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A FIFETH ANNIVE
BY F A r
(Copyright, 1892, by the A
Private Mark Malone, U. S. A., eezt
as a spy to Chattanooga by General
.Thomas, is saved from guerillas by
Disguised as a countryman, Mark
starts for Chattanooga with Jakey,
Sw\ri's brother. Mark is to send
Souri her red handkerchief if in peril.
lfark and Jakey are given shelter by
Laura Fain and her mother. Laura
suspeets 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
?empts to escape from Chattanooga.
He carries Jakey in safety past the
picket line and unexpectedly meets a
band of Confederate deserters. He
Ind Jakey are then taken prisoners.
Mark is imprisoned as a spy. Jakey
sends Souri's handkerchief to her by
a negro. Mark, defended by Fitz Hugh,
is sentenced to death.
Souri receivec her handkerchief and
guised as a colored girl, goes to
's -rescue. She becomes a ser
rant In the jail.
Souri and Mark exchange clothing,
Ltd 'with a blackened face Mark pass
es the guard. Bloodhounds follow him.
He takes to the river.
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MARK stood for a moment look
lng about him. There were
dormer windows, which let
-in the moonlight so that he
would distinctly see everything In the
room. Some trunks were piled in one
corner, and in another some furniture.
Among the latter be noticed a lounge
with threadbare upholstery, and taking
it In his arms. carried it, treading
softly, to one of the windows at the
front of the house. The room was
very hot, and be raised the sash. mov
ing It with great care, so as not to
wnake any sound. Then he sat down
on the lounge, and. looking out of the
'window began to meditate on his sit
While thus engaged he heard a light
tap at the trap door. Opening it he
sair a bundle extended by the fair
band of his preserver. He took it, and
ettng down the trap-Miss Fain did
mot~utter-k word-he nrolled it There
were complete suits of under and outer
garments. the property of Miss Fain's
The getting off of his damp garments
and donning snow white linen was a
gratefuI sensation to Mark. Having put
on what be needed for the night be
laid himself down on thie lounge. From
his window he could see the Tennessee
rolling In the moonlight half a mile
away. He tnought how ,much more
.omfortable he was in his dry clothes
~than be had been tioating in the water.
Then he beard the bark of bounids.
,They were on the water's edge, and
'e knew by the sounds that they were
endeavoring to pick up the scent of
. "Bark on," he said. "When I leave
this I'll take with me something to die
with. I'll not be taken alive, and if [
mneet you some of you siall roll over."
SThen there came an Inexpressible
gratitude. .He felt thankful to Souri,
tankful to Jakey, thankful to Laura
Fain, thankful to his God. There was
something especially engaging in Miss
Fain's eff'orts on his behalf, inasmuch
gsshe regarded him 'n enemy to her
country. He thought of Souri in prison
halting for old Triggs to discover her
(eception. What would they do to her?
And Jlakey? Would they Injure a mere
boy? He vowed that if he should es
cape and outlive the war he would find
out just what had happened, and if
either had been tiarshly treated he
would have his revenge.
Musing he fell asleep, but he soon
sapke. It was past midnight-the day
of his execution. He shuddered.
He tried to go to sleep again, but the
dreadful fate which would have been
his had not Souri saved him, and on
the very last evening before his intend
ed execution, got into his head, and he
could not drive it out. And now, were
not men and bounds hunting him for
?hiles around, to drag him back to
Chattanooga to that dreadful jailyard,
the scaffold, the rope, the black cap?
And Laura Fain, suppose she should
weaken; suppose she should, after all,
consider It her duty to give him up;
sppose a demand should be made to
search the house; suppose-a thou
nd suppositions chased each other
Eugh his excited braiz.
He lay tossing till just before dawn,
when he again fell into a troubled
He was awakened by a squadron of
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sun aad not yet risen,~ but-It was light.
