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A Tale of Gettysburg and the T-nrelfth Army Corps.


'lor of " Dashing Ddany ;" Jack, the Hero of Ftilo Alto;" " The Fightmg Brigade
Deep," etc., etc.

CHAPTER I. York before any of the other fellows, parts,stranger—they've been every,
that's the question. Wires cut for where."
miles in every direction, so they say, "You're sure?"
and of course it's true— leave Stuart "Sartin sure."
It was the night after the first and his cavalry alone for that. All " Well, then, I must have a guide
day's fight at Gettysburg. General the instruments destroyed too. Hum! to put me in the way of finding a
Hancock had already joined the that's worse might manage somehow
; town or station not in these parts, if
troops on Cemetery Hill, having been about the wires, but, deuce take iti they've been everywhere about
sent by General Meade, on learning I can't make a new instrument nor here."
the death of Reynolds, to assume the procure one either at a moment's no- "There ain't nobody in this 'ere
command of the field till he himself tice. But pshaw! some operator has house to show you the way, mister,"
could reach the front. had sense and wit enough to conceal Then looking back into the room:
In conjunction with General How- his instrument, and if there's one to " What ? whatd'ye say ?"
ard, General Hajncock had immedi- be found within ^u radius of twentv Aman's voice murmured a ques-
ately proceeded «o post troojU and miles, I'll h4\e Vy Walloo! what's tion,which, once more looking out,
epel an attack on the right flank. that place ahiiad? I'm sure I see a she repeated
The attack, however, had been but light." I "I say, mister, who be you, any
feebly made, and so was promptly " Yes, a farm house. Hope the way?"
repulsed. rebs ain't in possession there; but of "I'm connected with the press, and
At nightfall the little army on the course they're not; this side at least 7nust get a disjiatch through to New
hill that had so gallantly sustained is held by the blue coats. I must York to night —
do you understand?"
itself through the toil and peril of stop and see what I can find out. I "The press! What kind of a press
the day was cheered by the arrival may have struck the very spot I'm in is itnow?"
of General Slocum, with the Twelfth search of." " The newspaper press, madain,the
Corps, and General Sickles, with a The gate had been torn from its newspaper press.
part of the Third. hinges, so without dismounting he "Oh!" and again she turned back,
With Slocum there had come a rode into the front yard, and having and there was a scarcely audible
young man of good build, a resolute reached the door, gave a sounding murmur, to which she answered,
^Jook, and, withal, a military air. He knock with the handle of his heavy "HeyP" and then, on its being re-
was mounted upon a magni ftcent riding whip. peated, called out to the stranger:
horse, wore heavy riding boots, a The alarm seemed to cause a gen- "I say, you ain't no rebel, be
military cloak and slouch hat and ; eral disturbance within, for he could you?"
yet this beligerant-looking young hear the sound of hurrying footsteps " No— no, of course not, I tell you
maji was not, in a strict military and excited voices but after another
; I'm a newspaper correspondent, and
sense, connected with the army. and more impatient knock, a white- connected with the army of the Po-
Who and what he was we shall robed form appeared at the window tomac."
soon discover. just over his head. "Will you pay for a guide?"
In a marvelously short time he had It was a woman's form, and a wo- "Yes, yes, let me in, and we can
possessed himself of the situation man's voice that demanded, in a easily settle that business."
kne V all that had transpired from somewhat excited and querrulous "Better let him in, Nancy," now in-
early dawn when Reynolds pushed tone, what in the world he wanted terrupted the unseen man, in quite
forward to Gettysburg, and found now? a distinct tone of voice " reckon he's

iByfort with his cavalry engaging "My dear madam," answered the all right any way," and so a minute
the enemy, till dewy eve, wheu the horseman, in a polite and persuasive or two later, the door was opened,
attack on the right flank had been toqe, " pardon my unseasonable visit, and the war correspondent -sprang
re)>nlsed. I beg; but the fact is, I am most anx- from his horse and hurried into the
Having learned was possible
all it ious to procure a guide to the nearest house.
to lind out, he. once more mounted town or railway station that the reb- Behind the woman who had open-
his horse and galloped away into the els have not visited, and where ed -the door stood a great burly man,
darkness, muttering to himself as he there's likely to be a telegraph in his shirt sleeves, who at once
sped over the ground: ofiice. hinted to the correspondent that, for
" Now how to get the news to New "Tliere ain't no sich town in these good pay, he was ready to put him

bearded old soldier suddenly thrust "1 — 1 don't know," stammered CHAPTER IV.
a drum into his hands, with the hur- poor Tony.
ried words: "Well, here's a pretty go," mut- TONY BECOMES A SOLDIER ON THE
" Here, bub, this is more in your tered the driver, as he brought his FIELD OF BATTLE.
line than mine, just give it particular horses to a stand, " a bright look-
fits, its bettr music to the boys' ing boy enough, and yet don't know Skirmishing continued, and now
ears than dying greans; and I say, his own regiment. Jump down, bub.'' and then the roar of a great gun
don't stand there as if you were a- •Tony quickly descended to the broke on the air; but the real con-
going to take root, but just drive ground. flict seemed as far off as ever.

on for the other side of the hill. By The driver's attention was now Regiment after regiment was still
Jove ! I'd take you for a raw re- directed another way— an oflicer was pressing foward around the hill, in a
crnit if your uniform didn't tell a ordering him to move the caisson ceaseless stream, and all at once
better tale." further to the right, thus the boy Tony was caught up by the hurrying
Tony, from very fear began beat- was left once more to himself— alone mass and earned onward with it
ing the drum with might and main, in a great crowd, bent on death and toward a park of artillery, which
and if he didn't succeed in get- destruction. crowned a neighboring eminence.
ting much music out of it, he made Strange to say, not a thought of Suddenly, he heard a hail, the next .,

noise enough, and that seemed to be getting away from that pandemo- instant he was jerked to one side, 1

the most essential point just then. nium of a place, even entered his and on turning round, saw the gray- \

At the same time he hurried for- head. In a passive sort of sense he bearded, kindly face of the old sol-
ward, as he had been ordered to do, began to consider himself as belong- dier who had given him the drum a
and for- a while kept pretty well —
ing there as a x)art of the tremen- little while before, looking down up-
up with the men with whom he had dous panorama that was continually on liim. j-s

passed a portion of the night, and unfolding itself before the eye. "So, my lad, here you art, -^Sf'
some of whose faces he recognized. The great body of the rebels were Didn't know what had become of
But soon he became confused by posted on the opposite ridge, north you. Lost your command in the ex-
all that was i)assing around him, of the town, distant from a mile to a citement this morning, I fancy."
the heavy tramp of armed men, the mile and a half, and overtopping the "Hain't got any command to lose,"
neigh of the war horse, the harsh Federal army on each wing. said Tony desperately, "and that's
rattle of the wheels of artillery hur- The roads on which the enemy justwhat I wish I had."
rying to their stations, the voice of would desire to march across the "What's that he says?" asked a
the bugle, the roll of the drum, valley were commanded by Meade's good natured, pleasant looking Irish-
and all the indescribable tumult of guns; and hence General Lee must man, coming toward them, "hain't
preparaiiou. fight with the hills against him. got any command ? Shure, thin, haa
From the point where he now There was no conceivable approach your whole regiment been wiped out
found himself, he saw the various that could not be raked and crossed entirely?"
corps of the army as they arrived by the fire of the Federal cannon. "I never had any regiment," said
and were moved to their positions The reserve, artillery, and all the Tony.
on Cemetery Hill and the ridge that essentials to insui'e victory were in "Never had a regiment Phat did

extended southeast and southwest; position, and at tfi'e right time. —

ye have thin ? a;battalion, a com-
and as if by magic, he saw batteries The immense clavalry force, too, for (>aiiy,or jihat ?" '

planted and breastworks thrown up. once, at least, was present, covering "I didn't have any thing at all."
Faster and faster the troops assem- both flanks of the army, and ready "The deuce ye didn't then what

bled, and by seven o'clock the second for constantly harassing the enemy. are ye doin' in thim regimentals?"
and fifth cori^s with the rest of the The latter, we may here say, was "Them what?"
third had reached the ground, and a new and encouraging circumstance —
"Regimentals uniform— clothes."
now the skiimishing began, but as which gave confidence to the men, "Oh, the man who sent me here
yet no severe conflict took place. while it aftbrded security to the had me put them on. Some fellows
Tony continued to gaze upon all teams. who called themselves soldiers forced
that was passing around him as if The southern ends of the two di- their way into our house Jast night
fascinated, and presently forgot even verging ridges or lines of hills on after I had gone to bed, 'and along
to beat his drum. which the Federal army was drawn with a great many other things, car-
"Out o'ther way there, bub !" and up terminated, each, in a steep, ried ofl' all my clothing, so, when
a span of spirited horses, attached sugar-loaf peak, which thoroughly this man wanted to send me with a
to a caissonswept madly by. protected the Hanks. To attempt to letter to the general, he told me tQ
But when the team was gone, march along the sides of these ridges put on these."
Tony was no longer standing where and around these terminal i>eaiis, "And to whom did these belong to,
it had found him— a hand had reach- would have exposed the rebels to my boy?" asked the old soldier
ed down from the wagon, and the the danger of weakening their front thoughtfully. This may prove to be
next instant the boy, drum and all, so greatly, as to make it easy for a serious matter for you, or for some-
were jerked upward, and placed be- "
General Meade to cut oft' the flanking body.
side the driver. force. Hence, a battle being de- "Oh, divil a serious matter at all
Tony regarded the powerful man termined on, there was no alternative will it be for ye, me boy," exclaimed
with a look of astonishment. but to attack the Federal position Tim, quickly; "we'll see to all that;
" There's no use in gettin' killed directly in front. but who did they belong to, jist ther
when you won't be even so much as For once, then, in the history of same?"'
thanked for it," said the driver, the Army of the Potomac, the enemy " A wounded drummer boy who
" time enough for that when you in accepting the guage of combat was was brought to our house early in
can't help yourself." compelled to fight at a disadvantage. the evening." )
" What, was I likely to get killed Tony could neither see nor under- "This case ought to be reported tS
where I was standing?" asked Tony. stand all this, but he did see, and he the officers at once," said the old
" Well, I reckon," was the reply, could interpret the exultant looks soldier.
then regarding the boy curiously; which animated the countenances of " To the deuce wid the oflBcers !
" What regiment and corps do you all about him. And a thrill of ex- Corporal Snowden, shure, 'tis yerself
belong to ?" citement agitated his own breast, that knows they've got something of
" What did you say, sir ?" and he longed to take some other more importance than this b'y to
" I asked what was your com- part in the great drama about to think av jist now."
mand ?" open, than that of a mere spectator. "You're right there, Tim, so they .
: " " " " " "

have. Still, we ought not to lose world is he doing round here in that " What hind of a looking man was
sight of the lad." uniform, I'd like to know." it?"
"Av course not. We'll keep him "Yes," said Sergeant Small, turn- Tony, to the best of his ability,
will our comijany. Shure, 'tis an il- ing to Snowden, "where did you pick described the correspondent.
igant soldier I'll make av him, if he's up the lad, corporal ? Let's know all "Ah! I think I know who he
only put in me charge. about it. means," exclaimed Corjioral Snow-
"Yes," said the corporal, "we'll "Listen to me, sergeant, darlint," pen, suddenly.
keep him with iis; come on, boy," exclaimed Tim Cooney, as he eagerly "Well?" said the Cairtain.
and as they hurried him along: "By- pressed his way forward; "it's well "I'm pretty sure it was Byington
the-way, what's your name?" acquainted I am wid the lad, and 1 of the New York Tribiine. I saw
"Tonv." can tell ye his story as aisy as ther him start out in the early part of the
"Tony what?" praste can say mass. Hear me now." night and he took that direction."
" Tibbits, sir, Tony Tibbits." "Hold up a moment,will you, Tim ? "You must be right," said the
"Tony Tibbits!" exclaimed the The only trouble with you is that Captain musingly, "he probably
Irishman; "shure, thin, it's an ili- you ain't a priest yourself; you were wanted help to repair the telegrapjti
gant name, almost as foine as me own, surely cut out for one." wires, and so sent to the general for
and that's Tim Oooney, all the "It's right ye are, sergeant. Shure it."
worruld over. I have an iligant gift av the gab, an' "But about the boy, Captain dar-
" And if the world don't know it, would have made a foine praste in- lint,"put in Tim, with the greatest
it won't be your fault, Tim," laughed tirely but, murther, phat would Mrs.
; assurance in the world, " Shure we
the corporal. Cooney and the gorsoons have done may kape him?"
"Yer niver said a thruer word in thin, I dunno?" "I don't know about that," answer-
your corporal."
loife, "That's more than I can tell you. ed the Captain, slowly. "If I un-
^—By this time the trio had reached But come, let's hear what the cor- derstand the matter rightly, he's le-
a somewhat secluded nook on the poral has to say." gally bound to this farmer until
hillside, where a portion of a regi- In a few words Corporal Snowden he's twenty-one, and the master or
ment had installed itself, and seemed, told all he knew about Tony and sat- guardian could come and demand
in a desultory sort of way, to be pre- isfactorily accounted for the manner him of us at any time."
paring breakfast. in which he had come into possess- " No fear of his coming for the
" How are you, corporal halloo,— ion of the driun. Then, without in- next two or three days, at least,"
Tim, me boy 1" called out at least a vitation, Tim told a beautiful ro- said Tim, "an' after that he might
dozen voices, and then some one mance about the young adventurer, have a hard job huntin' us up, I'm
asked and wound up by proposing that the thinkin'."
" Where did you pick up the kid?" company should formally adopt him, "And I fancy," said Corporal
"Is that yerself, Billy Duffy?" and that he should at once be in- Snowden, "that Uncle Sam needs his
said Tim; "thin jist Ink at him an' stalled as their drummer. services quite as much as this hard
tell me is he an old soldier or not ?" "The very thing!" exclaimed fisted farmer, and for that matter, is
"He's a plaguey young soldier, I Steve Hughes, "for you know that quite as much entitled to them."
should say," laughed Sergeant our drummer is in the hospital, and "There's much truth in that. Cor-
Small, who just tihen was preparing is to receive hii> ili-'scbarge for disa- poral," rejoined the captain, approv-
to swallow a cup hot coffee.
>'i>f he hasn't "J^ot it alreiidy."
bility, if ingly, then turning to Tony:
"Av course he's young," assented "True enough," said Sergeant "How is it, my boy, had you rath-
Tim, but that ain't phat I mean at all, Small; "but then, as I understand it, er go back to the farm, or stay 'with
for, d'ye see, Peter Small, he may be the boy don't know any more about us?"
a young b'y and yet an old soldier. drumming than a mule about sacred "Stay with you a hundred times
Phat de ye say, Billy Duffy ?" music." over," was the earnest reply.
"He looks as though he'd seen "That don't make any difference," "Think seriously, my boy, a sol-
service," said Billy, with a wise nod said Phil McGiveney, quickly; "he dier's life is full of hardships and
of the head. shall know all about it in less than a dangers, then —
"An' you, Stephen Hui^hes ?" week; I'll teach him myself." "It's a glorious life, sir," inter-
"He's got the right color on him," "What, you, Phil?" rupted Tony eagerly, "and I should
answered Stephen, critically. "Of course; didn't I make a musi- be fighting for my country."
"I'd like to see how he handles the cian of my own boy, and can't I do "Well said," murmured Corporal
drumsticks before I give an opinion," as well by another?" Snowden, with an approving nod.
said Phil McGiveney, " I've a boy of " That settles it," cried Duffy; "But listen," urged the Captain,
TBe own about his age, and if he can't "run the kid over to Professor Mc- "even now you can hear the sounds
knock Hail Columbia and Yankee Giveney at once. that herald death to some one ; and
Doodle out of a drum in less time and "What's all this talk about ?" ask- look around you, at this very mo-
in better style than any other drum- ed a fine looking officer, of some ment, on every hand, you see thou-
mer in the army, why, I wouldn't say twenty-six or seven years, as he now sands hurrying to their fate.''
so, that's all." approached the group. "No matter," said Tony firmly, "it
" Yes, yes," cried Tommy Glynn, Sergeant Small started to his feet, may as well be me as they. If I die,
and at least half a dozen others,"let's and with a military salute entered I shall die in a good cause; if I live,
see how he can handle the sticks. into an explanation. I shall be proud of the choice I make
Come, bub, just hammer away for us "Hum," said Captain Ellsworth, this day."
a little." when he had finished. " I've Leard "Enough, you shall be one of us,
"Give the sheepskin fits, me boy, something about this boy before, I and if Farmer Gripper institutes a
said Jimmy Keenan, with an encour- fancy." Then turning to Tony: search for you, I fancy, from what.I
aging nod and a wink. " Did you enter our lines in the night know of these brave boys, that it
^ "I can pound hard enough, if that's with a note for the general ?" will be no easy task to find you."
all you want," said Tony, grasping " Yes, sir. was the prompt reply. "Arrah ! jist let him come," said
the two sticks; "but as for making "Who sent you?" asked the Cap- Tim, "Sure, its a foine scare we'll
any music, I can't do it. I never had tain. give him."
a drum or a pair of drumsticks in my "A man who came to our house on "By Jove ! I hope he will," chuck-
hands before to-day in all my life.'' horseback, sir." led Duffy, rubbing his hands togeth-
"What's that he says ?" demanded " Where is your house ?" ei-.

