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i if ) "nenuMmtmiiiiiiiuiuoiiiiuuiiiiMig 0? Gtickarqaaga, By Captain F. A. MITCHEL. S Copywrlgut, 18M, br American I'rexi As sociation Eiintwironniciiniiniiijnniiiiiiiiij jiia CHAPTER XYIL BATIQAN'8 mission. ' The extreme loft of the Army of the Cumberland, from which Corporal Eat igan started to go through the lines, was held only by cavalry and mounted Infantry, and these widely separated. There was no regular picket line such as usually exists between armies con fronting each other where the different branches of, the service are represented in one continuous lina " Consequently the corporal had a far better chance to got through than under ordinary cir oumstances. v Passing over the Pea Vine ridge, he flesoendod the othor sido sloping to a small stream called Pea Vine creek. It was essential that he slip through be tween the Union vedettes unseen, for if observed he would be taken for a do sorter and either shot or sent in to the headquarters of his regiment. The ve dettes were principally on the roads, and the corporal, believing that they would be looking for an enemy on routos over which cavalry could best advance, selected one least advantageous for a horse to follow. Wherever he could find a thick clump of trees or low growth, a knoll, a ravine, indood any thing difficult for a horse to pass, he would go over or through it. Now he would stop to listen for some sound suoh as a horse is liable to make, and now would steal on his hands and knees or crawl on his bolly over some eminenoe where, if he should stand upright, his body would make a silhouette against the sky. On crossing a bit of level ground he suddenly heard a horse's "splutter." He was near a clump of bushes in which he lost no time in con cealing himself. A cavalryman rode by within 60 feet of him, walking his horse slowly, the butt of his carbine resting on his right leg, and in a posi tion to be used readily. He was patrol ling a beat. Ratigan waited till he had gone past, then darted onward to trees which, from their irregular line, he Judged grew beside the creek. Ho was not disappointed and was soon standing in shallow water, resting for a few minutes under a low bank. Onoe past the creek he folt that one half his danger was ended. Ho had doubtless got boyond the range of his own comrades, and now oame a great danger of mooting the Confederate pickets. Leaving the creek, he asoended a slight eminenoe and made a survey of the surrounding country. All was si lent, except that he oould hear an occa sional sound like a distant burst of laughter, or a shout from the direction of Ringold, in his front Presently ha heard the unmistakable rumble of a train coming from the south. "It will pass right down there be hind that dump of trees and go tbrougfi the out, " said the corporal ' '01 wonder wouldn't it be a good plan to take ad vantage of its noise when it passes to lip through the outposts. They'll be thinkin of the train, and Oi can follow in its wake." He advanoed cautiously to the trees beside the track and waited for the train. Presently the headlight of a loco motive shot out from around a curve. The corporal had forgotten that its light would reveal him to the engineer. He crouched down out of sight with a high beating heart, and none too soon, for had he staid where he was the light would have shone directly on him. He waited while the engine puffed slowly by. It was drawing a long train of mix ed passenger, cattle and platform cars, every car crowded with troops, f "They're proparin to give us a brush in earnest Like enough these are re-enforcements, " muttered the corporal. Ratigan determined to follow the rail road north to Ringold, which he judged to be only a mile distant The train loaded with Confederate troops having just passed, the guards he might meet would probably not be very suspicions of an enemy. He walked on the track for a short distance, expeoting a chal lenge with every step. He received one suddenly, just before entering a wood. A man on horseback aimed a carbine at him and gave the customary: ; "Who comes thar?" ! Ratigan at once threw up his hands, which his challenger oould distinctly see, and cried out, "I want ye to take me to Colonel Fitz Hugh. " "What do you want with him?" "Do ye know him?" "He commands a regiment in our bri gade. " Seeing that the oorporal held his hands above his head, the man permitted him to draw near. Once here, Ratigan informed him of the nature of his mis sion and begged him for Colonel Fitz Hugh's sake to send him to Ringold at once. The vedette was convinced from Ratigan 's earnestness that he bore a message of importance, and calling his comrades ordered one of them to dis mount Then, taking the precaution to blindfold the stranger, he mounted him, and placing a horseman on either side of him sent the three clattering toward Ringold. It was not a long distance