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HORSE SI
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A Tale of the Revo
Upper <
By JO HIV P
CHAPTER I.
A Topographical Discourse.
The belt of mountains which traverses
the state of Virginia diagonally
from northeast to southwest, it wlli
be seen by an inspection of the map, if
composed of a series of parallel
ranges, presenting a conformatior
somewhat similar to that which may
be observed in miniature on the seabeach.
amongst the minute lines ol
sand hillocks left by the retreating
tide. This belt may be said to commence
with the Blue Ridgre, or more
accurately speaking, with that inferior
chain of highlands that run parallel
to this mountain almost immediately
along its eastern base. From this region
westward the highlands increase
In elevation, the valleys become narrower,
steeper and cooler, and the landscape
progressively assumes the wilder
features which belong to what is distinctly
meant by "the mountain country"
The loftiest heights in this series are
found in the Alleghany, nearly one
hundred and fifty miles westward from
the first thread of the belt; and as the
principal rivers which flow towards the
Chesapeake And their sources In this
overtopping: line of mountain. It may be
Imagined that many scenes of surpassing
beauty exist In those abrupt solitudes
where the rivers have had to
contend with the sturdy hills that nature
had thrown across their passage
to the sea.
The multiplication of the facilities
of travel which the spirit of Improvement
has, of late years, afforded to
this region; the healthfulness, or,?to
use a term more germaln to Its excellence?the
voluptuousness of the ellmate,
and the extraordinary abundance
of waters of the rarest virtue, both foi
bathing and drinking, have all contributed,
very recently, to render the
mountains of Virginia .notorious and
populat amongst that daintily observant
crowd of well-conditioned people
who yearly migrate In quest of health,
or of a refuge from the heats of summer,
or who, perchance, wander In pursuit
of those associations of hill and
dale which are supposed to repair a
Jaded imagination, and to render It romantic
and fruitful.
The traveler of either of these descriptions.
wlffl holds his Journey eastward.
will And himself Impelled to halt
at Charlottesville, as a pleasant resting-place
In the lap of the first mountains,
where he may stop to re-lnforoe
his strength for the prosecution of the
rugged task that awaits him. HU
? ? '11 " nnmfl taKlfi
QPiity ntrir win uui uo uu|/ivuit?viv
This neat little village la not less recommended
to notice by Its position In
the midst of a cultivated and plentiful
country, than by its contiguity tc
the seats of three presidents of the
Union: and especially, by Its Immediate
proximity to Montlcello, whost
burnished dome twinkles through thf
crown of forest that adorns the verj
apex of its mountain pyramid, and
which, as it has now grown to be the
Mecca of many a pilgrim, will of Itself
furnish a sufficient inducement fot
our traveler's tarrying. An equal attraction
will be found in the University
of Virginia, which at the distance
of one mile, in the opposite direction
from that leading to Montlcello, rearf
Its gorgeous and fantastic piles of massive
and motley architecture?a llveb
and faithful symbol (I speak It reverently)
of the ambitious parti-colored
and gallican taste of its Illustrious
founder.
From Charlottesville, proceeding
southwardly, in the direction of Nelson
and Amherst, the road lies generally
over an undulating country, formed
by the succession of hills constituting
the subordinate chain of mountains
which I have described as first in th<
belt. These hills derive a beautlfu
feature from the manner in which thej
are commanded?to use a mllitarj
phrase?by the Blue Ridge, which, foi
the whole distance, rests against th<
western horizon and heaves up its
frequent pinnacles amongst the clouds
clothed In all the variegated tints thai
belong to the scale of vision, from th<
sombre green ana purpie ui wic urain
masses, to the light and almost Indistinguishable
azure of its remotes
summits.
