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"Aye," "said Armand slowly. "Ono
for on oh stroke you gave the bondwom
an nt 0hidden Hull."
Tho prlsonor multiplied Imprecations
?s thoy 'prepared bis punishment, but
took thu blows In stony silence. Thru
bo waited to tho trench, tied a ker
chief about his nrm and, slinking his
fist with n lust livid curse nt his cup
tor, fled toward tho formications.
That evening General Moses IIa7.cn
*ot In his tent, the hvi.dnuuricra near
est tho firing lino on the right rear of
tho investing trenches, reading a close
ly written note. The handwriting,
though unfamiliar to him, was that
of Cnptulu Jarrat. As ho read and
reread it, lines of perplexity came into
his strong Canadian face.
"How was this brought?" he asked
"With a dispatch flag from the east
ern redoubt, sir," was the Answer.
Ho was still perusing It when the or
derly entered tho tent to announce Colo
nel Armand. The general swore softly,
crumpled the letter In his hand, hesitat
ed, then nodded assent. Ills eyes were
Sharp gray, Inset, and they fixed them*
selves intently on the olticer as he en
?T nm Informed, General Unsen,"
said Armand, snlutlng, "that you have
In charge the makeup of a column
which will storm the enemy's touth re
"I wish to volunteer."
Tho general's keen eyes looked Into
Annand's steady ones. Then he rum
pled his wig In thought.
"I accept your services," he said at
length. "Colonel Ale.xauder Ilumllton
Will be in command. You will report
to him nt the right of the first parallel
As the other passed out the general
smoothed open the letter again. "And
yet," he said slowly to himself, "Bene
dict Arnold j?\.s also a brave man."
At dusk In the muck-hlnck trenches
lay 400 men, compact, wide eyed, wait
ing the signal for storming. The earth
silence was profound, and through It
their breathing swelled like a ghostly
tide. The hanging sky formed n whit
ish arch under which all movements
seeiucd nt n distance vague and form
less. A spattering rain was dropping,
and fitful Jags of lightning knifed the
low clouds. From the rear an occa
sional mortar was groaning, and from
time to time n fiery rocket trail passed
with a raucous shrieking overhead?a
shot from the British batteries.
Nearest the open lay a little group of
twenty. It was the forlorn hope, vol
unteers all, who were to lead the col
umn. One of these was Colonel Ar
At the signal the twenty rose as one
man and hurled forward on a run. A
hundred paces and a challenge rang
out; then the parapets opened In spurt
ing gusts of death.
The handful stayed for no sappers,
hut scaled the abatis, leaped the ditch
and rushed upon the works with their
?pontoons. Above them, as they climb
ed, were hammering oaths, stabbing
Steel and leaning, thrusting forms.
The first point blank discharge had
gone to waste, and Armand, dragging
A grenadier headlong down by the
Shoulders, leaped the wall and cleared
ft space between two guns with his
Saber, a space filled a moment after by
the Inrush of the supporting battalion.
The fight became a pandemonium of
cries, grapples and yellow Hashes. The
bleeding shadows swelled Instantly fuH
Of a vast, red smoke, of yells, of curses,
Of men trampled, struggling, grunting,
Armand, lunging, turned suddenly
upon a snaky form creeping In the
Shadow of the gun. When seen, the
man pressed back into the human
Surge, Armand trailing him panther
llkc. To the latter's sober he opposed
a sword and used It well, hut gave way
Steadily before the fury of Armand's
attack, retreating across the space be
tween the rear of the redoubt and tho
river bank, scarce ten yards in width?
pin acre now a melee of hand to hand
'encounters with sword, clubbed mus
ket and bayonet.
"Surrender!" cried Armand.
For answer the other avoided n thrust
and twisted to one side, and Armand,
With the rush, feeling loose ground
Crumble tinder his feet, realized sud
denly that he was on the very marge
t>f the high bank.
At the instant a new uproar arose.
Through and over the space plunged
the third detachment sent to attack
the redoubt In reverse.
The impact sent a soldier tumbling
at Armand's feet ns he sprang to re
gain his footing, and, taking ad van*
tage of the Instant, his assailant hurl
td himself upon htm.
As they toppled In the clinch Armand
recognised his foe.
"Now, curse you I" shrieked Jarrat.
Then 11.0" fell.
* * V % ? ? ?
The rush had carried the position, and
WUhin two hours tireless Continental
Spndos had Inclosed it within the sec
ond parallel, a result which carried con
sternation to York town, where later In
the evening, In Cornwnllls' headquar
ters?now Governor Nelson's mansion,
Since the American gunners had tum
bled his first selection about his ears?
a group of aids were assembled dis
cussing the situation.
With them sat Colonel Lord Chet
Wynde, lately arrived with messages
from Sir Henry Clinton at New York.
The conversation was Interrupted by
the entrance of Jarrat, followed by two
Hessians bearing a stretcher. He ad
dressed himself to Ix>rd Cbetwynde.
"Will your lord- hip pardon me if I
Snk a view of this man?" He pointed
Bo the unconscious form upon the sag
"I am no surgeon," said his lordship
"Ho needs no treatment," Jarrat an
rwered. " 'Tis but a chance tumble on
the head. He is a prisoner taken to
I "What the deuce Yorktown wants of
[prisoners I can't see!" drawled the oth
[er, "Colonel Dundas Is in charge of
[the barrack, I believe. Why bring him
I "For your Identification. Colonel Dun
Idas wishes certain verification. Tills
Kuan escaped, while under your seu
?tence, from the Duchess of Gordon In
?t Tho other bent bis eyes upon the
^mtfe face on the stretcher, then looked
"Your lordship recognizes Ulm?"
"Yes," wild Lord Chetwynde slowly.
Next morning n dispatch started from
Cornwallls to Clinton:
Last evening- the enemy carried my ad
vanced redoubt on ino left. Tho situation
of th? pluee le, therefore, so precarious
that I cannot recommend that tho float
and army should run any great risk In en
deavoring' to save Ii?.
