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THE FALL Or QUEBEC.   99

summer dragged slowly on. Montcalm was never off his guard. Wolfe had begun to fear that bad weather would drive him home before Quebec was taken, when one of his officers suggested that part of the army should try to land above the town while the rest pretended to attack Montcalm's camp. Wolfe thought this a good plan. and immediately set to work to carry it out. --

The French By the night of September 12th all was Deceived. ready. Wolfe, though he had been vexy ill, himself led the troops. They went a little way up the river in ships which, several weeks earlier, had managed to pass the guns of Quebec. When darkness fell the rest of the fleet began to fire upon Montcalm's camp, and a number of men threatened to land below the city.

It was a little after midnight when Wolfe and his men got into the boats that were to carry them ashore. The night was fine, the sky starlit ; the muffled oars made no sound in the water. The soldiers did not speak a word, but the story has been often told that Wolfe repeated in a low voice some lines from Gray's famous " Elegy in a Country Churchyard." As they dropped down the river a soldier on guard spoke to them, but an officer who knew French answered his questions, and he let them pass, thinking that the boats carried food for the city.

They landed at a spot now called Wolfe's Cove in memory of that night, and made their way quietly up a narrow sloping ravine to the top of the cliffs. Some French soldiers who ought to have been on the watch were surprised and overpowered; and soon a little army of four thousand five hundred men had gathered on the Plains of Abraham, within a mile of the city.

When daylight broke the French were hor-The Battle. rifled to see the English there. In hot haste a messenger galloped to Montcalm, and he hurried to


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