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l. m. gkist & sons, Publishers. 1 % Jfamilj Heicspper: |[or the promotion of the political, ^oeiat, Agricultural, and (Kommeqcial Interests of the ?outh. | Msinole !copy! cS,CE' established 1855." YOEKVILLE, S. C., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 1899. NO. 31. , ? i T_ _ . _ ?. r -| IN THE DEBA 33"ST EDWA.I Copyright, 1899, by the Author. CHAPTER L 8EVKUAL SIGNALS. General Sherman was in the full swing of his colossal picnic, consisting of the promenade of 60.000 Union veterans from Atlanta throngh the core of the Southern Confederacy. 800 miles eastward to the Atlantic coast, when T.ion ton ant Onlrnmn of the ?4?VUWUMU? ? ? Massachusetts cavalry, accom panied by the scoot Sain Borland, reined aside and started off on a little cam paign of bis own. They were far over In eastern Georgia near the Sonth Carolina line, throogh which the mighty army was to sweep, facing northward to nnite with the legions of Grant, and stamp ont the last embers of resistance And what a wonderfnl march that was. the vast hoet advancing in fonr columns, with a clond of skirmishers and cavalry in front to veil its route, and foraging on the country through which the army passed' The autumn was drawing to a close and in the north the frost of the com ing winter was in the air. while the soldiers in the Virginia camps drew around their blazing fires at night and. as they talked of the great war and wondered how soon it would end. wrapped their overcoats closer around their shivering forms Eut nature sways a gentler hand and her breath has a soft fragrance of its own in the states farther south. The mornings were crisp and bracing, but something of the snmmer m ? 15 a nnH tKo rervor imgereu :u tuc euu.-iu.uc, uuu hundreds of campfires that twinkled at night were, needed less for warmth than for the cooking of food and the pleasure of comradeship It was on the afternoon of one of those perfect autumn days that Lieu tenant Oakman drew rein at the edge of a piece of wood fronting on the broad, sloping cotton fields, which had V yielded up their meager harvest but a brief while before, though here and there the snowy decks on the stunted brown bushes showed where the deft fingers had failed to garner the after math The lieutenant and his scout had parted company a couple of hours previous. and the attractive countenance of the young officer betrayed his mental concern His black, blooded mare, that had carried him safely through the flame of more than one fierce conflict, stood motionlesa with the reins lying loose on her neck, while her rider looked and wondered and fretted. The most that she veirtnred to do was to thrust forward her silken nose and. with the aid of the flexible upper lip with which her species is provided, draw in some of the neighboring twigs and munch them despite the interference of the steel bit The food was neither tempting nor nourishing Perhaps Fanny indulged to this gentle extent the better to pass away the time while her rider ruminated. but master and beast had long been accustomed to "hard tack. " The attention of Lieutenant Oakman hutn'opn ii nnint on the *4 W an uivmvu M t fringe of the curving wood a fourth of a tuile away and the old mansion of the plantation which was less than half the distance named It was a typ ical planter s home, low of stature, broad, roomy and whitewashed surrounded by a wealth of shade trees, divided near the middle by a roofed pas sage with wide porch extending in front, nnmerous outbuildings and the row of cabins near by where the slaves were comfortably quartered until most of them were brushed into the current that came with the "day of jubilee' and floated them into the promised land of freedom The officer turned the small spyglass suspended from his ueck by a string toward the point of wood which, it has been said, attracted his attention The result was satisfactory Sam Borland was there, standing beside the trunk of a huge cottonwood. his horse so far in the timber as to be invisible Evidently he was on the alert for scarcely had Oakman located him when be took off his cap and swung it The lieutenant whipped out his handkerchief and with a single wave replied That was sufficient They understood each other, and the officer turned his head part way round without shifting bis position in the saddle and fixed his gaze upon the mansion or rather uimiu so much of it | as the shading branches permitted him to see The result of this scrutiny was disapDointing The cavalryman perhaps was looking for some person or signal, bat failed to catch the first sign of either When he grew weary of the work, he lowered his binocular *1 wonder whether there s a living creatnre in that bouse. he muttered "It looks as if it were an empty shell or bnge coffin This is the first time that red war has crossed the thresholds of these southern homes Until now not the boom of a cannon nor the crack of a hostile musket has startled the women and children, but the terror is upon them at last A feeling of pity and wonder came to the gallant officer His thoughts took the same trend they had taken scores of times before, and not only with him. v but with multitudes of those who wore the blue and the gray "Why are we fighting each other? Why is the earth wetted with the warm blood of the bravest the noblest and the most gifted of men t In the years to come, when the Union is restored in all its strength and grandeur and the veterans of both sides sit down to talk ever old times, their wonderment will bo why they tried with such unsurpassable bravery to take each other's lives. It passe.