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BY F AM
(Copyright, 1892, by the A
Private Mark Malone, U. S. A., sent
as a spy to Chattanooga by General
Thomas, is aved from guerrillas Dyl
Disguised as a countryman, Mark
starts for Chattanooga with Jakey,
Souri's brother. Mark is to send
$ouri her red handkerchief if in peril.
Mark and Jakey are given shelter by
Laura Fain and her mother. Laura
suspects Mark is a Union soldier in
He confesses that he is. Laura Is a
Confederate. She prevents her lover,
Captain Cameron Fitz Hugh, C. S. A.,
from detaining Mark.
Mark learns that a big Confederate
army is massing at Chattanooga and
.planning a northward dash. He at
tempts to escape from Chattanooga.
He carries Jakey in safety past the
picket line and unexpectedly meets a
band of Confederate deserters. He
and Jakey are then taken prisoners.
'EE ED sI.K HMDKEECHIEF.
REATNESS underlying an un
inviting exterior is often c,Ll
ed out by circumstances.
President Lincoln would not
have been the "great emancipator" had
not been born in the nick of time.
Grant would not-have become
minent as a soldier had the civil
occurred before or after he was
fit age to lead the Union armies, and
akey Slack-well, Jakey would not
ye developed his ability as a strat
had it not been foi his friend,
ark Malone, and the negro jail at
'Jakey was as incompetent to sit down
and think out a plan for his friend's
. pe. as, he was to demonstrate a
position of'Euclid. He coul4 neither
dd columns o~f two figures nor spell
rds of one syllable; indeed he could
either re'ad, write nor ciph4r, the
t of an ability -to read or write be
a great disadvantage to him in
present responsible position. But
desire to help his friend out of a
d fix having got into his brain, from
nature of the case It simmeied
and then boiled a little, and sim
and boiled again. Like most
ple of genius, Jakey was uncon
HIs SAvENT ?
_ _uso hi Cw oes u hr
uri AThe cameR the thought
co s oui onwer n t there h
at doY a heap." This led Jakey
the problem how to get her
.~The problem was too difficult
his young brain to solve, so he got
o further until circumstances came to
his aid, or may he not have had the
germs of reason within him to go fur
ther without being definitely conscious
When he left Mark he went out into
the jailyard and began to strolU about
with his hands in his pockets. To a
casual observer he was simply a boy
with no playmates, who did not know
what to do with himself. Occasionally
he would wander near the fence, first
casting a sly glance at the jail. There
were cracks between the boards, and
Jakey was looking out for a good wide
crack to spy through. At last he
found a place to suit him and hovered
about it listening for a footstep, and
occasionally getting a quick glance
k through the opening by putting his eye
to it. But Jakey knew well that if
caught at this he would be called into
the jail and forced to stay there. At
last an old negi-o woman passed with
a bake her arm, smoking a short
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"Auntie!" called the boy.
"Lo'd a massy! Is de angel ob de
Lo'd speaken to his sarvent from de
clouds?" said the old woman, startir'
and dropping her basket.
"Auntie, hyar at the crack!"
"Who is yo' callen? Yo' inns' be a
chile from ye' voice."
"Put yer eye close up to de fence
and y' can see me at the crack."
The woman drew near and put her
eye to the crack. Jakey stood off a
little way, and she could see him plain
ly. Meanwhile he pretended to have
lost something on the ground.
"Why bress my po' ole heart, honey,
ef y' ain't nothen but a leetle boy in
de jailyard. 'T'aught t' be nuff to keep
dem po' misable po' white east Ten
nesseeans dar what dey had in de
cellar widout keepen a chile."
"My brother's a prisoner, 'n so air
I," said Jakey in a melancholy voice.
"Climb ober 'de fence, honey, and
"The fence air too high, 'n I ain't a
goen fur to leave my brother anyway.
See hyar, auntie, air you niggers Union
"Why, honey, do you t'ink we turn
ag'in ou' own folks! Ain't de Yankee
sojers comen down fur to gib us lib
"Ef y' c'd save a Union sofer from
hangen, w'd y' do it?"
"Fo' de Lo'd I would!"
"Then send this hanchikuff to Souri
"Who Souri Slack?"
"She's my sister. She lives at Farm
"On the Anderson road,- close onter
the Sequatchie river."
While this conversatiOn was going on
Jakey continued his, efforts to find
something at his feet. He picked up a
stone, rolled it in the handkerchief and
threw them ver the fence.
"What good dat do?" asked the col
ored woman, picking up the missile of
"When Souri gits It she'll know."
"Will dat sabe de Union sojer's
"Mebbe 't mought, 'n mebbe 't
"I cain't go myself-I'm too ole-but
PIl start hit along. Beckon de dar
kies'll tote It."
She wacked up her basket and was
moving away when Jakey called t
"Yer mought git some n to tote bit
ter an old nigger named Jefferson Ran
dolph, ez lives up a creek 'bout five
mile from hyar, near the pike runnen
that a-way. mebbe he'll pass hit on."
"Yo' boy, thar!"
The jailer's wife was standing in an
open window regarding Jakey severe
"Come away from that ar fence!"
Jakey skipped along toward her, do
ing a little waltzing as he went.
"Ef that ar boy wasn't sich a chile,
I'd think ne'd b'en up to sumep'n."
"What war yer a-doen by that ar
fence?" she asked when he came up.
"What war that y' throwed over?"
"Oh, I war only throwen stones."
"What yer throwen stones that
"Well, y' just keep away from th'
fence er y' shan't play in th' yard at
all. I'll shet y' up with thet big brother
"Waal, I won't go thar' no more."
