ctv v. i$& " 'in " rgj '.'1ST
wT .. hyJdAAtDA& JAfiJSASjy
'vSXuthorof WHEN WffiDERNES WA$ KING g
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:
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
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
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."
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"A personal meeting with Major
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
I bowed gravely. "I was permitted
to aid In defense of this houso only
by pledging mysolf to Major Brennan
"But why need It be at lenst now
that you havo ctood together as com
"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
"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
"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.
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
"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
"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.
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
"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
"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
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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."
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