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THE SHOT IN TIME.
A STORY OF MARION'S MEN.
BY J. W. IRVIN.
i r; (CONCLUDED.)
OldKero was ready at hand to receive the
. liridle of the maiden as she dismounted. She
hastened'on to the door of the hut, over which
' growth of magnificent trees of the forest
'' flung llieir shadows, and without even the
ceremony of knocking at the door for admit
,Jsion, crossed the threshold and entered'the sole
aunrtment of the hut.
' The room was poorly and scantily furnished.
In one corner stood a bedstead, eoarsely, yet
neatly "supplied, and before the hearth, on
which wta arranged the full culinary uten-
ails which the old man possessed- ttood a rude
- bench end a. eounla of on ken chairs. Ihe
floor was faultlessly clean, and even the pine
shelves on which were arranged the Dngniiin
n ware, and cheap plutes bore twees of frequent
r scouring. .
. The old man was sitting upon a bench ba
fore the fire, and so deeply was be absorbed in
r thought, or so dull andinactive liol liis senses
Tiecoine irom long anil painiui illness, mat ne
heeded not-her light footsteps as she crossed
.; hie threshold. His feet encased in soRmocea
. sins, and a blanket thrown around bis shnul
ders, rupp'.yini! the place of a coat and waist
- coat, he sat banding over the scanty fire, on
-which an iron not was steaming, his long bo
riv Snrers clasped together, seemingly lost in
thought.' Dora paused and gazed upon him
. for a momcut before she ventured to address
1 Par beyond the common height, with
tiroail and capacious chest, his figure still bore
evidence of Ki.'anlic strength, as nesat dow-
rd down,' with his head bent till it hung
above his knees, Mid his sinewy hands laid
, upon his lap, with his Ion; pale fingers inter
. wined with one ano'.her, and his sunken med
i itative eyes fixed upon the floor, his air was so
stern that the in m. ten almost tremtiieu Detore
him. Stiff as theqilillsofthefrettul porcupine
ln bristling hair grizzled wtth see, rose above
his huso massive forehead, which was deeply
J,nd thickly furrowed with wriuklei. 11 is lace
, was long, withered and darkened by exposure;
(IIS lung BIIU Dq'llllllllUSCHUUCUUCi,ciuiiimiii,ii
und expression to his features, while his full
-. projecting aether lip gave additional harshness
j,;to his countenance.
Dora gazed silently upon him fora moment,
;'8iid then advanced to" the spot where the old
'"map sat. Hearing the rootling if her dress, he
: turned suddenly around, raised himself erect
. 'efii hia scat, and fixed upon her his keen: gray
:ry, th twinkled auspiciously under the long
'1ilck bushy brows that projected over thra
''Phave heard Mr. Kerr, you were extreme
ly ill," said she advancing and kindly ex-
lending her hand, "and I have- come to visit
The old man received her hand, while his
face relaxed somewhat of its sternness, and
gently motioned her to a seat. Dora took an
rin chair opposite 'o him, and made an effort
to engage the old man in conversation by
, kindly inquiries as to liis health and welfare.
.it- The old man answered her inquiries cour
. teously, yet briefly, and it was lint diflicult to
,, nee that some secret distrust of hi visitor, or
t, the object connected therewith, haunted his
mind, and rendered him the less communica
.. live. ' ;
"Mr. Kerr," said she at length, "I am told
IliBt you know how to direct me on my way to
Marion's camp. Can you do so ?"
The -old man started wildly, and fixed on
, her a gaze of wonder and suspicion, while he
.. lanced apprehensively towards the door, as if
,- -ftuiring he lad been betrayed to the tories.
, ,' Morion's ramp I" ejaculated the old man
in tirptise. 'Who told yon so?"
.. , . "One moment, Mr. Kerr I beg you will lis
, ten to me patiently," answered the maiden
in nn earnest and appealing tone. "Youcan
. not be ignorant of the gatheringof tories which
j..; is to take place withina short distance of this
, . place on to-morrow?"
, . The old man held his peace, and Dora con
, - tinned, with her dark eyes fixed upon, him :
. :' "Marion ought to be informed of that."
. Kerr still continued silent. . .
,.. . "Have you," the continued, "no means of
forwarding to him information so important as
The old patriot groaned aloud, but answer
"What business is this nf mine? If Marion
or any other general wishes information, think
; yon it is my business to embroil myself by mix
'' ing in his affairs? If he wishes to be inform-
- edof all that Is passing, think you not, that
there are spiesaitd scoulsenough in the coun
' try, already?"
f ."But if his i
i scouts are all taken?" tuggest-
i ed Dora.
"All taken," exclaimed the old man earneat
,' ly and wildly, while his eye began to flash
' with interest "Where's but what do you
' know oboutit, my child? Speak and he
leaned oyer and gazed earnestly upon her.
., t "Jamison it taken," replied Dora.