to the town, but all distances, all periods of waiting, seemed long to the corporal. Was not the terrible event to take place at sunrise? And now it must be near midnight "What is the time?" he asked of his conductors. "Twenty minutes to 11." "Let's go faster. Colonel Fitz Hugh would be as anxious for me to get on as Oi am meself if he knew me errand. " "All right Let's light out, Pete." And Ratigan felt the motion of a gallop in the horse he rode. And now came a "Halt" from a guard and an answer, followed by "Advance and give the countersign. " One of the men goes for ward for tho purposo. Then the party goes on again, but what they pas or where they are going Ratigan knows nothing about He only knows that tl.ey are moving, and that they are not moving fast enough to suit him. Pres ently they stop, and the corporal can hear one of the men dismonnt There is a stroke of a clock evidently from a church spire. He counted, "One, two, jroe," and on to eleven. "Dismount" He lost no time in throwing himself from his horse and was led forward. The air became warmer. He must be in an inclosnre. The bandage was taken from his eyes. He was standing in a tent lighted by a candle fixed to the end of a stake driven into the ground. There was but one other person present, a Confederate officer. He was a tall, slender young man, with long black hair, a mustache and goatee, and an eye honest, respect inspiring, and with all the gentleness of a woman's. "Aro ye Colonel Fitz Hugh?" asked the cornoral. making a salute as if in presenoo of an officer of his own sido. "Iam." "Oi have a message from yer sister.' Colonel Fitz Hugh turned ashy pale. No one could come to him from her wlt.hnnt Btrikina terror into him. for he knew the work in which she was engag "Are ye Colonel Fitz nugW ed. For months he had lived in dread of her capture. If the messenger had been a citizen or a Confoderate soldier, it might not speak so clearly of danger, but coming from a Yankee trooper quick reasoning told him that she had doubtless met with disaster. "Indeed," was all his reply to the corporal's announcement "Oi'm sorry to inform ye, sir," said the corporal in a voice which he vainly endeavored to keep steady, "that Miss Fitz Hugh, passin under the name of Elizabeth Baggs" Fitz Hugh put his hand on Ratigan 's arm and stopped him, while he gathered his faculties to bear what he knew was coming. "Was pursued by a contemptible our of a Yankee, who deserves to be hanged for chasin a woman" "Yes, yes. Go on." '' ' . "Was captured and" "OGod!" "Condemned to be shot for a spy to morrow mornin aft sunrise. " Fitz Hugh sank back on a camp cot and covered his face with his hands. For a few moments the corporal re spected his grief bysilenoe, but time was precious, and he soon continued. "Thinkin ye might exorcise some Influence to save her, Oi've oome to in form ye of the distressin fact" The last two words were spoken in a broken voice. "By whose authority?" Fitz Hugh rose and stood before the oorporal. He had nerved himself for whatever was to follow. "Colonel Mark Maynard, command ing the th cavalry brigade." "Do you mean to tell me," said Fitz Hugh, with a singular, impressive slow ness, "that my Bister is at the meroy of Mark Maynard?" "He is charged with her execution. " Colonel Fitz Hugh shuddered. "That man is my Nemesis, " he cried in a voice filled with a kind of despair. " 'Tis he that sent me to ye. " "Ho?" "The same." "Does he wish to save my sister?" "He does." "Why, then, does he not do so?" "He can only save her by his own disgraca Yer sister will not accept the sacrifice." "A true Fitz Hugh," said the brother proudly. "Then Miss Fitz Hugh suggested that he might send me to inform ye of the situation, that ye might hev opportu nity to use any influence ye would con sider wise and honorable to secure a re prieva " Fitz Hugh thought earnestly with his head bowed, his eyes fixed on a spot on the ground. "There is nothing that I can do," he Baid at last "Threatent retaliation is the only recourse, and that could not be effected under the circumstances with out implicating Colonel Maynard." "Then ye see no way open?" asked the corporal despondently. "It is impossible for me to act intel ligently alone. If I could see Colonel Maynard, perhaps together we might hit upon a plan. " "Would ye meet him between the lines?" "There is not sufficient time. " "There's five or six hours. " ' Fitz Hugh stood pondering for a few moments withou i reply. Then, suddenly starting up, he said: "Go tell Colonel Maynard that I will meet him as you suggest Let the point of rendezvous be let me see where do you consider a feasible point? You have just come through. ' ' "Oi would name the bank of the creek at a point due weBt of this." "How long a time will be required before the meeting can take place? It is now a little after 11." "It may be an hour; it may be lon ger. If ye will be there, colonel, at 