The constant Interruption of somi
gushing rivulet, which hurries fron
the nelghborboring mountain into th<
close vales that intercept the road
communicates a trait of peculiar Interest
to this Journey, affording tha
pleasant surprise of new and unex
pected scenery, which more than anj
other concomitant of travel, wards of
the sense of fatigue. These stream.'
have worn deep channels through th<
hills, and constantly seem to solicit th<
road Into narrow passes and romanth
dells, where fearful crags are seen top
pling over the head of the traveler, am
sparkling waters tinkle at his feet; am
where the richest and rarest trees o
the forest seem to have chosen thel:
several stations, on mossy bank 01
cloven rock, in obedience to some mas
ter mind intent upon the most taste
ful and striking combination of thes<
natural elements.
A part of the country embraced ii
this description has obtained the loca
designation or me aoum uarutrn, pel
haps from Its succession of fertlli
fields and fragrant meadows, whlcl
are shut in by the walls of mountati
on either hand; whilst a still more re
mote but adjacent district of more rug
ged feature, bears the appellation o
the Cove, the name being suggested b;
the narrow and encompassing characte
of the sharp and precipitous hills tha
hem In and overshadow a rough an<
brattling mountain torrent, which 1
marked on the map as the Cove creek.
At the period to which my stor;
refers, the *>opulation of this centra
district of Virginia, exhibited but fe\
of the characteristics which are foum
to distinguish the present race of In
habitants. A rich soil, a pure atmos
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phere, and great abundance of wood u
and water, to say nothing of the sylvan f<
beauties of the mountain, possessed a n
great attraction for the wealthy pro- ei
prietors of the low country; and the p
' land was therefore, generally parcelled (1
1 out in large estates held by opulent g,
' owners, whose husbandry did not fail,
1 at least, to accumulate in profusion the t(
comforts of life, and afford full scope ci
| to that prodigal hospitality, which, at w
that period even more than at present, t(
' was the boast of the state. The laws rr
of primogeniture exercised their due H
! influence on the national habits; and h
the odious division of property r<
1 amongst undeserving younger broth- s<
ers, whom our modern philosophy fi
would fain persuade us have as much oi
! merit, and as little capacity to thrive ai
in the world as their elders, had not w
yet formed part of the household if
thoughts of these many-acred squires. H
From Charlottesville, therefore, both rr
north and south, from the Potomac to y
the James river there extended a tl
! chain of posts, occupied by lordly and tr
! open-hearted gentlemen?a kind of a
1 civil cordon of bluff free-livers who tl
1 were but little versed In the mystery d
' of "bringing the two ends of the year w
1 together." U
' Since that period, well-a-day! the p
hand of the reaper has put In his sickle fi
upon divided fields; crowded progenies b
' have grown up under these paternal ci
roof-trees; daughters have married q
1 and brought In strange names; the le
subsistence of one has been spread In- ei
1 to the garner of ten; the villages have t(
' grown populous; the university has
' lifted up Its didactic head; and every- tl
1 where over this abode of ancient lr
wealth, the hum of Industry Is heard yi
In the carol of the ploughman, the !e
' echo of the wagoner's whip the rude o<
song of the boatman, and In the clat- tl
ter of the mil!. Such are the mlschlev- s<
1 ous Interpolations of the republican tl
' system! ci
My reader, after this topographical ti
' sketch and the political reflections tl
with which I have accompanied It, Is h
doubtless well-prepared for the Intro- w
ductlon of the worthy personages with w
' whom I am about to make him ac- Ic
' qualnted. ci
t<
CHAPTER II. h'
' j-' J - A cl
Wherein the Header is tnrroauoea *o f)
Two Worthies With Whom He le
Likely to Form ?n Intimate Acquaintance.