- r:y comprehension." TABLE LAND. ID S. BZjZJIS. , He v.its silent a moment, and then added in an awed undertone. "It is the hand of God. and his ways are past finding ont But it is a perilous thing for a soldier to indulge in reverie when on duty or [ in the enemy 's country Recalling ins 1 straying thoughts. Lieutenant Oakman once more leveled his glass at the old mansion, but with no more result than I before "I must be expected.' he said "This is the day that was set, and it was understood that I was not to appear on the edge of the wood until the afternoon I don't understand it Perhaps the nef8 of the approach of our army has frightened the family into flight, but that isn't like the southern people Though none of them is left except the women and servants, they will stand their grcund in "the face of all danger, calm, dignified, fearless, worthy types of the noblest of their sex It can't be that I've made a mistake!' he added, startled by a sudden fear. It was evident from the musings of the New England officer, who until this hour had never set foot in that part of Georgia, that he was acting upon the knowledge imparted by some one who knew every rod of the soil. "At Kinmore I was to take the road ' to the right and ride for four miles, 1 when I would reach a point where a ' fork turned into the woods on the left. I did as directed and found the forest 1 highway at the exact point expected ! I was to follow that for 200 yarda when, if 1 looked sharp, I would ob- I serve a bridle path Well. I looked sharp and observed it Riding along I the same. 1 was told it soon emerged from the trees and skirted these cotton < fielda At the point where the path de- ' bouches from the wood I was to halt i my horse and wait for the signal. "Which the same is what I've been ' doing for the last hour." added the lieutenant impatiently "Night isn't far off. and there is no time to lose 1 < promised the general to be with him by tomorrow night, but my trip will be 1 l ? f monuinn rnnHor mfriRAa UUUtlCOO U VUG Uiauatvu j wmuw. - ? soon to give a sign? Hello I" The instrument was lifted to his eyes ' again, and on the instant confirmed the belief that had suddenly thrilled him 1 From the upper window, on the right, he saw a hand waved. Just above and somewhat to one side he could catch the partial contour of a person's face, manifestly watching him with as close < interest as he was studying the action of the party for whom he had waited ? so long The window was raised from the first. 1 and the impatience felt by the officer at the delay in the communication vanish- 1 ed the moment he knew that it had been opened Holding the glass in place. ( he waved the other gauntleted hand in salutation, slightly annoyed that his 1 friend failed to show himself more fully and display a signal of a different na- ? tore But not only did the stranger de- 1 cline to do that, but unexpectedly and ' exasperatingly he suddenly disappeared. The perils of campaigning had taught < Lieutenant Oakman to think quickly. "That abrupt withdrawal means that ' something threatening has taken place < in the house or near me. " ! Since one contingency was as proba- 1 Die as the other the officer glanced rapidly at his surroundings, and as he did so both eye and ear revealed the alarm ing fact that a person was standing 20 < feet away intently watching him ' CHAPTER II ' AN lNTKKRV'PTJON The first notice that reached Lieuten ant Oakman was the sound of a laugh Ordinarily the emotion of mirth is con tagions. but in this instance it sent a shiver down his spine, for its meaning | was conducive to anything but merriment He had been discovered while engaged in a most delicate and danger ons ousiness The officer turned bis head like a flaeh and saw standing on the edge of the wood behiud him a negro boy not more | than 12 years old. barefoot, with trousers held in place by a single snspender and a rickety hat without a crown The ebony face was bisected by a grin which displayed a set of teeth that a princess might have envied, while in his right hand he held a switch, which he had probably broken from a tree that he might carry it for his own amuse ment When he observed the angry counte nance of the horseman turned toward him. the nrchin remarked "I seed what yo' war doin.' "What was 1 doing, young rnant demanded the lieutenant severely "Tryin to flirt wid