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Tony Tibbets, the drummer boy, at the battle of Gettysburg.


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his whole army at hand. "Yes, a farm* house. Hope the rebs
THE DRUMMER BOY; Lee had
A vigorous forward movement, such as ain't in possession there but of course ;

usually characterized the Confederate they're not; this side at least is held by_
general, would at almost any hour during the blue coats. I must stop and see
Out wltli tn<- T>volltli <«.ri>s.
the day have carried Cemetery Hill. what I can find out. I may have struck
I

Howard realized this, and as the day the very spot I'm in search of."
BY MAJOR WALTER WILMOT, wore on he slowly withdrew his whole As the gate had been torn from it's
force to the hill, and got the two corps in hinges, without dismounting he rode
Author of ' Mission RidRe." " Hariier's Ferry," etc.

readiness to repel any assault. into the front yard, and having reached
That hill must be held, or the battle the door gave a sounding knock with the
CHAPTER I.
was lost in its inception. handle of his heavy riding-whip.
If it could be held, Lee must do the The alarm .seemed to cause a general
THE WAR CORBESPOXDENT AKD HIS
aggressive work. disturbance within, for he could hear the
PRISONER.
Then the boys-in-blue would have an sound of hurrying footsteps and excited
It was the night after the first day's opportunity to pay back the debt that voices but, after another and more im-
;

fight at Gettysburg. had remained since Fredericksburg. patient knock, a white-robed form ap-
When Hancock arrived and took com- peared at the window just over his head.
General Hancock had already joined
mand he approved all that Howard had It was a woman's form, and a woman's
the troops on Cemetery Hill, having been done. voice that demanded, in a somewhat ex-
sent by General Meade, on learning the This, in brief, was the story of the first cited and querulous tone, what in the
death of Reynolds, to assume the com- day. world he wanted now f
The man who had accompanied Gen- " My dear madam," answered the horse-
mand of the field till he himself could
eral Hancock was a prince of coi-respond- man, in a polite and persuasive tone,
reach the front.
ents. He had seen hard service, and "pardon my unseasonable visit, I beg:
In conjunction with General Howard, was always at the front in time of danger. but the fact is, I am most anxious to
General Hancock had immediately pro- Through the battle-smoke he had been procure a guide to the nearest town or
ceeded to post troops and repel an attack known to dash, regardless of flying bul- railway station that the rebels have not
on the right flank. letsand bursting shells, doing the duty visited, and where there's likely to be a
of an aide and carrying important infor- telegraph ofllce."
The attack, however, had been but
mation that might possibly decide the "There ain't no sich town in these
feebly made, and so was promptly re-
fate of the day. parts, stranger — they've been every-
pulsed. In those troublous times the duties of where."
At nightfall the little army on the hill, war correspondents were fraught with "You're sure ?"

peril and privation. They were hated " Sartin sure."


that had so gallantly sustained itself
by the Confederates, because %f the "Well, then, I must have a guide to
through the toil and peril of the day, stanch patriotism of the papers by which put me in the way of finding a town or •

was cheered by the arrival of General station not in these parts, if they've been
they were employed. ,

Slocum, with the Twelfth Corps, and More than one volume has been given everywhere about here."
General Sickles, with a part of the Third. to the reading public in which the army " There ain't nobody in this 'ere house • I

With Slocum there had come a young correspondent tells his story of capture to show you the way, mister." Then, I
and life in a rebel prison-pen. looking back into the room " What
man,of good a resolute look, and,
build, I : '?

withal, a military air. He was mounted They had this possibility before their what d'ye say ?" I

upon a magnificent horse, wore heavy eyes, as well asdeath on the battle-field, A man's voice murmured a question. '
riding boots, a military cloak and slouch yet, to their credit be it said, no man which, once more looking out, she re-
hat and yet this belligerant-looking
;
was known to flinch from his duty. peated :

The news which he had picked up was " I say, mister, who be you, any way ?"
young man was not, in a strict military
sense, connected with the army. condensed as much as possible. "I'm connected with the press, and
Who and what he was we shall soon All very good, but how was it to be must get a dispatch through to New York
discover. sent to his paper in New York, with the to-night— do you understand ?
In a uiarvelously short time he had wires down in all directions ? "The press! What kind of a press is
possessed himself of the situation— knew, That was a problem. it now ?"

all that had transpired from early dawn Byington had solved many a more "The newspaper press, madam; the
when Reynolds pushed forward to Get- knotty question in his time. Like Alex- newspaper press."
tysburg, and found Bufort with his cav- ander, he would cut the Gordian knot. "Oh!" And again
she turned back,
alry engaging the enemy, till dewey eve, Having learned all it was possible to and there was a scarcely audible murmur,
when the attack on the right flank had he once more mounted his horse
find out, to which she answered, "Hey?" and
been repulsed. and galloped away in the darkness, mut- then, on it's being repeated, called out to
It had been a day full of great possibil- KM-ing to himself as he sped over the the stranger
ities on the rebel side. ground : "I say, you ain't no rebel, be you ?"

Lee, for once, seemed to have failed to "Now, how to get the news to New "No— no, I tell you I'm
of course not ;

grasp the situation. York before any of the other fellows, a newspaper correspondent, and connect-
The battle was bound to come off at that's the question." ed with the Army of the Potomac."
a guide ?"
Gettysburg, and even at this early hour "Wires cut for miles in every direction, "Will you pay for

General Howard had foreseen the great so they say, and of course it's true— leave "Yes, yes ; let me in, and we can easily

advantage that must come to the party Stuart and his cavalry alone for that." settle that business."
who could hold that commanding point, "All the instruments destroyed too. "Better let him in, Nancy," now inter-
Cemetery Hill. Hum That's worse. Might manage
! rupted the unseen man, in quite a dis-
He had left one division of the Eleventh somehow about the wires but, deuce ; tinct tone of voice "reckon he's all right; I

Corps to fortify and hold the eminence, take it! I can't make a new instrument, any way." And so, a minute or two later, j

while with the other two divisions he nor procure one either, at a moment's the door was opened, and the war cor-
went forward to assist the First Corps. notice. respondent sprang from his horse and
When Reynolds was killed General "But pshaw some operator has had
! hurried into the house.
Howard came in command of the forces sense and wit enough to conceal his in- Behind the woman who had opened
then in the field. strument, and if there's one to be found the door stood a great burly man, in his
The main portion of tho Union Army within a radius of twenty miles, I'll have shirt sleeves, who, without further ado, •

was scattered along the various roads it. Halloo what's that place ahead ?
! at once hinted to the correspondent that,
leading to Gettysburg. I'm sure 1 see a light." for good pay, he was ready to put him

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the riglit road to any point he be tempted to do something rash. I a desperate hurry, I'll leave you
anted to go to. tell you, mister, I'm a dangerous for a while,"and the energetic cor-
'And how far is it to the nearest man, if lonceget my courage up.''' respondent hastened down stairs,
liere I am likely to find a telegraph "I dare say but I fancy the trouble
; where the farmer and his wife were
nice in running order?" asked the will be, to get your courage up. So waiting for him.
irrespondeut. come out o' that, I tell you," and "You found what you wanted, I
Can't say for sartin, sir," rejoin-
' with a sudden jerk the war corre- reckon," said the woman, interrog-
the other; "hut the one at Ox- spondent landed his prisoner in the atively.
— and that's beyond Mount
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il middle of the Hoor. "Yes," was the reply, "I'm all


easant — mought be right." all He was a man of medium size, and right so far, and now tell me, one of
'Confound it all, if I only had an in- fairly well dressed. His face was you, in which direction does the
ument, and knew where the breaks pale as ashes; his lips were bloodless telegraph wire run; and where can
the wires were, I'd be all right and trembled convulsively. One I strike it at the nearest point ?"
self." hand clutched something, which, "It runs toward Oxford, an' crosses
Pile woman looked at the man, and without knowing it, he pressed tight- my private lane, just down below
u looked at the woman, the ly to his breast. here a piece," said the farmer.
tier nodded, and the woman hast- Buyiugton's eyes caught that "Good; now who can I send back
1 to say: something, and he at once gave a cry for a squad of men to help me ?"
So if you had an instrument, of triumphant joy. "Back where ?"
u'd be all right, eh ?" "To the point where the Twelfth
Yes— that is, if I had some one CHAPTER II. cori)sof the Union army is lying.
help me repair the wires." "Huro, who can he send, wife?"
If me an' my ole man'U put you
TONY TIBBITS— BYTNGTON CREATES A
SENSATION IN THE WAR OFFICE.
"Uunno, 'less he sends Tony."
the way of all that, what'U you "Tony Who's Tony ?" asked By-
!

e us ?" "An instrument !" exclaimed By- ington.


Fifty dollars." ington, "you are an operator then." "He's our 'dopted boy," explained
That's the cheese, by hokey,"ex-
'med the man, " and I — —
"Ye ye— yes," faltered the poor the farmer, "we took liim from the
frightened fellow. sylum to bring up and make a

Shut up you old fool;" snapped "All right Now then, just shake
! farmer of."
wife, then turning to the impa- yourself together a little, and be a "How old is he?"
ut correspondent, " Jist double it, new man. Here, take a drop of this; "Dunno 'sactly, may be fourteen
ster, and its a bargain." it will help you," and he handed him or so."
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All right, I'll double it," he said, a pocket flask. "Is he bright? Does he under-
f you only do something, and do it The operator seized it eagerly, and stand what you tell him ?"
once." placed the nozzle to his trembling "You bet. Mister. He's just the
But can ye pay the cash — can ye lips. He nearly half emptied it, cutest boy that ever hoed a hill o'
ow up the greenbacks ?'' and then returned it to the owner corn."
Of course." with a sigh of regret. "Call him then."
What mought your name be, "Now then," said Byington, "I'm "He sleeps out in that thar shed;
ung man, any how ?" asked the a newspaper man, and I propose to but I'll roust him out in a minute,"
sbaud. engage your valuable services for and the farmer hurried into an ad-
Byington, and I represent the the next two days, at least. Do you joining room, which looked more like
w York Tribune." understand?" a idace for storing lumber, than a
Hum." "Yes; but what good can I do sleei)ing apartment.
All' you'll surely pay us ?" asked you ? The lines are all down in every " Tony— Tony Tibbits!" he called
woman anxiously. direction." out, " wake up and dress yerself and
Yes, yes. How many times do you "I know it, and I propose to put be mighty quick about it too; I don't
ut me to tell you so ?" them up again. At any rate, I wanter be kept waitin', ye know."
Then, in the first place, go iuto propose, within the next hour or so, " Wy, 'tain't mornin' yet, Mr.
little room at the head of the to open communication with Wash- Gripper," responded a drowsy voice.
IS, and look under the bed and ington, and so reach New York." " Surely it can't be."
wlui-t you can find there." "How the deuce can you doit? " Who said it was mornin'?"
yington needed no second hint, For the life of me I don't see." snai)ped the farmer. "You've just
three steps at a time, he
ill,-;- "The man down stairs will help got ter get up and do a chore for a
uded up the stairs, and throwing me. And then I have a construction —
gentleman carry a note for him,
u the door of the little room, squad, they are now with Slocum's that's all."
)pped upon his knees and peer- corps. I shall send for them at "Where to?"
under bed. tlie once." "To the army, the Union army,
^t first he could see nothing, as "All right. My instrument wants an' you jist want ter look out an' not
light came from a tallow
only fixing up a little, and I'll be doing get killed; d'ye understand?"
[(He, wliich stood on the upper that till you want me." " To the army!" and the boy sprang
1 table; but presently he caught "I shall find you here then, eh?" out of his nest with alacrity.
lit of tlic dim outlines of what "Lord, yes. As long as I know He could be heard groping about
meil to be a human form, and you are not one of those fire-eating, for a minute or so, and then came the
:ckly seizing a leg, he exclaimed: throat-cutting Southerners, I'm with startled cry:
'
Come out of that, you miserable you eyery time." " My —
clothes who's been carryin'
gar ; come out I say !'
"You don't like the Southeners offmy clothes? There's nothin' here
Olf, Lord will you?"
let go
! then?" but just one stocking.
laned a muffled voice, " I ain't no "Like 'em not much, I guess,
! "Lord defend nsl" exclaimed the
Her, never shot a rebel in all my they've frightened me almost to woman, with a groan, "has them
Juf't let me alone will you ?
. I death, more than once to-day, and I army thieves carried oft the nice jack-
er did you any harm." thought sure, my time had come, et and pants I made you, Tonv Tib-
That's all right; but come out when you knocked on the door a little bets?"
ra under the bed; I want to get a while back." "They're gone, anyway," moaned
)d look at such a born hero as I "There are no rebels in this direc- the boy.
you must be," and he gave the tion just now, my good fellow, you're " The villains! the scoundrels! I
Li a slight jerk. safe enough on that head. So don't don't know what in the world you'll
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Let me alone, I say, or— or I shall fret yourself. And now, as I'm in do now, boy, unless you go naked,
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for sartin sure we can't afford ter get farmer. " He can take care of him- Gripper with Byington's note, he
yer any more. Well, it's a good self easy enough, and we shall see took the shortest cut to Eock creekj
thing it's summei-, anyhow." him, I reckon, long afore mornin'." and then followed its bank until he
" Great heavens!" exclaimed By- Byington now gave his instruc- came opposite the hill occupied by
ington, fuming with impatience, tions to the squad of repairers, and the Twelfth corps.
" isn't there anything in the house with the farmer for guide, they Here he turned, and was just mak-
that the boy can wear? Surely there started out. ing his way through a clumj) of un-
•nustbe." They were obliged to follow the derbrush on the hillside, when he
"I dunno; you see, sir, 'bout an line for a distance of more than ten was brought to a stand by the per-
our ago a dozen or more men as miles; but in an hour or so from the emptory challenge.
laimed to be Union soldiers came time they had started the wires were "Who goes there?"
ere and carried off almost every- all repaired, and connected with the Tony didn't understand the regu-
.iiiug they could lay hands on, ther instrument under Byington's control, lar formula used on such occasions;
pesky thieves. We wouldn't hev when, click !
it —
was in complete and so uttered in reply the words that
let 'em in, only we supposed they working order. came most naturally to his lips.
were tlie same ones as brought a The shrewd correspondent's first "I'm a friend, Mr. Soldier true—
wounded drummer boy here a little move was to make an arrangement blue, you bet. Don't shoot."
while before." for monopolizing the wire for the "Advance friend, and give the
"A drummer boy! How big is next two days as the price of having countersign," was the next peremp-
he?" repaired it. Having done this to his tory command.
" 'Bout ther size o' Tony, I reck- satisiaction, he sent his first dis- "Oh!" exclaimed Tony, at once
on." patch. remembering what Byington had told
"Then that's just the ticket; give It was the ruleat that time that no him, and hastening forward, he gave
Tony his clothes; he can return them dispatch from the front, or a battle the countersign with all the assur-
before the drummer will want them field, could go to its destination ex- ance of a veteran.
again, I fancy." cepting by way of the War Depart- "Eight, pass on. But hold up,
" Reckon he can, sir, for if I'm not ment, so the indefatigable Byington's what the deuce are you, only a drum-
greatly mistaken, the poor fellow '11 dispatch to the New York Tribune —
mer doing outside the lines at this
never want 'em again." was first read there, and it cresited a time of night ?"
"That's bad; but hurry up, do." profound sensation. " I've brought a note for the gen-
The woman hastened from the President Lincoln was called up, eral," saidTony.
oom. and rushed to the war oflice little "The deuce you have, where did
She soon returned with the poor more than half dressed. you get it?"
Jrummer's coat, pants and hat, and "What about this battle ?" he de- "A man gave it to me atGripper's
also his stockings and shoes, all of manded over the wire. farm-house,down yonder."
which she tossed through the door- Byington promptly answered the "Let me see it?"
way to Tony, with the brief com- question, and added his signature. Tony handed him the note.
mand: "Who is Byington?" Mr. Lincoln The sentinel regarded it gravely
"There, get into them." next inquired. for a moment, then looked searching-
While the boy was obeying this "Ask Secretary Welles, he's from ly at the boy, and at last yelled for
order Byington was writing on a leaf Connecticut and knows me," was the the corporal of the guard, who in due
of his note book. reply. time presented himself.
"There," he said, when he had "Send us more," was Lincoln's "What is it, Pender ?" he asked.
finished and Tony had presented him- next dispatch. The sentinel told his stoiy, and
self, " take that to the nearest point "On tlicse conditions," was the an- turned over both the boy and letter
where you can find a Union picket, swer, "that you send mj^ former dis- to the non-commissioned oflflcer, who,
and they'll see that it is forwarded patch immediately to the Trihmie ex- in turn, presented them to the cap-
to its address. Now hurry but stay, ; clusively, and all others as soon as tain of his comininy.
you may want the countersign. It is read." The caj)tain after questioning the
" and he whispered a word in "Agreed." young messenger, ordered him to roll )