"Well! well!" asked Kerr impatiently and
.,-eagerly "what next V
" "Ames is taken, she continued.
"Well ! well 1" cried the old man, uncon--sciously
rising from his seat, while his gray eye
twinkled with fearful interest, and his hand
X 'wat pressed nervously together, "what of
t mind tell me I what more?" .
tJ 'Mnd Richbourg," she began -.
t.,, What of Richbourg?" he cried in a tone
' of thunder. ':
I" "It killed the replied.
' " The old man sank upon his seat overwhelm-
i by powerful emotions. His lips grew livid
.from Ihe Violence of bis excitement. He had
,r already been mode aware of the capture of
' Ames end Jamison, but he had still trusted
' that Richbourg had escaped to bear the news
''' of the tory gathering to Marion. : . ,
'r: "All gone !' he-at length groaned aloud,
-and I only am left, feeble, shattered and ira
.'potent fot good.' ' O, for a half tcore hours of
""iuaWi and strength, and I would then willing
ly lie down and die !" " k , .
" ' "Mr. Kerr," said Dore in firm and unsha
!' en tone,' "will' you not trustme?" I am on
mjr way to Mribn's camp,' will yoii not lay
10 aside your prudentdistrustanddirectme thitb-
.How "knew you anght of my tonnection
with Marion?" 'inquired Kerr sternly.:. "WM
1" told you that I knew the secret of his camp?"
, " ' 'LHstei to mtf patiently, my honored friend,
'-''ind I will tell you the whole story," and" ith-
-"oet a morhentt bekitaiion the told him of the
ctjiture of Michael, of ihtflaatnight'a coorer-
S I Til?
BY W. C. G0UID.
EATON, PREBLE COUNTY,
m Hi 81 ! H WJ M . il I -
0. NOV. 9, 1851.
$l,50per Annum in Advance.
Vol. 11, No, 21.
sation between t hern, and the motives which
had induced the young whig to intrust her
with the secret of Manon't camp, wnicii
"It is the good providenre of God,' said the
old man after he had heard ner story, -uui
do you think to go alone ?" '
"Altogether alone," ihe replied. "I dare
not risk exposing our general's secrtt hiding
place, by carrying even t single domestic with
The camp is full fifty miles away," said the
old man, "can yon undergo the fatigue ?"
"I am ready to lay down my life, so I can
but see my brave general," she replied with
"Be it so then, my child," answered the
old man, and stooping down he displaced s
stone from the rude hearth, and drew forth a
map, upon which were laid down the chief
roads of thnt section ol me couniry, and me
hiding places frequented by the partizan.
With great care, and in a succinct and in
telligible manner, he pointed out to her the
route she must take to reach the camp, or
raiher to foil in with n guide, who would con
duct her to Marion; for the camp itself, which
lay in the heart of an extensive swamp, could
only be reached by one thoroughly acquainted
with the intricacies of the locality.
"Thank you, Mr. Kerr, thank you," replied
Dora, when the old man had conclu
ded, -'I now feel secure of my object, and
rest assure that Marion's secret is as safe
with me as with the best soldierof his camp."
'l believe you, my child," answered the
old man kindly; "I hod judged you only by
whot I knew of old Isaoc Wharton. I knew
thai he was bitterly opposed to us, and did not
dream that Michael had converted yiu to our
"Nor did he indred," lcplied Dora, quickly
" I breathed in Independence with child
hood's breath. My covenanting ancestors
brought the spirit of freedom with them from
Scotland's mountains and moors it lives in
my blood, and beats in my pulses; and believe
me, if our people would take counsel of me,
they would fight while there is one arm left
to raise iipinanoathofresistancetotyronny."
The old man's eye flashed with delight as
he looked upon the nob e woman, whose ear
nest features gave additional force to her lan
guage. "(Jod bless you for t descendant of Scot
land's glorious martyrs !" was his solemn invo
cation. God will prosper our righteoua CBuse
when even the women of our land are inspired
with the spirit of liberty."
"I must leave you now, Mr. Kerr," said
Dora, rising: "I hava broueht thus far with
me a faithful and discreet servant, who will
remain and nurse you durin? your sickness
until my return. Nay, I can take no refusal,"
continued she, seeing him about todeeline the
offer. "I dare not carry him with me, and
were he to return alone, I fear lest my friends
might conjeoture my errand and pursue me.
And only tnink what danger it would bring on
Michael, were it only suspected at the tory
cunp that I. was on my way to seek out Ma
rion. No, my-good friend, for many reasons
you must permit Nero to remain with you,
and as time is precious, I must be on the road."
"Ah! dear young lady," said the old man,
shaking his head doubtingly, "have you well
thought of the distracted slate of the country
of the lawless and violent men whom yon
moy encounter? Will not your maiden moj
esty shrink back from dangers greater limn
"Believe me no!" replied Dora, firmly. "I
trust in a brave steed, lieet as the wiud, that
would bear me (iff in safety though the bloody
Tarlfon with all his troop were at my heels!"
