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A FIFTI:TH ANNVME
BY F A M
(Copyright, 1892, by the AI
ivate Mark Malone, U. S. A., sent
a spy to Chattanooga by General
omas, is saved from guerill*. by
sguised as a countryman, Mark
for Chattanooga with Jakey,
uri's brother. Mark is to send
uri her red handkerchief if in peril.
Mark and jakey are given shelter by
ura Fain and her mother. Laura
spects Mark is a Union soldier in
He confesses that he is. Laura Is a
nfederate. She prevents h6r lover,
ptain Cameron Fitz Hugh, C. S. A.,
learns that a big Confederate
massing at Chattanooga and
a northward dash. He at
escape from Chattanooga.
'es Jakey in safety past the
and unexpectedly meets a
Confederate deserters. He
y are then taken prisoners.
r is imprisoned as a spy. Jakey
Souri's handkerchief to her by
o. Mark, defended by Fitz Hugh,
ntenced to death.
uri receivec her handkerchief and
sed as a colored girl, goes to
's rescue. She becomes a ser
in the Jail.
Fr'LATDMG FOR LIF
ARK had very little Idea how
long a time would elapse be
fore It would be discovered
that Sour was in his place
he -had escaped. It might be a
mninutes, it might be half an hour.
t possibly be not till morning,
of this he had little hope. He
ved that within half -an hour he
be pursued by bloodhounds.
had been abdut the town enough
the direction of the river and
toward it. He was at home in
water, .and determined that he
not attempt tofind a boat, but
d plunge In and swim for his life.
width of the river at Chattanooga
only about three-quarters of a
and Mark did not regard this a
distance for a good swimmer.
across the dogs would have to
up the scent on the other side.
he should permit the current to
him far .down the stream the
in doing so - uld be greatly
was a soft summer evening, and
r stars had -already begun to
Casting a glance to the right
w a streak of light over Mission
ridge and knew that before long
ould be at a disadvantage from
of a full moon. He walked
whenever any person was In
t, and when he thought that he
unobserved he ran.
one of the few people who passed
strapping negro girl, whose face
hidden within the blue check sun
et, dreamed that a Union soldier
passing; that the scaffold was be
cheated; that a messenger with
secret of one of the most impor
any Confederate general
was destined to make
was on his way north
f the negro woman
running and walk
ely, till he came to
fence was cap
the fence ex
row the dogs
hen be jump
ard. A man
,but be paid
all, and the man
him, doubtless sus
girl was a runaway
e grateful sight of the river
gaze. it cheered him andi
to beckon him on to rest upon
som, or, as an alternative with
dreadful tragedy of the morning.
find oblivion beneath its surface.
le stood for a moment beneath a
rclump of trees on the bank listen
and looking up and down the riv
A boat was passing, and he feitit
eessary to wait for it to go by. Be
os five minutes, but It seemed halt
ahor'r. Then taking off his dress
an shoes and bonnet he put the dress
an the shoes in the bonnet and tied
tstrings around his neck, resting
tbundle on his back. Going down
othe margin, and again listening a
ment to make sure he was not ob
.~ved. he waded out as far as he
coud touch bottom, and then began to
"As it was m dsummer he had ex
pted to find the water warm. His
eptations were realized to a rea
soable degree, and he felt that he
coud remain in it a long while with-I
ou being chilled. His plan was toj
f4down a onsiderable dstance
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H-ejx7ght-56exjpected& to iwiff -across
as rapidly as -he could, and the cur
rent in this case would land him per
haps a mile below the town. Those
who would follow him with dogs
would doubtless track him to the riv
er margin, then take the dogs across
and endeavor to pick up the scent
some distance below on the other side.
Mark had weighed all these circum
stances, and determined to drift down
as far as possible, land at the mouth
of a creek if he could find one, enter
It and swim or walk up It in the wa
ter, thus rendering it difficult for the
dogs to.track him.
He swam slowly till he reached the
middle of the river; then, floating with
scarcely any motion of his hands and
feet, he permitted himself to drift
down with the current. A favorite
way with him when a boy, of resting
In the water, had been to Boat on his
back. Unmindful of the wetting he
would give the clothes tied around his
neck he turned over and drifted with
his arms spread beside him his eyes
turned directly to the sky.
In the position on his back be could
only look upward at the stars. There
was. the great dome above him span
gled with myriads of bright points
and spanned by thel"mllky way." He,
had always been -fond of the stars
and in order to divert his mind picked
out some of his favorites and traced a
few constellations with which he was
famIliar. In this way he diverted bis
mind until his nerves Demame quite
His observations were suddenly
checked by a sound. It was rery
faint, but enough to frpeze the mar
row In his bones it was the distant
bark of a dog. Hie OisTened and pres
ently could' hear more.- EridentlY
there was a pack. They drew nearer.
