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BEST TRICK NOT N THE AIR
Aviator Was Clover at His worn,
Tho story opens In a Confederate tent
at ft critical bIqko of tho Civil War. Den
Lo Impart to Copt Wayns on Important
messaKO to Longstreot. Accompanied uy
Sorgt. Crnlir. nn old army scout. ynyne
Btnrta on till mission. Tho two, after a
wild rldo, get within tho lines of tho
rtiemy. In tho darkness, Wayno Is token
for a Federal officer who como to keep on
nppolnlmont, and o young lady on horse
back Is given In his charge Hne Is n
northern girl and attempts to cscnpo out
falls. Oris of tho horses succumbs and
Craig goes through with tho dlspntchrs,
whllo Wnyne and My Lady or tho North
nro loft nlono. Thoy scok shellor In a
hut and nntorlng It In tho dark a huge
mnstlfr attacks Wayne. Tho girl shoots
tho brute- Just In tlmo. Tho owner of tho
hut, one Jed Ilungay. nnd his wlfo appear
nnrl mnn n nnrtv nf tinrflcmen nnnroaGll.
They are led b;
Ha1 Titvrfn Itll
v a man claiming
but Mrs. Ilungay discovers
him to be a disguised Impostor, who
proves to bo MnJ. Ilrcnnan, a Inderal
officer whom tho Union girl recognizes.
Ho orders tho arrest of Wayno as a spy.
A Woman's Tenderness
Youth is novor largely glvon to ro
floctlon, which Is tho girt of yenrn;
and although my llfo had In a metmuro
rondorod mo moro thoughtful than I
might hnvo proven undci ordinary
conditions, yot It Is to bo frankly con
fessed, by ono desirous of writing
tnoroly tho truth, that 1 generally
ncted moro upon Impulso than reason.
As 1 Ltood forth In tho sunlight of
ttat lonoly moun 'n ro J, my hands
securely bound behind my back, tho
end of tho ropo held by ono of my
cp.ptora, whllo his follow loaned lazily
upon hli gun and watchod us, I
thought uotnowhat deeply ovor tho sit
uatlon and thoso peculiar clrcum
stances leading up to
Undor othor conditions I might hnvo
folt tempted to enter Into conversa
tion with my guards, who, ns I now
perceived, wero far from bolng tho
rough banditti I had at first Imagined,
judging from their faces and language
thoy woro Intelligent enough young
fellows, such as I had often found In
tho ranks of tho Federal army, nut
I roallzod thoy could aid mo llttlo,
If any, In the ono thing I most do
sired to know, and ovon If thoy could,
a senBo of delicacy would bavo caused
mo to hosltato In asking thoso per
sonal questions that burned upon my
lips. My deop and abiding rospoct for
this woman whom I had so strangoly
root, and with whom I hnd attained
8omo degreo of Intimacy, would novor
permit of my discussing hor, evon In
dlroctly, with prlvnto soldiers behind
tho back of their otflcor. Every sonso
nf honor rovoltod at bucIi a thought
Not through any curiosity of mlno,
liowovor justlflod by tho depth of my
awn fooling, should alio bo mndo tho
subjoct of ldlo gossip about tho camp
flro. For, in truth, at this time, unhnppy
qh my own situation undeniably was,
and as a soldier I roallzod all Its
dnngors, I.gavo It but llttlo considera
tion. Usually quick of wit, forttlo in
expedients, ovor ready to tako ad
vantago of each opportunity, I had
takon stock of all my surroundings,
yot discovered nowhoro tho slightest
oponlng for oscapo. Tho vlgllanca of
tho guard, as well, as tho thorough
manner in which I was bound, rond
eroa any bucii attempt tho merest
Then it was that othor thoughts
camo surging upon mo In a sorlos of
Interrogatories, which no knowlodgo I
pOBsossod could possibly answor. Who
was this proud, womanly woman who
called horsolf Edith Urennun? Sho
had been at some pains to Inform mo
that she was marrlod, yot thoro was
that about hor her bearing, hor man
nor which I could not in tho least
rcconcllo with that thought Hor ox
tromo youtnfulnosB mado mo fool It
iinprobaulo, and tho IniproBslon ro
malnod with mo that sho Intoudod to
make somo oxplauation of her words,
when tho coming of Ilungay Inter
rupted us. How thoy might bo ox
plained I could not Imagine; I morely
utruggled against accoptlng what I
longod to bollovo untruo. Aud this
manT this Federal major, bearing tho
camo uamo, whom she callod Frank,
who was hoT What mannor of rela
tionship existed between thomT In
their mooting and short Intercourse
I had noted several things which told
mo much that sho fenrod, rospocted,
vnluod him, and that ho waB not only
.ewnyod by, but Intensely Joalous of
any,, -rival In, hor good opinion, Yot
their unoxpoctod mooting was scarcely
that of husband aud wlfo. Wns ho
tho ono sho sought In hor night rldo
from ono Federal camp to auother?