i It was about 2 o'clock In the after- S(
s noon of a day towards the end of July. Q
i 1780, when Captain Arthur Butler, now w
, holding a brevet, 9ome ten days old, of S(
major In the Continental army, and C(
i Galbralth Robinson were seen descend- C(
Ing the long hill which separates the n
i South Garden from the cove. They 0(
! had just left the rich and mellow seen- a
ery of the former district, and were j(
i now passing Into the picturesque val- c,
i ley of the latter. It was evident from w
' the travel worn appearance of their ^
I horses as well as from their equip- s]
? ments. that they had journeyed many t|
a mile before they had reached this ^
spot: and It might also have been per- a
celved that the shifting beauties of the 0
landscape were not totally disregarded jr
i by Butler, at least?as he was seen to a
i halt on the summit of the hill, turn t<
i and gaze back upon the wood-embow- n
ered fields that lay beneath his eye, tJ
' and by lively gestures to direct the no- ^
tlce of his companion to the same quarI
ter. Often, too, as they moved slowly
i downward, he reined up his steed to n
contemplate more at leisure the close, f
r forest-shaded ravine before them, t|
through which the Cove creek held Its n
noisy way. It was not so obvious that f(
his companion responded to the earnest a
emotions which this wild and beautiful
? scenery excited In his mind. n
i Arthur Butler was now In the pos- p
1 session of the vigor of early manhood, t]
r with apparently some eight and twenty w
r years upon his head. His frame was 0
r well proportioned light and active. His h
i face, though distinguished by a smooth v
' and almost beardless cheek, still pre- t|
, sented an outline of decided manly q
t beauty. The sun and wind had tanned p
i his complexion, except where a rich a
r volume of black hair upon his brow
had preserved the original fairness of n
t a high, broad forehead. A hazel eye j,
sparkled under the shade of a dark v
? lash, and indicated by Its alternate g
i playfulness and decision, an adventur- ?
i ous as well as a cheerful spirit. His ^
. whole bearing, visage and figure, seem- c
- ed to speak of one familiar with enter- s
t prise and fond of danger?they denoted
- gentle breeding predominating over a ,.
f life of toll and privation. e
f Notwithstanding his profession, p
s which was seen In his erect and per- v
i emptory carriage, his dress, at this s
i time, was with some slight exceptions, p
- merely civil. And here, touching this t
- matter of dress, I have a prefatory y
1 word to say to my reader. Although s
1 custom, or the fashion of the story- 0
f telling craft, may require that I should s
r satisfy the antiquarian In this Import- j,
r ant circumstance of apparel of the days e
- gone by, yet on the present occasion, r
- I shall be somewhat chary of my lord v
9 In that behalf?seeing that any man u
who Is curious on the score of the cos- t
? tume or ine nevoiuuun inner, uia; s
1 fully satisfied by studying those most ^
- graphic "counterfeit presentments" of a
s sundry historical passages of that day, a
i wherewith Colonel Trumbull has fur- c
i nlshed this age, for the edification of
- posterity, in the great rotunda of the g
- Capitol of the United States. And I v
f confess, too, I have another reason for f
V my present reluctance?as I feel some t
r faint misgiving lest my principal actor ^
t might run the risk of making a sorry v
3 figure with the living generation, were c
s I to introduce him upon the stage In a {
coat, whose technical description, after j
y the manner of a botanical formula, c
.1 might be comprised in the following v
v summary:?long-waisted, wide-skirted, c
3 narrow-collared, broad-backed, big- t
- buttoned, and large-lapelled?and then a
- to add to this, what would be equally r
utlandish yellow smallclothes, and
ark-topped boots, attached by a leathr
strap to the buttons at the knee,?
without which said boots, no gentlenan
In 1780 ventured to mount on
lorseback.
But when I say that Captain Butler
raveled on his present Journey, habted
In the civil costume of a gentlelan
of the time, I do not mean to exlude
a round hat pretty much of the
ashlon of the present day?though
hen but little used except amongst
lllltary men?with a white cockade to
how his party; nor do I wish to be
onsidered as derogating from that
eaceful character when I add that his
addle-bow was fortified by a brace of
orseman's pistols stowed away In
irge holsters, covered with bearskin?
>r, In those days, when hostile baners
were unfurled and men challenged
ach other upon the highways, these
Istols were a part of the countenance
to use an excellent old phrase) of a
entleman.
