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LEWIS >1. GRIST, Proprietor. J -Ail JlldcpCIUlCllt v^illllitlj ^Rtll'SpiipCf: AOF till! |]l'0H10ti0)l Of tllC |)olitiCill, ^GCiill, lAtjricultlinil itlltl (!|01lllltfr(iill ^ntCfCStS Of tllC ^Olltlt. j TERMS---$2.00 A YEAR IX ADVANCE. VOT,. 4-1 . " "T YOEKVILLE, S. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBEUAEY 37, 1895. NO. 9. A SEQUEL TO ( \ ? BY CAPT. F. A. MIT Copyrighted, ISM by American Press Ass< SYNOPSIS OF CHATTANOOGA. Private Mark Maynard is sent by General Thomas from the Union camps in central Tennessee scouting toward Chattanooga and barely escapes capture by Confederates through the cunning of a native girl?Souri Slack. He gets a suit of citizen's clothes at Slack's, and Jakey Slack, a lad of 13, goes with him to help disguise his character. Souri gives Mark a silk handkerchief as a memento. Mark and the boy beg supper and lodg, ing at tho house of Mrs. Fain, a Southern ? - woman married to a Northern man, who , is absent in the Union lines. Captain Fitz Hugh, C. S. A., a suitor of Laura Fain's, drops in and suspects tiiat the ~ strangers may be Union spies: but Laura wards ofTinvestigation, and the travelers resume their journey undisturbed. Mark reaches Chattanooga, is captured and condemned as a spy. Jakey sends Souri's silk handkerchief home bv friendly Negroes and Souri takes a hint, hastens to Chattanooga and helps Mark to escape jail. Mark reaches the Fains' house and Is protected by Laura. The remaining chapters show how Laura decides between Captain Fitz Hugh and Mark, compelling the Confederate to shield his Yankee rival. Mark travels toward the Union lines with Mrs. Fain and Laura, is recaptured and apain spared by Captain Fitz Hugh, marries his fair protector, reaches the Union camp with valuable information about tho enemy and is rewarded for his exploit by apg)intment as an officer on the staff of eneral Thomas. SYNOPSIS OF CHICK AM AUG A. Chapter I.?At the time of the adv?/ce of the Army of the Cumberland, shortly before the battle of Chickamauga, Betsy Baggs starts to go through the Union lines to the Confederates. Chapters II, III and iv.?Corporal Batigan conducts her on her way. She throws off a disguise she has worn. She . w carries an intercepted cipher dispatch to a Confederate general. She meets Farmer Slack, son and daughter, Souri and Jakey. The Slacks stay all night at the house of a guerrilla. Chapters V, VI and VII.?Slack sends Jakey to carry the news of the evacuation of Tullahomaand meets Colonel Maynard. Jakey meets Miss Baggs on the road. Colonel Maynard meets the Slacks. Colonel Maynard and Jakey go to visit Mrs. Maynard, and Jakey becomes Colonel Maynard's orderly. m CHAPTER VIII. JAKEY ENTERS THE ARMY. The two wayfarers started in the direction the cavalry had taken, bnt after going a short distance Colonel Maynard reined in his horse. ' ''Stop a bit, Madge," he said. "I want to consult nay staff as to the routa" Then to his attendant, "Jakey, I think I know a shorter route than this." "So do I." "The one yon and I took when*we went to Chattanooga before." "Ter bring back information," added Jakey proudly. i "We'll take it again. It's off the.; main road, and we'll be less liable to be murdered for our boots." "Reckon," said Jakey, wrinkling Ms brow and drawing down the cornea of his mouth with an intensely delitera- ( tive expression, as though, the problem having been submitted to hi?nv?ft be- . hooved him to consider it carefuly. They rode back past the hosse, and keeping on for about a mile turnal into a byway. This they followed till they j reached tho Chattanooga road. Colonel Maynard was in the most exuberant spirits. He had turned orer the command of his brigade for a day or two to the colonel next in rank to himself and was on his way to join his young wife, from whom he had parted a week after his marriage. The'two act- i od on bis spirits like champagne. He j laughed without having anything to laugh at; he bantered Jakey; he talked lovingly to his favorite hone, Madge. In short, Colonel Maynard appeared just what he was in years, little more than a boy. His services as a scout had attracted . the attention of the army and had led the general for whom he, scouted to ad- . vanco him. He had stepped from the ranks to a high position the staff, and soon after a cavalry regiment being badly in need of a lieuteuaut colonel, : the colonel being inefficient and some : junior officer being needed to practical- ! ly command, Maynard was placed in the position. When the colonel of the regiment was got na or, xuaynaru was made colonel Soon after his command was attached to a brigade wherein ho found himself the ranking regimental commander. This gavo him the command of the brigade. ! He entered upon his duties with misgivings. He knew he was well fitted for the duties of a scout, but doubted if he could command the respect of 3,000 ' men. Besides he knew there lurked ' within him a spirit of antagonism to i conventional methods; he feared impulses that might wreck not only him-'' .. self, but his brigade?perhaps a whole army. True, there was often a kind of Illegitimate nobility about these impulses, but it did not render ^hem any : the less dangerous. / On hearing news of, his appointment to the conmrnnd of 'a brigade he mounted his horse iaad dashed over to ^ the headquarters of ftho general to whom w he owed nearly alj his advancement, with a view to pi^rostiug. On arriving there he stammjrffed out reasons which had U^oohtjjnico and was dismissed by the the remark that ho w:'s/JBH^\*r0ln an attack ?f ill timaV-' general adding, "You pp> tidier, Colonel Maynard, V _ Jflif tbBffa lasts long enough to give Jou an (^ Ytunity 5"on will reach a Vmuch highV,oommand than that of a ?^brigade." ^ jt Once on the road he and Jakey had passed before on their journey together to Chattanooga, Maynard took infinite v delight iji talking o\'er their "cam,^S"' paign," as he called tho mission they y I,ad pursued. Jakey became more puffcd np with pride at having been with Br tbe colonel on that occasion than havW ing ridden with him into Tullahoma. K Otjiers had been 011 his staff on the latL> teroccasiou, but he, Jako Slack, alone, B had been his boon companion, his conB fideJitial friend, 011 his mission to ChatB tauoOga. When Jakey considered this B double honor, he felt that he must cerH tainly have been born in uniform and H deprived of it by some malignant fairy 0 soon after'coming into tho world. B The Chattanooga road was by no - means deserted. Wagons under guard, B couriers, staff officers followed by orB derlies, citizens, negroes, indeed all H manner of peoplo and vehicles passing B between tho different copps of the Army B of tho Cumberland, met them or were passed by them ovi the way. S "Jakej\ " said the colonel, "I remem Iber everj moment ui >.w caine along this road on my way back from Chattanooga. I was traveling, 39 tho dignitaries say, incog." "Yer mean by thet ef they'd a knowcd what a 'portant person y'war they'd a showed ther respec' by hangin y'." "Exactly. They would have put several feet between mine and the waving summer grass below. You have a forcible way of expressing yourself, but considering that I'm the subject of your remarks my throat feels clearer at my own moro delicato drawing of the picture. " "Reckon," said Jakcy, with proper olemuity, remembering that the topic was likely to wound the colonel's feelings. < "On that occasion, Jakey, I did not tteefc even a mulo without my heart fnmping up .into my throat." Kfi h HiWSA. :hattaaooga, CHEL, LATE U. S. A. ,$> aciation. ! i "A ropo harness mart a skeered y' | onten yer skin." "Especially when I noticed the knots ; in it. But seriously, Jnkey. that experience has filled me witk*PecQliar dread. Now, suppose some a Confederate j spy should fall into fflf hands." "Reckon yer'd hsnlots o' fun hang! in him." "You're far out dfthe way there, my little Solomon. I fear it would bo absolutely impossible tot mo to do such a duty if required of?e." "Yer needn't pie him, in the first i place." "It might be mjjfauty to do so." "V mnnrrht A) liko Tom. Tom, he A T cau't never see JD? when I want ter drive 'im outen postur. He can see well ! nuff when I get# ear o' corn fo' 'im, ; though." * "A good ideyJakey- With that subtlo sophistry of/yours you could reason ' a Methodist minister into dancing a hornpipe, butl tear it's hardly sound I enough to enailo one so used to deceiving others as I was when a scout to deceive himselC I should do my best, should I takf* spy, to turn him over." "S'posin "twar a woman?" "Oh, Lorf Jakey, don't suppose any such thing. Td have to do my duty in that case jolt the same as if she were a man. Wiat kind of a looking 'gocart' is that coming down the road?" A horse JTas visible in the distance, J its long niok stretched out in front of j its body, coming toward them at a rapid I gait Ttyrattling of a buggy which it ; dragged jwniuded the colonel of the band of.