MissAdele 1 had my eye on yo- ' "Whom do you mean by Miss Adele ?' Instead of making direct reply the negro lad threw back his head and broke into uproarious mirth The question struck him as the funniest thing he had ever heard, and he belonged to a race that laughs upon the slightest provocation Tbs officer grew angry He 6aw a peril that must be nipped in the bud. and. wheeling his mare around, ho pricked her satin flank with his spur She responded with a switch of the tail ana a leap tnat almost orougnt uer down npon the urchin, but the latter waa frisky and whisked behind the nearest tree trunk, from which his big eyes peeped with the dilapidated hat above them "I ain't afeard ob yo I bet yo' can't eotch me " Seeing that other means must be tried, the lieutenant changed his tone "What is your name, sonny?" "Rastua " "What is your father's name?' "Pete, un mammy's name is Annt Marcie We lib in de cabin down yender, a little way back ob de house. " "What are yon doing here?" "Standin ahind dia tree so yo can't run ober me." "Do yon belong to General Eldridga who lives in the house yonder?" "Yaas. sir. un am yo' one ob Marse Linknm's sojers?" "Yes; we have a big army a little way off. and 1 rode over here to take a look at the country Who lives in the bouse now ?' "All de durkies bab gwine away but as dat I tole yo' boat an dere's no body ut home but de wimmin folka " "Where are the men?" asked the lieutenant whose question was wholly Tfcc officer turned hi* haul like a flash. superfluous. since he knew that all the white men in the state were in either the Confederate or Union army "Degin'ralam killin Yanks Dat's what he's been doin far de last 400 fears.' "Do you know how many he has tilled?" "Ain't sartin. but heerd it was leben hundred million.' "1 am afraid. Rastus. that your in formant has slightly exaggerated matters: but will you tell me what ladies ire at the house?' "No. 6uh." responded the boy. with admirable pluck "Whv not?'" 'Cause yo' wants to cut dere beads Dff.' The earnestness of the urchin made the officer smile in turn "You are" mistaken, my boy 1 wouldn't harm one of them for the world.' "Am dat sot Will yo take yo oath 1' "Yes 1 will take my oath that 1 will not injure a hair of their heada ' "Cross yo heart ' The officer gravely drew his ganntletcd hand down and across his breast That removed all difficulty and wo0the confidence of Rastua "De wimmin folks am Miss Adele in Mrs Eldridge. " "Miss Adele, I suppose, is the daughter of Mrs Eldridge ?" "Ain't sartin bout dat, but 1 know ie missis am de moder ob Miss Adele.' "Admitting your premisea the conclusion 1 adduced is inevitable. " Erastus opened his mouth and stared. Not the faintest glimmering of the meaning of these words penetrated his brain, but be nodded his head. "You are sure that only the mother md daughter are living in the houseV The question struck the lad as uncalled for. but he inclined his head seviral times with much vigor Like most ronntrsters. he was gifted with a well developed bump of curiosity "What's yo'r name?' "Lieutenant Oakman of the th Massachusetts cavalry Are ypu acquainted with any of our men or officers Y' "Guess not Hab yo eber been hyah afore 1' "Never until today I am a stranger in this part of Georgia "Den what yo tryin to flirt wid Miss Adelefur 'f Yo oughter be shamed ob yo'self "How could 1 flirt with her when 1 never set eyes on the young lady Y" "Den it war de missis herself Yah. yah. yah'" Lieutenant Oakman did not know whether to laugh or be angry over the bright stupidity of the young African. "Rastus. he said, with all the severity he could assume. "1 tell you again that never before have 1 been in this part of the world, nor have I ever spoken to your missis or her daughtera so let s hear no more of that.' He was anxious to ask the lad several questions, but hesitated The fellow was too observant and suspicioua Lieutenant Uakuian had others to think of besides himself, and valuable as would have been certain information he was sure this youngster could give there was peril in the inquiries necessary to extract such knowledge Rastus had seen the signaling of the officer, and perhaps it was better the lad should rest under the belief that he was seeking to attract the attention of the daughter of General Eldridge. While Lieutenant Oakman was pondering over the best method of solving a problem whose greatest difficulty lay in its simplicity the lad infused a startling diversion into the situation by remarking in a lower tone than he had been using "Luftent Oakum, yo'd better git out ob dis kentry " Why?" "Dere's some folks dat am lookin fur yo\" "Thank you. Rastus. but 1 have no fear." "Yo onghter bab. cause dey bab found yo'." "What do you mean T" asked the Onion officer, with a sudden, vague fear. Another individual answered the question with the sharp command "Snrrender, Yank, and be mighty quick about it I" "Not muchl" was the reply of Lieutenant Oakman. who had descried his danger at the same instant he heard the