the boy's ear. And under this stipulation was himself up in a blanket and go to
Tony, who, now that he was dressed sent forwai-d an account of the battle sleep, between two rough looking,
in the neat uniform af the Union from beginning to end; while other but good uatured soldiers, whom he
army, looked like a brave and noble war correspondents were racing then- ordered to keep an eye on the boy
little chap, nodded intelligently, and jaded horses across Pennsylvania until he received some instruction
after he had listened to a solemn with news a day old. regarding him from headquarters,
word of warning from the farmer's * Byington offered his telegraph to whither he at once dispatched the \

wife,he started off. General Meade; and the commander note by an orderly. And so Tony,
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Byington spent the next hour or of the Union forces gladly availed much to his astonishment, and not a
At himself of the opportunity to renew little to his alarm, suddenly found
so in making up his dispatches.
the end of that time a dozen men communications with Washington. himself a sort of prisoner of war, in
presented themselves at the door. the hands of the blue-coated soldiers.
They were the party he had sent But after all Tony was aphilosO'
for.
CHAPTER 111. pher, and thought to himself—
" Well, I hain't done anything
"Where's the boy?" asked the TONY TIBBITS IN A PKCITLIAR
ar correspondent. wrong, no how, so they'll have to let
POSITION.
. " What boy?" said one of the par- me go in the morning, and I'd just as
And now to follow the fortunes of lieve sleep here as in old Gripper's
" Why, the one I sent with the Tony Tibbitts, who, without any pre- shed, that's more out doors than ii'.

uote."
meditation on his part, suddenly the house any day," and thus think
" Haven't seen any boy. The note found himself in the uniform of one iug he went to sleep.
•was brought to our quarters by an
of Uncle Sam's drummers. He was roused in the morning bj
orderly. He said the general sent
After leaving the house of Farmer the hurried command. Fall in Fall
!

him with it." in! and saw, as he started up, a col-


* This incident was an actual fact. Mr. A.
" I sincerely hope that no harm has H. Byington belonged to Norwalk, Conn., and
umn of troops rapidly changing theii
position.
come to the li'tile fellow." said By- was the war correspondent of the New York
looking aUou
ington, earnestly. Tribune. He was the very first to send north As he stood there
the report of the great victory at Gettysburg. him with a bewildered stare, a gray
"No fear of tlnit," grunted the
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«I_I don't know," stammered CHAPTER IV.
bearded old soldier suddenly thrust
drum into his hands, with the hur- poor Tony. TONY BECOMES A SOLDIER ON THE
ied words:
"Well, here's a pretty go," mut-
FIELD OF BATTLE.
" Here, bub, this is more in your tered the driver, as he brought his
line than mine, just give it particular
horses to a stand, " a bright look-
Skirmishing continued, and now
fits, its bettr music to the boys' ing boy enough, and yet don't know
his own regiment. Jump down, bub."
and then the roar of a great gun
(sars than dying greans and I say,
;
broke on the air; but the real con-
lon't stand there as if you were a-
Tony quickly descended to the seemed as far off as ever.
flict
going to take root, but just drive ground.
was now Eegiment after regiment was still
on for the other side of the hill. By The driver's attention
pressing foward around the hill, in a
I'd take you for a raw re- directed another way— an officer was
Tove !
ceaseless stream, and all at once
mit if your uniform didn't tell a ordeiing him to move the caisson
further to the right, thus the boy
Tony was caught up by the hurrying
mass and carried onward with it
Tony, from very fear began beat- was left once more to himself— alone
toward a park of artillery, which
in a great crowd, bent on death and
g the drum with might and main, crowned a neighboring eminence.
and if he didn't succeed in get- destruction.
Suddenly, he heard a hail, thenex
ting much music out of it, he made Strange to say, not a thought of
instant he was jerked to one sid(
noise enough, and that seemed to be getting away from that pandemo-
nium of a place, even entered his and on turning round, saw the gray
the most essential point just then. bearded, kindly face of the old sol.
At the same time he hurried for- head. In a passive sort of sense he
dier who had given him the drum a
ward, as he had been ordered to do, began to consider himself as belong-
little while before, looking down up-
and for a while kept pretty well ing there— as a part of the tremen-
on him.
up with the men with whom he had dous panorama that was continually
"So, my lad, here you are, eh?
passed a portion of the night, and unfolding itself before the eye.
Didn't know what had become of
some of whose faces he recognized. The great body of the rebels were
posted on the opposite ridge, north yon. Lost your command in the ex-
But soon he became confused by citement this morning, I fancy.".
all that was ])assing around him, of the town, distant from a mile to a
"Hain't got any command to lose,"
the heavy tramp of armed men, the mile and a half, and overlopping the
said Tony desperately, "and that's
neigh of the war horse, the harsh Federal army on each wing.
The roads on which the enemy just what I wish I had."
1-attle of the wheels of artillery hur- "What's that he says?" asked a
rying to their stations, the voice of would desire to march across the
valley were commanded by Meade's good natured, pleasant looking Irish-
the bugle, the roll of the drum, man, coming toward them, "hain't
and all the indescribable tumult of guns; and hence General Lee must
fight with the hills against him. got any command ? Shure, thin, has
preparaiioii. your wliole regiment been wiped out
From tiiepoint where he now There was no conceivable approacli
that could not be raked and crossed entirely?"
found himself, he saw the various "I never had any regiment," said!
corps of the army as they arrived by the fire of the Federal cannon.
The reserve, artillery, and all the Tony.
and were moved to their positions "Never had a regiment Phat did
essentials to insure victory were in
!

on Cemetery Hill and the ridge that ye have thin ?— a battalion, a com-
extended southeast and southwest; position, and at the right time.
The immense cavalry force, too, for pany, or phat?"
and as if by magic, he saw batteries "I didn't have any thing at all."
planted and breastworks thrown up. once, at least, was present, covering
both flanks of the army, and ready "The deuce yc didn't then what
!

Faster and faster the troops assem- are ye doin' in'thim regimentals?"
bled, and by seven o'clock the second for constantly harassing the enemy.
The latter, we may here say, was "Them what?"
and tifth corps with the rest of the "Kegimentals— uniform— clothes."
third had reached the ground, and a new and encouraging circumstance
which gave confidence to the men, "Oh, the man who sent me here
now the skiimishing began, but as
I

while it aflbrded security to the had me put them on. Some fellows
yet no severe conflict took place. who called themselves soldiers forced
Tony continued to gaze upon all teams.
The southern ends of the two di- tlieir way into our house Jast nigh
that was passing around him as if after I had gone to bed, and alonj
fascinated, and presently forgot even verging ridges or lines of hills on
which the Federal army was drawn with a great many other things, car
to beat his drum. ried oti' all my clothing, so, wher
"Out o'ther way there, bub !" and up terminated, each, in a steep,
sugar-loaf peak, which thoroughly this man wanted to send me with z
a span of spirited horses, attached letter to the general, he told me to
to a caisson swept madly by. protected the flanks. To attempt to
march along the sides of these ridges put on these."
But when the team was gone, "And to whom did these belong to,
Tony was no longer standing where and around these terminal peaks,
would have exposed the rebels to my boy?" asked the old soldier
it had found him— a hand had reach-
the danger of weakening their front thoughtfully. This may prove to be
ed down from the wagon, and the
so greatly, as to make it easy for a serious matter for you, or for some-
next instant the boy, drum and all,
General Meade to cut oif the flanking body."
were jerked upward, and placed be- "Oh, divil a serious matter at all
side the driver. force. Hence, a battle being de-
termined on, there was no alternative will it be for ye, me boy," exclaimed
Tony regarded the powerful man Tim, quickly; "we'll see to all that;
with a look of astonishment. but to attack the Federal position
" There's no use in gettin' killed directly in front. but who did they belong to, jist ther
For once, then, in the history of same?"
when you won't be even so much as " A wounded drummer boy who
thanked for it," said the driver, the Army of the Potomac, the enemy
" time enough for that when you in accepting the guage of combat was was brought to our house early in
compelled to fight at a disadvantage. the evening."
can't help yourself."
" What, was I likely to get killed Tony could neither see nor under- "This case ought to be reported to
stand all this, but he did see, and he the officers at once," said the old
where I was standing?" asked Tony.
" Well, I reckon," was the reply, could interpret the exultant looks soldier.
" To the deuce wid the officers
then regarding the boy curiously; which animated the countenances of
" What regiment and corps do you all about him. And a thrill of ex- Corporal Snowden, shure, 'tis yerself
?" citement agitated his own breast, that knows they've got something of
belong to
" 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."
open, than that of a mere spectator. "You're right there, Tim, so they
mand ?"
" " "
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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,
wid our company. Shuie, 'tis an il- ing to Snowden, "where did youpick described the correspondent.
igant soldier I'll makeav him, ifhes up the lad, corporal ? Let's know all "Ah! I think I know who he
only put in me charge." about it. means," exclaimed Corporal Snow-
"Yes," said the corporal, "we'll "Listen to me, sergeant, darlint," pen, suddenly.
keep him with us; come on, boy," exclaimed Tim Cooney, as he eagerlj- "Well?" said the Captain.
and as they hurried liim along: "By- pressed his way forward "it's well
; "I'm pretty sure it was Byington
the-wav, what's your name?" acquainted I am wid the lad, and 1 (»f the New Y'ork Tribune. I saw

"Tony." can tell ye his story as aisy as ther him start (Hit in the early part of tlie
"Tonv what?" praste can say mass. Hear me now." ni.uht 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- yon ain't a priest yourself; you were wanted help to repair the telegraph
gaut name, almost as foine as me own, suicly cut out for one." wires, and ro sent to the general for
and that's Tim Cooney, all the "It's li.^iitye are, sergeant. Shure it."
worriild over. I have an iliyant 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
itwon't be your fault, Tim," laughed tircly; but, murtlier, phat would Mrs. assurance in the world, " Shure we
the corporal. Cooney and tlie gorsoous have done may kape him?"
"Yer niver said a thruer word in "I don't know about that," answer-
your corporal."
loife, more than I can tell you.
"Tliat's ed the Captain, slowly. "If I un-
By this time the trio had reached But come, lets 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- guai'dian 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 drum. Then, without in- next two or three days, at least,"
Tim, me boy !" 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 nj), 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 Dufiy?" and that he should at once be in- Snowden, "that Uncle Sam needs his
said Tim; "thin jist luk 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 aijlaguey young soldier, I Steve Hughes, "for you know that quite as much entitled to them."
should say," laughed Sergeant our drummer is in the hospit.al, and "There's much truth in that, Cor-
Small, who just then was preparing is toreceive his discharge for disa- poral," rejoined the captain, approv-
to swallow a cup of hot cottee. he hasn't got it already."
bility, if ingly, then turning to Tony:
"Av course he's young," assented "True enough," said Sergeant "How is it, my boy, had yon rath-
Tim, but that ain't phat 1 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 voung b'y antl 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 MiGiveney, quickly; "he dier's life is full 01 hardships and
of the head. shall know all about it in less than a dangers, then —
"An' you, Stephen Huohes ?" week; teach him mvself."
I'll "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 1 do "Well said," murmured Corporal
drumsticks before I give an opinion," as well h\ another?" Snowden, with an api)roving jiod.
said Phil McGiveney, " I've a boy of "That" settles it," cried Duffy; "But listen," urged the Captain,
me own about his age, and if he can't "run the kid over to Professor Mc- "even now you can hear the soun<ls
knock Hail Columbia and Yankee Givenev at once." that herald death to some one and ;

Doodle out of a drum in less time and "Whiifs 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 1 die,
and at least half a dozen otliers,"let's and with a military salute entered I sb.all 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 l.eard "Enough, you shall be one of us,
"Give the sheepskin fits, me boy," something about this boy before, 1 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
"1 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 pi'ompt reiily. "Anah jist let him come," said
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the two sticks; "but as for making "Who sent you?" asked the Cap- Tim, "Sure, its a foine scare we'll
a7iy music, 1 can't do it. 1 never had tain. give him.''
a (irmii nr :i ]iair of ilruinsticlis in my "A man who came to our house on "By Jove I hope he will," chuck-
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hands l.cl'inv In-, lay in all ni\ life." horseback, sir." led liuffy, rubbing his hands togeth-
"What's tliaf hf says •^" di'iiianded " Where is your house ?" er.
Joe O'Brien; "never had hold of a " Down the creek apiece— Parmer "Then that's settled," said the
drum before":' Then what in the Grij)per's place, sir." cai)tain, and 1 leave the young re-
! —
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cruit for you to look after, boys. See to gain a commanding ])osition from "O," boys, the most elegant piece
that he doesn't sufferm your hands." which to repel the rebel attack. of fighting you ever saw in your
Bigelow's Massachusett's battery ac- lives. Sickles' corps is in for it hot
"All right, captain," and as Kau-
dal Ellsworth turned away, Sergeant companietl him. and heavy, and they want helj) the
Small called out, General Sickles' position was un- worst way. I wish the colonel would
"Tony, ray boy, I'll bet a Scotch fortiuKitely too far from the maiu let us take a hand."
shilling— and that's a big one— that line to be promptly or immediately "Arrah, now. Sergeant darlint,"'
supported by the second or Fifth cried TimCooney, "just spake to the
you haven't had bite nor sui) since
corps. captain, af he axes it as a favor,!
you woke this morning." '

