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A FIFTIETH ANNIVE
BYPI& F A 10
(Copyright, 1892, by the A
Private Mark Malone. U. S. A.. sent as
i, spy to Chattanooga by General Thomas.
is saved from guerrillas by Souri Slack.
Disguised as a countryman, Mark starts
for Chattanooga with Jakey. Souri's broth
er. Mark is to send Souri her red band
kerchief if in periL.
Mark and Jakey are given shelter by
Laura Fain and ber mother. Laura sus
zww Mark is a lnicasoLdier.tn disgpise.
W HEN Mark went down stairs
the next morning, followed
by Jakey, they were invited
into the breakfast room.
Laura Fain was there, but her mother
was not. Mark looked at Lauia. but
she avoided his gaze. He asked after
"Mamma scarcely ever gets up to
breafast," she said as she poured out
a substitute for coffee.
Durtpg the meal she said but little,
and that was only on commonplace
subjects. She seemed to have more on
her mind than the soldier who was
taking his life in hip hands, and stu
diously avoided looking at him at all.
After breakfast-Mark ,followed his
hostess through a door opening into a
sitting room on the opposite side of
the hall from the parlor.
"Miss Fain." he said. "I know too
wk well the station of your family and
southern customs not to accept as a
gift the hospitality you have afforded.
I can only express my indebtedness.
and the hope that some day the war
may be over and I can come down
here and show my gratitude for some
thing of far more moment to me than
a night's lodging."
He paused, and then added:
"May I ask a 'question? Are you a
Union or a Confederate girl?"
Mark looked at her uneasily,
"I inferred froin what you said last
night that you will not betray me."
"But you think you ought to."
Mark stood gazing at her. She was
,looking out of the window with a trou
"Miss, Fain." he said. "you may be
-doing wrong; you may be doing right.
At any rate you are acting the part of
ia woman, and this act makes you in my
eyes the loveliest woman tiht lives."
The words were~ scarcely spoken when
the muscles of Lue girl's face contract
ed into an expression of horrd'. Mark
could not understand why his speech
bad so affected her. The natural un
certainty of his position impelled him
to look about him for the cause.
Glancing out of the front window he
saw an officer in gray uniform on
horseback in the act of reaching down
to open the gate.
"Come quick!" she said, seizing his
arm. "No. no!' Mamma! She.doesn't
know. Oh. what shall we do?"
Mark took her by the band and
spoke to her coolly. bur quickly. -CaU
Jakey for me, and we will both go
down stairs and /from there to the
barn. We can thien go out without!
meeting this officer, for he is doubt
less coming in Th,ere is no especial
-danger. We shall meet plenty of sol
<4iers before we return.'"
,She flew out of' the room to find
,Takey. While she was gone Mark
watched the approaching horseman.
He was a fine specimen of a southern
man-tall and slender, with long black
hair. mustaebe and goatee and a fine
"cozqwklsHE SAID, sEIZNG HIs ABM.
black eye. He looked, as he came rid
Jng up the roadway, the impersona
tlon of the southern gentleman.
Before he had dismounted Mark and
'akey were on their way to the barn.
Laura Fain opened the front door
just as the officer was coming up the
Ywhyo. r Cmern. *she_ exclaimed,
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"how_did 'yo get aw~ 1 thought
you told me you were to be officer of
the guard today."
"I persuaded my friend the adjutant
to detail ano er man."
"Was therr special reason?"
"ertainly. I positively couldn't,
stand it another day not to see you.
Besides we are momentarily expecting
orders to cross to this side of the
"But you will be nearer to us then,
"I am afraid not. Once on this side
we'll not stop nearer than Dallas or
Poe's. We may join Colonel Forrest
near Sparta. or wherever he may be,
doubtless somewhere in the enemy's
rear. He seldom troubles the Yankees
In front. But you are not listening.
my darling, and you are pale. You
are not ill?'
"You are sorry that I came?"
"Why, Cameron, what do you mean?
You know I always want you to come."