Joe O'Brien; "never had hold of a " Down the creek apiece Farmer — "Then that's settled," said the
drum before? Then what in the Gripper's place, sir." captain, and I leave the young re-
! —

cruit for you to look after, boys. See to gain a commanding position from "O," boys, the most elegant piece j

that he doesn't sufler in your hands." which to repel the rebel attack. of fighting you ever saw in your
"All right, captain," and as Ran- Bigelow's Massachusett's battery ac- lives. Sickles' corps is in for it hot
dal Ellsworth turned away, Sergeant companied him. and heavy, and they want help the
Small called out, General Sickles' position was un- worst way. I wish the colonel would
"Tony, my boy, I'll bet a Scotch fortunately too far from the main let us take a hand."

shilling— and that's a big one that line to be promptly or immediately "Arrah, now, Sergeant darlint,"
you haven't had bite nor sup since supported by the second or Fifth cried Tim Cooney, "just spake to the
yon woke this morning." corps. captain, af he axes it as a favor,
"You're right, sir," answered General Meade saw this and sought shure, the colonel won't refuse."
Tony, casting a wistful glance at Sickles at once, and discussed with "I'll do it," said Sergeant Small,
him the ijropriety of falling back to " but I fear its of no use. It's irreg-
some hard-tack and a few other sol-
diers' delicacies which were scatter- the line of his supports; but the ular, you see."
ed around. enemy had perceived his exposed At that moment the ca]>tain and
"Come and sit down beside me position, and were rushing forward several other officers approached.
then and help yourself, lad." to the attack in heavy force, about The Sergeant at once made known
Tony obeyed with alacrity, and for twenty-six thousand men being the wishes of his comrades.
the next few minutes was too busy thrown at once upon this single Captain Ellsworth shook his head.
to answer half the questions that corps. "No use," he said, "the regiment,
were rained upon him by the boys. Very early in the engagement Gen- will have enough to do by-and-by,
eral Sickles was severely wounded, I'm thinking; still, if you wish it,
and Major General Birney took com- I'll speak to the colonel." _^
CHAPTER V. mand oif the coi-ps, and retained it, "Then spake at onct, captain, dar-
DESPEEATE FIGHTJNG TDM COONEY tfiough himself wounded soon after. lint," said Tim, "for see, sure, he's
After a brave and determined re- comin' now."
sistance, the corps was forced back; As the colonel came up, the cap-
HoUE after hour passed, and still and the enemy, flushed with success, tain referred to him the singular re-
Tony and his new friends remained pressed forward with all their might quest of his men.
out of harm's way in the sheltering for the high ground between 'Round "No use," exclaimed the colonel,
nook. Top and Little Round Top. If they promptly; " 'twouldn't do at all
The inaction of the rebel army could reach and hold this they woiUd can't think of it for a moment. Meade
seemed providential. Had the con- be able to command the Federal will see that Sickles' corjjs don't suf-
test been renewed in earnest at day- position on Cemetery Hill. fer."
light, with the first and eleventh The struggle was fierce and des- "Arrah now, colonel," began Tim,
corps exhausted by the battle and perate, and, for nearly four hours, in a wheedling voice.
the subsequent retreat, the third victory seemed poised in the balance. "Well, I don't know," continued
and twelfth weary from their forced Bigelow's battery, which had not the colonel, with a grim smile; "if
march, and the second, fifth and previously been under fire, occupied you're all so mighty anxious to get
sixth not yet arrived, nothing but a an exposed positiini, and the rebels killed, if there were any other troops
miracle could have saved the army seemed determimid to take it. Major about here moving to the support of
from destruction. McGilvraj", who commanded the ar- the Third Corps, why, you might
Instead of this, as we have seen, tillery on the left, ordered Captain join them without attracting atten-
the day dawned, the sun rose, the Bigelow to hold his position till he tion."
cool hours of morning passed, and could get up two batteries on the ."See, colonel !" exclaimed Cor-
the forenoon wore away, with no se- ridge, and to give the rebels grave poral Snowden, "two divisions of our
rious aggressive movement on the and canister. corps and the Sixth there are just
part of the enemy. Thus, time was Captain Bigelow obeyed, and as moving toward Little Round Top;
given for the absent half of the the rebels came up to the very muz- we can easily join them."
Union army to arrive and take their zles of'his cannon to capture them, "Well, if Captain Ellsworth ap-
place in the lines, while the rest of he blew them to pieces, and filled the proves, you may go."
the troops enjoyed a much needed air with the scattered fragments of "Hurrah for the Colonel !" and
half day's rest. their bodies. with three ringing cheers, the brave
It was not until two o'clock in the Still they rushed on with demoniac boys fell into rank, and with Ells-
afternoon that Sedgwick arrived yells, climbing upon the limbers, and worth at their head, hastened to join «
with the sixth corps. He had march- shooting the horses,but Bigelow held the moving divisions.
ed thirty-two miles since nine o'clock ouj though nearly all his horses were In addition to the Sixth Corps, and
in the morning of the day before. killed, five of his sergeants dead, the two divisions of the Twelfth,
It was only on his arrival that the and three of his cajanouers and twen- Doubleday's division of the First
Federal army attained anything like ty-two of his men wounded, and him- Corps, the Second and part of the
an equality of numbers with that of self shot through the side, till the Fifth came to the assistance of the
the rebels pitted against it. booming of the guns from the ridge Third, and after nearly three hours
At length, between three and four told that McGilvray had planted his of the hardest fightiny ui the war,
o'clock in the afternoon, the work of batteries. He then brought off five succeeded in repulsing the enemy,
death began. The Federal batteries of his limbers and two of his guns, who had at one time gained possess-
in front of the rebel line of fire re- dragging them in part by hand. ion of the summit of Little Round
plied vigorously; and for two hours The rebels rushed forward, seized Top.
the roar and thunder, and flame, and the four jjieces with loud shouts, and From this point they were driven
smoke of artillery so completely fill- came on for new triumphs, but McGil- by Ellsworth's company and Craw-
ed the heavens that all else seemed vray' s batteries drove them back ford's division,who, cnmingup fresh,
forgotten. with terrible slaughter, and a fresh charged upon them with great fury,
At length through the woods on division coming up to reinforce the drove them down the rocky front of
the left black masses were seen mov- third corps, charged upon the rebels that hill, across the valley below,

ing larger, more frequent, and and recaptured the guns. over the next hill and into the woods
nearer It was at this moment that Larry beyond, taking over three hundred
Skirmishing in that part of the O'Brien and Jim Pender, both of prisoners.
field became sharper. Captain Ellsworth's company,rushed In this fearful charge it was that
General Sickles moved forward to in among their comrades, and with Tony Tibbits for the first time in his
develop the enemy s intentions and one breath exclaimed: young life saw what real fighting
: " "


through ther foight, an' I predict of Ewell's troops to the west and
it was he learned to love
was; then all
the b'y will prove an honor to me northwest of the town of Gettysbtirg,
and respect every man with whom
sagacity; shure there's not a doubt the enemy remained quiet till one
his lot had been so suddenly and
av o'clock in the afternoon, when they
strangely cast. it.
opened fire with one hundred and
He saw Captain Randal Ellsworth
twenty-five to one hundred and fifty

cheer on his men, and noted that not


CHAPTER VI. guns on the centre and left, the posi-

for one single instant did he shrink
tion of General Hancock's corps,
from danger. He saw that the friend- THE GEEAT VICTORY AT GETTTS-
which from the want of natural de-
ly sergeant and corporal were both BUKG.
fenses, was the weakest portion of
great warriors, a host in themselves,
EwELL, operating against the ex- the Federal lines.
and that the two O'Briens, Diifly,
Phil McGiveney, Tim Cooney, treme right of the Federals, which The Federal batteries, fully equal
had been weakened by the withdraw- in number and caliber, replied
Hughes, Glynn and all the others
were in their native element when al 'of troops sent over to support the promptly, and for the next two hours
the fight was hottest aud blood was left, had succeeded in gaining a foot- the earth fairly shook xinderthe feet
flowing most freely. hold within a portion of the Union of the two armies with the terrible


lines near Spangler's Spring. This concussion.

Then he forgot everything every-
thing but the light, and casting aside was the only advantage obtained by The air seemed filled with iron
HIS drum, which a half dozen shots the rebels to compensate them for missiles, and the forest trees on both
liad rendered useless, he picked up the terrible disasters of the day, and sides were riven, torn and splintered,
-a rifle, the use of which he well un- of this they were destined to be soon as if struck by lightening.
^ijTstood, and went in with the rest deprived. At last the Federal troops ceased
in dead earnest. Duriug the night General Meade, to reply, not from any disposition to
this time the fighting was fear-
At determined to dislodge Ewell from yield, or from lack of ammunition, but
his position, and as a matter of per- •to compel the rebels to a further de-
ful in the extreme, and the Union
troops were doing terrible work; but sonal honor assigned the task to monstration.
the rebel General Barksdale was seen General Slocum, who had previously They were not slow in making it.
disheart- held the same place. Pickett's division, the elite of Long-
to fall; then thoroughly
ened and driven back with severe A division of the Sixth Corps was street's corps, which had not yet
loss,the rebels made no further at- stationed on the right of the Twelfth, been under fire in this battle, was
tempt on the Federal left wing. Slocum's, thus forming the extreme advanced, and supported by three
But now word was passed that the outpost of the right wing. The Fifth brigades from two divisions of Hill's
Twelfth Corps was in danger, and Corps was sent over as a reserve, and corps.
Captain Ellsworth with his company, General Wadsworth's division of the They moved steadily forward for
First Corps took position to strength- nearly half a mile, intending evi-
which had suffered severely, has-
en Howard's right where it joined dently to carry the Federal lines by
tened to rejoin his regiment.
Slocum's left. assault; when having arrived within
It was time.
These were the preliminaries. short range the artillery opened on
The rebel commaiiding general was ,

now determined t-> break through The men well kView the fearful them with grape, canister, and shell.
the right and gain the central one of called to ^^erform, and nerved their They hesitated for a moment, then
hearts to the perilous task. with tremendous yells rushed on
the valley roads.
The next morning at four o'clock, till, when within a short distance of
The failure of his troops to turn
the lines, they were received with a
the left, the snatching of the victory, Slocum's line opened a terrific
enemy re- most deadly and destructive fire of
as it were, from their very clutches, on Ewell's men. The
aud the hurling back of their broken sponded in a furious charge— per-
columns, defeated and in confusion, haps the most furious ever made on a
Under this they reeled and stag-
gered, and a part rushing up to the
made the case more desperate; and field of battle.
With fiendish yells and seeming Federal lines threw down their arms,
so the attack on Slocum was furious
contempt of death, during six full and surrendered, while the remainder
even to madness.
turned and
But shortly after Ellsworth's men hours, they hurled their solid masses fled.

had joined their regiment the First against the well-defended lines. Two brigades of Doubleday's di-
Tlie Federal troops stood like a vision sprang foward, and each cap-
and "Sixth Corps came ap to the sup-
tured more than eight hundred pris-
port of the Twelfth, aud sustained it wall of fire, whose flaming tongues
combat. inwrapped in death whatever came oners, aud the other brigades took
in au unyielding
considerable numbers. Fifteen stands
Until half past nine o'clock the near, whose foundations were as
of colors were also taken by the
battle raged with uumitigated fierce- firm as if one with the primal rock
the Federal troojjs.
ness, the lines moved to and fro, on which they rested.
each in turn advancing and falling Nothing during the war had equal- Over one third of the rebels en-
back. ed this six hours of carnage. In gaged in this assault were left upon
At this hour of the night the en- front of Geary's position were more the field, and three thousand more
emy made his final charge on the left rebel dead than the number of the were taken prisoners. One of their
of the right wing held by General entire list of casualities in the twelfth generals was killed, and four more
Geasy'S division. He was repulsed corps. They lay in bloody mounds, weunded— two of them mortally.
with terrible slaughter, and refused some pierced with a single bullet- On the Federal side the loss had
to renew the attack. wound, others torn and mangled in been much less, but Major General
At ten o'clock the battle ceased, the most frightful manner. Hancock and Brigadier General Gib-
and for a time peaceful quiet reigned Before half-past ten o'clock, Slo- bon were severely, and Generals
. over the field of carnage. cum had repulsed and driven back Warren and Hunt slightly wounded.
Ellsworth's men now had a little the foe at every point, and reoccu- Of course this closed the battle in
this part of the field, as there was no
time to rest, and Corporal Snowden, pied his original position. As they
placing his hand kindly on Tony's fell back, a battery on the Baltimore probability of rallying these broken
head, said turnpike plowed through the ene- and disheartened troops for another
"You made no mistake, my brave my's lines with shot and shell hurl- attack.
boy, you were cut out for a soldier, ed over the heads of the twelfth But Longstreet had not relinquish-
if ever boy was yet. corps, and made terrible havoc in ed the hope of effecting a lodgment
"Thrue for ye, Corporal Snowden," their ranks. of his troops upon Round Top or
exclaimed Tim Cooney, who was Ellsworth's brave boys now had a Round Top. Hood's aud Mo-
standing near; "I had me eye on him breathing spell, for after the retreat Laws' divisions of his corps, while


the fight with the Federal center " I could im.agine," he said, "no- the shade of a clump of trees, at the
was progressing, assaulted these thing more terrible than the silent rear of the camp, and at some distance
points with great vigor in front, indications of agony that marked the from the rest.
and at the same time Longstreet sent features of the pale corpses which Suddenly, on looking up, Tony saw
an infantry force with two or three lay at every step. Though dead and two persons advancing to their quar-
batteries, to a point nearly two miles rigid in e very muscle, they still writh- ters, one from his neat uniform it
southwest of Bound Top, with orders ed and seemed to turn to catch the was easy to see was the orderly of
to press foward and turn the flank of passing breeze for a cooling breath. some general, the other wore
the sixth corps, so as to fall upon the Staring eyes, gaping mouth, clinched plain clothes of a country farmer.
Federal rear and secure its trains of hands, and strangly contracted limbs, As the boy caught sight of the
ammunition, which were packed be- seemingly drawn into the smallest latter's face he uttered an exclama-
hind Bound Top. compass as if by a mighty effort to tion of alarm.
They were, as they thought, mak- rend asunder some irresistible bond His comrades turned quickly and
ing good progress in this movement, which held them down to the torture asked to know what was the mat-
when they suddenly found them- of which they died. ter.
selves confronted by two brigades of " One sat against a tree, and, with " Gripper," gasped Tony, "he
Kilpatrick's division of cavalry. mouth and eyes wide open, looked come to take me away.
A engagement ensued, in
fierce up into the sky as if to catch a glimpse " " demanded
Where is the griper ?
which the rebel batteries were of its own fleeting spirit. Another Jim Keegan savagely. *' Just let I

silenced, and the infantry driven clutched the branch of an overhang- me get a-hold of him, and I'll show '

back to their original position in ing tree, and hung half suspended, him what a griper is." ^^
front of Bound Top, and the Penn- as if in death he had raised himself " Don't talk so loud, Jim," whi^-*}
sylvania Beserves charged upon partly from the ground. Another ered Tony, " he'll hear you and then
them, capturing the battery, taking had grasped his faithful musket, and it will be all day with me— sure." ^

three hundred prisoners, and five the compression of his mouth told of " Pshaw! " laughed Jimmy, " don't •

thousand stand of arms. a determination which would have bother your liead about him, the boys •

At the same time. General Gregg, been fatal to a foe had life ebbed a iiever'U let him get away with you in \
with his division of cavalry, who had minute later. Another clung with the world."
held a position on the extreme right, both hands to a bayonet which was " I don't know about that," mut- J?
crossed the Baltimore and Bonaugh- buried in the ground. Great numbers tered Tony, with a sorrowful shake *
town road, and successfully attacked lay in heaps, just as the fire of the of the head, " I'm worth a good deal
Stuart's cavalry and Ewell's force artillery mowed them down, mangled to him and he won't go away without !

on the left and rear. their forms into almost indistinguish- me if he can possibly help himself." '

The great battle was over. Thwart- able mass." "Ah! but that's just it he can't —
ed at every point, his eftbrts to pene- Tony Tibbits saw all this and more. help himself."
trate and destroy the Federal army No wonder then, taking into consid- " Hark! " exclaimed Joe, " there's
all defeated, with nearly one third of eration all he had previously passed Snowden, Lairy, and Tim Cooney,
his whole force either killed or pris- through on Ilia, bloody field, since the farmer and orderly are going to
oners, his ammunition and supjjlies leaving the farmer s house, that, at speak to them. Let's hear what
nearly exhausted, the rebel com- one bound, so to speak, he became they've got to say," and cautiously
manding general sullenly drew back transformed from a diffident country bending forward, they all listened.
to his intreuchments, and ordered boy to a brave and thorough soldier. "Corporal, here's a man who wants
the gathering up of such of his —
to see your captain Ellsworth I be-
wounded as could be most readily GHAPTEE lieve," said the orderly. "He has
moved. The rebel troops which had particular business with him."
hitherto occupied the town and the GILES GRIPPEE GETS INTO HOT "Ah!" responded Snowden, who at
tract southeast of it, moved during WATEE. once suspected the farmer's identity,
the night to Seminary ridge. For two days after the battle the "very sorry that Captain Ellsworth
During the same night, the Fede- greater part of the Federal army re- is not about —
off on si>ecial service,
ral army, worn out with the stress of mained on the field of Gettysburg, you know."
the terrible combat, bivouacked in its and the Twentieth Connecticut Vol- "Well, I suppose one of lieuten-"

position; the men dropping in their unteers, the regiment of which Ean- ants would do as well
places and sleeping. dal Ellsworth's company formed a the orderly.
Before the sun rose on the morning part, occupied a position near the "That's bad again, our first lieuten-
of the fourth, Lee had decamped with spot where Tony Tibbits had first ant was seriously wounded in the ,

his whole army toward the Potomac. found it. late battle and is now in hospital, I

Details of Federal soldiers were at The boy had quickly won his way the second lieutenant is busy making
once made to bury the dead. Along to the heart of every member of the out a report and as he don't like the
the Union lines and down the slope in company, they would gladly have business, and has got the temper of
front, especially in front of the point made a pet of him had he not resent- a fiend, it would be about as much .'

where Ellsworth's men had been sta- ed the idea and shown them conclu- as any man's life is worth to disturb ;

tioned, the ground was strewn with sively that he wanted to be treated him." I

corpses, many of them already black- as a man, and do a man's whole duty. "Oh Lord! don't disttirb him on '

ened and swollen, some still in striking This manly bearing of the brave any account then," exclaimed the
attitudes. Here a soldier had evident- young drummer boy only increased farmer hastily.
ly been engaged in trying to save the the love and respect his comrades felt "Hum," said the orderly, "at least
lifeof a wounded comrade by binding for him, and so, by the time the great you must have some officer about
a handkerchief about the shattered battle was fairly fought and won, who cau give the man the informal.,,
limb, but was shot, and, falling on they were ready to do anything in tion he seek. Of course its no busi- !

his wounded companion, both had the world for him. ness of mine, but you see, I was sent ,

died together. It was the second day after the by General Slocum, and I dare say
Tony, who with Corporal Snowden

battle, all the work assigned to the he'llwant me to make some kind of
had accompanied the detail from his Twentieth had been performed and a report. Where's your first Ser-
regiment, beheld this and many other Ellsworth's boys, in common with geant—Thompson, Brown, or what- I-
fearful spectacles, and as he gazed the rest of the regiment, were " tak- ever his name is?"
about him he could have recognized ing things easy." "It happens to be Small Pete —
the truthfulness of the picture drawn Tony, Joe O'Brien, Jim Keegan, si
Small, since the charge we made on
by a certain ofiicer there. and one or two others, were lying in Little Bound Top, when the rebels
" — " ! " " " —
held possession of the summit "What's that you say?" claimed the farmer fiercely, "then
there. The corporal drew nearer, and what d'ye take me for, any way ?"
i "Ah! your orderly was killed gazed earnestly into his face. "A spy! a spy!" shouted the
then'" "The more I look at you," he said boys.
"Yes, and Sergeant Small was pro- gravely," the better I am satisfied "Yes," added Snowden, "and the
moted to be orderly Sergeant, and I that I've heard of you before." worst kind of a spy too for he would ;
was advanced a peg or two myself. "What d'ye mean, sir?" asked have betrayed us when we had just
Peter's first sergeant, and I'm first Gripper with a bewildered and star- saved his home and fields from pil-
corporal now." tled look. lage, think of it !"
"Well, can we set "O, nothing—that is, you'll learn
Small?" fast enough when the sergeant
"Why— yes, I think so." Then
turning to Tim Cooney with a sly "Good Lord what mess have I
wink, got into now?" groaned the unhap- THE FAEMEE IS TRIED, AND SENTEN-
"Tim, old boy, go fetch the ser- py farmer. CED TO BE BUUEIED AXIVE.

