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gTraftHirtf - tn tif K- Kf s fc I i- ctv v. i$& " 'in " rgj '.'1ST MYilArafsITnJNOMHI s 3 wT .. hyJdAAtDA& JAfiJSASjy 'vSXuthorof WHEN WffiDERNES WA$ KING g ILLUd I SYNOPSIS. Tlw ntory opmi In a Confeilnrate tent ftt ft critical stttKo of tlio Civil War. Gen. Loc Imparls to Cnpt. Wayno nn Important iinusnuKo lo LoriKStrcct. Accompanied by BerKt. Ornlc an old army scout, Wnyno KtartH on IiIh mission. Tlioy Ret within tlio IImph of the enemy mill In tlm lurk ncBs Wayno Is taken for a Federal of- jicer una a young lauy on iioraoimcK in Klvon In hli chnrRe. Slio Is a northern Klrl mid nttempts to cscupe. Ono or tno horses HiKTiiinlm and CrnlR Koei tlirouKh wllh tho dispatched, whllo Wayno and My T-ruly of tho North aro left Alono. They neck shelter In a hut and entering It In the dark a Iiuko mastiff attacks Wayno The Klrl shoots tho bruto Just In time. Tho owner of tho hut. Jed Hununy. and Ills wlfo appear nnd soon a party of (liorsomcn approach. Tlioy aro leil by a man clnlmlnR to bo lied Lowrlc. but who proves to bo MnJ. Ilroniinn, a Kcdrrul officer whom tho Union Klrl rccoKnlzen. Ho orders tho arrest of Wnyno as a spy nnd ho Is broiiKht boforo Qlicrldan, who threatens him with death unless ho re veals tho Bocrot message Wnyno believes Kdlth Uronnan to bo tho wlfo of MaJ. Uronnan. He Is rescued by Jed IJiinKay, who stnrts to reach Con. Leo. whllo Wayne In dlsgulso penetrates to tho ball, room, beneath which ho had been Im- Srlsoned. Ho Is Introduced to a Jllss Ilnor nnd barely escapes being liiimask- uu. jiiiiin iircnnnn rccogn ilnu wnyno, through the lines, thoy aro confronted by Iirennan, who Is knocked nenscless. Then, bidding Kdlth adieu. Wayno makes n flash for liberty. Ho encounters Hungay: tin tlioy lcnch tho Loo camp and aro sent wiiu reinforcements to join unriv. in tno liattlo of Shenandoah tho regiment Is overwhelmed, and Wayne, while In tho hospital. Is vislled by Kdlth Hronnun. wayno nnd Hungtty nre sent on n scout ing detail, nnd arriving at tho .Minor place. Wayno meets Miss Minor nnd Mrs, IlunKay. nnd later Kdlth appears, wayno's detachment Is besieged by guer rillas. Hrennan nnd his mon urrlvo and nld In repelling tho Invaders until u res cuing party of hluccoatB reach tho scene. CHAPTER XXXII. Continued. "Dnmn yo, Ited told you not to flro!" Iio yelled. "Conio on, you dogs! You could cnt 'cm up If yo wasn't Rich blamed cownrds. Thoro's only two, nnd wo'll hung them yet." Ho leaped straight up tho broad stops, his long cavalry sabro In hand, while a dozen of tho boldest followed him. Uronnan swung his Bword high over hend, grasping It with both hands for n death-blow, oven as I thrust directly at tho fellow's throat. Tho uplifted blado struck tho chain of tho hanging lump, snapped at tho hilt, and losing his balance tho Major plunged headlong Into tho ruck bo noath, Tho downward fall of his body ewopt tho stairs. As I stood thoro, panting and breath less, a woman rushed downward. Be lieving sho would throw herself Into that tangled mass below, I instantly caught hor to mo. "Don't," I cried anxiously. "You cannot help him. For God's sako go back where you wcro." "It is not that," sho oxclalmed, hor voice thrilling with oxcltomont. "Oh, Captain Wayno, do you not hear tho buglos?" As by magic those hateful faces van Ished, disappearing by moans of ev ery opening loading out from tho hall, and when tho cheering bluocoats surged in through tho broken door, I wbb yet standing there, appearently alono but for tho doad, leaning weak and .broathloss against tho wall, my arm about Kdlth Uronnan. v CHAPTER XXXIII. After the Struggle. A young ofllcor, whoso red faco was rendered extremely conspicuous by the bluo of hU uniform, led tho rush of his soldlors as thoy camo tumbling gallantly Into tho hall. "Up thoro, mon!" ho cried, catch ing sight of mo, and pointing. "Got that Johnny with tho girl." As they sprang eagerly forward ovor tl'o dead bodlos "littering tho floor at tho foot of tho Etolrs, Brennnn scram bled unsteadily to his feet, and halted them with imperious gesturo. "Leavo him nlono!" ho contmand sd. "That Is tho commander of tho Confederate detachment who came to our aid. Tho guerillas havo lied down the hallway, and aro moBt of them outsldo by now. Wayne," he turned A Gentle Hand