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VOL________ 5___ JPICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY, MARCH ,85
(OPYRIGnT, 1894
Wne gave mm a iny wute envelopo, w]
within which in a few words was con- sh
centratod what may be boat expressod as B<
three days' rations of desiccated affoo- or
tion. tu
Jakey took the parcels, and placing toi
the note in his cap wont out, mounted be
Tom and dashed away after his com- vo
mandor. oli
Maynard's brigade crossed the river a i
south of Loo' ut mountain and passed B(
over the mountain's face where it juts wi
on to the river. His command was but se
one of the many, all moving forward lie
toward a retreating enemy.
He marched through Chattanooga to co
Rosaville, situated at a gap in Mis'sion hi
Ridge. From there he was ordered for- wJ
ward, entering what is called McLon- th
more's cove, an undulating space lying or,
between two ranges, Mission Ridge and or
the Pigeon mountains. There the bri- se;
gade encamped on a field soon to becomo U
memorable as the scene of one of the wi
most desperate, the most dramatic of th
all the bat.tles of the civil war-the he
geld of Chickamauga. Ti
CHAPTER XL th
A RACE FOR LIFE, ha
Major Burko's command was ordered ro
to guard the telegraph line extending by
south from Rossville. The regiment re,
was strung out to a considerable dis. th
tanco, each troop guarding a certain sh
portion of the line. Corporal Ratigan ab
was placed in charge of a section of a :
two miles. Putting himself at the head mi
of eight men, ,r )od Chem to the end of
his sootion ne. ' t camp, a-Lid dividing he
them Into two reliefs of four men each wi
posted them at intervals of half a mile ol
along the line under his care. A t sun- be
set, not being relieved, lie prepared to
spend the night in bivouac. Selecting a go
clump of trees under which to rest and
cutting some boughs for beds-or rather he
to keep the mon from the damp ground ta)
-tbe corporal established the relief, off mi
duty, there. The rations were cookod Bt
and oaten, after which the guard was it(
relieved. The corporal wont out always thi
with the relief, posted his men and w<
slept between times. th:
It was 2 o'clock in the morning when lai
Ratigan started out to post the last ro- be
lief for the night. The men followed, In
grum and stupid, having just been wak
ened out of a sound sleep and not yet att
thoroughly aroused. The party rodo to th
the extremo end of the section, left a tu:
man and turned back, leaving a man at ed
every half milo. Corporal Ratigan had so
posted the last man half a mile from the ,
bivouac and was returning when sud- Im
denly, turning a bend In the road run- P1n
ning through 'a wood, he descried a go
dark object beore him beside the road.
He drew rein and watched and listened. w]
The dark object, as he fixed his gazo he
upon it, grew Into the dim outlines of a co
vehicle, but it was too dark for him to
see if it contained any one. The corpo- In
ral, whose mind had been fixed on the pe
special duty of protooting the line, at th
once assumed that seine one was trying 0]
to out the wire. No put spurs to his iii
horse and called out:
"Halt, there! Throw up your hands oh
and surrender, or I'll shoot. "
The only response wahs a swish from ab~
a whip which came down evidently on be
a horse's back, and the dark mass bo- it.
fore him vanished around the bend In no
the road. The corporal dashed on, but in;
before he could get around the bend the th
object had turned again. Hoe could hear fei:
the rattling of wheels and sounds of a ed
horse's hoofs digging into the road at
a gallop. W/hoover was behind that
horse must be driving at a frightful
pace, for urging his own beast to his i
best ho somedlto lose rather than gain lou
ground. Couing to a straight pice of .me
yoead, lhe could again see the objct bo
fore hin, but in the darkness It was ]
simply a darker spot than Its surround- Ra
ings. Suddenly the ears of the corporal hiri
caught a sound that flleod him with as- as
tonishnient. It was a voice urging for- his
*ward the horse he was chasing. Rati- ]
gan had supposed that whoever was try- Go
ing to escape was a man, yet this voice sib
was different from a man 's tones. It wc
sounded like that of a child or awoman. Mi
The corporal wvas puzzled. Then it end- fr
denily occurred to him that perhaps lie
was chasing Betsy B~aggs. th(
Now, the corporal was as conscion-.
tious a man as there was in the Army sni
of the Cumnberland and one of the
most gallant, but when the suspicion we
- fell upon him like, a chill that lie was
after a woman whose prosonice, for the vii
brief period lie had been with her, had so
throwvn a strange spoil over him ho on
ceased to urge his horse with the samo in
pressure as before. In the midst of the ke
chase there had conmo a contLest within th
his own breais between two conflicting di
emotions. If itsy Blaggs were in front hi
of him, what would be the result if hie hi
- should catch her? Ho mnust turn her
over to the military anthorities, and the
ohances were she Would be exootd for al
a spy. On the ether hand, supposing he he
permitted her to escape, he would be th
liberating an Onomiy far more dangor- to
ens to the armiy in which he served wa
than a dozen batteries. In short, he am
would be a traitor to his comrades and
his cause. s
Miss Baggs, for it was she, had pass- ps
ed many pickets, had experienced many hi
lucky escapes. She had browbeaten em-. lt
cers and had cozened soldiers. She had gi
gone through a dozen places where a ra
man would surely have boon arrested. t
And now, after passing so many dan- Mi
goe, on the very eve of success, she Bud- ''
donly found herself in the most criticaniit
of all the situations she had over been or
- placed in.