geant. But wait a moment; who The corporal with an impenetra-
shall I say wants to see him?" ble look, shook his head. "That's a dnmed lie any how,"
"Giles Gripper," answered the "Why the deuce don't yer speak ?" exclaimed the farmer angrily, "yer
farmer, "and you may as well say snapped Gripper. Then brightening didn't save either ther house or fields
that I've come about a boy, who, I up a little, "But confound it all, I from pillage, an' ther very wust
^yiderstand, has enlisted in this com- hain't done nothin', all I want's my thieves that carried ofl'my property
j^Miiy —
the little scamp want's to rob boy, an' him I'm goin' ter have, I war men, who claimed ter be Union

me of his time the rascally villain." reckon if there's any law in the soldiers."
"Oh, the dhirty spalpeen!" ex- land." "Well," said the sergeant, "if any
claimed Tim, "Phat's the name ov Snowden made no answer, and a men have misconducted themselves
him?" minute or two later. Sergeant Small about your place they were not
"Tony Tibbets," answered the far- and quite a number of the boys Union soldiers, though they may
mer, "and he's no more fit to go to came up. have pretended to be such. But

war than I am no! I don't mean The sergeant had a slip of paper that's not to the point, the question

that than my old woman is." in his hand, which, after regarding now is, what punishment shall we in-
"Well, sor, I'll call the sergeant the farmer attentively for a moment flict —
on you a miserable spy.
and a few more besides, I'm thinkin' " or 80, he referred to, "It's a durned lie, I tell yer,"
muttered Tim, sotto voce, as he moved "Ah you are Giles Gripper, a far-
! cried the farmer, "I'm as good a
away. mer in this neighborhood?" he said Union as any o' yer, and love my
"Have you such a boy in yonr sharply at last. country just as well.
company as he describes, corporal?" "Yes, sir," faltered the poor farm- "Ah, phat are ye givin' us, yer
asked the orderly. er, who didn't know what to make of dirty divil ?" growled Tim. "If ye
"Let me see," mused Snowden, what was going on. ,
war that, ye'd be in the army, wear-
"Tibbits— Tony Tibbits. About how "And you gained admission within in' a blue coat, an' wid a good mus-
old should you say, sir?" our lines on the pretext that you ket or rifle over your shoulder, so
"Wal, may be fourteen," said the wanted to find a boy, who, as I un- yer would.
farmer, "p'r'aps a leetle more." derstand it, you claim, was bound to "Everybody can't fight," retorted
"Hum! I fancy there was a boy of you by the town authorities?" Gripper, "some must stay home, and
that description who came into our "Of course, that's it exactly." raise stuff for you sojers ter eat."
quarters during the night, after the "Hum, a very ingenious storj', Mr. "Arroh, go ''way wid yer, there'd
first day's fight." Gripper." always be cowards enough for ther
1 "Ah! and he's with you now?" "What, sir?" likes o' that."
said the orderly quickly. "A very ingenious story, I say. "Sergeant," said Larry O'Brien,
"It may be so." But, sir, let me tell you, we're up to suddenly and in a serious tone, "I'd
"Then, Mr. Gripper," continued all such dodges. And whatever just like to know what all this talk
the orderly, turning to the farmer, you've done in other parts of the is about any way. This man is either
"I don't see as I can be of any fur- army, you can't fool us. We know a spy or he is not a spy. If the first,
±her use to you, and so, as I've much you." he ought to be hung at once, if the
to look after, at headquarters, I'll "Good Lord What do you mean ?"
! last, we ought to send him home to
bid you good day. Good day, cor- "Mean What do you suppose we
! his old woman with the least possible
poral, good day, comrades," and he mean ? We understand your little delay."
was gone. —
game that's all. The fact is, you've "That's the talk that's the talk !"

"Nice likely fellow, that," said the played it once too often." went up from a dozen ai)proving
farmer approvingly; "reckon he'll "Played it too often ? Played what voices.
be a general some day, sure." too often?" "Then I reckon yer'd better let me
"Very likely," replied Snowden "This lost boy business. We know go right straight away," exclaimed
dryly, "that's the kind of timber what your real business is within our the farmer eagerly.
the government makes geneials out lines. "Hold up Not so fast, my man,"

of," and he cast a furtive glance in "Sir!" said the sergeant sternly. "Tim, are
the direction Tim had taken. "How much did you expect to get all the witnesses here?"
But Tim did not seem to be in any from Lee for the information, you "Yes, sir, ivery mother's sou av
hurry to return, neither did Sergeant were going to send him to-day, eh ?" thim."
Small show up." For a moment the poor farmer "Then bring up the first."
Farmer Gripper began to grow im- seemed completely dumbfounded. At "Here he is, sor, John Faulkner,
patient. length he managed to gasp out who, loike ther great Gineral Wash-
"What in thunder's the matter "Lee I never had anything to do
! ington himself, niver told a loi."
with all you sojers?" he growled, with Lee in all my life. What're you "John," said the sergeant, in a
"a pesky lazy lot seems ter me." any way ?"
drivin' at, magisterial tone, "do you know the
"Don't get impatient, sir," srtid "Ofconi'sc yon ileiiy it, but weun- —
prisoner at the bar? Ahem I wish !

Corporal Snowden jneaiiiii.<;l\ "l>er- ,

to goodness there was a bar here,
haps the sergeant will get hci » quite "(_>f ((iiirsc, of ((iiiisc," went up I say, do you know him ?"
as soon as you'll care to see him, from tlie altciitivc crowd. "i do, sir," responded Johnny
after all." "You umlerstaiid, do you ?" ex- promptly.
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"Where did you ever see him be- you're a gettin' off ? I never was in and good address? for in truth these
fore ?" that miserable little State of Con- things do count with the Yankees,
"Down by the spring yonder, just necticut in all my life, and what's there's no denying it."
more, never expect te be there, " And then our friend here
before dark last evening.
"Ah 1 And what was he doing either. straightened himself up and striking
there?" "You're more than half right, any- his manly bosom with his shapely
"lie was whispering to a soldier." way, I suspect, old man," said Larry right hand, said:
"He was Anything else ?"
! O'Brien, with a chuckle; "the fact " 'General Lee, I am not, I believe,,
"I saw him offering the soldier is, you won't live to get so far as a vain man, but I know my merits,
money. Connecticut. both of person and mind. If I am.
"Oho trying to corrupt one of
1 "What's that you say?" handsome, 'tis as God made me, and
our noble^comrades. But of course "Silence in the court!" said Ser- as for my address, deign to remember
the brave defender of our country geant Small, sternly. "Go on with that I have always associated with
rejected the filthy lucre with scorn, your testimony, Mr. Duffy." gentlemen. In short, I am just the
eh?" "Am I to tell all I to tell all I know man you want; I will undertake the
"Not much, sir; he pocketed the about the prisoner?" important mission. One by one I will
greenback so quick it fairly made me "Certainly, everything." bring ofl' the whole Union army, 1
wink." "Well, sir, this man is not at all swear it!' "
"Ah ! I see, the prisoner is an old what he seems. "Good heavens, what an awful
sinner. He knows how to corrupt "What! how's that?" plot!" exclaimed the sergeant, roll-
the innocent." "He is acting a part when he ing his eyes upward in holy horror.
At this point the boys, with one claims to be. a farmer. He was act- "Terrible!" murmured Snowdon.^
accord, sent up a dismal groan— they ing a part when he was in Connecti- and O'Brien.
saw no chance of being "corrupted" cut, more than a year ago." The rest of the boys indulged in
just then. "Acting a part! who is he then?" another dismal groan.
"Is that John?" asked the
all, "In pointof fact, he's a lieutenant- "You understand it all now," Duffy
sergeant. "Didn't you catch any general in the Confederate army!" continued, "Lee gladly accepted his
words that passetl between the plot- "Oh, what a lie!" groaned Grip- proposition and so you see how he
ters?" per. happens to be among us. 1 tell you,
"O yes, I heard this man say,
sir, "And the bosom friend of General sergeant and comrades, this thing
'you must find a chance to smuggle Lee," added Duffy. strikes right home to us. After car-
me in some time to-night,' and the "That's another whopper; never rying oft' the Lord only knoMS how
soldier said, 'that may be difficult,' saw Lee in all my life, I tell yer." many of our brave boys, he under-
then, after a moments thought, this "This is getting serious," said the takes to deplete our own company!"
one said something about bringing sergeant, with a solemn shake of the —
"Ah! I see I understand," ex-
some one out to him." head. "Are you sure of what you claimed the sergeant, "and of course
"I see, I see!" exclaimed the ser- say, comrade?" he's communicating with Lee all the
geant; "there was another, probably "Certainly," was Billy's unblush- time, eh?"
an officer, concerned in the plot. Is ing answer; "and it so happens I am "O, of course," said Billy, readily
that all?" able to fully account for his being taking the hint, "and there's where
"Yes, sir." here at this moment. more of his ingenious and diabolical

"Step down that is, stand to one "We are listening." work comes in. How do you think
side. Bring on the next witness, "Well, sir, it grew oiit of a serious he does it?"
sheriff —
I mean Tim. conference between him and Lee. He "Hum, can't say. Evidently^he's
"Here he is, sir, Billy Duffy." saw that the South could never whip got a head capable of plotting" any
"Well, William, look upon the us in the regular way, and at length deviltry."
prisoner and tell me, did you ever told Lee so. Then when the rebel "You're right there, as 1 shall pres-
see his face before?" commander-in-chief acknowledged ently prove."
"Think I have, yer honor," an- that he was right, and asked him "We're listening."
swered Billy, carelessly. what he would advise, he said: "Well he has a curious mongrel
"Ahl when and where?" " 'Let some officer with a pleasing cur that follows him about wherever
"He was jumping bounties in Con- person and good address disguise he goes, and when he's got anything
more than a year ago."
necticut, himself as a substantial Pennsylva- to communicate to his chief, he writes
"Ah-h-hi" exclaimed the ser- nia farmer, and make his way into iton thin paper, crams the paper into ~
geant. the Union lines. Then let him pick a piece of meat, makes the dog swal-
"O-o-o!" groaned the boys, and a out some boy and claim him as his low it whole, and posts him oft" to-
look of bewildered astonishment set- or bound apprentice, and get away find Lee, who, knowing the dodge,
tled on the face of the farmer. with him. When he's secured the gives the cur an emetic, and so makes
"Are you quite sure of what you first in this way, let him go back and him throw up his dispatches."
say?" asked the sergeant, seriously. secure another and another, usiug a Another groan from all the boys.
"Oh, yes," answered Billy, "I re- different disguise each time, if he "Sergeant with all due deference,
member him well. I have good cause likes. In that way, don't you see, I think we've heard enough to con-
to— he picked my pocket of a heavy we can soon carry off' the whole Union demn a dozen spies," said Cori)oral
gold hunting-case watch over on army, and at no great risk of being Snowden solemnly.
Grapevine Point one day. shot, either, which is a consideration "Indeed we have," assented the
"He did?" worthy of attention.' grave judge. "And now the only
"Yes, indeed, sir. You remember "You are the worst liar I ever thing left for us to do is to pass sen-
that watch, Jim Pender the one I — heard!" said the astonished farmer. tence."
lent you the night you went courting "Sir!" said Billy, with dignity. "Of course."
the ilillhouse avenue girl?" "Go on, Mr. Duffy," commanded "And that sentence must be "
"Oh, yes," said Jim, with an hon- the sergeant, "and tell us what Gen- "Death!" exclaimed the boys in a
est look, "I remember it very well." eral Lee said to the prisoner's sug- breath.
"Well, that's the watch he robbed gestion." "Ah! but this is an aggravated
me of, and I swore I'd be even with "He said, as he grasped the
pris- case," said Steve Hughes. "Hang-
him some day, and now the time has oner's hand ' :
dear general, I like ing's too good for such a man."
come. your idea very much ; but where in "You're quite right, Steve," nod-/
"Look-a-here," cried Gripper ner- the world can we find just the right ded the sergeant. "By what death
vously, "what's all this nonsense —
man I mean with a pleasing person shall he die then?
" ; " "" ""


There was a moment of unbroken gether. He was then wrapped up in won't I haunt 'em if she does ! That
and all looked toward Billy
silence, an army blanket, which was secured is, if I
Dufiy. by strings, the bandage, of course, "Lord ! how dark
here, an' it is
"1 have it! " exclaimed Billy at was still left over his eyes. how tight they crowded the earth
last. "Let's Iniry him alive!" "Now, then," said Duffy, when all down outer me. I can't move a peg.
"The very thins!" shouted the their arrangements were completed, I'd scarcely know I'd got any body-
boys. "We'll bury the oldspy alive!" " let's take him to the cave, it's more Thunder p'r'aps I hain't! Why,

like a grave than anything else, and of course not that is, I'm jist a

we can all set around and wake the spirit fastened up here somehow-
CHAPTEE IX. corpse." new born, so ter speak. But where
"Agreed!" and the unconscious am I ? can this be — .

farmer was conveyed to a low and "Hell !" exclaimed Duffy, in adeep
THE BOTTOMLESS BIT. dark cave at no great distance, where hollow voice.
"Let a dozen set to work at once he was carefully lain upon the ground. "Oh, Lord !" groaned poor Grip,
and dig a grave," commamded the "Now then," said Joe O'Brien, per, and again, from very fright, he
sergeant. "let's go away and leave him to him- became unconscious.
The boys rushed away with a shout self for awhile." This the boys quickly discovered,
Hiid the faimer pleaded in vain for "No, no! what's the use of that?" and some were for ending the farce
exclaimed Duffy, "Let's stay right before it became a tragedy. Bui
"Yer all wrong. I'm as good a here. If we fasten a blanket over Duffy pleaded for a little more fun
m:tii as any ov yer," he moaned. the entrance, he can't see us, even if and agreed, if the rest would see bin
>—v3^eii with another gasp, "Oh! what'll we take the bandage from his eyes. through it, to land the farmer plumi
ther old woman say when she hears "That's so," said the corporal, in his own bed before he awoke t(
of it!" "and if we stay and keep mighty the fact that he was still in the lane
But it was all of no use, the dig- quiet, we shall soon hear what he of the living.
ging went on steadily and soon the thinks of death and the other world. "Well, have it your own way," sale
grave was ready. Then they led the "That's all right," said Duffy; Sergeant Small, but keep quiet now
unhappy man to its bripk. "but I propose to get even more fun he's coming round again."
"Giles Gripxier, have you anything than that out of him. But you shall At that moment the farmer utterec
to say before we proceed to carry see for yourselves. Now then, hang a weary sigh, and then seemed to b(
outtlie just sentence that has been up a blanket, some of you, you can intently listening.
pronounced against you? " asked the drive a peg or two into the cracks —
" I heard it I surely heard it," h(
sergeant gravely. over the entrance there easy enough. at length muttered, "some darl
The farmer gazed upon the un- The down and keep quiet; he
rest sit —
spirit probably the evil one himsel
frioudly faces in the crowd which may come round at any moment now. answered very my and tok thoughts,
surrounded him, looked down into Nearly the whole company had by me I was in hell can it be possible!

the gaping grave at his feet, gave a this time crowded its way into the Is this indeed the bottomless pit int(
profound sigh, and then blurted out: cave,which was by no means a large wbich all the wicked are cast?"
"Go on with yerdurued old funeral one. The blanket was at last sus- "It is said Duffy, in the same dee]

reckon as how it'll save me burial pended over the opening, and every hollow voice in which he had before
expenses, any way." ray of light shut out, then Duffy re- spoken.
"What a hardened sinner!" groan- moved the handkerchief from the "Oh, Lord !" groaned the unhap
ed Corporal Snowden. farmer's eyes. py victim, "and why am I here ? I'v(
"What a precious old file!" mut- "Now," he whispered, "keep quiet been a church member for years an
tered Billy Dufify. ever mother's son of you; he'll be years."
"Better blindfold him, sergeant," coming round before you know it, and "Yes, and a most infernal hypo
suggested Jim Pender. I don't want th<e fun spoiled." crite too," said Billy.
"Of course," and a handkerchief The boys fixed t aemselves the best — —
"But but I was as good as mos
was tightly bound over his eyes, ef- way they could, and waited in anx- of my neighbors."
fectually shutting out all light. ious expectancy. "That, as you very well know, is
Tlie miserable man was then low- Minute after minute passed, and no excuse, when death comes ever^
ered into the narrow grave, and dirt still the farmer showed no signs of tub must stand on its own bottom.
thrown upon him. returning life. "But what did I do while on eartl
~~' "Be ther powers !" muttered Tim, that was so awful bad?"
"He's gone oil t)ie handle, boj's!"
exclaimed Duily suddenly. at last, "af he don't come round "You were not a poor man wers
"Sure!" asked the sergeant anxi- purty quick, oi shall think ther divil you?"
ously. has got him sure." —
"N-no not so very poor."
" Yes, look for yourself. "Hist Tim," whispered Billy
! "Wasn't you quite well off)
The sergeant let himself down into warningiy, "he's just moved his Didn't you own a good farm, free
the grave and carefully examined —
head, not a word not a sound now !" anel clear from all incumbrance i

the victim. At that moment the farmer uttered wasn't if well stocked ? anel hadn't
"Only fainted," he said at last. a dismal moan, then, in a measure, you a snug little sum in the bank
"But it's a dead faint, that is cer- his faculties seemed to be restored to besides?"
tain." him. "Ye— ye— yes, I suppose all that's
"Then hustle him out lively^ and "Good Lord where am ! I ?" he ex- true."
let's sow him up in the blanket and claimed in a scarcely audible whis- "Anel can you point to one single
take him to that confoundedly dark per. Then, after a moment: charitable act that you have ever
cave that Johnny Loftus discovered. "Ah I remember now, them con-
! performed? Where is the widow
He'll think sure that he's in his grave founded soldiers buried me alive ! whom you have ever befrieneled?
or the bottomless pit when he comes Oh, Lord what will become of ther Where is the orphan yon have ever
Where —

to there." old woman?" succoreel ?

