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he went about swaggering with a loaded revolver
in his belt, threatening to shoot those who diso-
beyed his orders; �a dangerous man,� says
Robertson.       This Sergeant Davenport, an
Irishman, an ex-Indian soldier, O�Brien
especially hated; he had menaced him repeat-
edly.              Going down to Staten Island from
New York, Robertson found himself on board
with O�Brien, who, then very drunk, invited
Robertson to drink with him, which he did.
At Factoryville, Robertson was called away to
speak to one of the inhabitants of the place, and
on his arrival at the camp, the shooting of
Davenport had occurred, during the interval.
He found the Sergeant with a pistol-bullet in
his body, just above his naval.       O�Brien had
demanded the man�s pass &c, to which Daven-
port replied that O�B. must know that he had
leave to quit the camp � they had returned on
the same boat � possibly without much pretence
of respect for his question.      Then O�Brien
drew his pistol and blazed away with the
unquestionable attempt to murder, the servan
Sergeant, missing at the first fire, but not
so at the second.      The soldiers were so ex-
asperated that they would assuredly have killed
O�Brien, had he remained in camp that night.               
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