Galbraith Robinson was a man of al)gether
rougher mould. Nature had
arved out. In his person, an athlete
horn the sculptors might have studied
> Improve the Hercules. Every linealent
of his body indicated strength,
lis stature was rather above six feet;
Is chest broad; his limbs sinewy, and
;markable for their symmetry. There
?emed to be no useless flesh upon his
ame to soften the prominent Burface
f his muscles; and his ample thigh,
s he sat upon horseback, showed the
orklng of Its texture at each step, as
part of the animal on which he rode.
[Is was one of those Iron forms that
light be Imagined almost bullet-proof.
/1th all these advantages of person
lere was a radiant, broad, good-nalre
upon his face; and the glance of
large," clear, blue eye told of arch
loughts, and of shrewd homely wlsom.
A ruddy complexion accorded
ell with his sprightly, but massive
?atures, of which the prevailing exresslon
was such as silently Invited
-iendship and trust. If to these traits
e added an abundant shock of yellow,
urly hair, terminating: In a luxuriant
ueue, confined by a narrow strand of
ather cord, my reader will have a tolrably
correct idea of the person I wish
) describe.
Robinson had been a blacksmith at
te breaking: out of the Revolution, and
? truth, could hardly be said to have
et abandoned the craft; although of
ite, he had been engaged In a course
f life which had but little to do with
te anvil, except in that metaphorical
?nse of hammering out and shaping
te rough iron independence of his
auntry. He was the owner of a little
irm In the Waxhaw settlement, on
te Catawba, and having pitched his
abitation upon a promontory, around
hose base the Waxhaw creek swept
'lth a regular but narrow circuit, this
tcality, taken in connection with his
ailing, gave rise to a common prefix
? his name throughout the nelghborood,
and he was therefore almost exlusively
distinguished by the sobriuet
of Horse Shoe RoblrtSon. This
imiliar appellative had followed him
lto the army.
The age of Horse Shoe was some
?ven or eight years in advance of that
f Butler?a circumstance which the
orthy senior did not fail to use with
)me authority In their personal inter,
ourse holding himself, on that acount,
to be like Cassius, an elder, if
ot a better soldier. On the present
ccasion, his dress was of the plainest
nd most rustic description; a spher;al
crowned hat with a broad brim, a
oarse gray coatee of mixed cotton and
ool, dark linsey-woolsey trousers adering
closely to his legs, hob-nailed
hoes and a red cotton handkerchief
ied carelessly round his neck with a
not upon his bosom. This costume,
nd a long rifle thrown Into the angle
f the right arm, with the breech restlg
on his pommel, and a pouch of
eerskln, with a powder-horn attached
j it. suspended on his right side,
light have warranted a spectator in
iking Robinson for a woodsman, or
unter from the neighboring mounilns.
Such were the two personages who
ow came "pricking o'er the hill."
'he period at which I have presented
hem to my reader was, perhaps, the
lost anxious one of the whole struggle
jr independence. Without falling into
long narrative of events which are
imlllar, at least to every American, I
lay recall the fact that Gates had just
assed southward to take command of
he army destined to act against Corn allis.
It was now within a few weeks
f that decisive battle which sent the
ero of Saratoga "bootless home and
eather-beaten back," to ponder over
he mutations of fortune, and in the
uiet shades of Virginia, to strike the
alance of fame between northern glory
nd southern discomfiture. It may be
naglned then, that our travelers were
ot without some share of that intense
nterest for the events "upon the gale "
,-hich everywhere pervaded the nation,
till, as I have before hinted, Arthur
iutler did not journey through this
eautlful region without a lively pereption
of the charms which nature had
nresid around him. The soil of this
istrlct is remarkable for its blooded
hue. The side of every bank glowd
in the sun with this bright vermilion
tint, and the new-made furrow,
herever the early ploughman, had
carred the soil, turned up to view the
iredominating color. The contrast of
his with the luxuriant grass and the
ellow stubble, with the gray and mosy
rock, and with the deep green shade
f the surrounding forest, perpetually
ollcited the notice of the lover of
andscape: and from every height, the
ye rested with pleasure upon the rich
rteadows of the bottom land?upon the
arled cornfields spread over the hills,
ipon the adjacent mountains, with
heir bald crags peeping through the
creen of forest, and especially upon the
road lines of naked earth that here
aid there, lighted up and relieved, as
i painter would say. with its warm
oloring, the heavy masses of shade.