Was Stroking Back the Hair From Off My Temples, and glunced up at us, his face Instant ly darkening a tho tableau, "kindly assist tho ladies to descend; wo must get them out of this shnmbles." He lifted them ono by one and w,lth ceremonies politeness ncross tho ghastly pile of dead and wounded men. "Escort them to tho library," ho suggested, as I hesitated. "That room, will probably be found clear." helowSTDRiforAGRifir Jacket KAI lUNO DLHdlllUtt I. WILLIAMdCW v-- I was somewhat surprised that Bren nnn should not havo conic personally to tho nld of his wife, but as ho Ig nored her presence utterly, I nt once offered hor my arm, nnd silently led tho wny to tho room designated, tho others following as best they might. Tho apartment was unoccupied, exhib iting no signs of tho Into struggle and I found comfortable resting places for all. Miss Minor was yet sobbing soft ly,' her fnco hidden upon her moth er's shoulder, and I felt constrained lo speak with her. "I shall go at once," I said kindly, "to ascertain all I enn regarding Lieu tenant Caton, and will bring you word." She thanked mo with a glance of hor dark eyes clouded with tears, but as 1 turned hastily away to executo this errand, Mrs. Brennan laid re straining hand upon my arm. "Captain Wayno," sho said with much seriousness, "you aro very tin hoIIIhIi, but you must not go until your own wounds havo been attended to; thoy may bo far moro sorlous thnn you apprehend." As I gazed nt her, surprised by tho anxiety sho so openly displayed, I chanced to behold myself reflected within n largo mirror directly across tho room. Ono glance was sufllclent to convince mo hor words wcro fully Justified. My remains of uniform lit erally clung to mo In rags, my baro shoulder looked a contused mass of battered flesh, my hair was matted, and my fnco blackened by powder stains nnd streaked with blood. "I cortalnly do appear disreputable enough," I admitted; "but I can as sure you It Is nothing sufficiently se rious to requlro Immediate attention." As I stepped without and closed tho door behind mo, I was at onco start led by tho rapid firing of shot from tho rear of tho house, and the noxt moment 1 encountered tho young, rod faced officer hurrying along tho hall way at the head a squad of Federal cavalrymen. Recognizing mo in the gloom of tho passage ho paused sud denly. "I owo you a belated apology, Cap tain," ho oxclalmed cordially, "for hav ing mistaken you for one of those mis creants, but really your appearanco was not flattering." "Having vlowcd mysolf slnco within n mirror," 1 replied, "I am prepared to acknowledge tho mistako a most nat ural ono. Howovcr, I am grateful to bo out of tho scrapo. and enn scarcely find fault with my rescuers. Five min utes moro would have witnessed tho end." "Wo rodo hard," ho Bald, "and wero in snddlo within fifteen minutes after tho arrival of your courier. You evi dently mndo a hard light of It; tho houso bears testimony to a terrible struggle. Wo are rejoiced to learn that Lieutenant Caton was merely stunned; wo believed him dead at first, and he Is far too flno a fellow to go In that way." "Ho Is truly living, then?" I ex claimed, groatly relieved. "Miss Mi nor, to whom ho Is ongagod, Is sor rowing ovor his posslblo fnte In tho li brary yondor. Could not two of your mon nBslst hint to hor? Sho would do moro to haBton his recovery than any ono." "Certainly," was tho Instant re sponse. "IlalncB, you and McDonald got tho officer out of tho front room; carry him In there whero tho ladles are, and then rejoin us." I left, remembering thon my own need. By UBlng tho back stairway I avoided unpleasant contact with tho traces of conflict yet vislblo at tho front of tho houso, nnd flnnlly discov ered a bathroom which afforded facili ties for cleansing my flesh wounds and making my gonernl appearanco moro presentable I found I could do Uttlo to linprovo tho condition of my clothing, but nftor making such changes for tho better as wore pos slblo, soaking tho clotted blood from out my hair, nfid washing tho powder stnliiB from my faco, I felt I should no longor provo an object of nvcrslon even to tho critical eyes of tho women, who would fully ronltzo the cnuso for my torn and begrimod uniform. A glanco from tho window told me tho Federal cavalrymen wero bearing out tho dead nnd