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CHAPTER SIX - THE FROGS AND THE LOBSTERS

`I'll fire the fuses,' said Bracegirdle. `You go next, sir.'
It was not a matter for much argument. Bracegirdle was under orders to destroy the bridge, and Hornblower addressed himself to climbing up the rope while Bracegirdle took his tinderbox from his pocket. Once on the roadway of the bridge Hornblower sent away the cart and waited. It was only two or three minutes before Bracegirdle appeared, frantically climbing the rope and hurling himself over the parapet.
`Run!' was all that was said.
Together they scurried down the bridge and halted breathless to crouch by the abutment of the causeway. Then came a dull explosion, a tremor of the earth under their feet, and a cloud of smoke.
`Let's come and see,' said Bracegirdle.
They retraced their steps towards where the bridge was still shrouded in smoke and dust.
`Only partly -' began Bracegirdle as they neared the scene and the dust cleared away.
And at that moment there was a second explosion which made them stagger as they stood. A lump of the roadbed hit the parapet beside them and burst like a shell, spattering them with fragments. There was a rumble and a clatter as the arch subsided into the river.
`That must have been the second keg going off,' said Bracegirdle, wiping his face. `We should have remembered the fuses were likely to be of different lengths. Two promising careers might have ended suddenly if we had been any nearer.'
`At any rate, the bridge is gone,' said Hornblower.
`All's well that ends well,' said Bracegirdle.
Seventy pounds of gunpowder had done their work. The bridge was cut clear across, leaving a ragged gap several feet wide, beyond which the roadway reached out towards the gap from the farther pier as a witness to the toughness of the mortar. Beneath their feet as they peered over they could see the river bed almost choked with lumps of stone.

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