She led the way into the sitting room.
from which Mark had disappeared but
a minute before-a minute is a long
while soibetimes. Mrs. Fain entered
and received the guest most graciously.
daptain Cameron Fitz Hugh was a
young Virginian, a graduate of the
University of Virginia law school, the
son of wealthy parents. wLose acres
and negroes were numbered by thou
sands. He had known the Fains be
fore the war, Mrs. Fain having been
born and reared in the Old Dominion.
During a visit of Laura to; his people.
shortly before the breaking out of hos
tilities. he bad fallen in lovp with her.
had proposed and was aceepted. Both
families being agreeable. the two were
engaged to be married.
"This is an unexpected pleasure. cap
tain," said Mrs. Fain.
"1 did not suppose I could get, away
"Everything is unexpected In these
times. We never know who is coming
to us. Last night I slept uneasily for
fear that we harbored a guerrilla in
"How is that?" asked Captain Fitz
"Where are the strangers. Laura?"
"I think they are gone, mamma-"
"A countryman and his little broth
er," said Mrs. Fain to the captain.
"Laura thought him quite a gentleman
for one so poorly dressed."
- "But 1 changed my mind, mamma,"
said Laura quickly.
"And what was the occasion of so
sudden a bouleversement?' asked the
"Why-why, when we were sitting
on the vhranda after you went In,
"Sitting on the veranda with a coun
tryman!" exclaimed the lover. ,
"Well, yes; mamma said to Invite,
hm up. But.l was going to say"
Laura's inventive powers had gained
time to act by the interrnption-"i
found .that he was only an Ignorant
farmer after all, for I asked him how
far the moon was, and ~he said he
reckoned It was a hundred million
"That doesn't prove anything," Fits
Hugh remarked. "I don't believe
there's an officer in my regiment knows
that. But it becomes us to be very
careful. The commanding general has
made It known unofficially through
his staff officers that he Is especially
desirops of concealing his intentions.
One spy penetrating for even a day at
Chattanooga might frustrate all his
plans. If the enemy knew that we
are concentrating there, and how weak
we are there at present, he woul& or
at least he should come down with a
large force and drive us south."
A troubled expression crossed Laura's
"Indeed!" said Mrs. Fain. "I was
not aware of that Suppose the young
man was a spy."
"Cameron," said Laura. "I wish you
wouldn't talk so to mamma. She will
be suspicious of every poor beggar that
asks a crust. The man's name was
Slack. There are plenty of Slacks
among .the poor whites about here. I
have a'sick family of that name on
my hands now not a mile up the road."
"Has the fellow gone?" asked Fitz
Hugh. "I think I would better see
"Gonev- Of course he's gone." salii
Laura, with a heaving bosom-.
"Where did he say he was going?"
"To Chattanooga," said Mrs. Fain.
"I'll mount and follow him. 1 can
easily overtake hiun on horseback."
"Nonsense," said Laura, with a pout;
"you have kept away from me for a
week, and now you are going as soon
as you've come."
"But, my darling, would you have
"I would have you stay where you
Mrs. Fain, seeing that some cooing
was coming, wisely withdrew.
"And what, sweetheart?"
"Tell me what I love to hear," she
"I've told you that so often you.
should certainly be tired of it by this
Fitz Eunoh loonla. innnil'Ingiy into
her face as-he smouthed Uack Eer hair.
He was used to these requests to re
peat his assurances of affection. but
there was a nervous something about
his fiancee this morning that puzzled
His back was toward the window.
while she was facing it. ~Suddenly she
clasped her arms tightly around him.
"Now go if you can!" she said, af
fecting a playful tone.
"Why, Laura, what does this mean?"
he asked, astonished.
"You don't love me." she whined.
"Love you, pet! You know 1 do."
"Then why do you act so?"
"You never come any more but you
want to go right away."
"But, sweetheart"-a half dozen
kisses for exclamation points-"I only
intend being gone a little while."
"If you once start out to follow some
body you don't know anything about
you'll be gone all day, and then you'll
be ordered away. and maybe I'll never
see you any more."