And so at 10 o'clock on tho morning
of Oct. 17, in the thunder of the
guns, a red coated drummer appeared
on the left parapet of tho invested
town. He stood silhouetted against
the dun smoke clouds, heating a mes
sage that was lost In tho roar.
But with the sight tho cannonading
fell silent. The smoke lifted, the mus
ketry barked no more. And then the
sound came clear, us sweet as cool rain
In a Hcry desert. He was beating the
When the distant grounlngs died
away In the air Willlamsburg came out
of doors to listen and wonder and re
joice. Thero In the afternoon Anno
met Henry riding into Duke of Glou
cester street with a deeper pain than
she had ever seen in his dark face.
"What is it? What Is it?" she cried.
"Ah, he was only reported missing?
missing! You are not going to tell
me he is dead?"
Then he told her as gently as he
could. One of Cornwallis' messengers
hud brought out tho report that one
Louis Armand, captured two days be
foro, was under condemnation In York
town to die that night at sunset.
8he heard him with wide, terror
"To diel" she cried. "He was cap
tured then. Let them believe what
they may, he Is a Continental otlleor?
a prisoner of war! They cannot kill
him. Why, they are negotiating now
for surrender! I shall go to General
Washington. He will not let them!"
He shook his head very gravely.
"Anne," ho said, "my poor, dear
child! The general olllcers of the
American lino know. They would not
Interfere. Jnrrat's deviltry has won
at last. He sent a letter out of York
town three days ago to General Hu
sen, denouncing Colonel Armand."
N little time Anno was mounted
and on her way to Ihe field of
Yorktown, where tho allied ar
mies lay awaiting the outcomo
of that flag of truce.
Joy rested over all the wide camps,
but there was none in her heart. She
was conscious only of a dreadful,
numbing ache and a desperate neces
sity to see him once more?to tell him.
She had no further plan. The note she
carried from Henry brought her with
out delay to tho olllccr of the day, and
the personal request it contained was
not to be denied.
The sun was low when she passed
the inner works and entered Vorklown
between battered walls and gouged
earth mounds which testified to the
fierceness of the lire rained upon the
British by Ferguson's and Mnchin's
batteries. All about her were honey
combed streets cluttered with rich fur
niture, empty knapsacks, books, frag
ments of shells, iron caltrops, carcasses
of men and horses, and horrors beyond
But she scarcely saw them. lie was
to die tlds night-this night- and the
time was so pitifully short. The years
he had fought must count for naught?
all vanished before tin* weight of that
one long-passed Philadelphia afternoon.
What should have been ids hour of trl
nmpli had become his hour of shame.
And it was by her act!
The thought made her shudder as if
with an ague. It seemed to her that
God must have been blotted from the
aeavens?that there was no hope, no
good, nothing but a colossal fate wheel
which was rolling to crush Armand
Where were tho prisoners kept? she
asked some one, who directed her to a
barrack at the northern end of the
town. Thither she pushed her way
over foul refuse heaps and fetid ditches,
through crowds of soldiers shouting
loathsome doggerel, who Jeered and
caught nt her, and past gold braided
officers who cursed them savagely and
made place. She noted none of these.
At the barracks entrance she mot her
first rebuff when a sentry barred her
"You have a prisoner," she explained,
her breath fluttering. "His name Is
Armand. I would see him."
He answered only with an uncom
prehending stare. As he turned she
tried to pass through, but lie thrust his
musket across the door, with an angry
Hessian grunt. A knot of soldiers toss
ed some German phrases to him from
behind her, and he smiled nt them stol
idly over her head,
Then sho became aware of a more
kindly military face in the opening be
hind him. A hand touched the Hes
sian's shoulder; he faced about, sainted
and moved off, and the knot of strag
gler.", melted away.
"I am Colonel Hondas," stated the of
ficer in tho doorway. "Have you per
mission to see tho prisoner?"
"No," she replied pathetically.
"Tills Is a special order. None save
the commander In chief can give such
She snl down on the stone step, her
eyes half closed, shaken by a dry sob.
Not even to see him! it was ghastly!
Colonel Dundas was struck with her
pallor. Ho was a gentleman and hu
mane. "TllO prisoner who dies tonight
Is not under n recent condemnation,
mistress," ho said not unkindly. "And
'tis said he now holds the rank of colo
nel in the American army. Mnyhnp
tho Continentals will yet make pro
Sho looked up with wide, miserable
eyes. How could she explain It all to
him? "There is no time no time," she
said with heavy lips.
He had turned away, but her voice
recalled him. "Where is Cornwallls'
headquarters? Tell me, quick."
"In (he Nelson mansion," ho answer
ed. "Hope not on that, though. Sur
render is deliberated, and the earl is
under great strain."
"But he will at least see me."
He shook his bead doubtfully. "You
have still an hour."
Still an hour! How horrible to mens
ure a life by minutes! Colonel Dundas
watched her go with a frown of pity.
War seemed more than stern to him at
Then he catered the door, and rS0Ut
for a <!:a plain fo liold himself In readl
A sickness bad climbed luto An no's
throat before 8bo reached tho house.
For a thno she got no farther than the
outer door. At length on officer, doubt
less by, reason of ?ev evident distress,
gave bot a chair In what bad beeu the
drawing room. Scores of times bIic had
aat in that selfsame vTOOUl an gay aa
any gucHt. That site should It there
now on such an errand seemed some
hideous, mockery of truth.
The Hi ills 11 commander had before
him General Washington's ultimatum
as to terms of surrender-could See no
one. So they told her, but she would
not be satisfied. Her errand was a
matter of life and death?concerned an
execution within on hour. Twice the
oltleor who had given her the chair
went into the inner room. The second
time be returned with a flush of morti
fication on ins face.
"I dare not ask again," be told her.