depositing them be yond view of tho houso In tho desert ed negro cabins. Kbors nnd ono or two of my own mon wero standing near, carefully scanning the uncovered faces us they woro homo past, whllo scraps of conversation overboard brought the Information that the long dining room whero 1 had pnssod tho night on guard had boen converted In to a temporary hospital. Irrcsoluto as to my next action, I passed out Into tho upper hall. It was deserted and strangely Bllent, scorn Ingly far removed from all thoso ter rible scones so lately enacted In the rooms bencnth. My head by this tlmo throbbed with pain; I desired to bo alono, to think, to map out my futuro course boforo proceeding down the stairs to moot tho others. With this In view I sank down In complete weariness upon n convenient set tee My heavy head sank back upon the arm oV the settee, and deep sleep clOEid my eyes. It was In my dreami I felt It first a o light, moist touch upon my burning forehead and I imagined I was a child onco more, back at the old homo, caressed b, tho soft hand of ray moth er. But us consciousness slowly re turnod I began to reallzo dimly whore I was, and that I was no longer alone. A gontlo hand was stroking back tho hair from off my temples, whllo tho barest uplift of my eyelids revealed tho folds of a dark bluo skirt pressing close to my sldo. Instantly I realized who must bo tho woarcr, and remained motionless until I could better con trol my first unwise Impulse. Sho spoko no word, and I cautiously opened my eyes and glanced up Into her faco. For a tlmo sho remained unaware of my awakening, and sat thoro silently stroking my forehead, her gazo fixed musingly upon tho window at tho farther end of tho hall. Doubtless sho had been sitting thus1 for some time, nnd had become ab sorbed In her own reflections, for I lay thero drinking In her beauty for several moments before sho chanced to glanco downward and observe that I was awako. I think tho very In tensity of my gaze awakened her from reverie, for sho turned almost with a start and looked down upon mo. As our eyes met, a warm wavo of color dyed her throat nnd cheeks crimson. "Why," she exclaimed In momentary confusion. "I supposed I should know before you awoke, and havo ample tlmo to escape unobserved. I dis covered you lying hero. You wore resting very uncomfortably when I "I Was Standing There Apparently Alone, but for the Dead.1 first camo, and I felt it my duty to rondor your position ns easy -jib pos sible. I did not forget that your fa tigue camo In our defense." "Could you not say In yours?" I corrected. "But I have already been moro than repaid. Your hand upon my brow wns far moro restful than I can tell you Us soft stroking min gled in my dreams oven beforo I nwoke. It brought back to mo tho thought of my mother. I do not think I have hnd a woman'u hand press back my hair since I was a child." "Thoro was a look of pain upon your faco -as you lay sleoplng, and I thought It might easo you somowhat. I havo had somo experience ns a nurse, you know," sho explained quietly. "You mentioned your mother; is sho yet lU'lng?" "Sho is In Richmond, stopping with friends, but since my capture we havo lost all trace of each other. I was reported as having boon killed in ac tion, and I doubt It sho even yet knows the truth. Everything Is so contused In tho capital that It Is Impossible to traco any ono not directly connected with tho nrmy, onco you lose exact knowledge of their whoreabouts." "Your fathor, thon, Is dead?" "Ho yielded his llfo tho tlrst year of tho war; and our plantation near Charlottesville LnB boon constantly In tho trnck of tho armies. Ono rathor Important battle, Indeed, was fought upon It, bo you may realize that It Is now dosolato nnd utterly unfit for hab itation." "Tho house yot stands?" "Tho chimney and ono wall alono ro mnined when I was last there," I re plied, glad of the Interest she exhib ited. "Fortunately two of tho negro cabins woro yet standing. Doubtless tlicso will form the nucleus of our home when tho war ceases; they will provo a trifle bettor than tho moro sky." "Tho south is certainly paying a ter rlblo price for rebellion," she said so berly, hor flno eyes filled with tears. "I am suro I havo tarried horo qulto as long ns I should, now that I can bo of no further sorvico." As sho gathered