Never was a lover more charmed at
such evidence of woman's affection.
and never had this lover less cause to
be charmed at the evidence of his hold
upon Laura Fain. Had Captain Fitz
Hugh seen what Laura Fain saw from
the moment she jiut her arms around
him and held his back to the window
Mark and Jakey going down the walk
to the gate-he would have exclaimed:
"Oh. woman, thy name is perfidy!"
"Oh, woman," the departing soldier
would have responded, "thy name is
indeed perfidy, but how glorious thy
"Jakey," said Mark as - they passed
behind trees that hid them from the
house, "I don't like that officer coring
to the Fain plantation just at this time.
There'll surely be some mention of us,
and it Is possible he may want to have
a look at us. You know, Jakey, we're
only poor, modest people, and- don't
want to be stared at."
"We ain't got our store clothes on,
and don't want ter make no acquaint
ances," Jakey observed solemnly.
Mark had'hoticed Laura Fain's agita
tion when she caught sight of the offi
cer ht the gate, and knew, there was
good reason for it. He did not fear
that she would betray him intention
ally, but that she might be led to do
so from her very anxiety to keep his
"The first chance we get, Jakey,
we'll take to the woods. We told them
-we wei-e going to Chattanooga, and if
this officer takes It into his aristc
cratic head to escort us with true
southern politeness a part of the way
he'll expect to find us' on the Chatta
"N' twouldn't be perlite fo' ter git in
They had gone but a trifling distance
when they came to a creek flowing-as
a wayfarer they met told them
through -Mo.ccasin gap. The road
crossed it by something between a
hedge and a culvert. Mark let the way
from the road up. the creek and began
to climb the hills, on which there was
sufficient growth of timber to afford
At last they came to a hut occupied
by an old negro.
"Good morning, uncle!" said Mark
"Hey y' seen anything of a colored
boy 'bout eighteen years old go by
hyar this mornen?"
"He's my boy Sam, and I'm a-hunten
him. He run away last night. He'll
~git a hundred ef I ketch him."
"I ain't saw him, sahT 'n -I tell yo'
what, marst'r, ef I had saw him I
ouldn't inform yo' ob de. fac."
"Thet's the way with you niggers.
since the Yankees turned your heads.
But it won't last long. Our boys'l1
drive 'em so fur no'th pretty soon that
your darkies'll hey to stop runnen
"Now don' yo' believe dat so sarten."
"Do you really believe the Yanks can
"De Lo'd hes sent 'em to tote his col
ored people out o' bondage."
Mark was satisfied with this prelimi
nary examinsition that he could trust
the old man.
"Uncle, I'm no secesh. I'm a Union
man. I want to stay with you today
and travel tonight. Keep me all da.-,
and I'll go away as soon as it is dark."
"Fo' de LQ'd. I knowed,yo' wa'n't
no south'n man all de time."
"Yo' ain't got de south'n man's way
' talken. Yo' did hit well enough, but
y' can't fool me."
"Well, will you keep us?"
"Reckon I will."
"What's your name?"
"Randolph's my name, sah. Jeff'son
Randolph. My marst'r said he gib me
a nilghty big name, but hit didn't do
no good. Dey always call me notten
"You're as well off as the president
of the Confederacy in that respect,"
said Mark. "I guess we'll go inside."
"Yes, go in dar. Keep dark."
Mark and Jakey waited for the day
to pass, and as they had no means of
amusing themselves ,it passed very
slowly. Jakey played about the creek
for awhile, but both were glad when
the darkness came and they could get
Before setting out on his expedition
Mark had carefully studied a map' of
the region, preferring to fix it in his
mind than to carry it about his person.
Upon leaving Jefferson Randolph's hut
he made direct for the Tennessee river.
Once there, he knew from his remem
brance of the map that he was not far
from Chattanooga, and that between
him and that place was Moccasin point,
formed by a bend, or rather loop, in
the river, the point putting out south
ward for more than two miles,.with a
distance of nearly a mile across its
neck. But he knew the ground was
high on the east shore of the peninsula,
and he_did not know the nroper talace
-/. . .
to strike inand and cut off the us
tanee around the river's margin. There
was no one near to inform him, so,he
kept on by the river.