Meanwhile the long legs of Bobby a
Leo weore getting ever the ground at di
~nastonishing pace. It was not the ti- hi
angulaion o a ormuer IO00 fsr spnrt w
9C
ITCIIL
BY aMCRaCAN PAIsS ASSOCentO..
th Corporal Ratigan, but the quick,
ort jump.i of a race for life. And
ibby somed to kilow the stake. Nov
in his former flights had his ears boon
rned back so eagorly to catch the low
ios of his mistress. Never had there
Dn so much feeling in that mistress'
ico. It was: "Go on, Bobby! Good
I horse. Get up! On, on, on! That's
lear boy. It's life and death with me,
obby," a continued stream of broken
>rds and sentences, all of which Bobby
ned to understand and act upon as if
had been a human being.
The fugitive know that the chase
uld not be a long one. Her crazy ve
olo was lik6a rotton hulk in a storm
thout sea r"o'. To the north was
a Tennessee river, and no moans of
>ssing. Ahead was Chickamauga
3ok, but between her and it lay the
ittored forces of the left wing of the
ion army. She knew the ground
11 and had as good a knowledge of
a positions of the troops as one could
ye of an army constantly changing.
ie point from which she had started
is half a mile west of Rossville on
a Lafayette road. A milo of chasing
d brought her near a fork, the left
id leading across Chickamauga creek
Dyer's bridge, the right leading di
3tly south. She determined to take
a left band road, intending, if she
Duld succeed in reaching Dyer's mill,
out a mile from the crook, to strike
.ord some distance below that she re
nbered having once crossed.
These possibilities flashed through
r mind like messages over a telegraph
re while the thud of hoofs and the
ittering of her pursuer's swinging sa
r were sounding in her ears.
"On, on, Bobby; for heaven's sake,
onf"
Would it not be best for her to leave
r horse and buggy in the road and
to to the woods? No. They would
rk the point whore she had left them.
it her pursuer would not know which
lo of the road she had taken, and
ro would be an even chance that he
iuld follow on the wrong side. Some.
ing must be done; the race could not
it forever; the man behind seemed tc
gaining, and then the dread of com
g upon a Union camp!
Bhe was about to bring her horse to a
ind and jump from her buggy when
3 clatter behind her--Ratigan had
med a slight bond in the road-sound
so loud, so near, that instead of doing
she gave him a out with the whip.
"There's no time now, Bobby. We
ist put a greater distance between us
d the Yankee. Get up, Bobby! Oh,
on! Why haven't you wings?"
Heavens, what is that ahead? Tents,
iito and ghostly in the gloom! And
w many of them! The whole field is
vored I
Nearer comes the clatter from behind.
front is a sleeping regiment, brigade,
rhaps a whole division. It was not
are yesterday. It must be-in transit.
i, why should it have halted just in
no to block the way?
"God help me, I must take my,
anoes and go on. "
Sentinels were pacing on their beat.
out the camps.. In some cases the
ats led along the road, but not across
Right through these chains of senti
hi, right into the :teart of this sleep
g multitude of armed men, dashed
m woman whose only weapons of de
so were Dobby Lee and her antiquat
vehiceo.
'Halt!"
'Go en, Bob!"
i shot, a bullet singing like a tun
fork in cars which already sang
d enough in $hemselves with excite
at.
'Turn out the guardl!"
'ollowing Miss Baggs came Corpor~al
tigan, to find the road in front of1
a blocked by half a dozen mon with
many muskets pointed right up in
face.
30o uttered an involuntary "Thank
dl" lHe must be delayed; the respon
ility for the escape of the fugitive
uld be with them. If indeed she were
ss B~aggs, ho would regard himself
tunato at the delay.
'What's the matter?" asked one of
'I'm chasing somne one in front. I
poet a telegraph breaker."
"Ahm! That's it, is it? Well, go on;
've stopped thme wrong person."
rho corporal regretted that the inter
iw had been so brief, the interruption
short. lHe hand no option but to dash
Before the fugitive there stood a man
the midlo of the road wvith a mus
b leveled straight at her, or rather at
> comning mass, which he could not
itinguish. Miss Baggs (lid not see
in till she got within a dozen feet of
mn and heard:
"Halt, or I'll fire!"