12 o'clock, we'll meet ye as soon after as possible." "You will find me there at 13." "It would be well, colonel, to con cert a signal by which each should know the other." "Suggest ona " "Oi'll doubtless be with Colonel May nard. Oi'll cry 'Oireland,' and ye can respond" "To the rescue." Colonel Fitz Hugh called to those waiting outside, who had brought in Corporal Ratigan and directed them to blindfold him and take him to the Federal lines, and, if possible, insure his getting through without injury. They were to report the result to him in any event Ratigan knew nothing but the gallop of the horse on which he sat, with a handkerchief about his eyes, until the party conducting him drew rein and be was directed to dismount Then he was asked if he would be escorted to a Union vedette known to be on a road leading around the north end of the ridge or whether he would go alone. "Oi'll go alone," he said. "If ye go with me, they'll think it a midnight at tack." Starting forward, the corporal trudg ed over a short distance between him and the vedette. As he drew near he began to sing a few lines from a play popular at the time. Thim's the boys What makes s noise, Is the B'yal artillerie, "Who comes there?" cried the re detto, cocking his piece as Ratigan came in sight "Friend with the countersign, to be surel Who d'ye suppose?" "Advance, friend, and give the coun tersign, " called the man. He was a good deal puzzled at hearing the Irish brogue coming from that direction, but it reas sured him. He did not have much fear of an enemy unless it were a trap to get him at a disadvantaga Ratigan drew near and whispered, "Carnifax Ferry." "What are you doing out there?" queried the man. "Lookin out for trains bringln in troops. One came in half an hour ago loaded." " You don' t mean it I Guess , they 're getting in re-enforcements. " "I believe ye, me boy. Ratigan walked on toward the camp till he got out of sight of the vedette. Then he ran till he dropped breathless in Colonel Maynard's tent. CHAPTER XVIH. A STRANGE MEETING. Ratigan was so exhausted as to be only able to give Maynard a few de tached sentences, conveying some idea as to what he had accomplished. Tfcpre was little that it was essential should be told except that Colonel Fitz Hugh would meet him between the lines as soon as he could get there. Casting a glance at his watch, Maynard noticed that it was 20 minutes to 12. The dis tance to the point of rendezvous, as near as they could estimate it, was two miles. Every minute was precious. It would be midnight before they could meet, and then they would only have about six hours in which to take measures to se cure a reprieve. They could 6nly do so by communicating with general head quarters, some 15 miles away. In any event the case was desperate. However, Maynard had been used in his scouting days to sudden transitions and had him self escaped from prison on the very night before his intended execution. Calling his striker, he bade him saddle Madge, who, he knew, oould carry him over the ground at no laggard pace, and, ordering a mount for the corporal at the same time, the two waited impatiently till both animals were led up before the tent. Mounting, they began to climb the Pea Vine ridge. Ratigan, who had been over the ground, led the way. They reached the top of the ridge, and the corporal pointed out the position on the creek, due west of Ringold, where they were to meet Colonel Fitz Hugh. De scending the slope, they came upon a Union vedette and were challenged with tho usual words, "Who comes there?" "Tho colonel commanding, with an orderly, inspecting vedettes. " They were advanced, gave the coun tersign and passed on. Taking a route between two roads and meeting no move guards, they cautiously approached the place of rendezvous. ' On reaching the bank of the creek they descended it, the corporal riding ahead and peering through the darkness to discover what they were looking for. Presently the dark figure of a horseman emerged from a clump of trees on the opposite bank and rode forward toward the creek. Ratigan saw him, and, believ ing him to be some one in attendance upon Colonel Fitz Hugh, called: "Oireland." "To the rescue," called the man in a low voice, and rode up to the margin of the creek. ' The two men arranged that Colonel Fitz Hugh and Colonel Maynard should advance to the respective places they themselves occupied as soon as they had withdrawn. Then, wheeling, each rode back to his principal, and in a few mo ments more the Union and Confederate officers faced each other from opposite banks of the creek. The distance be tween them at this point was but a few yards, and the night was not so dark but that they could plainly see each oth er. The equestrian figures stood silent each waiting for the other to speak. The only sound came from the gurgling of the stream which flcwed between them. "You are Colonel Fitz