her skirts In hor hand preparatory to descending tho stairs, I yiolded to temptation and stopped her. Right or wrong I must yet have ono word more. "I beg of you do not desert mo so soon. This may jirovo our final meet ingindeed, I fear It must be; sure ly, then, It uced not bo bo brief a ono?" "Our final meeting?" Sho echoed my words as though scarcely comprehending their moan ing. "Yes," I Bald, rising and standing bo foro hor. "How can wo hope It shall bo otherwise? I am not freo to re main here, even woro It best for other reasons, for I am a soldier under or dors. You undoubtedly will proceed north at tho earliest posslblo moment. Thoro is scarcely a probability that In tho great wldo world wo shall meet again." "Tho war will soon bo ovor; perhaps then you may como north also." "I scarcely expect to do bo. My work then will be to Join with my com rades In an effort to rebuild the shat tered fortunes of Virginia. When tho lines of lives diverge so widely as ours must, tho chances are Indeed few that they ever meet again." "But surely you can remain hero un til wo leave?" sho questioned, evident ly striving not to reveal tho depth of Interest sho felt In tho decision. "It will not bo until tomorrow that all de tails aro arranged so as to permit of our departure. I had supposed you would certainly bo with us until then." "Mrs. Brennan!" I exclaimed al most passionately, "do not tempt me! Your wish Is a temptation most diffi cult to resist." "Why resist, then?" She did not look at me, but stood twisting a handkerchief nervously through her fingers. , Tho abrupt ques tion startled me almost into full con fession, but fortunately my eyes chnuced to fall vpon hor wedding-ring, and Instantly I crushed the mnd words back Into my throat. "Becnuso It Is right," I replied slow ly, feeling each sentence as a death blow. "For mo to remain can mean only ono thing. For that I am rendy enough, If I thought you de&lred It, but I dan not choose such a course my self." 'You 8poak In riddles. What Is tho ono thing?" "A personal meeting with Major Uronnan." Tho high color deserted her cheeks, and her eyes met mine In sudden in quiry. "Oh, no, no!" sho exclnlmed with energy. "You and Frank must never meet In that way. You mean a duel?" I bowed gravely. "I was permitted to aid In defense of this houso only by pledging mysolf to Major Brennan nftor wards." "But why need It be at lenst now that you havo ctood together as com rades?" "I fear," I said quietly, "that fact will not count for much. Wo both fought InBplrod by your presence" "Mine!" I hardly know how to In terpret hor tone "Certainly; you ennnot bo tgnorant thnt Major Brennnn's dislike Is based upon your friendship for me." "But thoro Is no reason," sho stam mered. "Ho has no cause " "Hla reason I must loavo him to ex plnln," I Interrupted, to relieve her evi dent cmbnrrassment. "His wordB, how over, wero extremely explicit; and to Ignore them by departure is to Im peril my own roputatlon In both nrm lea. I would do so for no ono elso In tho world but you." 'How can I ever thank you?" sho asked 'gravely. "Captain Wayno, you mako mo trust you utterly, and placo mo constantly In your debt." "Then you reallzo thnt I am right?" "Yes," Blowly, but making no of fort to reloaso hor hands. "Yet is no other escape possible?'' "None within my knowledge" "And you must go?" "I muBt go unless you bid mo stay." "Oh, I cannot; I cannot at such a cost!" oho cried, and I could fool her body tremblo with tho Intensity of her emotion. "But, Captain Wayno, our friendship surely need not bo severed now for ever? I cannot bear to think that It should bo. I am no cold, heart less lngrato, and shall never forgot what you havo done to servo mo. I valuo every sacriflco you havo inado on my behalf. Let us Indeed part now If, ns you say, It must bo so; yet surely thero aro happier days In store for both of us days when the men of this nation will not wear differ ent uniforms nnd deqm It manly to fight and kill each other." "Tho great struggle will certainly cease, possibly within a very few weeks," I answered, greatly moved by her earnestness, "but I fear tho men engaged In It will remain much tho same in their natures however they may dress. I can only say this: Wero tho path clear, I would surely find you, no matter whero you wero