He could look right down on them,
though they could not see him. They
trotted along slowly, all looking worn
and sleepy. They were evidently the
men who had passed the night before,
and were going back from an unsuc
cessful bunt. Mark noticed the differ
ent positions many of them took in or
der to rest in their saddles. The sight
took him back to his own troop, and
he longed to be in the stirrups again
An officer, followed by two men, came
riding back. Maybe they were coming
to the house. They stopped at the
gate. One of the men rode forward,
dismounted and opened it. 'The officer
entered and rode up to the front door.
Mark's heart seemed to stop beating.
He could not see what was going on
below so close under his window, but
presently heard the officer talking to
some one on the veranda.
"A Federal spy escaped last night
from thattanooga, madam. -He was In
the disguise of a negro girL" There
was something more which was unin
Then Mark heard the word "no"
spoken in a voice which he thought
was Mrs. Fain's.
"He was tracked to the river, which
he must have crossed. He probably
landed a mile or two below Chattanoo
ga, and we believe he is hiding some
where within a few miles of this
"You are welcome to"- Mark could
not hear to what the officer was wel
come, but he surmised it was to search
"What time did you go to bed?"
The reply was inaudible.
"You saw nothing till then?"
"And everything was shut up at ten
"You are good Confederates, I reck
"Yes, sir; my son"- Mark could not
hear the rest, except the word "army."
"Well, with your permission, madam,
we'll search"- The rest was lQst. In
deed Mark was too terror stricken to
listen with due care. He supposed the
house would be ransacked.
In a moment his terror was turned
to a delicious sense of relief. The of
ficer, after calling to the men at the
gate, rode around to the negro quar
But there was a danger,In the search
which would follow in the cabins.
Daniel would remember the negro girl
e had let in the night before, and
would surmise that she was the person
he men were looking for. Would Dan
el betray him? He.thought not Dan
e! gave no hint, for presently Mark
saw the trio ride away to join the
Laura Fain had spent a night no
more comfortable than Mark. The re
sponsibility of a human life weighed
upon her heavily. At one moment she
would Dicture Mark's face, pale, hag
gard, despairizig, as he would be drag
ged from his hiding place. The next
she was conscience stricken at the part
she was playing in shielding an enemy
of her cause-the cause of her brother
and her lover. She heard the dogs as
Mark had heard them on the river
bank, and lay shivering till the baying
died away in the distance. Then in
the morning she saw the cavalry go
by; the officer come up and talk with
her mother. whom he asked the negroes
to call from her bed -that he might
question her about 'the presence of the
spy. Laura got up herself and stood
at the~ landing. listening breathless
while they talked. When the man
rode away she muttered a fervent
As .the morning brightened and it
was time to rise, her fears were less.
Intense, and she began to think of how
she should keep her prisoner concealed
from the rest of the household. How
should she feed him? When her maid
came up she told her that she would
take her breakfast in her room, but
surprised the girl by the large quan
tity of food she wanted brought to her.
When the breakf at came, Laura was
up and dressed. SLe directed the girl
to set it on a table and then sent her
to the stable with a message to Daniel
about her riding pony. Her maid hav
ing gone, Laura took up the breakfast
and carried it to the trap.
In another moment she was standing
on the ladder with the tray in her
hand, half her body below and half in
the attic, regarding a handsome fellow
looking very much like a gentleman
in hr- brother's clothes. He in turn
was m garding what he considered a
very pretty picture in the half exposed
figure of a young girl holding a tray
in her hands on which he knew full
well was a breakfast he was hungry
for. Then he took the tray and laid
It on the lounge.
It was the first time that Laura had
seen Mark dressed becomingly. This
was the man she had been instrumen
tal in saving, the man she was pro
tecting, the man she must exercise her
wits to give an opportunity to get
a_w to a land of safety from the
Ealter. lt was paent t seetiwRt e
was good to look upon. What a fine
brow, what a resolute mouth! Those
locks are golden and fittedt for a wo
man's head. The eyes are heavenly
blue. And all this beauty holds a soul
capable of plunging into the most
.frightful of dangers.