"You're right, sir," answered General Meade saw this and sought share, the colonel won'trefuse."
Sickles at once, and discussed with "111 do it," said Sergeaiit Small,
Tony, casting a wistful glance at " but I fear its of no use. It's in cg-
some hard-tack and a few other sol- him the propriety of falling back to
the line of his supports; but the ular, you see."
diers' delicacies which were scatter-
ed around. enemy had perceived his exposed At that moment the cajitain and
"Come and sit down beside me position, and were rushing forward several other ofticers apinoachctl.
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. "Ko 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."
CHAPTEE V. mand of the corps, and retained it, "Then spake at onct, captain, dar-
tllough himself wounded soon after. lint," said Tim, "for see, sure, he's
DESPKRATE FIGHTING TIM COONEY comin' now."
After a brave and determined re-
PREDICTS GREAT THINGS FOR TONY. As the colonel came up, the cap-
sistance, the corps was forced back;
Hour 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 would can't think of it for a moment. Meade
seemed providential. Had the con- be able to command the Federal will see that Sickles' coriis don't suf-
test been renewed in earnest at day- position on Cemetery Hill. fer."
light, with the first and eleventh The struggle was tierce 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 previeusly been under fire, occupied you're all so mighty anxious to get
sixth not yet arrived, nothing but a an exposed position, and the rebels killed, if there were any other troops
miracle could have saved the army seemed determined to take it. Major about here moving to the support ot
from destruction. McGilvray, 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 i)osition till he tion."
cool hours of morning i)assed, 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 tliem, "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 on, though nearly all his horses were In addition to the Sixth Corps, and
in the morning of the day before. kille<l, five of his sergeants dead, the two divisions of the Twelfth,
It was only on his arrival that the and three of his cannoners 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 fighting of 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 tliem in part by hand. ion of the summit of Little Round
plied vigorously; and for two hours The rebels rushed forward, seized Top.
tlie roar and thunder, and flame, and the four pieces with loud shouts, and From were driven
this point they
smoke of artillery so completely fill- came on for ne w 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, ruslied In this fearful charge it was that
General Sickles moved forward to in among their couiiades, and with Tony Tibbits for tlie first time in his
develop the enemy s intentions and one breath exchiimcd: young life saw what real fighting
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•was; tlien it was he leaviieil to love all through ther foight, an'I predict of Ewell's troops to the west and
and respect every man with whom the by will prove an honor to me northwest of the town of Gettysburg,
his lot had been so suddenly and sagacity; shure there's not a doubt the enemy remained quiet till one
strangely cast. av it." o'clock in the afternoon, when they
He saw Captain Eandal Ellsworth opened tire with one hundred and
cheer on his men, and noted that not twenty-five to one hundred and tifty
for one single instant did he shrink
CHAPTEE VI. guns on the centre and left, the posi-
from danger. He saw that the friend- tion of General Hancock's corps,
THE GEEAT VICTORY AT GETTYS-
ly sergeant and corporal were both BURG. which from the want of natural de-
great warriors, a host in themselves, fenses, was the weakest i^ortion of
and that the two O'Briens, Duffy, EWELL, operating against the ex- the Fedex-al lines.
Phil McGiveney, Tim Cooney, treme right of the Federals, which The Federal batteries, fully equal
Hughes, Glynn and all the others had been weakened by the withdraw- in number and caliber, replied
were in their native element when al of troops sent over to support the promptly, and for the next two hours
the light was hottest and blood was left, had succeeded in gaining a foot- the earth fairly shook under the feet
flowing most freely. hold within a portion of the Union of the two armies with the terrible
Then he forgot everything— every- lines near Spangler's Spring. This concussion.
thing but the tight, 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
had 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.
derstood, and went in with the rest deprived. At last the Federal troops ceased
in dead earnest. During the night General Meade, to reply, not from any disposition to
At this time the fighting was fear- determined to dislodge Ewell from yield, or from lack of ammunition, but
ful in the extreme, and the Union his position, and as a matter of ijer- to compel the rebels to a further de-
trooiJS 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.

to fall; then thoroughly disheart- held the same place. Pickett's division, the elite of Long-
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 rightof 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
which had suffered severely, has- First Corps took position to strength- nearly half a mile, intending evi-
tened to rejoiu his regiment. en Howard's right where it joined dently to carry the Federal lines by
Itwas time. Slocum's left. assault; when having arrived within
The rebel commanding general was These were the preliminaries. short range, the artillery o])ened on
now determined to break through The men well knew the fearfn) them with gi'ape, canister, and shell.
the right and gain the central one of called to perform, and nerved their They hesitated for a moment, then
the valley roads. hearts to the perilous task. with tremendous yells rushed on
The failure of his troops to turn The next morning at four o'clock, till, when within a sliort distance of
the left, the snatching of the victory, Slocum's line opened a temiic tire the lines, they were leceived with a
as it were, from their very clutches, on Ewell's men. The enemy re- most deadly and destructive tire of
and the hurling back of their broken sponded in a furious charge— per- musketry.
columns, defeated azul in confusion, haps the most furious ev^er made on a Under this they reeled and stag-
made the case more desperate and ; field of battle. gered, and a part rushing up to the
so the attack on Slocum was furious Withfiendish yeils and seeming Federal lines threw down their arms,
even to madness. contempt of death, during .six full and surrendered, while the remainder
But shortly after Ellsworth's men hours, they hurled their solid masses turned and fled.
had joined their regiment the First against the well-defended line.s. Two brigades of Doubleday's di-
and Sixth Corps came up to the sup- The Federal troops stood like a vision sprang foward, and each cap-
port of the Twelfth, and sustaiued it wall of fire, whose flaming tongues tured more than eight hundred pris-
in an unyielding combat. inwrapped in death whatever came oners, and the other brigades took
Until half past nine o'clock the near, whose foundations were as considerable numbers. Fifteen stands
battle raged with unmitigated fierce- firm as if one with the primal rock of colors were also taken by the
ness, the lines moved to and fro, on which they rested. the Federal troops.
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
Geary'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 ha<l
to renew the attack. wound, others torn and mangled in been much less, but Major (icneval
At ten o'clock the battle ceased, the most frightful manner. nancock and Brigadier Ccncral Gib-
(and for a time peaceful quiet reigned Before half-past ten o'clock, Slo- bou were severely, and Generals
over the field of carnage. cum had repulsed and driven back Warren and Hunt slightly woundeil.
Ellsworth's men now had a little the foe at every point, and reoccu- Of course this closed the battle in
time to rest, and Corporal Snowden, pied his original position. As they this part of the field, as there was im
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 Longstreethad not relinquisli-
if ever boy was yet. corps, and made terrible havoc in ed the hope of efl'ecting a lodgment
"Thrue forye. Corporal Snowden," their ranks. of his trooi)s upon Round Tnj) or
exclaimed Tim Cooney, who was Ellsworth'.s brave boys now had a Round Top. Hood's and ^\c-
Little
standing near; "I had me eye on him breathing spell, for after the retreat Laws' divisions of his corps, while
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the tight with the Federal center "I could imagine," he said, " no- the shade of a clump of trees, at thi
\vas 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 uj), Tony saw
an infantry force with two or three lay at every step. Though dead and two i)ersons advancing to their quar- *
batteries, to a point nearly two miles rigid in every muscle, they still writh- ters, one from his neat uniform it
southwest of Round To]>, with orders ed and seemed to turn to catch the was easy to see was the orderly of
to press foward and turn the Hank of passing breeze for a cooling breath. some general, the other wore thel
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 hitter's face he uttered an exclama-
hind Round Top. compass as if by a mighty ettbrt to tion of alarm.
Tiiey were, as they thought, mak- rend asunder some irresistible bond His comrades turned quickly and
ing good progress in this movement, wliich 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's
Kilpatrick"s division of cavalry. mouth and eyes wide open, looked come to take me away."
A engagement ensued, in
tierce u}) into the sky as if to catch a glimpse " Where is the griper ? " demanded
which the rebel batteries were of its own fleeting spirit. Another Jim Keegan savagely. " Just let
silenced, and tlie infantry driven clutched the branch of an overhang- me get a-hold of him, and I'll show
back to tlieir originalposition in ing tree, and hung half suspended, him what a griper is."
front of Round Top, and the Penn- as if in death he had raised himself " Don't talk so loud, Jim," whisp-
sylvania Reserves 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 he all day with me— sure."
tiiree hundred prisoners, and five the compression of liis mouth told of " r.sii:nv! " Innghed Jimmy, " don'1
tliousand stand of arms. a determination which would have bother your head about him, the boys
At the same time, General Gregg, been fatal to a foe had lii'e ebbed a never II let him get away with you ii
with liis 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 " 1 don't know about that," mut-
cro.ssed the Baltimore and Bonaugh- buried in the ground. Great numbers tered Tony, with a sorrowful shake 9.
town road, and successfully attacked lay in heaps, just as the fire of the of the head, " 1 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
ou (he left and rear. their forms into almost indistinguish- me if he can possibly help himself."
The great battle was over. Thwart- al)le mass." "Ah! but that's just it he cant —
ed at every point, his efforts to pene- Tony Tibbits saw all this and more. help himself."
trate and destroj' 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, Larry, and Tim Cooney,
his whole force either killed or pris- through on that bloody field, since the farmer and orderly are going to
oners, his ammunition and supplies 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 intrenchments, 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 CHAPTER VII.
lieve," said the orderly. "He has
moved. The rebel troops which had particular business with him."
hitherto occupied the town and the GILES GRIPPF.R GETS INTO HOT "Ah!" responded Snowden, who at
tract southeast of it, moved during WATER. once suspected the farmer's identity,
the night to Seminary ridge. For two days after the battle the "very sorry that Captain Ellsworth
Uiiriiig the same night, the Fede- greater part of the Federal army re- is not about —
off on sisecial service,,
ral army, worn out with the stress of mained on the field of Gettysburg, you know."
tlie terrible combat, bivouacked in its and the Twentieth Connecticut Vol- "Well, suppose one of lieuten-
I
position; the men dropping in their unteers, the regiment of which Ran- ants would do as well," suggested
places and sleeping. dal Ellsworth's comi)any formed a the orderly.
Before the sun rose on the morning part, occupied a ])osition 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 hospitiil.
Details of Federal soldiers were at Tbe 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 tht
the Union lines and down the slope in company, they would gladly have business, and has got the temper oj
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."
corpses, many of them already black- as a man, and do a man's whole duty. "Oh Lord! don't disturb 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
life of 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 can give the man the informa-
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'll want 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-
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 Peter —
the truthfulness of the picture drawn Tony, Joe O'Brien, Jim Keegan, Small, since the charge we made on
by a certain officer there. and one or two others, were lying in Little Round Top, when the rebels
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held possessiou 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 ?"
"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. laqre, think of it
!"
"Well, can we see Sergeant "O, nothing— that is, you'll learn
Small?" fast enough when the sergeant
"Why— yes, I think so." Then comes."
CHAPTER VIII.
turning to Tim Cooney with a sly "Good Lord what mess have I !

wink, got into now?" groaned the unhap- THE FAKMEE IS TREED, AND SENTEN-
"Tim, old boy, go fetch the ser- py farmer. CED TO BE BUBEIED ALIVE.

geant. But wait a moment; who The corporal with an impenetra-
shall 1 say wants to see him?" ble look, shook his head. "That's a durned lie any how,"
"Giles G-ripper," answered the "Why the deuce don't yer speak ?" exclaimed the fanner 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, / from pillage, an' ther very wust
understand, has enlisted in this com- hain't done uothin', all I want's my thieves that carried oflmy property

panj' the little scamp want's to rob boy, an' him I'm goin' ter have, I war men, who claimed tev 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-
flict on you —
a miserable spy."
"Well, sor, I'll call the sergeant— the farmer attentively for a moment
and a few more be.sides, I'm thinkin' " or so, he referred to, "It's a durned lie, I tell yer,"
muttered Tim, sotto voce, as he moved "Ah you are Giles Gripper, afar-
!
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 your sharply at last. country just as well.
company as he describes, corporal?" "Yes, sii-," 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 pi-etext 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 story, Mr. "Arroh, go 'way wid yer, there'd
firstday's fight." Gripper." always be cowards enough for ther
"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,
" he ought to be hung at once, if the
ther use to you, and s«, as I've much you.
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 j-our 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 approving
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." "Holdup! Not so fast, my man,"
of," and he east 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 ]ioor farmer "Then bring up the first."
Farmer Gripper began to grow im- seemed comiilctel y duiiibfouiided. At "Here he is, sor, John Faulkner,
patient. length he m:iiiagod to -asji out ! who, loike ther great Gineral Wash-
"What in thunder's the matter "Lee I never had any thing 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," said "Of course you deny it, but we un- —
prisoner at the bar? Ahem I wish !