She eome out into the street at last
When the sun was gathering crimson
to Its fall, her whole mind numbed,
her body wrenching with nervous ag
ony and with bruised shadows beneath
her burning eyes. Instinctively she
started in the direction of the barrack,
and as she walked with uncertain foot
steps her fingers went, twisting a slip
of paper they found In the pocket of
her gown. Some soldiers wore boiling
a pot over n street lire of split hoards,
and as she passed thciu with the look
of n sleepwalker she drew the paper
out and looked at it.
Instantly a great thrill went through
her to the tips of her lingers, and her
checks rushed Into flame. It was the
hasty scrawl given her at (Jhidden
Kail by Lord Cornwallis the day she
lad gone to him for John the Uuptlst.
Thla is what she read:
My Dear Dundns?I suppoae we must let
the lady havo her prisoner. Just give
Ihem passes out. COHNWALLIS.
She stood still a moment, afraid of
the beating of her heart, cherishing a
thought that was like a white conl in
her brain. If she could I The soldiers
were looking nt her curiously, for wo
men were rare In the town. If she
Then, clasping the paper to her
breast, she ran with Winged feet to
ward the barrack. As she nenred the
river bank the son was a half disk of
deep orange red.
The Hessian sentry was still on
guard. Hut he had seen his colonel's
previous greeting, ami as she hastened
tip the steps lie threw tho door wide,
and she ran through the corridor
straight Into Hondas' presence. lie
WHS sitting at his tablr, and a sub
altern bad Just entered for instruc
"I have It! I have it!" she cried and
laughed?laughed Joyfully with her
heart quaking and fainting.
"You have It? I am glad." DundttS
reached for the paper and read it,
smiling. "General Cornwallis is surely
occupied. He has e'en forgot to date it.
However"? He struck a boll. "Ser
geant, toll Major Needbnm his tile will
not lie required tonight, and bring the
prisoner Armand, fully clothed, to me."
She scarce heard what followed save
to realize In a vague way that he was
marveling at her miracle. Hut every
thing else vanished as Armand entered
"Prisoner," Colonel Dundas announc
ed, "I am ordered to set you at llliorty.
You owe so much clemency to this
lady, who has Interceded with Lord
Armand had been pale when he en
tered. Having soon her, his face had
grown quite colorless. He stood word
less, bis shoulders lifting In a long,
deep drawn breath.
"Here is a double pass," continued
Dundas. "That, I believe, ends my hos
pitality." He rose and bowed, while
the sergeant opened the door, and the
two passed out Into the noisome, brawl
Tho sun had set?the sky's golden
ivory still moist fo:* the first stroke of
night's soft brush to paint in the stars.
A thin new moon tilted over the musty
purple of the river. Reaction was come.
She shivered again and put out a band
"Speak to me," she whispered.
"Rather," he said, "tell me at what
house I can safely leave you."
"Aye. You havo made mo take my
life at your hand. Spare me further
humiliation if you can."
She had not thought of this emer
gency. Delay would spoil all. And
even if ho reached the American line*
?ah, none knew better than she why
lie should not go there!
"I am tn danger," she inreuted
breathlessly; "In great danger-1 can
not explain now?here in Yorktown.
I hove not a friend within the walls,
no spot where I can be safe. I nsk
you to take mo away."
"Let us go, then, townrd tho bas
tions," ho snid, turning.
"No, no!" She caught at bis arm.
"I cannot go Into the American camp.
Bethink you, 'tis night. I must get to
Gladden Hall. See?hero is the river.
?Tis but n few miles. Could yon row
me so far, think you, against the cur
He did not reply, but led the way to
a path which zigzagged down the bluff
to tho river. It was the spot where
they had first met. Then the long
stretch had bristled with shipping;
now the wharfs had been pulled up
to build rat rotted lean-tos, the bank
was hollowed with dugout shelters
from the shells, wherein wounded sol
diers played at cards by new lit can
dles, and the water's edge was a Jum
ble of ownerless barges and perlaugers
und a tohuboliu of shotits and wran
gllngs. Along the line of craft, where
the tide scum shuddered in with spran
glcs of seaweed and chunks of wreck
age, sentries patrolled ceaselessly with
keen outlook for river deserters.
Armand chose a narrow skiff, found
two ours for it and placed her in the
stern as a lieutenant examined their
pass. Then, with a strong shove, he
sent the boat darting out on to tho
broad, smooth, unrlppllng current.
It had scarce drawn well away when
a figure blundered down the bank.
"Call that boat In," he cried, "or
hove tho sentries fire oil it! That
man's name Is Armand. Ho Is an es
"Ob, no, Captain .Farrat," returned
the lieutenant composedly. "You hnve
the name all right, but he had a poss
Signed by Lieutenant Colonel Dnndns.
I know tho Slgunturo well enough.
This Slugo routine is playing tho devil
with your nerves, captain."
"A pass!" shouted .Tarrat frantically.
"Ry the ?host!" and went up the bank
on a run.
Colonel Dundas was gone from the
barrack-, and Jarrat could no more get
Speech With Cornwallis than < onld
Anne a half hour before. Rut the con
ference at headquarters ended while
Jarrat waited, and the earl came out
In no pretty humor. As luck would
have it, Colonel Dundas was With him.
There followed an Interesting scene,
which left Lord Cornwallis in nastier
mood than ever.
"She fooled Tarleton oncex" he swore.
New 'tis roll. Hondas. T'roni undor
your very nose, too!"
And Dundas, perspiring, wholly as
toii.shed, hiiaC n d to order a 'iong'joa!
!n pursuit of I lie aklfT on the httN
ChnnCO of overhauling tho fugitives be
fore they reached the American front.
J.irrat, however, made a different eul
ills cobra hate, inflamed by the sight
of Ann?' In the bout, leaped to n rapid
Conclusion.' Site had discovered that
Armand bad heen exposed; they bad
taken the river way?the only way to
avoid the Americans. Ho he argued.