And this being, so dazzling to a
-young girl scarcely twenty, was in her
'power. Could she not at a word give
him over to an ignominious death?
And could she not by care almost cer
tainly insure his freedom? He was
-her slave, bound to her far more se
curely than Alice, her maid, who had
been given her by her father. She
could order him to crawl on the floor
before her, and he would hav.e to do
so. She had once seen a woman enter
a cage of a lion with only a slender
whip in her hand, and the huge beast
had obeyed her slightest motion.
Mark was her lion, and she felt in
ellned to give him just one touch of
the whip to see what he would do.
She stepped into. the room and let
down the trap.
"Miss Fain," Mark said, "you can
not have any conception of the fervor
of my gratitude. You stand between
me and death-not the death of a sol
dier, but of a felon. And here," point
Ing to the breakfast, "you are minis
tering to my wants with. your own
"And yet I told you not to come
"I did not understand you so. I am
sorry that you regret your kindness,"
he added, with almost a tremble in his
"I did not say that I regretted it."
"But you .remind me that it Is not
agreeable to you."
"How can It be? You are a Yankee
-a spy-and on a mission to discover
the movements of our troops."
"Why, then, do you not give me up?"
She shrugged her shoulders. "Can I
"I see. I am indebted for my pres
ent safety to the fact that you do not
care to do an unwomanly act."
"You must draw your own infer
"But I should like to be grateful.
How can I when you tell me that you
do all this for me that your white
hands may not have a stain upon
"It is not necessary that you should
Mark studied her face for a moment
earnestly. Then his manner changed.
"Miss Fain," he said, pointing, "take
away the breakfast."
"Why so?" she asked, startled.
"I will not be under any further ob
ligation. to one who acts from pride
rather than sweet charity. You have
saved me from the hounds and from
the gallows. Were It not for you I
should now be either about to mount
the scaffold or have passed by this
time into that land where the only hu
man attribute I can imagine as fitted
to be there is charity. Whether the
danger is now passed from this neigh
borhood I don't know bu _ going
I wil! An4a hntpae
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woul hav care/u4isitnin
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I ould you. aie out your itentionu
mty olore yoi e!rsel."i
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cos,mms anin oigdont o
from wat generatityns, that hassguve
"your lfe beoit gs tornnie" erm
now." H oe i ed
Theen mor asuthrity than bef oe
fIond. h own otrlie. haosh
ares neve hlave I stonen sens tddn
so"Itirs ttoneship oaifie hmanm
peus Mir. Shen comin ready to heau
them pst sheneainta has given,btseaid
"Wa oyou thespriht tyanme tove do"me
TRmi here aure tat wa regar
up asa for youto."
safety ne asked. looking up at be r
"You came here unbidden and placed
yourself in my hands. Do you think
it proper to come and go at your
Mark approached her, and bending
low took her hand and kissed it. There
was something in the act to remind her
of the lion-after the training.
It was scarcely more tban fifteen
minutes after Souri had bid Mark
godspeed when old Triggs re-entered
the prison grounds, and mounting the
flight of steps leading to the second
story went into the jaih No one seem
ed to be about the place. He entered
his bedroom and found his wife dozing
in her chair by the window. He asked
for the colored girl, and his wife told
him that she had not yet returned with
the medicine. He waited, expecting
every minute that she would come in.
It occurred to him that perhaps the
prisoner might be dead.
Taking up a tallow dip he went to
the room where Mark was supposed to
be confined. A figure was lying in the
corner. The Jailer went to it, and by
means of -the candle saw what he sup
posed to be the prisoner.
"Yank," he said, "air y' dead?"
He took hold of the figure's shoulder
and shook it
Still no reply.
Turning Souri over he at once recog
nized the face of the "mulatto girl"
In an instant he saw through the
ruse that bad been practiced. With
out stopping to interrogate her, he
rushed from the room past the sentinel
at the door and out to the guardhouse.