| newly recruited regiment. Within jot a woman in a striped dress, sunbomut and glasses. In short, Jakey Slack alonce recognized his old friend, | Betsy B?ggs. "Ha(fdy, Miss Baggs," he said as i she dr<*e by. j Mi^Baggs was the sphinx she had ; been |0 Jakuy when he met her near ' Tullabcina. She leveled her spectacles at hid, but had no recognition whatever/or him. "Who's your friend?" asked Mayuarf as tho buggy rattled away. ; 'fl.'het's Mi6s Baggs," said Jakey. i "And who's Miss Baggs?" I *- l J - 1 juitey puustfu u \uuiu Lwiuio iopfring. There was a problem in his iTind suggested by the meeting of Miss Bafgs so soon after his conversation wtth the colonel about capturing a y^man spy, for Jakey had a suspicion tint Miss Baggs was in -some way a Obnfederate emissary. J "Waal," he said at length, "I reck, on she's sweet on Rats." i m "Jakey," said the colonel, "there is occasionally a lucidity about your explanations, a shining.brightness, which makes my eyes blink. But on the present occasion 1 think there is dust in them. "Would you mind giving me a pointer as to your meaning? By Rats do you mean rodents?" "What's rodents?" asked Jakey. Meanwhile the rattling of Miss Baggs' buggy was dying away in the distance. "Real rats are rodents " "Not them uns. Rats is a corporal in Major Burke's critter company." "The corporal's name is quite appropriate to the one you have given his regiment. The woman in the buggy looks as if she'd make a fit vivandiere to a 'critter company' and a fit sweetheart for a corporal of the name of Rats." Jakey made no reply to this. He was evidently weighed down with some concealed responsibility. The colonel tried to draw him again into conversation, but even "their campaigns" were not sufficient. -At last the colonel, realizing that they were near their destination and his young wife, became occupied by his own thoughts. Snddeuly he caught sight of a largo frame house set back from the road. Ho gazed upon it with a singular mingling of different feelings. In it ho had first met his wife, in it sho had concealed him from men and hounds, and there she was now, his wife and tho mother of their babe. He gave his horse the 6purs. Jakey suddenly drew rein. "Colonel!" he called. "What?" "Miss Baggs." "Reckon them u/in hcz <jot it bad." "Confound Miss Baggs! What of 1 her?" "Reckon tbar's somep'n wrong 'bout her." i "What do you mean?" "Mebbe she's a 'Federte spy." "You little imp. why didn't you tell me that before?" cried the colonel angrily. "Waal, I hain't sart'in 'bout it nohow. 'n I thought yer moughtn't like fo' to hold outer a woman." "Jakey," said the colonel impressively, "you have done very wrong. You should have told mo of your suspicions at once. Remember I'm a colonel commanding a brigade in the Union army." The colonel sat irresolute. What should ho do? Miss Baggs was now miles away. Jakey only suspected her. j His young wife, whom ho had not seen for nearly a year, was within a stone'f I throw of him. Suddenly ho drove tin spurs again into his horse's flanks and rodo on to the gateway of tho planta' tiou. There was no need to open the gate, for there was no gate to open. Tin two rodo on to tho house through ar avenue of trees, and Colonel Maynard dismounted before his horse reached tin foot of tho slops leading up on to tin veranda. A young woman flew througl the open front door with all the impuls( of a summer storm. In a moment sin and Colonel Maynard wero closely lock ed in each other's arms. "Mark!" ; "Laura!" Jakey sat on old Tom, viewing this collision very much as he would watel two tempest clouds meet in tho sky "Reckon them uns hcz got it bad, " In remarked sotto voce and with a solem nity that was intended to be reverential Colonel Maynard's brigade went int< camp on the river hank some five or si: miles from the plantation. The colone insisted on having .Jakey Macs w?u him permanently and sent him homo t( ask his father's permission, Jakey a the same time hearing an invitation ti liis sister to visit Mrs. Maynard, re-en forced by a special request from tin colonel that it be accepted. Jakey sue ceeded in obtaining the .desired perrnis sion, and after much hesitation Sour decided to accept. Jakey entered th< army as a drummer boy, but was no called upon to flourish the sticks. H was at once detailed for duty at brigad headquarters as clerk in the assistau adjutant general's department as a con venient way of making him confidentia factotum to tho colonel commanding, i Upon getting on the blue and bras | of a Union soldier Jakey was very I proud of himself, and when placed in j closo confidential' relationship with tlio commander of a brigade ho noarly bnrst I with tho emotions generated by the digi nity or nis position. Ho was of great I use to tho colonel, who at once appointl ed liira dispatch bearer between himself j and Mrs. Maynard. Tho domestic near- ! ness of this office only rendered tho boy j 1 more consequential. Ho snubbed not j only the orderlies attached to the head; quarters of the brigade, but would ooI casionally approach disrespect toward ! the officers of tho staff. As this was ! largely their fault, for they were con- ! | tinually trying to amuso themselves at i Jakey's expense, they boro it good nal turedly. "Why don't you carry that note like | fiYiv nfhnr mneennrrnr " Knirl an aid to him one day, "in your belt?" "Coz I hain't lika any other messen- ; ! ger," retorted Jakey. "D'y'reckon a | man what carries the colonel's privato I correspouden' air n common orderly?" | As thero was no gainsaying his argumo^ without a seeming detriment of the personal dignity of tho brigade com; mauder, Jakey held tho field. CHAPTER IX. CIPIIEK DISPATCHES. It was about a week after tha arrival ' ; of Colonel Maynard at tho Fain plantaI tion. Ho had returned to his headquar- I ters. Laura was sitting at work 011 some part of the "recruit's" uniform, while the rain from a September storm beat i against tho window panes. Souri was ! with her, and ns Colonel Maynard was I expecting orders to cross tho river with J ! his brigade tho two had secured Sou; ri's promise to remain at tho plantation till the close of the campaign which was about to open. Souri was up stairs administering to tho wants of the 1 Trrmno?Pr Maviinrd. towhom she was do ' voted. He dropped to sleep, and leaving i ; the chamber on tiptoo she descended to the sitting rooiu. As sho entered she ! glanced out of the window. "Good gracious! If there isn't Miss ; Baggs!" They saw through tho rain a horse j I and buggy making a rapid turn through | j the gateway. "Who's Miss Baggs?" asked Laura I quickly. "I met her when coining from the ! north. Sho got through tho Union lines by playing tho part of a country girl. I met her again on this side, and , sho was a lady. She's coming up to the j veranda." Bobby