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to his room. On their arrival there, however, he found, as
he expressed it, " Jack Tar had been ahead of me," and
neither clothes nor books were to be found. Mr. Bronson
was then taken on board the " Prince Regent."

Four other residents of Oswego were also taken as
prisoners on board the fleet, — Abram D. Hugunin and
William Squires, the volunteer riflemen before alluded to ;
Eli Stevens, and Carlos Colton. Of these, Mr. Squires

still survives, a resident of Oswego. Mr. Colton is also
living, but resides at Toledo, Ohio. Thus, out of the five
Oswego prisoners then taken on board the British fleet
three still survive, sixty-three years after that event, — a
most remarkable coincidence in longevity. Mr. Hugunin
came of a warlike family, two of his brothers being the n in
service, — Robert as a midshipman in the navy, and Daniel
(afterwards a member of Congress) as a lieutenant in the

Four of the five prisoners were grown men, but Carlos
Colton was then a boy only fourteen years old, and a clerk
for Mr. Bronson. It was doubtless this circumstance that
caused his capture, for he was taken on another vessel from
his employer, and his captors there endeavored to obtain
from him the information which they had failed to get
from the storekeeper.

" Come, now," they said, " Mr. Bronson has owned up
all about the public stores, and you may as well do so, too,
and save going to Quebec."

" I don't believe a word of it," promptly replied the
plucky boy. The British officers were highly amused, and
soon abandoned their attempts to cajole him into giving

The fieet lay oflF the harbor all night. About midnight
Sir George Drummond came on board the " Prince Regent."
Walking up to Mr. Bronson, where the latter stood on the
deck, the high-toned major-general and knight thus accosted
him, his prisoner, —

" So you are the public storekeeper, are you ? You are

a pretty damned son of a ! You said there were

no stores concealed, and now we have found cannon sunk
at your own wharf"

" I did not say so. Sir George," replied Mr. Bronson ;
" I said that my books and papers were gone, which was
true, and that it would not be proper for me to give any
information concerning the stores, even if I could." ■

The general glared at him for an instant, and then broke
out again, —

" Damn you, you ought to be strung up to the yard-
arm I"

The insulted prisoner made no reply, and Sir George
presently left him.

At daylight the next morning (the 7th) the fleet set sail
for Kingston. In the course of the day. Colonel Harvey,
in conversation with Mr. Bronson, apologized for the
ruffianly language of Sir George Drummond and Sir
James Yeo, saying that they had lost heavily and gained
little by the expedition, that their friend. Captain Mulcas-
ter, was severely wounded, and that they both felt terribly
out of humor. Mulcaster was then on board the " Prince
Regent," and the groans of the stout sailor showed how
severely he was sufi"ering. He died of his wound, but not
till two years later.

But the behavior of Sir James Yeo towards Mr. Bron-
son was quite in harmony with his usual style. In the
beginning of the war he had sent, by a paroled prisoner,
from the West Indies, where he was then stationed, to the
gallant Captain Porter, the following message, as printed in
the Philadelphia Journal of September 18, 1812:

" A passenger of the brig ' Lyon,' from Havana to New



York, is requested by Sir James Yeo to present his compli-
inents to Ciiptaiu Porter, commander of the American
frigate ' Essex ;' would be glad to have a lelc-d-li/c any-
where between the Capes of Delaware and the Havana,
where he would have the pleasure to break his own sword
over his damned head and put him down forward in irons."

Captain Porter sent a courteous acceptance of this re-
markable cartel, but Sir James did not come to the l(tc-

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