If so, was ho brother, friend, or bus
Such woro somo of tho quorlos I
sllontly struggled with, and they woro
rendered moro acute by that doonen
Ing interest which I now contossod to
myself I was fooling toward hor who
Inspired them. It may bo fashionable
nowadays to snoor at lovo, yot certain
it is. tho raro personality of this
Edith Drcnnan had roachod and In
fluenccd mo In thoso few hours wo
had been thrown together as that of
no other woman bad ever dono. Pos
slbly this was so because the long
yoars in camp and field had kept mo
isolated from all cultured and refined
womanhood. ThlB may, indeed, hnvo
caused tie to be peculiarly susceptible
to the beauty asd purity of this one,
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facts, and lcavo philosophy to others.
My llfo has ever been ono of action, of
I know not; I am content to glvo
intenso feeling; nnd there In tho road
that day, standing barehended in tho
sun, I was cloarly conscious of but
ono chnngelcss fact, that I loved Edith
Iirennnn with ovory throb of my
heart, and that thoro wns enmity, bit
tor and unforgiving, between mo nnd
tht man within who boro hor namo.
Whatovor ho mlsht bo to hor I ro
Jolcod to know that ho tinted mo with
all tho unreasoning lintrod of Jealousy.
1 had read It In his eyes, In his words,
In his mannor; and the memory of Its
opon manifestation causod mo to
smllo, as I hoped for an hour when
wo should meet nlono and faco to
As I was thus thinking, half In
despair and half in hope, tho two
camo out from tho Iioubo together;
and It pleased mo to noto how imme
diately her eyes Bought for mo, and
how she lifted hor hnnd to shndo thorn
from tho glaro of the sun, so that
sho might see moro clearly. Her com
panion appeared to Ignoro my pros
enco uttorly, and gazed anxiously up
nnd down tho road as though search
ing for coniethlng.
"Potors," ho OBkcd sharply of tho
fellow on guard, "whoro aro Sorgcnnt
Steolo and tho rest of tho squad?"
Tho soldier addressed saluted In a
"I Deolro to Placo This Hat
manner thnt convlucod mo bo wns of
tho regular service
"Thoy aro resting out of tho sun
In thut clump of bushes down tho hill,
llronnun glanced In tho diroctlon in
"Very well," ho said. "Tako your
prlsonor down thoro, and toll tho
Sorgonnt to press on at onco toward
tho lowor road. Wo shall follow you,
and tho lady will rldo his horso."
Tho man turned, and with peremp
tory geaturo ordorod mo forward. As
I drew closer to whoro tho two waited
bosldo tho opon door, I lifted my head
proudly, determined that nolthor
should porcolvo how deeply I folt tho
humiliation of my position. As I thus
passed thorn, my eyes fixed upon tho
shining road ahead, my oars caught
a word or two of Indignant expostula
tion from hor lips.
"Dut, Frank, it Is positively shnmo-
fut in this sun."
Ho laughed lightly, yet his answer
camo to mo in nil clearness of ut
toronco. I bellovod ho wished mo to
overhear tho words. "Oh, It will only
pt-ovo of bonoflt to his brains, If by
raro chnnco ho possesses any."
I glanced nsldo, and saw hor turn
Instantly and faco him, hor eyes
ntlnmo with ludlpnntlou. "Then I
As sho spoko, her volco fairly trcm
bllng wiU Intenso fooling, sho stepped
backward out of sight Into tho houso.
