The Two Spies: Nathan Hale and John Andr (Classic Reprint)by Benson J. Lossing
This little volume contains a brief account of the most important events in the life-career of two notable spies in our War for Independence, Nathan Hale and John Andre. They were both young men, well educated, endowed with genius and ability for conspicuous achievements, brave and accomplished
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This little volume contains a brief account of the most important events in the life-career of two notable spies in our War for Independence, Nathan Hale and John Andre. They were both young men, well educated, endowed with genius and ability for conspicuous achievements, brave and accomplished soldiers, pure and virtuous in private character, truthful, manly, refined in thoughts and manners, handsome in person, lovely in disposition, and beloved by all who knew them.
Yet they were spies!
"Spies," says Vattel, "are generally condemned to capital punishment, and not unjustly, there being scarcely any other way of preventing the mischief which they may do. For this reason a man of honor, who would not expose himself to die by the hand of a common executioner, ever declines serving as a spy. lie considers it beneath him, as it can seldom be done without some kind of treachery."
May not a spy be a man of lofty honor, and act under the inspiration of disinterested patriotism? Stratagem, an artifice or scheme for deceiving an enemy in war, is regarded as honorable, but is it not seldom exercised "without some kind of treachery"?
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