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death, being disguised as the enemy. This caused me to brace up,
and I told the General the story I had read when a boy about Gen.
Harney, who had been sent to Florida to capture Billy Bowlegs,
the Seminole chief aud his band. That Bowlegs, when informed of
the fact, only said "Harney ketch, Billy hang. Billy ketch, Har
The General caught the idea and with it a ray of confi
dence. He ordered his Adjutant General to write out the in
structions; these I was to thoroughly memorize and destroy, be
fore entering the enemy's lines. He gave me other orders, which
were to impiess horses, engines, or any conveyance that would ex
pedite the journey. These I was also to destroy when of no furth
er use. That I was to carry nothing on my person, which. would in
any way incriminate me as being a Confederate. The old Com
mander gave me a hearty handshake, with well wishes for my
safety, but I felt sure he thought never to see me again.
When I left, I began thinking of the long, lonely t .-r. I, be
irg of Irish descent and loving companionship, said as much to Gen.
McLaws, when I reached his headquarters. Told him I did not dread
the dangers, but the loneliness, I feared would almost become un
bearable. He ordered me to take whom I wished and who was
wilmng to go.
Word soon spread in camp that I wished a companion, a fear
less man, one willing to endure hardship and face danger. Capt.
Richard 0 'Neal, of Columbia, introduced me to Sam Dixon,
and said "he is your man.'" Dixon knew me, as being an officer of
Kershaw's Brigade, but I had never seen him before to my knowl
edge. He seemed to be some older than myself, but, as a matter
of fact, both were near the same age. We were furnished with much
worn Federal uniforms, but did not don them until leaving our
We left camp in the afternoon, intending to cross the San
tee before night. At Kingstree we had to remain, as we were
told, over night, in order to take the train to Florence, en route
for Sumter. I left Dixon at the depot to watch the train and to
hold it under our orders from Gen. Hardee, until I could get there.
I then took up quarters at a kind of boarding house on the extreme
end of the street leading from the railroad, kept by an old cou
ple, as I now remember Germans. The couple had a smash
ing fine daughter, a jolly good girl, as it was ever my fortune to
A battery of artillery partly from my neighborhood camped
just out of town and many of the members came in to see me. They
joked me about "leaving civilization and going among the Yan
kees." The young lady of the house took up the joke and pro
posed a dance for my benefit. I was agreeable. In a few minutes
she had gathered in half a dozen young ladies, and I as many young
men. Then the dance began. It was fast and furious from the
start, but by midnight the old house rocked, like a cyclone had
struck it. Dixon came in, just in the middle of a stormy reel, with
the information that the train was waiing for me.
We reached F:lorene, the yards and -traeks filled with waiting en
gines and trains, but 'twas nig'ht before we could procure an engine
to run us down to Sumter. An engine and a few box ears had just
come in from that direction with the news that the depot andl tracks
around that town had been burned that day. We hunted up the
manager of trains, showed our orders and demanded transporta
tion to Sumter. That was 'all right, but the engineer swore he
would not go, nor neither the negro fireman. The negro was an
ether man's property and should not be subject to capture. We
begged, entreated and threatend, bmt no go. I told him to show
me how to start the old engine, then we would run 'her as far as
she held out, began jerking away at levers and tried my best t,o
start it. The engineer cursed and ripped, but when he saw we were
going to take his engine anyway, he relented, jumped aboard, say
ing, "if you must go to-, why I'il go with you.'' We sped through
the inky darkness like the wind.
Many who have read so far, will no doubt, say,
"those two boys are out on a -lark and don't you for
get it.'' But if they knew the facts, would sooner think those
boys were having a "dance with death, with a fresh partner with
the coming of every day.''
We had ehanged our uniforms at Florence and we cer
tainly did 'look rough in the faded old Yankee blouse
and cap. We, joked each other about our dress, each declaring
he could scarcely keep from shooting the other, we looked
so much like the hated yank. The engineer was mad to kill, he
shoved that old engine ahead for all she was worth, never blowing
a whistle or slacking 'his pace, till the burning tracks aihead told
that we were nearing Sumter. He stopped the engine and motion
ed us off. We tried to part friendly, but the old fellow would have
none of it. As he backed away he called after us, "You say you
are Southern soldiers, but you look more like a set of d- Yan
kee house-burners and chicken thieves, that's what you do.'' We
couldn't get mad, for he certainly spoke the truth.
We flanked the town, leaving it to our left, blundering along
through the darkness, along fields and over fences, till we struck
a railroad, as Dixon said, would lead us to near the Wateree river.
We lay down in some bushes near the track and slept till day, then
counted cross-ties for some miles, till we came to a section mas
ter 's house. The old man offered us his push car, which in those
days were propelled by long poles. Just then a half dozen big, buck
negroes came along, on their way to Sumter, in high good 'humor
at their new found freedom. We 'told them to get poles and jump
the car. Seeing our uniforms, they obeyed with alacrity, but when
we drew our pistols and told them to shove for their lives back in
the direction whence they came, 'their countenances fell, but
they shoved the car all the same. We were both well armed, with
each a pair of Colts' revolvers and Spencer rifles. These shot six
times, loaded from the butt of the stock.