There he gave the alarm, and in a mo
ment the whole guard was in motion.
Sour! hoped that the sentinel at the
door would join In the chase, In which
event she intended to go to Jakey's
room, get him out and attempt to es
cape. But the soldier only went as
far as the door at the head of the long
staircase. Then, remembering that he
would doubtless be punished for let
ting one prisoner escape, and that
there were several negroes in the
"black hole" for him to guard, he went
In five minutes-Souri heard the bark
ing of hounds without.
No word was sent to headquarters
regarding Mark's escape till the hounds
had followed the scent to the river
and there lost It. Then one of the
guards was sent in to report the whole
affair. Being an infantryman. he was
obliged to walk, which took time. Cav
alry was the only arm of the service
capable of following the escaped man
with a chance of success, and cavalry
must be ferried across the river or or
dered from Dallas, on the other side,
ten miles above. The latter course was
chosen, and two squadrons were di
rected to proceed at once, the one to
throw a chain guard across the neck of
~Moccasin point, the other to scour the
river bank for a distance of several
miles below. Had there been any cav
alry nearer, Mark would have had a
very slender -chance to get away. As
It was, he barely escaped one of the
About noon the provost marshal sent
for Souri and Jakey with a view to
gaining from them whatever he might
concerning Mark's Identity and his mis
"Who are you?" he asked of Souri
"Where do you live?"
"On the Anderson road, not far from
"And this boy?"
"He's my brother."
"When did you coifne from horne?"
"Three days ago."
"What brought you, or how did you
know that the prisoner was here and
"Jakey sent me word."
"He sent me a silk hank-ercher what
I give t'other un."
"How did you send it, boy ?"
"Well, you two are pretty young to
be engaged in such mischief."
The officer looked at them with in
terest and ye ation mingled.
"What do you think 1 ought to do
"Reckon y' mought gimme back my
gun," said Jakey.
The officer could not repress a smile.
"Th' one yer tuk t'ot.her day."
"Go and get the boy's gun, order
ly," he said to a soldier on duty at the
The gun was not- to be found then,
but was recovered later, and Jakey
was happy In receiving It.
"Do you know what you've been do
ing?" the officer resumed, addressing
Souri. "You've helped a spy to escape
who will doubtless carry information
to the enemies of your country."
Souri made no reply. She stood look
ing at the officer with her big black
eyes. Fortunately for her, he had a
daughter about her age.
Meanwhile some Tennesseeans who
hailed from Jasper had been sent for,
and they came in to ha1ve a look at the
prisoners. Several of them recognized
both Souri and Jakey, and told the
marshal that they were what they pre
This and their youth, together with
the fact that the provost marshal was
not a harsh man, saved them from
The officers at headquarters were too
busy to meddle with such a case. The
provost marshal's communication was
returned with the following Indorse
Respectfully referred back to the prov
ost marshal with authority to do with1
these prisoners as he thinks for the best
interests of the service. The spy having
escaped, it does not appear there is any
..easn ohold them
The brother and sister were brought
in again to hear what was to be their
fate. Souri was aware of the enormity
of her offense and expected a severe
punishment. She had determined to
beg the officer to send Jakey oack to
his parents, then he might punish her
as he liked.
"Suppose I let you and your little
brother go home," said the marshal,
"will you go there and keep out of any
interference in matters that concern
the Confederacy hereafter?"
"I'll go home," said SourL
"Well, I reckon you'd better go," re
plied the officer. Then to the gu4rd:
"Send the corporal hefe."
"Take these children," he said to that
person when he arrived, "to the other
side of the river and turn them adrift,
and see that they don't get back here."
Souri's heart jumped into her throat
for joy. Turning her expressive eyes
on the officer. she said, "Thank you."
"Mr. Ossifer," said Jakey, "I thank
y' fur gimmen me back my gun."
A smile broke over the faces of those
The next day the brother and sister
arrived at home, and great was the re
joicing in Vie Slack family.
(To be continued).
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