Another Instant and sho reappeared,
sweeping past him without so much ns
a word, and bearing in hor hand my
old campaign hat, camo dlroctly up to
"Sontry," sho said In hor old lm-
porlous manner, "I destro to placo this.
bat nn tho bond of your prlsonor."
Tho follow glnncod uneasily over his
shoulder at tho soomlngly unconscious
officer, not knowing whothor It woro
hotter to pormit tho act or not, but
sho waited for no permission.
"Captain Wayne," sho said, her
volco grown kindly In a moment, nnd
her eyes frankly meeting mine, "you
'vlll pardon such liberty, I nm sure,
but It Is not right thnt you should bo
compelled to march uncovered in this
Sho plncod tho hat in position, ask
ing ns sho did so:
"Does that feel comfortablo?"
"Tho memory of your thoughtful
ness," I replied warmly, bowing as
best I might, "will mako tho march
pleasant, rio matter what Its' end may
t enn to mo."
Her eyes darkened with sudden
"Do not deem mo wholly ungrato-
ful," sho said quickly and in a low
tono. "Tho conditions aro such thnt
1 nm utterly helpless now to aid you.
Mnjor Iirennnn Is a man not to bo
lightly disobeyed, but I shall tell my
story to General Bherldnn so soon no
wo reach his camp."
I would have spoken ngalq, but nt
this moment Drennnn camo striding
"Como, Edith." .ho cried, nlmost
roughly, "this foolishness has surely
gono far enough. Peters, what aro
you wnltlng hero for? I told you to
tako your prisoner down tho road."
A fow moments later, tho centro of
n llttlo squad of heavily nrmcd mon,
I was tramping nlong tho rocky path
way, nnd when onco I attempted to
on tho Head of Your Prisoner."
glnnco back to discover If tho others
followed us, tho sorgeant advised mo,
with nn oath, to koop my oyos to tho
front. I ohoyed him.
It must havo been nearly tho end
of tho nftornoon. Wi had certainly
traversed Bcvcral miles, and wero thon
moving almost dlroctly south upon a
well-defined pike, tho namo of which
I novor know. All tho party wero
traveling closo togothor, whon tho
scout, who throughout tho day had
beon kept a fow hundred yards In
advance, camo hack toward us on a
run, bis nana nung up in an urgent
warning to halt
"What Is It, Steolo?" Drennan quos
tionod, spurring forward to meet him,
"Como, speak up, man I"
"A squad of cavalry has just swung
onto tho plko, sir, from tho dirt road
that loads toward tho Whlto Briar,"
was tho soldier's panting reply. "And
could got n gllmpso through tho
trees down tho valloy, and there's a
heavy Infantry column just behind
thorn. They'ro Itebs, sir, or I don't
"Robs?" with an incredulous laugh
"Why, man, wo'vo got tho only Rob
hero who Is enst of tho Drlar."
"Woll," roturnod tho scout, sullen
ly, "they'ro coming from tho west,
and I know thoy nln't our follows."
Ho was too old n soldier to havo
his Judgmout doubted, and ho wns
evidently convinced. Uronnan glnncod
quickly about However ho may
havo sneered nt tho report, ho was
not rash enough to chnnco so gravo a
"Got back Into thoso rocks thero on
tho right," ho commanded sharply.
"HitBtlo your prisoner nlong lively,
men, and ono of you stand over him
with a cooked gun: if ho so much as
opons his mouth, lot him havo It"
Rapidly nB wo moved, wo were
scarcoly all under covor before tho ad
vanco cavalry guard camo In sight, tho
light fringe of trdoporB, dust-begrlmed
nnd woary, resting hoavily In their
saddles, and apparently thoughtless as
to any possibility of meeting with the
onomy. Thero woro not moro than n
troop of thorn all told, yet their short
gray jackets and wido-brlmmcd light
hats instantly told tho story of their
service. Their rear rank was yet In
sight whon wo hoard tho heavy tread
of tho approaching column, together
with tho dull tlnklo of stool which al
ways accompanies marching troops.
Peering forth ns much as I dared
from behind tho thick brush whoro
I had been roughly thrown faco down
ward, I saw tho hpnd of that solid,
sturdy column swing around tho sharp
bend In tho road, and In doublo front,
spreading from rock to rock, como
sweeping down toward us.