And whither did they Hy? Where else
than to Uludden Hall, now deserted,
where she thought to couccal him till
the hue and cry passed?where she
may have hldffen horses. Tho long
boat would probably be halted by the
shore pickets-the skiff might slip
Two hours after this rutiocinntlou
Jarrat wos caught and held oil tho
right skirt of tho besieging army as a
deserter from the town, and forthwith
be demanded to be taken to General
There the general, seated in his tent,
had Just penned the last page of n let
On the ltth. they had another Droblng.
To-day, 17th, l.'d Cornwallls Bout u Hag
requesting- n cesa'n of nrma & 2 Com
mlaa'n'rs to form :\ Capitulation for tho
Army & the surrender of the BhlplUK &
Soata of York & Oloater. Thus huti the
larl been bro't to anehor in the height of
Ida career. My next shall his more par
ticular, In the meantime bo anaur'O of tho
Sincerity of y'r real friend and Ob'd't
He was Hhaklng the sand box over
the still wet signature When the captive
was brought In.
"Three days ago," Jarrat begun, "I
bad the honor to send to you a letter
from the town in regard to a certain
The general sent the others out of
hearing and bent his gray-black brows.
"I have today heard of his condemna
tion," he said. "He Is dead then. He
has atoned. So far as I am concerned,
his past shall be burled with him,"
"Hut If," Jarrat continued?"if 1
should tell you that he Is not dead;
that the report of his condemnation was
a trick; that he was not captured In the
first place, but used the night attack to
penetrate within York tow II without ex
citing suspicion and so carry to Cora*
Wallis full plans of the American
"Your proof of this?" asked H?sen,
his teeth sot like a vise.
"The proof is that this very night he
hns been smuggled out beyond the Con
tinental lines and lies at this moment
In hiding In u house a half dozen miles
from here waiting escape."
"Where Is the house?" thundered the
Jarrat's lean lips smiled. "Pardon me
If I make terms. In return for my
freedom I will guide a detachment to
"An this be true," said Unsen. He
hesitated, but only for a moment. Then
he called a sharp direction to his or
"I must see General Lafayette," he
?aid to Jarrat. "The cavalry legion Is
no part of my brigade. Colonel Ar
mand was under division orders only."
Hut the marquis was making n tour
of the works with the commander In
chief and could not be found.
"It must not wait," fumed Jarrat.
"He will be off."
(?oneral Hasen sat down and wrote a
hurried order. "An he Is not there,
why, 'twill be merely a ride for
naught," he mused. "An he is, there
will be small question.
"Major Woodson," he said as a staff
officer appeared, "take a relay of a
dozen men immediately and go to the
house this prisoner will show you.
Should you find there Colonel Armand
of the cavalry legion, arrest him."
"An he resists"? said Jarrat.
"The usual orders," the general an
S the skiff slipped out from the
confusion of the town edge the
moon, lifted like a paper sickle,
silvered all tho misty distance.
A mile away across the broad expanse
Anne saw the twinkling lights of
Gloucester and to her left the camp
fires under the river bank slipping slow
ly back. Hut the current was steady
and their progress necessarily slow.
Ahead loomed the massive star shaped
Fusllcer's redoubt, With the Hrltish
frigate (iuadaloupe moored some way
outside, and, passing, she clinched her
hands till the noils struck purple cres
cents in her palms in a dumb terror of
pursuit or alarm.
They were scarce come opposite this
when a shot, a shout and a sound of
ours tumbled upon thwarts came clear
ly over the water behind them.
"They have found It out!" she cried.
"ROW hard! Oh, would that 1 could
"Found out what?"
"I must tell you the truth. I have
procured your escape by a trick, "f was
not n true release which I brought to
the barrack. 'Twas false. They are
like to discover it ot any moment and
Ho stopped rowing, "You did that?
for mo? You spoke falsely when you
said you were in terrible danger?"
"How," she pleaded, leaning forward
from the stern. "Stop not an instant.
I have fooled Cornwallls. Think you
he will forget that? Or, If they tnke
us, that I shall go scot free? Would
you see mo In a cell?"
The boat shot forward with a Jerk
that made her catch her breath.
"Where are you heading?" she asked
presently, for he had turned Inshore.
"The French battery is Just ahead.
'Tis the extreme left of the circling
Continental front. Beyond that Is safe
"I will not land there. You must
pass the American lines. You must
take mc home to Gladden Hall."
"I beg you to allow, us to land," h*
urged. 'The regiment of the Gatlnals
lies behind that bluff. They will not
dare to pursue into the French
"An you are afraid"
Ob, what It cost lior heart to say
Armand bent to the oars and in
creased his speed. Neither spoke. She
was suffering n like apprehension now
of arousing the American pickets on
tho shore. At any other time, doubt
less, there would have been challenges,
but on this night, the first of mailt
weeks, ihe Continentals rested and
made merry, waiting the signing of the
nrthios of surrender. The skiff passed
the danger point, and for awhile thcrs
was no sound save the slap of tiny
waves like children's bunds against
the stem and the muffled din of the
pursuit, which drew on with dogged
"They will not lire," she said ut
length in a low voice, "for fear of
arousing the Americans. They have a
ship's boat full, but they row crooked
and uneven. Yet they come on fart
fast. Tell me, could we get back to the
"'Tis impossible uow. Thoy are be
tween us and them. Gladden Hall Is
the nearest refuge*'*
"Are you certain V
. "Listen," she confessed theu. "I have
deceived you. I made you take me past
the Continental Hue because?because
you yourself cunuot go there. You
must not go there. 'Tis not only tho
lirltlsb who would seise you now. Ah,
do you not understuud ? You have been
denounced. 'Tis Known that you are
the same who, tbey think, would havo
misled the congress."
"Informed Qgalust?" be said.
"Ob, what a ghastly thing for you
to say to me! 'Twos Jurrat?Jurrat.
How ashore and fly."
"Anywhere, anywhere," she cried
wildly, "only bo it be to safety! Haste!
Tbey gain on uh!"
"If we land tbey arc certain to tuko
us. You cannot go afoot as fast as
"I shall not go. You shall leave me
there. How! Row!"