Lee came up tho driveway at j such a rapid gait as to astonish the two i women looking out of tho window. Tho horse had scarcely stopped in front of 1 the liouso when Miss Baggs, throwing I down tho reins, rushed up tho steps and i ! knocked loudly at tho door. "Go and see what sho wants, Souri. You'vo met her before." i Souri went quickly to the door. When she opened it and Miss Baggs : saw tho girl sho had met between tho i lines, for a moment her countenance : ; brightened. Then suddenly her expression changed on remembering that Sou- i j ri was a Union girl. "I've no time to explain anything. , i Call somo one, quick, to drive my bugi gy to the barn and hide me." Now, Souri knew well enough that j i Miss Baggs was working in the cause ! of tho Confederacy. But she saw a woman in trcublo, and this in her eyes j obscured all else. She ushered Miss Baggs into the room where Laura sat. "This girl wishes to rest with us awhile. I'm going to take her horse to the barn." Without waiting for a reply she went out, and jumping into the buggy drovo ; it around to tlie barn. Theroshe directed Undo Daniel, who ruled the stables : of the plantation, to put both horse and | buggy inside and shut the doors. Hav- j ' ing seen this attended to, she went back i to the house. Meanwhile Miss Baggs stood face to face with Laura Maynard. "This is a Confederate household, I ; believe," said tho fugitive. , "It is." "Thank God, you are one of ours." "No." "What, Federal?" She turned pale. "No." | "Then for heaven's sake tell me what ! you are." "I am a Confederate married to a j Union officer." There wero quick successive flashes of hope and fear on Miss Baggs' countenance. "And you will not givo mo up?" "Give you up? What do you mean?" j ! "I am in the Confederate secret'servi ice. I have just been recognized by a Union soldier?a cavalryman. Ho was j not mounted, while I was in my buggy. I heard him cry halt. I gave my horso the whip, and before tho man could mount I was away and soon turned behind a wood. Thero is a fork in the road. I took the left road, leading here. Ho must have taken tho other, which i loads nowhere. Ho will discover his mistake, turu back and tako the lieht road. This is the iirst house ho will pass, and he will surely come in to ask if you havo seen ma " "Well?" "You will not betray me?" Laura thought of the coming of her j husband 0110 night mouths ago, flying, as this woman was flying, for his life. "No, rest easy on that score. I will do all I can for you." There was but little time for action, j for tho words were scarcely spoken bo- | fore a cavalryman dashed past on tho I road. Ho was throwing mud and water behind him, his boots heavy with moist Tennesseo clay. Noticing the house, as Miss Baggs predicted, he drew rein and entered tho gateway. Hiding up to j j the veranda, he shouted: "flollo,"there!" "Get in there, quick," said Laura, pushing the hunted woman into a closet. Then going out onto tho veranda sho sternly demanded of tho man what ho i wanted. "Did you see a woman go by hero just now in an old farm buggy?" : "No such person has passed." "Sure?" "Sure." i "Aro you people hero Union or Con- 1 > federate?" ) "Both." i "You must excuse me, ma'am, but I think I'll look about for myself a > bit." ) "You will do 110 such thing." 1 "Why not?" I "Because this house is protected by a ) safeguard.'' 3 "That doesn't include rebel emissa1 ries. I shall make a search." 3 "If vou do, you will regret it." 3 "Why?" "I shall report you to Colonel Maynurd, commanding tho ?th brigade." "You have some influence with the colonel, I suppose," said the soldier, 3 puzzled. 1 "I should have. I'm his wife." "Tho devil you are, "in an under3 tone. Then aloud: "Well, ma'am, if you are ^ oiouei .Luayijuiu ? win-, unit cuds it. I don't sco how a Union colo3 ucl's wife can give aid and comfort to c a rebel telegraph worker, for that's 1 1 what the woman is," and lifting his l hat he rode away. 3 Returning to tho parlor, Laura found t Souri there, just from tho barn. Tho t> closet door was opened, and Miss Baggs stepped out. 0 "Is he gone?" " Yes." Taking Laura's hand, Miss Baggscov1 erod it with kisses; then turning to Souo ri she threw her arms about her neck. t Mrs. Fain came into tho room, and 0 seeing a stranger drew back. e "Mamma," said Laura, "this lady t comes to us much as Mark ouco camo from the other side. Sho is chased for 1 i her life." "A Confederate?" asked Mrs. Fain, s 1 "A Confederate, heart _iuul_kand. body and soul," exclaimed Miss Baggs. "Olio sympathizing with our causo is welcome here. Unfortunately my family is broken by diverse sympathies. My husband is exiled 011 account of his sympathies with the Federal cause. My son is fighting for the Confederacy. My daughter here is the wife of a Federal officer. My own sympathies are all with the south." "And now," said Laura, "if you will come with me I will get you souio dry clothing." "I will, but first let mo know to whom I am indebte d for all this kindness. The family naino is"? "Fain." Miss Baggs controlled an ejaculation of surprise. "Fain?" "Fain." "And you aro Laura Fain?" "I was. I am now Laura Maynard. You Bcem to at least have heard of me." "I have heard of you. I am a Virginian. You once visited in Virginia. I was then in Italy studying art." "And yon are"? Thorn wne brief silence before the pncst replied. She seemed deliberating Then slit: too/; ?/j the second disvntch. whether to make herself known or not. "Betsy Baggs," she said at last, and it was evident that if she had another name she wonld Jiot reveal it. Supper was announced, after which Miss Baggs asked to bo shown to a room where she could rest. A servant was summoned, who led her to the guest chamber, and setting the lamp on a table left her to herself. When the servant disappeared, Miss Baggs turned the key in tho lock and then carefully examined the walls, with a view to discovering if there were nneniuL's through which any cvo could peer into the room. Her narrow escape, tho last of a number of such episodes, had partly unnerved her, and sho sat down in a cair to rest, languidly closing her eyes. But not for long. Rising, sho drew from the pocket? of her dress? every one knows that thero is no better placo of concealment than a woman's pocket?a small bundle of papers. Spreading them out on tho table, sho drew her chair near it, and after onco more casting her eye about the room began to study them. Miss Baggs had been endeavoring to secure tho information required as to tho methods of the general commanding tho Army of tho Cumberland in following tho retreating Confederates over sinco the request had been made of her in Juno previous. Here it was September, and she had offectcd nothing. True, sho had taken a number of dispatches in cipher from tho wires, but they were very long, and tho longer tho messago tho more difficult she had found them to decipher. Within a few days sho had intercepted two very short ones. Taking thorn from thoso beforo her, she began to study one consisting of only a few lines. It read as follows: Washington, Aug. 5, 18C3. Banks here army tho Benjamin cat to for your report shinney daily arc advance the cart orders of peremptory applause. Here is tho other, a little longer: WAsniNQTON, Sept. 8, 1863. Congress long with as advise applause marble your possible your ago to party was connect soon to movements spot his ordered as to Burton pin of und left ordered Benjamin. Taking up tho dispatch sho had intercepted when the Army of the Cumberland began to advance and some papers showing that she had been trying to decipher it, sho began to look them over. This is tho dispatch: MruFHEEsnono, June 28, 1803. Volunteers Garfield with circling between you possession turn an he cobBumblo at to get that possible by move Benjamin pony chier rapidity around that put of the hours readv shingle to notice enemy's Tullahoma your ?oint theby ot