"You're right Billy," exclaimed Then, after another pause, and in "Holel up, Mr. Devil, I befriended
Ell. Lillie, "and we'll have just loads an aggravated tone. one orphan any way Tony Tibbits, —
and loads of fun— you bet." "Ah! I know what'll become of I give him a good home, an' made a
Poor Gripper was now lifted out her fast enough, she'll up and mai-ry regular pet on him me an' my wife. —
of the grave, and his arms folded Hans Frwger, my hired man. I've "Giles Gripper," said Billy, in his
1^ across his breast, were tied in that noticed she's felt er sort o' sneakin' most terrible tone of voice, "do you
position, his feet were also tied to- kindness for him for some time. But presume to think that you can de-
" " "


ceive/w? You befriend Tony Tib- "You fixed it all right to get three moved around the comer of the
bits. You give him a good home. through the lines, Billy?" said Pen- house together.
You make a pet of him. Why, you der. Here Duffy brought them to a
worked the poor boy almost to death, "Yes, of course, come ahead," and stand and held their attention.
in fact, made him do a strong man's they hurried on toward the road. "Before we go any further," he
work, that's the way you befriended Having passed the wondering sen- said, "I ought to toll you who I real-
him. You and your wife made a re- tinels, they kept on until they had ly am;for my conscience would not
gular drudge of him in the house, almost reached Gripper's house, permit me to deceive you in this mat-
fed him on your leavings, and made when Billy brought the squad to a ter and get you into trouble unwit-
him sleep in an old tumble down halt. tingly."
shed, that's the home you gave him, "Now you fellows wait here," he "Ah, that's right, that's fair, sir,"
and as for clothes, you never allow- said, until you see that the coast is exclaimed the curious woman, "and
ed him but one poor suit at a time, —
clear that is until you see the now for the land's sake who be yer,
for every day and Sunday, so that old woman start off around the house anyhow?"
when that one was stolen, your wife with me, then take the old man in. "Hist! not so loud; don't give it
was obliged to steal a wounded drum- You know where his bedroom is away for the world. Let me whisper
mer's uniform to replace it with, and Jim, Tony told you. 'When you find it in your ear. —
I'm can I trust
you never give him a dime of spend- it, strip him and put him to bed, then you?"
ing money in your life— that's the make yourselves scarce as soon as " Of course yer can. Come, do tell
kind of pet you made of him. Pah! possible. But if yon hear him call us if yer ever goin' ter."
I C'xn't bear to talk with you. Beel- out— 'Hold on boys, don't shoot !'
"Ah, dear madam, my heart almost
zebnb, old fellow, just stir ui) the why, come to me. Do j'ou under- fails me. Suppose you should l}^->>
big brimstone Are, we must give our stand?" tempted to send word to General
new friend a warm reception a sort — "Yes, all right, — drive
ahead, and Meade, what would become of me
of foretaste of the comforts he is to Billyadvanced to the front door and then?"
enjoy among us." gave a loud knock. "Good heavens, what can the man
"Oh Lord !'' gasped Gripper, with Mrs. Gripper did not keep him mean? What in the world is he
another moan, and again he became long waiting. She was anxiously driving at? Hans, can you make

unconscious. expecting word from her husband out?"

and Tony, and thinking a message of "Nein, I have not understand,"
CHAPTEE X. some kind had come from them, answered the Dutchman, stoically.
hastened to open the door. "No more can I; do tell us, sir."
GENEKAL LEE HAS AN INTERVIEW "Who be yer?" she instantly de- "Once more then, madam, listen,"
WITH MES. GEIPPER. manded on seeing Billy. and putting his lips close to her ears,
"Now then," said Dutfy, hurried- "Hist !" he replied warningly, he whispered: "I am General Lee!
ly, "I've got something here that one "Can I trust you, madam ?" Now don't, donH give it away, I
of you must help me to make him "Trust me ? of course yer can— if beg."
swallow. It will keep him in a yer pay me fu) keeping yer secret." "General Lee! Good Lord!" ex-
drowsy state for the next four or five "Ah! mercenary woman! But no claimed the woman, starting back
hours, and by that time, I promise matter, let be as you say. I will
it aghast.
you, we shall be well rid of him. tell you my awful secret and pay "There, I told yon just how it
Pull down the blanket, Steve." —
you for keeping it But please step would be," said Duffy, bitterly.
The blanket was bulled down, and this way." "You'll have a whole troop of Yan-

the dose whatever it was, adminis- "Why, what d'ye want me ter kees down upon me in less than no
tered. come out there fur, I'd like ter time, and. then I shall be hung, per-
" Nowthen," said Bill, "we'll leave know?" haps drawn and quartered."
him where he is till night; and then "There may be some one listening "Oh, Hans, Hans, what shall we
half a dozen of our best fellows shall about here. Ain't there some one in do with him?" asked the bewildered
see the play out." the house?" woman.
About an hour after dark, Billy —
"No that is nobody but Hans, "I have not know," replied the
Duff, Jim Pender, Steve Hughes, our hired man. He's kinder been man, "unless you vos took him in an'
Tim Coouey and the two Johnnies, lookin' after things about ther house give him somedings to eat."
as John Doftus and John Faulk- since my old man started out ter find "That's it," slie exclaimed, bright-
ner were called, silently entered our bound boy." ening up; "you want your supper,
the cave. "Hum, Hans, eh? Perhaps you'd sir, then we can talk afterwards."
"Here he is, all right boys," whis- better call him out too if he can be — "Ah, dear madam, how thoughtful
pered Billy, after feeling around for trusted." — how kind! just as that sweet child
some time, "and as quiet as a fresh "Lors-a-me! Of course he can, sar- Tony said I should find you."
corpse, my worked beautiful- tin sure, I'll answer for it." "What! you know where that lit-
ly." "Then call him." tle scamp Tony is?"
" 'Tis yerself that can do it, Bill "Hans! Hans! come here, you're "Don't say scamp, dear madam; I
Duffy," said Tim admiringly. wanted," and presently a sturdy have heard him say how he loved
"You bet," laughed Billy, "and looking young Pennsylvania Dutch- yon I have heard his pitiable story.

now the question is, how shall we man made his appearance in the door- "Ah, and what is his story?"
get him home?" way." "After delivering the message-
That's easily answered," Johnny "Now, then, sir," said the woman, with which he was intrusted he
Loftus, "just lift him on my back, "what have you to say to us?" started to return home and losi his
I can carry him and not half try." "Where's your barn?" asked Billy. way. He was then taken in charge
"I believe you, and that I think "Over there," was the answer. by a Union picket, and held by them
will be the best way, at least you can "Come and point it out to me." until the next day, when the boy,
carry him till you get a little tired, "Why, if you just go round the picket and all were captured by my
and then Steve and Tim can have a other side of the house, you can see men, and he is now a prisoner in our
go at it." it easy enough. hands."
"Pooh !" said Loftus contemptu- "I (lare say; but I'd much rather "An' so ther rebels have really
ously, "just lift you ?"
him up, will you two would show me, and then got him, have they ?"
The unconscious farmer was boost- Hans must go to it with me. With great dignity:
ed into position and the squad start- "Dot vos all right," said Han^. "He is a prisoner in the hands of
ed off. "Gome on, Mrs. Gribber," and so tlie the Confederal^, m-A'am."
" " — " "


"O, I beg pardon, I'm sure. YouVe said Mrs. Gripper regretfully, as she I'll make the butter and cheese, and
really got liim though? An' ain"t started slowly toward the house. cook for you.
yer goin' ter give him up ter me?" "Why vosdot?" asked Hans. "Dot vos goot. An' how much vos
"Do you really wish it?" "Why, don't you see, if we had you bay me, Mrs. Gribber?"
"Of course I do." only got him safely into the barn, — —
"Why why don't you under-
"Then it shall be so. The moment you could have run off to the other —
stand, Hans? I— 1 thought you
I again reach my army I will send —
general Meade, and then we should —
liked me, that^ that you loved me,
him to you, with a pair of beautiful have got a big reward, p'r'haps four and so— and so we'd get married,
diamond earrings, which I shall beg or five thousand dollars, then if my don't you see?"
you to accept as a memento of this old man didn't come back, you and I "O, dot vos it, hey?"
interesting occasion." could have settled right down here "Why, yes; and then, don't you
"YouTC very kind. General, an' I in mighty comfortable shape, and if see, we'd own everything together,
thank yer a thousand times. But, he did, why we could have pulled and we could live much cheaper as
mercy me! now that I look at yer, uj) stakes an' gone off' together. man and wife. Just come and see
how is it that you're wearin' a blue "Yaw," grunted Hans. our bedroom. I think you have
uniform! an' I thought General Lee "Five thousand dollars is a good never been in it yet."
had a gray beard?" deal of money, Hans," persisted the Slowly raising from his seat, and
"Ah, I foresaw that you would ask old woman. casting a regretful glance at the
those questions. The fact is, mad- "Yaw." remnants of the spare-rib (the pota-
am, that I was most anxious to know By this time they had entered the toes, bread and pie were all gone),
whether Meade was likely to follow house, and on Hans hinting that he Hans followed her into her sleeping
jne up promptly after his victory, or would like a leetle soinedings more apartment.
let me get back into Virginia at my to eat, Mrs. Gripper bestirred her- "Wait a moment," she said softly,
leisure, and in my own way ; and as self, and soon placed a piece of cold "let me bring a light."
this information was of the iitmost spare-rib, some potatoes, bread and "Yaw," he grunted.
importiince to me, I resolved to ob- pie on the table, and begged him to She returned to the dining room,
tain it myself; so I borrowed this draw up and help himself. and snatching up the lamp which
uniform from one of my prisoners, When it came to the matter of eat- still stood on the table, hastened
shaved off my beard, and entered the ing, Hans was in no way "backward back.
Union lines; and now comes the un- in coming forward," he drew his As she entered the bedroom, and
pleasant part of my story." chair up to the table, seized knife put her arm lovingly around the
"Do let's hear it, General, I'm and fork, and went to work with Dutchman's waist, in order to draw
awfully interested." alacrity and enthusiasm. him further into the room, a deep
"It leaked out through the prison- To see him one would think he had groan, which seemed to come from
er whose uniform I wear that I had not tasted food in twenty-four hours, the corner beyond the bed, startled
left the Confederate lines in dis- and would have been incredulous them both, and made the woman drop
guise. Some Yankee spies got hold when informed that he had eaten a the light, which, fortunately, was
of it and at once reported to Meado, hearty supper only a little before extinguished without doing any
anil now his trooi>s are scouring the sun-down. harm.
country for me. I may be taken at For some time Mrs. Gripper watch- "Ter dnyfel !" exclaimed Hans,

any moment indeed, if you do not ed the stalwart feeder in silence. At "vot vos dot ?"
nse the utmost caution, I may be length she burst out "Merciful heavens pardon me, a

taken before your very eyes." "Ah Hans, how you do enjoy my
! miserable sinner," moaned Mrs. Grip-
"General Lee, I would victuals." per. "It's my old man's ghost come
"Ah, Madam, what have you done? "Yaw," grunted the young Dutch- back on earth to haunt me. I know
You have betrayed me. See. yonder man, with his mouth full. it is."
comes a squad of the enemy. Hold "You know when good cookin's "Ter duyfel !" again ejaculated
on, boys! don't shoot! —
I I surren- set before you," she proceeded. Hans. "A ghost! shust let me get
der!" "You shust pet." out of dis, righd away,pooty quick,"
The boys, who had succeeded in Tenderly : and he made for the point where he
getting the old man into his bed, and "Ah, Hans, how I should love to supposed the door ought to be, and
were now making toward the road, cook for you all your life !" tumbling over a chair, pitched head
on hearing Duffy's voice, turned, "Dot vos all righd, Mrs. Grib- forward into a closet, filled with the
and at once hastened toward him. ber. loving Mrs. Gripper's wardrobe,
"You surrender, do you?" said "You would really like it too?"' among which he became so entangled
Jim Pender, who quickly took the "You vos know your peesness, that he found it difficult to extricate
cue. Mrs. Gribber, you vos geep der house himself.
" Yes, comrade ; and I will cheer- in goot shape, you vos set er goot Meantime, Mrs. Gripper had be-
fully bear testimony before General dable. Dot vos all righd." come bewildered, and falling back-
Meade that it was you who captured "And — and — Hans, you would wards over a stool, had come down
me. Ah! it isn't every day that you really like to live with me always ?" so emphatically upon a somewhat
take such an illustrious prisoner as "I vos willin', if der old man bays dilipated cane-bottom chair, that she
General Lee." me all righd." had gone clean through it, and so
"That's so. General, you never "Ah, but if he don't come home was imprisoned there — shut up like
made a truer remark. But we can't again, Hans. —
And really, I don't a jack-knife, so to speak.
stay here all night; so come on," think he will now. I'm quite sure Now all this noise and confusion
and after a sad good bye to|Mrs. some accident has happened to him. had the effect of rousing the drowsy
Grii^per and Hans, the great Con- He must have got killed by mistake, farmei-, and suddenly he started up in
federate general started oft' with his either by the Union men or rebels, bed.
captors- otherwise, he would have been home "Oh, darkness impenetrable !" he
before this." moaned, "not a ray of light, not a
"Dot vos so," said Hans slowly. shadow of hope And this is hell !"

CHAPTER XI. "Der old man don't vos like ter pe The woman uttered a scream— not
a particularly low one she was not
ENED BY THE FARMER'S SHOT. "Yes," exclaimed the woman ea- in a position to give full play to her
gerly, "and so, if he don't come, just lungs. And Hans, in a muffled voice,
"Hans what a great pity it is that see how nice we can have everything, from among the skirts and petticoats,
them soldiers came just as they did," you'll take charge of the farm, and grunted out:
" " —

"Ter duyfel !" And now a new fancy took posses- "Andyet I have seen you before."

Gripper heeded them not, e\ en if sion of him probably the effects of
he heard them, he probably supposed Duffy's dose, which must have left
"Eight again, old man."
"Ah! I know now, you're the news
the cries came from some other lost his throat dry, and an unpleasant paper fellow that came to my house
spirits, and so went on: taste in his mouth. the first night of the great battle,
"Oh, why wasn't I a better man "Water! water!" he cried, "oh ! and who got me into all this trouble
while on earth, then I might have I'm burning up inside, fire consumes by sending Tony Tibbits off to the
been in the kingdom of light now, me. I'm in agony agony !" — army.
and not chained down here in the pit "Poor old critter," murmured Mrs. " I got you into trouble! What do
of darkness and despair." Gripper, for the moment forgetting you mean, old boy?"
Then something seemed to come her own pains. "Ah, sir, it was through you, in
back to his memory. "Ter duyfels! Why don't dot the first place, that I lost my life,
" Ah he said, the evil one himself, g:host geep quiet und go avay, I vos
! But say, how come it that you too

that was that 1 must be burned, like to know ?"
— are in the bottomless pit ? Was you
and he sent Beelzebub to stir up the "Water wa ! so awful mean and wicked while on
fire, I wonder if he's got it hot At that moment thore came a earth ?"
enough, and when he's coming for thundering knock on the outside "Nowj'old man, you've got me, un-
me ?" door. til this minute I didn't know that I
"Oh, Lord what misery. What
! "Oh, Lord, there comes Beelze- was in the bottomless pit, indeed, —
horror And then ter think that my
! bub," groaned Gripper. I supposed I was in your own farm-
old womans's enjoying everything I "Land sakes alive what's that?" ! house, near Gettysburg. But to tell
left behind me on earth p'r'aps is — exclaimed Mrs. Gripper, with chat- the exact truth, when 1 came up to_
married to that Hans Traeger before tering teeth. your door, I was inclined to think"
this. She wouldn't waste any time "Ter duyfels 1 dare vas ein odder that jiandemonium had broke loose."
about it, Zknow. moaned Hans.
ghost," "See here, mister," whimpered
"But jist her do it, an' I'll haunt
let Bang bang bang on the door,
! ! ! Mrs. Gripper, at this point, "if
'em both, every time ther devil will and now the most profound silence you've got any of ther milk o'
give me a day off, an' 1 hope that'll reigned in the bedroom. human kindness left inter your
be ])urty often. Jist let me get at Bang bang bang and then a
! ! 1 soul, I wish yer'd jist come here
'em now !" loud " hallo, there !" an' pull this cheer oft' on me.
"Lord, no, Giles don't come a
! But no one moved. Almost dying with suppressed
near me. Jist rest quiet in yer grave, After a moment Gripper began his laughter, Byington obeyed. He
can't yer, an' let us alone." groans and mutterings again, and caught hold of the chair, and

"Who who spoke ?" gasped Grip- Hans, feeling Mrs. Gripper's hand after two or three vigorous yanks
per wonderingly, "that sounded like stealing upward toward his throat, pulled it oft. He then helped the
Nancy's voice." became frightened, and once more dilapidated woman to her feet.
"Of course me, Giles, an' I
it's began to kick and tumble about. With a bitter groan she sank into
think y'er pesky mean ter come back The woman sciean/ipd, and in the another chair; but this time she was
here an' bother me, jist 'cause 1 want midst of all this '"iiproar, a bright careful tc see that it had a firm wood
er nuther husband now you're dead. light burst upon the scene, and a bottom before she trusted her weight
Why can't yer rest quiet in yer strong, manly voice demanded, in a upon it.