The day was hot, and it was with a
rrateful sense of refreshment that our
vayfarers, no less than their horses,
ound themselves ,as they approached
he lowland, gradually penetrating the
leep and tangled thicket and the high
rood that hung over and darkened the
hannel of the small stream which rlp>led
through the valley. Their road
ay along this stream and frequently
rossed It at narrow fords, where the
vater fell from rock to rock In small
:ascades, presenting natural basins ol
he limpid hood, embosomed In laurel
ind alder, and gurgling that busy
nuslc which Is one of the most wel
1 come sounds to the ear of a wearied
and overheated traveler.
Butler said but little to his companion,
except now and then to express a
i passing emotion of admiration for the
natural embellishment of the region;
1 until, at length, the road brought them
to a huge mass of rock, from whose
base a fountain issued forth over abed
of gravel, and soon lost itself in the
brook hard by. A small strip of bark
that some friend of the traveler had
placed there, caught the pure water aa
It was distilled from the rock, and
threw It off In a spout, some few Inches
above the surface of the ground. The
earth trodden around this spot showed
It to be a customary halting-place for
those who Journeyed on the road.
Here Butler checked his horse, and
announced to his comrade his Intention
to suspend, for awhile, the toll of
travel.
"There Is one thing, Galbralth," said
he, as he dismounted, "wherein all
philosophers agree?man must eat
when he Is hungry, and rest -when
he Is weary. We have now been
some six hours on horseback, and as
this fountain seems to have been put
here for our use, It would be sinfully
slighting the bounties of providence
not to do it the honor of a halt. Get
down, man; rummage your haversack,
and let us see what you have there."
Robinson was soon upon his feet, and
taking the horses a little distance off
he fastened their bridles to the Impending
branches of a tree; then opening
his saddle-bags, he produced a wallet
with which he approached the fountain.
where Butler had thrown himself
at full length upon the grass. Here, as
he successively disclosed his stores, he
announced his bill of fare, with suitable
deliberation between each Item, In
the following terms?
"I don't march without provisions
you see, captain?or major, I suppose
I must call you now. Here's the rear
division of a roast pig, and along with
It, by way of flankers, two spread eagles
(holding up two broiled fowls),
and here are four slices from the best
end of a ham. Besides these, I can
throw In two apple-Jacks, a half dozen
of rolls and?"
"Tour wallet Is as bountiful as a
conjurer's bag, sergeant; It Is a perfect
cornucopia. How did you come by all
this provender?"
"It isn't so over much, major, when J
you come to consider," said Robinson.
"The old landlady at Charlottesville Is '
none of your heap-up, shake-down,
and running over landladies, and when
I signified to her that we mought want
a snack upon the road, she as much as
gave me to understand that there <
wa'n't nothing to be had. But I took
care to make fair weather with her j
daughter, as I always do amongst the 5
creatures, and she let me Into the pantry,
where I made bold to stow away
these few trifling articles, under the
denomination of pillage. If you are
fond of Indian corn bread, I can give
you a pretty good slice of that."
"Pillage, Galbralth! You forget you
are not In an enemy's country. I '
rected you scrupulously to pay fdr everything
you got upon the road. I hope
you have not omitted It today?"
"Lord, sir! what do these women do
for the cause of liberty but cook and
wash, and mend!" exclaimed the sergeant.
"I told the old Jezebel to charge
It oil ir\ tho PVinHn*?nt'n1 pnricress."
"Out upon It, man! Would you
bring us Into discredit with our best
friends, by your vllloinous habits of
free quarters?"
"I am not the only man, major, that
has been spoiled in his religion by
these wars. I had both politeness and
decency till we got to squabbling over
our chimney corners in Carolina. But
when a man's conscience begins to get
hard, it does it faster than anything in
nature; It is, I may say like the boiling
of an egg?it is very clear at first,
but as soon as it gets cloudy, one minute
more and you may cut It with a
knife."