"And why should you care for my
"Ah, will you stay when my heart is
breaking? Thero is no time to talk
now. What is anything they may do
beside your life? I beseech yoai?I com
mand you to run in. I never-intended
you to take me farther.".
"You would be safe if wo could
reach Gladden Hall," ho said. Then
he stood up and threw off his coat.
Her tears came at this. "There is no
one at tho hall to protect," she wept.
"Not a slave to boot them back. Not
a weapon. Tarleton sacked it. Ah,
you do not believe me because I de
ceived you before! But this is the
truth?I swear it is the truth!"
He made no answer, but set tho
boat's bow straight up the stream and
rowed as she had nover seen a man row
before. She felt, the timbers shiver and
creak, heard the deep intake of his
breath and saw the splendid play of
the arm muscles beuenth his shirt
Sleeve. Theu, entering, ever more In
sistent, came the creak of the pursu
The moonlight fell whltely on the
shore they aklrtefd. Two miles?threo
miles?past the shallows of King's
creek and forbln's point. Every
tongue of land, every wedge of forcHt,
how well she knew them! Hut how
slowly they fell behind! There was no
longer danger of qnouslug the Conti
nental pickets, and the pursuers' voices
came clearly, gibing at the error of
their prisoner which had carried him
past the line of safety and made his
taking certain. Once Anne heard the
officer who led (give sharp command to
put down a gun.
A Beaut L'OO yards was all there was
between tho two boats when Armand
sprang upon the Whoxf of Gladden
Hall. "Leave me," shetbegged faintly,
"and save yourself! Y'ou have yet
"Give me your hand!" he command
ed peremptorily. He took it and led
her, running, up the sloping lawn.
Its unkempt forlornness was softened
by the kindly moonlight, and not until
they reached the front of tho house
did its gray desolnteness become all at
once apparent. Tho panes In the win
dows were broken, the white pillars
battered, the front door swinging, the
yard unsightly with robblsh.
"'Tis deserted!" Despair waB in his
"I told you that."
"Are there no hrOrscS?"
"The barns are burned. Leave me,
leave me and go!*'
He hurried her to Hie'front door, and
they entered, heaving as they did so
the larger boat bump the planking.
Without a word be shot home the liolts
In the great door and drov her Into the
dining room, now oversi uttered with
broken crockery. He locked both doors
of this room, si .j.shcd the sashes of the
porch window:* with n chair, brought
together the he ivy outer blinds and
slid the bars. As he fastened the sec
ond the purs w*rs came tumbling to the
porch. Anne, meantime, taking a clew
from him, bud managed lo fasten one
of the win iows In the opposite side.
He sprang to secure the other lioforo
the soldiers reached the back of the
This shut out the last of the moon
light, arid the room became a black
darkness. Outs'dc was a deadened
clamor, curses and shouts to fetch ship's
lanterns and search the empty quarters
for an ax. Anne could bear Armand's
She had groped her way to the side
board and opened Its candle drawer. A
tiny half inch end rewarded her. Flint
and steel still hung In their accustomed
place. She struck thein and lighted the
Wick with trembling bands.
As she did so a heavy body came
hurtling against the other side of the
Inner door. "Hotter giro up, you wea
sel," panted a voice.
Armand answered loudly, "If 1 do
will you promise lo let the lady go?"
"No, no!" Ann.1 besought in an agony.
"You shall not give yourself up to
them! The}- would not hold to such n
With her cry. however, whirled a
scramble of curses. "We'll lay you by
the heels mid take the girl back, too,
curse you!" And a rain of blows de
scended on tho door, while a crash
against one of the blinds shook the
leaping back. Armand dragged out
the heavy mahogany sideboard, now
slashed and den teil, and set it against
one door. The other he re-enforced
With the overturned table and bound
Ibis to its place with the twisted win
dow curtains. Last, lie wrenched an
iron from the fireplace and stood wait
ing. At the same moment the caudle
end collapsed, the wick dropped, Dick
ered and went out, and darkness fell
around them again.
A lull had come in the attack. Kvl
dently a consultation was being held.
The blackness seemed to lie upon
Anflo'g soul like a heavy weight, and
Armand's silence became unbearable.
"What shall we do?" she asked dully.
"We cannot hold out for long."
But there was no reply.
"I?I nm so frightened," she said
plteously. "'Tis dark! Come to me,
She listened, but he made no stir.
"You Will not Kiine to me, will not
pity or comfort me?" she entreated ;
through the void. "Yet tonight I tried 1
to save your life."
"For what end? You who took from
it all that uinkcs lifo sweet 1 1 trusted
you!" She shrank at the ring of scorn '
In his voice. "I trusted you!"
"And I you," she answered. "I loved
and hoped mid trusted too. After they
look yoU from here that evening, every I
night when I went to bed I said a j
prayer and kissed my poor band to you
In the dark. And I hnvo (lone m every ;
night since then every night, Louis."
Something like a sob sounded in the
room, and she stretched out hor arms
town id it.
"I tried to keep my promise. Von rc
member when they lashed (bo bond
woman? she woke with a crazed brain
and the packet your packet u [is > oil
AH those months 1 searched and found
it ait lust by euuuce. I did not get to
Philadelphia with it till?that niorh?
There was no further answer, and
she slipped on her knees, feeling a
yearning that was like a poignant sick
"You must hear." she went on plead
ingly, clasping her Augers, "and be
llevo me or my heart will break. Pate
put me in tlic recess of the window at
tho Bed Lion tavern, Louis. I saw Jar
rat glvo you the forged message? saw
you fight and run htm through. I
knew you were truo?truo to your mas
ter's honor and your own "
"You accused me!" The words stung
her. "Accused me to the Continentals!"
"Listen! Listen to me!" she prayed
desperately. "I must tell you it all
now? now at the end. Jarrat showed
mo the paper?the contract that bound
you to give your life?your life! And I
know you would do It. Oh, what that
meant! I would have given my own
life a hundred times to prevent It. Can
you think what It cost me to stand in
that room and say that?that of you?