Corporal Snowden meaningly, "Per- derstand, don't we, boys?" to goodness there was a bar here,
haps the sergeant will get here quite "Of course, of course," went up I say, do you know him?"
as soon as you'll care to see him, from the attentive crowd. "i do, sir," responded Johnny
after all." "You understand, do vou ?" ex- promptly.
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"Where did yoii ever see him be- you're a gettiu' 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.'
before dark last evening." more, never expect te be there, " And then our friend here
"Ah ! 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
"He was whispering to a soldier." way, I suspect, old man," said Larry right hand, said
"He was Anything else ?"
1 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 1 know my merits,
money." Connecticut." both of peison and mind. If 1 am
"Oho trying to corrupt one of
! "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 tilthy 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 mnch, sir; he pocketed the about the prisoner?" important mission. One by one I will
greenback so quick it fairly made me "Certainly, everything. bring off the whole Union army, I
wink." "Well, sir, this man is not at all swear it!' "
"All ! 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 ujjward in holy horror.
At this point tlie 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 all, John?" asked the "In pointof fact, he's alieutenant- " You understand it all no w, " Duffy
sergeant. "Didn't you catch any general in the Confederate army!" continued, "Lee gladly accepted his
words that passed between the plot- "Oh, what a lie!" groaned Grip- projiosition and so you see how he
ters?" per. hiipi)ens to be among us. I 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 off' the Lord only knows 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 comi>any!"
one said something about bringing sergeant, with a solemn shake of the —
"Ah! 1 see I understand," ex-
some one out to liim." head. "Are you sure of what you claimed the sergeant, "and of course^
"
"Isee, Iseet" exclaimed the ser- say, comrade? he's communicating with Lee all thel
geant; "there was another, probably "Certainly," was Billy's unblnsh- time, eh?" jr

an officer, concerned in the plot. la 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 out 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 I 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
"Ah! wbeu and where?" " 'Let some officer with a pleasing cur that follows him about wherever
"He was jumping bounties Con- in person and good address disguise te goes, and when he's got anything
necticut, more than a year ago." himself as a substantial Pennsylva- to communicate to his chief, he writes
"Ah-h-h!" exclaimed the ser- nia farmer, and make his way into it on thin paper, crams thepaper 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, using 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 Corporal
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 Hillhouse avenue girl?" "Go on, Mr. Duft'y," 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 ' :
my
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-liere," cried Gripper ner- the world can we find just the right ded the seigeant. "By what death
vously, "what's all this nonsense —
man I mean with a pleasing person shall he die then?"
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There was a moment of unbroken gether. He was then wrapped up in won't I haunt 'em if she does ! That
Bilence, and all looked toward Billy an army blanker, which was secured is, if I
Duffy. by strings, the bandage, of course, "Lord ! how dark
here, an' it is
"I have it! " exclaimed Billy at was still left over his eyes. how tight they crowded the earth
last. "Let's bury him alive!" "Ifow, then," said Duffy, when all down outer me. I can't move a peg.
"The very tliiiis!" shouted the their arrangements were completed, I'd scarcely know I'd got any body
boys. "We'll bury ithe old spy 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
POOR GRIPPER FINDS HIS WAY TO
"Agreed!" and the unconscious am I ? can this be — ."
farmer was conveyed to a low and "Hell !" exclaimed Duffy, in a deep
THE BOTTOMLESS P,IT. dark cave at no great distance, where hollow voice.
"Let a dozen set to work at once he was carefully lain ujjon the ground. "Oh, Lord !" groaned poor Grip-
and dig a grave," commaHded 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,
and the farmer pleaded in vain for "No, no! what's the use of that?' and some were for ending the farce
mercy. exclaimed Duffy, "Let's stay right before it became a tragedy. But
"Yer all wrong. I'm as good a here. If we fasten a blanket over Duff'y pleaded for a little more fun,
man as any ov yei-," he moaned. the entrance, he can't see us, even if and agreed, if the rest would see him
Then with another gasp, "Oh! what'll we take the bandage from his eyes." through it, to land the farmer plump
ther old woman say when she hears "That's so," said the corporal, in his own bed before he awoke to
of it!" "and if we stay and keep mighty the fact that he was still in the land
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, liave it your own way," said
grave was readj'. Then they led the "That's all right," said Duff'y; Sergeant Small, but keep quiet now,
unhappy man to its brink. "but I propose to get even more fun he'scoming round again."'
"Giles Gripper, have you anything than that out of him. But you shall At that moment the farmer uttered
to say before we proceed to carry see for yourselves. Now then, hang a weary sigh, and then seemed to be
out tlie 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," be
sergeant gravely. over the entrance there easy enough. at length muttered, "some dark
The farmer gazed upon the un- The rest sit down and kec]) <iiiict; he si)int— ]iroliably the evil one himself
friendly faces in the crowd which may cdinv iduikI at any nidiiu'iit now." answcied my very tli(ui.t;lits, and told
surrounded him, looked down into Nearly tla- wliolc cdniiiany had by nie ] was in liell can it lie jiossible?
!

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

reckon as how it'll save me burial Ijended 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 unliap-
ed Corporal Snowden. farmer's eyes. py victim, "and why am I here ? I've
"What a precious old file!" mut- "Now," he whispered, "keep quiet been a church member for years an'
tered Billy Duffy. 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 the fun spoiled." crite too," said Billy.
"Of course," and a handkerchief The boys fixed themselves the best — —
"But but I was as good as most
was tightly bound over his eyes, ef- way they could, and waited in anx- of my neighbors."
fectually shutting out all light. ious ex])ectancy. "That, as you very well know, is
The miserable man was then low- Minute after minute passed, and no excuse, when death comes every
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 1 do while on earth
"He's gone oft' the handle, boys!" "Be ther powers !" muttered Tim, that was so awful bad?"
exclaimed Duff'y suddenly. at last, "af he don't come round "You were not a poor man were
"Sure!" asked the seigeant anxi- purty (luick, 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 warningly, "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 !" and clear from incumbrance ? all
the victim. At that moment the farmer uttered wasn't it well stoclAd? and 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 sew him up in the blanket and claimed in a scarcely audible whis- "Andcan 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-
I performed? Where is the widow
He'll til ink sure that he's in his grave founded soldiers buried me alive ! whom you have ever befriended?
or the bottomless pit when he comes Oh, LorcJ what will become of ther Where is the orphan you have ever
to there." old woman
!

?'' succored? Where —


"You're right Billy," exclaimed Then, after another pause, and in "Hold up, Mr. Devil, I befriended
Ed. 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
regular pet on him— me an' my wife."
Poor Gripper was now lifted out her fast enough, she'll up and marry
of the grave, and his arms folded Hans Frseger, my hired man. I've "Giles Gripper," said Billy, in his
across his breast, were tied in that noticed she's felt er sort o' sneakin' most terrible tone of voice, "do yon
position, his feet were also tied to- kindness for him for some time. But presume to think that you can de-
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me? You befriend Ton.y Tib-


eeive "You fixed it all right to get three moyed around the coriierof the
bits. You give him a good "home. through the lines, Billy?" said Pen- house tOj>ether.
You malve a pet of him. Wliy, you der. Here Dutty brought them to a
ivorked the poor boy almo.st 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
(vork, that's the way yon befriended Having passed the wondering sen- said, "I ought to tell 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, jiermit me to deceive you in this mat-
fed him on your leavings, and made wheu 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
j-ou never give him a dime of spend- it, strip him and put him to bed, then you?"
ing money in j-our Yvi&—thaVs the make yourselves scarce as soon as "Of course yer can. Come, do tell
kind of pet you made of him. Pali! possible. But if you hear him call us if yer ever goin' ter."
[ can't bear to talk with you. Beel- out— 'Hold on boys, don't shoot !'
"Ah, dear madam, my heart almost
gebub, old fellow, just stir up the why, come to me. Do jou under- fails me. Suj^pose you should be
big brimstone fire, 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 tlie comforts he is to Billy advanced to the front door and then?"
enjoy among us." gave a loud knock. "Good heaA'ens, 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 mes.sage of "Nein, I have not understand,"
CHAPTER X. some kind had come from them, answered the Dutchman, stoically.
hastened to open the door. "No more can I; do tell us, sir."
GENERAL LEE HAS AN INTERVIEW "Who be yer?" she instantly de- "Once more then, madam, listen,"
WITH MRS. GRIPPER. manded on seeing Billy. and putting his lips close to her ears,
"Now then," said Duffy, 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, don't 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 fur keeijing yer secret." "General Lee! Good Lord!" ex-
drowsy state for the next four or five "Ah! mercenary womac! But no claimed the woman, starting back
liours, and by that time, I promise it be as you say.
matter, let I will aghast.
you, we shall be well rid of him. tellyou my awful secret and pay "There, I told yon just how it
Pull down the blanket, Steve." you lor keeping it— But please step would be," said Dufl'y, 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-
" Nowtheu," 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 Oooney 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," she 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- —
belter 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 dose 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- you; I have heard his pitiable story.
aow the question is, how shall we man made his ai^pearance in the door- "Ah, and what is his story?"
2:et 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
ican 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
vill be the best way, at least you can "Come and point it out to me." until the next day, when the boy,
iarry him till you get a little tired, "Why, if you just go round the picket and all were captured by my
lud then Steve and Tim can have a other side of the house, you can see men, and he is now a prisoner in our
%o at it. it easy enough." hands."
"Pooh !" said Loftus contemptu- "I dare say: but I'd much rather "An' so ther rebels have really
ously, "just lift him up, will you ?" 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 Hans. "He is a prisoner in the hands of
ed off. "Gome on, Mrs. Glibber," and so the the Confederates, ma'am."
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"O, beg pardon, I'm sure. You've
I said Mrs. Gripper regretfully, as she I'llmake the butter and cheese, and
really got liim though? An' ain't started slowly toward the house. cook for yon."
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 oft" to the other stand, Hans? I— 1— thought you
1 again reach my army I will send —
general Meade, aud tlien we should —
liked me, that that you loved me,
him to yon, 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 live 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; aud then, don't you
"You're 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, up stakes an' gone oft' together." man and wife. Just come and see
how is it that you're wearin' a blue "Yaw," grunted Hans. our bedroom. I think yon have
uniform! an' I thought General Lee "Five thousand dollars is a good never been in it yet."
iiad 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 [ 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 ou Hans hinting that he Hans followed her into her sleeping
me up promptly after his victory, or would like a leetle somediugs 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, aud soon placed a piece of cold "let me bring a light."
this information was of the utmost spare-rib, .some potatoes, bread and "Yaw," he grunted.
importance to me, 1 resolved to ob- pie ou the table, and begged him to She returned to the dining room,
tain it myself; so I borrowed this draw up aud help himself. and snatching up the lamp which
uniform from one of my prisoners, When it came to the matter of eat- still stood ou 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, aud made the woman droj)
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 Meade, hearty supper only a little before extinguished without doing any
and now his troops are scouring the sun-down. harm.
country for me. I may be taken at For some time Mrs. Gripper watch- "Ter duyfel !" exclaimed Hans,
any moment— indeed, if you do not ed the stalwart feeder in silence. At "vot vos dot?"
use the utmost caution, I may be length she burst out "Merciful heavens pardon me, a
!

talven 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, Mailain, what liave you done? "Yaw," grunted the young Dutch- back on earth to haunt me. I know
You have lirtiaycd me. See. yonder man, with his mouth full. it is.
comes a si|iiad ofthe enemy. Hold "You know when good cookin's "Ter duyfel !" again ejaculated
on, boys! don't sliool! 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 : aud he made for the point where he
yetting the old man into hia 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 liearing 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 difiicult to extricate
cue. Mrs. Gribber, you vos geep der house himself.
" Yes, comrade ; aud 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 everyday that you realli/ like to live with me always ?" so emphatically upon a somewhat
take such an illustrious prisoner as "1 vos willin', if der old man bays dilipated caiu'-bottom chair, that she
General Lee." me all righd." had goni' clean through it, and so
"That's so. General, you uever "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 si)eak.
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
Gripper and Hans, the great Con- He must have got killed by mistake, farmer, 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 liglit, not a
"Dot vos so," said Hans slowly. shadow <if hope And this is hell !"
!

CHAPTEE XI. "Der old man don't vos like ter pe The woman uttered a scream— not
MES. GRIPPER AND HANS ARE FRIGHT- out all nights." —
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:
: " . "

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"Terduyfel !" And now a new fancy took posses- "And have seen you before."
yet I
Gripper heeded them not, e\en if sion of him— probably the effects of "Eight again, old man."
he heard them, he probably supposed Duffy's dose, which must have left "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 1 a better man "Water! water!" he cried, "oh I 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 I 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
tire, I wonder if he's got it hot At that moment there came a earth?"
enough, and when he's coming for thundering knock on the outside "Now, 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 I came up to
auuried to that Hans Trseger before tering teeth. your door, I was inclined to think
tills. She wouldn't waste anytime "Ter duyfels dare vas ein odder
! that pandemonium had broke loose."
about it, Zknow. ghost," moaned Hans. "See here, mister," whimpered
"Eutjist let her do it, an' I'll haunt Bang bang bang on the door,
! ! ! Mrs. Gripper, at this jjoint, "if
"em botii, every time ther devil will and now the most profound silence you've got any of ther milk o'
give :ne a day off, an' I hope that'll reigned in the bedroom. human kindness left inter your
be purty often. Jist let me get at Bang bang bang and then a
! ! ! soul, I wish yerd jist come here
'em now !" loud "hallo, there !" an' jtull this cheer off' 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 it's me, Giles, an' I began to kick and tumble about. With a bitter groan she sank into
think y'er pesky mean ter come back The woman screamed, and in the another chair; but this time she was
here an' bother me, jist 'cause I want midst of all this uproar, a bright careful to see that it had a firm wooil
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 ? Im 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 nnpleasant 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, jirobably:
be a-standing in my old shoes?" floor, with tattered dress and skirts, "Ter duyfels!" and then stareil,
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. Gripjier, and lastly at licr
position, and, naturally, upset the oped in dresses, skirts, and other beibgged husband on the bed.
chair. female wearing apparel, he burst "Now, if it's all the same to you,"
In falling, her head 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
his mind full of ghosts and super- CHAPTEE XII. with Mr. Gripper? and what were
natural apparitions, the Dutchman THE WAR CORRESPONDENT SETS you two doing on the floor there ?"
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 affirmed, "General Lee
made her fairly howl with pain. "No, I should hope not," was the didwuut to hide in our barn, didn't
Meanwhile, (irmly 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
( rripper, who i-emembered that he "Nor yet Beelzebub?" persisted six Yankee soldiers hadn't
it too, if
had always heard while on eai-th the farmer. a come up an' took him prisoner,
that Hades was anything but a quiet "No, nor him either," laughed By- wouldn't he, Hans?"
Place. iiigtoii. "Yaw."
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"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. thej^ did." " Ah I see, "said Byington thought-
! lars to boot. Come, now, let's make
"Kig-ht 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
"How did they happen along so "Where was 1? O, I remember. Lee, and then join Meade or Slocum,
op]>ortunely ?" Hearin' that awful groan, we rushed wherever they may happen to be."
"They linew he was somewhere in here; but it bein' dark, we couldn't "All right, mister, I'll look at your
hereabouts," and were out in search see nuthin', so 1 went out for a light, 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 awful est noise yer ever land of the living, the farmer became
ton to himself, "Lee a prisoner in listed to au' 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 Tlien Hans tumbled over a cheer, an' he had never owned, stabled the one
got hold of it yet. If they hain't, fell inter ter closet, an' I sot down in he took in exchange, and i^ut 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 baud, and shoving the pencil 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 on." you?" CHAPTER XIII.
"Why, sir, you see, after the "Of course; how can a man that's FEOM GETTYSBURG TO THE TENNES-
soldiers had carried off General been buried be alive?" SEE.
Lee " "Such things have happened be-
"Stop! How long ago was that?" fore, and will haijpen 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 can tell you about how it was.
I battle he carefully jinsbed the Sixth
"More." You were speedily dug up after you corps toward til e 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, cams 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 Hans being outside, Frederick, which was reach the
"Just as he finished, and as I was you found the front door open, and second day out.
thinkin' of puttin' ther«things away, so walked lu and came right here, The Seventeenth pressed forward
we both heard an awful groan, com- uaturally 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,whicIi it occupied on the twelfth
here very room, au' 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 tlie past, in a meas- twenty-tive prisoners. The Fifth
turbed." ure, and now, I fancy, you're all right. and Twentieth overtook the enem:^
"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 uj) 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. TJie
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 Tibbits away that night? "Not much." until Lee's army occu])ied 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 yesterday mornin',
is, 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 nothin' of the old sprang out of bed as buoyantly as a of the Twentieth, now had command
mau 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. "1 ain't dead, that's a fact," said The march was resumed toBealton
" 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 findin' "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-
" Why
that he'd send me to him terday.
Well, he did, an' a young soldier "You bought him