crisp summons. CHAPTER III A PRISONER OF WAR Lieutenant Oakman'a mare was as quick as her rider to perceive their danger She whirled like lightning and started down the edge of the wood with the speed of the wind Had the officer been given a moment's warning, he would have turned her into the trail and made for the open highway beyond. But the shifting of position caused by her advance upon the negro lad took her away from the most promising opening, while the Confederate, who Rod nrdorpfl the lieutenant to surrender. was nearer the path than the officer Consequently to make for it would have been to rush upon his fate. Oakman knew he would be fired upon the moment he refused to surrender. He threw himself forward on the neck of his mare and jammed his spur with cruel force into her ribs, while he drew his revolver and held it ready for use the instant the necessity should arise. The rifle aimed at the rider rang out but though the Bhot grazed his head he was unharmed. "Now. Fanny, do your best My fate rests with youl" And Fanny did do her best She was going like an arrow along the margin of the cotton field toward the drowsy mansion and the winding highway beyond. Had she darted into the wood on her left she might hafe distracted the aim of her master's enemies, but she would have become inextricably involved among the trees and undergrowth She preferred the open, with its greater peril for it was there that her supple limbs had full play, and never did she do her duty more gallantly But those graybacks knew how to shoot Nothing would have been easier than to have brought down the mare, thus securing the rider, but every southerner is a prime judge of horseflesh and their purpose was to obtain both man and animaL Lieutenant Oakman was no more than fairly started on his fierce flight, when the sharp crack of a second rifle rang out. and this time the bullet hit the target It felt to the rider as if a flaming needle had ripped along his right arm. so benumbing flesh and muscle that the revolver dropped from his nerveless Uo Imonr ho hod fnnorht it frnm uop UC auvn MV UUM .w that second bullet but be did not change bis posture on bis flying mare nor weaken in bis resolution to get away from bis enemies. It was useless to prick her side with the bloody spur, for she was doing her utmost Still unharmed, she would quickly bear her rider beyond rifle range if there was no interference Unfortunately that interference came at the critical moment She checked her flight and wheeled to one side with such quickness that any one less than a perfect horseman would have been flung headlong from his saddle That which checked her was the apparition of a man who leaped out from the edge of the wood directly in front of her and. with his gun held at a dead level, called "No use. Yankl Haul down the star spangled banner quicker'n light-' ning or up to glory you go I" The lieutenant bad no carbine, and his sword was useless There was no passing that grim figure in slouch hat and tattered gray uniform who "had the drop" on him. if any one man ever held another at such disadvantage "I surrender. Johnny You've got it in for me this time " "I reckon so. It'B a squar" deal. No aces up your sleeve?" persisted the "Haul down the star spangled banner quicker'n lightning." Confederate, who was not qnite free of Bnspicion and held his gun in a threatening position. "Yes; it's all in the open I'm your prisoner." "That's a powerful fine piece of horseflesh you've got there. Yank. Reckon she was stole from some southerner. " "No. she was sent to me by a friend who bought her in the blue grass * ' 1 Ol & 1 AOn in region m neuiut&j'. ouo ^uot Ti,w? <u good honest money." "Which is to say the coin of the same was Confederate paper. " "Had it been, the cost wonld have been abont a million and a half. " The Confederate's face was covered with immense whiskers, which concealed everything below his noee and temples. but he now displayed a yawning cavern through the muss like the rent beyond the wooded hedge, and his massive shoulders shook with mirth. He could take as well as give in the matter of chaffing "Reckon you ain't fur out the way. Yank, but you can't say I stole the critter from you. 'cause she's captured in war. " "Much as 1 regret to do so. I must admit that your position is logical. " "Tim and me will have to take turns in riding, fur we both lost our mounts in the scrimmage with you folks yesterday Great thunder. I didn't s'pect that!' The Confederate had lowered his gun and. stepping forward, placed his hand on the bridle rein of Fanny, who was panting from her exertion. Dot was gentle, us if she understood tbut she. too. had surrendered. As the inan advanced he looked toward the Union officer and saw that the sleeve of his right arm was crimsoned and that a number of scarlet drops showed on the knee of his bine trousers. Instantly the whole interest of the captor was transferred to the wounded prisoner "Climb down and let me have a look at that, pardner Give