"A horse is a vain thing for cafe'.j: neither
ahall he deliver any by his strength," replied
ihaold man, in the beautiful language of that
book that was liis daily food; "but 'behold
the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear
Him. to deliver their souls from death, ami to
keep Ahem alive in famine. Ih is our help
and our shield. Trust then in mm.
The old man pressed her hand kindly ins he
spoke, and with slow and feeble steps follow
ed her to the door, and watched her with in
terest as she proudly and confidently took her
seat on the back of her impatient ateed. tie
followed her with his eyes as she turned away
on her strange and romantic mission, and as
she disappeared from his sight, seized with a
sudden faintness, he made an effort to regain
his seat by the fire, and when about half way
across the room staggered, and would have fal
len; but for the timely assistance of Nero,
who at that moment entered with a capacious
basket of provisions fur the use of the inva
Overcome by the intense excitement to
which his feeble and exhausted frame had been
subjected, he became rapidly worse and per
mitted himself to be assisted to his bed by Ne
ro, who with t rueful, countenance walked
about the room like a mute shadow, carefully
anticipating the wants of llj'e sick man, and
now and then drshing a tear from his honest
eye, as the sad memory crossed him o? his kind
mistress deponing on some mysterious mission,
the secret of which he was not. permitted to
The day of the rendezvous had come, and
though the night was beautiful and bright, a
long line of fires, extending from the highway
by which the camp was bounded on any side
towards the swamp, which was it boundary,
on the other, gleamed brightly upon as motley
a throng as were ever called upon to take up
arms in the wars of a christian king. On the
east, scarce one-fourth of a mile distant from
the highway, whjeb. bounded the camp on the
west, frowned a dense mass of sombre cypres
ses, narking out the position of Black River
swamp; and towards the south at a much
greater distance, a long line of magnificent
trees, stretchjng their branch-limbs to heaven,
marked the course of Tarcote a lesierstream
that emptied into the swamp.
The spot which the tories had fixed upon
for their gathering,' was an open old field,
with only here and there a solitary tree, that
long years ago the axe had spared.
piles of logs had been heaped up, with an
intervening space between each heap of per
haps fifty or sixty yards, and these constructed
in e line from the highway of which we have
above spoken, to within one hundred ynrda of
the margin of the swamp, had been fired about
twilight. ' ' '
Near the margin of a dense and bushy mo
rass, a few score paces to the south of this
line, wat to be seen another group of fires,
where smoking potssent up a savory steam tel
ling of the ample feast that practised hands
were preparing for the assembled crowd. i
' Around the piles of logs that were now hin
ting brightly upon the scene, were gathered
groups of -Individuals of as many varieties as
one might meet in a summer's day Momen
tarily, too, there were fresh accessions to the
nnm0tf the tories. From all lides was heard
tlietrvnnlinp of bones and the hum of voices
as, they came gathering.to the, place of rendez
vous. Beyond the farther end of the line of
fires, and nearer to the swamp, was spread a
capacious tent, brightly lighted within, where
were congregated the leaders in the move
ment; and thither repaired the most prominent
tories ef the surrounding country, to pay their
respects to the notorious Tynes, to whom had
been allotted by the British generals, Ihe task
of gathering a force of his countrymen to as
sist in prosecuting the war. Successful be
yond his most sanguine anticipation!) inducing
a large number of vicious and disaffected to
repair lo his rendezvous, he did not despair of
torming a regiment sufficiently strong to over
awe the country and thus reccommend him
self to the favorable notice of the British coin-mander-in
chief. He had prudently set out
sentinels oi all the roads leading to the camp,
who were to give the alarm in case of danger,
while his rear was thought lo be sufficiently
protected by a swamp of some two miles in
width, pathless and impassible, save to one
whm long habit had rendered familiar with
As Tynes stood in the door oT his tent and
looked down along the extended line of fires
around which were disposed the various groups
whom his activity had collected together, he
could not repress an rxclamation of delight.
Some were seated on the ground engaged in
conversation, some werestandingat a respect
ful distance from the huge fires, many were
passing the bottle around in noisy hilarity,
others were strolling about singly or in groups,
while not a few squatted Upon the ground,
were engaged in the mysteries of old sledge or
poker, using some outspread handkerchief, in
verted hat, or fallen true as a table. . Horrid
oothsand imprecations were heard on every
hand obscene jests and ribald language, such
us is only heard when the most abandoned of
men are collected together in the purlieus of.
a drunken camp. Alter gazing upon his fol
lowers for a moment, Tynes turned back into
his tent where were gathered sorre Itn or
twelve individuals of a somewhat higher intel
lectual grade than the rabble without. Among
them was en r former acquaintance Harrison,
dressed in the full uniform of his rank, with
his sword buitkled on, and even his chapeau
upon his head.
As Tynes re-entered, Harrison rose, and
drawing forth his watch, exclaimed with an
"It is high time colonel, those rascals with
out had their supper, and so I may as well
hong up the rebel Allscot at once."