Rising in her seat and concentrating
her strength in one effort, she brough t
r whip downm on the horse's back, at!
o same time holding him in the oen
e of tile road by tihe reins. The man
ms knocked in one direction, stunned,
id his musket weont flying in thme other.
And now ch one of tihe chain of
utries through which tihe fair dis
btch stealer's hlorse dragged her and
ir swaying buggy with a series of
nges, hearing shots, the cries of
Lards, the clatter of horses' hmoofs, tile
ttling nf wheels, and seeing some
ing coming through the darkness as
iss Baggs approached, shouted "Halt I"i
rurn2 out the guard!" "Who comes
ere?" and a sooro of ether similar
ie, to none of which Miss Baggs paid.
my other attention than to fly through
id from themi as from the hand of.
ath. A score of shots wore fired at
ir along half a mile of road while she0
as running the antlet.,
And now the-'last sonfry- is passed,
and the woman shoots out from between
the rows of white tents into a free road
ahead. The noises are left behind. But
amid the confusion of distant sounds is
one which, coming with a low, contin
ued rattle, strikes terror into her heart.
A familiarity with war has taught her
its calls. She hears the beating of the
"long roll." The whole camp is arous
ed. A legion of Yankees may soon be in
pursuit.
Corporal Ratigan was stopped by ov
ery sentinel who had tried to cheek Miss
Bagge. After an explanation to each he
was suffered to go on. The men whc
stopped him transmitted the informa
tion at once to the guard tent that some
one-doubtless an onomy-was being
chased. The force was a division of in
fantry, with no cavalry Oxcopt a mount
ed escort to the general commanding.
Somo of theso wero ordered in pursuit.
Thoro was a hurried saddling of. horses,
sprinkled with oaths at the delays en.
countered, and threo cavalrymen mount
ad and dashed after Miss Baggs and her
pursuer. But before they started a cou
ple of miles had boon placed between
her and tho camps.
The gray of the morning was by this
time beginning to reveal objects with
greater distinctness. Ratigan, coming
to a rise in tho ground just beyond the
camps, saw the buggy about two miles
ahead swaying like the (lark hull of a
ship rolling through the billows of an
ocean. For a moment ho hesitated be
tween his duty as a soldier and that
quick, sharp something, be it love, be.
witohmuent or a natural sympathy of
man for weaker woman, while beads of
cold perspiration stood on his forehead.
It seemed to him that if ho should do
his duty he would be noting the part of
an executioner, not only that, but the
exooutioner of a woman-a woman
whose image had got into his heart and
his head and never left him a moment's
peace since she first throw the spell of
her entrancing personality about him.
It was a hard struggle, and from the
nature of the case could not be a long
one. Duty won. Ho shouted to his horso,
gave him a dig with .both spurs and
dashed forward.
There was a depression in the ground
down which the corporal plunged. Then
the road ran along a level for awhile,
with another slight rise beyond. As he
rodo down the declivity tho fugitive
was on the crest of the second rise. She
stood up and turned to catch a glance
behind her. She saw a horseman-she
was too far to recognize the corporal
dashing after her. Below her was a
wooded space, and sho noticed that
which gave her a glimmer of hope.
rhe road forked. Urging her horse on
ward, she aimed to got on one of the
two roads beyond the fork while her
pursuer was in the hollow back of her,
trusting that she might escapo, as she
had escaped before, by forcing him to
chooso between two roads, and trusting
that he might take the wrong one.
Down the declivity her racer plunged
while Ratigpm was galloping down the
one behind her. So steep was the road
and so swift her horse's pace that the
danger of death by mangling seemed
greater than death by hanging. She
reached the bottom, where the road ran
level to the fork and the wood.. Hope
urged her. It was not 100 yards to the
point she was so anxious to reach.
Passing over a rut at the very fork of
the road that seemed her only chance
for escape, the old buggy gave a dismal
groan, as much in sympathy with the
mistress it had served so well as a death
rattle, and flew into a hundred pieces.
CHAPTER XII.
A CHANGED ENEMY.
Corporal Ratigan had been worked
up to such a fever of excitement by the
chase and his complicated feelings to
ward the object of it that when he shot
vor the rise in the ground that hid the
ugitivo from his view his visage was
listortod from the expression of good
lature usually stamlped upon it to one
vhlich cain only be called demoniac.
lis eyes were wild, that portion of his
lair whichl extended below his forage
ap somed to glow with unusual rod
ioss, his body leaned forward like a
ockoy in a race, thle whole forming a
icturo of eager ferocity. In short, Cor
loral Ratigan resonmbled anm escaped
unatic chasing a flying fiend who hlad
ceen torturing him.