polliwogof plateau Niggard if desire and hope forward to haha move me right 1 command and mountain order staff. Miss Baggs had had this dispatch by her since the latter part of June and had puzzled over it for many an hour. She had never succeeded in finding a key, but had at last drawn something of its meaning from the jumble of words. After much study she assumed that tho words, when laid down in their proper order, would givo tho proper meaning. But thero wero certain words which either did not mean anything or stood perhaps for some place or general. Sho began by taking out a number of such words as "polliwog," "haha," "shingle" and "pony." Tho dispatch was doubtless from Rosecraus, as tho word Garfield (his chief of staff) appeared, and tho words "chief of staff" wero scattered through it. Thcreforo either Benjamin or Bumblo or Niggard meant Rosecrans. Subsequent dispatches which fell into her hands had convinced her that Rosecrans was designated as Benjamin. Then shq began to try to fit words together in this wise: Your command between Tullahoma and Niggard got possession enemy's 1 ight Circling around the mountain plateau I desire that you get possession if possible a point between Tullahoma and Niggard Move with rapidity 1)J' urill-r n( lVllj lllllll piiiMHT.tM?l Ci.rfi.M . 111. r ..f Otlier groupings gave lier better results till she obtained the following: To Hum lib-(probably a cavalry general on the left Hank)?Be ready to moro ut an hour's notice. I desire that you turn the enemy's right. Move your command if possible by circling around the mountain plateau. (Jet possession of a point between Tullahoma and Niggard (probably some point in rear of the southern army) with rapidity. By order of Rosecrans, Garfield, chief of staff. The deciphering, so far as it went, was of no avail, since it did not come in time, but it helped her with the shorter and easier dispatches, which she now attacked. She began with this one: Bunks here army the Benjamin eat to for your report shinncy daily uro advance the curt orders of peremptory applause. Miss Baggs hud learned that a proper name preceded all these cipher dispatches, possibly having something to do with the key. At any rate, she threw out the litst word (Banks) and the words "cat," "shinncy" and "cart" as check words. "Benjamin," she assum eel, meant Rusecrans. "Applause" must be the signature of the sender, and as the dispatclrwas from Washington it was probably either Lincoln, Stanton or Ilalleclc. The word "to" taken with "Benjamin" must mean "To Rosecrans," and "peremptory" and "orders" evidently must go together. Tho word "advance" doubtless explained the two other words. This only left "report" and "daily" as words of importance. These combinations did not come at once, but after getting them she inferred that Roseerans had peremptory ordtrs to advance and report daily to Washington. "I have got something at last," she exclaimed, getting up from her chair and walking back and forth excitedly. "This is indeed important." Then she took up the second dispatch: Congress lonn with as advise applause marble you possible your utfo to party wjia conn< et soon to movements spot his ordered us to , Burton pin of and left ordered Benjamin. Again the words "to" and "Beujarin" were put together, and tho words ' "congress." "marble," "party" an.d j "( ] ( t" stricken mit as choc k's. Tlio (lis- I j patch, heing longer than the other, was ! iiHjre difficult of interpretation. It was ! | some time before the student was satis j fied with her efforts. She inferred from i it that some one was ordered to connect ' with somo one else. She knew that the Confederate generals feared that Enrnj siilo might connect with Rosecraus. So it was probable that Burton meant \ Buruside, who was at Kuoxville, and that lie had been orderod to connect with Rosccrana' left "as soon as possible." The remaining words ovideutly meant, "Burnsido also directed to rc| port his movements to you." "This is no less important than the other," mused Miss Baggs. "It is clear from both that Rosecranshas peremptory orders to advance, and Burnsido is i ordered to join him. I must get this ; through the lines at once. From hero I 1 most fiml a way across thoTeunossce, just | abovo Chattanooga, if possible, and per- ! 1 Imps T may strike their lino connecting with Rosocraus' headquarters nt tho front and gather in tho latest.nows. 'It j never rains but it pours,' and I'll get in all I can get while I'm in luck." | ( Collecting her papers, she carefully i tied'theni together and \mt tham in her j pocket. Then, turning down tho light, j sho unlocked tho door and went down stairs. CHAPTER X. A PROMISE SOON BROKEN. Colonel Maynard was in tho habit of making frequent visits to his wifo and i without warning. Laura understood perfectly tho embarrassing position in which ho would bo placed at surprising a Confederate spy under tho samo roof with herself and protected by her. She had no mind to placo him in any such ; position. When Miss Baggs went up ! stairs, Laura posted a sentry in tho person of Uncle Daniel to keep a sharp , lookout and givo notice of tho colonel's I * - ? .it- - i. * rj? r? : _i.i. I approacn in oraer mm jiisb jouggs uugou I bo got out of the way before his arrival. I Dauiel sat down on a bench on the veranda and lit his pipe. Ho was an old man and prono to dose. It was not long beforo Lockout mountain across the river began to sway among the clouds, the nearer trees began to rock, the old negro's head fell upon his breast, and ho slept. It was nearly 10 o'clock when Laura, having given up the coming of her husband that night and for once in her life rejoicing thereat, was about to dismiss Daniel from his responsible position when she heard a step on tho veranda. Thinking it was Daniel walking bafck and forth to keep himself awake, she paid no attention to it. There was a ! turning of tho knob to the front door, and in another moment Colonel Maynard stood on the threshold of tho sitting room looking in upon Mrs. Fain, Laura, Souri and Miss Baggs. Ho was about to enter when, observing a strange person, he hesitated. Laura advanced, and taking him by the hand led him to another room. lie had only onco beforo seen Miss Baggs and then in disguise and did not recognizo her. "Why, sweetheart," ho said to his wife, "you're trembling." "You eamo in so hurriedly." "I am hurried. Wo cross tho river 1 tomorrow morning." "Tomorrow morning 1 Oh, Mark, why couldn't they wait a few days?" "If wives and sweethearts had tho giving of orders, Undo Sam would havo his armies always in winter quarters. " "Why couldn't this happiness havo lasted just a little longer?" "And then still a little longer. Come, i t i - 1...4. .. ..i 1 t.?? I 1 I1UVU UUt ih &IJU10 IUI1U IU ouuj. AJUU 1HU bay good by to tho baby." Laura led the way up stairs and drow the curtains from the cradle, exposing tho sleeping infant. There was something in tho innocence, the absenco of forco in tho little slumbcrcr, so different from tho scenes I in which ho was wont to mingle, to set in motion a train of feelings in Mark Maynard to which ho had thus far been a stranger. On the ouc side was tho ; wife ho loved and tho sleeping child; j on tho other, what now appeared toil| some marches, nights spent on wet i ground, sickness, mangling by shell and I bullets tuid saber cuts. A year before he had loved these hardships, ti.eso dangers. Now n new element hnd entered into his life, and at least whilo ho gazed on tho littlo strancer (the onlv life ' that had come to him among tho many I gono since tho war began) ho felt a j strange repugnance to entering upon the coming campaign. : "My boy, my boy," ho said huskily, the thought suddenly coining to him that he might never see wife or child again, "how can I now risk leaving you to struggle on to manhood unprotected?" Then, recognizing his weakness, j he said, with a quick born smilo, "But ; you havo your mother, and I must win tho star of a brigadier for you to play j with." But war's quick and imperative demands gave him littlo time for tho indulgence of such feelings. Ho tried to turn away. Again and again he drew the curtains of the cradle, only to draw | them hack for ono more look. "Laura," he said suddenly, "all is changed. Before you and ho caruo I did [ my duty as a soldier becauso it was not ; hard to do and because it pleased me. Now it will bo hard, and I shall do it j that you and ho may not bo disgraced in mo. Ho v.