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"MY LADY OF
hut but I wish to tell you all, ana
and I am euro l shall need your help."
"You mean I am to Join you again
"Is that asking too much 7"
"Clair," I whispered, bending to
ward her, bo Peter could not overhear,
"nothing shall keep rao from coming,
doar. I will rldo back the moment my
dlspntchcs aro In Arnold's-hands. Uut
tell mo, first If you aro not afraid of
Grant himself, what Is It you need mo
"Eric." Bho answered swiftly. "IIo
has disappeared, dead or deserted. Oh,
I cannot believe tho lost Is truo. It
was to save his roputatlon that I
dressed In this uniform, performed the
work assigned him. I feel suro Grant
knows whoro ho Is, what has become
of him. I went to him In Philadel
phia, but ho only sneered, and Bald the
boy had doubtloss run away, I know
ucuer: mat is not 1 ko a
Uut I cannot search for bin
l I must
atay with my father. But If I
bo assured you will como."
"You can bo nuaured."
"Mistress Clalrer broke
"somo ono Is rldhfg up ttuj
"Yes, Peter, yes A Major, ialt here I
Don't move, Wefwlll zo hack nnd
moot him." ft
I held my horse, ateiidr.ahhntislihn
made an effort to'Jo'low. Voices enme
use to mo through the darkness
Grant's loud enough to if) clearly
"What. Is this you, Clalrer be
laughed gruffly. ,hy all tho gods, 1
thought It must be Eric. I never ex-
gpeelsl Service, Slrl But You Are
Net Assigned to My Commandl"
pected to and yoa togged out la this
style. By Jove, I wish. It was day
Whatever she replied sinst have
aobered tho fellow.
"Everything I say you take wrongly.
Of course It's all right, for the coun
try Is full ot stragglers out of both
armies. Lord, I don't care what you
rear, as long as it suits you. My
business T Oh, I explalnod all that to
your putty-facid servant Saint Anne I
that fellow I Dut Til review the mat
ter again. . I'm drumming up Clinton's
deserters, but now I've met you I'm
tempted to go along with you as far as
"Iloeomo a draerter ToiimnlfT"
"Oh. no, or at least only tempore
rily. Thore will be plenty of fighting
yet In the Jerseys. Clinton's whipped
all right, and Is going to havo a time
getting away to the ships. In tny
Judgment thero will be rlchor picking
for a Jerseyman right here at home,
than with the army la New York."
There was a moment's sllencej then
the girl asked, a shade ot horror la
"Surely, you cannot .mean to ally
yourself with guojWsi. Captain Grantl
"With with Fsjfmr
The maa" laughed, but mirthlessly,
r Tba't would bo horrible, wouldn't
M 7til, personally I fall to see why
Fagln ' any more ot a scoundrel than
some ot those other fellows In gilt
epaulets. However, I've not come to
that point yet Tho fact Is I havj a
private affair to attend to before 1
leavo this neighborhood. Can you
guess what It 1st"
"IT rrlnlr not."
"WelC you will know shortly the
ambulsnco Is coming."
I I rode my horso slowly forward,
keeping at tho edgo of the road, until
assured a sufficient distance separated
us. Then I gave tho rostlve animal
a sharp touch of tho spur, Bonding him
, awlftly forward. My escort would have
a mile or two tho start, yet tnai was
nothing. My thoughts were not with
them, or with my military duty, but
revortod to tho llttlo company around
the wounded man. The bearing of
the dispatch to Arnold was mere rou
tine, Involving only steady riding, but
the relations existing between Claire,
Grant, and Erlo Mortimer were full
of mystery. There were connecting
links I could not understand ; no doubt
bad tho girl been permitted 10 con
clude her story I might fit It togeth
er, but as It was I was left gTopIng la
the darkness. Yet my mind tena
ciously held to lta original theory as
to Eric's strange disappearance ho
had been betrayed by Grant, and was
being held prisoner. Dut whoroT Dy
whomt And for what purposoT
I pondered on this problem as my
..... nin.irhn.l fnrward throilfth the
dust, my eyes unconsciously scanning
the dark road. Grant could not have
known that Colonel Mortimer waa be
ing taken home. His meotlng with tho
ambulance party was altogether an ac
cident. Yet I' had no faith the man
was out seeking Drltlsh stragglers, for
Ui he beta dispatched oa auca a sua
I jltXJ grMrB.flfjl BriB'BBBBnSBBPi
sion he would nave ad a least a1
squad of soldiers with Mm. Then what?