Your face was dreadful! I thought I
should die when you looked at nie!"
"So you killed my honor!"
"No, no! Not that?I did not mean
that, Louis! I had such little lime to
think?such sinnll time to reason. I
had only time to feel?to feel as a wo
man will, and to net. I had to defeat
the contract to keep you from goiug
back to the prison?to death. I thought
*I could clear you at the lust, I who
knew you were true, because I had the
packet- the true message. Only I prom
ised my soul that I should not speak
within the month."
Her voice broke n little here, then
went on in a sudden pathos of pleading:
"What know we women of soldier's
duty or soldier's honor?we who are
cherished and toasted all our lives?
We know only to love, to follow?and?
and- to save what wc love in spite of
all the world!"
There was u movement now, a step.
"Then I took the packet, Louis, into
the congress to Dr. Franklin that very
hour, and 1 could not tell you what 1
had done- and you escaped them. I
thought you had gone to your death.
And you didn't know! You never knew.
Oh," she sobbed, "if you would only
forgive me, only touch me, only lay
your hand on my head"?
Sin* heard a stumble, a smothered
cry. The Iron bar clanged against tho
floor. An aim, groping, trembling,
tout bed her" Wet cheek.
"My God! And I doubted you!" Ar
mand's voice thrilled her in a great
hurst of grief-wound Joy. "You gave
the message? My darling, my darling!"
She felt herself caught up In ids arms
in tho dark, shuddering, crying, pant
ing Incoherent phrases, kissing bis face,
ids rough coat, Iiis epaulets, strangling
with tierce terror and ecstasy of love
and feeling ids passion strain and fold
her. It seemed to her thill all of life
and death was concentrated in I hat one
embrace?that nothing existed in tho
world hut the delirium of that single
sweet bitter moment.
A medley of shouts and ax Idows on
both of the doors at one time soul her
into quick spasms of dread. A panel
splintered, a shaft of light and an arm
thrust in. Armand released her, struck
once with the iron bar, and the man
fell back, cursing, with a broken arm.
"Shoot!" olio shouted. "Are wo to be
bayed by tin ; rat!"
"Don't tire." came the response. The
order was imperative.
The blows began again. Another pan
el crashed, and the holes let In more
light, it fell upon Anne's pallid lips
and showed her A inland's white sleeves
and pale face, set. but calm. A blow
struck the lock of the other door. It
yielded, and the oak swung in against
the stout sideboard.
Anne felt her limbs grow cold.
"Lost, lost!" she murmured and lean
ed dumbly against the wainscoting.
Suddenly a fusillade of musketry
Woke the echoes out of doors, and a
crisp shout garnished It. "File out of
that ball and lay down arms'.''
There aroae a saturnalia of revile
ment from the hall. Then, as it died,
the voice asked, "What mean these ac
tive hostilities in a period of armis
"'Tis a sortie for an escaped prison
er," came the Jarring mirth of Jarrat.
"Well, major, I think you will have
need yourself for all Ihe prisoners to
be found here."
Anne had gone from oik? terror to an
other and bitterer one. "The Conti
nentals'." she moaned.
The crisp voice approached tho splin
tered door. "Colonel Armand," it said,
"I arrest you In tho name of tho Unit
ed States of America. Do you surren- j
"By whose orders':''
"The general's commanding the Sec- j
ond brigade." |
"I am a colonel of independent cav
alry," answered Armand clearly. "1
acknowledge orders only from the dlvl
Sharp directions followed. The tiXCS
cut wider Assures In the panels, and
through these musUets obtruded and .
took aim. "My orders are to take you |
olive, to shoot if you resist. I give you j
fire minutes to open Unit door."
Anne run to Armand and threw' her- i
self Into bis arms. "Ah, you must not!
For Clod'8 sake, give yourself lip! 1
will toll it all to General Washington. j
Ho will bear and believe me. I will" ?
"Think you it would be credited?"
he asked gently. "And if not"?
She clllllg to him, weeping. "But
you have; fought so. There is that! j
Oh, 'twill give me your life your life! i
That Is all I want! I care not for
Shame or report, so I know it is not
true! Ali, pity me! And 'tis my fault!
Oh, tlds must be a hideous dream come
to punish me!"
"1 used to dream," ho said, "of you
and me as wed in honor."
"Oh, I would wed you in dishonor, in
disgrace, In death! Sec," she said hur
riedly, "hero Is my mother's wedding
ring. I have always worn it about my
neck. I love you! I love you!" She
laid It in bis baud.
"Put It upon my finger," she whis
pered. "Say it after ine, 'I, Anne, take
thee, Louis, to my wedded husband.' "
A strange fire had conic into his face.
"'I, Louis," he repented solemnly,
" 'toko thee, Anne, to my wedded
"'To have and to hold from this day
forward, for better, for worse, for rich
er, for poorer, In sickness and In
? "'To have and to hold from this day
forward, for better, for worse, for rich
er, for poorer, In sickness and in
She was sobbing now so that she
could scarcely frame the words;
"To love and to cherish-till death
us do' join, Lotlls! It cannot, It shall
not, pari us!"
"My own love'." he said In choked
tones, and held her quivering against
"Tho time is up," snid the voice.
Anne clasped Armand with her young
arms?tightly, desperately, ns if her
warm, yielding body, her face fragrant
with white fragrance, could keep back
the doutb tbut looked from tbo.*e mur
His hands disengaged her own to pin
to his coat a yellow bauble he had tak
en from bis pocket, and theu, as she
clung, her strained senses became con
scious of n wheeling plunge of horse
men at tbo porch, hurried steps, n voice
shaking with a ?Innige vibration, ask
ing questions in broken English.
At tin* sound Armand threw back bis
head and stood like a stone Image.
There wob n pause. Then?
"Louis Armand," said the sibilant,
halting tongue, "I command you to
open thces doorl You will not, eh? You
know who I am?"