grave, like any decent man ? I'm tone ef wonder and amazement: Hans was next extricated from his
sure if I was dead you'd marry again "What the deuce is to pay here, I'd unpleasant predicament, and as he
fast enough. How long would it be, like to know ?" slowly raised himself to his feet, he
I'd like ter know, before the widow Then, as he caught sight of the —
merely ejaculated from force of hab-
Bangs, ther bold ugly thing, would farmer in bed, the old woman on the it, probably:

be a-standing in my old shoes?" floor,with tattered dress and skirts, "Ter duyfels!" and then stared,
And in her anger she tried te extri- and the chair attachment, and poor first at the war correspondent, then
cate herself from her uncomfortable Hans, with his head and arms envel- at Mrs. Gripper, and lastly at her
position, and, naturally, upset the oped in dresses, skirts, and other befogged husband on the bed.
- chair. female wearing apparel, he burst "Now, if it's all the same to you,"
In falling, herhead came in violent into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. said Byington, "I'd like to have
contact with Hans' overloaded stom- some one tell me the meaning of all
ach. Not being able to see, and with I've seen here. What's the matter
1 his mind full of ghosts and super- CHAPTEE Xn. with Mr. Gripper? and what were
natural apparitions, the Dutchman THE WAE CORRESPONDENT SETS you two doing on the floor there ?"
I supposed, of course, that the enraged THINGS TO RIGHTS. He had addressed himself to the
shade of the farmer had come to take farmer's wife, and she hastened to
^ vengeance on him for the tender pas- "Well, well," exclaimed the stran- answer:
sion he had inspired in the bosom of ger, as soon as he was able to speak, "We'd been out-doors," she said,
his widow. So he at once set up a " this beats any thing I ever saw be- — "Hans an' me. General Lee called
howl of fright, and began kicking fore in all my eventful life, and I've us out, an' wanted Hans ter hide him
vigorously with his big feet, his arms seen a good deal too. I wonder what in ther barn an'
being so entangled that he could not in the world I shall come across "What!" exclaimed the aston-
use them. next." ished Byington, "General Lee want-
But his feet did fearful execution, All this time the farmer had been ed to hide in your barn What in

they soon knocked to pieces the chair sitting up in bed, regarding the in- the world are you talking about, wo-
he had tumbled over, and then tear- truder attentively. man ?"
ing through Mrs. Gripper's dress and "You ain't the devil?" he asked "Talkin' about what really hap-
skirts, sadly bashed her shins, and at last. pened," she afiirmed, "General Lee
made her fairly howl with pain. "No, I should hope not," was the did want to hide in our barn, didn't
Meanwhile, firmly persuaded that laughing reply "still I should think
; he, Hans?"
he was among the lost spirits, all someone had been raising the devil "Yaw, dot vos such."
this seemed peifectly natural to here." "Yes, indeed, an' he would a-done
Gripper, who remembered that he "Nor yet Beelzebub?" persisted it too, if six Yankee soldiers hadn't
had always heard while on earth the fanner. a come up an' took him prisoner,
that Hade's was anything but a quiet "No, nor him either," laughed By- wouldn't he, Hans ?"
place. ington. "Yaw."
"" — " " " -,


"A squad of Union troops captured me alive, that's how it comes that mounted. If you're a mind to make
him, eh ?" I'm dead now." a trade, I'll give you a hundred dol-
"Yes. they did." " Ah I see, "said By ington thought-
! lars to boot. Come, now, let's make
"Right here in your front yard?" fully. Then turning to the woman: quick work of it, for I must get off
"Yes." "Well, go on, madam." my dispatch about the capture of

did they happen along so "Where was I? O, I remember. Lee, and then join Meade or Slocum,
opportunely ?" Hearin' that awful groan, we rushed wherever they may happen to be.
"They knew he was somewhere in here; but it beiu' dark, we couldn't "All right, mister, I'll look at your
hereabouts,' and were out in search see nuthin', so I went out for alight, horse," and being now thoroughly
of him." an' jist as I came back with it, we convinced that he was still in the
"This is news," muttered Bying- heer'd ther awfulest noise yer ever laud of the living, the farmer became
ton to himself, "Lee a prisoner in listed to an' I was so skeert that I more worldly-minded than ever.
the hands of the Federals! I won- dropped ther lamp—there 'tis now. He sold the correspondent a horse
der if any of the other boys have Then Hans tumbled over a cheer, an' he had never owned, stabled the one
got hold of it yet. If they hain't, fellinter ter closet, an' I sot down in he took in exchange, and put one

by Jove, I shall be pretty well up in er nuther an' went clean through it. hundred and ten dollars in green-
the world. Lord! how the Tribunes An' when I heer'd Giles tell as how backs in his pocket, and then he re-
will go off to-morrow," and he began he was in ther bad place an' had turned to his house feeling that he
to write rapidly, holding his pad in come ter haunt me, I tumbled over, had done a very smart thing. So
his left hand, and shoving the iieucil as you found me. there, for the present, we will leave
over the paper with his right. "Ah! I see it all now," said Bying- him.
"But come," he said at last, "you ton, with a smile. "And so, old
haven't told me the whole story yet, man, you -really think your dead, do
go ou." you?" CHAPTER Xni.
"Why, sir, you see, after the "Of course; how can a man that's FROM GETTTSBUKG TO THE TENNES-
soldiers had carried off General been buried be alive?"
Lee " "Such things have happened be-
"Stop! How long ago was that ?" fore, and will happen again," said Unfortunately for the the Union
"Let me see. How long ago was the correspondent. cause. General Meade did not seem
it, Hans? An hour?" "Is that so?" to comprehend the great advantage
"Not so much as dot." "Yes; and in your own case, I he had won. Two days after the
"Half an hour?" think Ican tell you about how it was. battle he carefully pushed the Sixth
"More." You were speedily dug up after you corps toward the enemy taking his

"All right," said Byington, "say were buried, and when you revived a other corps by different roads and
three-quarters, and go on. little, being still somewhat dazed, advancing as rapidly as Lee moved
"Well, after they'd carried him off, came home mechanically, and with- on and got out of the way.
we came inside, an' Hans feelin' hun- out knowing what j'ou were about. The general course was toward,,
gry, I got him something to eat. Your wife and \tlaus being outside, •Frederick, which was reach the
"Just as he finished, and da I was you fouuil the jSOut door open, and second day out.
thinkiu' of puttin' thei*things away, so walked andm came right here, The Seventeenth pressed forward
we both heard an awful groan, com- naturally enough, and went to bed. with the Eleventh corps to Hagers-
in', as it seemed ter us, from this After a while you got back your town,which it occuxjied on the twelfth
here very room, an' as yer may well —
faculties a little more enough so that of July, capturing one hundred and
suppose, we war both awfully dis- you could recall the past, in a meas- twenty-five prisoners. The Fifth
turbed. " ure, and now, I fancy, you're all right. and Twentieth overtook the enemy
"Why, didn't you know it was Mr. Come, old man, say that you are, for intrenched at Fair Play on the twelfth
Gripper?" I want to do a stroke of business with and were ordered to take position
"Ah! there it is, yer see, sir, we you, and in a hurry too." and throw up earthworks.
supposed ther old man was dead." "What! and ain't I really dead?" Next night the main rebel army
"Dead! why should you suppose asked the old man excitedly. escaped across the Potomac. The
so?" "No more than I am." retreat and pursuit were continued,
"Why, you know how you sent "And you ain't dead?" without much in the way of interest,
Tony Tib bits away that night? "Not much." until Lee's army occupied the south
Well, he never came back at all, "Hurrah! I'm ready for anything side of the Kapidan, near Orange
an' ther moment ther battle was then. Want er do a stroke o' busi- Court House.

over that is, yesterday mornin', ness with me, eh? Well, wait er The Twelfth corps went into camp
Giles started out ter find him, an' minute, an' I'll be with you," and he near Raccoon Ford. Ross, the colonel »

we hadn't seen uothin' of the old sprang out of bed as buoyantly as a of the Twentieth, now had command
man since, so we supposed he must boy of ten. of the brigade.
have got killed by mistake. "Mercy me!" exclaimed his wife, On the twenty-fourth of September
"An' I was killed," spoke up the and rushed from the room. the Twelfth corps was relieved and
farmer abruptly; "but not by mis- Byington and Hans followed her, marched back to Brandy Station and ;

take—no, not be a long shot." and a little later the farmer joined all property was turned over to the
"How was that, sir?" asked the them in the dining-room. post quartermaster. »

correspondent curiously. "I ain't dead, that's a fact," said The march was resumed to Bealton
"Why, yer see, I searched all day the old man, looking around him; Station,where to the surprise of all,

long yesterday I suppose it was "but I don't understand it yet." the corps was embarked on board the
for that pesky boy, an' not flndin' "Well, it will all come back to you cars to reenforce the Army of the
him, one o' ther generals gave me by-and-bye," said the correspondent. Cumberland in Tennessee.
quarters last night, sayin' as how "And now let's talk. You've got a This was to meet Longstreet's ,

he'd got track on him himself, an' good horse in your stable, eh?" army, already thrown into the west-
that he'd send me to him terday.
Well, he did, an' a young soldier
— —
" Why yes purty good.
"You bought him of a Union of-
ern scale in aid of Bragg.
Rosecrans had been pushed into
went with me; an' when we got to ficer?" the fortifications around Chattanoo-
ther regiment an' company where ter . "Ye— yes," ga; and Bragg was investing the
boy was, ther soldier left me, and "Well, mine's a little lame. Come place, while operating on the Union
them fellers said as how I was a spy, and look at him. The army is just communications with strong detach- ,
an' so they dug a grave an' buried moving South and I must be well ments. The enemy occupied Look- i

out Mountain, and the railroad and render, and he soon after died from "By Jove!" laughei! the Lieuten-
ri vcr back to Bridgeport, Alabama. the effects of his wounds. ant-Colonel, "I dou't ku >w as we've
The Union army was on balf-ratious. A part of this same band of guer- got that number of horsemen in the
Every day their provision-trains rillas attacked a freight - train of whole regiment. Connecticut is
were attacked and wagons cap- eleven cars, at some distance from hardly big enough, you know, to
tured. Cowan, A rail had cautiously been practice horsemanship in to advan-
The twelfth corps travelled night displaced from the track, which tage"
and day from Virginia westward. threw oft' the train with a terrible "I'll guarantee to furnish the
The twentieth regiment, in which we crash. men," exclaimed Captain Ellsworth,
are particularly interested, was stow- Instantly a gang of rebels jumped quickly, "if I may be allowed to ac-
ed away in freight-cars. Dispatch from behind trees and ledges, and company them."
was indispensable. Comfort could commenced the work of bloodshed "It 8 a bargain," said the lieuten-
not be considered. and plunder upon the passengers; ant-colonel, promptly; "and now you
The commissary had preceded; and simultanously firing the train, which and Major Peale go off and settle all
at regular intervals the train stopped was loaded with hay, lumber, and the details of the expedition between
for sandwiches and coffee for the the like. you."
soldiers. Captain Ellsworth, who at the "You turn the capable horses over
All through Ohio and Indiana the time acting as brigade-inspector, and to us, of course," said Peale.
troops were greeted with an ovation. who sometimes was unlucky and "Certainly."
^Thousands turned out at every stop- then again lucky, happened unfor- "Come, then. Captain." And the
Ipingijlace; and ladies brought to the tunately to be on board. two went out together.
(veterans bouquets and wreaths of Thtee brave soldiers were shot Less than an hour Inter Eandal
flowers. Haversacks were seized, down by his side; and a musket was Ellsworth, at the head of neaji.v hjs_
I and filled with fruit, cake, baked leveled and fired at him, which whole command, rode out of Cowan,
meat-pies ; and the pork and hard- missed its mark, just grazing his in company with Audley P.eale, and
tack came to be despised. neck. his Union cavalry, and that night
Prom Louisville they went on to Ellsworth, in company with two they bivouacked on the t)ank8 of a
Nashville, thence to Murfreesbor- lieutenants and three negroes, brake- swiftly flowing stream, near the out-
ough and to Fullahoma. men on the train, was then taken un- skirts of a pretty village, and many-
The rebel guerrillas infested the der guard, and rixn off three miles miles from headquarters.
whole country; arid they now cut the or more into a dense woods. The
railway immediately in the rear of poor negroes wore shot; Ellsworth
the reenforcements. expected the same fate; but was CHAPTEE XIV.
A division of the Twelfth corps finally simply robbed of his watch,
was ordered to defend the track about four hundred dollars in money, HOME.
from Bridgeport back toward Nash- his coat, hat, boots; and then asked
ville; and the guerrillas became, for to sign a parole. About two miles from the bivouac,
a time, somewhat more timid, and He flatly refused:, and. after strip- and south ol the village, standing on
their raids less frequent. ping ll.e two i/i^i^.;nfs, who were
li',' a slight eminence, Twljich overlooked
The Twentieth regiment went with him, of all ln-Ly had, they were ^j broad acres ol 'one ol the best
through Tennessee to Steplienson, then left by the cutthroats to grope plantations in East Teispessee, .stood
Alabama, where they arrived on the their way back through the woods a stately mansion, which for more
fourth of October. Here the Twelfth barefooted, which they did, guided than sixty years had been the abode
corps had its headquarters, and was by the light of the burning cars. of one of the proudest families in all
occupied in guarding the lines of Captain Ellsworth was not in the the land.
communication for the army at Chat- best of humor when he got back to An unnatural silence reigned
tanooga. A few weeks later the his regiment, and he lost no time in about the place, no one could be
Twentieth Eegiment went to Cowan, laying the matter before the lieu- seen in the grounds, no lights ap-
Tennessee. tenant-colonel commanding. peared in the windows, and even the
Grant wos now in command, and The officers were called together, negro quarters seemed deserted.
had an army of one hundred thousand as a sort of committee of war, and it All at once, a steady, growing
veterans in and around Chattanooga. was unanimously determined, that sound was head in the distance,
During the succeeding weeks, he the land pirates must be extermin- which soon resolved itself into the
moved on Lookout Mountain and ated. measured hoof-Fti ok-«ys of a number
Mission Eidge; defeated the rebel But how should they go at it? of well-trained hojses; and soon a
army with frightful slaughter; cap- only a small portion of the regiment squad of mounted men appeared,
tured six thousand prisoners, seven could be spared to follow them up, who, on coming in sight of the man-
thousand stand of arms, and scores the rest were absolutely needed for sion, halted, and held a brief consul-
of cannon, and pursued the shattered guard duty along the road. tation.
hosts of Bragg as far as Dal ton. While they were still deliberating. "Now, then, Bolton," said the
The Twentieth regiment was still Major Andley Peale, of the Tennes- leader of the party, "you're quite
guardiug the lines of communication see Union cavalry, was announced. sure of what you say; the general
at Cowan. The duties of the regi- He listened attentively to what left those papers with his wife, did
ment were extremely arduous; and was being said, and at last asked he?"
they suffered every few days from word himself.
pel-mission to say a "Yes, Colonel, either with his wife
guerrilla raids. One company, sta- Permission was promptly granted. or Miss Edna, I won't be certain
tioned at Tracy City, was surprised "I understand," said the Major, which; but I'd think it more likely
by a band of more than one hundred "that quite a number of Kentucky the latter, for she's got more grit and
and fifty land pirates, who dashed horses were captured by your men determination about her than her
into their lines, and attempted to the other day. How many of them mother. If she wasn't a woman,
capture or murder the boys. were there?" she'd be her father right over
One brave fellow, a guard, was "Between fifty and sixty," said again."
shot dead from the first fire. Cap- the Lieutenant-Colonel. "O, bother her and her father
tain Upson, commander of the post, "Ah! then let me have between too," growled one of the number,
was murdered in cold blood. While and sixty of your best men,who
fifty "what we want to know about is the
he was trying to join his company, can keep the saddle when on horse- papers; eh, Colonel?"
only a few rods distant, he was shot back, and I'll so»n settle this busi- "To be sure," acquiesced the col-
twice through his body after his sur- ness for you." onel; "still, I must say Bolton is

right about the girl. Edna Stan- for them. Come on, let's make Lester Hicks, I knew his connection
wood is a young lady of very decided straight for the front door, and so with you, and that bad man by your
character, and she comes of mighty get inside before they have time to side, and therefore understood only
good stock, too." fasten it. Forward!" too well how dangerous it would be."
"She's a regular she devil," The little party moved on, rode "Hum," said the colonel, after a
growled the man who had before through the open gateway, and moments' consideration, "then you
spoken. pushed forward to the broad veranda will give us no information about the
"Come, come, Captain, not quite which ran across the whole front of package ?"
so bad as that. I fear you have a the mansion. "I will not," was the decided re-

particular grudge against her and "Dismount!" was the Colonel's ply-
her family." brief order, and springing from his "Then you must stand out of the
"So I have; and against every oth- own horse, he made a rush toward way, for I propose to question your
the open door. mother.
er Union family in East Tennes-
"Back! not another step forward "You do nothing of the kind,
or I Are!" and a fair young girl, of sir, my mother is confined to her
"Humph! is that all? Then you
haven't so much cause for grievance not more than nineteen summers, room, where my cousin is attending
suddenly appeared in the doorway, her, and she cannot be disturbed, it
as I have myself." .