On tile crest of tihe second rise he
trained his eyes after Miss Baggs.
fothing appeared to denote her presence
n the landscape except a horse in har
iess, which he idragged iln thle dust,
rotting back toward a heap of rubbish
n tile road. A sudden dread took pocs
esion of the corporal. It was plainly
vident there had been an accident. Ho
sad been chasing a Confederate tole
grp -tao hth mgttr e
wa 2sddnl plne-no err o
but tvithe anew oabed distnc i his
bttsuorherUs
Heoonrm to the ltr auhiea of irs
andi aronwhich mlarked and poinW he
wags wasll po iluned into seo fore
toa he wood beon kiled fork wnt road?
byti %th a nea objeict ditic ihn sg
ching I anjot tof Inpre Misuatgsd
but toisuor aher fasnoo uy
math. irn wnc anne. til pintofh
wood, 'when, looking doivn oi the long
grass by the roadalde, he desoried the
unconscious body, the face apparently
white in death, of the woman he sought.
In a moment the corporal was off his
horso and on his knees beside hor. The
chase in wich ho had boon so eagor and
the cause wi'ro both forgotten on seeing
Miss Baggs lying apparently cold in
death at his foot.
"Darlin, aro yo hurt?"
Thoro was agony in the corporal's
voice. He put an arm under her head to
raise it. With the other he grasped her
hands.
"To the divil's own keepin with the
war anyway. What's it good for ex
cept to injure innocent women and chil
dren?"
In that nonresistance of unconscious
ness ho forgot that this woman had boon
engaged in what the world condemns
oponly, if not secretly, as illegitimate
warfare. To him she was innocent, not
that he reasoned upon her acts, but be
cause a mysterious something-a breath
from spirit land-had made her more to
him than all the world beside. He laid
his head down upon her breast to listen
if the heart boat; he chafed her hands
and arms; he took off his cap and fan
ned her. Still she lay limp in his arms
without a sign of life.
"Darlin, darlin, como back to life.
Como back, if it's only long enough to
tell me yo forgive me for me cowardly
chasin yo. Oi've killed yo. Oi know it.
01 wish some one would run a bayonet
through me own rotten heart."
A slight murmur, something like a
groan, escaped her.
"PraisA God, there's life I If it'd only
grow stronger! Ah, thank heaven,
there's water!"
Laying her head down in the grass,
he went to the side of the road where
there was a runnel of clear water.
Scooping some of it in his two hands, he
threw it in her face.
She opened her eyes.
Corporal Ratigan never forgot the
look with which his prisoner regarded
him when she recognized who he was.
There were two expressions following
each other rapidly-tho first, reproach;
but when she noticed the pain with
which it was received it melted into
one of tenderness.
"Ah, Rats," she exclaimed faintly,
"how could you do it?"
He put his groat hands-brown from
exposure-boforo his eyes to shut out
the face which at every glance kindled
some now emotion to rack him. Now
that she had come to life another terror
came to him to administer an added
torture. Ho know that mounted men
were following; that they would soon
appear over the crest just behind them;
that his prisoner would be taken, tried
and condemned.
"They're comin I They'll be here in
a jiffy!" he cried wildly. "Tell me
that yo forgive me. Tell me that yo
don't hate ie as I hate meself. "
"For doing your duty, Rats?'"
"Dutyl Is it a man's duty to run
down a woman like a hare? Don't talk
to me of duty. If ye suffer for this,
O'l1 desert and go back to Oireland, and
God be praised if he'll send a storm to
sink the ship and me in it. There's a
drop in me canteen-a dr- of whisky.
Will yo take it, darlin-I mean-I
don't know-what I'm talkin about. Lot
me put it to yer lips. Take a swallow.
It'll revive yo. No?" She appeared to
be passing back to unconsciousness.
"Take it for moi sake, sweetheart.
Only take a good swallow, and yo'll be
righted. "
She opened her eyes. Evidently she
had hoard. There was an expression on
her face indicating that his words had
produced that effect upon her which
might be expected in a woman who
hears a strong man, unconsciously and
unintentionally, declaring his love.
"Why do you wish me to live, Rats?
Don't lot moc live. If you do, I'll die
on the gibbet. "
'"Oh, darlin, '" ho moaned, "'don't be
talkin that way. Oi'lldie meself first.
Oi'll raise a mutiny. 0'l1"
Ho could not go on. His words
inooked him. He well knew their futil
ity. "Take a drop, sweetheart-only a
drop for moi sake."
What a change from the day he had1
jokingly asked her to take an oath for
"moi sake!"1
'For your sake, Rats. Give it to
me."