It was late at night when they reach
ed a point where the river took a
slight turn to the east, and about a
mile from the quick bend around Moc
casin point. Mark was anxious to en
ter Chattanooga either late at night or
soon after daylight, hoping to meet
few people, that his entrance might
not be noticed. He cast his eye about
for some means of crossing the river.
Noticing a skiff moored just below a
hut, he surmised that the skiff belong
ed to some one living in the hut. Go
ing to the door he knocked.
"Do you uns own the skiff on the
river below hyar?"
"Waal. supposen I does?"
"I want to cross."
"What d' y' want ter do thet far at
this time o' night?"
"Father dyen. Just got word a spell
"What'll Y' give ter get over?'
"What kind o' shinplasters?"
"Whar d' y' git 'em?'
"From some people ez got 'em traden
with the Yankee sojers at Battle
"All right, stranger, but it's a sight o'
bad times ter be called ter a man's
door at night. You uns go down ter
the river 'n I'll cover y' with my gun
tel I know yer all right."
"I won't mind a small thing like
That ef you'll put me 'n my leetle
Mark and his companion went down
to the river. Pretty soon a wild look
ing man, with a beard growing straight
out from his face like the spokes of a
cart wheel, came cautiously down, cov
ering them with a shotgun.
"Got a pass, stranger?"
"Reckon they won't let y' land when
y' get over thar."
"These army fellers are like -a rat
trap," said Mark; "they ain't so par
ticular. as to goen in; it's the goen out
"WBO GOES TEAB?"
the-don't like,. But y' better try to
srike a point on the river whar ther
alnt no guard."
"Fur how much?"
"An extra flver."
"You ain't very patriotie.. Won't y'
take Confederate bills?"
"Not when I can get green uns.''
"Y' ain't a Union man, are y'?"
"No. But I know a valyble thing
when I sees it."
They could see campfires of guards
on the other shore. Once, getting too
near a river picket, they were seen
"Who goes thar?"
"Oh, none o' your business!" said
"Pull in hyar or I'll make It some 0'
"Oh, now, see hyar! We can't stop
every five minutes to please a guard.
How do you know but we're on army
"Well, pull in hyar and show your
Meanwhile the ferryman was keep
ing the oars moving gently, and the
boat turned at an angle with the cur
rent, which was taking the boat to
ward the east shore. "Now pull away
hearty," whispered Mark, and the boat
shot out of sight of the picket in a
twinkling. A bullet whistled over their
heads, but wide of the mark..
"Golly!" exclaimed Jakey. "What a
purty tune it sings!"
They were now off Moccasin point,
and Mark began to look for a landing
place. Just above he noticed a camp
fire, and above this was a place where
Fthe bank was low, with overhanging
trees. Mark directed the ferryman to
pull for these trees. He slipped a
handkerchief in one of the rowlocks
the only one used in turning the boat
into shore-so as to muffle the oar.
The coast seemed to be clear for a
landing, but as they drew near they
Iproceeded cautiously and~ listened for
Ithe slightest sound. The boat's nose
touched without noise.,
Mark handed the wild whiskered fer
ryman the crisP ten dollar note, which
he clinched eagerly.
"Yer purty well ter do, stranger, con
sideren yer close."
"Didn't y' hyar what I said to the
guard 'bout business for the army?"
"Waai, don't say nothin' 'lout it. Th'
Cr',e:atco service pays ez it_goes."
The ferryman eareTTittTe wTiomne
pulled if he could make ten dollars In
one night. and dipping his oars in the
water rowod nway from the shore.
Mark turrorl to look about him. His
first moro was to .et inder the trees.
From thert he proceeded inland for a
short distance. looking for something.
"Ah. here it is'" he said presently.
"Now I know where I am."
ie had struck .he Nashville and
Chattanooga railroad, which runs close
to the river bank for about a mile near
where he -landed. He knew he was
about two miles from the town.
"Now, Jakey." he said, "we'll biv
ouac right here. As soon as it is light
we must set out. Are you sleepy?"
"Am I? Reckon I am!"
(To be continued).
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