And Jakey took a top out of his trou
sers pocket and began plugging imagi
nary tops on the ground.
Mark hoped that the preparations
the Confederates were making for the
expected move would cause them to
forget him. He was not destined to
be so fortunate. The second day after
his capture he was taken before a court
martial held in a house occupied by the
staff department, to be tried on the
charge of being a spy.
The court was assembled and ready
to pr6e.eed with the case. An officer
had been detailed to defend the pris
oner, but he had not arrived and the
court waited. Presently a clatter of
horse's hoofs was heard outside. It
stopped before the door of the house,
and in another moment Mark's coun
sel entered the room.
Mark looked at him with astonish
ment. In the tall, straight soldier, with
black hair and eyes, mustac'he and
goatee, bearing about him that some
thing which ihidicates "to the manor
born," he recognized the officer who had
called at the Fains' on the morning he
had left them-Captain Cameron Fitz
As soon as he entered he beckone'li
the prisoner to follow him to a corrner
of the room apart from the others for
consultation. It was not a convenient
place for such an important interview,
but one charged with being a spy was
not likely to get many favors, and the
exigencies of the case did not admit of
aught except the ;bare forms of jus
"Wil yo give me yonr confidenc.,
my man, or shllTI-I proecd at ra omr
"If you think it best to trust me, I
give you the word of a Virginia gentle
man that I will not betray you. and I
will do all I can for you. I am a Fitz
He said this unconscious of how it
would sound to a northerner. To him
to be a Fitz Hugh was to be incapable
of a dishonorable act. Mark under
stood him perfectly; indeed his counsel
inspired him with every confidence.
"I would explain everything to you,
captain, but my secret. is not all my
own. I would be perfectly willing to
trust my fate in your hands if I could
honorably do so. You will doubtless
fail in your defense, but I thank you
for the effort you will make."
The trial was of brief duration. The
soldiers in whose company Mark was
taken were called and testified to his
having masqueraded as a staff officer.
Knowing now that he was probably a
Union spy, they would have shielded
him, but they had already given up
the secret. Mark was asked where he
He had entered his name at the -ho
tel as comi 7 from Jasper, so he gave
that place a .tis residence, but when
asked what c. ,nty Jasper was in he
could not tell. .'he maps he had stud
led, being military maps, did not give
the counties. Then some Tennessee
soldiers were brought in-the town
swarmed with them-who testified that
they lived at Jasper and had never
seen the prisoner there. The closing
evidence against Mark was given by
the recruiting officer with whom he
had promised to enlist. Hearing that
a spy htd been taken, and suspecting
it might 1?x bis promised recruit, he
went to the courtroom and there ree
ognized the prisoner. H s testimony
was sufficient. The court had made up
its mind before the prisoner's counsel
had said a word.
Captain Fitz Hugh seemed distressed
at not being able to bring forth any
evidence in behalf of the prisoner.
When he arose to speak in Mark's de
fense the court listened to him with
maried attention and respect-indeed
they were as favorably impressed with
the accused's counsel as they were un
favorably disposed toward the accused.
The captain was obliged to content
himself with warning the court against
convicting a man of being a spy be
cause his identity was not satisfacto
rily explained and on circumstantial
evidence. He asked that the prisoner
might have more time than had been
given him in which to gather evidence
in his behalf.
The court denied this request and
proceeded with a verdict. .In forty
minutes after Mark entered- the court
room he was found guilty of being a
"Have you anything to say why the
sentence of the court should not be
passed upon you?"
Captain Fitz Hugh interposed once
more for delay.
"I would suggest," he said, "that in
asmuch as some explanation may come
to hand bearing on the case the court
fix my client's, punishment to take
place on a day not nearer than a week
"I had Intended to 1x It for tomorrow
morning at sunrise." said the president,
"but in deference to the prisoner's
counsel I will compromise with him
midway between a week, as he de
sires, and tomorrow, or allowing three
days. The sentence of the court is
that the prisoner be hanged by the
neck until he is dead on the twenty
sventh day of August, eighteen hun
dred and sixty-two, or three days from
Before Mark was led out of the court
room his counsel approached him. Con
sidering the prejudice against the pris
oner, another man would have suffered
him to go without a word. Not so Cap
tain Fltz Hugh. He strode up to Mark,
the officers and soldiers present making
a way for him, leaving him alone with
the prisoner by withdrawing to another
part of the room, and extended his
"One thing is plain to me," he said,
"whoever you are, you are a gentle
man, and I believe you have sacrificed
your life to your sense of duty. I am
sorry that you did not trust me with
your secret. Then I .might have done
something for you. As it is, I have
"It would have availed nothing," said
Mark. "You have done all you could
under any circumstances. Besides, had
I told you who I am, you might have
felt it your bounden duty to your cause
to make known the facts."
"Never," said Fitz Hugh proudly. "I
owe more to myself, more to my sense
of honor, more to my birth and breed
ing, more even to my state than to
"Captain Fitz Hugh," said Mark with
a voice in w'hich there was a slight
tremble, "you are of too fine grain.
You are too frank, too truthful. Do
not feel a moment's regret at not hav
ing been able to save me. Mine is but
one of thousands of lives that must go
out in this great struggle for human
liberty. Mine is an ordinary nature.
You are fitted for nobler work than
war. I trust you will be spared to be
come an honor to your state and a re
united country. From the bottom of
my heart I thank you."
The men clasped hands Ei Mark
was led away Iativeen two soldiers.
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