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Oliver firing round the door-post while rifle balls smacked into the timber and brickwork, and the choking reek of powder smoke in my mouth and eyes.
Then, on April 12th, 1861, southern guns fired on Fed - eral-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the hope of peace vanished with the puff of powder smoke in the damp spring air.
The stench of powder smoke and fresh blood was keen in the air as Bautista, half smiling, turned to his audience.
Cottony swirls of old-time black powder smoke rolled in the air.
As the fighting grew to a new intensity the powder smoke thickened into a dirty-white cloud that hid everything, and the far sounds of cavalry trumpets took on a sinister threat.
I was safe at last, and could sit there panting gratefully while the man Johnson swung Annette gently up in his arms and bore her out to the stairs, with Madam Celeste in attendance, my two would-be murderers were carried out, dripping gore, McWatters ordered his men away - and then the bearded man and I were alone in the silent gallery, with the powder smoke still wraithing in the sun-beams from the glass roof, and the blood wet on the planks.