yes— purty good. ern scale in aid of Bragg.
of a Union of- 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 "W^ell, mine's a little lame. Gome place, while ojjerating 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-
THE WAR LIBRARY. 17

out Mountain, and the railroad and render, and he soon after died from "By Jove!" laughed the Lieuten-
jiver back to Bridgeport, Alabama. the effects of his wounds. ant-Colonel, "I don't know as we've
The Union army was on half-rations. 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, Arail had cautiously been practice horsemanship in to advan-
The twelfth corps travelled night displaced from the track, which tage"
ind day from Virginia westward. threw off 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 iu freight-cars. Dispatch from behind trees and ledges, and company them."
was indispensable. Comfort could commenced the work of bloodshed "It s a bargain," said the lieuten-
not be considered. and plunder upon the passengers; ant-colonel, i>romptly; "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 haj-, 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 lis, 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
pingplace; and ladies brought to the tunately to be on board. two went out together.
veterans bouquets and wreaths of Thiee brave soldiers were shot Less than an hour later Eandal
flowers. Haversacks were seized, down by his side; and a musket was Ellsworth, at the head of nearly his
and with fruit, cake, baked
filled 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 Peale, and
tack came to be despised. neck. his Union cavalry, and that night
From Louisville they went on to Ellsworth, iu compai^y with two they bivouacked on the banks of a
N"ashville, thence to Murfreesbor- lieutenants and three negroes, brake- swiftly flowing stream, near the out-
.9ugh 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 run off' three miles miles from headquarters.
whole country; and they now cut the or more into a dense woods. The
railway immediately in the rear of poor negroes were shot; Ellsworth
the reenforcements. expected the same fate; but was CHAPTER XIV.
A division of the Twelfth corps finally simply robbed of his watch,
EDNA STANWOOD DEFENDS HEE
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 the two lieutenants, who were a slight eminence, which overlooked
The Twentieth regiment went with him, of all they had, they were the broad acres of one of the best
through Tennessee to Stephenson, then left by the cutthroats to grope plantfitions in East Tennessee, stood
Alabama, where they arrived on tlie 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
corx)shad its headquarters, and was by the liglit 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 tlie his regiment, and he lost no time in about the i)lace, no one could be
Twentieth Regiment went to Cowan, laying the matter before the lieu- seen in the grounds, no lights ap-
tenant-colonel commanding. lieared in the windov.'s, and even the
Grant wos now in command, and The officers were called together, negro quarters seemed deserted.
tad 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 iu 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-strokes of a number
Mission Kidge; defeated the rebel But how should they go at it? of well-trained horses; and soon a
army with frightful slaughter; cap- only a small portion of the regiment squad of mounted men api)eared,
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 and held a brief consul-
sion, halted,
of cannon, and pursued the shattered guard duty along the road. tation.
hosts of Bragg as far as Dalton. 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
guarding 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 permission to say a word himself. "Yes, Colonel, either with his wife
guerrilla raids. Oiue company, sta- Permission was promptly granted. or Miss Edna, I won't be certain
tioned at Tracy City, ivas surprised "I imderstand," 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 bo 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 fifty and sixty of your best men, who "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 soon settle this busi- "To be sure," acquiesced the col-
twice through his body after his sur- ness for you." onol; "still, I must say Bolton is
. —
18 THE WAR LIBRARY,
right about tlie girl. Ediua Stan- for them. Come on, let's make Lester Hicks, I knew his connection
straight for the front door, and so with you, and that bad man by your
VFOod is a youug lady of very decided
get inside before they have time to side, and therefore understood only
character, and she comes of mighty
fasten it. Forward!" too well how dangerous it would be."
good stock, too."
a regular she devil,"
"Slie's The little party moved on, rode "Huni," said the colonel, after a
through open gateway, and
the moments' consideration, "then you
growled the man who had before
pushed forward to the broad veranda will give us no information about the
spokeu.
which ran across the whole front of package ?"
"Come, come, Captain, not quite
I fear you have a the mansion. "I will not," was the decided re-
so bad as that.
particular grudge against her aud "Dismount!" was the Colonel's ply-
her family." brief order, aud 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-
see." "Back! not another step forward "You will do nothing of the kind,
or I lire!" and a fair youug girl, of sir, my mother is confined to her
"Humph! is that all? Then you
not more than nineteen summers, room, where my cousin is attending
haven't so much cause for grievance
suddenly a])peared in tiie doorway, her, and she cannot be disturbed, it
as I have myself."
"Ah! I remember," said the ';ap- would be dangerous to her health,
taiu before he thought, "she reject- Taken ((iinpretcly hy surprise, the which, I frankly tell you, is very pre-
ed vou too." colonel at tiist retreated down the carious."
"Oho! then she did re^]ect you, my steps; but quickly recovering him- "Oh, come, hain't we heard about
dear captain? In truth, I always self, aud supported by his dozen fol- enough of this chin music?" asked
thought so." lowers, he again advanced toward Jillson impatiently, "What are we
Captain 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?"
"not one of you can enter here, 1 "I wouldn't advise one of the dozen
ject me and at the time I swore the
;

know you all for a baud of heartless strong men to attempt to interfere
day should come when she should

repent it when Id be even with her outlaws, and while I live you shall
never cross the threshold of my
with the weak girl," said Edna
quietly.
and all her race. You may judge,
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!" whispered to Jillson, and as Edna
said Abner Jillson, in a brutal poice, saw, directed his attention to one of
that St. Clair Stanwood had boldly
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 may be the worse 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 South; and in order stand uutil you have left this place," self both in front and rear at the same
not to be drawn too far away from was the brave reply. time."
my main object, I joined your inde- "One momeui," said Colonel Hicks, The girlp' sharp ear caught every
pendent force. Colonel." in a somewhat ediiciliatiny 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, aud 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, Jillsonwatched 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 something." ing." sprang suddenly forward, and made
" Ah but suppose the girl refuses
!
"You happen to know! sneered a leai) 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
"TLeu force her," hissed Jillson, you 'happen to know' that my dear lefthand, aud his knee rested on the
between his set teeth and brave father, when he visited us window-sill. He was about to lift
"But suppose she still refuses, in the other day, left certain papers be- the other leg over the stll. 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 would be pretty tough, liver up those iiapers to us, aud 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 QUKRU.LA8 DISCOMFITED.
there with her." "What! no longer here ? I don't be-
For one single moment tbe other partisans
"That can't be helped, we must lieve you."
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
You know as well as I, Colonel, the son, casting a look of deep and bitter called upon the other to shoot down ths 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 tlie Colonel, ence to me what you say or think," coolly.

thoughtfully "Well, ci.i-i on, 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,
must try for them, any way. Bolton, here. Do you for a moment suppose, and you know that I have a perfect right to
there many niggers about the after learning that Austin Bolton had defend it, and what's more, 2 will too. So be-
is
place?" been seen sneaking about our draw- ,vare every one of you — how you provoke
ing room, while my father was talking
me to pull the trigger again,—
"Very few, colonel, not more than " Hold, there! You, sir, you need not try
twenty-tive or thirty in all, and most to my mother and myself in the libra- to sneak away. I underscand your purpose,

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

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who undertakes to lenVH tlie gnmnds in front debt canceled.


is You may make your minds on the veianda, almost enough, in fact, to set
here, dies,— ay, aud iht; tirsl who attempts to perfectly easy on that scoie." up a young arsenal.
" " What thundering fools we were not to "Now, then," said the captain, "they must
draw a weapon tool
While Edna was speaking she kept her treat y(m as we did the niggers last night," be securely bound. See to it, will you, Tim?"
eyes fixed on the group directly in trout of said Jillson regretfully. " Oh, murther I" exclaimed Tim, " divil a
her, and particularly on one man who ap- " 1 don't know as to that," said Randal, in a bit av rope have oi to tie thim with, barrin'
peared to be edging ofi toward the corner of careless tone; " but if you don't hurry u,^ with me bridle, an' that ain't rope at all."
your offerings I know how some of you will " Y'ou want cords, I suppose, to secure your
the house, and another, wliose hand was ner-
vously groping for the handle of his revolver. get treated, and in mighty short order too." prisoners?" said Edna, now speaking for the
Htr 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.
ing on the veranda, aud was slowly and cau- when Jilison hurriedly said something to "Yes, miss, and good stout ones too," an-
tiously approaching her from one side. Hicks, who nodded hastily, and drawing his swered Randal, raising his cap.
All at once he sprang toward her, and strik- revolver aud addressing Ellsworth, said:
" I will get them for you."
ing her wrist a sudden blow, the revolver •'
You 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 Bandal 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 pa.ssing 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:
bosom, and aimed a blow at his breast. it was, the Yankee captain was prepared for
"Edna, Edna, my daughter, what is the
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? Child! child! where are you ?
tiesh. 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. "Yes, aunty, if 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 to
randa. saw the colonel's assenting nod, and readily
ciptaiuand of him who had been killed, now understood its meaning, So the instant be- leave you for a single moment on any accoiint,
drew a bowie, and with ahorrible oath, sprang fore the rebel chief pressed the trigger, he unless she called me herself."
toward the beautiful girl. " I know, 1 know; but I am sure something
slightlv changed his position, aud at the same
The gleaming knife was upraised, in an- time, fired. must have happened to her, or the would
other moment it would descend and be buried The colonel's ballet buried itself in the have come to reassure me. You heard those
iu her fair bosom. clapboarding behind the Yankee captain, firearms yourself. I tell you I can't stand
Crack! while the latter'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 up the
ma:deu's heart. It went ringing to the ve- ing him to drop his revolver. At the same staircase, aud Tony, as iu duty bound, follow-
raiida floor, and 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! Down with the She threw open the door of her mother's
Had a shell suddenly burst among them, it cursed Yankee! Kill 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.
and there, close to the last pillow of the ve- "Back, fools!" hi.ssed 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 had died away, two pistol gazed long and tenderly into her fare.
they at ouce uader:itood that he also held their shots rang out. Presently, with a loving kiss. Edna started
lives in his hands. Crack! crack! to her feet. As she did s-o, Mrs. Stanwood
For aim ist a minute not a won^ was ut- And two of the foremost of the guerillas caught sight of the young drummer boy, who
tered by any«jne, then, slowly the Federal ap- fell, and the others, feeling sure that a large
:ig m
middle of the room,
proached the group, his eyes never leaving it force was coming to the assistance of the Yau Good heavens!" she exclaimed, tha
for au instant, his revolvers always presented. kee turned to fly.
officer, 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 Wonderiugly Edna turned, and caught sight
nearer, " this is tlie 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 you here?" she
men against one weak woman! I've heard a " 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 incur hands, Captain Ellsworth sent me," he replied.
— a great deal too much; but I never saw such and ycu may as well submit without making
" He said I might be of some assistance to
a practical illustration of it as I witness at this any fuss about it. It's either that, or the you."
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 requiieof 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 '•
Your unconditional surrender," was the mother, pointing to Tony.
see what we shall do with you, and in the first firm reply. "Tell her," said Edna, 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- " Thai's nothing to do with the que.otion why he should so interest you?"
picks. You may just throw them down here now. You must surrender first, what shall "The very image," she murmured, "the
ou the veranda at my feet. No doubt you be done with you afterwards, can be tettled very image." .Then aloud;
" Who are you, child ? "
will accept this invitation with alacrity and in the future."
enthusiasm." " Well, we submit." "My name is Tony Tibbits," he replied,
" But suppose we won't accept it at all, what " Very wise, I'll call up a couple of my men " and I belong in Adams county,Pennsylvania."
then?" growled Jillson. " I'ony Tibbits! a most singular name, I
to receive such weapons as may still be lin-
The young officer did not answer in word's, gering aljout your clothes, I can't tru^t you to am sure."
he dimply tapped tlie revolver iu his right hand give them up yourselves Timl Tony!' — — "I should think so!" exclaimed Edna.
"Now who could have the heart to christen
with li s forednger. But the action was so And immediately Tim Cooney and Tony Tib-
peculiarly suggestive that words were not bits presented themselves.
a child Tonv, I'd like to know."
" I don't 'think I was christened Tony," the
needed to complete his meaning. And with '
' Disarm these men ," said the captain . "I'll
another growl the nearest man threw down his it that they make you no trouble.
boy ventured to say. " I've heard Mr. Stover
weapons.
see to
" Throuble, is it!" exclaimed Tim, scorn- — that's the town guardian —
say that my right
"Hallo!" exclaimed the next man, as he fully, " Oi'd jist loike ter see ther loikes uv name was Anthony."
cast a bowie ou the veranda. I've seen this
'
thim a-makin' me throuble. Now howld still, "Anthony!" mused Mrs. Stanwood, "An-
fellow before. By the Lord Harry! he's the will yez, till I go through yer pockets." thony!"
same Yank we captured on the train last night "Ah! that's somewhat better," said Edna;
— he is, for a thousand!
" still there are other names 1 thould like quite
" Thunder! so he is," muttered half a dozen. CHAPTER XVI. as well."
" Exactly," smiled Kandal Ellsworth, "aud —
' But Tibbits," said the elder lady sudden-
now, as you see, the table is turned, and as 1 ly. '-Wlio was your father, child?"
have soiiie four hundred dollars in greenbacks Tony blushed,
to collect from you, besides a first-rate pair of The eleven deeply chagrined guerrillas ——
" I 1 reallv ma'am, I don't know."
• Don't know! How can that be?"
boots and many other articles of weariug ap- quietly submitted to the close inspection insti-
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 h«
sonal property, I siiall stay with you till the cluded quite a pile of deadly weapons lay up
" I

