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Copyririhl. 1902. hy THE BOWEN-MERRILL COMPANY
Before tlioy could recover from the
surprise Armand, turning like a flash,
had darted by them to the nnteroom,
gained the door and disappeared.
"Quick!" gasped Anne as the discom
fited soldiers bolted after blm. "He
must not cscapcl"
"Are you not satisfied, mistress*"
demanded 1'Harne, turning on her bit
She staggered through the torn cur
tain to the table at this and held out
to blm his lordship's pledge, with n
hand shaking like a wave ripple.
^llc started uncontrollably as he rend
It and made u gesture of despair, "Le
hon Dien!" be cried, his eyes filling
with tears. "I'nfortunate that I am!
'1 have helped him to die!"
Then she drooped forward Into I'll
? "Clang!" The great bell In the dome
hbove spoke suddenly. Dickinson. wltV
nn exclamation, went out hastily, the
other delegates with hlin. The single
bcmnluing spectator approached the
spot 'vbero IMlarne knelt chafing Anne's
The Frenchman said no word, but he
got upon his feet with such u look In
his face that Joseph (ialloway. bis head
bent down, went out slinkingly and
with speed, like a whipped cur.
The sound rnng out again, and with
its music mixed a vast roar of voices
that penetrated from the streets.
"Clang!" Another brazen thront took It
up, und "They sij;n! They sign!" came
)u a shout that shook the building,
All the steeples in Philadelphia were
shouting to one another now. The great
sundering was accomplished. That
hour a nation was born?out of the
clamor of bells, out of the hearts of
Bui i i the stntehouse under the
cupola, .here the big bell that first
pealed liberty cracked its throat for
Joy. Anne lay sobbing:
"Louis! Listen, Louis! Listen to the
bells! it was yours -your message that
?I gave them! Independence! It Is
conic at last, and you have gone to die
because I betrayed you. Hut it wns to
save you, dear! Will you ever under
stand? Can you hear them. Louis?
The hells! Come back! Come back to
nie?only to bear them ring! Only to
General Lord Howe sat one evonlug
a month later aboard the Duchess of
Cordon, anchored below Stalen Island,
playing at draughts. Ills late surrender
of Boston to General 'Washington bad
milled bis equanimity. Hut now Clin
ton bad joined him, haggard from the
trouncing Moultrto bad given blm In
South Carolina, and bis lordship's
brother. Admiral Lord Howe, bad hove
to In the harbor with a prodigious new
army in a fleet of TJO sail. My lord,
therefore, feli very comfortable again.
Tho general's opponent at the table,
Lord Chetwynde, wore lace in his
sleeves and smoked a foreign cigarette,
from which he flicked the white ash
daintily with his little linger. As he
sat, one felt his eyes, a kind of cold,
keen, speculative humor in them. An
other officer, Sir Evelyn Clarke, sat
with lens wide apart near by. Tho
glazed sconces were brilliantly lighted,
and the room rocked pleasantly as the
ship rose and fell to the wash.
An aid, pausing at tbo cabin door,
"Well'/" asked Lord Howe. "Any
Ohe else for mcV"
"!<o, sir; for Lord Chetwynde. lie
brings a personal communication to his
"Very well; bring him down; with
your permission, of course, my lord."
And his lordship turned to the >;aiiie
"1 Mould the admiral might basic
with Ids olive branch," he yawned,
studying the draughtboard through
lazy eyelids. " 'Tis most uncommon
dull hero. 'Hi ll, Hull and Hallfax'
ogad! I'd as lief be a prison governor
at any one of them."
"Less room for your cursed experi
ments, I suppose, Charles. You were
always fond of them at Halifax," com
mented tin- single spectator in an Irish
brogue. "Why, my lord, l remember
just before he sailed (may you never
run another jail, Charles) he lot n ros
cal out on- a secret service and took
his premise in writing to come back to
him in a month to tho noose. I hope
you'll Invite me to meet him when he
returns. Kb7 What! May I bet the
devil my head, but there he Is now!"
The pair at the table looked at the
face of Ike man who had entered and
at his dress of ptllplo velvet frayed
with travel, and Lord Chetwynde start
ed lo sudden Inclslvt ness.
The newcomer bowed and stood si
lent, v. ailing.
"You return in accordance with our
contract, l presumeV"
"Yes. your lordship."
"Von ;ire a day late."
"I wnn not aware of your lordship's
"Hum me. bul he's been to Halifax!"
exclaimed Lord chetwynde under his
Ho sat a moment nursing bis chin.
Then ho seized a paper, wrote a line
IfVlnd added his signature. "I am al
ready informed ()f your attempt." he
raid, "and of your failure. Kguri, these
petticoat patriots are everywhere!
However, that was not jour fattlt. 1
regard only the honesty of your pur
pose. Here is your release from tho
penally. Consider yourself nt liberty."
Armand lead the paper and then
handed It back. "I cannot accept It,
your lordship." he sah!.