Ho put the nook of a battered tin can-)
teen to her lips, and she drank a little
of the liquid. It produced a beneficial
change at once. A tinge of color came
to her cheeks, and she breathed mere
e~ily.
A clattering of horses' hoofs, a clank
ing of sabers, mounted figures standing
out against the morning sky on the crest
behind them, anel three cavalrymen are
dashing on to where lies Miss Baggs
and kneols the corporal.
"Promise mc, Rats, that you will do
nothing foolish,'' she asked pleadingly.
"0 God!i Oi'mt going to draw me
revolver on 'cm."'
"Promise. "
"I can't. "
"For moi sake, Rats."
The faintest trace of a smile, despito
her desperate situation, passed over her
faco as she imitated the corporal's pro
nunciation. The quaint humor, mini
gled with so nmany singular traits prom
inent ini her that could show itself at so
critical a moment, touched a responsive
Irish chord in his Irish heart and brought
him to terms.
"For your sake, darlin, Oi'l1 do it, "
he said ini a despairing voice.
There was scarcely time for him to
speak the words-indood1 they were
whispered with his lips touching her
ear-when the three cavalrymen rode
up to whore the two were.
"What's it all about, corporal?" ask
ed one of them.
"I found this-thiis lady-iying heo.
Her buggy is broken. She is badly
hurt." The corporal spoke the words
haltingly, and drops of sweat stood out
on his forehead.
"Who is she?"
"Well, that's to be found out sonmc
other time. One of ye'd better ride back
for an ambulance and a surgeon. "
"Never mind the surgeon," said
Miss Blaggs faintly.
"Well, bring the amnbulance any
back if ye like. Oi'll gay with her.
She's me own prisoner."
"There's no need of all going, " said ]
the man who had spoken. "I'll go my- I
sOlf. "
He turned and rodo away, whilo the I
others dismounted and throw the roins I
of their bridles over a fonco rail. Ono I
of them caught Bobby Lee, who was .E
cropping the grass near by, occasionally
looking up as though suspicious that I
something had happened. The men loi
tored about, now and then approaching t
to take a look at the prisoner, but soon I
turning away again, quite willing to bo
free from tho responsibility which Cor- I
poral Ratigan soomed disposed to take
upon himself.
"Rats, " said Miss Baggs, who was F
now rapidly recovering strength and v
coolness, "it will not be long boforo I
shall be separated from you. Boforo a
then I wish to thank you for the kind- t
noss, the interest, even the tendorness, f
with which you have treated a fallon I
enemy. And I wish to ask your forgive
ness for the deception I practiced on c
you once when you were deputed to soo
me through the lines."
"What was that compared with what i
Oi've done?" ho moaned.
"Do you forigve me?"
"0i do. But Oi've nothin to for
give. "
"And, Rats, you have unconsciously lot
me know that you-you feel more kind
ly toward me than"
"You've robbed mo of mo heart in
tiroly. "
"Well, I'm both glad and sorry. It.
is delightful to be loved, but sad to
think that your very love must make
you grieve. Our meetings have been
few and strango-very strange," she
addod musingly. "Who are you, Rats? c
I know you are well born. I can see it a
In every word and motion. "
"Oi'm second son of Sir Thomas Rat- t
Igan, Esq., of County Cavan, Oiroland.
At his death me older brother succeeded
to the estate. So I camo to America to
shift for moself. A year ago 01 enlisted
[n the Union ranks, and here 01 am. Oi
wish to God me brother was in his
cofin and 01 in possession of the es
tates, that 01 could give them all to .
save your life." $
"No, no, Rats. You are a soldier
and an honorablo man. Remember
what I have told you. You will do
your duty hereafter as you have done it
heretofore. Your words in that respect a
are meaningloss. Your sense of honor
will always triumph over your sym
pathy When that sympathy is alloyed t
with dishonor. For this I havo con- d
coived for you an unbounded respoot. v
Perhaps were I not so soon to be"
"Don't speak it, for God's sake don't 1
Rpeak it."
"Well, Rats, we will try for the o
Drief time we shall bo together to fix
our minds on a pleasant picture. Lot ,
us think of that day when the south
will be independent, or at least when
north and south will be at peace. This
region, now trodden by soldiers wear
i ug the blue and the gray, will be given
up to those simple people who till the
soil. Instead of the sound of shottod
guns there will be the lowing of cattle.
Instead of the singing of minio balls
there will be the songs of birds. There
will be peace, blessed peace. Oh, if I
could only live to see iti Then perhaps
I may take you by the hand, say to you
-But, Rats, this can never be for us. It
is only a fancy picture I've drawn to
rolieve that terrible suffering I see in
your face. You've aged ten years in as
many minutes. Don't look at mot in that
dreadful way. I can't bear it. " L
a
The two cavalrymen's backs were
turned. They wore strolling towvard the
n
woeods. Ratigan put his ar os about her, ~
ind both yielded to a1/ong ombrace.
r'hore were no more ord spoken.