* can I ever leave a blot on my name and havo that child grow up to know it?" Laura, seeing how hard it was for him to draw himself from the cradle, took his hand and led him away. Going down stairs, they found tho houso silent. All tho family were in 1 bed. Maynard knew that it was timo j he had departed. It tors very late, and ' he must ride eight nfjles to camp and | ho on tho march with liis brigade beforo daylight. Bllt fnor hi , mlf nwnr finin '1*1)0 SlPPpillg child up stairs seemed to have brought from the unknown whence lie camo a maze of gentler emotions, which wore 1 drifting liko smoke wreaths about his father, obscuring tho way from their peaceful influence. There was ono moro embrace, then another last ono, then another final one, , then a stirrup kiss, and Colonel Mark Maynard rode back through tho night 1 to camp. j Nut long after his arrival bugles sounded tho reveille. It was 2 o'clock in tho morning, and the men were i aroused to begin their advance to tho front. Sending for Jakey Slack, the colonel gavo him a note to take hack to 1 Laura at the plantation. Hohadrepeati ed his adieus so often in person that ono would hardly think it necessary to solid any morn on cold paper, but Maynard's heart strings worn pulling him as strongI ly away from warns his duty was forcing him toward it. Besides ho knew i that Laura would treasure every word from him. Jakey mounted Tom and rodo in the I gray of the morning to deliver the note. When ho reached the plantation, he j was obliged to do n good deal of pound: ing and ringing before he could get into I the house. Finaly Mrs. Maynard's i maid, Alice, let hin. in, and considering ; the fact that Mrs. Naynard was in bed and Alico stood in rery closo confidential relations with ler, Jakey consented to deliver the note to the maid and wait. ed to see if there wis any reply. Alico returned and said that her mistress would be down in nmomcnt. Presently she entered, dressed in a morning wrap1 per. "Jakey," she sail, taking tho boy by tlio hand and smoothing the hair out of his eyes, "can I reljon you to do some! thing for me?" I "Could the colonel?" "You are going |o the front, and no I 0110 can tell what nuy happen. You'll I probably havo to neet your enemies ] somo time, and tho colonel says that a ' battlo may come at my day. I want you ! to promise r.io tliat if anything should happen to t In* colonel you will como hero j as fast as you can and let mo know of ! it. Do yon understand?" "Y* moan of th' colonel gits hit on tir for'oad with a cannon ball?" "Uli, Jakcy, don't talk so! I mean if | ho gets sick or wounded or in any other | trouble, will you como and tell 1110 at ! once?" "Reckon." Laura knew that this was Jakey's ' I way of making a promise, and she was ! satisfied. She told him to wait a few' I minutes and went out of the room. ] When sho returned, sho brought two parcels with her. "This one is for you, Jakcy," she said, j handing him one of them. "It's a luncheon. Put it in your haversack and givo tho other to tho colonel. And hand him i ! this note." SI"1 "tv,. I11 in r\ Hiiv whito enveloDO. i within which in a few words was con- j centratod what may bo best expressed as threo days' rations of desiccated affec- j .tiou. Jakey took tho parcels, and placing ; tho uoto in his cap went out, mounted Tom and dashed away after his com- j mander. Maynard's brigade crossed tho river ' south of Lookout mountain and passed over tho mountain's face whero it juts j on to tho river. His command was but j ono of tho many, all moving forward J toward a retreating enemy. Ho marched through Chattanooga to i Rossville, situated at a gap in Mission Ridge. From there ho was ordered for- j ward, entering what is called McLen- j moro's cove, an undulating spaco lying between two ranges, Mission Ridgo and j tho Pigoon mountains. Thoro tho bri- I gado encamped on a field soon to become memorablo as tho scene of ono of the I most desperate, tho most dramatic of all tho battles of tho civil war?the 1 field of Chickamauga. | TO UK CONTINUED NEXT WEEK. ? i | pisfdlanwus guiding. | ADDRESS OF THE'lRBY COMMITTEE. Appeal for United Action Among the : White*. The daily papers of last Wednesday contained the following address to the white voters of the State from the sub-committec recently appointed by i the State Executive committee: The demand for a constitutional coni veution to frame an organic law adaptj ed to our people and our conditions has I become a cardinal principle of the [ Democratic party of this State. The call for such a convention has been duly made by the people, provided for by the legislature and the convention will assemble to do its work on the ? day of September next. Upon the complexion and acts of this j convention depends the welfare of our | people for many years to come. There fore the election of proper delegates to | the convention is of paramount importi ance. Our best and wisest citizens ; should be chosen for this great and re| sponsible trust. Realizing this, your ; State committee, charged by the conj stitution of the party "with the execu| tion and direction of the policy of the j party," in accordance with its constitu[ tion and platform of principles, has unanimously resolved that delegates to the convention, to represent the views of the Democratic party of this | State, should be nominated at a Demoj eratic primary to be held in each j county on the ? day of July next, i unless the county executive comnrrUtee j shall adopt a different mode of nomi| nation, and the State committee will in j due time prescribe suitable rules to I govern the primary electioi?. It cannot be ignored that the fac| tions "Reformers" and "Conserva! tives" exist in the Democratic party i _! xL!- 1 ll.l oi tills aim mui iiiuuu uitici strife lias existed between them. But no matter where the blame, if any, should lie, the time has come when | union and harmony should aggin prevail among the white Democrats of the State. We believe the great body 1 of the Democracy earnestly desire the restoration of peace and harmony and we observe with pleasure that patriotic men on both sides arc sincerely endeavoring to bring about a union 011 fair and just lines. By every fair and honorable means we should strive to prevent a bitter factional fight for the control of the constitutional convention, with its inevitable appeal to the Negro to arbitrate the differences among Democrats. There is 110 reason why all white Democrats in South Carolina cannot agree and unite in * -i?? - r - ?.? rm j me auopuou 01 a cuusiuuuuu. me i transcendent issue is the preservation i of white supremacy by a qualified suffrage. In this issue Conservatives ] and Reformers alike are equally and vitally concerned. On this supreme * issue the tocsin should be "White unity for white supremacy." There was once such a time and it may not be amiss to recall it. Nineteen years ago a dual government existed in our State capital, with ; two governors, each claiming to be I the legal executive, and two legislatures with full sets of State officers. The one government was composed of j carpet-baggers, scalawags and Negroes, the vilest set of thieves and scoundrels known to American history, was sustained by Federal troops, who had S been ordered to seize the State house by (Jrant. The question of the presi' dential succession was in doubt, and the iron-willed president without scru; pie propped the edifice built by (?en| eral ^Janby and the carpet-baggers with bayonets, because the State's i "i"c)unil vote was necessary to save the presiil?