I left all course of direction to Dixon, so do not remembor at
this day, time or distance. We left the car near Garner's Ferry,
on the road to Columbia, near an old mill. The old miller put us
across the Wateree in a canoe, and we struck out on the main road
to Columbia. On the top of the fi'rst hill, we caine to a farm house,
the first house that side of the river, on the left hand side, going
,wst Left Dixon at the gate to watch, while I went ins~.de to
gather what information we needed. about the road and the dis
t.ahce of the 'enemy. As I walked inside the houise, I noticed a
knapsack at the door, a rifle standing near. In the room to my left
there seemed soine persons having a high old time, the done being
shut. A soldier's aceoutrements at such a place looked suspicious,
so I motioned Dixon a sign of caution, turned the knob and walked
Inl. having in meaniime drawi
Had a conret struck the buildii
er consternation to the crowd witI
walk in on their privacy. Ther(
young Confederate soldier within
speechless. I began asking him
with a stare. One of the young
jad -sold me he was her sick 1
several days, was sick unto deat]
I knewbewassome soldier on
cooped in. The "sick racket'' wa
I tried to explain that I was no
But tihat wouldn't go with the
lashing I never had before. The
dier told me the enemy was on t
We trudged on some miles
rible racket coming down the ro,
it proved to be only a wagon wil
going at a furious gait. The driv
to MT. Nat Heyward, and had b
but now was seeking greater saf
took the two lead mules, mountf
in fine good humor at our good li
I will here state that bef<
orized our instructions well,
would be incriminating. Now
but our own wits. After tra
most unfathomable mysteries be.
with during our trip. We had I
a mile or two, when burning a si
upon a horse, all bridled and sa<
he would fall. A carbine was slu
marked with U. S. Dixon held
making an entire circuit through
of the road, going east, but no si
found. We turned the mules loo!
mounted the horse, intending to i
it was a Confederate scout, who s
thinking us Yankees, or whether
crippled Confederate soldier fron
running away, will never be
told in camp, the boys wagged th
course, it was a Yankee and you
loose. Oh, no, you didn't kill him
The story did look fishy on its
state them. We killed no one tl
point, we took no lives only to
othrs as they would have liked t<
say it here, to the credit of Sam I
only that brought ,about in a fair
rough work, I alone, am respons
spilled, some lives lost, I will no
no useless butcheries, and' Dixon
It was nearing night, now, and
coming up, with long, heavy peals
had deter-mined to make Columbi
reflection of light ahead of us tol<
we were nearing the camp of 'the
barren and as far as we could SE
fires. It was now raini'ng in 'torr
ning. We debated 'a long time "o
flanik the camp to the south, or to
to luck. It would have been almos
that black, inky night, as neither
So, we chose the latter, and ro<
whieh had come up from Hopkin
camped 'here for several days. We
indistinctly by 'the camp fires on e
the road, and by the flashes of th
ed as what few soldiers that stoo<
us for belated marauders, coming
a quiver and hearts a jar to know
enemy's camp, where one idle qu
soldier, a word from an inquisit
were a forfeit. We knew none
not have answered the hail of "
We kept our pistols in our hands
worst, we would give them a fighi
ourselves among the thousands
boys, not men, and this venture
the stoutest hearted. Through all
the Yankee camp, it was raining
keen flashes of lightning. This a
soldiers astir. During Sherman
~kts on 'his flanks, o.s no enen
ng it easy to pass maen
Touch His Pocket Nerve.
"enry, you look very pale. What's
'I was stung to the quick by an
ader this afternoon.''
"How did it happen?''
"Why, I dropped in at the bank
an the bookkeeper told me my ac
cont was overdrawn.''-London
~A iabitF. cured ::.t m:. s::natoriumr in ;
.w weks Yo,u c-m0 returnl 'o your
home is Z'0 &.ys welil, free and happ7.
I have mna4n these habits asecialty for
25yasvd cuared thousaDda. FE
1Book (4n fRome Treatment sent
A ddress DR. B. ?. WOOLLEY,
102 N. Pr.7Or Street. Atlanta. Ga.
NBWBERRY U1ION STATION.
rival and Departure of Passenger
Trains-Effective 12.01 A. M.
Sunday, June 7th, 1908.