"Well well! Let us fail to, sergeant;
this is no time to argue points of conscience."
"You seem to take no notice of this
here bottle of peach brandy, major,"
said Robinson. "It's a bird that came
out of the same nest. To my thinking
it's a sort of a file leader to an eatable,
if it ar'n't an eatable itself."
"Peace, Galbraith! it Is the vice of
the army to set too much store by this
devil brandy."
The sergeant was outwardly moved
by an Inward laugh that shook his
head and shoulders.
"Do you suppose, major, that Troy
town was taken without brandy? It's
drilling and counter-marching and
charging with the bagnet, all three, sir.
But before we begin I will just strip
our horses. A flurry of cool air on
the sadd!e spot is the best thing in nature
for a tired horse."
Robinson now performed this office
for their Jaded cattle; and having given
them a mouthful of water at the brook,
returned to his post, and soon began
to despatch, with a laudable alacrity
the heaps of provision before him.
Butler partook with a keen appetite of
this sylvan repast, and was greatly
amused to see with what relish his
companion caused slice after slice to
vanish, until nothing was left of this
large supply but a few fragments.
"You have lost neither stomach nor
strength by the troubles, sergeant; the
short commons of Charleston would
have gone something against the grain
with you, If you had stayed for that
course of diet."
"It Is a little over two months," said
Robinson, "since I got away from them
devils; and If It hadn't been for these
here wings of mine (pointing to his
legs), I might have been a caged bird
today."
"You have never told me the story
of your escape," suid Butler.
"You were always too busy, or too
! full of your own thoughts, major, for
me to take up your time with such
i talk," replied the other. "But If you
i would like me to tell you all about it,
while you are resting yourself here on
the ground, and have got nothing bet'
ter to think about, why, I'll start like
i old Jack Carter of our mess, by beginning,
as he used to say when he had a
! tough story ahead, right at the beglni
ning."
i "Do so, sergeant, and do it dlscretly;
but first, swallow that mouthful,
[ for you don't speak very clear."
"I'll wash down the gutter, major,
> according to camp fashion and then
I my throat will be as clear as the mornIng
gun after sunrise."
And saying this, the tall soldier helped
himself to a hearty draught of cool
I water mingled In fair proportion with|
a part of the contents or his nasK ana
setting the cup down by his side, he i
commenced as follows? i
"You was with us, major when Pre- i
VQst served us that trick In Georgia, I
laat year?kept us. you remember, on i
the look out for him t'other side of the i
Savannah, whilst all the time he was ]
whisking of it down to Charleston." i
"You call this beginning at the be- i
ginning? Faith, you have started a '
full year before your time. Do you i
think vmirsAlf a Prvlvhlus or a Xeno- ]
phon?who were two famous old fellows,
Just In your line, sergeant?that
you set out with a history of a whole
war."
"I never knew any persons In our
line?officers or men?of either of them
names,"?replied Robinson?"they were
nicknames perhaps?but It do know, as
well as another, when a thing turns up
that Is worth notice, major; and this Is
one of 'em?and that's the reason why
I make mention of It. What I was going
to say was this?that It was a sign
fit for General Lincoln's consarnment,
that these here British should make a
push at Charleston on the tenth of
May, 1779 and get beaten, and that exactly
In one year and two days afterwards,
they should make another push
and win the town. Now, what was It
a sign of, but that they and the Tories
was more Industrious that year than
we were?"
"Granted," said Butler, "now to your
story, Mister Philosopher!"
i "In what month was It you left us?"
Inquired the sergeant gravely.
"In March," answered Butler.