"As you please, major," returned Tynes;
"but after hanging him, I should not fancy
falling into the hands of Marion."
"Marion, be !" replied Harrison, with
an oath. "I have certain information that his
force is scattered, and he himself fled from
the Slate, No ! beliove me, we have the
game in our own hands, and may play it out
as boldly as we please."
"All 1 say," observed Tvnet in a tone of
ndifference, "is that I thai! not sleep so
soundly after this execution. However, take
your own course, but remember I wash my
hands clean of it."
"I have only deferred his execution uiril
now," observed Harrison, " in tl e hope that
Dora Singleton might fall into the trap I had
laid for her, by coming to intercede for liis
life; but the messenger whom I sent to nolifv
her that I would defer it no longer than seven
o'clock, unless she appesred before that hour,
has returned with the news that she has not
been seen since yesterday morning, and the
family are in great alarm on her account and
unable to account for her unusual and pro
"Has disappeared since yesterday morninc !
By heavens, I like not that !" exclaimed Tynes
with a feorlul oath, starting from his seat,
while his cold cheek grew a shade paler.
"There's mischief in the wind, Harrison!"
"Pshaw ! Tynes, what nn old woman you
have become," replied Harrison, with alaush-
"You will start at your own shadow next, if
you suffer the silly freak of a girl thus to ter
"I saw the devil in that woman's eye," an
swered Tynes gravely, "on yesterday morning
when we refused her petition to spare the
life of this rebel, and if my suspicions are not
altogether groundless, she will cause us seme
"The deucetake yourfearsand suspicions,"
laughed Hariison, "and since she would not
ca'ch at the bait I prepared for her, I'll even
swing this rebel up between heaven and earth
at once, and swear when I meet her again it
was all from pure love to her. I have every
thing in readiness and he shall have a short
shift or it."
Thus speaking, be cocked hit hat fiercely,
and passina out at the door of the lent turned
and made his way to the rear, where Michael,
securely bound, was kept under a guard of
some fiftysoldiers, many of whom were already
in a state of partial intoxication. Momentari
ly expecting to be called upon to march their
prisoner off to execution, a horse bad been
kept in waiting for Harrison.
"Hey, my boys I I have kept you waiting a
long time," exclaimed the brutal being as he
appeared; "but we will now have the busi
ness over in a trice and then to our supper
winch has already delayed too long. Here,
puss this bottle among yon and then to the gal
lows." "Here's a short passage to yer, squire," soid
one of them, winking to Michael, as he raised
the bottle to his lips.
"Luck and a husband to the (nl you leave
behind you," said, another, winkiug alternately
to Michael and . Harrisou, as he gulped down
the vi.'e potation. .
Although the prisoner felt that his hours
were numbered, the near approach of death,
as terrible as it 'may seem to one in whose
veins the watm current flows healthfully,
could not check' his rising indignation. He
cast upon his cruel' tirinenteN a glance ofi
scorn, and only by a strong effort, repressed
the angry rebuie that rose to his lips, prompt
ed by the unmercifuHnsnlts of'the brutal sol
"Tell the drummers and fifers to come for
ward, tJnston, and strike up "Rogue's March"
as we go to the gallows tree, end drown
the hootings of those noisy owls, that seem
shrieking out their adieus ' to this old
companion of theirs, wlia has shared the
swamp with them so long.' By my faith! they
arc fitting companions for a, rebel such as he."
Just at this moment, indeed, searce more
than a hundred yards from'the spot where they
stood, was heard from the oaks on the mar
gin of the swamp, one of those long, wild un
earthly cries, with which the owl sometimes
awakens the echoes of Iheswamp, making the
stranger to start back in terror at his wail.
Hrs cry was answered from, the swamp, , a ml
again and again bis fellows rung out their
successive responses, their answets,- each ri
sing more and more distantly, until tbey seem
ed to die away on the farther side.
- The prisoner startled and trembled tligl.tly,
while he stood more erect and proudly, -and
his eye flashed with a"hxiety and hope. Har
rison only observed his nervous start.
"By my right hand," observed that worthy,
with an attempt lo laugh, the rebel's nerves
begin to tingle a little. A few more such dole
ful staves as that, and he will becomu so
weak, we will have to carry him bodily to the
gallows. Music I music at once, before his
legs fail him altogether."
Two drummers and a filer took their place
be'bre the prisoner, and struck up the Rogue's
March. A few score of riiffiainly men with
muskets and bayonets fell in behind him and
partly pushing their prisoner along, the pro
eession, with Harrison at their head, mountel
on his iron grey charter, took their way to the
spot selected for the execution.