The probability was that be was eith
er riding to Klmhurst, or to eosae rem
oozvoub with Fagln. Some plan had
been interrupted by Clinton's sadden
march, by the DrlUsh defeat at Mob- t
mouth, and Irani was risking Ma
commission, braving the charge ef de-i
eertlon, for some private purpose.
This might be love of Clairo, revenge '
upon Eric, or possibly both combined. I
The latter would seem most probable.
He would uso Erlo In Bomo way to
threaten tho sister to compel her to J
eacrlfloo Herself. She was of a nature J
to do this, as was already abundantly ,
proved by her assumption ot male
attire to save Erlo's reputation. My
own responsibility loomed large as I
reached this conclusion, and remem
bered her appeal for help. She, also,
must suspect the truth, and had turned
to mo as the only one capable of un
raveling the myBtery, She trusted me,
loved me, I now believed end, under
God, I would prove worthy of ber faith.
With teeth clinched In sudden deter
mination I raugbt up with my little,
sqund of plodding horsemen, and, with '
word of command, hurried them Into)
a Blrarp Uot I
Hiding ahead, boot to boot with'
Conroy, I thought out a plan for ac
tion, nnd flnnlly, in tho gray of the
morning, told him enough of the story
to arouse his Interest Just before
sunrise we passed Klmhurst, the great
white mansion appearing silent and
deserted. There was no baiting, al
though wo turned in tho saddle to
look, and my eyes swept over the
troopers trotting behind us. They were
a sturdy lot, their faces bronzed from
exposure, their uniforms stained and
"Regulars T" I asked, nodding back
across my shoulder.
"Not a man but haa seen two years'
Brv!ce," bo replied proudly. "Ham
ilton knows tbo troop, and he picked
"I may need them for a bit of dee
"They'll do It, sir, never fear."
"Good, sergeant; we'll rldo hard.
and trust to getting fresh horses In '
Philadelphia. Ill tell Arnold the story.)
When o arrive thero have your men
get all tho sleep they can. I'll attend
to rations and ammunition. You are
simply to have the men rested and
ready. Cannot we make better timoT
The horses seem In good condition."
We passed swiftly over 'the level,
country, meeting a few stragglers, but
paying them small attention. Dy two
o'clock wo were on the banks ot tbo
Delaware, and a half-hour later, I
swung down stiffly from the saddle In
front of Arnold's headquarters on
He was an officer I never greatly
liked, with his snapping eyee and ar-'
rogant manner, but be was courteous
enough on this occasion, questioning
me after reading the dispatch, and et-(
fertng me a glass of wine.
"You look tired, major, and must
rest before you start back. I shall
have my report ready by sundown." j
"General Arnold," I sald.Btandlng
respectfully bat In hand, "I have a fa-1
Tor to ask that you will send your:
report by some other messenger, and
give me a detail for special service."
He looked up Ip surprise.
"Special service, slrl Dut you are
not assigned to my command."
"That Is true, general," I Insisted,
"but the conditions warrant the un
"What service Is contemplated?'
"An attempt to kill or capture, lied
Fagln, and release a scout whom 1
'believe he holds prisoner."
"You hope to accomplish all this
"With th assistance of the sergeant
and ten dragoons who came here with
me. Thoy are In camp now on the
He walked across the room, stared
out of the window, and then again
"Dy Gad, sir, this Is a most extraor
dinary request Damme, I'd like to
get bold ot Fagln all right, but I need
to know more of your plan, and the
reason you have for asking such a
detail. It looks foolhardy to my
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I went over the situation careruiiy,
watching the effect of aiy words In
the man's face. He sat at the table
now, leaning forward eagerly. Ar
nold had tho reputation of a gallant
and my first reference to a young lady
"The name, please you mentioned
"Claire Mortimer, sir."