-iu;y to the Republican party. The other government was sustained by the white people of the State with a unanimity and determination born of despair and an immovable purpose to throw oil' the yoke of ignoranee and and vice, let the consequences be what they might. Rut it was a period of doubt and gloom and the minds of men have never been kept at such high tension for so long a time. The campaign of 1870, with the existing scenes which it engendered, the Hamburg and F.llcnton riots, the Cainhoy massacre, the j red shirt cavalcades, the troops at the j polls, all these were fresh anil vivid pictures in the minds of our people. I South Carolina had been, and was then in sore straits. Her citizens find been subjected to tyranny such as had never been borne by an Kuglish speaking people "since the Saxons wore the Norman collar." The sun of hope had been in eclipse lbr eight long years and the fate of our civilization hung in the balance. Rut true to their lineage and the love of freedom inherited from their sires South Carolina's true sons came together as one man and when thus united tho contest was no longer doubtful. The State's vote was counted for the Republican candidate for president, but we held our State government and the governor of our choice was duly install' ed and assumed undisputed control as soon as the troops were removed, while I the horde of miserants who had defded our State house, lied beyond our borders for safety. It is not pleasant to recall that sad and gloomy period of our history, but some of our people seem to have forgotten it, while others who were too young to know and realize the terrible conditions and the almost superhuman efforts which were necessary to rescue the State can read the story with profit, if they will heed the lesson of J the State's rescue from the darkest j period it has ever known. White unity I alone wrought our redemption. White unity alone kept the government in the hands of the intelligence and virtue of this State, obedience to the will of the white majority and a i loyal support of the candidates chosen by the regular party machinery alone, preserved the fruits of victory which was won against such fearful odds in 187G. The slogan "An Independent is worse than a Radical" lias been no idle phrase, but a living, burning text, faith in which meant Anglo-Saxon suprem- j acy, good government and the pres- , ervation of our civilization. Rut the SWOrd of DamnnlM Vinu Kr>pn i suspended over our heads through a ! civilization guaranteeing universal suffrage. The crisis of 1870 shows that the Negroes have a majority of more j than 30,000?men of voting age. The i huge black smoke which auaconda- J like held the State in its folds and i came so near crushing it to death j during the dark period from 1868 to ! 1876, has# been rendered harmless, j temporarily paralyzed, by the registra- i tion and eight box laws. But it is not j dead, nor is it even sleeping. Encour- j aged by the bitter feud existing be- ' tween the whites, and no doubt rely- ' ing on the belief that they will be ! culled on as a balance of forces to settle i the quarrel, the Republican party has ! been reorganized, the Negro preachers, always the most influential leaders ofj their race are already at work preparing to mobilize the black horde. It is a sad commentary on the mad ex- \ tremes to which factional political | strife can carry men to note the atti- i tude of some of our men and newspapers towards the movement. Thirst- i ing for control and blind to all the evil I consequences, they encourage the Ne- ! groes to political activity. Irreconcil- j ables, few in number, we are confi- j dent, but bitter and scheming, are ! evidently in league with them, and j a perfect understanding seems to ex- ; ist. The devil, moving and instigating ' them, as it were, taking these men up j on a mountain and showing them the I Negroes, saying: "Energize, mobilize j these blaCk men and you can rule in j South Carolina." The plea is made by the Republican leaders that the Republicans, do not seek to attdin office or regain control of the government, but no men of sense can be deceived by such a plea. Their offer to vote for the best men of the faction which would give them their rights may be a temptation to a few ultrapolitical partisans, but we j have more faith in the good sense aud j patriotism of the conservative masses j than to believe that they are to be thus ! fooled or that they can be led by de- j signing men to form an alliance which ; can only bring disgrace to them, and jeopardize, if not destroy, our government for all time. We have the opportunity so long sought of forcing the privilege of suffrage so that the fullest political freedom shall obtain and all danger from , the ignorant black majority which has | been a menace to our liberty ai\d civil- j ization and has hung as an incubus on 1 our progress, shall he averted forever, j Will not our people remember the | struggle of'7G and its lesson of white j unity, cease their mad strife and come ! together as the sons of a common mother to protect that mother and secure for themselves and their posterity the blessings of liberty and good government, free from the black shadow which has so long been over our beloved Statc^pjffcniHrsrbeeti^iUerness and nation and recrimination on both sides. The spirit of antagonism if longer nursed can ouly breed disaster, and no patriot should wish a constitution made by a victorious and enraged faction, after a fight in which white men have called on the Negroes to settle the differences. Whatever have been the causes of the differences which have embroiled our people we can all unite in selecting our best, our truest, our purest citizens as delegates and leave it to their wisdom and patriotism to frame an organic law for the State. Let these delegates ! he chosen at a primary in which all white Democrats can unite and move and vote for men without regard to past political differences or affiliation. Let character, patriotism, ability and devotion to the main purposes for which the convention has been called he the tests of fitness of the delegates, and let the nominees of the party be loyally supported at the election. A constitution framed by our best men elected in this spirit should be worthy of our State and its history, j All must recognize that a constitution I should deal with principles proper to | be incorporated in the organic law and j not with matters of detail, which is the province of the legislature. With a constitution made by our own people suited to their genius and i condition, endorsed by the great body ! of the white race as promotive of the j best interests of the whole State and | establishing by adequate and valid I provisions the supremacy of the white | men and delivering us forever from i the fear of Negro domination, our I State will begin a new era of progress | and prosperity. Ira B. Jones, C. M. Ekird, W. I). Evans. LAUGHING AT LATIMER. J A Cruel rructlcal Joke on the CoiiKremniitin From the Third. A good joke on Congressman Latimer has come to light, says the Washington correspondent of The News and Courier. For some days past Congressman Latimer has been attending to hiscon! gressional duties, wearing a long, for lorn countenance as if his last friend ! in the world had left him. This is , made more prominent by the, cnntr^& I nf nn oYQfledingly joyful^ CO I which he exhibited T>u' a sl!o^|iiiue ago. Though Mr. Latimer has been asked probably 10 times a day the the cause of his troubled look, he has never yet given a satisfactory answer, hut rather bestows a clerical smile and changes the subject. The real cause, however, has transpired and is