Tho sideboard fell with a crash, the
splintered door tumbled upon it, and
Armand stood to attention In the bln/.e
of lantern light. At a glance Anne
knew tii ? oflicor who stood in Ihu door
way, surrounded by a glittering staff.
Ho was the major general commanding
the dlVl !( U.
"You surrendalr, then? Good! An'
where. Major Woodson, is the infor
tnair who has done such brilliant sairv
ice to deuouuee?eh? Come stau* he
side me, M'sieu Jarrat, an'" let US over
whelm thces villain!"
He advanced a stop into tbo room,
his bright eyes on the pair.
"Ha! An* you thcenk I have never
recognize you, Charles, all thces time?
me who was your old brother in the
College dU I'lessls? M.o ? Lafayette?
take off that wig! Take it off, 1 toll
Mechanically, Armand put his hand
to his head. Ho drew off the black
peruke, and, all at once uncoullncd, hip.
brown, curling hair fell to his shoul
ders, tbo ends just touching the yellow
Cross of St. Louis which sparkled like
u topaz on his breast. The act trans
formed him. The set mouth was gone,
:h" lace all soften d to yoUtbfUlllOSS.
"Louis Armand, the Impostor, seized
at YYilbanishing!" shouted Jarrat. "Ar
inaud, who escaped tbo clutches of the
congress! Armand, the trailer, gen
tlemen. Tear off his cross!"
One of the circle about L.-.fayette
turned facing him with an oath, but
the general was before him.
"No!" ho cried. "No! Not Louis
Armand the traitor, but Charles Louis
Armand, colonel of Armand's legion
and Marquis de la Troucrle!"
There was an instant of silence that
turiu-d a babel behind the speaker,
"A Iii !" shouted Jarrat. "A He! The
Marquis de la Troucrle is dead!" Anne
hail risen, trembling, speechless, her
eyes lixed and glittering.
"Aye," said Armand sternly, stretch
ing his arm toward him. "He has
been dead these five years. But he did
not die when you supposed. That was
but a play necessary to deceive a dog
one would not wish barking at bit
heels, lie called himself n secretary,
and you you Jackal?you thought to
buy Iii in, a Frenchman, to betray his
master, his king and these colonies!''
Lafayette laughed like a child. "Ho
bribe him to be?what you thcenk,
gentlemen??to be himself! A rare
pleasant reo, eh? And Ihe congress,
they thcenk he trick them in soventec
six. Tbey would arres' him yet, when
he Is denounce' even my General Ha
Jarrat had fallen back, his face black,
bis fingers convulsively working, his
teeth gritting one on another like peb
bles In the ha ml.
Armand's eyes wen? upon Anne,
though he seemed to address all pres
"The marquis had a mission, and he
found It to his purpose to to become
himself. He found many thorns in Ids
way. But he found one rose one rose
so pure am! fragrant that ho wished
to gather It. He foun 1 a lady a lady
of Virginia, who l< ed him and ho
llered In him. The marquis was liv
ing then. He foun ' :mself In peril,
and l.o trusted b r. And at last he
thought she lind betr. ; : him."
"Ah, my friend," cried Lafayette
wistfully, "these long months seeing
you. and l luve never told you I knew
you - never in ked wherefore you hid
yourself from all. \V:i i 1 not a friend,
"Then," Ai.?.:!?! con Untied, "God for
give his unbelief! Then was when he
A great lovely light had come to
Anne's face and smiled from her color
less lips a light more lovely than the
aurora over snow s.
"Is It true?" she faltered, looking at
him In a sorl of unbelieving wondei
"Is it true? And will he live again?"
For answer ho knelt down at her feet
am! put his lips to her hand. She felt
tears upon it,
When they looked Up they were alone
In tho room. From the yard came the
rattle of bridle chains and the bustle
of mounting. Lafayette met them on
"I have search' all the plaCO for a
what you call it ?- sidesaddle." he
laughed, "an' there ees one at las'.
Colonel, mn'ainselle, you shall ride to
town wit" me. We shall nil bo jus' like
big children tonight! All, 1 have for
get you did not know that only two,
free hour ago, Cornwallis has surrpn
dair to the Americans!"
!?? nit 11'ih Fifth Fnrtuft.
It Is worth noting that there are al
most no Instances where fish ponds
have been started and carefully man
aged where they have not proved a
financial success. Such a thing as a
"derelict" fish farm Is almost un
known, though there are thohsands of
old fashioned ponds, originally meant
to hold tench or carp, which are at
present useless and neglected. London
Thingumbob My wife hns got Into
some sort of scrap with tho neighbors,
and I can't tell whether she's In the
right or not. McJigger?That ought to
be easily determined; there aro two
?ides to a quarrel always Thingum
bob Two sides? Huh, there ore about
a dozen sides to this quarrel. Fx
SIMPSON & COOPER
Attorneys at Law.
Will practice in all Stato Courts.
Prompt rtttoutlon given to all business
THE NEW NEKVE TONIC
AND KIDNEY CURE.
f>nnses tho Klilnoyn and Madder, nurlflcs the
Blood. I ma Flesh .... thin people, riirengtlicnii
the Nerve*, clrnn Ilia Drain. Curoe Nervous
rt.iiit.v. Iiwonmln, Kniiing Memory. Restore*
la' botlT??S?,*,n?i,, oi Vou,h?
ThlM MCW Remedy workHlllto Mnirle. hut In nl>
eoiuuij- uaralea*. Weigh yourwlt ?rforrtaking!
?vP^lo1e, 3? ?.,IV? 12 >><??? sb.00. Iiv mall
W? ?iLf?S,u'K r<"""1 ?'"' moneyft you ara
oot bunetltutl. Try it uud bo convluccd.
Laurens Drupr Co.
A CONTINUAL STRAIN.
Many inon and women are constantly
subjected to what they commonly term
"a continual ?train" because of rome
(inanoial or fom'ly trouble. It wears
and distresses them both mentally and
pbyslcnll.v, affecting tholr nrrves bad
ly and bringlog on llvor and kidney
ailments, wiih the attendant evils of
constipation, lofs of appetite, sleeple??
ness, low vitality and despondency.