"General Lincoln sent you off, as we
were told, on some business with the
Continental congress; to get us more
troops If I am right. It was a pity to
throw away a good army on such a
place?for it wa'n't worth defending at
last. Prom the time that you set out
they began to shut us In every day a
little closer. First, they closed a door
on one side, and then on t'other: till, at
last they sent a sort of a flash-o'-llghtfilng
fellow?this here Colonel T&rie nn
?n fn Mnnk's pnmcr. which. VOU
enow waa our back door, and he shut ]
hat up and double bolted It, by giving i
iuger a most tremenjious lathering. J
fow, when we were shut In, we had i
io<hlng to do but look out. I'll tell \
^ou an observation I made, at that i
time." I
"Well." i
"Why, when a man has got to tight, <
It's a natural sort of thing enough? <
but when he has got nothing to eat, i
It's an onnatural state. I have hearn i
of men who should have said they I
would rather fight than eat?If they <
told truth they would have made hon- <
est fellows for our garrison at Charles- '
town. First, our vegetables?after that 1
devil took up his quarter at Monk's 1
corner?began to give out: then, our i
meat, and, finally, we had nothing left I
but rice, which I consider neither fish. I
flesh, nor good salt herring?"
"You had good spirits though ser- <
geant."
"If you mean rum or brandy, major, ]
toe hadn't .much of that?but If you i
mean Jokes and laughs. It must be hard 1
times that will stop them In camp?I'll <
tell you one of them, that made a great 1
hurrah on both sides, where we got the
better of a Scotch regiment that was 1
plaguing us from outside the town. ]
They thought they would make them- <
selves merry with our starvation?so, i
they throwed a bomb shell Into our i
lines, that, as It came through the air, <
we saw had some devilment In it, from ]
the streak It made in daylight; and, ]
sure enough, when we come to look at I
it on the ground, we found It filled ,
with rice and molasses?Just to show <
that these Scotchmen were laughing at i
us for having nothing to eat. Well, I
what do we do but fill another shell I
with brimstone and hog's lard, and Just |
prop it handsomely amongst the lads 1
from the land o'cakes? Gad sir, It i
soon got to the hearing of the English
regiment, and such a shouting as they i
sot up from their lines against the <
Scotchmen! That's what I call giving 1
as good as they saunt, major?ha, ha. 1
ha!" !
"It wasn't a had repartee, Galbralth,"
said Butler, joining In the laugh. "But I
go on with your selge." 1
"We got taken, at last," preceeded >.
Horse Shoe, "and surrendered on the I
12th of May. Do you know that they i
condescended to let us go through the 1
motions of marching outside the lines? i
Still It was a sorry day to see our col- i
ors tied as fast to their sticks as if a .
stocking had been drawn over them. <
After that we were marched to the bar- 1
racks and put Into close confinement." <
"Yes, I have heard that; and with I
heavy hearts?and a dreary prospect <
before you. sergeant." I
"I shouldn't have minded It much, i
Major Butler, It was the fortune of I
war. But they Insulted us as soon as i
they got our arms from us. It was a <
blasted cowardly trick In them to en- I
deavor to wean us from our cause, (
which they tried every day: It was se- <
ductlon I may say. First they told us <
that Colonel Pinckney and some other <
officers had gone over; but that was too I
onprobable a piece of rascality?we did i
not believe one word on't. So, one morn- t
PAinnoi Pinrknev axed that we mought
be drawn up In line In front of the
barracks; and there he made a speech. <
We were as silent as so many men on i
a surprise party. The colonel said? I
yes. sir, and right in their very teeth? 1
that It was an infamous, audacious cal- I
umny; that whenever he deserted the I
cause of liberty, he hoped they would t
take him, as they had done some Ro- (
man officer or other?I think one Offl- 1
clous, as I understood the colonel? I
you've hearn of him, maybe?and tie
his limbs to wild horses and set them !