"W by notV" demanded Lord Howe in
"I did m I Infond to deliver the mes
page eiven me In Ihe emigres*. Had I
boon admitted I should have delivered
|a very Cifioi ent one."
Wwiny I bet the devil my head!" ejac
?nted Sir Kvelyn.
f lord Cheiwymle flung away his clg
', Iii!; , I, c.u's on Armand'.-, and
[ore up Iii ? paper ? lowly. "That niters
be said. "My lord, I sup
I shall have to trouble you to
this honesf renegade for me."
i iscd!" uitid IIowo. "The first
HlO morning. Charles. Tuko
?< k and come and apish tho
itie:i Is at an end?" asked
^>f course," acquiesced
Excuse me. n?y lord;
I'll be back presently. Precede Die, If
you plea so."
He opened the door, and his prisoner
paused before him to the star lighted
deck. The next lUBtftllt Armand bad
leaped to the bulwarks and thrown
himself into the sea.
There was stride lit confusion, u run
ning forward of murines and a turning
of lanterns on to the water. "Hotter
lower a boat," advised Lord Chot
"No time for that." Sir Evelyn's
voice was at his elbow. "A hundred
yards and you'll never llnd lilni. Guard,
Head your surest marksman here to
pick him off."
"There be is!" bawled a voice as the
sharpshooter came forward. "I see
"I think," said Lord t'helwyndr, "lay
ing a hand on the weapon, "that I'll
have a shot myself." Taking It from
the man's Hid, he laid the long bar*
I rel on the rail nnd drew a slow and
"Bettor be quick, sir," counseled the
guard anxiously, "lie's a strong swim
mer. He'll be out of range presently."
"Sir Evelyn," spoke his lordship test
ily, "a little farther from my elbow,
please. There, I've lost sight of him!
Eh 7 Where? Oh, yes." lie sighted
again with deliberation and Bred.
"Missed, by Harry!" he cried in n
tone of chagrin.
The stars rocked dimly In the tide.
"Too bad, sir!" said the captain of the
marines. "No use to lower a boat now.
'Tin too dark to lind a whale. He'll
be ashore In twenty minutes."
"Another of your blasted experi
ments, Charles," said Sir Evelyn,
T was a gloomy Virginia to
which Anne returned that anx
ious fall?a Virginia whoso
heart beat witli the north,
where Howe was weaving his famous
cord to encircle Iho thront of the mon
ster rebellion. Pastoral life hud ended
abruptly; the golden age had become
one of Iron. "And all the women th.it
were wise hearted did spin with their
Gladden Hall suffered with the rest.
Colonel Tlllotson was much away on
affairs of the committee of safety or at
Willlumsburg conferring with his ex
cellency Governor Henry, and the
looms which wove at all turned out
cloth for Continental uniforms. Across
the plant rows, where the negroes hoed,
Gronm, the overseor, with cowhide un
der his arm ami his old Poiltenoy bell
mouth tower musket strapped on his
back, still walked his horse, with fer
ret eyes under his broad brimmed hat.
But there was little leaf raised, und the
wharfs at the foot of the lawn were
overgrown with weeds.
Inside the great house there were the
same candle lighted dining room, the
high backed chairs, the tall, cumbrous
clock, the portraits, the polished side
board reflecting the slender stemmed
glasses. But the meals were silent.
Anne's trouble hung over the house
hold in a shadow that was not lighten
ed by the presence of vaster ones near
at hand. She had sorrowed with that
festering sorrow that is self accusatory.
And to know that never?? few, aware
of her part in that Philadelphia scene,
believed her to have done a heroic
thing was like an added death to her.
For a time she had Heil for refuge to
her old passion for the cause. Itut the
One day early In the now year, when
the world was dusted with delicate
frost like seed pearl, CoJonel Tlllotson
brought to Gladden Hall the news of
how "the old fox of Mount Vernon," by
a Wily double across the ley Delaware,
had taken the Hessians at Trenton.
Anne heard it apathetically. To her
despair, victory and defeat spelled the
When the door closed upon her, the
colonel looked at his wife silently.
"And she still believes In him!"
"As she believes In us," replied the
lady softly. "Colonel," she said keenly,
"you have heard news."
"Aye," he answered after a pause,
"I have. A reply came to Mr. Henry's
confidential Inquiries today. There Is
no doubt that Armand is the same
prisoner who escaped from the Duch
ess of Cordon off Amboy last August."
"Thank God!" breathed Mrs. Tillot
i?on fervently. "I am glad. I can't help
"Anne had bettor not know. 'Twill
do her no possible good."
"Colonel," said the lady decisively,
"In this I must have my way. I am
going to tell her Just oh fast ns I can."
She rose, laid aside her knitting, took
up a candle nnd left him standing dubi
ously before the fire.