They c. nnot, as a rule, get rid of this
"continual strain," but they can reme
dy its health destroying effec's by tak
ing frequco dostb of Groen's August
Flower. 1t, tones up tho liver, stimu
lates the kidneys, insures healthy bod
ily functions, gives vim and spirit to
one's who'e being, and eventually dis
pels the phvsical or mental distress
caus?d by that "continual strain."
Trial bottle of Augiut Flower, 26c; reg
ular size, 7<5c. At all druggists.
n. ni Tarklnh Coffee.
Here Is a Turkish receipt for mab
Ing Turkish coffee obtulned In the
Syrian quarter of New York, where
tho truest coffee In the world Is sold
at r> ceuts a cup in restaurants
which are exact duplicates of thes* id
Smyrna and Beirut:
Put three lumps of sugar into a
little pot, turn In the water and bring
It to a boll. Then put In two tea*,
spoonfuls of very finely ground Moefca
coffee. As soon ns the froth rises lift
the pot ond tap the bottom until the
froth disappears. Do this three time*.
Then turn the coffee Into delicate china
cups, giving each cupful a share of
Tho coffee should be freshly roasted
Mini ground, and tho grounds should
be so fine as to pass the palate un
noticed. Turks always drink tho
grounds, considering them, indeed, to
be the best part of n cup of coffee, a
A leader of New York society said
recently: "It Is almost Impossible to
give a largo dinner any more. There
are too many feuds and quarrels, and
women who hato each other are ths
cause of too much embarrassment tq
a hostess. Of course they try to gloss
their enmity for the tlmo, but the re
sult Is worse than open warfaro. At
one dinner a cabinet oftlcer sat be
tween two great women of fashion.
He talked to one and then to the other
and tried to draw them Into a three
cornered conversation. The women ob
Stlnntely refused to exchange a word,
and finally the man?and ho was sup
posed to lie a diplomat?Introduced
them. A chill followed. They bad
known each other for twenty years,"
had been friends for ten and loathed
?ach other tho other ten."
1 ho iiuc-tcity and village churches
are paint- d with tho Longman & Mar-*
tines paints, and wo want every church
to accept ou- donation whenever they
8 and (i make 14, therefore when you
want fourtof n ga'lona of paint, buy only
eight of L & M and mix six gallons of
pure liusicd o'l with it, making actual
cost of paict about $1.20 per gallon.
Don't pay $1.60 a gallon for linserd
oil (woitn (10 cents) which you do when
you l.uy oili' r pain's in a can with a
paint label on it.
Mnny houses aro well pa'nted with
four ga'lor.s of I. ?c M and three gallons
of linseed oil mixed therewith.
Wr ars and covers Hko gold.
Tbe*e celebrated paints are s .Id by
W. L. Boyd, Laurons, S. C.
( linton Pharmacy, 0 inton.
fi. ,rf ii,o liio Kind You Have Always BoujjM
Tlio County Treasurer's Booki will
be open for collection of State, County
3iul Com nutation Road Taxes for fis
cal y ar 100:t at tho Treasurer's Ollice,
11 <Mii Ootober 16th to December 31,
100P Those who prefer to do fo can
pay in January, 1915, with one per cent,
addi.ional: thc>3e who prefer paying in
February, 1006. can do so with 2 per
cent, additional; those who prefer to
p*y in March, lu0r>, to the 15th of raid
month, can do so by paying an addi
tional 7 ppr cent. After sa:d date the
books will o'ose.
All pers ns owning properly or pay
ing taxes for others In more than or.o
Township arc requested to c 11 f.-r re
ceipts in each township in which they
live. This h important, as additional
cost and penally may not be attached.
Prompt attention will bo given those
who wish to pay their taxes through
tho mail by checks, nionoy orders, e'o.
Potsocs s nd ng in lists of names to bs
taken oil*, are urged to send in early as
?heTreas-n er is very busy during the
men h of December."
Tho Tax Levy is as follow.-:
State Tax, 6 mills
County Ordinary, t>?, mil s
Special County, 2$ mills
Public Koad, ]} mills
Sohoo', 3 mills
Total 15 mills
Special School, Lniren=>, 31 mills
Special School, Waterloo. 2 mills
Sp cial School, Cr??y Court, 2 mills
Special Sein o', Cosa Hill. 3 mills
Special School, Mountvllle, 21 mills
Sp cial School, Foun ain Inn, 4 mil a
Special Schojl, Hunter, 3 mills
All able-bodied malocitizens between
tho ages of 21 and 00 years are liable
o pay a poll lax of $1.00, except old
soldiers, who aro exempt; at f>'j years.
Commutat'on Koad Tax $1 00, In 1 eu
of working the public roads, to bo paid
at the time as Stat0(1 abive.
Coin j oai 1>- and avo'd iho rush.
J. H. COPE LAND,
Laurcns, 3. C, Sept. 20, 1001?:d.
Take notice that on tho 17th day of
Januiry, ii?_>r>, I will rendec a ilnal ro
countof my acts and doing* as Admin
islrutir of tho estate of Fannie O.
Parks, deceased, In therlllca of Judge
of Probate of LaureOS county at 11
O'o.o k a m ., and on tho same dato will
apply for a linal discharge from my
trust as such Administrator.
All pprscin having demand i against
said estate will please present them on
or boforo that date, proven and authen
ticated, or bo forever barred, and all
persons indebted to said estato must
make pajment to the, urdersiened be
fore that date.
W. M. HUNTER,
W.U. KNI'JHT, R. K. BAI ?
KNIGHT & BAKU,
Attorneys at Law.
?T Will practlco in all the State and
Federal Courts. Striotattention to all
business intrusted to them.
Office up-stairs, Simmons' Bnlldlrg
N. B. Di.u? A. 0. Todd.
DIAL & TODD,
Attorneys and Coun
sellors at Law.
F.nterprise Bank and Todd Office Build
L a u r rn H , S. CJ.