Words would have added nothing to
vhat both felt. There wvas mere pain
mdc more pleasure concentrated in the
>osom of each than had been there in
bll the years they had lived.
CHAPTER XIII.8
"TURNED OvER."
There was a rattling of wheels on
fie soft road, and looking up Ratigan
iaw the messenger returning, followoedc
by an ambulance. Driving to Missb
Baggs, wvho was still lying in the grass, I
:ho driver backed it up to lher, while the
mnessenger disnmounted and opened the
loor. The cavahymnon stood ready to
ift the prisoner into the vehicle. But
Mdiss Baggs wa~ved them all away ox
ept the corporal, and taking his; handn
r~OSu to her feet and stood for a moment
mupportcd by him. The effort was too
much for her. Hecr head fell on his shoul
icr, and for a moment she lost con
tciousncss. R atigan took her off her feet,
and lifting her into the ambulance laid -
lier on the cushions.
"Ol'll ride at the foot, " he said to ii
the others. "One of ye lead me horse. " a
When they camne to the place wvheroe
nach had successively emerged from the
namp through which Riatigan had fol
lowed her before daylight, they found
the road lined with soldiers, whose curl
osity brought them there to see the
woman who had succeded in breaking
through a whole chain of guards. They
had all heard of the exlloit and crowd
ed around the ambulance as it passed,
but were kept away by the guards in at
tondanco,who dropped back to the sides
t~r~d rear. This prevented any furt her
conversation between Ratigan and Miss
B~aggs, except an occasional whispor,
but the corporal managed to keep her
han d in his under a blanket, unobserved.
At last the ambulance pulled up boforoe
the headquarters of the division whmoso i
camp they had entered, and Ratigan a
suddenly became conscious of the fact
that ho must turn his prisoner over toj
others, doubtless to be dealt with sum- e
marily, for ho well knew the ease wouldt
naturally receive prompt attention. t
An officeor with a captain's shoulder 1
straps camne out from headquarters and <
survoyed the ambulance, Hoe was a t
dapper little follow, fat and red faced.
"Who've you got there?" lhe asked of
Ratigan.
''A lady, sir.''
"The woman 'who ran the guards last
night?"
"01 captured her on theoroadi below. " I
"H'm. The guard duty of this divi
sion is ini a fine condition when a wonm- r
an can run a whole ohain of sentinels. ~
3ot her out of that."
"She's badly hurt, captain," sai<
Eatigan, who had stopped down on t,
tho ground and saluted.
"I can alight," said Miss Bagg
eobly. And getting as best she coul
o the door of the ambulance Ratigai
iolped her out. She looked faint, bu
tood by the aid of the corporal's arm.
"Take her in to the general, " said th
ittlo captain. "He wants to see her.'
As the tent was an ordinary wail
exit, there was no great room in it
diss Baggs vent inside, while the cor
oral stood directly outside, with hi
land oii the tout pole.
"I iust havo you searched, " said thi
:enoral to the prisoner. Then ho added
onowhat hesitatingly, "It's rathei
wkward not having a woninn in eainp.'
"I will relieve you of the nocessity,'
aid the prisonor, with dignity, and put
ing her iand into hor pocket sho dron
orth a bundle of papers, which sh<
kanded to him.
"What are these?" asked the surpris,
id commander.
"Copies of intercepted tolegrams."
Tho general uttered anl oxclaiation,
mnd taking the papers ran thon ovoi
vith1 blig ovar
[TO DE CONTINUED.]
WEEK'S NEWS CONDENSED.
The president has recognized Andrev
?etersen as consul of I)emIark at Chi
ago.
The naval medical board has rejecte<
D. A. Jonas, appointed to be an assiF
unt paymaster fi the navy.
Secretary Herbert spoke at the bari
truet of the Pennsylvania Scotcl-Iris
ociety in Philadelphia Friday night.
Comptroller Echels has authorize<
he Granville National bank, of Gran
ille, N. Y., capital $50,000, to begh
usiness.
The Now York Central has broker
round in Buffalo for the extensive in
rovements which are to be built ft
hiat city.
Ai official circular announcing
hanges in the traffme department of ti<
eaboard Air [Line may be expected an3
ime this month.
A rumor is current to the effect, thai
everal changes are immxxainenlt amixonl
he oficials of the Cincinnati, Jaskso
nd Alackinaw.
The committee on wxxoman suffrage o
hie Massachusetts legislture Satu r(a1L
ecided-8 to 3- to report a bill in fa
or of municipal suffrage.