"Ah! I remember," said the cap- a revolver ready in her hand. would be dangerous to her health,
tain before he thought, "she reject- Taken completely by surprise, the which, I frankly tell you, is very pre-
ed vou too." colonel at first retreated down the carious."
"Oho! then she didTejeat you, my steps; but quickly recovering him- "Oh, come, hain't we heard about
dear captain? In truth, I always self,and supported by his dozen fol- enough of this chin music?" asked
thought so. lowers, he again advanced toward Jillson impatiently, "What are we
^'"^aptaiu Jillson bit his lip with the door. standing here for, any way? Shall we
vexation, but presently blurted out: "Back, I say!" came in firm deter- letone weak girl keep a dozen of us
"Yes, Colonel Hicks, she did re- mined tones from the lady's lips, strong men in awe?"
ject me; and at the time I swore the "not one of you can enter here, 1 "I wouldn't advise one of the dozen
day should come when she should know you all for a baud of heartless strong men to attempt to interfere

repent it when I'd be even with her outlaws, and while I live you shall
never cross the threshold of my
with the weak girl," said Edna
and all her race. You may judge, quietly.
then, with what delight I heard, af- father's house." At this moment .one of the men
ter the South had taken up arms, "Out of the way, Edna Stanwood!" whi.spered to Jillson, and as Edna
that St. Clair Stanwood had boldly said Abner
Jillson, in a brutal voice, saw, directed his attention to one of
announced himself as an uncom- "We have not come hear this night the windows opening on the veranda,
promising Union man, and had ac- to be balked in our purpose by a and which was partially raised.
cepted a commission in the Union woman, out of the way, I say, or it "Yes," exclaimed the captain
army. Then it was that I resolved maj be the for you." eagerly, "do it, then we shall have
to take an active part in the war on "No sir! I move not from where I her sure; for she can't defend her-
the side of the sSouth; and in order stand until you hawe lipft this place," self both in front and rear at the same
not to be drawn U.oo far away from was the brave repljf, time.
my main object, I joined your inde-r "One moment," Laid Colonel Hicks, The girlf' sharp ear caught every
pendent force, Colonel." in a somewhat conciliatory tone, "it word of this, and fully comprehending
"I see. Well, I've no great cause may be that this matter can be com- its meaning, her resolution was at
to love the Stanwoods myself, and promised. We have come for a cer- once taken.
with such a good hater as you by my tain package of papers, which, as we The man who had whispered to
side, Abner, we ought to be able to happen to know, your father left, Jillson watched her closely for a mo-
accomplish something to-night." some days since, either in your own, ment, and when he thought her at-
"If we get hold of those papees we or your mother's hands, for safe keep- tention was directed another way,
shall accomplish sometMng." ing." sprang suddenly forward, and made
"Ah! but suppose the girl refuses "You happen to know!" sneered a leap at the partially open win-
to give them up, or to tell where Edna, "I see Austin Bolton among dow.
they are?" you, and understand very well how He caught the upraised sash in his
J'TLen force her," hissed Jillson, you 'happen to know' that my dear left hand, and his knee rested ou the
between his set teeth. and brave father, when he visited us window-sill, He was about to lift
„ "But suppose sTie still refuses, in the other day, left certain papers be- the other leg over the stU. when
spite of all I can do?" hind him." Crack!
"Then turn her over to me, and "Ah! he did leave them then;" ex- A bullet pierced his temple, and
threaten to burn down the house. claimed Hicks quickly. "Well, de- without uttering the slightest sound,
"That woidd be pretty tough, liver up those papers to us, and we he fell backward upon the floor of
wouldn't it? I hear Mrs. Stanwood will go away at once, and make you the veranda dead. —
is quite an invalid, and Flora Pen- no further trouble.
rose, her niece, as kind and inoffen- "Those papers are no longer in this CHAPTER XV.
sive a girl as ever lived, is staying house," said Edna firmly. THE QUBHILLAS DISCOMFITED.
there with her." "What! no longer here ? I don't be-
"That can't be helped, we must lieve you." For one single moment the other partisans
were too thoroughly confounded to speak or
have those papers, at whatever cost. "Of course she lies," growled Jill- act, then a cry of rage went up, and each
V You know as well as I, Colonel, the sou, casting a look of deep and bitter called upon the other to shoot down the gal
possession of them would set us up hatred on the girl. in her tracks,
" I gave you all fair warning," she said
for life." "It makes not the slightest differ-
" He knew the risk he ran, and has
"That's so," muttered the Colonel, ence to me what you say or think," coolly.

thoughtfully "Well, cov...- ou, we she said calmly, "the papers are not
only paid the just penalty. He knew he had
no right to invade this house, and I know,
I must try for them, any way. Bolton, here. Do you for a moment suppose, and you know that I have a perfect right to
is there many niggers about the after learning that Austin Bolton had defend it, and what's more, 1 will too. So be-
place?" been seen sneaking about our draw- — —
ware every one of you how you provoke

1 "Very few, colonel, not more than ing room, while my father was talking me to pull the trigger again,—
" Hold, there! You, sir, you need not try
twenty-five or thjrty in all, and most to my mother and myself in the libra- to sneak away. I understand your purpose,

of 'em mind there own business too." ry adjoining, that I would keep the you would attempt to get around to the back
"All right, that's the safest plan papers in the house another hour ?" of the house; but it won't do, the first man

who undertakes to leave the grounds in front debt is canceled. Tou may make your minds on the veranda, almost enough, in fact, to set

here, dies,— ay, and the first who attempts to perfectly easy on that score." up a young arsenal.
" Now, then," said the captain, " they must
draw a weapon tool " " What thundering fools we were not to
While Edna was speaking she kept her treat you as we did the niggers last night," be securely bound. See to it, will you, Tim?"
eyes fixed on the group directly in front of said Jillson regretfully. "Oh, murther 1" exclaimed Tim, " divil a
her, and particularly on one man who ap- " I don't know as to that," said Randal, in a bit av rope have oi to tie thim with, barrin'

peared to be edging off toward the corner of careless tone; " but if you don't hurry ujj with me bridle, an' that ain't rope at all."
" Tou want cords, I suppose, to secure your
the house, and another, whose hand was ner- your offerings I know how some of you will
vously groping for the handle of his revolver. get treated, and in mighty short order too." prisoners?" said Edna, now speaking for the
Her attention being thus engaged, she did By this time about half the men had thrown first time since Randal Ellsworth's well direct-

not see that Abner Jillson had gained a foot- down their arms, and others were advancing, ed shot had saved her life.
" Tes, miss, and good stout ones too," an-
ing on the veranda, and was slowly and cau- when Jillson hurriedly said something to
tiously approaching her from one side. Hicks, who nodded hastily, and drawing his swered Randal, raising his cap.
" I will get them for you."
All at once he sprang toward her, and strik- revolver and addressing Ellsworth, said:
ing her wrist a sudden blow, the revolver •'
Tou want my arms, do you, captain ? "Tony, go with her; you may be of some
dropped from her hand, then, with a mock- Well, you can't have 'em; but you can take assistance."
ing laugh, he tried to seize her about the the contents of this," and he pulled the trig- The young lady had already turned, and so
waist and drag her from the doorway. ger. did not hear this order, therefore she was not
She uttered a slight scream, and quickly If Randal Ellsworth had not been expect- aware that she was being accompanied.
freeing herself, started back a step or two, ing something of the kind, or if the game had As she was passing the broad staircase
then, as Jillson attempted to follow and seize been tried in the first place, when all were which led up to the second story, a feeble and
her again, she plucked a dagger from her armed, it might have proved fatal. But as anxious voice came floating down .o her:
" Edna, Edna, my daughter, what is the
bosom, and aimed a blow at his breast. it was, the Tankee captain was prepared for
He quickly raised his arm to defend him- treachery, and as half the men had already matter? Has anything happened to you? Are
aelf, and the keen blade was buried in his thrown down their arms, he had only the you quite safe? Childl child! where are you?
flesh. other half to look after, aud this he was able Flora, do go to her."
He uttered a sharp cry of rage, and fell to do. "Tes, aunty, it you wish it," responded
back a step or two toward the edge of the ve- He saw Jillson whisper to the colonel. He the sweetest voice ever heard by mortal ear;
One of the men, a friend, both of the " but you know she made me promise not t«^
randa. saw the colonel's assenting nod, and readily
captain and of him who had been killed, now understood its meaning. So the instant be- leave you for a single moment on any account,
drew a bowie, and with a horrible oath, sprang fore the rebel chief pressed the trigger, he unless she called me herself."
" I know, I know; but 1 am sure something
toward the beautiful girl. slightly changed his position, and at the same
The gleaming knife was upraised, in an- time, fired. must have happened to her, or she would
other moment it would descend and be buried The colonel's bullet buried itself in the have come to reassure nje. Tou heard those
firearms yourself. I tell you I can't stand
in her fair bosom. clapboarding behind the Tankee captain,
Crack I while the tatter's ball struck the colonel's this terrible suspense."
It fell; but it was not sheathed in the right hand, carrying away a finger, and caus- On hearing this, Edna fairly flew np the
maiden's heart. It went ringing to the ve- ing him to drop his revolver. At the same staircase, and Tony, as in duty bound, follow-
randa floor, aud he who had dropped it, him- time, Jillson cried out: ed her.
self fell prone at the brave girl's feet. " Now's our time, boys I Down with the She threw open the door of her mother's
Had a shell suddenly burst among them, it cursed Tankeel KUl him in bis tracks!" room, and without pausing to shut it, rushed
could not have created greater consternation. Those who had not surrendered their wea- to the invalid's side and throwing her arms

All, with one accord, turned in the direction pons prepared to use them while those who about her neck, exclaimed:
" Here I am, darling mother, and safe and
from whence the unexpected shot had come, had, sprang forward to recover them.
aud there, close to the last pillow of the ve- "Back, fools!" his.sed Ellsworth, "yon sound, as you see."
randa, they beheld a noble-looking Federal come only to your death," and he gave a pe- Her mother folded her in a fond and silent
officer, of perhaps twenty-six or seven years, culiar whistle. embrace, and then holding her away from her
holding in each hand a heavy revolver, and Before the echo liad "iSed away, two pistol gazed long and tenderly into her face.
they at once understood that he also held tlieir shots rang out. Presently, with a lovintf kiss, Edna started
lives in his hands. Crack! crack! to feet. As she di(/ so, Mrs. Stanwood
For almost a minute not a worr" was ut- And two of the foremost of the guerillas caught sight of the young drummer boy, who
tered by anyone, then, slowly the Federal ap. fell, and the others, feeling sure that a large was now stiinding in the middle of the room.
preached the group, his eyes never leaving it force was coming to the assistance of the Tan "Good heavens!" she exclaimed, "that
for an instant, his revolvers always presented. kee oliicer, turned to fly. face! that face! Who is he, child?"
" Well, I must say," he began, as he drew And now, for the first time, they saw ;hat Wonderingly Edna turned, and caught sight
nearer, " this is the queerest sort of a fight I their horses, which they had left only a short of Tony.
ever had the fortune to witness -a dozen strong distance from the veranda, were gone. "Why, boy, how came youhere?" she
men against one weak woman I've heard a
I " It's of no use, my rebel friends," said asked in astonishment.
great deal about Southern chivalry in my time Ellsworth quietly, " the game is in our hands, "Captain Ellsworth sent me," he replied.
" He said I might be of some assistance to
— a great deal too much; but I never saw such and ycu may as well sulimit without making
a practical illustration of it as I witness at this any fuss about it. It's either that, or the
moment. But say, ain't it about time this —
other thing take your choice. It makes "Ah, his name is Ellsworth, then," she
murmured. " Well, I must not forget my er-
farce was played out? Let's see how many very liitle difference to me."

there are of you ten, and the wounded captain " What do you require of us?" demanded rand. I will find the cord for you at once."
" But who is he? who is he?" persisted her
there is eleven, then there were thirteen in all; Hicks sullenly.
but dead men don't count. Now then, let's " Tour unconditional surrender," was the mother, pointing to Tony.
see what we shall do with you, and in the first firm reply,
"Tell her," said Edua, addressing the boy.
place, gentlemen, I will thank you for any " And what then?" Then turning to her mother: "But I don't see
little present in the way of barkers and tooth- " That's nothing to do with the question why he should so interest you ?"
picks. You may just throw them down here now. Tou must surrender first, what shall "The very image," she murmured, "the
on the veranda at my feet. No doubt you very image." Then aloud:
be done with you afterwards, can be settled " Who are you, child?"
vrillaccept this invitation with alacrity and in the future."
enthusiasm." " Well, we submit." "My name is Tony Tibbits," he replied,
" and I belong in Adams county .Pennsylvania.
" But suppose we won't accept it at all, what " Very wise, call up a coupleof my men
" Tony Tibbits! a most singular name, I
then?" growled Jillson. to receive such weapons as may still be lin-
The young officer did not answer in words, gering about your clothes, I can't trust you to
he simply tapped the revolver in his right hand give them up yourselves— Tim 1— Tony I' "I should think so!" exclaimed Edna.
" Now who could have the heart to christen
with his forefinger. But the action was so And immediately Tim Cooney and Tony Tib-
peculiarly suggestive that words were not a child Tony, I'd lUie to know."
bits presented themselves.
" I don't think I was christened Tony," the
needed to complete his meaning. And with " Disarm these men," said thecaptain, "I'll
another growl the nearest man threw down his see to it that they make you no trouble."
boy ventured to say. " I've heard Mr. Stover
weapons. " Throuble. is it!" exclaimed Tim, scorn- — —
that's the town guardian say that my right
"Hallol" exclaimed the next man, as he fully, " Oi'd jist loike ter see ther loikes uv
name was Anthony."
cast a bowie on the veranda. " I've seen this thim a-makin' me throuble Now howld stiU, "Anthony!" mused Mrs. Stanwood, "An-
fellow before. By the Lord Harry he's the I
will yez, till I go through yer pockets."
same Tank we captured on the train last night "Ah! that's somewhat better," said Edna;
— ^he is, for a thousandl
" still there are other names I should like quite
" Thunderl so he is," muttered half a dozen. CHAPTER SVI. as well."
" Exactly," smiled Randal Ellsworth, "and —
' But Tibbits," said the elder lady sudden-

now, as you see, the table is turned, and as I ly. "Who was your father, child? "
have some four hundred dollars in greenbacks Tony blushed.
to collect from you, besides a first-rate pair of The eleven deeply chagrined guerrillas ——
" 1 1 really ma'am, I don't know."
boots and many other articles of wearing ap- quietly submitted to the close inspection insti- "Don't know! How can be ?
parel, to say nothing of much valuable per- tuted by Tim and Tony, and when it was con- A sad look came into the boy's face as he
sonal property, I shall stay with you till the cluded quite a pile of deadly weapons lay up answered:
" I :


" I have but a dim recollection of the first that the scoundrels out yonder will get any- "If possible —yes."
few years of my life.and if I ever saw him, I can- thing like their just deserts." "Thank you, you are very kind."
not recall my father's face. Of my mother I am "And yet." said she, " I have heard that And the invalid lady spoke in a weary tone.
sure I remember somethiug a beautiful lady, — Major Peale was not inclined to be very ten- Ellsworth took the hint and arose to depart.
who dressed elegantly, and looked, it seems to der hearted when guerrillas fell into his hands. At that moment Flora Penrose, who had

me, like you, miss," indicating Edna "and — Then, abruptly: " Where did you say your been out of the room when he was introduced,
I am sure we lived in a pleasant home, sur- camp was?" entered it from an inner apartment. As his
rounded by every comfort. Then comes a "About two miles from here, on the banks eyes rested upon her sweet face, Randal Ells-
blank, and my next recollection is of the terri- of a beautiful stream." worth was absolutely startled by her wondrous
ble life I was forced to lead at the town farm, " OhI I think I know. I suppose you will btauty.
near Gettysburg," not remain there long ? He was quietly introduced, and soon found
" The what, did you say?" " Only until morning." himself comparing the charms of the two
"Alas, ma'am, the poorhouse." " What, will you leave this neighborhood cousins.
" Shocking! " exclaimed the lady. " But so soon?" Edna was grand, queenly, self-reliant, and
you did not stay there long, I hope?" "We muat. We
started out to search for her beauty was of a dazzling quality. Flora
"Till 1 was quite a well-grown boy. then Hick's guerrillas, and as we have come across was more subdued, home like, and her beauty,
Mr. Gripper took me to work on his farm and the leader himself and a dozen of his men, the while perfect, was of a less striking charac-
help about the house, and I lived with him whole gang, I should think, must be some-
until the battle of Gettysburg was fought, where in this neighborhood." Had he seen Flora first he might have loved
when I joined Captain Ellsworth's com- " I am quite sure of it," she said; "but just her at once; but as it was, when he looked
pany." where I cannot tell." upon Edna's perfect features, flashing eyes,
"And haven't you anything at all connected "Then, if you too think so, I ought to and commanding figure, he concluded that,
with your early life — —
a ring a locket any — hasten to camp at once, and report."
" Before you leave, will j ou do me the favor
after all, there could be nothing half so glo-
trinket that might serve to identify you, or rious in all the world as thisgrand and majes-
show who your parents were ? " to speak to my mother. She would like to tic woman, and mentally, he resolved to tell
have a chain with a peculiar trinket
I thank you herself for the great service you her 60 some day.
hanging to it: but It's in Tim Cooney's knap- have rendered us; and there Is another thing; Having bid the ladies good night, he hur-
sack, and timt's at our blvouace, a conple of she would like to ask you a question or two ried down the broad staircase and out upon
miles from here. about that really remarkable boy you have the veranda, and at once commanded Tim and
" Boy, boy, you must bring that chain and with you, Tony, I think he Is called." Tony to prepare for their return to camp.
trinket. All your future depends on your do-
" Certainly, I will speak to your mother, "An' phat about thim thirteen horses we
ing so. I may be able to tell you who your and be glad to do so; but, as I have already captured. Captain, darliut ?" asked Tim.
God grant I am not mistaken."
parents are. told you, I don't care to be thanked; and as "Why," began the captain, "as we are in
"Oh, ma'am, I will surely bring them to for Tony, I can tell her very little about him, —
a great hurry but, stopl an idea has occurred
you if the captain will let me come." excepting that he is the brightest boy I ever to me," and hastily he again entered the
" He must. Boy, do you hear me, he mtfst." happened to run across." house.
While Mrs. Stanwood was talking to Tony, " Well, come, and tell her that." Edna stood by the window, in a thoughtful
Edna had left the room. She now returned " I will, and if she cares to hear a prediction attitude. She raised her eyes as he entered
with a quantity of strong cord in her hand. I will tell her that if the war only lasts a year the room, and a faint blush sufiused her
" Take this to your captain," she said, and or two longer, and he has the good luck to es- cheeks.
then, as her cheeks became suflused with cape flying bullets, I have no hesitation in ' I find myself in a somewhat embarrassing

blushes, —
" and tell him and tell him — — saying that Tony Tibbits will leave the army situation," said Randal, rapidly, "and have
would like to see him for a few moments be- a commissioned oflicer. come back to ask a question, and beg a favor
fore ha goes away." at your bauds."
" Tes, Miss, I'll tell him," and bowing, cap CHAPTER XVII. 'Any question you may see fit to ask, I
in hand, to each of the three ladies, 'Tony shall cheerfully answer," she rejoined, " and
backed out of the door.
THE PKISONKKS USDER GUAKD. ihe favor, whatever it may be, is already
"And don't forget to bring the chain and As Edna and Csjub)?) JCIIsworth.enteroJ Mrs. granted."
trinket, child," rl,nlled Mrs, Stanwootf after StanwooJ'3 r'."'in, -i'.jif- invalid iooked up " ilany thanks. I Tri.=ih. then, to ask if you
him, as he disappc^ired in the hallway. quickly, have not at least one or two faithful negroes
"I'll not forget." And he hurried down —
"The bo> where is the boy ? " she asked ou your place, and if so, where they are, and
the stairs. impatiently. why we have not seen them,"
The prisoners were speedily bound, and " He is out in front, waiting for his com- —
" We have a few a vey few negroes left,"
then, after a word of caution to Tim and Tony, manding officer," said Edna. Then indicating said Edna, slowly, " most of them have been
Ellsworth entered the house. Ellsworth, "this, mother, is Captain Ells- killed by the lawless guerrillas. Still, there
He found Edna waiting for him in the par- worth, the gentleman who saved my life just are two men who I am sure would lay down
lor. now, when, had it not been for him, I should their lives for any member of my
father's fam-
She arose as he approached, and frankly ex- have died at the hands of Lester Hick's guer- Uy."
tending her hand, said: rillas." "And where are those two?" asked I. an
" I have to thank you, sir, for the valuable " Capt!(in," said Mrs. Stanwood, extending dal.
assistance you rendered me. Captain, you her hand, and speaking with great feeling, For a moment Edna hesitated; then, after a
saved my life." " how can I ever thank you? You have laid glance through the window, and into the hall-
" I require no thanks. Miss Stanwood," said us under a life long obligation. It would have way, she said
Eandal, earnestly. " I am proud indeed to killed the general, as well as myself, had any- " I sent them on a secret mission early this
know that I have been of the slightest service —
thing happened to our child our only child." evening."
to you -to General Stan wood's daughter." Then suddenly: "Is that boy Anthony, he — "
"Ah!" exclaimed Ellsworth, "and when
" Yv, i^iiow my fathex, then?" sho usked, said Lia name was, in your company, captain ? will ihey return