Then they ceased for awbille. Per
hapsthe hadcoe t te pac
arkca was oirain)fomth
pint ehecdeted th rivears
ahst raidy stcould ausndy the cur
rent was thswit cs n would hi otr
ho strngtld nde him ihmogs
wouble oubcatreo trakhim othe shrv
But marin, hen mut.akte tdgearossl
aond edotodg piku he easce
someldisne blow on the oter sid
Mark hegedm allothese circum-o
ofsce,und romtedo rfar aboewn
the shre asnpossibl,jlanded that moth
htad oswi the scent upt'i thae wa-r
ter hus enerin Ith diater. orth
dogs to bgack hio thn for'n
Hey sWa slowl tihe roeacetoher
mide the raiveren, fotrith
scarcly they motnio his Woalds ahey
feat the pe rstdhimse was drif
owne with the churret thaothe
woul the at,hang beene to fotonhisi
wouk. ntbinglo the wetiner bace
wuld ge tecosted aron thir
whok had tlaced oversenlrfed ths
rageofmhispradersiodae him.i ee
tured dectly o more ofthkdgsan
tenateyTheiin hibs acfh cocca
onl olokuwaa theirsut arsin TheI
wsnge great omasolyve a s
ml wit.the mnras ofbigh sppoints
adsndby the "milkhoy woryl. THe4
hadraleay boeeni fond ofn the point,
had aser the ivert hiid pice
hould se f his favoritend taced a
fewt constelation beto whc oe was
familiass. Athswa hedivreda hs
checked.t on. twsvr
fu naint,bu enon tow for th mar
ow Ia poistbohese the di mkstant
bahroa bend. He tenean pes-w
ently tol theaurn bank. -o et.y
Hen they cesedow for ahiew. me
menso the dr roed an thenc
hein heha walked ond fth rap-e
oly, swiging hise ars tthey cameo
toMnrk wa loangrapiday fromh wte
oodint wheh heamigtredt farter.
te arvountarily mte ovthemnwere
chttende str muhoat lsiy he ur
tenwtette was swf;simngodispot
dd ohi afetto wud onestal to
luibl to reatuein he oter onrow
past swheust. ihoto the rib
ond motais doswImng his earsb
coult not ofIly the aepin a
oonuthefre cam. e dthot asso
of sond fots athleas do ear bvhim,
the shore nt feark thusdager, that the
hentad etee thes watronigswl
inhvewn rerga to tko uis loain.
hemn ywadsov eiluead hek
ould sey unistinety Wolw they
et thrgh bo ast? was ctigom
frtem the thought that thre
woudab anohing gined byuts-ita
wouafshaotwbrencothe nrtsoeer batk
butd he mattredft prayer Asr ith girl
tenal. +Thie ntight bls oft theca
s1io re,ndMTaFk i7as driting towa
it, he soon found that Le was in dan
gtr of meeting it in the middle of
the. stream. The current was quite
rapid. and before he was aware of it
he was close to the boat. It was evi
dently a ferryboat, and Mark, who
knew the location of Brown's ferry
from the maps. judged that it was the
boat belonging there.
But Mark was concerned with other
considerations besides his location just
then. He was too late to get out of
the way unobserved by swimming
aside. He made up his mind in a
twinkling what to do. Drawing sev
eral long breaths he filled his lungs
with air, and then putting his head
down and his feet up he threw him
self under water. He had often been
beneath the sirface for a considerable
time, but never as long as now. He
remained under as long as he thought
he possibly could, and then staid awhile
longer. When he came to light again
the boat was a hundred yards above
him and to the west of him.
Another mile brought him to an is
land. He remembered it on his map
as William's island, and knew that it
was about two miles long. He recalled
the fact that the only creek flowing
into the river in this vicinity entered
it midway between the north and south
end of this island, and on his right, if
he remembered aright. He had about
a mile to go to reach the mouth of
Striking out, he directed his course I
to the eastward of the island and swam
very near to the east bank of the
river. Along this he floated with
scarcely a stroke. except to keep in
close to the shore, watching eagerly
for the mouth of the creek. Fortunate
ly when he reached it he discovered it.
and where he had supposed he would
find it. With a few lusty strokes he
was in it and soon at a place where
he could rest in the water with his
feet on terra firma.
But the knowledge that the dogs
would soon be upon him prevented a
rest of long duration. Perhaps a party
would cross the neck of Moccasin point,
thus cutting off a greater part of the
long distance over which he had float
ed. The thought added new terror,
and he began to. wade and to swim
alternately, as was necessary, up the
creek. Presently be came to the cross
Ing of a road. He drew himself up on
to it and looked around. As a scout
he had long been accustomed to keep
his mind fixed on points along the
paths he traveled, iA order that he
might know them again. As soon as
be saw the little bridge-if it could
be called a bridge-he knew that he
was on the Chattanooga pike, over
which he had passed a few days be
fore, and at the junction of the creek'
rnning near the Fains' plantation.
Mark had not considered what he
would do in case he should succed in
getting safely across the river. While
In jail he felt that once out and
across the Tennessee he would feel as
sured of safety. Now this had been
accomplished, he began to realize that
but half the battle had been won. In
eed there were more chances that he
would be retaken than that he would
ever reach the Union lines.