Then tnsued such a scene as we freely
confess we ;re unable lo depict. Some fifteen
or twenty individuals mostly negroes, ran ilonir
on each side of the procession with lighted
torches, and more than two thirds of those
who were osssernbled at the encompment,
hoving been previourly informed of what was
abont to take place, at the firs tan of the sig
nal drum burned away from every quarter of
tne tieui, to take port, in the procession. The
old field was olive with some three hundred
individuals, eagf.rly hurrying along, jostling,
cursing and pushing each other in their eaqer
nessto get a position near the prisoner. With
yells and fearful oaths intermingled with cruel
jests and heartless laughter, the multitude
rushed along to the scene of sacrifice.
The spot chosen for the execution, was
about two hundred yards to the northeast of
the colonel's marque in the open field. Har
rison had ordered that he should behungupoo
a magnificent oak, that at od nearly two hun
dred yards distant from the npirjnn of the
swamp. A rope had already been thrown over
one of its branches, and the noose hung to
withina few feet of the ground, ready to be
fastened around the neck of the prisoner,
while the other end rested upon Ihe ground 8t
the base nf the tree, near which stood a sav
age looking man to whom had been alluttd
the task of drawing him up.
Oh, how lovely and beautiful seemed the
glorious night lo the victim led to the slaugh
ter. Brightly above him shone the unclouded
moon, sheding a halo of light upon the beau
tiful world beneath where" nature held her
Sabbath. Never had earth seemed more dear
nor the smile of creation more lovely.
The prisoner seemed not to hear or to heed
the deridjng voices that mocked him in the
fearful hour, when the rage of man should
have been still, and left him to commune with
his Maker'. Yet his thoughts seemed not to
grasp at eternity. His bright and watchful
eye tnld Hint he still clung to his hope and
fondness for life.
He gazed coolly nnd contemptuously upon
Harrison, as that unleelins wretch turned to
harrangue Ihe noisy and binwlin;' crowd. He
offered no resistance when the rallous execu
tioner fos'ened the fata) noose around his
neck, for-his pinioned arms deprived him of
the power to struggle; he turned in his tracks,
and follewid with bis eve the movements of
that ill-favpM individual, os he letired and
stood with his hands outstretched, and grasp
ing the opposite extremity of the rope, ready
at the given signal to launch the prisoner into
eternity Coolly aiichael gazed upon him
with perhaps nearly as much indifference as
though measuring the proportions of a brawny
ox. He was a tall, bony, square faced and
rod whiskered giant, stanum? some six icet in
hia sork.i, and the proportions of a Hercules.
No doubt he had often taken part in similar
scenes, for. he stood with a calm, stolid and
unruffled countenanc.',hi? brawny arms resting
on the rope, some six inches above his head.
Having finished his harranu, Hsrriioi:
turned, and drawing his sabre, called out to
the hangman m
"Tighten nwny now, n;y boy, ,nrl giro the
devil his due !"
Then enme a moment of intense silc-nee.
Even that drunken and brawling mob, so loud
in their cries but a moment before, stood
hushed and mute. The hangman advanced
his foot his huge hands were clinched around
llie rope, which lied already began to tighten
under his grasp, nnd already he began to feel
the weight of his victim, when his arm fell to
his side nnd his knees gave way under him,
and he drooped a lifeless corpse upon the
ground, as the report of a well aimed rifle
rang upon the ear from the margin of the
swamp in their front.
Then was heard a rustling as of the wind
among the tree-tops then the trampling of
feet then the clanking ol sabres rattling
against their steel scabbards and with the
command to "charge !" uttered in tones that
Ml upon the ear like thunder, fearfully there
loomed out from the shadows of the swamp a
long dueky line of horsemen, with clattering
hoofs and gleaming sabres, rushing in swift
noisy and deadly array upon the terror stric k
en nnd pale cheeked tories, who screamyd for
mercy and fled wildly ai'd blindly for some
place of refuge. Hut the avenger of blood
was upon their track, and the destroying an
gel hovered above their camp and pointed to
the swords of Marion's men
The war cry of "Carolina and Independ
ence !" coupled withcriesof "no quarters to
the tories I" rung terribly on their guilty ears.
In vain they lied for succor lo the camp
fires, where many of their comrades stood with
their weapons by their side. The rifles of
Marion's men, leveled Horn-the shades around
were aimed with fatal accuracy upon the rev
elers around the fiies, and had already begun
the work of death in this quartet of the held.
Unconscious of the bursting storm they fell,
some in the midst of their drunken orgies.with
theonth8and imprecations on their lips,otli
ers where they sat playing cards exulting over
their soccers, or in the midst of unfinished
games with the uplifted cards iu their hands.
hue tlie rules tnineu uiem out by scores,
the dragoons with gleaming sabres pursuing
them over the moonlit field, nnd hewedthem
down in their tracks as they fled and scream
ing for mercy. An hour of lerriblr retribution
had hiHen among them, and remorsely was the
penalty of their crimes exacted in this hour of
unsuspecting security. 1 he carnage was over
in a brief space, ami tlie victors were mas
ters of a field which wat coveredwith the dead
Michael had promptly been released by his
comrades whose arrival had been toopporlune
f r him, and so soon oa be wat freed, and
he was fortunate to secure a horse which
came galloping riderless past, and calling to
one of two of his brother dragoons to follow,
he vaulted into the sauale and puumg spurs
to his horse rode fiercely away.