Fito upon fllo, company after com
pany, rcglmont following regiment,
thoy swung sternly by. Scnrcely so
much as a word reached us, excoptlng
now and then somo brlofly muttered
commnr-1 to closo up, or a half In
audlblo curso as a shuffling foot
stumbled. I could distinguish no
badgo, no Insignia of either corps or
division; tho circling dust enveloped
them In a choking, disfiguring cloud.
Dut thoy wero Confederates! I
markod thorn well; hero nnd thoro
nlong tho tolling ranks I oven no.tcd
a familiar faco, and thoro could bo
no mistaking tho gaunt North Caro
lina mountaineer, tho sallow Georgian,
or tho jaunty Louisiana creolo. They
were Confederates Packer's Division
of Hill's corps, I could havo almost
sworn east-bound on forcod march,
and I doubted not that each cross-road
to loft and right of us would likewise
show Us hurrying gray column, sturd
ily pressing forwnrd. Tho voteran
fighting men of the left wing of tho
Army of Northern Virginia wero bold
ly pushing eastward to kocp their
tryst with Leo. The dospatch In
trusted to my care had beon borno
safely to Longstreot.
Tho keen joy of It lighted up my
faco, and Drennan turning toward mo
as tho last limping straggler dtsap
peared over tho ridge, saw It, and
grow white with anger.
"You Rebel curl" ho cried florcoly,
In his sudden outburst of puuslon,
"what docB all this mean? Whcro is
that division bound?"
"Somo chnngo In Longstrcet's front,
1 should Judgo," I answered coolly, too
hnppy oven to noto his slur.
"You know better," ho retorted hot
ly. "Tho way thoso fellows march
tolls plainly enough that they havo
covered all of fifteen miles slnco day'
break. It Is a general movement,
and. by Heaven! you shall answor
Sheridan, even If you won't mo."
In the Presence of 8horldan.
It had been dark for nearly an hour
boforo wo entered what was from all
appearances a largo and populous
camp. No soonor was I thrust Into
tho unknown darkness of n hut by tho
not unkindly sorgcnnt, than I throw
myself prono on tho floor, nnd was
sound asleep boforo tho door had fair
ly closed behind him.
My rest was not destined to bo a
long ono. it seemed I had barely
closed my eyes whon a rough hand
shook mo again Into consciousness.
Tho flaming glaro of an uplifted plno
knot flung Us radiance over half-a-dozen
figures grouped In tho open
doorway. A corporal, with a white
chin beard, whs bending over mo.
"Como, Johnny," ho said tersely,
"got up you're wnntod."
Tho Instinct of Boldlerly obedtonce
in which I had been so long trained
caused mo to gropo my way to my
"What time is it, Corporal?" I asked
"Who wishes mo?"
"Headquarters," ho roturnod brusquo-
ly. "Como, movo on. Fall In, men."
Our march was a Bhort ono, and wo
soon turned abruptly in at a wiuo-
opon gatoway. High pillars of brick
stood upon olthcr band, and tho paB-
sngo was woll lighted by a brightly
blazing flro of logs. Two sentrlos
stood thore, and our party passed bo-
twee n them without uttorlng a word
As wo moved boyond tho radiance I
noted r. llttlo knot of cavalrymen si
lently sitting thotr horsos In tho
shndow of tho high wall. A wldo
gravelled walk, bordcrod, I thought
with flowers, led townrd -.ho front door
of n commodious houso built after tho
colonial typo. Tho lowor story scorned
fairly ablnzo with lights, and at tho
head of tho steps aa wo ascended a
young officer crtmo quickly forward.
"Is this tho prlsonor brought In to
Tho corporal pushed mo forward
"This Is tho man, sir."
"Very woll; hold your command
hero until 1 send other orders."
Ho rested ono hnnd, not unkindly,
upon my nrm, and his tono Instantly
changed from that of command to gon
"You will accompany mo, nnd por
mlt mo to ndvlso you, for your own
8ako, to bo as civil as possible In your
answers tonight, for the old roan' Is
In ono of his tantrums."