He wrung the water from his clothes
and put them on, shielding his face
with his sunbonnet, for, though be had
no mirror to inspect his features, he
fancied they must be streaked with
burnt cork softened by water. Then
setting out toward the Fain plantation
be deliberated what he should do.
It was now between eleven and twelve
o'clock-so Mark judged by the moon
being on the meridian-and he knew
that all the Fains were asleep. He
reached the corner of the yard and was
about to enter It when he heard a
clatter of hoofs behind him. He had
hardly time to vault the fence and
crouch behind it when a troop of horse
men crossed the bridge over the creek.
They drew rein on the hither side not
a hundred yards away from him. Mark
heard a voice:
"Lieutenant, take ten men and scour
the bank of the river from this on to
the next creek, where I will make an
The lieutenant with his men broke
away from the column, which moved
forward, passing within fifty feet of
where Mark lay crouching.
Mark was for a. few moments so
completely overcome by the narrow
ness of his escape that he seemed to
have no power to move. If he had
been fire minutes later, his capture
would have been almost certain,. for
they would likely have discovered him
between the road and the river, which
space they were evidently intending to
He got up. and getting on the outside
of the fence walked beside a portion of
It which led back from the road. design
Ing to enter the,negro quarters in the
rear. He feared that the dogs were
loose in the yard, and that he would
have trouble with them; he therefore
stole along till he came to the nearest
point to one of the negro cabins. A
dog sleeping in the moonlight near the
house gave a low moan. Mark paused
a moment and listened; then entering
the grounds he walked in a stooping
posture, keeping one of the cabins De
tween him and the dog. He wanted
to reach the rear door.
Mark felt assured that unless be
could be concealed in some place where
searchers would not be likely to in
trde he would be lost. He well knew
that every foot of ground within five
or ten miles of Chattanooga would be
alive with people hunting for him. The
negro cabins would not be safe, for no
searching party would respect them.
There was but one chance for him. He
must effect an entrance into the Fain
house, and that with the knowledge'
as to his true character of but one per
He reached the negro cabin and
"WharTicle Dan'l sleep?"
*Nex' to de lef'."
Mark went as directed and called ur
Uncle Daniel. He beard a movemeni
as of some one getting up. and pres
ently the old man stood at the oper
"Uncle. 'ze got a message fo' yo
"De po' white man what war hyai
las' week wid he little brudder."
"Nice man. dat. Hab he got In trou
"Nebber mind dat, uncle. Go in d(
house 'n wake up Missie Laura."
"Ain't got no key."
"Can't you wake up some one in
"Why don' yo' wait till mornen?*
"Can't do dat no how. De message
mus' be giben at once."
"Waal," said Daniel at last "I dc
what I can fo' dat man; he berry fine
gentleman et be war po' hite."
Mark followed the old man to the
rear door of the basement On the
way a huge dog bounded at them, bul
seeing Daniel his fierceness ended in
play. Daniel succeeded in waking a
negro woman who slept within; the
door was opened, and they stepped in
"Go tell Missle Laura a culled gal
want to speak to her right off. Say
she got message from de man what
war hyar wid he little brudder," said
"At dis time o' night?'
"Yas: de message mus' be delibered
right away," said Mark. "Don' wake
no one but Missie Laura. Tread
The woman lighted a candle and
went off with it grumbling, leaving
Mark and Daniel In the dark. They
waited for perhaps ten minutes, when
they heard steps and saw the light re
turning. The negro woman was fol
lowed by Laura Fain, dressed in a
wrapper. She knew Mark from the
moment she saw him, but pretended
only to see a negro girL
"wHr m HEAVEN's NAMIE MDD OoM
"Eab message to' yo'. Missie Laura,
but eain't tell It to yo' widout desi
niggers git away."
"Comie with me."
She took the candle and led the way
to the dining room above, leaving the
two colored people below. Then she
turned to Marig:
"Why In heaven's name did you come
"It was a choice between life and
death. I escaped this evening -fromr
Chattanooga, where I was to be bang
ed tomorrow morning. Every place 01
concealment on this side of the river
will be entered and searched. If con
cealed in this house, occupied by a
family of white people and Confeder
ates~, I may not be found. Otherwise
my recapture Is certain."
She thought -a moment. rubbing hei
palms together, as was her habit wber
excited. Then she called to the serv
"Go to bed. Uncle Daniel. and you
too, auntie. This girl Is worn out witi
traveling, and I am going to fix a place
for her to sleep."
Then turning to Mark she motioned
him to follow her.
They went up two flights of stairs
stepping on tiptoe, and at last reachied
a landing from which a pair of steps
led to a trap door..
"Go up there." she whispered.
Mark climbed the stairs, pushed the
trap open and entered the inclosure of
the roof. Before lowering the door hE
looked back to wlsper a "God bless
you." but all was dark. Laura had
(To be continued).
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