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"
I have but a dim recollection of
the first that the scoundrels out yonder will get any- "If possible yes." — .^

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

then, as her cheeks became suffused with situation," said Randal, rapidly, "and have
blushes,

" and tell him and tell him — — saying that Tony Tibbits will leave the army
come back to ask a question, and beg a favor
a commissioned officer.
would like to see him for a few moments be- at vour bauds."
fore ha goes away." "Any question you may see ht to ask, 1
" Yes, Miss, I'll tell him," and bowing, cap CHAPTER XVII.
shall cheerfully answer," she rejoined, "and
in hand, to each of the three ladies, Tony THE PRISONERS UNDER aUAHD. the favor, whatever it Bay be, is already
backed out of the door. granted.
"And don't forget to bring the chain and As Edna and Captain Ellsworthentered Mrs.
Stanwood's room, the invalid looked up "Many thanks. I wish, then, to ask if you
trinket, child," called Mrs. Stanwood after have not at least one or two faithful negroes
him, as he disappeared in the hallway. on your place, and if so, where they are, and
" I'll not forget." And he hurried down
impatiently.
why we have not seen them."
the stairs.
" He is out in front, waiting for his com-
" We have a few— a vey few negroes left,'
The prisoners were speedily bound, and said Edna, slowly, " most of them have been
then, after a word of caution to Tim and Tony, manding oificer," said Edna. Then indicating
killed by the lawless guerrillas. Still, there
Ellsworth entered the house. EUswortli, "this, mother, is Captain Ells-
are two men who I am sure would lay down
He found Edna waiting for him in the par- worth, the gentleman who saved my life just
their lives for any member of my father's fam-
lor.
now, when, had it not been for him, I should
ily."
She arose as he approached, and frankly ex- have' died at the hands of Lester Hick's guer- an
"And where are those two?" asked 1
tending her hand, said: rillas."
dal.
"I have to thank you, sir, for the valuable "Captain," said Mrs. Stanwood, extending
For a moment Edna hesitated; then, after a
assistance you rendered me. Captain, you her hand, and speaking with great feeling,
" how can I ever thank you ? You have laid glance through the window, and into the hall-
saved my life." way, she said:
" I require no thanks, Miss Stanwood," said us under a life long obligation. It would have " I sent them on a secret mission early this
Randal, earnestly. " I am proud indeed to killed the general, as well as myself, had any-
evening."
know that I have been of the slightest service thing happened to our child—our only child."
— "Ah!" exclaimed Ellsworth, "and when
to you —
to General Stanwood'sdaughter." Then suddenly: "Is that boy Anthony, ho
will they return ?"
"You know my father, then?" she asked, said his name was, in your company, captain?"
" Yes, ma'am, he is," responded Randal, " I expect them at any moment.
quickly.
" and a great favorite with us all." "Good! Now, then, for my request. You
•'
I liave some acquaintance with him; but Miss Stanwood, I started out tonight on
" What do you know of him— his early life, see,
I know him by reputation far better." a sort of a quixotic expedition, and took
only
" He is a noble gentleman, it he is my fath- I mean ?" asked the lady.
Very
'
little, I fear, that will interest you,
one man and that boy, Tony, with me. \\ e
and a tiue, disinterested patriot," said
have taken eleven prisoners, together with
'

er
Edna, proudly. ma'am." number of weap-
"Please permit me to be the judge, captam. thirteen horses and a large
" He indeed," rejoined Ellsworth, "and appre
is
me what you do know." ons. It would be somewhat diflacult, I
beloved by every Union soldier iu Tennes- Tell
is
Then Ellsworth told how Tony had first bend, for us three to take our prisoners and
see.
made his appearance on the battle field of booty to camp in safety, especially as we feel
uiso glad to hear you say so. And now pretty sure that the full band to which
the
me ask, what will you do with your pris- Gettysburg, and how it had happened that he
let
became a member of his company. He also outlaws belong is at no great distance. 1 will,
oners?" then, with vour kind permission,
leave the
"I cannot tell what 11 be done with them mentioned his former relations with Gripper one of my men and your
prisoners here, with
a them over to the the farmer.
ultimately. I shall 1
"And is that all you know about him? two faitnful negroes to guard them. ..nd at
B, who commands the
senior officer, Majiir P' once return to camp myself with the boy. It
expedition of which y company forms a asked Mrs. Stanwood, in a disappointed tone, and 1
" will not take long to reach our bivouac,
""
What' "he~ will do with them I cannot when he had finished. Peale and
part.
" it is," was the answer.
shall speedily return with Major
I regret to say
say.' " a fine gold chain with a little trin-
He has our full force to relieve you of your unpleas-
But you have some idea?" ant visitors."
" Probably they will be sent North, aspris ket attached. He says it is in tbe kit of one of .

his comrades. Will you permit him to bring "A very good plan indeed. Captain, and the
nners of war." only proper one for you to follow, I should
• Then I am satisfied. I should not care to it to me in the morning?"
" If such a thing is possible, he shall do so. say," exclaimed Edna, heartily.
tliinkthat I, in a,iywaT, was connected with that " You really think so?"
If not to-morrow, at all events, I will see
the death of the most unworthy among them. •'
I do indeed. And you have only to wart
I have already sent one man into
eternity, and the chain and trinket reach you within a day
for the return of EUick and Wash to
carry it
number" or so at the late.-t."
I do not wish to add to the possible,
"Let him bring it himself, if
"Don't let the thought trouble you in the Then I'll go and spealc You can
least Miss Stanwood. It is not at all likely
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lookin' fur Hicks's gang, their varmints is in


" It is bad," rejoined the major, " and from
let me know when the two negroes you men-
tion have returned." ther valley, tother side o' Stanwood creek." what you have told me, I fear it would 't do
captain rejoined Tim and Tony, and Major Peale and Randal both brought their to leave this place unguarded while they are
The
horses to a Ftand 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 claimed,
approved, and assured Ellsworth that he could " Farley, by all that's glorious !" you propose to do ?"
safely leave the dhirty guerrillas in his hands, " Yes, Major, its me " nodded the union "Make this place our headquarters until
and that he would see to it that ther black scout. " Nor don't lose any time, an' you can they are captured and hung."
caygars 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?''
duty. then Cunnel and Capin Jillson ain't with
" Look at that negro there the big one, I —
While they were yet talking, Edna came mean."
out on the veranda, followed by two blacks, " We know that but can't you guide us to
;
"Well?"
one of them a perfect Hercules in stature, build the spot, Farley V" " I'll stake my life it was either Hicks or
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 moruin.' 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

in an out-building, and the guard duly mount- creek, good night," and the renowned scout of country as well as he. With his help we can
ed, Captain Ellsworth sprang to saddle, and the Tennessee was gone. track the scoundrels to their death. EUick,
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'n Jillson's, sah, de cowardly dog! He
CHAPTER XVllI. "Tes," said Ellsworth, " I fancy we shall comed up from behind an' knocked me sense-
thin out that gang of cutthroats before morn- Ef he'a a-comed at me liker man, I
A FEARFUL SLAUGHTER. — THE GUERRILLA ing now, for a fact."
less.
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?"
than ten minutes the captain and Tony
In.less place, and having guard to
left a sufficient The negro's eyes gleamed like lightning.
reached the bivouac, and while the former was watch the prisoners, and permitted Tim and "Never fear, you shall find him. Who
"
yet asking where he could find Major Peale, Tony to join them, they started for the valley winged Wash ?

that officer came up and eagerly requested to beyond Stanwood creek. " Ma&'r Hicks."
be informed where in the world he had been Audley Peale knew exactly how to conduct "Ahl and he don't feel over friendly toward
for the last hour or so, and what adventures such an enterprise as the one on which they the colonel, I suppose ?"
he had met with. were now engaged, and his force entered the " No, sah! "
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. let our 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 TONY BRINGB DOWN THE GUERILLA CHIEF.
ing toward the Stan wood mansion, he abruptly loody sla Breakfast was speedily prepared, the officers ate
renewed the conversation with the remark: ion men had it all tli theirs together, with the troopers in groups at no great
"And so you were fortunate enough to make way, and they smote the guerilla and spared distance about them. They would not go to the house
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
" Tes," said Ellsworth, " I had that honor. Ellsworth and his men would have willingly speedily the squadron was mounted.
She is a beautiful woman " given quarter but when the carnage was at
:
As Major Peale was (.bout to give the order, Forward
" Magnificent. Did you see her mother t" Ellsworth's eyes happened to rest on Tony Tibbits, who
its height, Peale's Tennessean's could not be
was urgin" his horseahead at a half trot in order tojoin
" Yes; she too must have been beautiful in restrained, they only remembered all the his friend Tim Cooney, who was calling for him.
her day— indeed, she is so still; but she is a wrongs they had suffered at the hands of the "Wait one moment, Major, if you please." exclaimed
sad invalid." rebels —
wrongs in their own persons, and in the Captain abruptly. " I wish to fulfill a promise I
made last night."

"Ah yes, a sad invalid, as you say. There
is a dark chapter in the history of the Stan-
the persons of thetr wives, sisters, mothers
and daughters, and so, when the fight was
" Very well, but don't keep the squadron waiting."
"Only a moment, as I said," aud riding forwarr"
wood family, and while it has to a great extent over, not a guerilla was left alive on that Ellsworth called
"Tibbits Tibbits this way !"
I !

affected the general, it has almost completely Uoody field !


Tony turned, and mechanically his hand went up to
broken up his wife. Did you meet anybody It was fearful, appalling; but many fearful
else at the mansion?" aud appalling things occurred during the '"That chain and trinket," said the Captain, "have
you it about you now ?"
"Only one other person, the sweetest— the great war of the Rebellion. " 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 good, ride on to the house and show it to the
"Ahl 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
I

" Miss Penrose." dozen wounded. More than a hundred horses


we shall not wait for you. We are going in the direc-
tion of the valley. You are not afraid to ride after us
" You saw her then ? And and (uneasily)
"
— were captured, and a large quantity of arms
you think her lovely ? aud ammunition was secured. "No, sir, not at all."
"I do, indeed," was the emphatic reply. Just before daylight the victors left the
"Very well. But hurry and if you can rejoin us
;

immediately, I shall be better pleased.


"And to be frank with you, major, I should valley, and again started for the Stanwood Tony at once dashed off toward the house.
have fallen in love with her. had I not seen plantation.
Edna Stanwond first." As they reached the open gateway, it was and qui(
The door stood open, and as he ascended the steps
"Ahl aud so you have fallen in love with evident to them all that something of impor- Edna Stanwood appeared in the hallway.
Edna?" exclaimed the major, in a tone of tance had happened during their absence. Ah I its you," she said, hastening forward, " co
" right ,u, ^^^.^
in, I have been
^^^u o^peeting
expecting you. But stop a n
great relief Two or three Union men could be seen hurry- where you are, and let me tak
>«...
; good look
" I suppo-e I'm a fool to confe.ss it," said ing arouud to the rear of the house, and Ells- you." When taking the boys head between her hands,
Randal; " for it ain't at all likely that such a wiirth counted six dead bodies in front, where she gazed down earnestly into his eyes.
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 and I no longer marvel at mother's agita-
" Why not?" said Peale, "you saved her ing, the former with his head bound up in a Bidyou bring the little keep sake, Anthony?"
life, and I know Edna Stanwood, slie is warm- red and yellow bandana handkerchief, and 'Yes, Miss.'
'Leti it then, and I will see if it is possible
hearted ami grateful, believe me." the latter with his left armin a sling. fori other t J you. She jjasscd a miserable
" She has a regal look, and I should hardly "What the deuce has been to pay here ?"
"
think demanded Major Peale, sharply, as they drew
" I know what you would say, my friend near.
The capt-ain gave me two minuies. Miss. If I am not
;
bark in that time the column will 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 in the
wealth of affection to bestow upon the right swered EUick, 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 ob de arms in some way, Edna haste ed lightly up the stairs.
She was gone quite tn o minutes, and descended very
sure of it." an' we've had er purty hot fight, I tole yer. slowly, with a thoughtful and almost troubled look up-
At this moment a figure glided from the side Cunnel Hicks, him an' Cap'n Jillson, dey's
of the road and approached the rapidly moving done gone an' got clean away. De odder pris- "Tony." she said, seating herself by the side of the
column. oners, dey didn't get off, dey
— boy, and^ taking his hand in hers, " my poor mother is
;ry weak, and she I

As it came
by the pale light of the
near, " Well, what of them?" asked Peale, impa- nkelier. However, I entered her room,
moon, it could be seen that it was a man, tiently. chain and
somewhat beyond middle life, and indeed his " Dey's done gone dead — ebery one on nized it as one she had seen before.
id, and instantly recog-
iron-gray looks Indicated that old age was " What she said it is 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 much all on 'em
you 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
ready passed down the road. But I wish to ask, are
many years of usefulness were yet before hurt, an' some mighty bad." you willing to leave this with me for a little while?"
him. " 'This is serious," said Ellsworth, regret- Tony hesitated
" Y'ou need not doubt be returned to you; if—"
"Stop one moment. Major," he exclaimed fully. " For my part, I'd rather all the rest it will
"Oh, I am sure of that, miss," broke in Tony; " but
abruptly, as he raised his hand, "you're had escaped than those two." we may not comeback this way. you know."
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22 THE WAR LIBRARY.