hidden." "How terrible It Is that a woman must over chooso between such evils," Bho said almost bitterly. "Tho heart says ono thing and duty another all through life, It seems to me I have so much of suffering In these last few months, so much of heartless cruelty, that I cannot bear to bo the cause of any more You nnd Major Brennan must not meet; but. Captain Wayno, I will not believe that we aro to part thus forever." "Do you mean that 1 nm to seek you when tho war closes?" "Thoro will bo no tlmo when I shall not most gladly wclcomo you." "Your homo?" I asked, wondering still If sho could mean nil that her wards implied. "I have never known whero you resided In the north." "Stonlngton, Conn." Sho smiled at me through the tears yet cling ing to her long lashes. "You may never como, of course; yet I shall always feel now that perhaps you will; and that is not like a final goodby. Is It?" I bowed above tho hands I hold, and pressed my lips upon them. For the moment I durst not speak, and then a voice suddenly sounded in tho hall below: "I am greatly obliged to you, Miss Minor; she is probably lying down. I will run up nnd call her." Wo started as If rudely awakened from n dream, whllo a sudden expres sion of fright swept across her faco. "Oh, do not moot him," sho begged plteously. "For my sake do not re main here" "I will go down tho back stairway," I returned hastily, "but do you Indeed moan It? May I como to you?" "Yes, yes; but pray go now!" Unable longor to restrain myself, I clasped her to me, held her for ono brief Instant strained to my breast, kissed hor twice upon lips which had no opportunity for refusal. "This world Is not so wldo but that somewhere In it I shall again find tho ono woman of my heart,''' I whispered passionately, and was gone. CHAPTER XXXIV. A Plan Miscarried. I remembered as I hurried down tho back stairway her flushed faco, but could recall no look of Indignant prldo In thoso cloar eyes whoso .pleasant memory haunted mo. She loved me; of this I now felt doubly assured, and tho knowledge made my heart light, even whllo I dreaded the consequences to us both. I stepped out Into the kitchen and came to a sudden pause, facing a table laden with such a variety and abun dance of food as had been strango to mo for many n long day. Directly op posite, n napkin tucked beneath his double chin, his plate piled high with good things, snt Ebors, whllo at either end I behold Mr. and Mrs. Bungay sim ilarly situated. The astonishment of our meeting seemed mutual. Tho Ser geant, apparently feeling tho necessity of explanation, wiped his mouth so berly. "I vos yoost goln' to fill mo op mlt der dings llko a good soldier, Captain," he said In anxiety. "No doubt; well, I nm rather hungry myself. Mrs. Bungay, In momory of old times ennnot you sparo me a plate? If so, 1 will tako pleasure In Joining your happy company. Thank you. I see you have found your man." "I hnvo thet, sir," sho answered, grimly, "an I reckon as how he's like ly tor stay ot hum arter this." "But you forget he is my guide," I protested, not disinclined to test her temper. "Surely, Mrs. Bungay, you would not deprive tho South of his val liable services?" "An" wouldn't I, now? An' didn't thet little whlfllt promise me long nforo he ever did you tins? Ain't he my nafral protector? Whut's a lone ferunlo a goln' ter dew yere In ther mountings wl'out no man?" "Come, Jed, what do you say? Aro you tired fighting tho battles of the Confodoracy, and prefer thoso of home?" "I like ter rend all "bout flghtln' well 'nough, but durn it, Cap, It kinder hurts whin they hits ye on ther head with a gun." His fnco lit up sud denly. "'Sides, 1 sorter wanter hev Marlnr git 'qualnted with thet thar muol o' mine, Beelzebub. He's out thnr now, hitched tor a treo, an' n catln' fit tor bust his biler nover n durn mark on his hldo fer all ho wlnt throuph." (TO BE CONTINUED.) GUARANTEED TO BE PURE. Tfa Farmer's Son's Sreaf Opportunity war wail for tne am rartn to become joanniipriiaocor Dfginnowio propure ior jour imuro prosperity unu luaopen aonco. A (treat oppor tunity awaits you In Manltoba.BasLatclionan or Alberta, whero you can teen rcaFroellome strad or buy landatrea sonablo prtcoa. How's iheTime cot a year from now, when land will be high er. 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