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officer withdrew, and in s
menta re-appeared in'?om
itir?, young girl, dreesed
oseiy fitting habit, carrying
I whip in'her hand. She
respectfully as she en
General arose as the maiden
^d inside of his tent, and
ned her salumfation.
meral Greene?" inquired the
I-Jiave been told," said ' the
Ty the color deepening in her
."that you are in want of a
of despatches to Gen.
. replied the General
find no one ...courageous
jh to undertake the perilous
md me," said the maiden
!?he drew her slight formup
id youl" exclaimed the
?ral taken by surprise. "You?
Ino, childi"!could not do that,
I a journey from which brave
im not a brave man. I am
a woman. Pr tl will go J'
inched by such an. unlooked
i?ident, Gen. Greene, after
for some moments, said
??ll you go on this journey
*Give uro a fleet, horse, and
I bear your message iiafely." ]
phat is yoi;:- 'name?'' inquired
officer, after another thoughful
yonr father living ?"
r?rless. His head must approve
act, though his heart might
til him were I to ask his consent.
it is not for you, General, to
iesifate. Heaven has sent you
messenger'and you dare not re
fuseto accept the-proffered service
rhen so much is at stake."
"Noble girl !" said the General,
ith emotion, "You shall go. And
jay God speed you and protect
rou on your jouriiey."
"He will !" murmured the in
trepid girl, in a low vioce.
"Order a swift, but well trained
ind gentle horse to be saddled
immediately," said Greene to the
[officer who had conducted the
[maiden into his presence.
> The officerjretired, and
Iseated herself while t he General
wrote a hasty despatch for Sumter.
This,^ after it was completed, he
read1 over to her twice, in order
that if compelled to destroy it ?&ha
might yet deliver the message
-verbally, and then . asked her to
repeat io him its contenis. She
did so accurately. He then gave
her minute directions in regard to
the journey, with instructions
bow to act in case she was inter
cepted hy ^he sol die is of Lord
Hawdon to all of which she listened
with deep attehtipn.
"And now, my good girl," said
the General, with an emotion that
he could not conceal, as he handed
her the despatch;'* I commit ti
your care this important, message.
Everything depends on its safe
delivery: Here is money for your
expenses on the journey," and he
reached her a purse. But Emily
4rew back say in
"I have money iq my pocket.
Keep what you have. You will need
% aud more for your country,''
Afc this point, the officer re
entered the tent, and announced
that tho horse was ready.
"And so am I," said Emily, as
she stepped out into the open
air. Ail ready whisper of what
was, going on in the General's
quarters had passed through the
camp, and many ofjBpers and men
had gathered before his tent to
see the noble-ma iden girl as she sei
forth to start upon her dangerous
There was no sign of fear about
the fair yoppjg maiden, as she
placed her foot in the band of an
officer and spring upon the saddle
Her face was calm,her eyes slightly
elevated, and her lips gently com
pressed "with resolution Gen
?Sreo?e: stood near her. He ex
tended his hand as soon as she
[had firmly seated herself and
1 grasped the reins of the noble j
I animal on which she was mounted.
""God speed yon on your journey j
I and may heaven and your country
reward you," said- he, as he held
her hand tightly. There, as if im
pelled by a sudden emotion, he
pressed the fair hand to hiia lips, j
and turning away, sought the
seclusion of hie tent deeply moved
by so unexpected and" tonching an
instance of heroism in one who,
was little more than a child. As
he did so, the'officer, who had un-J
til now held the horse by the;
bridle released . his grasp, and |
I Emily, touching the rein, spoke
to the animal upon which &he waB
?mounted. Obeying the word
(instantly, he sprang.away, hearing
the fair young courier from the J
camp, aud moved rapidly in a j
! south-westerly direction. Officers |
I and men gazed af ter. her, hut no
wild shout, of admiration went up
to the skies. On some minds
pressed, painfully thoughts of the
peril that lay in the path of the
brave girl ; others rebuked by her :
j noble self-devotion, retired to
their tents and refrained from
communion with their fellows on
the subject that engrossed every
thought; while others lost all
present enthusiasm in their anxiety
for the success of the mission.