"Yes, ma'am, he is," responded Randal, ' I expect them at any moment."
•' Lave some acquaintance with him; but
I " and a great favorite with us all."' "Good! Now, then, for my request, Tou
I kno-^ him by repuiatiou far better." " What do you know of him —
his early life, see. Miss Stanwood, I startea out tonight on
" He is a noble gentleman, it he is my fath- I mean ? " asked the lady. a sort of a quixotic expedition, and took only
er, and a true, disinterested patriot," said " Very little, I fear, that will interest you, one man and that boy, Tony, with me. We
Edna, proudly. ma'am." have taken eleven prisoners, together with
" He is indeed," rejoined Ellsworth, "and "Please permit me to be the judge, captain. thirteen horses and a large number of weap-
is beloved by every Union soldier in "Tennes- Tell me what you do know." ons. It would be somewhat difficult, I appre-
see." Then Ellsworth told how Tony had first hend, for us three to take our prisoners and
" I am so glad to hear you say so. And now made his appearance on the battle field of booty to camp in safety, especially as we feel
let me ask, what will you do with your pris- Gettysburg, and how it had happened that he pretty sure that the full band to which the
oners?" became a member of his company. He also outlaws belong is at no great distance. 1 will,
" I cannot tell what will be doco with them mentioned his former relations with Gripper then, with your kind permission, leave the
ultimately. I shall turn them over to the the farmer. prisoners here, with one of my men and your
senior officer. Major Peale, who commands the "And is that all you know about him?" two faitnful negroes to guard them, und at
exnedition of which my company forms a asked Mrs. Stanwood, in a disappointed tone, once return to camp myself with the boy. It
part, What he will do with them I cannot when he had finished. will not take long to reach our bivouac, and I
" I regret to say it is," was the answer. shall speedily return with Major Peale and
But you have some idea?"
" He has a fine gold chain with a little trin- our full force to relieve you of your unpleas-
" Probably they will be sent North, as pris- ket attached. He says it is in the kit of one of
oners of war." his comrades .Will you permit him to bring "A very good plan indeed. Captain, and the
" Then I am satisfied. I should not care to it to me in the morning ? only proper one for you to follow, I should
think that I, in anyway, was connected with "If such a thing is possible, he shall do so. say," exclaimed Edna, heartily.
the death of the most unworthy among them. If not to-morrow, at all events, I will see that "You really think so?"
" 1 do indeed. And you have only to wait
I have already sent one man into eternity, and the chain and trinket reach you vrithin a day
I do not wish to add to the number." or so at the latest." for the return of EUick and Wash to carry it
" Don't let the thought trouble you in the " Let him bring it himself, if possible, out."
least, Miss Stanwood. It is not at all likely please." '
Then I'll go and speak to Tim. Tou can
" " " " "


let me know when

tion liave returned."
the two negroes you men- lookin' fur Hicks's gang, their varmints is
ther valley, tother side o' Stanwood creek."
m " It is
what you have
bad," rejoined the major, " and from
told me, I fear it would 't do
Major Peale and Randal both brought their to leave this place unguarded while they are
The captain rejoined Tim and Touy, and
horses to a -land as the old man spoke, and at liberty. They are capable of returning here
having drawn them to one side, hastily ex-
plained his plans. Peale, in a tone of great satisfaction, ex- and murdering the whole family."
" That's what I was thinking. What do
Tim, with the freedom of his race, hastily
" Farley, by all that's glorious I" you propose to do ?"
approved, and assured Ellfiworth that he could
safely leave the dhirty guerrillas in his hands, "Yes, Major, its me" nodded the union "Make this place our headquarters until
" Nor don't lose any time, an' you can they are captured and hung."
and that he would see to it that ther black scout.
naygars didn't go ter slape on their posts or come down on ter'em like a clap o' thunder, "Ah! and you believe they can be found?''
" Look at that negro there— the big one, I
duty. then Cunnel and Capin Jillson ain't with
While they were yet talking, Edna came 'em." mean."
out on the veranda, followed by two blacks, " Weknow that ; but can't you guide us to "Well?"
" I'll stake my life it was either Hicks or
one of them a perfect Hercules in stature, build the spot, Farley?"
and str-ugth. This was EUick. " Its unpossible. Major, I've got-ter be Jillsen who cracked his skull for h'm. He's
It took but a moment to inform them of the thirty miles from this afore mornin.' You bent on revenge. I can see it; and nobody
situation, and having seen the prisoners placed can't miss it, —
in the valley, just over the knows all the hiding places in this part of the
country as well as he. With his help we can
in an out-building, and the guard duly mount- creek, good night," and the renowned scout of
the Tennessee was gone. track the scoundrels to their death. Ellick,
ed. Captain Ellsworth sprang to saddle, and
closely followed by Tony, started at a gallop "That's luck for us, any way," exclaimed come here. Whose work was that ';" pointing
for the Union camp. Peale, exultingly, as they once more started to his head.
" Cap'u Jillson's, sah, de cowardly dog! He e
CHAPTER XVIII. " Yes," said Ellsworth, " I fancy we shall comed up from behind an' knocked me sense
Et he'd a-comed at me liker man,
A FBAKFtTL SLAUOHTER. THE GUERRILLA — thin out that gang of cutthroats before morn-
ing now, for a fact."
wouldn't say er word; but now

CHIEF AND CAPTAIN ESCAPE. A minute later they reached the Stanwood '
You want to find him, don't you ?"

In Jess than ten minutes the captain and Tony place, .and having left a sufficient guard to The negro's eyes gleamed like lightning.
watch the prisoners, and permitted Tim and " Never fear, you shall find him. Wh
reached the bivouac, and while the former was
yet asking where he could find Major Peale,
that officer came up and eagerly requested to
be informed where in the world he had been
Tony to join them, they started for the valley
beyond Stanwood creek.
Audley Peale knew exactly how to conduct
winged Wash ? "
" Mas'r Hicks."
"Ah! and he don't
over friendly toward
for the last hour or so, and what adventures such an' enterprise as the one on which they the colonel, I

he had met with. were now engaged, and his force entered the "No, eah!"
Randal explained. valley from two directions, rendering it utterly "All right, we'll have something to eat, and
Before he had finished the major ordered the impossible for the guenillas to escape. letour horses rest, and then we'll start out on
boot and saddle call to be sounded, and hastily At length they came upon the camp, and the trail."
prepared to mount his own horse. before their presence was even suspected, the
" You can finish your story on the road, cap- signal for the attack was given, and a fearful CHAPTER XIX.
tain," he said. And when they were gallop- fight ensued. No, it was not a fight, it was a TONT BKIKGB DOWN THE GUERILLA CHrEP.
ing toward the Stanwood mansion, he abruptly —
slaughter a terrible, a bloody slaughetr, in Breakfast was speedily prepared, the officers ate
renewed the conversation with the remark: which the Union men had it all their own theirs together, with the troopers in groups at no great
"And so you were fortunate enough to make distance about them. They would not go to the house
way, and they smote the guerilla and spared
on account of the illness of Mrs. Stanwood.
the acquaintance of Miss Edna Stanwood, eh?" not. Soon as the meal was finished the bugle sounded and
" Yes," said Ellsworth, " I had that honor. Ellsworth and his men would have wUlingly speedily the squadron was mounted.
She is a beautiful woman." given quarter but when the carnage was at As Major Peale was iibout to give the order. Forward!
"Magnificent. Did you see her mother 1"
" Yes; she too must have been beautiful in

its height, Peale's Tennessean'.s could not be —

Ellsworth's eyes happened to rest on Tony Tibhits, wh<)
.^ .-...-^
horse ahead at a half trot in order to join
restrained, they only remembered all the nif TilDU Coorey, who v.a.s calling for him.

her day indeed, she is so still; but she is a wrongs they had suffered, at the hands of the Doment, Miijor, if you please," exclaimed
sad invalid." rebels —
wrongs in their^iiwn persons, and in

"Ah yes, a sad invalid, as you say. TKere
is a dark chapter in the history of the Stan-
the persons of thetr wiyos, sisters, mothers
and daughters, and so, when the fight was
wood family, and while it has to a great extent over, not a guerilla was left alive on that
affected the general, it has almost completely Uoody field I I ] .
MS his hand wentnp to
broken up his wife. Did you meet anybody It was fearful, appalling; but many fearful
" That chain and trinket," said the Captain, "have
else at the mansion?" and appalling things occurred during the
"Only one other person, the sweetest— the great war of the Rebellion.
you it about you no'W V
" Yes, Captain, I got it from Tim a while ago."
most lovable girl I ever met, unless The Union force suffered very little, only "Very eood. ride on to the houBC and ehow it to the
"Ah I who was that ?" asked Peale hastily. one or two men were killed, and less than a lady. But mind if she detains yon over two minutes

we eliall not waitforyou. We aregoing in the direc-

Miss Penrose
dozen wounded. More than a hundred horses tion of thu valley. You are not afraid to ride after ue
" You saw her then ? And and (uneasily) — were captured, and a large quantity of arms
"No, sir. not at all."
you think her lovely 1 and ammunition was secured.
" I do, indeed," was the emphatic reply. "Very well. But hurry ; and if you can rejoin us
Just before daylight the victors left the immediattly, I shiill be better pleased.
"And to be frank with you, major, I should valley, and agaiu started for the Stanwood Tony at once dat^lied off toward the hocee.
have fallen in love with her. had I not seen plantation. He brought his horue to a stand before a aide entrance,
andquickfy dismounted.
Edna Stanwood first." As they reached the open gateway, it was Tlie door stood open, and as he ascended the steps
"Ahl and so you have fallen in love with evident to them all that something of Impor- EdnaStanwood appeared in thehallwuy.
Edna?" exclaimed the major, lu a tone of tance had happened during their absence. "All its you. "she said, hastening t'onvard. "come

right in, I have Tbeen esp<*eting you. But stop a mo-

great relief. Two or three Union men could be seen hurry- ment where you are, and let me take one good look at
" I suppose I'm a fool to confess it," said ing arouud to the rear of the house, and Ells- yon." When taking the boys head between her hands,
Randal; " for it ain't at all likely that such a worth counted six dead bodies in front, where she gazed down earnestly into his eyee.
glourious being would ever give a second only two had been a few hours before. Tony looked up into her lovely face wonderingly.
"Yes," murmured the girl at last, "yes, I too can
thought to a poor devil of a captain like me." Then they saw EUick and Wash approach- see the look audi no longer marvel at mother's agita-
" Why not?" said Peale, "you saved her ing, the former with his head bound up in a tion. Did you bring the little keep sake, Anthony ?"
life, and I know Edna Stanwood, she is warm- red and yellow bandana handkerchief, and "Yes, Miss."
"Letme havft itthen. and I will see if it is possihJe
hearted and grateful, believe me." the latter with his left arm in a sling. for my mother to receive you. She passed a miserable
" She has a regal look, and I should hardly "What the deuce has been to pay here ?" night, and was very poorly a little while ago when I
" was in her room. Can you wait ?"
think '
Major Peale, sharply, as they drew
" I know what you would say, my friend The captain gave me two minuies, Mies. If I am "not
; bark in that time the column wili move on, and
but for all her stately appearance, she has a " Dar's trouble enough, Mars'r Major," an- "I won't keep you a moment. Sit down here iu the
wealth of affection to bestow upon the right swered Ellick, with gleaming eyes. "Dem hallway, where you can hear my voice if I call;" and

man the man who shall win her heart, I am guerrillas got hold oh de arms in some way,
Edna hastei ed hghtly up the si
She was gone quite two minn
sure of it." an' we've had er purty hot fight, I tole yer. slowly, with a thonghtful and a troubled look up- i

At this moment a figure glided from the side Cunnel Hicks, him an' Cap'n Jillson, dey's
ny," she said, seating herself by
y the Bide
side of th
of the road and approached the rapidly moving done gone an' got clean away. De odder pris-
column. oners, dey didn't get off, dey
— id taking his band iu hers, " myr poor mother iis
and she has jnst fallen asleep. I dare not
Aa it came near, by the pale light of the " Well, what of them?" asked Peale, impa- wake he However, let me say, as I entered her r
moon, it could be seen that it was a man, tiently.
somewhat beyond middle life, and indeed his " Dey's done gone dead — ebery one on
which I held
it as one she had eeeri before.
and instantly recog-
i ,

iron-gray looks indicated that old age was " What she said it ia not best that I should repeat to
rapidly advancing. Still, his active body and "And our men —are any of them dead ?"
" No, sah; but dey's purty
yon now; it would take too much time, and I am sure
you are anxious to rejoin your comrades who have al-
strength of limbs seemed an assurrance that much all ou 'em ready passed down the road. " ' '
' -

many years of usefulness were yet before hurt, an' some mighty bad." I leave this with me for a little while?"
him. "This is serious," said Ellsworth, regret- Tony
" You need not doubt be returned to you if—
' Stop one moment, Major," he exclaimed fully. "For my part, I'd rather all

of that, miss," broke in Tony; " bi

abruptly, as he raised his hand, " you're had escaped than those two." back this way, you know."
' . " — . .


" Father, mother, the girl hereelf, all received him
The colonel took a long draught, and ihen, in a
"Who told v"u that?" she asked, hastUy. "Did itronger voice said ; with open arms, and before I hardly had time to catch
Unptain Ellsworth tiij- to*" "Raise me up a little higher, and place back my my breath, they were married, and my happiness and
' Oh, no, miss; you see, we arc followm^ up
liut. igainst that tree." prospects were blighted for ever.
" Isaw my prospects were blighted, for more than
those guerrilla otBceis —
Hicks and Jillson— and we Tony, with some difficulty, did so.
As he was moving the almost helpless man, his foot mere love was concerned in all this, I had hoped to keep
don't know where the chase may lead us.
She thought a moment, and then hastened into a side :ame in contact with the side pocket-book and turned Antoine single, in case of his death I became sole heir
room, a sort of library. t over, causing most of its contents to slip out, to the Marsden estates, and now my affairs were in such
A minute later she returned, a email, three-comered Tony looked round. a condition t>iat the possession of my cousin's fortune
note in her hand, A number of letters and a card picture caught his had become, I believed, absolutely necessary to me.
still brooding over my fancied V
"There," she said, "give that to yonr captam, and
take my word for it, you will come back this way. Now the news reached
will you leave the chain ?"
his wife had died .

'Certainly, miss," responded Tony, promptly. "But cousin and ruccessful rival was in full possession of his
-but you will t are of it? You see. it was my colossal ortune.
loor mother's, and vith i

ememberher by." seemed to dawn upon him that the picture

"You are quite sui an exact likeness of the jMiss Stanwood from
.t , and could afford to
" Oh, yea, miss, I ng it about he had parted a little while before, there was look down upon me ith cold disdain.
thinj; hanging something mure subdued, more gentle, perhaps, re- " Should I submit Should I quietly permit her to
ler neck, with that i I

face before him. It reminded him of enjoy tall, whilel v 18 poor and miserable ?
Slyofer had struck him in Flora Penrose's quiet
" By the Eternal I

me. 1 know this," he continued, musingly, "or else—

or else, the thing has happened in my dreams. Alas, it Then too the picture was a very old one— ten or fifteen myself of all that theirs, and deliberltely I
is so htUel do remember, surely I cannot be mistaken years at least, and yet it represented a woman of be- work to accomplish my purpose.
tween eighteen and twenty years. " Months rolled by. ' that I had a hard task yet
" Go—
go, boy, at oncet" esclaiined Edna, excitedly; He did not know what to make of it untU the ; ]
I was beginning to think I could
" go, ana return as speedily written at the bottom caught his eye see daylight. I had another setback, word came that a
" £<iit/i Stanwood," he exclaimed, son and heir had been born to them.
1 your keepsake shall not get lost."
'" he began to eather np the " I swore to delay no longer in my revenge, which I
With good-mornmg, Tony ran down the c
th a hasty good-morn...^, sister," then --^ •"*" "- *-
cted to Lester - "
aide steps,,andsr
and sprang to saddle. The greater pan the! promised myself should be s
The squadron was already out of sight: but this did Hicks, --' ""'• •
inclu' *
not trouble him much, it only caused him a momentary with nt had many sp
feeling of annoyance. His mind was so much taken up Edith.' called 1

by all Edna had slid that he thought of very little else. _e he took up, and which was addressed to not take me long to draw up a will to suit myself,
Still, he felt the necessity of rejoining his command GilesTibbits, was indorsed— " From Silvester Stover, "At this time Antoine was in Washington, on public
ith as little delay us possible and so, ditiging his heels Gettysburg, Penn." business, I went there too.
Another exclamation burst from Tony--an exclama- " I personated him, and so the requisite number o*^
^ ato the horse's danks— he had no spurs— he put him to
the top of bis speed. tion that roused Colonel Hicks from the lethargy into persons witnessed the forged will, firmly believing that
it was the real Antoine Marsen who made it.
, , -.v
For some distance his way lay along a level road with which he had fallen,
rich open fields on either hand; then came a gradual

"What's that ?" he asked, looking up suspiciously.

. .
" Shortly after this— not wishing to too much mu
rise, and when he had reached the top of the hill, he "Nothing," answered Tony, hastily gathering up the risk myself, I got up a quarrel between my coasm and
saw that just before him the road took an abrupt bend papers, letters and picture, and thrusting them into the Abner Jillson, whoatthattimewas a very young and
to the left, and ran through a thick woods. pocket-book, which he slipped in his side jacket. hot headed fellow. .....
Now, witaout in the least being able to account for Then once more turning to the wounded man he said : " He called Marsden out and killed him, unfau-ly it
It, Tony felt a presentiment that danger lurked in
that "Colonel Hicks, you said a little while ago that you was said, and for many reasons the matter was hushed
had received your death-wound. Do you really tlunk up. I doubt if even General Stanwood himself knows
' '

forest, and without slackening the speed of


nnslung ^ carbine that had m, loosened that you are about to die?" the real facts to this day. t, .. ,.
revol- "Think? I know it. See where your cursed shot "My o\vn course was now plain before me. Edith
ihill at breakneck soeed, and struck me. I am bleeding to death internally, and had determined to return to her father's house with
then, suddenly, turned 'Uto the wood-bordered road, can'tlast moch longer.
her child. I resolved to take that child from her. .