The light enmc back to Anne like tin
spring sun. The great horror was gone,
nnd in spite of the war's gloom Glad
don Hall grow more cheerful again,
She devoured the columns of the On.
r.ettes and read eagerly letters which
came to Henry from abroad.
These told her how the lteprlsal,
dodging the Itritish sloops of war, had
landed Iloujuuilll Franklin safely tit
Nantes, of his meeting there with Bean*
marehais and of bis reception in Paris
at the little hotel In the Hue Viehle du
Temple, where a mercantile sign of
"ItOderlqUO Ilortnloz ?V Co." hid a pleas
ant conspiracy whoso object was the
furnishing of war supplies to the Amer
ican colonists, ami whose silent part
ners were a prime minister and a king.
Somewhere, she thought, there in bin
own land perhaps Armand was safe,
not believing in her, but free and un
The sound of war cillllO nearer when
Howe's fleet sailed.Into the Chesapeake
and when Henry, summoned In hnstO
from Hanover, called out the militia.
She watched them march through Wll
llainshurg, sixly-foui- companies strong,
but the licet and the army It carried
sailed on to beat back Washington at
Urandywlnc, to enter Philadelphia and
turn the grave town into an orgy of
So the months passed in alternate
hope nnd despair. Spring Unfurled,
sumnior dropped ita blooms, autumn
singed Klebe and copse, snow fell and
purified the earth Mains. Ami at last
Virginia knew Hurt Tturgoyaic had been
entrapped in the northern foresls; that
Philadelphia bad been evacuated; that
tho cord which wan to encircle the
thront of the rnbclllon had snapped;
that Franco had, recogr.lKcd independ
ence and made a tr.nily of alliauce with
the vmte.-i gtatoa,
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There followed a closer campaign
when Lord Gcrmnlne, the king's war
minister, having failed to strangle the.
monster, attacked Its extremities, when
the red,outs swept into tho southern
harbors, when Savannah ami Augusta
fell, when Lincoln's army Mas caught
at Chnrlestown and Gates routed at
Camden, nnd thoso were? tho south's
It knew there waa no hope from tho
army in the north?nu offer, ill clothed,
half starved, without mngoi'.lnes, or
senahi or credit. YVnshli gton lay
watching like a hawk Clinton's lO.tXKl
men at New York, I'.oping for an er
foot Ivo forco from France, waiting with
the sublime patience which more than
all else made him a great sohller. |
Virginia horo her ? burdens uncom
plainingly, giving of her substance to
the Struggle, while Ihe slaves which
Cornwollls sent scampering from burn
cd lower plantations trailed through
her borders, sowing insurrection among
the faithful blacks.
'-.lohn the Ilaptist," dcnxindcd Ann-;
Sternly one day after Croun had re
ported that scarce llfty shr es remained
In the (pmrlors, "nn tho British como
here, are you going to run away too?"
"Mis' Anne," he complained appeal
lngly, "don1 yo' know n>> 'spcctablo nlg?
ger gwlno tor llst'n ter dem shlf'lcss
trash whut go ranisbacklin' erroun'
whlout no homes? Doc a in' no 'count.
Yo' COtlldn' swap 'em off fo' shucks.
Yo' knows I nln' nuvver gwlne lenbe
de plantation what- I WU/. drug up. Pat
C'ornwallis! Huh! Dis nigger smell do
brimstone wind's 'uintin' fo' him."
When Ihe sky looked blackest CMUC
General Nathaniel Greene Into thfl
souih, young, lig.i! hearted nnd eager.
Ami what did he not accomplish? Ho
welded anew the scattered remnants
of Gates' army, fanned North Caroli
nian Whlggory into a blaze, bent Tarle
ton, sent Cornwall Is back, breathing
hard, to (he seuooost. It was the end
of ihe second campaign.
"What will King Gcorgo 'lu now'.'"
Anne asked Henry Jubilantly.
His face was very grave tts- ho an
swered: "Thero is only on", thing left.
'Tis a Stl'Oko at the heart'of the rebel
lion. And that heart i i here In Vir
ginia." He guessed trviy.
There were hasty preparations for
flight throughout tin- lower ponlnsuln
on that snow shod dny when.'.be traitor
Arnold's llfty ships came hi anchor off
Jamestown island. The sk,- was a coll
ing of lran-ltnent gray. The stubby
cedars (railed sweeping hov, ?hn of crya
talcd beryl, and every bIi i'.> was cased
in argent armor. I 'le. i ha ?einen had
ridden from WHUnnsburg n all direc
tions rousing (ho f'o/.on coil rlryside.
At noon Anno look her plftce In tho
chariot beside M.'s. *l ilk isfu?. bound for
Dr. Walker's of Gnntlo Hill, ar enough
north to l.c bayoiNl the reach of the in
vaders, H"!' Iltlllt was to fart? even
farther, to Berkeley.