About five' miles from the
encampment of Gen. Greene, lived
one of the most active and bitter
toriea in ali South Carolina. His j
name was Loire. He was ever on
the alert for information and had J
risked much in his efforts to give i
intelligence to the enemy. ..Two
pf his sons were under arms at i
Ninety Six, on the British side, *
and he had himself served against 1
his county at Camden. Since the t
encampment of Gen. Greene in his
neighborhood^ Loire had been 1
"Ty'Vi-'^-f- "*T^^^^C9t4onw4t.b (miwul
?...vsri.-$ 1?: hl^l
nacl bi*...*.. -.
sire's spies reached tne
[house of his employer.
"What news?" -asked the tory,
[ who saw, by the man's coun
I tenace, that he had some, thing of
importance to communicate.
"The rebel Greene has found
a messenger to carry his despatch
to Sumter." '
."Are you sure?"
"Yes ; and she has been on her
I journey some four or five hours.
"Yes. That girl of Geiger's went
to the camp this morning and
volunteered for tho service."
?The--1" But we will not
! stain our pages with a record, of
tho profane "and brutal words that
fell from the lips of the tory..
"She has the- swiftest horse in
I the camp." said the man," and
unless instant pursit is, given
! she will soon be out of our reach."
With a bitter oath, Loire swore
that she should never reach the
camp of Sumter.
"Take Vulcan," said he, in a
? quick, energetic voice," and kill
him but what you overtake the
huzzy, between this and Morgan's
"She his nearly five hours' start."
? replied the man.
"But you must make two miles
to her one.
"Even then she will be most
likely ahead bf the Range ere I
can reach there." .
"Very well. In that case you
must start Bill Miiik after her,
with a fresh horse. I will give
youra letter, which you will place
in his hands should you fail to
overtake the girl."
With these instructions, the
I man started in pursuit. He was
: mounted on a large, strong horse,
who bore bis rideras lightly as if
he bad been a child.
In the meantime, Emily, who
had received minute information
in regard to her journey, and who
was, moreover, no stranger to the
way, having been twice to Camden,
struck boldly into the dense forest
through which she was to pass,
and moved along a bridle track at
i as. Bwift a pace as the animal she
rode could bear without too great
I fatigue. The importance of the
work upon which she had entered,
[and the enthusiasm with which it
inspired ber, kept her heart above
the influence of fear. No event of
moment happened, to her during
the first day c?f her journey. In
passing a small settlement known
as Morgan's Range, which she did
at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon,
Bhe took the precaution to sweep
?around it in a wide circle, as some
of the most active and.evil-mind
ed tories in the State resided in
that neighborhood. Successful in
making 'this circuit, she resumed
the road upon, which her" course
lay, urging forward her faithful
animal which, though much
fatigued by the rapidity of his
journey, obeyed the word of his
rider as if he comprehended the
importance of the message she
Gradually, now, the day de
clined, and, as the deep shadows
mingled more and more with each
other, a feeling of loneliness, not
before, experienced, came over the
mind of Emily, and her eyes were
cast about more.warily, as if she
feared the approach bf danger.
The house at. which she had pro
posed to spend the night was still
ten miles, if not moro, in advance,
?nd as the shades of evening began,
to gather, around, tho hope of
reaching this resting place was
abandoned;- for there being no
moon there was danger of her losing
ber way in the darkness. This
conviction was so strong, that
Emily turned her horse's head in
the direction of the first farm
house that came in view after the
sun had fallen below the horizon.
As she rode up to the door, she
was met by a mau, who, accosting
ber kindly, asked. her where she
?vas from and how far she was
"I hoped to reach Elwood's to
night," replied Emily. "How far
L8-it?" i .
"Over ten miles-and the road
s bad and lonely," said the man,
?vhose wife had by this time joined
lim. "You had better get down,
iud stay with us till morning."
"If ,you will give me that privi
ege," .returned the maiden, "I
'ball feel kreativ obliged." .
4?^o?i'?ri; ss =he untied Km J.?
sonnet strings, looking very earn
estly in her face as she spoke.
Emily knew not whether she
vas among the friends or enemies
>f the American cause, and her
mswer was, therefore brief and
"Your horse looked'very tired,
fou must have ridden him a long,
: "I rode fast," said Emily. "But
still, I have not been able to reach
the place for which I started this
"It's hardly safe .for a young girl
[ike you to take such a long journey
done, in these troublesome times."