me hold of t'other hand " "I really don't think it amounts to much." replied the lieutenant, who nevertheless accepted the proitered help As he dropped on his feet he was nearly overcome with dizziness, but mastered himself before his enemy and friend observed the proof of weakness. Meanwhile two other persons arrive^ on the spot. One was Tim Masters the comrade of Jim Ackers, who had captmred Lieutenant Oakman. and the other was the negro lad Rastus, who in his great haste to reach the scene had fallen several times He gaped, silent and open mouthed, at the three men "We must have a look at that Yank.' said Tim. the new arrival, "and being it was my bullet that pinked you I'll take charge " Oakman reached out his arm. and with his huge knife Tim had drawn from somewhere he deftly slashed the eleeve from elbow to wrist, allowing the stained cloth to flap down, like the fragment of a torn sail. The shirt sleeve was quickly ripped and the hurt exposed. The bullet had plowed through the fleshy part of the forearm, entering near the elbow and passing out at the wrist The peculiar numbness indicated that a bone had been touched, though Oakman did not think it was broken "A pretty fair shot " observed Masters. after a rude bandage had been applied. *'seeing that's just what 1 aimed to do You see. I had my eye on that piece of horseflesh and didn't want to hurt her As for you. " he added, with a curious twinkle of his eyes. "I thought you was too good looking a Yank to send to kingdom come, though I've done something in that line during my time So I thought I'djust knock out your bridle hand ' "You did it. " calmly replied the prisoner "Hope you ain't feeling powerful bad. Yank.' "No It might have been a good deal worse, and I thank you for being so careful of my life ' "It hain't always been.that way Whew, but ain't she a beauty I' All the interest of Tim Masters went like a flash to the mare, whose pretty eyes wandered from one man to another. as if she could not quite understand what it all signified. Suddenly Jim Ackers extended his broad hand and closed the outstretched fingers on the back of Rastus, just between the shoulders As he did so. he lifted him high in air. and. assuming an awful frown, said in his fiercest tones "Run right to the house and tell the folks to get ready to receive a wounded Yank. If they want to know his name, say he's General Sherman or Kilpatrick, you don't know which. Tell 'em, too. that he'll be there powerful soon. Do you hear me?" Inasmuch as the terrified Rastus would have heard the words if a half mile away, the question was really uncalled for The urchin replied in the - 9 1 fl- J affirmative, ana. dib aangung legs milling support on solid earth, be broke into the most rapid run of which he was capable, straight for the mansion of General Arthur Eldridga CHAPTER IV ACROSS THE THRESHOLD. Fate frowned upon Lieutenant Oakman thut afternoon in eastern Georgia There was more in this side expedition upon which he had ventured than his captors suspected. He was engaged on momentous business, but all prospect of success seemed to have vanished with his capture As the three men moved alobg the cotton held toward the mansion of General Eldridge. with the mare Fanny following as obediently as a well trained dog. the thought of the prisoner went to Sam Borland, the scout who had accompanied him on his perilous enterprise The two had separated, but as has been shown, remained in sight of each other What had become of Borland and what was he doing while his superior stood in such imminent need of help? He must have beard the sound of firing and could not fail to know the extremity of the lieutenant Why was he idle or calmly watching his comrade as he nlndded nainfullv forward with a Con federate captor on either hand? Borland had no superior as a sharpshooter in the American army, while his intrepidity had been complimented more than once by Kilpatrick. Slocum and General Sherman himself Had it been otherwise he would not have been elected as the companion of the New England officer on this delicately dangerous enterprise Oakman expected the interference of the scout who could readily pick off one of the captors and thus place himself on even terms with the .other, but the fragments of cotton bolls slowly swept to the rear of the trio, and Borland gave no sign When the prisoner looked backward for the third time, pretending he was commiserating his tnare. the bushy whiskers around the month of Jim Ackers twitched in a way thut showed be was grinning He said, with a chuckle "I allow you won't see him yet awhile, leftenant "Whom do you mean?' asked Oakman. impressed with a sudden fear "That scout of yourn. He s out the ring.' "Dead ? "Not exactly but he wus gathered in before you. " "How d'd it happen? That's too bad." was the bitter" commeur 01 me m captive pi "1 reckon it is from your p int of B view, bnt yon didn't think, leftenant. vr did yon. that Tim and me are the only w Johnny rebs in this part of the country