Hugh, I be lieve." said Maynard. "Iam. I recognize Colonel Maynard's voica" "I beard yours last on a certain even ing a year ago an evening memorable to both of us. Then you gave me my life, and by doing so placed yourself in a position to be shot for a traitor to your cause." "Not for your sake, colonel for the sake of another. " ' "It matters not for whose sake; the act remains. Once before you spared me hun yon found me under a roof which covered" "Then I respected the laws of hospi tality, sacred in the south. Let us not dwell on these matters, coloneL Let us proceed with that upon which we have met for consultation. " "You are right Time presses. Your sister stands convicted of the same of fense as mine at the time of which we have been speaking and sentenced to die at sunrisa We meet to concert a method to save her. " "At my request But any proposition must come from you, Colonel Maynard. I am unfamiliar with the feeling on the part of those in power in the Federal army as to executing a sentence of death upon a woman." "Circumstances which I cannot ex plain, for they pertain to the situation in which these two armies are placed, render the feeling against your sister very severe. " "Yon have suggested my exerting in fluence from our side?" "It was your sister who suggested it. I have little faith in it" "What did you propose?" "That which your sister would not accept" "And that was?" Maynard whispered in a strange, sav age tone: "To use my authority as command ing the brigade charged with her keep ing to place her within your lines. " "And now?" "I listen for some suggestion from you." "I can think of none except, with your permission, to enter a protest over the signature of our commanding offi cers of highest rank. " "It would avail nothing." "Then there is nothing to save her from this sacrifice, which, though she has always been prepared for it, and doubtless will now meet it, like the re markable woman she is, with becoming fortitude, is still hard for those of us who love and respect her to bear. We will revere her memory as a martyr. " During this dialogue each man sat on his horse without any movement and spoke in measured, formal, automatic tones. Maynard's words were quicker than Fitz Hugh's, who held to tho slow er fashion of speaking, common in the south. After the last sentence spoken by Fitz Hugh there was a long silence. They had mot for a purpose. Their meet ing was a failure.' It seemed to both that they could hear their watches ticking away the seconds that lay between Caroline Fitz Hugh and death. Neither knew- the agony Buffered by the other unless he judged that other by himself. Neither had the heart to terminate the interview, though both knew that it was fruitless. A night bird set up a dismal cry. It seemed a deathknell. Then "Maynard broke the silence. "Colonel, "he said in a set voice, "re main here or meet me here at any time after an hour. It may be the small hours of the morning. It will be, if at all, be fore sunrise." "What do you propose to do?" . "What I propose to do neither you nor your sister shall know till it has been accomplished." "I will remain here or near by, and at 1 o'clock you will find me where I now am." "Adieu, " cried Maynard as he turn ed his horse's head and galloped away. "Adieu, " replied Fitz Hugh in the stately tone to which he was accustom ed, and raised his hat as politely as if he were saluting in a ballroom. Fitz Hugh rejoined hig companion and rode away in the direction of Rin gold, and Maynard, followed by Rati gan, started back toward their camp. Maynard's brain was in a fever. Time had been, expended to no gain. The small hours were coming on, and only six of them would pass before the event he so much dreaded would take placa He had formed his resolva Whether wise or foolish, right or wrong, practi cal or impossible, his resolution was taken. Once determined upon his course he spurred his horse on without thought of obstacla Turning from the rough ground on which he rode, he was about to take the road, on which he might get on faster, when he was suddenly star tled by the firing of a bullet and the sound that came with it The shot rang close to his ear, almost brushing his temple. Knowing that he had by his careless ness suddenly come upon a Union ve dette he called out: "Cease firing! Friendsl" In answer to a call to advance Ratigan rode forward and found a vedette, who had mistaken them for an enemy. On making tbomselves known they were suffered to pass on, and Maynard, feel ing that he was too incautious to lead, gave way to Ratigan. They proceeded on their way with more caution and passed through a gap in the ridge lead ing to Reed's bridga The good footing of the road enabled thorn, after getting well into their lines, to proceed rapidl j. After they had pass ed the ridge they left the road and turn ed northward. 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