"I'm not afraid. No one will
barm me, said Emily, forcing a
"I'm not so certain of that, child.
[t's only a day or two since Greene
passed here, in full retreat, and no
doubt, there are many straggling
vagabonds from his army roaming
around Whom it would not be safe
for one like you to meet."
As the woman said this, a chill
went over the frame of the young
girl, for, in the tone of hor voice
and expression of her face, she
read an unfriendliness to the cause
that was so dear to her heart. She
did not venture a reply.
".Might I ask your name?" said
the woman, breaking io apon the
anxious thoughts that, were begin
ning to pass'through her mind." v
Emily reflected hurriedly, be
fore replying, and then answered
The quick conclusion to which
she came. was, that, in all proba
bility the woman did not know
anything about'her father as favor
ing the whig cause; but, even i
she did, a suspicion of the errand
upon which she was going'was not
likely to cross either her own mind
or that of her husband.
"Not .John Geiger's daughter!"
exclaimed the woman.
Emily forced an indifferent
smile, and replied :
"I've heard of him often enough
as a batter enemy to the royalists.
Is it possible you have ridden all
the way from home to-day?"
Before Emily replied, the hus
band of the woman cama in.
"Would you think it," said the
latter, "this is ? John Geiger's
daughter, of whom we have so
"Indeed I Well, if she were the
daughter of my bitterest enemy,
she should have food and shelter
to-night. No wonder your horse
is tiredj" he added, addressing
Emily, "it you have ridden from
home to-day. And, no doubt, you
are yourself hungry, a*s well as
tired ; so, wife, if it is all ready,
suppose we have supper."
The movement of the supper
table gave Emily time for reflec
tion and self-possession. No more
pointed questions were asked
her during the meal, and after it
was completed, she said to the
woman that she reit much"f atigued,
and if she would permit her she
would retire for the night.
The younggirl's reflections were
by no means pleasant. when alone.
She thought seriously of the posi
tion iii which she was placed. Her
father was known as. an active
whig: and she was in the house of
a tory, who might suspect her er
rand and prevent its consumma
tion*. After retiring to bed, she
musefl for a long time as to the
course to be taken, in case* efforts
were made to detain her, when,
overpowered nature, claiming its
due repose, locked all her senses
Nearly two hours after Emily;
had gone to her chamber, and just
as the man and woman who had
given her'shorter for. the-night-,
wore about retiring, tho sound of a
horse's feet were heard rapidly ap
proaching the house. On going to
the door a young man rode up ?nd
called out in a familiar way
"Hello, Preston ! Have you seen
anyching of a stray young girl in
"Bill Mink !" returned the farm
er. "What in the world brings you
hore at this time of night?"
"On a fool's errand it may be.
I received a letter from Loire,
about an hour ago, stating that
Geiger's daughter has volunteered
to carry important despatches to
General Sumter ; that she had
been on the journey some hours;.
Preston. "But, 1 ram*!
errand will be that o? a fool ii
you go any farther to-night."
"Have you seen anything of the
clever jade?" asked Mink, in a
"Well, perhaps I have," returned
Preston, lowering his vioce.
"Aha!" ejaculated Mink, throw
ing himself from his horse. "So
I have got on the right track. She
"I did not say so."
"No matter. It is all theh ?ame,"
and hitching his hoT\0fj^0^Qce
the young man entered the .House
with the familiarity of an old
. The sound of the horse's feet
as Mink came dashing up to the
house, awakened Emily. The
room she occupied being on the
ground floor, and the window raised
to admit the cool air, she heard
every word that passed. It may
well be supposed that her heart
sunk in her bosom. For a long
time after- the new-comer entered,
she heard the [murmur. bf voices.
Then some one went out, and the
old horse was led away to the
stable. It was clear. that the
individual in search of her, had
concluded to pass the night there,
and secure her ia the morning.
The intrepid girl now bent all
her thoughts on the possibility of
making an escape.- An hour she
lay, with her heart almost flutter
ing in her bosom, listening in
tently to every soufid that was
made by those who were around
her. At length all became still.