)k a long draught, and iben, in a "Father, mother, the girl herself, all received him
'Did d with open arms, and before I hardly had time to catch
Lapuiin Elltiwoi th say boy" a little higher, and place my back my breath, they were married, and my happiness and
Oh, no. miss; but, you see, we arc following up prospects were blighted for ever.
those guerrilla officers —
Hicks and Jlllson— and we ; difficulty, did bo. " I saw my prospects were blighted, for more than
don't know where the chase may lend us. Qg the almost helpless man, his foot mere love was concerned in all this, I had hoped to keep
She thought a moment, and then hastened into a side ith the side pocket-book and ttxrned Antoine single, in case of his death I became sole heir
room, a sort of library. to the Marsden estates, and now my affairs were in such
A minute later she returned, a small, three-cornered a condition that the possession of mv cousin's fortune
had become^ I believed, absolutely necessary to me.
'There/' she said, "give that to your captain, and "I was still brooding over my fancied wrongs when
take my word for it, you will come back tins way. Now the news reached me that Goveuor Marsden was dead—
3 the c his wife had died a year or more before— and thus my
from his lips. cousin andcuccessful rival was in full possession of his
"Miss Stanwood I" he murmured, in a lower tone, colossal ortune.
'ith J 'it is all I have 1 and gazed long and earnestly at the picture. "I gnashed my teeth in rage, She whom I had
Surely it seemed to dawn upon him that the picture loved, and who had scorned me, was now placed on the
"Youa'rcq as your mother's?" was not an exact likeness of the Jkliss Stanwood from very pinnacle of wealth and power, i afford
Oh, yes, L remember seeing it aboutist whom he had parted a little while before, there was look down upon me with cold disdaii
I

neck, with that curious thing hanging down. I something mure subdued, more gentle, perhaps, re- 'Should I submit? Should I quietlv permit her to
w, when I lay upon her lap, or in her arms, I used vealed in the face before him. It reminded him of enjoy tall, whilel was poor and miserable ?
each up and play with it, as she bent lovingly over something that had struck in Flora Penroye's quietMm * By the Eternal No 1
I know this," he continued, musingly, " or else—
I

features. " 1 swore to ruin the false couple, I swore to possess


Ise, the thing has happened in my dreams. Alas, tt Then too the picture was a very old one— ten or fifteen myself of all that was theirs, and deliberately I went to
3 little I do remember, surely years at least, and yet it represented a woman of be- work to accomplish my purpose,
tween eighteen and twenty years. " Months roiled by. I saw that I had a hard task yet
Go—
—go, at once!" exclaimed Edna,
boy, at
go, tedly; before me; but just as I was beginning to think I could
*'
. and return as speedily
go. spet as possible; and sec daylight. I had another setback, word came that a
ed your keepsake shall not get lost." It must be her son and heir had been born to them.
, Tony r 1 down the " I swore to delay no longer in my revenge, which I
The greater part of tliese were directed to Lester promised myself should be eo full and complete as to
The squadron was already out of sight: but this did Hicks, and a little package of half a dozen or more, tied '
lude them all in one general ruin
not trouble him much, it only caused him a momentary with narrow blue ribbon, had indorsed upon it—" From had many speci
feeling of annoyance. His mind was so much tjiken up
, 1 ban d-i.vri ting.
Edith." i I was what is called handy
by all Edna had said that he thought of very little else. The nest one he took up, and which was addressed to me long to draw up
: take a win to sun
Still, he felt the necessity of rejoining his command Giles Tibbits, was indorsed— " From Silvester Stover,
with as little delay as possible, and so, digging his heels
At this time Antoine was in WashingI I public
Gettysburg. Penu."
into the horse's flanks— he had no spurs— he put him to Another exclamation burst from Tony--an exclama- personated him, and so the requisite number of
the top of bis speed. tion that roused Colonel Hicks from the lethargy into persons witnessed the forged will, firmly believing that
For some distance his way lay alonga level road, with which he had fallen. It was the real Antoine Marsen who made it,
rich open fields on either hand; then came a gradual " What's that ?" he asked, looking up suspiciously.
"Shortly after this— not wishing tc
rise, and when he had reached the top of the hill, he
much
"Nothing." answered Tony, hastily gathering up the risk myself, I got up a quarrel between n aud
saw that just before him the road took an abrupt bend papers, letters and picture, and thrusting them into the Abner Jillson, who at that ti 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, witQout 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, unfairly it
it, Tony felt a presentiment that danger lurked in that
Hicks, you said i was said, and for many reasons the matter was hushed
forest, and without slackenmg the speed of his horse, he
up. I doubt if even General Stanwood himself knows
unslung the carbine that had been given him, loosened
the real facts to this day.
his revolvers, undprepaied, asbest he could, to meetit. know See where yo
His horse went down the hill at breakneck speed, and
it. "My own course was now plain before me. Edith
am. bleeding to death had determined to return to her father's house with
then, suddenly, turned into the wood-hordered road,
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, aud a large quantity of
the underbrush on either side for the slightest indica-
"I secured the services of a trusty man, and waylaid
blood flowed from her on the road.
tion of a lurking enemy. said the boy, "even if
All at ouce he thought i slight movement of a
"It's an awful thing '

"She became unconscious from fright. When she


one be fully prepared; how mucn more lerrioie, herself, a dead child, whose face was horribly
branch of a low bush oe he has not ma^e his peace with God. I am bu
He took another look, and was sure he saw the neck dressed
colonel, but letme say to you, if yon have anytl clothes, lay by her side.
and shoulder of a man, and then the barrel of a short your mind, now— if there is any great wrong you have " She was told that it had been kLQed by a kick from
oarblne, pointed suggestively in his direction, became
ever done, it might ease your conscience to confess it; one of the horses.
apparent to him. and anything I can do to help you right that wrong, you
Instantiy his carbine was brought ' "She refused to believe the story. She emphatically
mayrest assured 'ill do i declared that the child was not hers, and loudly called
"i.-ady."
The skulking enemy evidently for her own darling Doy. And this cry she kept up all
instantly there was a flash, folio that night and until the evening of the nest day, when
"There is little l ; lef L to (
her father arrived at the house where she had been con-
and Tony felt said Tony, firmly, though, and
had been laid acrot^s his left temple, and then he felt the veyed, in order to taKe her home.
beg, I entreat you, I really be the caae do alii: "Once in her childhood's home, she became more
warm blood trickling down his cheek.
But this had not for an instant retarded his action, quiet. She still insisted, however, that the dead boy
nurderer? That's a good (
was a stranger. But her friends thought this only the
and without checking his horse, he returned the tire,
aiming just below where he saw the uncovered neck. ravings of an unsound mind, and so the little one wag
" You
forget you first fired at me."
A sharp cry followed the shot, and there was a violent buried, aad no search was made for the living child.
" But I saw you raise your carbine.'
commotion in the underbrush. "That child was in my possession.
That ^
'
ely a precautionary i "At first it was my attention to kill it; bnt somehow
Tony brought his horse to a stand, and springing Well, well, I understanu. And see here, boy, there I could not bring myself to do that. Then I thought of
is an awiul load on my mind— murder, double murder, *— vengeance.
He quickly the gray i

.the
in fact, kidnapping, forgery, and robbery —ay, the worst
kind of robbery, robbing
the helpless
"
orph-
— ---'10
hi

"And the burden of all these ighs upon you conscience. He nad a wife living in Knosville,
Haiti" he cried, sternly, " halt, I say, or I firel and tie
at this awful moment?" "He could be hired togoanywhere— do anything, and
this time I shall fire to kill."
The officer stopped his onward progress, and turned. I had always found him reliable. There is such a thing
nothing you can do
Is there lift It/ Can you not as honor among thie\
Then Tony for the first time caught sight ol his face, make someattoncmeuti'
i

and, to his utter amazement, recognized Colonel Lester \\cll Iga the child and told luni to take it
For a moment the dv ng man s silent At length North somew 1 in a re ideuce seem to be det-per-
Hicks, the guerrilla chief!
opening nis ejLs tht 8 of which had hun^ ately poor ai teee that the brat fetched up in
g iZL upon the bra\ e
jouugHdbet w ife ga\ e the child into her care,
CHAPTER XX. ; brief, b
I

\oulJiowtl hoi \ here with a n iml ei of my 01 near Getty bui} ai d he man-


TONY ACTS THE PART OF FATHER COWPESSOR. len I was capture! til ht by Capta u L u ith 1
1 ester sto\cr the ^ lardian of the
1 am \\a^ juui that ic tory arr in^ement w a** made with
eit 11
'
There's no use wasting any more time on me, boy," } the residence of om f tl oldest md pi ud 1 mi 1

,d the colonel, gloomily; "you've cooked my goose


Q done for, sure as preaching." Then, with a gasp, man who has been the father
sank down.
n of the The oldest child was a daughter then there were
':on<i ind d n"ht r=i and at last another g rl I hat

^fter t the colonel endeavored to r


II Hi tt-Kt born IS all of h s ch Idicn that is
I
faltered Tony his poor
self. and he was t-ilent so long Tonj
"Help me,' gasped, " I cannot breathe,
1
mother d 1 ^1 e d of i
;

Lester U els 1 li Ith a start He seemed to


and again he i

led
I

Tony now hardly knew what to do. He was most Mtl ha\e to bpeak— Ed th She
anxious to hurry on and rejoin his command, and yet
t 1 1
His mothc h -j mott
w Ha^rand st t 1^ ytt geutl and cunhii^ woman Tonys- thel jou
he did not like to leave the apparently dying man. and beautitul aba dream Edna look-^ vtij much like
\

While he was considering what course it was best to Ah


her but— Edra isnotElith named \i fatUr
adopt the gurrella chief suddenly made another effort I I

The colonel s head hud f lien forw ird unt his chin 1

1 the ^ 'any kind was

the stuff was enough


sick, and he invariably kept as far away from it as CHAPTER XXI
possible. So he was obliged to say :

" I haven't got any, sir."


"I have." gasped the colonel and indicated his right
hand breast pocket.
Tony quickly unbuttoned his coat which had been \ed before and he I bclit
tightly buttoned across his chest, and felt in the inside
pocket.
The first thing his hand encountered was an oblong
out and threw upon the ground, and then freling again,
he found the flask of which he was in search. Wt 11 ihen came mv accomipli^ht- 1 co is n— \ntoine
He took out the cork, and with a grimace of disgust, Warsden the only son and heir of Govenor Warsden
raised the head of the wounded man, and held the flask the wealthiest man in all this southern country and
to his lips. saw my Edith, and there was no more chance for me
.

THE WAR LIBRARY. 23


Again the wounded man becam* silent, and Tony con- "Be dad, ther by's proud— jist
loike meeelf." ex- "Let me die in peace."
tinued thoughtfully kneeling by hiy side. claimed Tim. " He's got good blood in his veins." "But must you die?"
Suddenly the dying Binner f^asped for breath, and "And have you, Tim?" asked Lillie. " Of course. I am bleeding t death, and > all the e

pointing to the hulf-empty flaak on the ground, man- "Have.! Shure, thin, an' didn'tyer knowl wasther geons in your army couldn't sa
aged to utter the word— direct descendant av wan av ther greatest avail ther " Very well, you shall have y(
•Quickl" kings avowIdOireland?" "One thing more."
Tony picked up the flask and held it to his lips. '•l^everheardof it;; "Well?"
He drank eagerly, and when at length the boy took it
away, murmured feebly: The boys sent up a shout of laughter, amid which the and bury me. You'll find much that belongs to that
'*Tony Tibbits! Yea, that is what they called him, order to mount was heard. boy there, as well as property of the Stanwoods."
I wish— I wish— word could be got to him. I wish I They were quickly in the saddle, and, at a lively trot, " You shall be buried as you desire."
could right that poor child's wrongs, at least. But this rode once more in the direction of the valii-y. " Now leave me."
war—nofriende- dyingliliea dog in these woods-" As ihey entered it, they saw the whole column advanc- They turned away.
"You would really like to see that boy?" broke in ing toward them. The digging proceeded, and treasure to a large amount
Tony, "to tell him you have wronged
' ... him, and to do "Wait one moment," called out Corporal Snowden, was brought to light, together with title-deeds and the
all tha lies your power to . name and sta-
j
I "I have somethingof the utmost importance to report." valid wilFo"™ " ' •

The column was brought to a halt, and wonderingly,


'*
Yes, yes, I would,' ;a^er Major Peale and Captain Ellsworth rode toward the
little squad. was dead, and from the expression on his face, it
:e
" What is it?" asked the former. evident he had died in mortal agony.
I

"I am he who has been known as Tony Tibbits," •'In the first place," answered Snowden, "Colonel :e was hastily buried, and then, having made pro-

was the quiet reply. Hicks is dead!" on for the transportation of the treasure, Majo
•*And I die by your hand! Ah, boy, you have fearful- "Dead! Who killed him, and where?" Peale ordered the s
ly avenged your parents' wrongs." And with a gasp he "Tony Tibbits shot him." was the answer, " and he "Forward! the order, and in less than tei
fell forward, a stream of blood issuing from his mouth. lies in the woods to the east of the road, about a mile Stanwood mansion.
Tony caught him before his face touched the earth, from this." Edna and Flora met Peale. Ellsworth and Tony the
and endeavored to raise him up. "Did you find any papers on the body?" asked Peale, door, and requested them to ascend to Mrs. Stanwood's
It was useless. He was already dead. And so the eagerly.
lone boy laid him on his back, and slowly made his way ' The most important, major." As they entered they noticed that the invalid lady had
to the road, where hie well-trained horse was standing. "Where are they?" a gold chain, with a curious trinket attached.
For a moment he stood irresolute, and then, as he was Snowden handed him all the papers. ^'
Step this way," she said.
about to spring to saddle, the distant sound of hoof- Captain.wemustexamine these at once," said Peale. They di^l so.
etrokes fell on hie ear. " -iy
They did BO, and after deciding that most of them She held out the trinket, at the same time toucliing a
must, be sent to the commanding general without delay, concealed spring.
considered the memoranda relating to the buried plun- It flew open, and revealed on either side a picture—
CHAPTER XXII. der. noble-Jooking man, the other a beautiful lady.
"Why," exclaimed Peale, suddenly, "the spot he de-
scribes is close by; I can find it with very little trou-
Tony turned quickly in the direction of the sound, ble. Come!" picture of a bright-eyed, laughing boy.
and a moment later caught sight of half-a-dozen mount- We shall want help ?'^
" "Now," asked Mrs. Stanwood solemnly, at the ean
ed men just coming into view. " Yes, let those fellows of yours accompany us." time pointing to Tony, "whose son is he?"
Were they friends or enemies? Ellsworth gave the necessary command. Peale left '
swered the major promptly
At that distance he could not tell. the column in charge of one of his officers, and accom- ith's," said Flo
Taking his horse by the bridle he led him a short panied by Ellsworth and the party that hadfound l^ny, " He is your grandson, dear mother," exclaimed Edna,
distance into the underbrush, and then returned to hie proceeded to hunt for the spot where the guerrillas' throwing her arms about her mother's neck.
post of observation. booty was hurried. " There could be no possible doubt with what you now
Blue coats he was sure of it, and in another moment
1 After a quarter of an hour's search they found it, and show us," said Ellsworth earnestly, ••but without the
he was quite as sure that they were members of bis own Peale at once exclaimed : help of that locket, the boy himself has already estab-
company " Somebody has disturbed the earth here within half lished his identity to-day and more, has avenged hie
He rushed out into the middle of the road, and when father's death.''
the advancing squad caught sight of him, they sent up " Within five minutes, I say." amended Lillie. " How is that? " exclaimed the lady, eargerly.
a loud cheer of joy and relief, and put their horses to a " Yes, by Jove, and here's a spade hidden under these - -" -
,told. -

gallop: bushes." said Pender, drawing forth the useful article.