Vhen the troop first broke from their cover.
scarcely waiting to ascertain the extent ol
their danger, Harrison trembling for bis sofe
ty, had turned his horse's head across the field
hoping to escape by a timelv and precipitate
flight. Mounted upon ai !fron grey, charger
of uncommon fleetness and strength, he con
fidently expected to make good Ii is retreat
unpursued or at least to distance any one who
might be tempted to pursue. But a horseman
rode at the beau ot the troopers of Marion, fa
vored by the moon-like brightest of the night
had alrekdy marked his flight, and seperated
from his troop lo follow in pursuit.
Dressed in a suit of black velvet from head
o fool, and riding a horse as black i ebony,
and with a single ostrich feather of snowy
whiteness waving from his black enp, he in
deed presented an omnious appearance, as
gracefully sitting upon his stout charter, with
his slashing sword in hand, he thundered on
In pursuit. Not a shadow of emotion, anger,
revenge or joy disturbtd the calm gravity nf
hi handsome features. His dark, full, bold,
and lus'rous eye, turned neither to the rightor
lef:, to regard the screaming fugitives, who
cowered from his path as he swept impetu
ously hy, but was fixed 'meaningly and sternly
upon his unforgiving foe.
Hearing the thickening fall of feet behind
him, when he begun to fancy himself secure
from pursuit, Harrison turned in his saddle,
and his cheek grew pnle with fecr, when in
the sab.le horseman he recognised the bold
and daring Conyers, whom he had wronged
beyond forgiveness. Behind him, at srorcely
the distance of hundred yards, followed his
inveterate foe, and before him lay a fence with
a double ditch, w hich must be leaped fearless
ly and at killing pace. Destruction followed
in hia steps and he dared not hesitate. Pres
sing his gallant horse to theutmost he cleared
it at a bound, and with a smile of triumph
reigned in hie horse, and wheeling ronnd.wiih
his sabre uplifted, stood ready lo confront his
advancing adversarv, and hew him down before
hp Prtnli! Tf-mi'PT li tm:il f frim tlin"r.,,i rfim on1
Conyers saw at a glance the design or his
enemy, and though he might have avoided all
hazard by drawing his pistol from his holster
and shnottntr him dead as he stood, vet he
preferred to encounter him in a manner bet
tetfcalculnted to satiate Wiose stern and vin
dictive feelingj that had been stirrer! up l y
injuries too great to be foreiven. Therefore,
findinir that his enemy awaited him h tiht
tened his reign and permitted his horse to ap
proach to the difficult leap with slow and
measured strnles. fixing his eve firmlv upon
ceived the fiercely aimed blow of Harrison, and !
skillfully parried it with an upward stroke. ;
It required Ihe quick eye of the eagle, and the
unshaken nerve of the lion t0 accomp ish soj
""-u...i ...m...o ,.. u, .
could prepare lo rcpe-at the blow, Convert- had
wheeled upon him, and was raising a storm of
bl iws about his head, in vain the ten tied tory
putforth his utmostskilland strength, and tax
ed his powers to their full limit; l.e was soon
convinced that he lay at the mercy of Centers'
whe prolonged the contret only to lengthen
fcut his agony. Feeling that be wss powerless
in tlie hand of an adversary, whose sword
seemed a living part of the arm that weilded ;
, " '" '"""'-
which was only answered by a ritsr ending f
blow that laid open his . sword arm to the bene i
and freed the weapon from his grasp. With
an oath of desperation, and a cry or pain he 1
again turned his horse's head, and driving :
frantically sought to escape: but like a bird of!
..... v ... i j ..I i mi.-, ,
prev thirsting for his blood. the gleamingswoul
of Conyers flashed above his head, now rising
to give the fatal blow, and now lowered as i
llw,i;mmi.h..,UMn.1 .... i.. I
, , ". ,,..: uc- ;
tweeri them. Again as Conyers with upl.fted t
sword, gained a position side by side with hi,n 1
so that their knees smote in the fearful race, 1
with a wild yell of despair, Harrison turned I
upon him a piteous look and screamed for j
Ill5tico nh fi.,.1 nnf .... I, t,,. . . I
from the lips of the partisan, and his descend
ing sword glittered in the moonbeams and fell
like a thunder bolt upon the skull of ihe tory I
When Michael and his companions reached
the spot, they found Conyers gazing sadly
upon the corpse of his foe.