They waved bravo \oodbys through
tears to the httlO fftt-Mip of llOUSO ne
groes whimpering on < ho porch. Rash
leJgh was to go wii'.i the romnlning
servants to Hrandon, Mimmiy Evalino
was left In .barge of &l\Q place, and
John the Baptist, her bcih, Wflfl to care
for tho horses ami run,them off on ap
proach of the British. The house linen
nnd silver Anne had* Imried With her
own hands, ami Ihn tfamily portrait!
had been hidden undrr;Mhe stables.
It was a end Journey, but one per
fori?of> that day by.i more than one
Colonel TIMotfdn rode a part of tho
way beside tho conch. '"Twill not bo
for long," bo insisted ?heeringly. "I
have assort nco from Mr. Henry that
Washington Will send troops before
spring hrenks. 11" thought It would be
General Lnf ;iyott J?tho young French
martinis who pnaed through Willlams
burg, you reinehti or. Would Washing
ton himself couUi come:" he added fer
Bui his wife was not lo be eomfortcd,
"Colonel," she rled brokenly, "I feel
sur ? wo shall never see Ghidden Hall
Mori than once boforo spring came
tlpt(x ing dowv tho trees Anno looked
out I > tho nort.i from nulot Oislle mil..
boilH iek for It sight of Giveaway
Court and Heron Fnlrfax. Weakness
and age had lit last sent tho old man
to hlH ehnlr, and be sat. through tbo
long days s< rrowfully patient, as his
nnees'or, tin hero of Nnschy fight. sat
nt I)?Ulton in Yorkshire, waiting tho
coining of tbo victorious banner* of the
The beg!.Illings of tho vtrugglv had
found him doggedly wrnU f"nl.
" 'Bill of rights.' nigh';'1 he would
nhout. "1 wan; no benefit oC- lt. 1 am.
a colonial and loyal."
And when his neighbors contended
that what, they stood for 'jws the old
Issue for which their anc<-stors broke
pikes at Mars ton Moor he turned his
back upon them.
In tho Old Dominion tl<>re was com
parative tranquillity, but ercui in the
forest he had hoard the tlrst Iriaro of
the king's armies in Hosten arid New
York wllh a hungering fear tlu t drew
Ills eyes often wistfully toward Mjonnt
Yernoti. There sat tho lad Iho bad
'rained and molded, "the Urst 4oh1ler
In Vlrglnln," a grave man. Thej whis
pered evil things of this man's '. oyally
now, bill the baton for long slj ut bis
?ears und would not hear.
Tho time enuio soon when ToiieJ < wore
hated, despised, tbrvon by llr*j from
their home *. I heir j roporty COUfJ sealed.
Hut this old man a tone Wflis noi touch
"Let Iho reboV <'onio!" he lurf roar
ed, pounding ' iho IJoor With lit thorn
Stick. "Lot. 'them come! I met; 'be In
dians hero n \v?. and T lonvo for no
cursed ?.<?!? Is. Til ? king may not be
aide to pr.te-t. Ink he willl re| ubursc
But Tories* nn-t Whigs jiusa nl by
alike, mid not .i [(O'JUd won tombed In
Ills v i 'bonce, aot a borst taken from
his vi ibles. When the foragers .-swept
tho valleys bis Hol I. nhives slunk .iwuy
Wllh tho rest, btr Im had not . 1 OUSO
negro who U?J ' no' slny will ulu to
The Una 1.4'.'hfl liter \vo?? opened at last.
Lnfnyoi*o ..vas mnix'tdug poothwnrd
with i\?eive) hundred! of vVusldngton's
own li ;bt flifaulry. The word had
Blruelc sbnrpcr than nn .tddor'n tooth ?
tbo bloody snows of \ alley Forgo, the
pOltlr.:; retlVfll ? '?rough the JcrslOS,
want, rout, dig* JUblAt tniOIlt and do
?1 air'. Tbo klnr. mUSt'Whl, and GcorgO
Wo .liln jton was gone too far even for
lo'?Ts orgi yeucss. New ho sent bis
ft belfl 0 his own natat colony to hurl
them, u a linal desperat! I attack at the
Aftoi this news the bm on took to his
COU< h and closed his doo t'S against re
port. Through all the wit ' Washington
had found time to send g/j ntle and ten
der letters to his old frimio . These my
lord had uml, longing fo^ ' sonn- sign
< sorrow or of turnhUff, In 't they had
b rough I none. Now hoivrntfc no more.
(?ne mornlpg Anne *iootf t t the deep
set/window of her roam at ?Q 'nsllo Hill.
Far oway, their dim splendor relieved
by golden gorges of enrly sunlight,
reared the solitary mountains, bung
With pale green, pale golil and blent
laveuder and graylike faded tapestries.
The June breeze was soft With the first
(lirlll of summer, blowing across the
shelving fields, itlrds were llutlug in
tbe tulip trees, Oltd tho dewed odor of
roses lay on tbe garden, drencbingly
sweet. The place seemed safe folded
from the war that lay, a sullen Uend
in a cloud, far away across tbe Vir
A distant clatter came to her, and
she looked and listened where the east
ern rood bent behind clusters of trees.