Wo crossed tho ratbor dimly lighted
hall, which had a sontry posted at
cither end of it, and then my con
ductor threw open a sldo door, and
sllontly motioned for mo to enter In
advanco of him. It was ns spacious
room, olegant in all Us appointments,
but my hasty glanco revealed only
threo occupants. Sitting at a hand
somoly polished mahogany writing-
tnblo near tho centro of tho apart
ment was a short, stoutly built man,
with straggly beard and fierce, stern
oyos. I recognized him at once, al
though ho woro noither uniform nor
other Insignia of rank. Closo bosldo
him stood a colonel of engineers, pos
sibly his chief of staff, whllo to the
right, leaning negligently with one
arm on tho mantel-sholf abovo tho flro
placo, and smiling Insolently nt mo,
Tho sight of him stiffened mo like
a drink of brandy, and as tho young
aldo closod tho door In my rear, I
stepped Instantly forward to the table,
facing him who I know must bo In
command, and removing my hat, sa
"This Is tho prisoner you sent for,
sir," nnnouncod tho nlde.
Tho offlcor, who romatnod Boated,
looked nt mo Intently.
"Havo I ovor mot you boforo?" ho
questioned, as though doubting his
"You havo, General Sheridan," I re
plied. "I was with Goneral Early
during your conforonco at Whlto
Horso Tavern. 1 also boro a flag to
you aftor tho cavalry skirmish nt Wll
"I remember," shortly, and ns he
spoko ho wheeled In his chair to faco
"I thought you reported this offl
cor nB a spy?" ho said sternly. "He
is in uniform, and doubtless told you
his namo and rank."
"I certainly had ovory roason to bo
llovo ho penetrated our lines in dis
gulso," wns tho Instant reply. "This
cavalry cloak was found with him, and
consequently! naturally supposod bis
claim of rank to bo false"
Sheridan looked annoyed, yot turned
back to mo without administering tho
sharp rebuko which seomed burning
upon his lips.
"Woro you wearing that cavalry
cloak within our Hnos7" ho questioned
"I was not, sir; it was lndeod lying
upon tho floor of tho hut whon Major
Drennan ontered, but I had nothing to
do with It."
Ho gazed at mo searchlngly for a
moment in silence.
"I regret wo hnvo treated you with
bo llttlo consideration," ho Bald
apologetically, "but you wero sup
posed to bo merely a spy. May
ask your namo and rank?".
"Captain Wayne, th Virginia Cav
alry." "Why woro you wUhln our lines?"
"I was passing through them with
"You certainly rcallzo that I must
dccllno to answor."
"Mnjor Drennan," ho asked, turn
ing nsldo again, "was this offlcor
searched by your party?"
"Ho was, sir, but no papers wero
found. Ho atatod to mo later that his
despatch wob verbal."
"Had it boon delivered?"
"I so understood him."
"Well, how did bo account to you
for bolng whoro ho wns found?"
Drennnn hcsltatod, and glanced un
easily toward mo. Llko a flash tho
thought camo that tho man was striv
lug to keop her namo entirely out of
sight; ho did not wish hor presence
"Thero wns no explanation at
tempted," ho said finally, "He seomed
simply to ho hiding thero."
Again I caught his eyes, and It al
most seemed that I read entreaty In
"Excoptlng tno wire oi tno moun-
talneor," he answered hoarsely.
"Is this true?" asked Sheridan, his
atom faco fronting mo.
I mado my decision instantly. Thoro
might bo Bomo reason, possibly her
own request, whereby hor bolng alono
with me that night should remain un
told. Very well, it would never bo
borno to othor ears through any fall
uro of my lips to guard tho socret
Sho hnd voluntarily pledged herself to
go to Sheridan In my dofenso; until
sho did so, her secrot. If socret In
deed It wns, should remnln safo with
n,o. I could do no loss In honor.
"It Is not altogether truo," I said
firmly, "and no ono knows this better
than Major Drennnn. I wns thore, as
I told him, wholly because of nn ac
cldent upon tho road, but as to Its par
ticulars I must most respectfully de-
ollnn tn nnnwor."
"You rcallzo what such a refusal
may mean to you?"
"I understand fully the construction
which nay unjustly bo placed upon
It by thoso who desire to condemn
mo, but at present I can make no moro
definite reply. I havo reason to bo
llovo tho full facts will bo presented
to you by ono In whoso word you will
Shorldan strnlghtoned In his chair,
and lookod across tho tablo at
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