"It is all over now Mike," said he in a
tone of sadness to his young lieutenant. "I
never sought nn enemy more cgerly, or slew
one more reluctantly. I trifled and spared
him as long as revenge rankled in my heart,
and when that was gone I slew him. I feel
that my days ore numbered. One more blow
in the the service of my couniry, and my
heart tells me 1 shall be even r.s he, save the
inglorious cause in which he fell, rtut let lis
return speedily, fur the fiht may not yet be
Thenarty having secured the horse of the
fallen tory, then returned to the ram n. The
battle, if such it could be called, had already
ceased and when they reached the spot they
found that Marion had already posted his sen
tinels, and taken every precaution for his, se
curity during the night. The sumptnous
feast prepared by the tories was eaten by un
biuilen nnd unexpected guests. The wearied
and famished soldiers of Marion fHl to the
abundant cheer with well whetted appetites,
and kept up the feast to a late hour of the
night. The deliverance cf Michael, and the
events of the night's surprise, foimed therhief
topics ol conversation among them. Michael's
frieBds every where gathered around him with
rude but hearty congratulations.
"My situation was rather a desperate one
bow," said Michael, ns a crowd of his com
rades gathered around htm; "but I kept in
heart when I heard Handnl's voice from the
swamp. II s hooting does the owls but little
credit; it could impose upon none but a raw
British recruit ora drunken lory."
"A good reason why Randal acted Hie owl
so badly," said one, "he lost his old blanket
at the cimp on Pee Dee, nnd has had a bad
cold ever since."
"Hut why was all this hooting boys," ojked
Michael; "whot was the object of it?"
"Well, Mike." said an old wenther-healtn
rifleman, "I tell you all about that. Marion
knew he wouldn't have a mimiit to spare sa
soma ten miles before when we struck into
Iheswamp, he put off a dozen of the boys,
under Ihe lead of an old swamp sucker, who
was to ride under whip and spur, and station
them along the best crossing pn the swamp,
agin the lime the general came up, and they
was to signal nlong from one place to another
by hooting, and they led us from one to the
other, unti1 we came out on this side the
swamp. Wegot knoekedoff before we reach
ed the swamp, nnd so lost an hour; but Ma
rion led. the way across the swamp on pld Hull'
from owl to owl, and he was afraid we'd gtl
hero too late, that' he led ut across agood part
of the swamp over cypress trees, and at-a full!
gallop.' But Jack Buggies, ' who knows the!
swanlp well was among the first that got over1
and he's had joi under his rifle pi nee -sunset,
and JacK's rifle throws n true ball you know,"
"And that was Jack's rifle then, Isupose,"
nsked Michael, "that tumbled over my hang
man ho opportune!?"
norrison, ann suisin. low in nis sawie, ne
touched his charger gently with the spur, and !
W ith the point of his sword lowered and cx-
tended beyond the head of his horse, he re-
ora well posted adversary m a flying leap.lmt j
it was dextrously done and the sword of ihir-
nso. glanced harmlessly above his head, llrf-la,
fore hisdisconifitted and astonis.'jed adversary i
ft published every Thursday morning, ja the
room immediately over the Post Cflke. Main
Street, Eatou, Ohio, at the following utet:
51 50 per annum, in advance.
$2 00, if not paid within the yenr, and
83 60 after the year hat expired.
ra'Tliciuruteswill be rig'dly enforced...
No paper discontinued uafil all arrearatp
are paid.unlessat the option of the publisher
XT All communications ad.'Msed lothe Ed
tor must be sent free of pctltga to insure st
CTNo communication inserted, unless as
carapanied by a responsible name.
on, I am a loss to know lo whom mv thank
are due. I had verilv abandoned all hones nf
e,1, when I first heard the signal of our Wn
from the swamn i,u, , . r.-. ' V V
thereafter he returned withn lady leanincnnoi.
his arm. Michael stared wHi 'surprise
s.e u.rew back her lidiri" veil tbl,
Learned iin'm him rlin hriri.i J , ...
"Oh, no!" answered a dozen, "Captain
Converse said he'd trust no ev; buf his own to
draw a bead when your life was at Stake, and
so he did the business." . ,r
"It was a shot in time," replied Michael,
with much emotion.
"Lieutenant Allscol." said an rPW
ping up and tapping him on the 'shoulder,
"you are wanted at the general's tent " j
"True, said Michael, starting up, i)aVe
not yet paid my respecls.to Marion. Lead on
uuwcvei hiiu l win ioiiow."
Mari"n had already taken possession of the
well furnished tent, so lately occupied by the
leader of the tories, who with mnnv nf th.
1 l , -., , ,,
m;sguided men whom he bad seduced from V
the path of duty, were sleeping the lone
sleep of death on the field of battle.
Corfyers and some two or three of his most
connoenii! omce i wr in th tent ;i. vtw-j
Irion, and the ill
! Michael, and greeted him wjrh a warmth
cordiality which showed the deep interest It
j had excited; among them in exnressim his V
congratulations was Mnrinn h;,J.ir wi..
the first word of welcome was over. Mnrinn.
who seldom descended M jest, turned with a
quiet smile upon his countenance, to Michael,
mil said: "I am sorry, lieutenant, to find so
brave and gallant a soldier as yourself defi
i i-nt or gratitude.". .