1 my piv4tl. in ca-e of emergeney.
i, there could not have been great
in than to see this Yankee soldier
were -three young ladies and a
He was petrified with fright and
questions, but he only answered
ladies recovered herself in time,
Yrother, had been hiding out for
I and. "you let him alone."
furlough the Yankee army had
s all an inspiration of the moment.
enemy, anly wanted information.
young ladies and such a tongue
y were true rebel girls. The sol
hat road, but how far, he did not
arther, when we heard a ter
id. We dodged in the thicket, but
h four mules and a negro driver,
er informed us the .team belonged
een hiding out on the plantation,
ety in the Wateree swamps. We
d them and went trotting along
re crossing the river, we mem
and tore up verything that
we had nothing to back us,
veling some miles, one of the
et us that we came in contact
assed Mr. Nat Hayward's house
idden bend in the road, we came
Idled, foaming and panting, as if
ng to the saddle and all trapping
the mules while I reconnoitered,
. some scrubby pines on the left
gn or track of the rider could be
se, starting them homeward, then
:ake turns in the saddle. Whether
aw us in time to make his escape,
a Yankee forager, shot by some
i the thicket, the horse, then
known. When this story was
eir heads, laughed and said, "Of
just good naturedly turned him
Of course, not."
face but the facts are just as I
iere. I will state further, at this
ave our -own, and; only did unto
> do unto us. Furthermore, I will
)ixon, no blood was on his hands,
and open fight.. If there was any
ible. That there was some blood
t attempt to deny but there was
's hands are clean.
t a tremendous threatening cloud
of thunder in the westward. We
a. that night, if possible. A great
I plainly they were campfires and
enemy. We came to a great pine
e, it was one vast blaze of camp
ents, with vivid flashes of light
heher to give up the horse and,
ride fearlessly through, and trust
;t impossible to do the former, in
of us knew a foot of the country.
le boldly through Blair's corps,
on its way to Car 3.en and had
could only see the road through
ither side, some not ten feet from
e lightning. We were not molest
I around the fires, no doubt, took
into camp. But it gave our heads
we were right in the midst of the
estion of a curious or suspicious
ive camp follower and our lives
of their organizations and could
what command do you brelong "
and had agreed, if it came to the
for their money, and try to lose
around us. Remember, we were
would have shaken the nerves of
the time we were passing through
.n torrents, heavy thundering,with
ounted for there being so few
s whole march he rarely kept
twas possible in that direction,
No. 18 for Columbia .. . .1.40 p.m.
No. 11 for Greenville .. . .3.20 p.m.
No. 16 for Columbia .... .8.47 p.m.
C., N. & L.R.
No. 22 for Columbia .. . .8.47 a.m.
No. 52 for Greenville .. 12.56 p.m
No. os for Columbia .. ..3.20 p.m.
*No. 21 f?or Laurenis .. . .7.25 p.m.
*Does not run on Sunday
Thi tir2e table shows the times a!
which trains may be expected to de
art from this station, but their de
parture is not guaranteed and the
time shown is subject to change with
G. L. Robinson,
NOTICE TO SCHOOL BOYS.
All school boys who have agreed to
plant 1-2 acre in corn or cotton will
call at my office on Saturday, April
24th, and get the seed.
J. S. WHEELER,
Co. Supt. Education.
* you WILL
CEAP RATES TO AUGUSTA, GA.
>r the Musical Festival, April 26-27.
For the above occasion the South
er Railway will sell round trip Ex
crsion tickets on April 25th and
2th good returning April 29th, at
ry low rates.
The Augusta Musical Festival will
ecomposed of many notable attrae
tios such as Mine. Emma... Eames,
rima Donna Assoluta, Walter Dam
sehi and the New York Symphony
Ochestra of fifty people, renowned
loists, Mmne. Rider-Kelsey, Mr.
Red Miller, Miss Neva Vander Veer,
r. Gustav Bolmnquist and a chorus
ftwo hundred voices.
For informationa apply to ticket
ents, or W. E. McGee,
T. P. A., Augusta, Ga.
J. L. Meek, A. G. P. A.,
BLUB~ RIDGE SCHEDULES.
NTo. .i8, leaves Anderson at 6.30 a.
n, for connection at Belton witn
>uthern for Greenville.
No. 12, from Walhalla. leaves An
rson at 10.15 a. in., for connection
tBelton with Southern Railway for
C>umbia and Greenville.
No. 20, leaves Anderson at 2.20
p.i., for connections at Belton with
outhern Railway for Greenville.
No. 8, daily except Sunday, from
alalla arrives Anderson 6.24 p.
i., with connections at Seneca with
outhern Railway from points south
No. 10, from Walhalla, leaves An
derson at 4.57 p. in., for connections
t Belton with Southern Railway for
reenville and Columbia.
No. 17. arrives at Anderson at 7.50
a.m., from Belton with connections
No. 9, arrives at Anderson; at 12.24
m.i.. from Belton with con nections
om Greenville anid Columbia. Goes
No. 1.9, arrives at Anderson at 3.40
p.I.. from Belton with connections
No. 11. arrives at Anders-mni a
629 p. mn., from Belton with con
ections from Greenville and Colum
ba. Goes to Walhalla.
No. 7, daily except Sunday, leaves
nderson at 9.20 a. in., for Walhalla,
vith connections at Seneca for local
Nos. 17, 18, 19, and 20 are mixed
ains between Anderson and Belton.
Nos. 7 and 8 are local freight
tains, carrying passengers, between
nderson and Walhalla and between
flia11a and AndersoE
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ANUAL MEETING4 STOCKHOLD
The erannual hmeeting of the stok
Mills will be held in the rooms0
The Chenmber of Commerce at Ne
berry, S. C., Wednesday, May 5t
1909, at eleven oclock.Mo e,S e