T There's more than 20 of ns scouting a< through these parts, and. Yank, we g< were waiting for you.' cc A frightful dread passed through the cl frame of the wounded officer He felt h< his pale face flush under u fear that un x til that moment was a stranger to him. tl for the manner and the words of Jim M Ackers hinted of treachery very near to h< headquarters. g< Was it possible T If the intimation of m his captor was based on fact, the dread fa that Lieutenant Oakman felt was not ir for himself, but for another The fate tl of that individual might well make the m bravest man shudder it Ttie omcer looKea appeanugry ai w Ackers, and the rugged fellow answered gt with a solemn wink of the eye. tn Had not the prisoner been suffering acutely from his wound he might have tt felt more hopefuL but it seemed to him at that the disaster which impended was it irretrievable With native American b< pluck, however, he set his teeth, resolv w ed to brave it through to the end. ki Meanwhile it was becoming evident ? every minute that the wound in his ef arm was more serious than at first supposed There was little bleeding through the crude bandage, but the pain and partial numbness showed that it needed dl ai She was standing near the steps, and ai al her side was her daughter. skilled attention, and delay in receiv- jn ing snch might imperil the life of the ,D prisoner dl His captors were ronghly considerate but he repressed the evidence of suffer- ei ing so resolutely that they did not sus- di pect his distress. The three were within 100 yards of w the building when Jim Ackers called a halt Facing the prisoner, he asked 1* "Yank, who are you?' , tc Lieutenant Oakman gave bis name t\ and rank. di "I'm free to allow that Tim and me tt like your looks You ve got sand, and 1 di respect that sort of chap, even if his tr uniform is the color of yourn. If you ei warn't hurt, we'd take you to where bi that scout of yourn has been took But tl you've been winged, and in these days. C( when we're in the eaddle or on the r? jump all the time, you'd be only a al bother 1 s'pose we could exchange you hi after awhile, but that. too. is a nui- ei sance Consequently, as aforesaid, the cl easiest way out is to take your parola ' m Lieutenant Oakman nodded to signi- st fy he understood. oi "I presume you intend to leave me tl at this house?" bi Ackers in turn nodded. "It will be unpleasant to the inmates ni to have an enemy, even if wounded, fa thrust upon them as a guest " c< "Don't give yourself any worriment " about that That's our part of the busi- m nesa Now. let's have the parole.' ai iflere was not much formality about it Lieutenant Oakinan merely gave pi his word of honor to consider himself a c< lawful prisoner of war. and. if recap* rj tured by his own friends, he would not b< take up arms against the Southern Con* u federacy until regularly exchanged. ai While the simple proceedings were bi under way. the negro boy Rastus was observed standing near the end of the r< mansion some rods distant, attentively tl watching them. When they were tt through, he beckoned with great vigor, tl and the party passed under the shade cj trees, around the end of the long, low F structure and ascended the ample porch, u Mra General Eldridge. calm, matron- tl ly and still handsome, was prepared for a what was coming, for she had rightly e< interpreted the astounding message of ai Rastus In her severely plain dress and C the silvery hair brushed away from her smooth forehead, she was standing near D, the steps, and at her side was her tl daughter, as calm and collected as her Vi parent If the thunder of war had not 2! long been beard among these southern |u homes, the years of dread expectancy and anguish had burned its woeful lea- ^ son into every heart. it The yonng woman was barely out of fe her teens, but her mind had been ma* fc tured far beyond her years in the bitterest of all schools. e( It was too early for the silver to ^ show in the silken mass of hair that in its midnight blackness rivaled the eyes a] and the dark complexion glowed with n a health and strength that fcrbade the jJJ shadow of a wrinkle She was of slight C1 Stature, .showing in feature the best o| physical characteristics of each parent Jim Ackers, who did all the talking for himself and- comrade, presented the prisoner to the ladies and explained his ^ wishea At the moment of confronting ,s them the lieutenant removed his cap P' and stood with bared head blushing *1' deeply P( "This is wholly involuntary on my ? part" he hastened to explain "It tt pains me inexpressibly to be forced thus It upon you If you have the slightest ob- cc joction. I beg you to say so and I shall m not cross your threshold." ' ui "Mr Ackers knew when he brought m you here that you would be received, al i'y husband was treated kindly wnen a risoner Yon belong to my enemiea nt yon are injured It is poor comfort e can offer, bnt such as it is yon are elcome Please enter." The gracionsnesa of manner which :companied these