said | can he attributed to a clairvoyant and a number of friends of Mr. Latimer who desired to have some fun at hiscx| pensfc. If imneurs that far n lnrur limn ttw. -- "i i ? " r> >? "iv wonderful power of a prominent Wash! ington clairvoyant was being continually brought to Mr. Latimer's attention. He talked to some friends about ! her, and received in solemn looks and tones the highest recommendations. They all knew people that had interj viewed her, and said she told them ! wonderful tilings that had turned out just as she had said. The desire to | know something of his future persuadj ed Mr. Latimer until he at last gave in and visited the clairvoyant. Now in some way that was not revealed, the history of the congressman and a few incidents of his life were told to the clairvoyant previous to his visit, and, of course, when he came, she was perfectly prepared. .She told hint his occupation, age, the district be was from, and numerous happenings of his life, lie was naturally j astounded and would, of course, believe anything she said of his future. "Your future," said she, "will be a brilliant one. You arc not a politician ; but a statesman. You will not come back to congress as a representative, but as a senator. The senior senator from your State is in very poor health and will live but six months. When he dies there will have to be a successor, and it is willed that you are to succeed him in the senate." It is understood that Mr. Latimer was so overcome that he paid double | for the information, lie knew that Senator Irby had not been feeling well for sometime; but be didn't know that be was in such dangerous health. He felt sorry that the senator was going to leave us; hut the clairvoyant told him nothing in the world would stop it. As for himself he was delighted. He was for sometime the jollicst fellow one would care to meet. He was always wishing his friends a long life and successful future, and in fact some of his acquaintances, who were not in the joke, thought that he must have struck a gold mine and were wishing they were in his place. The schemers said never a word. His happiness was according to the old saying, "too good to last." With but the throw of a stone the glass house was shattered. A group of congressmen, among whom were Representatives Izlar and Latimer, were clustered together one evening telling yarns, and one thing led to another, when Representative Izlar held the attention of all by a narrative of his visit to a clairvoyant. Mr. Latimer, it is said, was very attentive. "I called on a clairvoyant the other day," began Mr. Izlar, "and I am inclined to believe some of the things she said. According to her statements I am not a politician ; but a statesman. She said that the senior seuator from South Carolina was going to die in six months' time, and that I was to succeed him; but not directly, for another representative would succeed him first; but that he would die three weeks after his installation, and I would be elected to fill the remainder of the term and also for the long term." The crowd laughed, and the schemers turned their eyes on Mr. Latimer. He hud turned pale and was seemingly very nervous. It was not long before he left the crowd and went home. Since then he has been completely broken up. It was the intention of the jokers to reveal the whole thing and turn the laugh on him ; but he took it so hard that it was thought best to worry him a little longer. Up to the time of this writing he lias not found out that he is the victim of a huge joke. ANECDOTES OF GRANT. Owing to his lack of purely personal ambition, not because he doubted his ability, writes Thomas 1'. Kobb, in The Argonaut, General Grant opposed his own promotion to each and all of the different grades of rank that he was advanced to; and when delegation after delegation from the North came to headquarters and urged him to permit the use of his name for the presidency, he would say, "Gentlemen, I am not a politician, I have no political friends, and I have never made a public speech in my life. No, no; there is plenty of good material in the North to make a president of?men trained in the science of government and political life. I am neither, and am content with ray army." An yet this man, this soldier of soldiers, had a strong antipathy to war in all its aspects. lie wanted to be a professor in a college, and came very near being swallowed up in that pool of polite seclusion some time during the forties. He hated wars of iuvasion as well as internecine conflicts, and >- ' ,1 lliu nut iicsiunt; uu ucuuuutc mo a*ao.xican war as an unholy one, inspired by greed for the acquisition of new pos| session. And he saw clearly that the same result which was finally accomplished in the treaty of Guadalupe Hi.dalgo, and the purchase by the United States of additional territory for far more than it was worth to Mexico, might have been arrived at without shedding a single drop of blood. His ambition did not extend beyond the pressing needs of his country. The misguided sister States having been led back into the Union, he was ready and glad to sheathe his sword, i and retire with his family to his cot! tage iu Galena. One day, while the army was rest! ^ng at Grand Junction, Tenn., a party I of gentlemen were seated in his tent, ! and the topic of conversation happened j to be the vaulting ambition of certain men, when Grant quietly remarked, ! "Well, the only ambition I ever had was to become mayor of Galena. I i would like to be mayor of Galena for just one term." All present looked at the placid face of the great general, who sat serenely smoking his cigar, his thoughts seemingly wandering far away to the lead mines of his adopted home, and to his modest cottage on the hill. At length some one made the query, "Why, general, do you wish to be mayor of Galena?" and the reply was, "To enable me to build a sidewalk from my house to the store." The war brought forth many an interesting discussion as to the quali ties which entered into the make-up of a good soldier and of his antithesis, "the poltroon and the terms "moral courage," "physical courage," "recklessness," and "cowardice," were much I and vaguely used iu this connection. | It may be worth while to record I General Grant's view of the matter, j It was at Vicksburg that some oflicers were holding an animated conversai tion relative to these very questions, i in the rear and within earshot of | General Grant's headquarters. Some J were decidedly modest in their expresI sions, while others boasted that they : never experienced the slightest sense ! of fear upon entering a battle. This j was not lost upon General Grant, who thoughtfully remarked : "When I hear i a man say that he never has the slight| est fear upon entering a battle, I invaI riably put him down as either a j liar or a coward." He then cited a I jiumber of instauces of men whom he ft known to be brave, and of others "wwLMd shown the' white feather I whew put to the tdst, and, speaking for himself, said that in his entire j army experience he did not remembei I a single engagement that he had nol j gone into without a certain feeling ol I trepidation, which, however, quickly : left him after the battle and its excitement had begun. Supposed to be connected with this question of personal bravery is the j practice of duelling, and an incident ol 1 the so-called "field of honor," related 1 in his memoirs, throws an interesting sidelight upon the character and dis; position of President Grant. In the i year 184"), when be had just arrived j in New Orleans from Gamp Salubrity, j he happened to be awake one morning j about daylight, when he heard the : sound of firing, and soon discovered that it was "only a couple of gentle* ? i a\. nn;n;Mn i men ucciumg ii uuiei-t-uvc ui ut#....... I with rilles at twenty paces." He says : "I do not believe I ever would have the courage to light