Almost before she had guessed the
meaning of tho Hound a troop of dra
goons, whose red coals proclaimed them
Jtritisll, dashed into view and rode al
top speed toward the house.
The Drltlsh! So far to the westward!
What could it mean'.' Then. In clutch
ing apprehension, she tied downstairs
to Mrs. Walker's room, to Und that lady
already dressing with speed ami trepi
dation. As she opened the door, the
yard below swarmed with a confusion
of soldiers and shrieking servants.
"Stay where you are," came Dr.
Walker's voice from the next room. "I
' "No, doctor," Mrs. Walker opposed.
"I nm going myself." And go she did,
Anne with her.
Aunt Dapll', the cook, having lied
from the kitchen, was crouched, shud
dering, at Ihe foot of the stair. "Dem's
de ltritlshei-s m'.WUlsl" she moaned.
"Dein's de ltrltishers!"
"I know It," answered Mrs. Walker
calmly as a knock thundered at the
door. "<!o bock to your kitchen."
The figure on the threshold bowed
till his plumes swept the sill.
"Pardon me, madam -ladles," ho be
gan, "but I must ask of your hospital
ity a breakfast for myself and my olli
cers. I may introduce myself? Colonel
Tarlcton of tho Itrltlsh legion, nt your
Anno caught an astonished breath at
realization that she was standing be
fore the most dreaded of Cornwall Is'
cavalry leaders. Could this red cheek
ed, petulant lipped lad be the dragoon
of whose cruelty nnd daring she had
ho often heard? She COUrtesicd slowly
to his bow.
"I might add," announced the visitor,
"that no harm shall be done this prop
erly. We have business farther on."
I Farther on! Anne's mind leaped to
i the thought of Charlottesvllle, only six
miles away. Tho Virginia assembly
was in session there. And Henry! She
must gain a little time.
"Let mo see to the breakfast, Mrs.
Walker," she volunteered. Aunt Daph'
Is finite distracted."
Tnrlelon smiled, bowed ngaln to her
nnd clanked to the door. Then Anne
caught Mrs. Walker's hand and whis
pered: "'Tis a raid on the assembly.
We must keep them here as long as
possible. Tell tin? doctor."
She had no time to speak further,
for Tarlcton re-entered with tbe oth
"I have boon obliged to set a guard
nbout tho negro quarters and at the
front and rear entrances of the house,"
he said. "We shall soon relieve you of
this Inconvenience. Ah, doctor, good
Anne betook herself to the kitchen
and stirred Aunt Dnph' to activity.
While the great Ore roared her brain
was busy. She must get through that
cordon of redeont?--must?must!
As tho cook piled the Irons with r...
nients of chicken. A lino's eyes, through
the blick door tuul window, look in lie
situation. Full a dozen troop >ra \v< ro
grouped there, stretched lazily in tho
sun. their horses hobhled and cropping
grass eagerly in a widening hall' circle.
The quarters were on tho I'arlhei ido,
out of sight from the kitchen, s dug,
she bade Aunt Daplf lay more i f iho
chicken on the racks and hi rtii If fed
the lire till its heat s< orelu d In I ( li ok
"'('lar' lor goodness, Mis' Anne, yo'
got. 'null' dar fo' fo'ly, 'stid o' fo'S"
"Hush!" Anne commanded. "< ;<> and
ley one of the tables in the milk room."
The negress raised her hand i.
"Wid all dem sojers on I dar? Honey,
dee Jos' split my hald wide op'n!-'
"Hons I tell you," said Anne. "They
won't hurt you. .Make no noise, and
come hack quickly."
The old woman made her way gin
gerly past the groups across Iho yard.
"Mis' Anne," she said as she came
back, all her tooth gleaming, "one ob
dem Britishers call to me Jos' Ink folks.
?Hopes yo' got sumpill' good IV u>. lOO,
auntie,' ho sny. I.awd, honey. I rcck'n
doe's pow'ful hongry ler smell dis
Anno heaped a great platter high
from the dripping grids and Hanked it
with a pyramid of corn bread.
"Now, Aunt Dnph'," she breathed ex
citedly, "take ibis. Hold ii high and
fall not on the steps. When you come
to the milk room door you are to tell tho
soldiers that Iho colonel in here Hays
they are all to have their break fas I at
once. j)o you understand?''
"Yas'ni. Yns'ni. Hut dis ycro chlck'n's
er heap too good fo' dem low down
Anne watched her through the door in
a quiver of apprehension. Wouffl I boy
go? She prayed frantically Unit they
would smell that savory odor. She
heard the laugh of the Olllcors 111 the
next room and above it the tones of the
cook outside, now scornfully belliger
"JToi'0 CUn'l In dar say yo' is (or oat
dis ycro up mighty qulCk or yo' don'
Kit nuttln* 'tall."