"Ahl Ah I I remember her well.
Danced with her myself. Now go on,
sir; I can appreciate the tale better
for my recollection of the fair hero
ine." I was not long at It, although he
Interrupted mo occasionally by shrewd
questioning. As I concluded he kept
silent a moment looking at me from
under his heavy brows.
"It looks like rather a bUnd trail
to me, major," he said kindly, "but
I'm no spoil-sport In such an affair.
You might have the luck to stumble
onto your party, and I'd take the
chance myself It I were in your shoes.
You wish to start at sunset!"
"You need horses, rations and pistol
ammunition for twelve men?"
"Very well, major, the quartermas
ter will attend these details. Go and
lie down. Washington may not ap
prove, but 111 take the responsibility."
He extended bis hand across the
table, and I felt the firm clasp ot bis
I Run Across Eric
I slept three hours, the dead Bleep
of sheer exhaustion, but felt refreshed
and Btrong when roughly aroused. Be
fore sunset I was across the river,
where I found my little squad of dra
goons prepared for their night's ad
venture. Arnold bad kept his word,
the fresh horses being fine anlsialB,
the ammunition In excess of oar
needs. Conroy was enthusiastic, and
somewhat loquacious, but I cut his
conversation oft rather stkarply, and
ordered the men Into their saddles.
With brain clarified by sleep I real
ized the importance of the work be
fore us, and how imperfect my plana
were. I could merely ride forth to
Klmhurst hoping to pick np some
clew to aid me. As we rode rapidly
along the deserted raid leading to
Farrell's I reviewed over and over
again every remembered detail, only
to conclude that I must get hands on
Grant and by threats, or any other
available means, compel him to con
fess hla part In the villainy. Dusk
settled about us, succeeded by night
as we pressed steadily forward, the
men riding silently, the only sound
the thud of hoofs, and the Blight Jingle
q accoutrements. As we passed the
Mack walls ot Farrel'a Bhop, I re
called the papers found In Grant's
coat and the reference In Fagin'B note
to a rendezvous at Lone Tree. Prob
ably that was tho spot where the two
had been accustomed to meeting. If
true In the past why not now as well?
Suddenly It occurred to me that It
was at a place called Lone Tree that
the minute men had gathered for their
attack on Delavan's wagon train.
Could this, by any possibility, be the
same spot? I -drew my horse back
"Ever beard of a place called Lone
Treer I asked qnieUy.
He rubbed his head thoughtfully.
"Not Just about here, sir. We
camped over east of there once, may
be a year ago, down In a hollow where
there was one big tree standla' all
alone, kind .of an odd-lookln' tree, sir,
and seems to me, the guide said the
place waa called something like that
Bay, Tom," to the nearest dragoon,
"do you remember that Lone Tree
where we camped whea we were out
"Sure; In east Medford. There was
a farmhouse across on the side of a
hill. I got some buttermilk there."
"Wasn't that what the guide called
the place Lone TreeT"
"Derned If I know, sergeant Don't
recolleot heart n' the guide say any
thin' bout that hot tho woman at the
house told me her place was called
Lone Tree cottage eo I reckon he
This was a chance worth trying.
"We will take the first turn to the
left and have a look at the place," I
said. "Conroy, you and Tom ride
ahead, and keep your eyes open."
We reached the hollow where the
big tree stood, about midnight but
found little reward. The house on
the hill had been burned to the
ground. Near tho tree, however, we
discovered evidence of recent camp
fires, ono not yet cold, and apparently
there had been quite a body ot men
camped there lately. Conroy manu
factured a torch, and scouted about,
"I don't know how many were here,
Blr, altogether, bnt there was a lot o'
hones picketed over sear tho creek.
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I reckon the last of them didn't leave
until dark tonight an' they rode north
toward the main road, There waa
maybe a dozen In that party."
We followed tho general direction
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