a duel. If any man should wrong me to the extent ol I my being willing to kill him, I would not be willing to give him the choice of wenpons with which it should be done, and of the time, place, and distance separating us when I execute him. If I should do another such n 1 wrong as to justify him killing me, I would make any reasonable atonement i within my power, if convinced of the j wrong done. I place my opposition tc duelling on higher grounds than any stated here*. No doubt a majority ol the duels fought have been for want ol suflicient moral courage on the part ol those engaged to decline." Now that the duello seems to be i waning, it is interesting to pause and consider the judgment of this man, who unquestionably possessed, in the highest degree, an indomitable cour| age. After the excitement and fatigue of j a battle, or at any time when no imI mediate danger menaced his army, in the retirement of his tent, General j Grant liked to be amused. I never knew him to laugh more heartily j than he did at General Dodge, who, it will be remembered, after the occupation of Yicksburg, was placed in command of the city. At that time cotton was worth a dollar and ten | cents a pound in New Orleans. Farj ragut, with his gun boats, controlled the Mississippi river at Fort Hudson and Yazoo Pass, and prevented owners from shipping their priceless cotton down to the Crescent City. General Dodge was besieged day and night by planters and owners of the precious stull', for permits to ship their cotton below to a market. As i he had no authority to issue permits, | he wns greatly annoyed by these con( tinued importunities, and at length on the verge of desperation, he telegraphed Mr. Lincoln the following: "Mr. President: On Saturday last I was offered $50,000 for a permit to ship a boat-load of cotton from this place j to New Orleans; on Sunday morning, I was offered $100,000 ; before night, I was tendered $200,000 in greenbacks. : As my price is $250,000, for God's I sake, Mr. President, remove me before | I am ofTered that sum." I A copy of this dispatch was shown ! to Grant, who, as I have said, enjoyed , it hugely. No one appreciated a good | story or joke more than Mr. Lincoln, i and for a long time.he carried that | honest telegram in his vest pocket | to show to his intimates. Before closing, I must present an ! illustration of one more phase of his j character, which, no doubt, may be familiar to many, as the story has been ! going the rounds for 40 odd years, and ; has been told by Grant himself a ! number of times. When he was a lad j of about 8 years, his father, Jesse j Grant, offered a Mr. Kalstou $20 for a j colt, bpt the latter demanded $25. | The son, Ulysses being, however, very ! solicitious for the possession of the animal, he was finally permitted to go (properly instructed by his father) to bargain for it, and this is how he carried out his father's instructions. When he arrived at Mr. Ralston's u* i.- ?:.3 Ao i.: ? . tm T uuuse, lie fciuu lu inui . "X ujju auya x may offer you $20 for the colt, but if you won't take that, I am to offer you $22.50, and if you won't take that, to give you $25." I have cited this instance, old as it is, because it furnishes an apt illustration of that guilelessness in business transactions which characterized Grant through life, even to the very end. ONE S AGE. The unwillingness of women who have passed a certuin age?and of men, too, for that matter?to avow frankly the number of birthdays they have had is proverbial, the world over. In France, which is reputed the most courteous country in the world, the sensitiveness of persons who are no Ipnger young is almost universally respected. Even in the courts of justice a wpy is sometimes found to escape the necessity of a frank avowal. A lady whose appearance indicated that she had left her fortieth year behind her,was not long ago ordered by the president or judge of a court where she was a witness to tell how old she was. "'ty-two years, monsieur le president," she murmured. The judge merely smiled at this very indefinite reply, and pressed her no further. In the courts of Germany, where no laxity of any sort is allowed, the case is quite otherwise. A woman at Berlin recently declared, while under oath in court, that she was 26 years old. The official birth record was looked up by some prying official, and it was ascertained there that she was past 30. The woman was prosecuted for perjury, as beyond a doubt she deserved j to be, and given a- term of imprisoni ment. In spite of warnings, however, some ! people will probably continue to dis| guise their age, when there is no such solemn motive as an oath to compel them to state it truly. A witty lady, not long ago remarked, in company, when the delicate question of age came unuer uiscussiuu ; "Oh, you know I have a way of making myself put younger than I am without telling a lie at all." "Indeed ! How do you do it?" "Well, I put the sin all upon the | questioner. You see, when one of my | female friends asks me how old I am, I ! answer, 'Oh, I'm older than you are, J you know, my dear?as much as a j year. By the way, how old are you ?' ; And she always knocks off more from my age than I should ever dare to i myself!" Wonders of Whist CombinaJ tions.?The wonderful figures given in the following article on whist and i its permutations, have been carefully ! rnmnilpfl in Ihe late Richard A. Proc I tor's works oil the subject of chance in cards and other kinds of games. Proctor calculated that there are no ! less than 630,013,559,600 ways of dealj ing whist hands, and that there is only | one chance in 158,758,389,000 of holdi ing 13 trumps, and that, of course, the dealer's trump must even then be ! taken and counted. Further, he has : proven that out of 1,587,533,899 hands dealt, 342,132,219 hands will contain ! four cards of two suits, three cards of j one suit, and two cards of one suit. There are 98,534,079,072 ways of muk| ing a hand that will contain one five! card suit, two three-card suits and one i two-card suit. Also, that there are , ; 82,000,000,000 ways of dealing a hand so that it will contain live cards of one , suit, four cards of another, three of a P third, and two of a fourth. Fourth in ' order of frequency comes the hand . j containing one live-card suit, one four. i card suit, and two two-card suits. It f i is also shown that there are 07,182,, ; 330,040 ways of dealing the above hand. "Fifth in order of frequency," says the great mathematician, "comes 5 the hand which many suppose 10 ue , most frequent, that which lias a great f1 uniformity of distribution, such as one I 1 four-card suit and three three-card , | suits." Then lie goes to work to | I prove that there are uo less than 66,, 005,856,150 ways of making such i hands. Mr. IToctor also discusses the "Yarborough hand," which was sceall! j ed because Lord Yarborough was al; , ways willing to wagerXI,000 to?1 that I ; it could not be dealt. Such a hand con. i sists of no card higher than a nine , spot. | flaT" A French writer recommends, , in cases of ingrowing toenail, the f painting of the nail with a warm 40 J per cent, solution of caustic potash. , In a few seconds the nail becomes so J i soft that it can be scraped away, I n small lnvpr which can be , ( removed by small scissors. jSTThere is a gun in the British navy, a 22-ton Armstrong, which hurls , a solid shot a distance of 12 miles, the , | highest point in the arc described by the shot being 17,000 feet above the f earth's surface. The discharge of the f i gun cannot be heard at the place f where the ball strikes. i 8GF A peculiarity of tbc blind is that there is seldom one of them who smokes. Soldiers and sailors accustomed to smoking and who have lost their sight in action, continue to smoke for a short while, but soon give up the ' habit. They say it gives them no pleasures when they cannot see the i smoke.