There was a murmur among Hie
troopers. It was a fearful temptation.
Then ibey succumbed before thai deli
cate aroma, and while Anne held her
breath the last guard had overcome his
scruples and vanished into the milk
She did not wait an instant, bill clip
ped out hat less and was nwnj III n
flash to the on tor ring of horses, Hoi'
eye picked the speediest with the un
erring Judgment of the born horscw.?
nn. she leaped lo his back, look Iho
yard paling and Hew across tho soft
loam Held to the highroad.
When Lieutenant Colonel Uanlstro
Tarlcton ontored tho kitchen smilingly
to sco why breakfast delayed ho f Ott lid
the room empty, and sound; from the
outhouse told him the rest. The petu
lant lipped lad became Instantly a rag
jug demoniac, and the crestfallen neu
tumbled out, mounting wllh n -peed in
creased by threats and rovlllnf I,
A Sight Of the horseless troopi r ? 111
the loader's passion leaping lo knowl
edge. "'Tis the girl!" llO cri< d. "The
deuce! She's off to warn Ihoml"
And his curses suddenly mixed them
selves with stool sharp ordors.
Mrs. Walker wrung her hands a;; the
Inst trooper galloped off after Iho I'OSl
on a horse impressed from tho stables.
"God grant they don't catch her!" '10
As Anno sped along the curving
stretch of rond over t*e low hill spurn
she leaned, to the horse's mane, crying
to htm: "Kim, you splendid boy! WSS\
'Tis to buvo the assembly!" And the
great creature, slim, lustrous blood
bay, snorted and settled to action, his
limpid eyo catching the tcrror-whlto ns
if he, stolen from some Virginia stable,
knew what the words uieunt.
Uallop and gallop; hIio heard the red
clods patter on the road behind ns she
went. One mile?two miles. The wind
warped trees stretched by in a whirl
ing, drunken race of follnged dervishes.
Three miles?they must surely know
Blie passed two riders and noted their
glance of wonder. One called out to
her, but she did not slop. Tho tcrrllk'
pace mode her breath come Jaggedly,
and It was only by a supreme effort
that she kept her scat on the pommel
Thb last two miles flung uwoy lu n
dulled red roar.
There were groups upon the court
house steps when she pulled up her
frothing horse, and Henry himself
pushed forward to her side.
"Tarlcton," she panted, "at Ca Lie
Hill-coming to?take the assembly!"
Henry turned ami repeated the mos
suge, It was caught up on all- sides
and bandied up and down the corri
dors. There was a rush for the sheds
and hurried moulding. Then another
cry spread: Jefferson?he was at Men
"How much time?" asked Henry
brlgfly of Anne.
"Ten minutes," she answered at haz
"Too little. They will be npou him
before tills." He brought his horse and
vaulted into the saddle. "Will Tarlc
ton know you have come?"
"Then you must not slay," he said
firmly, "YOU shall ride with me."
Hefoi'O she could answer a horseman
came clattering In from u bridle path.
It was Colonel Carter, and lie look in
the preparations at a glance.
"Good!" he shouted, "Lose no time,
gentlemen. Captain Joueit has warn
ed MOUtlcello. The assembly stands
dissolved, to meet at Staunton three
About noon hoofd rang behind them
in Ihe flinty road, and Henry and Anne
reim d their horses into the brush. Two
more riders galloped by, to wheel and
conn; hack nt Henry's halloo. They
were Mr. .lohn Tyler and Colonel Har
rison. Fatigued and hungry as they
were, both essayed to smile.
"Is Jefferson safe?" cried Henry.
"Aye," Colonel Harrison assured him.
"Tho family are gone to Colonel Car
ter's, and all of the gentlemen who
wen; al Montlcello are in the moun
tains. 'Twos a narrow squeak."
"Whither think you we had best
ride?" Colonel Harrison asked as they
"Lafayette is nigh tho Itapld-Aun,"
said Henry, "l" faith" with a smile
at the girl beside him?"the man who
named it should have seen you ride!
liest to reach our own lines for the
night, and tomorrow wo will off for
Staunton. Ely's house should bo near
our troops, and Mistress Tillotson can
get safe escort to Frederlcksburg."
At mldoftcrnoon they shipped al n
small hut in a gorge and asked for
something to eat.
After the meal and rest the four rode
some hours through shaggy ravines
Stl'QWIl with wrack of storm, where the
green veins of every growing thing ran
Hush with fren/.led sap. then to tho low
valleys of tho I'apid Ann. And here
at last spirals of smoke showed them
where Lafayette lay encamped, wait
ing a junction with Wayne to march
The first challenge they met came
from n detachment of Virginia rifle
men, and. finding an old friend in I hell"
commander, Mahn- foil, Colonel Har
rison and Mr, Tyler elected to go no
further. Ely's house, Henry learned,
was hut a few miles beyond tho picket
linos, and as h> the morrow's escort
for Anne the major sent a lieutenant
With lli'iu a mile down ihe river to
headquarters to ask It.
it was a picturesque encampment
through which they passed. There
wore few i"iits mere wigwams of fresh
cut houghs (o shed the dew. Here and
there fires of blazing fence rails glowed
yollowly in the gathering twilight.