words was like a mtle benison Lieutenant Oakman >uld hardly check his tears when, deining the air offered by his captors, j passed up the steps, cap still in hand, here was something in the sweet words tat recalled his own mother as he last iw her in the faraway New England line when she kissed her soldier boy xidby In a choking voice he murinred. "Thank you I" and. waving a irewell to the grizzled men still standig at the foot of the steps, he followed le ladies into the broad, roomy apartient where they had been seated sewig and waiting, waiting, waiting, hen Rastus burst upon them with the artling news of a wounded "Linkum's an who would soon reach the door. "1 feel meaner than I can express,' lought Lieutenant Oakman when he xepted this typical southern hospitaly. "for. in welcoming me to their ame. they have no suspicion of the hole truth The best' man does not qow what a miserable scoundrel he in become until he makes the honest tort for himself.' to be continued. THE SECOND IN AUGUSTA. tuth Carolina 8oldler Boys to Be Free Today. orrespondence of the Yorkrllle Enquirer. Camp McKenzie, Augusta, Ga., pril 12.?Since the 25th of March ie Second Regiment of the old Paletto state has been in Augusta, occuying the comfortable camu left by the enth Ohio, and will be be& for about week longer?until the^l9th?the ay definitely set for the muster-out f the regiment. The immense amount of preparatory ork for the muster-out of the comauies has been going along with a ' nm, for if the company officers have at their muster-out rolls and records >ady by that time, they will have to ay at their own expense until everyliug is complete. The officers and clerks in charge of ie work, however, have been pushing -i uz? rapiuiy uiuug, wui&iu^ uiguu auu iy. Several have already finished, id no doubt all will be ready by the ipointed time. The men generally though, while ipatiently awaiting the 19th, are seeig an easy time, with no roll calls, no rills and only a little fatigue and jard duty. Quite a contrast to the ght roll calls and four hours drill a- , iy, the continual fatigue and frequent jard duty that was the custom when e were mustered in at Columbia. Then, when mustered out on the Jtb, each man will receive in addition > bis regular pay up to that time, the vo months extra pay allowed to soliers who have seen service outside of le United States, whatever may be ue him on his clothing account and avel pay to the place where he was 3rolled. This is calculated on the wis that if be would walk home at le rate of 20 miles a day, he will rejive 0D6 day's pay and one day's ition money for each 20 miles?severI times more than his fare would cost >m. So making a general estimate, icb man will receive with his dislarge about $50.00. The non-comissioned officers a little more. Not a nail fortune, it is true ; but to most F the men a comfortable little sum iat will tide over until they can get ack to work again. Any one whose service is not desigated by bis captain as "honest and ithful" will not, I understand, revive the two months' extra pay ; but volunteer" is the mantle that coveretb iany sins, and there will be few, if ny, so unfortunate. While the men will receive all their />? tKfl 1Q?h tho rtffinarfl u/Jll pa Cky UU \LM\J Ak/VU| VUV Vkuwaw WW mmm . w iive only their travel pay?at the tte of 7 cents a mile. Their pay will e held back, maybe several months, util everything is checked up, and if ay thing is found to be short, they will e the losers. Since we arrived in Augusta, two ;giments have been mustered out? ie Thirty-fifth Michigan and the Fiffenth Minnesota. They are two of ie northern regiments that were enimped here during the winter the ifteenth Minnesota is the one in which munity occurred some time ago over )e killing of one of their number by barkeeper; but to us they both seemi composed of congenial, nice fellows, nxious to listen to our yarns about uba. The Third Georgia and Second Uliois regiments which came a little later iau we, will also be mustered out ery soou?the Third Georgia on the 2d aud the Second Illinois a little iter. The Fourth aud Ninth Illinois regitenihs which were brigaded wit^^is i Savannah aud Cuba, will arrive in a iw days, aud I understand others will illow. The men have already been examini by the surgeons and presented very eallby appearauces. * T P iL 1 The ordnance, guns ana so ionn, ?as II except what was retained by.the ien, beeu turned in, and it will now \ 3 only a few days until we will be tizeus again and have a volition of jr own. Augustus Deal. Lean Pork.?In the foreign marets lean pork is preferred, and there a growing demand for more lean jrk at home. Lean pork can be proneed at less cost than may be supnsed, aud the hogs will grow faster jd give heavier weights than when le pork is produced solely from corn. , is done by feeding, in addition to >rn, skim milk, bran, shorts, linseed eal, beans, peas, clover and other itrogenous foods, which not only prolOte growth, but increase the weight Iso.