Preston and his wife, as well as
the new comer, had retired to rest,
and the heavy slumber into which
both the men had fallen, was soon
made apparent by their heavy
. Noiselessly leaving her bed,
Emily put on har clothes in haste,
and pushed aside the curtain that
had been drawn before the win
dow. Through the distant tree
top's she saw the newly risen moon
shining feebly. As she stood,
leaning out ot the window, listen
ing eagerly, and debating the
question whether she should
go forth in the silent midnight,
a large house dog, who was on the
watch while his master slept,came
up, and laying his great head up
on the window sill looked into
her face. Emily patted him, and
the dog wagged hie tail, seeming
much pleased with the notice
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Dr. P. H. Adamj ;-i^Sfri?tes the
Advertiser An Ahle and^
Statesman-Li ce Paper
on th?Disp ensary
"The offspring of L?gislation in one
of her most luminous fits of sanity."
MR: EDITOR : As yon request it,
I give you my viewsjin part in re
gard to the Dispensary law :
I think it ar? admirably inge
nious device for. moderating" the
abuse of alcoholic stimulants.
Faithfully,' hhriesily, and con
scientiously exe;i#ed it enables
those who need stimulante to ob
tain them, and debars those who
should not have, them. This is one
feature of the lay with which I
am pariicularlyjpleased.. It re
cognizes the faofc- that alcoholic
liquors are'necessary. It will, we
hope, limit the use, and thus, in a
very large- measure, prohibit the
abuse of these;Miinulant8., This
idea,. the prohibition, or at leasfc
the abatement, m the largest possi
ble measure, of Jhe abuse of alco
holic stimulants;; should, in my
judgment; be made the most prom
nent purpose; $y. those - who are
waging* war ;|igainst whiskey.
Everybody, evfii the rum-sucker,
earnestly desires. this. All are
prohibitionist^-to this extent.
Very few, I ta|e\ it, would care to
be called projectionists if the at
tainment of -Ibis result waB not
regarded probable or possible. If,
therefore, it-.-.wU! accomplish this
end, and tha'?^can, I believe, and
that it will,^':hope,' the law is
just what weired, and just what
we w-ant.. ^prohibition, but
not prohibition' "run mad;" it is
the offspring of legislation in
one of her '^nost luminous fits of
The recognition of the necessity
for alcoholic.- liquors seems too to
justify, o??t:';least to excuse the
governrn?nf^?? taking the dispen
sing or it^iha?d. I'his law sim
failed in tuen, -py. pos ... ely,
the proper and judicious supply
of those articles to our people, but
on the contrary have Jed to shame
ful and criminal abuses. Many
have complained of the seeming
partiality shown in authorizing
only certain individuals and cer
tain, localities'to sell or to have
sold these stimulants. It is, how
ever, recognized, and conceded and
not denied that we have the au
thority to resl?rict the right, as to
individuals and localities, lo sell
these alcoholic liquors as has been
done in the past. Now we simply
withhold that right altogether, and
in compliance with the expressed
wish of a large part of our citizens
refuse to extend the authority to
any individual or corporation, for
its own private advantage, to any
longer sell these stimulants. But
because they are necessary in
proper quantities, and under cer
tain circumstances and for certain
purposes, we will supply them
through such agencies and under
such regulations as will, so far as
possible, obviate the disastrous re
sults following the other methods
that have been tried. The law ap
pears to be merely an extension of
authority already conceded to the
government, and the undertaking
by the government to supply its
citizens with an article which is
necessary, but which cannot be
supplied safely and judiciously*by
I do object to the revenue fea
ture of the law. There is danger
that we may learn to wish the dis
pensaries to do a large business for
the sake of the revenue'there is in
it, and for the sake of the resultant
diminution of the taxes we pay to
the government. This would be
jumping out of the frying-pan
into the Are, and I hope the Legis
lature at its next session will so
amend the act as to mako the
profits on the sale of liquors just
sufficient to defray the expenses of
working the scheme. Stripped of
this feature, which I regard very
objectionable, I donot now see the
moral wrong in the government's
supplying alcoholic liquors to its
citizens in the manner and for the
purpose contemplated by this act.
I cannot say that I sympathize
very much with the idea "which
some entertain, that we should not
have dispensaries, and that a ma
jority of the free-hold voters
shouldwithhold their 'assent" lo
?he.establishment pf them. This
would: be extreme and absolute
prohibition. I do not believe many
of. our people want that, and I
think it might result in harm. The
law provides for dispensaries, be
cause those enacting the law. sup
posed it wise and for the general
good that they should be estab
lished. The failure or the refusal
to. have them is not observing the
law, but disregarding the law, and
-such, disregard will induce and
stimulate all sorts of efforts- to
defy and to defeat the law and to
bring it into disrepute.