Tony now saw that his old friend Coropal Snowden " Where's those two niggers ? " asked Peale.
headed the squad, and that the indefatigable Tim rode " Out yonder," answered someone.
close behind. " call them."
" I'm very glad to find you safe and sound, my boy," EUick and Wash were called, and were soon throwing As Ellsworth began Tony's story, a noble-looking,
said Coropal tinowden, with a great deal of feeling. out dirt at a lively rate, the former with the spade, the gray-hairea man, wearing the uniform of a general offi-
'*
Be ther powers !" exclaimed Tim, 'I was mightly latter with a piece of board he had picked up. cer in the Union army, quietly entered the room and
onaisy on your account, Tony But, sure, of anything Ellsworth's extreme impatience would not permit him stood unnoticed just within the doorway, his eyes in-
had happened to you. I'd have murthered every ribel in to be an idle spectator, and so unbuckling hissword and tently fixed on the boy, while he drank in the captain's
their confederacy, so I would." throwing it aown, he too seized a piece of board, which
"Do you want to know an easy way for doing that, at some time had formed the side of a box, or some- Now he sprang forward, and folding Tony in his arms,
Tim r asked Ed. Lillie slyly. thing of the kind, and went to digging. exclaimed:
"Shore, thin, I do." Tony mecanically picked up the captain's sword, and "My boy— my dear— dear boy, thank God I have
'*
Just talk French to them," said Ed, amid a shout as mechanically drew it from the scabbard and examin- found you at last.-Edna, you are quite sure all those
of laughter. ed the blade. papers are safe?"
" Oh, go long wid yer. " cried the disgusted Tim. A slight—a very slight rustling in the bashes to his Yes. father. Ellick and Wash took care of that."
" Where's your horse, Tony ?" asked Pender at this left, and just back of the parly digging, attracted his "Then Tony's fortune will be as great as ever was
the governor's— his grandfather, and those two faithful
n that direction for an inf fellows are no longer servants but friends. Now let us
the ground, the sword wa all have a little family talk together, and plan for the
Corporal Snowden, somewhat impatiently, we must re- nd he was in the bushes. future until dinner-time. Don't go, major, I know the
join the squadron without delay. state ofyour own and Flora's heart, and captain, I must
" What, did you come out on purpose to fi.nd me ?" ever consider you as one of us, you have been such a
asked the boy: faithful guardian to this boy."
'*
Certainly, the captain got very uneasy on your arm Itself V " I should certainly like to be one of you in fact, and
and the shot struck the gn the if "—turning to Edna and holding out his hand— " I
"
" Shure, thin, don't I bes tillin yer that it was me self the slightest barm. have read your heart aright
that got onaisy" exclaimed Tim, "and I wouldn't give " There." cried Tony sternly, pointing to the severed "Oho! that's the way the matter stands, is it ? You
member, " there lies the hand and arm that was up- have my consent, if you can get hers?"
ther captain any pace till he sent us.'
" Have you found either of the escaped prisoners ? raised to take my father's life.— Villain Scoundrel I 1
ii£ the captain's,
asked Tony, without making any movement toward his Murderer of an innocent man know that your just I
led the general,
punishment has been inflicted by the sonof Antoine
"No; but what did you stop here for?" asked the Marsden " 1

corporal.
"Dismount, all show you."
of you, and I will CHAPTER XXIII.
Wonderingly, they dismouuted, add Tony led the
way to the spot was lying
where the dead guerilla chief Captain Abner Jillson, who it was that lay bleeding really broke up tl

An exclamation of astonishment burst from their on the ground, on hearing Tony's declaration, looked '
mant-colonel
lips as they ciiught siglit of the dead body, and then up into the boys face, with an expression of the utmost •pris > ? you ought t have a hundred
turning to Tony, Corj-oral Snowden asked :

?" oine Marsden's son ? "'


he gasped. " iVe lost replied the major gravely.
"Is this yuurwork, boy them,''''
" Yes," added Ellsworth, "and I very much fear,
Tony gave an affirmative nod. '
My God
"Well, we must hurry back now," said Snowden, Bythis ti vhole party had gathered round, and they'llnever be found in this world agaiu."
" and the question is.whut shall wedo V
with the body ;'ere lookii Touytohis ---- - - Ellsworth was no\v advanced to the rank of paajor,
"I should pay, leave it right where it is until we re- Atl gth^ took Tony o Small became second lieutenant, Snowden was made a
turn," said Lillie. sergeant, and Duffy and Tony became corporals.
"Ah, but are we sure to come back this way?" asked " My right "naino is Antoine Marsden," aut^wered the A little later the Twentieth was ordered to join Sher-
the corporal. boy, "and I am the eon of that Antoino Marsden. whom man on his advance on Atlanta.
**I should say yes." this man i;illed su trecherously in a so-called duel." They saw some terrible fighting, and their numbers
"Then we'll leave it.*' Major Peale now regarded the drummer boy with pro- were frightfully thinned out.
" One moment," said Pender. " He was the leader of found respect. Atlanta ell, and then thegrand march to thesca began.
all the guerillas in these parts; he may have had im- Governof Marsden's grandson then ? " he Tony was made a sergeant on the field belorc Atlan-
portant papers about him." ta, for gallant conduct unrter fire. And now, to his
"Right, my boy; Inever thoughtof that; we'llsearch '
Yes.' great joy, he found himself a commissioned ofticer,
the boay," and immediately they did so. , grandson of with an appointment, on his grandfathers staff.
They were richly rewarded for thtir pains, for, as
Ellsworth had neglected to do more than disarm his The war is over, the army disbanded. Major— now
prisoners the night before, they now found in a secret you Edna's nephew? claimed Ells- Colonel Peale and Flora Penrose are married and live
pocket on the inside of his undershirt, impurtiint papers on the Peale plantation, but a short distance from her
from the rebel commanding general, and also certain
memoranda, showing where the guerillas had buried the Lieutenant-Colonel Ellsworth and Edna are also
greater part of their plunder, together with important man and wife, aud reside at the Stanwood mansion.
papers and documents of a private nature. Tony, after graduating at Yale, aud marrying a pret-
"This has been a lucky day for you, Tony Tibbits," ty Yankee girl, has settled down on the old Maredsn es-
said Corporal Snowden, exultiiigly. '' Your share of Th<'y tiiriK.'d toward the inutiiaL>-'a guerilla. He had tate, where he lives to this day, surrounded by a large
the booty will be pretty lar^e, I can tell you." family of children.
"Idon'twantacent's worthof it " cried Tony, earn- and w^as re^ardinti it attentively. Peter Small left the army a captain; Snowden chang-
estly. "Let my share be divided among my brave BiL^h he dropped it, and with a more profound
With a ed into luiotlier regiment, and became a major. Tim
comrades. If they see fit to promote me, 1 shall be back upon the ground.
sigh, fell Cooney stuck to Tony, and is now his overseer. The
glad— because," he added, promptly, "1 ought to be "Can we do anything for you, captain?" asked Ells- other boys all turned out well, and thank God. are all
something more than a mere drummer boy; but I ask, worth, in a compassionate tone. alive to-clay, to read this story of their trials and adven-
I

"Yes— if you will." tures while fighting the battles of the Union.
and will have no other reward."
That's strange," murmured Snowden. "What is it?"
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84-PHIL, THE SCOUT. By Ilean Verne. I20-MARCHING THROUGH GEOR-
85-MAJOR HOTSPUR. Marline Manly. GIA ; or. Perils of an Irish Fire-
20-BATTLE BEN. By Morris Redwing. 86 " TO HORSE." By A. P. Morris. brand. By the Author of Mission Ridge.
2 -SHOULDER-STRAPS. Wiimot.
I 87-LOYAL NED. By the author of " Be- I2I-THE MYSTERIOUS MAJOR;or,
22-SEVEN PINES. By Warren Walters. fore IVtersburg." Was He Blue or Gray ? By Corporal
23-SABER AND SPUR. B.v ^fon Myrtle. 88-SHILOH. By Ward Edwards, U. S. V. Morris Hoyne.
24 FICHTINC FOR FAME. Redwing. 89-BATTLE SMOKE. By Hugh Allen. 122-CHICKAMAUGA; or, The Artil-
25-DASHINC O'DONOHOE. Carlton. 90-SHARPSHOOTER DICK. By Grant. lery Scout. A story ot the Chattanooga
26-IRON AND STEEL. Major A F.Grant. 91-ANTIETAM. By Anthony P. Morris. Campaign. By Lieutenant Mackintosh.
27 THE FATAL CARBINE. Wilmot. 92 CAVALRY SAM. By Capt. M. Wilton. 123-THE SIGNAL FLAG; or. Vult-
28 MALVERN HILL. Morris Hoyne. 93 -FREDERICKSBURG. By A. Forbes. ures of the Battlefield. A Narra-
29 GUNBOAT DAVE. Redwing. i>4-BLUE OR GRAY. By Ward Edwards. tive of the Cloud Battles. By Colonel Oram
30-RIVAL CAPTAINS- Oram Eflor. 95 BURNT POWDER. By A.P. Morris. Eflor.
3 -HARD-TACK. Major Walter Brisbane. 96-VICKSBURG. By Corporal M. Hoyne.
I

32-YANKEE STEVE. Morris Redwing. 97-A NIGHT IN DIXIE. By J. M. Merrill. 124-SHELBY'S MEN; or. The Last
33-FARRACUT'S SPY. A. F. Grant. Shot of the War. a Rousing Romance
98-ON TO RICHMOND. By A.F.Grant. of the Southwest. By Colonel Leon Lenoir.
34-MISSION RIDCE. By Major Wilmot. 99-PITTSBURG LANDING. Duncan.
3S-CHAIN-SHOT. By Colonel oram Eflor. ICO BULLET AND BAYONET. 125-BAYONET BEN; or. Through
36 FIVE FOKS. By Corporal M. Hoyne. lOf FORT FISHER. By Maj. A. F. Grant. Fire to Fame. A RatUing Recollection
37-CAPTAIN IRONWRIST. By Major of the Red River Campaign. By Major A.
102 PRISON PEN. By Marline Manly.
F. Grant.
Walter Wilmct. 103 THE SHENANDOAH RIDER.
38-THE LOST CAUSE. By M. Redwing. I04 FIGHTING PAT or, The Boys of 126-THE MISSISSIPPI SCOUT; or.
;

39-CAMP FIRES. By Warren Walters. the Irish Brigade. By Bernard Wa.yde. How the Batteries were Run. A
40-M0RCAN'S ROUCH-RIDERS. By I05-THE COLOR BEARER; or, Se- Thrilling Tale of Vioksburg, By Ward Ed-
Major A. F. Grant. cret of the Old Knapsack. A stir- wards, U. ^^ S.
4i-BETWEEN
Redwing.
THE LINES. By Morris ring Romance of the Siege of Knoxyille. 127-GRANT, "THE HAMMERER;"
By Aleck Forbes, War Correspondent.
42 THE CAVALRY GUIDE. By John W. I06-TRUE BLUE; or. The Union or. The Terrible Path to Fame. A
Narrative of the Wonderful Operations Be-
43-HARPER'S FERRY. By Major Wal- Scout of Tennessee. A Rousing Tale fore Petersburg. By Hugh Allen, of the
of Hood's Last Campaign. By A. F. Grant. New York Prose.

44-SHERIDAN'S RIDE. By Roland Dare. I07-IN Camp and 128-THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS; or.
THE RANKS; or.
45-CLEAR GRIT. By Marline Manly. Conflict. By Mon The War on the Coast. A story of
Myrtle.
46 THE RIVAL COURIERS. By Harry 1 08 CROSSED SWORDS; or. Last the Ouise of the Sea Gull. By Lieutenant
Clifford, U. S. N.
Charge at Antietam. By Corporal
47 BEFORE PETERSBURG. By Major Morris Hoyne. 129-BEFORE DONELSON; or. The
I09'LI0N-HEARTED LUKE; or. The Troopers of the Cumberland. A
Plan to Capture Mosby. A story stirring Romance ot Grant's Tennessee
DOWN IN DIXIE. By Hugh Allen.
Adventure in the War of the
ot Perilous Cmapaign. By Edgar L. ^'incent.
LIBBY PRISON.By Colonel Oram Eflor. Rebellion. By Ward Edwards, U. S. V.
WAR'SALARM. By Morris Redwing. IO~BIVOUAC AND BATTLE; or. I30~CHARGE
I
BAYONETS; or. Fight-
ing Under Hooker. By Captain Dick
UNDER FIRE. By Anthony P. Morris. The Rivals in Blue. A Romance of Steadman.
MARCHING ON. By Marline Manly Sherman's North Carolina Campaign. By
Corporal Morris Hoyne.
SWORD AND SASH.ByMon Myrtle. 131 SOLD FOR A SOLDIER; or. The
BORDER GUERRILLAS. Hoyne. l-THE SWORD CHAMPIONS; or.
I I
Life of His Regiment. A story of
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A Story otlhe Battles in the Thickets of the
BLACK CUDJO. By Lieut. Keene. Rappahannock. By Anthony P. Morris. wards, " High Private," U. S. V.
BRAVE COLONEL KELLY. By II2-THROUGH FIRE; or. Battling 132-UNDER LITTLE MAC; or. The
Bernar.l Wuy.le. for the Union, a story of the Last Spy Catcher of Richmond. By
NUMBER TEN. Campaign in Virginia. By Major Walter
ISLAND Frazier.
Wilmot.
Major A. F. Grant.
WINNING HIS SPURS. By Redwing.
13 MUZZLE TO MUZZLE; or. The 133-BATTLE ECHOES ;or, Baudin's
A YANKEE MIDDY.
I
By Edwards. Boys at Chantilly. By Major Walter
Mountain Bushwhackers, a Rat-
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FIGHTING JOE HOOKER. Manly. Captain Edward Park. 134-THE YANKEE PRIVATEER; or.
BOMB PROOF. By Anthony P. Morris. I 14-THE RIVAL CADETS; or. From Afloat and Ashore. A Stirring story
A SOLDIER OF FATE. By Col. Eflor. West Point to Battlefields. By Famous Cruise. By Lieutenant Mayne
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CUSTER AND HIS MEN. By Manly. Ward Edwards, U. S. A.
THE ARMY DETECTIVE. Eflor. I i5-SHERIDAN'S SPY; or. How the
135-STARS AND STRIPES
IN FOR THE WAR. By Ward Edwards Shenandoah was Redeemed. ; or. The
Siege of Fort Pulaski. By Major
-OLD POTOMAC. By Colonel Leslie,
ley. By WarnoMmer,V.'u"''"'°"
'"
Hugh Warren.
-PIONEER PETE. By Monis Kr.iwing.
116 ON THE CHICKAHOMINY; or,
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The Fortunes of a Yankee Cor-
136-MAJOR PAULINE CUSHMAN ;

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ROUGH AND READY. By Morris. 17-FIGHTINC FOR THE FLAG; or. By Ward Edwards, " High Private " U. S. V.
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