Tony was now on the alert; his eyes were searching With that he gave a gasp, I a large quantity of "I secured the services of a trusty man, and waylaid
the underbrush on either side for the slightest indica- blood flowed from Lis lips. her on the road. ,„^
of a larking enemy. " It's an awful thing to die, id the boy, "even if " She became unconscious from fright. When she
thought he saw a slight movement of a one be fully prepared; how m came to her/ielf, a dead child, whose face was horribly
disfigured, and who was dressed in her own child f
He took another look, and sure he saw the neck onel. if ye clothes, lay by her eide. , . _ , , . ,

and shoulder of a man, and ! any great wrong you"lave " She was told that it had been killed by a kick from
oarbine, pointed suggestively his direction, became Dne,Jt might ease your c
lytliing I eui. do to y< right that wrong, you ""•'she rlfiised"o believe the story. She emphatically
'^Instantly his own carliine was brought declared that the child was not hers, and loudly caUed
" Why should y .pp^ise I have ever wronged any tor her own darling r,oy. And this cry she kept up all
rlorllvsaw fhen)nyemPiit,nnd
The skulking enemy' evidorlly ine o .iMi^tl. suspiciously that niirbt and un-H the evening of the next day,
one?" demanded thi
Stantly there was a % 1. followed by u s^mrp report, "Theio islittl"-. tira'*leii tn enter into erylanations," her f.ittier arrived at the houre where she had becucon-
cd Tony said Tony, firmly "Ipo suppose BO, though, and 1 veyeH, ill order to take her home.
had I laid a 1 be felt t
beg, I entreat you, really be " Once in her childhood's home, she became more
amende." quiet. She still insisted, however, that the dead boy
But this had not- for an instant etarded his i i
VC'bat, confees to my murderer? was a stranger. But her friends thought this omy.tho
and without checking his horse, he ravings of an unsound mind, and so the little one wa«
aiming just below where he saw the t you first fired s buried, and no search was made for the living child.
A sharp cry followed the shot, and tnere was a violent '
But I f "That child was in my possession.
commotion in the underbrush. elyaprec iitionary measure.' "At first it was my attention to kill it; but somehow
Tony brought his horse to a stand, and spriaging '
Well, well, I understanu. And see here, boy, there I could not bring myself to do that Then I thought of
from the saddle, rushed to the cover. an awful load on my mind— murder, double murder, a sweeter vengeance. . .... *
He quickly caught sight of a man in the gray uni- fact, kidnapping, forgery, and robbery— ay, the worst "The man who had helped me in the plot thus far
form of a rebel officer, trying to crawl away mto the Qd of robbery, robbing the helpless orphan." was one Tibbits, a queer sort of a fellow, with very lit-
bushes. "And the burden of all these crimes weighs upon yon tle conscience. He had a wife living in KnoxvUle,
" Halt!" he cried, sternly, " halt, I say, or I flrel and awful moment?" " He could be hired to go anywhere— do anything, ana
I had always found him reliable. There is
such a thing
this time I shall Are to kill , .
^ " Is°there nothing you can do to lift it? Can you not
The officer stopped his onward progress, and turned. as honor among thieves, , , ^ .^ . ,

Then Tony for tlie first time caught sight of his face, " Well -1 gave him the child and told him to take it
ake someattonement?" , , .^v
and to his utter amazement, recognized Colonel Lester For a moment the dying man «as silent. At length, North somewhere, gain a resiuence, seem to be desper-

Hicics, the guerrilla chief! lening his eyes, the drooping of which had hung Kb ately poor, and at last see that the brat fetched up m
»wn heavily, he fixed an earnest gaze upon «re brave the almshouse. ,.,,.. ^ *--.^
" He sought out his wife, gave the child into her ec j;
FATHER COimSSOB. I wai t by Captain Ellswon aged 1

elf? ' • -"

" There's no use wasting any more time on me, ooy, is the residence of one o and proudest fami-
said the colonel, gloomily; "you've cooked my
goose— lies in the land. The pi head of the house is now 3 wife disappeared.
I'm done tor, sure as preaching." Then, with a gasp, an old, though vigorous w'ho has been the father
he sank down. , . « .,.
„. „. .. children.
A strange, a solemn feeling took possession of the "The oldest child was a daughter; ipper a
That I suppose,
boy's heart, and slowly making his way to the sons and daugl keep a jealous eye
id to kee c ,

daughter, the It
left allte to-day," ,
"And hie poor mother!" faltered Tony, "his poor
The colonel paused, and he was silent > long, Tonj mother, did she die of a broken heart?"
Help me," he gasped, "
' I caimot breathe, I can't—" feared he had fainted. Lester Uicks looked np with a start. He seemed to
and again he sank back awake as from a dream. ., ^ .i ,«»
" His mother, his mother," he said, ''whose mother?

Tony now haroly knew what to do. He was most ^'BuTil'^s'oftre'Zeft^Ihave to speak Edith. She
anxious to hurry on and rejoin his command, and yet was a grand, stately, yet gentle and conhdmg woman, "Tony's— the hoy you stole away."
to be sure.
he did not like to leave tho-apparently dying man. and b^utifil as a dream. Edna looks very much that's what they called him.
like "Ah, Tonyl
While he was considering what °
*'~* *" — '
He was named Antoine, after his father, or Anthony, as
Tony by 1 ibbita, and
The^cVo^nll's h^d'h^ad wien forward mitU his
another effort chin it is in English; but he was called
adopt the gnrrella chief suddenly
rested unon his breast. He seemed to
have wholly for- took that worthy's last name. Yes, yes, Tony Tibbiis,
that's the boy, And-ha! ha!-he's my cousm and heir.
"A drop of spirits." he gasped. gotrer Tony's presence, and Wlked on aloud as though
the world liquor of any kind " But his mother-is sHe dead?" urged Tony.
Now of all tilings in Uiiniiins to himself. " Dead? of course she is—died within a month after
lust what Tony hadn't got, nor wasn't likely to h
The very small of the stuff wa her child was stolen away, believing, too, its m exist-

sick, and he invariably kmt away from it CHAPTER XXI. ence to the moment of her death. And what s more,
U thel'ast,! believe, she made a convertof
her mother.
possible. So he was obliged HICK'S CONFESSION ANB DEATH. m
" I haven't got any •- " " Tes, Edith was as beautifiU as a dream, "murmured Edna was too young to think much abont the matter
isped the colonel and indicated his right - - - .

. those days; for that-let-mc—see, must have
the dying max
. - .

hand breast i quite twelve or thu'teen years ago „!„„„„.

Tony quickly unbuttoned Ws coat which had been "Ednal" he continued, after a moment s silence,
"ah, yes, and since then I have been a suitor forwith
tightly buttoned across his chest, and 1 '°"''bS her father, her mother, her other
hand—a suitor, and rejected But— ha 1 ha not I

none of them liked me, and perhaps, they had wild,

just .

of her bro-
The thing his hand enconnterei the scorn she lavished on Jillson, the slaver
cause tor their dislike, i was wUd-desperately
knows, or sus-
ther-in-law. I wonder how much ^he
and dissipated a large fortune before I was
twenty-five, into
her father lether
" Well then came my accomplished cousin- Antome pects, of that affaur. I wonder if
intrusted to hr
the secret of those papers, which he
Warsden, the only son and heir of Govenor Warsden got hold of tin
"He took out' the cork, and with a gr™ace of disCTSt^ country, and care, and which, if we could have
the wealthiest man in all this southern
raised the head of the wounded man,
and held the flask
saw my Edith, and there was no more chance for me. would have insured to me another fortune.
to his lipe.
' ' " "


nnded 1 becam* silent, and Tony con- "Be dad, ther by's proud— jist loike meself "
tinued thoughtfully kneeling
'""'-"' •'• dying sinner claimed Tim. "He's got good blood in his veins." But must you die?"
"Suddenly"""""" pasped for breath, and "And have you, Timf" asked Lillie.
pointing tc empty aaek on the ground, man- "Have.
Of course. I am bleeding to death, and all the e
Shure, thin, an' didn't yer know I
was t us in yonr army couldn't save me."
aged to ntter the word- ''rect descendant av wan av ther greatest
•Quickl" i
Very well, you shall have your wish."
owld Oirelandf" One thing more."
Tony picked up the flask and held it to his lips.
He drank eagerly, and when at length the boy took "
' it It's thrue for yer." "After vegot that hole dug
away, murmurt-d feebly:
The boys sent np a shout out, pitch me int
"Tiiny TibbitsI Yes, that is what they called him. of laughter, amid i and bury You'll find much that belongs to
Iwish-I wish— word could be got to him. I wish I mount was heard.
irder to boy there propertyrof

They were quickly in the ( theStanwood«."

could right that poor child's wrongs, at Jeaet. But this saddle, and, at a li 'elyt led as you
''?.'';7''° friends—dying like a dog in these woods—"
I the c " Wow leave me."
"You would really like to see that boy f" broke in , theys nhewb 1 advanc- They turned away.
luK turtaru tueill. The digging proceeded, and treasure
Tony, "to tell him you have wronged him, and to do " Wait one moment," cull to a large amount
all th.t lies in your power to give Him
a name and sta-
Snowden, as brought to light, together with title-deeds and the
"I have somethingof theun ilid willof Tony's father.
The column was brought onderinglj After all had been unearthed, they returned to look at
3 eager answer. Major Pealc and Captam Ellsworth rode toward Tlie Jillson,
onl'^eaid Tony solemnly. squad.
Edith Htanwood's child!"
" What is it?" asked the former.
Hew dead, and from the esiireeaion on his face, it
known as Tony nt he had died in mortal agony.
Tibbits," „.',''>. 'he first place,"answered Snowden, "Colonel

He was hastily buried,I, and then, „having made pro-

Hicks IS dead!"
boy, yon have fearful- transportation of the treasure,
ly aven^.
, " Dead Who killed him, and where f
Peal e ordered the squadro
foni "TonyTibbits shot him." was the answer, " and he Forward!
fell ssuing from hie mouth. lies in the woods to the east of the road,
the order, and than
Tonv about a mile ;8 they w. at the Stanwood mar
from this." Edna and Flo met Peale, Ellsworth

"Did yoti find any papers on ^ Tony

~ the
body?*'3sked Peale, ! door, and requested
equested them to ascend to Mrs. Stanwood
uwood 8 J

important, major." they ei they noticed that the invalid lady

! they?" a gold chain, with a curious trinket attached,
Lnded him all the papers. step this way," she said
iiprine to.
ell on his ea t once," said Peale. They did so.
They ditl ec ciding that moBt of them
" ''
"ithout delay,
She held out the trinket, a
concealed spring.
considered Uie It flew open, and revealed on either side a
CUAPTKR XXII. one of a noble-looking man, the other a beautiful

Each of these pictures she turned r-ido, and behind[Ulad^HB


were three little locks of hair, behind the other was the
ble. Come!' picture of a bright-eyed, laughing boy
eu men JU81 coming into view. "Now," asked Mrs. Stanwood solemnly, at the same
Were they friemls or enemies? Yes, let those fellows of yours accompany ns " tmie pointing to Tony, " whose son is he?"
Atthat distance he could not tell. Ellsworth gave the neoeosary command. Peale left "Antoine Slarsdens," answered the major prompuy,
the column in charge of one of his officers, and accom- promptly
lakmg his horse by the bridle he led
^rSroeri^Lr-^'-"'-" "•- «turo'Sd\?S
him a short
aooty was hurried

panied by Ellsworth and the party that Tony
for the spot where the guerrUlas'
"Cousm Edith's," said Flora.
"He is your grandson, dear mother." exclaimed •"""".
throwing her arms about her mother's neck
"There could be no possible doubt with what you
After a quarter an hour's search they found it. and show us said Ellsworth earnestly, • but without now
i-eaie at once exclaimed the
company :
help of that locket, the boy himself has already
He rushed
out into the middle of the road, and when
"Somebody has disturbed the earth here within half estab-
""'^ '^^"^ "'"' ™'"''' ^" avenged hie

the ad' ng/guad caught sight of him, faiher's dM?h

a loud cheer of joy and relief, ""' put theii-they sen " Within five minutes, I say," amended Lillie " How is that? " exclaimed the lady,
horses " Yes, by Jove, and here's a spade hidden under
these And then the story of Tony's adventures was told.
bashes," said Pender, drawing forth the useful article And so Lester Hicks and Abner Jillson are dead-
headed the " Where s those two niggers ? " asked Peale
e died by the hand of Edith's son. Yes, God's
close behind " Out yonder," answerer^ judp^enta
'"'''"'^ H^ """ slumbers nor
r..,']i n'" ""^ g'*''
'? *'"' yo" «^f« aod sound,^^^
my boy' Ellick and Wash were called, and were
'sajd Coropal Snowden, -' feeling.
with a great i'— of « '
s< As Ellsworth began Tony's story, a noble-looking
"Be ther powers I" exclaimed Tii
lut dirt at a lively rate, the former with tl gray-haireo man, wearing the uniform of a general
onaisy on your account, atter with a piece of bojird he had picked cer in the Union army, quietly entered the
Tony Bui anything
room and
t permit bin stood unnoticed juat within tl^e doorway, his
lhfir^^E'et'°v^L"'/;?J?,';r.P'""''-^'' -"^ "be. eyes in-
touly hxeilon the boy, while 2e drank in the captain'.

TlmH?'SeTKd.'£mS:riy1?''='"^"°''"'<'rs>"- forward, andf olding Tony in his

"Shm-e, thin, I do." " •Hataed-'W"^ armsf
" Just talk French to them." said Ed, amid "^^J-dear Lt. thank God I have
a shont '^"'' '' ^™'"'"" ^''bbard and esa'min-
of laughter. V fonii*i''vo'',?^^i!
" Oh, go 'long wid ed Oif blTde""^
papMsYresafe?"' •
''°° "^^ lai'^ «"" all those
3 A slight^a very slight rustling in the bushes to his f"'.^"- .'-Ellick
yoiu" hori
of the party digging, attracted his ?rS?A
and Wash took care of that."
moment. "^ Then Tony
atteutlSn sfortune will be as great as ever
" Right here, close at hand," was the reply.
his grandfather, and those two
Well, come then, my boy, mount,"
He gazed earnestly in that direction for an instant faithful
then the scabbard fell to the ground, the sword was mger servants bnt friends. let us Now
Corpora^ Snowden, somewhat impatiently, we uo-^
raised, and with one bound he was in the
30m the squadron without delay. bushes future until Hi./r,'i'„L"'"?.l°?.«Ji'='-l.'"?'i H^? t°'- the '

"What, did you come out on purpose to fi state of y,

ever consider you you have been such a ,
faithful guardian to this b
arm Itself 1
"Ishould certainly like
and the shot : the ground near the
5 of you in fact, and
if "—turning to Edna and
"Shaft, thin, don't I bes tillm yer that it was ml self holding out his
that got onaisy' esclmmedTim, " and 1 wouldn't "iv'e
the slightest 1

have read your heart aright " = '"" hand^-- i ^ """ 1

* " There," cried Tony sternly, pointing to the

ther captain any pace till he sent us. severed "Oho! that's the way the matter stands, is
" Have you found either of the escaped member, " there lies the band and arm that
was ud- alinll hnvomyconeent,
it ? You
prisoners f raised to take my father's life.-Villain If youcaueethersv"
asked Tony, without making any movement toward his Scoundrel! I Ednii's hand :ngly into the captain's.
Murderer of an innocent man know that your !
iust " Well, that's settled
""^ """^ '°fl«'«'l h^ '"e sonof Antoine
xclairaed the general, " and
"No: but what did you stop here for!" asked the
now we're a family party indeed.
"Dismount, all of you, andlwin "iiowyou"
Wonderingly, they dlsmoiiuted, add 'Tony led the CHAPTER~XXin.
way to the spot where the dead guerilla chief was lying. Captain Abner Jillson, who it 'was that lay bleeding
Au astonishment
exclaD.<.iiun of from burst their on the ground, on hearing Tony's declaration, looked
they caught sight of the dead body,
Tony, Corporal Snowden asked
to :
and then lipinto the boys face, with an expression of the
utmost ^"^ l"'*"""^'" ''
J'ou ought to nave a hundred
I. ' Is this your work, boy !" ^.^Zl".!""
Tony gave au aflirmative nod. ..vr^?"T^°""^'^°'°''"'*''"'"'<^°''' 8°" '" '>e gasped. tue major gravely.
must hurry back
now," said Snowden,
" My CJod this 18 indeed retribution."

and the question l8,what shall wedo with the body ?" By this time the whole party had gathered round, and
this world again."
were lookin;; from Tony to his victim, in astomshment
^IJ.Btiould say, leave it right where it is antU we re- At length Peale took Tony one side.
iieutenaDt, Snowden was made
"Ah, bnt are we sure to y°" anyway »" he asked impulsively. T. « a
come back this way!" asked My riL'ht name is Antoine Marsden," answered the
•i SJ'"'.'"''' DuSy and Tony became corporals
the corporal,
boy, and I am the son of that Autoino Marsden, ordered to join Sher-
"I should say yes."
thisman killed so trecherously in a so-called duel
whom \T!y.!°.'lf"'.^''^''
1 "Thenwe'll leave it."

"ornent," said Pender. " He was the leader of

Major Peale now regarded the drummer boy with pro-
' ghtfully thii
.ll't??" found respect.
Jll the guerillas in these parts; he may have had im- ell and then tht^randii
portant papers about him,"
Governor Marsden's grandson then ? " he "
'"' sergeant on t
"Right my boy, I never thought of that; we'U^arch ta foi gallant conduci
the body,*' and immediately they did so "^ Yes.' great jo> he found hi
They were richly rewarded for their pains, for, as grandson of withau ippomtmentoi ^ grandfathers staff
Ellsworth had neglected to do more than disarm
prisoners the night before, they now found in
a secret The«ir n oer th, :niy disbnnded Major now —
pocket on the inside of his undershirt, important nephew?" exclaimed EUs- iiiose arc married and live
irom the rebel commanding general, and alt*o certain .t a short dibUnce from her
" I always thought yon \ 3something more than ap-
jf their plunder, together with important Li utuiint Colonel Ellsworth
nd the interest Mrs. Stan- """
"Thishaa wood takes in you. But is villain, can we do any- ^Tuny
Tony Tibbits,' thing for him?" afUrVTdultui^^'a"" nd marryuij^ a pret-
aid Corpora i
tv -iai.ktetirl has settled the old Marsdsn es-
the booty wjii They tiu-ned toward the utilated guerilla. He had 1

this day surrounded by a large

in s «onh his left hand
fimily of children
cried Tony, earn-
i,f It,'
nue be divided among my brave With a sigh he dropped Pair small kft the arm, i . ipta,
it, and with ore profound
S'-'t- fit to promote me, I shall be :a into anotner rcgimtnt b
sigh, fellback upon the ground. :ooney
r 1

added, promptly, " 1 ought to be " Can we do any thing for you, capta t-ttuk to 1 nn .ii I 11
Boiuelhmg more tin 1 a mere drummer boy; but I ask. asked Ells-
worth, in a compussiouate tone.
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