Dr. G. 11. Foster, of Manchester Col.
,ge, Toronto. has accepted a call tc
be chair of theology in the Universit3
f Chicago divinity school.
General Manager Wood, of the Penn
ylvania lines, who has been sjourn
ng in Florida, has veturned to hi
meadquarters in Pittsburg.
Jonathan Tipon has received the a
pointmxient of general freight and pat
senger agent of the Knoxville, Cumibe
Land Gap and Louisville road.
Air. James Hodges. ex-mayor of Ila
Himore, died last night at his honw
there. Mr. Hodges had filled nan
placcs of honor and trust, both nation
mnd state.
Eastern Passenger Agent Burke, o
he Louisville and Nashville, indig
iantly denies the report that ie ha,
Peen offered the eastern passengei
gency of another Southern road.
Douglas Dalian, formerly comm aercia:
gent of the Nashville, Chattanoog,
nd St. LeoiIs, has been alhpointed gen
ral southern agent of thme Iloosac Tun
cl Line, with headquaxrters at Louis
llie.
W. B3. Shattuck, formerly general pas
miger agent of the Ohio and Missis
ppi,h[as been selected as one of the ar
itrators to settle the quiestionx of dit
arentials betweexn thme strong anxd dif
irentiaml western lines.
hMore sensational developmenmts in th<
95,000 shortage in the Kings county
I. Y., txreasurer's offlee have beer
rought to light by thxe discovery tha1
wo of the bonds of County Tireasurex
[arry HI. Adams are xnissing froam th<
aunty clerk's office in Blrooklyn. The
onids axe for $100,000 eaceb.
Judge Pryor, in the court of commiori
leas at New York Saturday, refusedl
naturalize two Italianis because they
:mid not speak English. lHe annxounced1
mat foe-igners who could not speak(
xc language of the [Unitedi States neeod
oL, apply to him for citizenship paper~s.
The Blaltimore and Ohiocoxmpany haa
nder advertisement a proposition t<
ictend the block signal system over iti
ntire system. A meeting of the
igher officials of the road is to be heli
Chicago for the purpose of exain
ig and discussing the various system
iuse on the Chicago roads. They wiil
dopt the onie they thimnk the most of
ictive and complete.
CZAR NEEDS SPIES.
souls Phlippe's Expo'rtenc~e IlIlustraxtes tih
V'aue of S'cret Police.
The alleged determination of the cxx
yeror of Russia to abolish forthwit1
he secret police is sure to end ii
smoke, and it wouild be a most fatuou
Lud absurd proceeding in the existing
tondition of thxe country, says the Len
ion Truthx. When Louis XVIII. was
lying, Comite d'Artois (Charles X.:
tud D~uo d'Orleans (Louis Philippe:
mat in the next room discussing th<
umntions of the piolice in a well'
~rdered state. Comto d'Artois do
lared that tihe king's police should be
,s numerous as his guards, while Duc
'Orleans maintained that a virtuout
aonarch, having confidence in sub
octs, could entirely dispense with a so
ret police. Louis Philippe acted on
his principle whein lie camne to the
brono for about twvo years, the rcsuxlt
acing that he hiad four insurrections te
fuell, his life was several times at
emupted, and lie verxy narrowly escaped
>cing tihe victim of a legitimate con.
piracy, which had been formed to kid.
ap him on the groun'ls at Neully, and
u rry him out of FIrance. Louis
hbilippo having discovered that hit
irtues and good intentions would noi
rotect him changed his tactics ant
uring the Iast fifteen years of hm
eign his police spies were even mori
immeroa than his ands.
THEY WOULDN'T EA'l
Sad Experience of a Chioagoan '
the Peanut Concession at Anti,
Americans eat a good many \
unknown to Europeans and
which the people on the otrel
would not eat even if they had a el
Bananas, sweet potatoes, popcor
peanuts are almost unknown in En
A young Chicugoan 11(id not know.
and it cost him several tiousand -
to fild it out. lie returned from ti,
Antwerp exposition, where he expori
merited with the salo of popcorn and
peanuts, and the stories ho tells of his
experiences are amusing.
"I knew the concessionnaires at the
world's fair in Chicago earned money
out of nickel bags of popcorn and pea
nuts," hesaid. "The firm who had the
concession here made something liko
one hundred thousand dollars. I bad
four or five thousand dollara saved up
for a good investment, and so when the
fair closed here I made application for
the sole concetsion of the sale of pea
nuts at Antwerp. There were no com
petitors and I got the concession. Nov
I wish I had not. I bought up all the
popcorn and peanut roasters left over
from the fair and went down south and
purchased a car load of peanuts and
made contracts for several other car
loads to be shipped later on. lut I did
not nced them. The paraphernalia, to
gether with several hundred bags of
old corn and peanuts, went over and I
followed it. After weeks of hard work
I was ready for buiness. But thero
was nonc. Money is pess plentiful in
Europe than in the United States.
