed by their own brother, but would not鈥攐r could not鈥攔ealise that William had only done his duty.
Suddenly Sheila burst into a passionate denouncement of William鈥檚 treachery to his country and his own flesh and blood, to be stopped by Patrick with great difficulty, who, controlling 褰╄澏鏉窞鎸夋懇鍏荤敓浼氭墍 his rising passion and terror by a
68great effort, implored 鏉窞娲楁荡璁哄潧 William for their mother鈥檚 sake to let them escape while there was yet time. At any rate to let Sheila go鈥攕urely the British Government did not wage war on women.
Poor William was torn between love for his brother and sister and his duty to his King. In those short moments he went through the agony 鏉窞澶滅敓娲荤綉绔?of hell, knowing well that if he refused to let them escape he would carry for the rest of his life the brand of Cain; on the other hand, if he