Michael started and leddened.
"Deficientingr.titude, general," exclaimed
he; surely you estimate mv character better
than accns me of thai. I have hut a W
Dunnes since returned from follnwin. .ffr.
My friend and eapttin and had intended to call
upon you, arid for the soliciious care of ene of
t! e humblest of vour soldiers so soon as 1 be
ncien you m leisure lo oc?ept of my thanks."
"lou miitnkeiije.lieuteiimit," faidMaiion.
cravtriy. "ou have not yet inquired howl
cone i.ware of vour ila
on rhould reward the messenger who broucht
me such timely information."
"Most gladly will I doso.sir," replied Mich
el, "io the extent of my ability. iut know-
in tins quarter
hom I owe the preservation of mv lifc mid
believe me, I shall not soon forget thr Ai
ccs." 1 ,ne "1T1
Marion nodded to Convert, who rose and
K-meu i rem ine marquee. In a nhnrt
nil smiie of D-ra Siniik'ic-n!
A lew words sufficed to explain to Michael
all the eientt connected with the movements
of .Marion's furce for ihe last two days. After
lingering a short time with Marion, at Dora's
r.-quent, sho was permitted to return to her
horn, oiilva. few miles distant, accompanied
by Michael with a suitable escort. Theit mar
riaea was not lonu tlwt.nvoH i., r,... !..
the partizan leader lef: that riortion' nf
V "r "lR,l(Jpa ifieir nuptials, and eav
them his blessingi. Longihtrl'ved tc
tliat indcneiidt no sn ,l,ri,. h,.u. vl V.
army of fieedoin. .
But thev had not lorig been united wh.
they were called lo mourn over a tie'asnr,
j.,uuu a Ficill flfliriOl.
BM a few week after they were married,
and before Michael had returned to the Au
of the camp, as they were ridiii- out iij
hiuhwsy, which passed near the old 'fair
........ " ""! rarruy
nicy uiei a mounted servant rettirn-
ing from the camp of iIMio, imiing
sl.ie a coal Hark chare er. Tun emo'v Ul
wa.i oro minus of evil." The sword' wrpati i
with crape, and strapped to the pommel tnM
the mournful story of its fallen lord It re
quired no idle oue.-,tion tnasMrinin t't.. v"
TU - "B num.
The presentiment of Conyers had met Willi
its fulfillment. The lion heart of the britade
was (old us Bnvnrd had i-lnrmi,l r.nA :..
the fore form of the battle!
, , ., .. - - .t. mm i.ik itur-
Tile following song, taken from one of our
exchanges, we think is decide,! I i.
it, to the tune of Old Hundred:
"Oh, how happy are they
Who the Printer do pav.
And have wjuarcd up llm old vear or more
Tongue can never pxiitc-
The irreat joy of the Cress
Yl hen dcliuqisuuts have squared up the old
Printc r, ai! the day lonjj.
Labor hard tor a soiijj,
Oh, that all their hard fate could but see
Thevworkiiard all the day,
And. of course, want their pn v
i buy augur, bread, butter and tea."
irThe Memphis (Tenn) Eagle tells a story
of a colored man of that town, who was pas
sing near a house jus: goin up, when a brick
fell on his head. The brick was broken In
two, and "Old Kit," as he is called, looking
up addressed the bricklayer with, "I say you
w'lte man up dar, if y0 don't want your
wicks broke, just keep them off my head."
BTA gentleman meeting one of his friends
wh j was insolvent, expressed great concern
for his embarrassment. "You are mistaken,
my dear sir," was the replv; " 'tis not I, 'tis
my creditors who are embarrassed."
OTAn old lady qncje soid thnt her idea of a
great man was, "a man who was keerful of
ins clothes, don't drink of spirits, kin read his
liille without spelling the words, and kin eat
o told dinner on wash days, to save the w'im
men loiks the trouble of cooking."
ffTM.in ought nlwavs to have something
which he "prefers to life, dtherwise, life Itself
will appear tiresome nnd void. !;.
ILTDuties in general, like that class of
things called debts, give more trouble the lon
ger they remain undischarged.
'iTTThe Idle should not be classed among
mug. nicy ate a son oi ueau men, who
't be buried
BTSomebody has said that it is as hard to
tell where moderate drink tig ends and drunk
enness begins, us it is lo tell when a pig
ceases to be a pig and becomes a hog.
tirWear your learning like your watca in
private pocket; and don't pull it out lo show
that you have one; but if you are asked wtat
o'clock it is, tell it. . '..,.., r
ILTThe Kansas editors are already contem
plating the removal of the seaL of the General
Government to that spot, which they low
maintaiu rs the centre of the Cnifed States.
i .- - w
lyWitbipthe laslthrea years tbt baakasf
New York city have doubled in number.. The
aggregate a'Uhe present time it Lty-eigtt,
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