Thoso people over there thought as
much of five ceiti aile.s an A imerican
thinks of a half dollar. I saw I ha4d to
make a low price for my stuff, so I put
1 the popcorn and peanit: on sale at
fifteen centinmes a hag, w0hih is equal
I to three cents in United Sta tes money.
- Well, I had my hopes built up and be
k fore I started to sell I dreamt of bags
full of twenty-frane grold pieces and
what I would (10 with themi when I got
back to Chicago. You can inmagine my
surprise whon I saw what the first
woman did who had induced her com
panion to buy a bag of popeorn. She
bit a Piece in two, looked scared, and
theni exclaimed in French: 'Why, it is
cork. The Americans want to poison
us.'
"ler companion tasted the corn and
jabb'hered sonething in French, and
then took the whole hage and tlrew it
away. When I saw this waa reaIIdy to
faint. One after another the popcorn
bags found their way to the floor. My
hopes shmlattered, I sill had connfidenco
in the p(iuts. lut they (id not like
tll(mll either. They broke the shells,
took ont the nuts, hull and all, munnched
tlhm and then cried b-r-r-r,' and the
poltimauts went the way of the popcorn.
llow did I coume out? I came out and
that is about all. I staid there six
weeks, and after I lost all may money
R started to see some of the continent.
Now, I am gilad I i in Chieago, and
I don't wimnt anlythigIr to do with pen
s- nuts or pop-orn inl Euirope herel fter. It
has beein a lessoni to mie, and I paid five
thousand dolhirs for it, still I guess it is
I- worth its price."
e -
y FAMOUS CAT FANCIIERS.
Celebrities of All Area mni NntlonvalItles
Who Ilave larin Pdvtq of Tihn.
Looking back ward we find that pussy
has bCon the pet and fa vorite of some of
the most fanmous person:s in history.
Mohammnied rather ebo:.c, to cut ofw the
sleeves of his rob~e tham to dilturb aL cab
lying uponI Ihem, anid his followers, who
have no more objumgatory termi for the
Christian than dog, admit It into their'
mosques. Dante and Potrarch each had
a fondness for them, and the great
.Richelieu had a pet cat, while Cardinal
Wolsey placed his favorite tab~by near
him on a chair whilst exercisinig his ju
dicial functions. iKir Isaac Newton had
a pet cat anid kitea, : ays Girtrude( B.
llolfe in North An.cmricaun licev. Mon
taigne, too, was not too witty or too
cynical but the frolics of a cat would
amuse him, and L~a lkile Stuart, a
famous beauty in thle reig;n of Charles
II., satirIzed by Pope in time line wvell
known:
"Dio and endow am collego or a cat,"
left annuities to several of her friends
on condition of their caring for and
maintaining her cats. Among contem
porary celebrities Ellen Ter(iry loves
to disport herself with her cats. Both
Rlonain and Taine possessed an ex-'
travagant fondness for cats, andi~ Fran
cols Choppee, who, since the death of
Victor Ihugo, has been generally classed
as the leading poet of contemporary
F~rane, also shares this hobby in a
marked degree. Cats surround his deskc
and nibble at his pen wvhile ho wvrites,
and his friends can recito a dozen
poems which he has compnlosed in honor
of these pets.
8OUTH CAROLINA IN BRIEF.
Adjutant General J7. Gmary Watts is in
Charleston for the purpose of comning
to some understanding with the milita
ry officers of 'that city in 'regard to the
new military law, wvhich goes into ef
-feet shortly.
inThe state farmers' alliance is likely
to ho in session in Columbia ini about
a fortnight to consider what the farm
ers of the state had best do to better
their condition and( (10 battle wvith the
5 cent cotton situation.
Port Royal makes a splendid showing
in her cotton receipts this season as
compared with the season of 1898-94.
Since September 1, 1894, the net re
ceipts have been 111,501 bales, as com
pared with 47,038 the previous season,
in increase of 64,stl8.
Senator M. C. Butler spent Sunday
afternoon and Monday in Edgefield.
lie has now gone to Washington, but
it is probable that ho. will return on
Feruary 4th to address the veterans of
the Abner Perrin Camp, who will meet
here on that day.
Advices received from Somoa say that
a German firm, Frings & Spatz, have
been importing and selling the rebels
rifles and ammunition. The rebels are
enabled to maintain an armed opposi.
tion to the Malletoa government. The
rifles imported from Germany were
labeled toys and passed the customs.
The German consuil fined each partner
only p87.50, although the offense was a
direct controversion of the Berlin

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