Th.- I. nl of the acting colonel of the
Virginia Continental regimen I was
pitched apart on a patch of beaten
gross. Stools and a light folding table
holding pen and paper sal just outside
the open (laps, from whose angle a lan
tern hung, already winking In the dusk.
Benches were on one side, and here,
while ihelr horses were eared for, Hen
ry and Anne sooted themselves to wait.
Near by Ihe dusty silver of sycamines
swayed UgaillSl (he shredded carnation
of Ihe sky, and from the distance
through Hie warm evening came (he
hum of Ihe camp, noises of mess pre
paring and the tramp and neigh of
They sal awhile silent, Anne's every
nerve Hred. Henry watched her. How
softly while her cheeks, liow deep the
longing in her eyes!
?"Twos a quick plan and a splendid
rid"," he said al length, *'.\ brave act,
as are all of yours!"'
She cringed suddenly. "I hale (hat
Avoid mi!" she implored, and he knew
of what she was thinking,
All al once she locked al him, speak
ing earnestly: "Do you believe i shall
ever SCO him'/ Oh, it' lie could but
know hui know (hat I was not (also
lo him in my heart! At lirst 1 thought
I would he content to know he was
alive, even if I never saw him again -
if lie haled me! Hut now-now, I
would glvo my life (o hear him say
that lie forgave me!"
It was as if all Ihe pent up longing
of ihe pasl linn- blirsl out m a Hood.
Ihr \ nke had sunk very low with Ihe
last words, for (he lieutenant had up
l proached .-main.
I A horse pulled up before Ihe (cut.
and its rider dismounted, lie wore the
uniform of a colonel of the line, and
even in the half light both the watch
ers sow how strangely pallid his clear
[ r;:! features showed beneath (he
Straight black peruke he wore.
\n orderly sprang from (he tent (o
lead i1w0.1 the dam lug horse, and the
"A gcntloiliail In see you, colonel. Ho
requests es' ort tonight lor a lady Id
Ely's and tomorrow to Fredericks
The coJoni I hnd seated a I nisei f at a
(able nnd was spreading out a p.iroh
moni map in ih" glow of (he lantern.
"Where are I hey?"
??'I iipy are hero, f ir." I
V : (le v ConiO forward IhlO the light
d>' 'ated llguro settled back in tho
Bll id ?W and shaded his eyes with III*
hand. The lieutenant saluted and
v, ill.drew a !i(;l" riliitniHK".
W i en the colon I ppoke, it was in a
muffled voice, "Your name, sir?"
Henry (old hint,
'Tor what I: dy do you wish this es
cort?" The black peruke was bent over
the table. '( h<? quill was scratching.
"For this l.id.v."
Anne had been staring, breolhlo i,
fasclnnled, hot* eyes ilxed in a humid
I alp. I ho took a strp nearer, stretch
ing out her arms, her lips trembling to
n Bob. _._ _ , . .. j
'?Louis!" Her. breath clung about the
unmci Henry swallowed an oxcluuia
At |ho Wblsppr the bend lifted, and
Armand s deep eye? looked at them out
of n granite palo fiieo. They went past
lief as If Bhe had been the air und rest
id again uii Henry.
"Her name?" he asked with an ef
Anne drew back as If from u tangible
blow. She Hushed, and her eyes Iced
With a glint of tho old, undying pride.
She drew herself up and nuswered for
"Anne Tillotson," she said. Hut in
spite of herself a throb of pain bent
through tho clear words.
A moment's silence, through which
the pen wrote slowly. Then Armand
rose unsteadily as the lieutenant came
forward and thrust the order ho had
written Into bis hand.
"Conduct them," he said in a choked
voice, and with his salute the tent Haps
fell behind him.
"1 warrant you found Colonel Ar
mand a brusque cavalier," said the
lieutenant as they pounded out of
camp. "He Is somew hat of a mystery,
they say. No quo known where became
from, He joined the army In '77, and
Washington look him up because be
taught the militia brigades tho drill
like a French guardsman, lie was at
Valley Forgo, too, Olid In New Jersey
tinder Lafayette, lie enlisted a legion
of bis OWU. H was cut to pieces at
Canuten. He's young, too, but be lights
like Mad Anthony Wayne."
Anne had no reply to make. In tho
darkness she leaned her bead to her
horse's mane and wept with a rage of
"lie is lighting for us," she iold her
self over and over with a thrill, and
I ended it as often With II mental wall.
"Hut he will never forgive me?ncv
t" LLli-jNRY contrived to send early
i |JS news of Anne's safety to Cos
l| tie Hill, BO Hint when she re
' *J turned there she found the
I household undisturbed.