I wish to. see the law tested
fairly, fully, and faithfully frieda
I want to- see all good citizens
earnestly aid in bringing about
the great reformation which ' we
hope. was. contemplated by. our
legislators ,and which will add so
much to the peace, prosperity, and
happiness of our people. '
These, Mr. Editor, are some of
my thoughts in connection with
the Dispensary scheme,- and
whether they be worth anything
or not, I hope the time* is near at
hand when all of our peopjci, how
ever divergent their opinions may
be upon other matters, will t\gree
in this: That the abuse of strong
drink must and shall be abated.
P. H. ?D?MS.
Phoenix, S. C.
ENFORCING THE LAW.
. ?' ?
Gov. Tillman Speaks Strongly .
on the Dispensary Subject, j
Owing to the various forms, of
petiions that are being circulated
by applicants for the positions of
County Dispensers, it will be of
great assistance to the aspirants if
they will study well the conditions
specsified in the Act.
... Governor Tillman states that
many; applications are being made .
with petitions 'attached, that are
hickincr in the essentials that will
puuiuon oi county Dispensers uuaix
be by potions signed and sworn
to by the applicant and filed with
the county board of control at
least ten days before the meeting
at which the application is . to be
considered, which petition shall
state the applicant's name, place '
of residence, in what business en
gaged, and in what business he
has been engaged two years
previous to filling petition ; that
he is a citizen of the United States
and of South Carolina ; that he
has never been adjudged guilty of
violating the . law relating to in- .
toxicatihg' liquors, and is not a
licensed druggist, a keeper of a
hotel, eating house, saloon, restau-.
rant or placed of public amuse
ment ; and that he is not addicted
to the use of intoxicating liquors
as a beverage. * * *
Sec. 8. * * * At least ten days
before the first day of the meeting
at which the applications, for the
position of County Dispenser are
considered the applicant shall file
with the county board of cont/ol,
and a copy thereof with the Clerk
of Court* in support of the ap
plication, such a petition, as is
previded for in Section 7. signed
by a majority of the freehold
voters of the incorporated town
or city in which the permit is to
be used, and each person aforesaid
shall sigh said petition by his
true name and signature, and
state that each, before signing
has read said petition and un
derstands the contents and mean
ing thereof and is well and per
sonally acquainted with the ap
In speaking of the desperate
efforts and conbinations that are
being made in opposition to the
enforcement of the dispensary
law, Governor Tillman said :
"It is my opinion, and it . may
be taken for what it is worth, that
any prohibitionist who refuses to
co-operate with me in the establish
ing of dispensaries by not signing
the potions of the dispensers,
and asisting the government in
every .way possible to enforce,
rather than to prevent, it going in
to effect, will regret it.
"The threatened alliance between
the whiskey men and other political
opponents, . who are bitterly op
posed to the law, and the prohibi
ionists, who are in favor of it,
may bring about such a state of
dissatisfaction as will seriously
cripple me in my efforts to help
the cause of temperance.
"If the prohibitionists are
bamboozled by the opposition in
to lending their aid to this end
they will be- likely to find them
selves in the predicament of the
dog in. the fable who, seeing his
shadow reflected. in the water,
Bnapped at it, and.loat what he had
"There will .be absolute prohibi
tion in every county where the
sale of iiqnorsis prohibited by the
law, not. even . drnggists being
allowed to sell it for medicine, nor
can it be shipped into these coun
ties by express,-or otherwise, un
der, the new law, and therefore
the experiment as. to whether the
people will stand absolute prohibi
tion will be made in at least
sixeounties; and I.shall take par
ticular, pains to see that the law
is as strictly enforced in those
counties as it is anywhere else, let
it cost'what it may.
"It will be time enough for the
prohibitionists ' to advance to a
stronger position after they ! have
found they, can hold what has
airead been gained."-Columbia
As A parody upon the wide
hearlded claim of the antis that
Tillman was driying capital from
South Carolina, we copy the fol
lowing head lines from last Thurs
day's State. Further comment is
. "They are at work."
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"South Carolina's onward in
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completed at Gaffney City."
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