The sound of war had moved cast
ward down the peninsula. Lafayette,
the ? boy," who the Rl'ltlsh commander
wrote could not escnpo him, without
Rutllclenl men to me(q ids adversary
i weid playing chase the fox. Ho bung
on Cornwallls' Hanks, covering tho
American stores, anticipated bis moves,
I harassed him, worried him with a thoil
: sand pin pricks. Ill return Tarleton
and Simeon played their wanton mis
1 chief, slaughtered the cattle, cut the
! throats of the young horses, destroyed
! the growing corn and tobacco and
' burned the bams. The path of the
British front remained a trail of ruin
i a mi desohl I ion.
Anne's sight of Armand tit the river
' camp bad seared her heart with a wish
i to bo less far from him. She dreamed
of battlefields on which he lay dying?
1 and she still misunderstood, still un
Letters mcau'.lmc came from Betsy
Herd. Her father had been failing in
health, was taking no part in the strug
gle, and so far Westover had been in
no way molested. Francis was a cap
tain i:i We-don's regiment.
"Only think, dear," wrote Betsy, "'tis
the sai"..Id man who kept the tavern
; .it Frcdorickr.burg. To think of Frank
! serving under Mm!" An unconscious
i indie:: i inn ( :' Use maternal leanings,
i If other \v? re u >eded, it was easily to
j be f. ?;n-!. (icneral Arnold had Stopped
i for dinner < :i his raid upon Hichniond,
land Cornwallls had crossed the river
i nt Westover and had been entertained.
I'agi a were devoted lo a description of
Ta.'k'lon, over whom Betsy went into
Spurred by her craving for nearer
II ws of the armies than reached Char
j lottcsville, Anno nuswered In person
[ the invitation the letters held, rode to
j lUchmoud with Henry when be rc
i turned from tho assembly at Staunton,
i "nil from Hichniond came In two hours'
I sail to Westover.
The war had touched Mrs. Byrd light
j ly. She was as handsome and as pep
j pery as ever and exhibited a certainty
j of British plans which Anne had 0C
I caslon to remember Inter when there
I wore no gem!-, whispers of Investigat
ing the self satisfied lady's cond.tct
j She treated the visitor, however, on
, this occasion with consideration and
; refrained from using the word "rebel"
oftcner than she deemed necessary,
i Nor did she gibe at Frauds' eommls
j slon In the Continental army.
A week spent nt Westover, the Byrd
pinnace took Anne down the river to
Burwell's, a proceeding at which Mrs.
Byrd feebly protested, as lite place was
within a half dozen miles of Williams
burg, now the center of activity of both
armies. Bui Anne reminded her thut
i Colonel Tillotson was with Governor
j Nelson's mllilhl In the neighborhood
and would not ho dissuaded.
The first hours of her arrival at Bur
well's were gilded by two bits of news
- one that her uncle was daily expect
ed there, the other that Gladden Hall
was :is yet undisturbed,
j But this hitter gleam was soon to be
j clouded. Mammy IOvalino appeared tho
i morning after Anne's arrival, half
I crazed with grief and fear that was
not appeased by the unexpected sight
of her mistress.
She threw herself In a quivering heap
and clasped Anne's feet.
"LoF bress yi>', honey:" she sobbed.
"Hoe come nl las'! Co'nwallls done ran
sack Chidden Hall las' night, en he
flojors kyar'd inch po' boy erway wld
'em. Whin's we ter do, honey? Dee's
dar now. Yo' rcck'n dee done kilt him
An boor later Anne took the York
town highroad, mounted on the least
tempting oi the horses the BlUWellS
kept hidden In the woods. Opposite
j Wllllumshurg she climbed n knoll, but
' could see little sign of life in Its do
! sorted si roots. Small wonder, for Corn
j Wallis was only a handful of miles
' away. Here she turned to her left into
nil unused bridle path leading by a
short cut to Gladden Hall.
She went bodly enough, with many
Self assurances, and so. n bare half
mile from the gates, rode full till upon
a group of British soldiery resting In
They sprang' to their foot an her horse
Went back upon his haunches, and two
of tllOlU seized hi,; bridle, but dropped it
ill a word from an olllccr. The latter
I came forward.
"Your pardon, mistress," ho said couiv
! tcously, but firmly. "Yon cannot pass
I farther in this direction."
, "Why not' ' i he asked calmly. " 'Tis
the first time I was over denied en
trance 'o my own homo."
He b< wi ?: now, u Ith hat In his band.
"Genera' Cot'UWUIIIs occupies the house
at pr< sent ?s his own quarters."
? know it. i have personal business
with, his lordship."
' in thai case," he responded, "you
?nay i>nss. I shall take pleasure In es
cort In? you. I am one of the general's
He mounted, ami they rode in silence
to the gates. Here and there a picket
lopped from the roadside, but saluted
an he s.nv her guide.
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