so, they dismiss us?but we let them
adrift, at full speed, taking all his i
Joints apart, so that not one traitorous 1
limb should be left to keep company 1
with another. It was a mighty severe <
punishment, whoever he mought 'a <
been. The British officers began to
frown?and I saw one chap put his I
hand upon his sword. It would have
done you good to witness the look the |
colonel gave him. as he put his own <
hand on his thigh to feel If his sword i
was there?he so naturally forgot he i
was a prisoner. They made him stop I
speaking however, because they gave I
out that It was perdltious language and
so they dismissed us; but we let them
have three cheers to show that we i
were in heart." 1
"It was like Plnckney," said Butler; I
"I'll warrant him a true man, Gal- i
bralth." i
"I'll thribble that warrant," replied
Galbnilth, "and afterwards make It <
mine. I wish you could hearn him. I i
always thought a bugle horn the best
music in me worm, uu uiai uu;. qui.
that day Col. Chas. Cotesworth Plnckney's
voice was sweeter than shawns
and trumpets, as the preacher says, and
bugles to boot. I have hearn people
tell of speeches working like a fiddle on <
a. man's nerves, major; but, for my
part, I think they sometimes work like
a battery of field-pieces, or a whole
regimental band on a parade day. <
Howsoever I am going on to tell you,
Colonel Plnckney put a stop to all this
parleying with our poor fellows; and
knowing major, 'that you was likely to 1
be coming this way, he axed me if I
thought I could give the guard the slip,
and make off with a letter to meet
vou. Well, I studied over the thing for 1
a while, and then told him a neck was
but a neck any how, and that I couia
try: and so, when his letter was ready, i
be gave It to me, telling me to hide It 1
so that, If I was searched, It couldn't l
be found on my person. Do you see i
that foot?" added Horse Shoe, smll- i
ing, "It Isn't so small but that I could
put a letter between the Inside sole
ind the out longways, or even cross- i
ways, for the matter of that, and that,
without so much as turning down a
:orner. Correspondent and accordingly
I stitched It In. The colonel then <
told me to watch my chance and make
>ff to you In the Jarseys, as fast as I
rould. He told me, besides, that I
was to stay with you, because you was
likely to have business for me to do."
"That's true, good sergeant."
"There came on a darkish, drizzly
svenlng; and a little before roll call, at
sunset, I borrowed an old forage cloak
!rom Corporal Green?you mought have
remembered him?and out I went towards
the lines, and sauntered along
the edge of the town, till I came
to one of your pipe-smoking, gin- i
Irlnklng Hessians, keeping sentry
dear the road that led out toward
Ashley ferry?a fellow that
iad no more watch In him?bless your
soul!?as these Dutchmen hav'n't? i
than a duck on a rainy day. So, said
[, coming up boldly to him, 'Hans wle
rehet es'?'Geh zum Teufel,' says he
aughing?for he knowed me. That
was all the Dutch I could speak, except ;
I was able to say It was going to rain, 1
jo I told him?'Es will regnen1?which
ne knowed as well as I did, for it was i
raining all the time. I had a little more
palaver with Hans, and, at last, he got '
jpon his feet and set to walking up and
lown. P.y this time the drums beat for 1
evening quarters, and I bid Hans good
light; but Instead of going away, I
jquatted behind the Dutchman's sentry
box?and, presently, the rain came
lown by the bucketful; It got very
lark and Hans was snug under cover.
The grand rounds was coming, I could
hear the tramp of feet, and as no time
was to be lost, I made a long step and
i short story of It, by Just slipping over
the lines and setting out to seek my
fortune." i
"Well done, sergeant! You were
?ver good at those pranks."
"But that wasn't all," continued
Robinson. "As the prime file leader of
mischief would have.it, outside of the
lines I meets a cart with a man to
drive It, and two soldiers on foot, by
way of guard.
"The first I was aware of It was a
hallo, and then a bagnet to my breast.
[ didn't ask for countersigns, for I
didn't mean to trade In words that
night; but Just seizing hold of the
muzzle of the piece, I twisted It out
ot the fellow's hand, and made him a
present of the butt-end across his pate.
[ didn't want to hurt him, you see, for
It wa'n't his fault that he stopped me.
\ back-hander brought down the oth
sr. ana me imru man uiuvc ui?. mo
rart, as If he had some suspicion that
his comrades were on their tracks in
the mud. I didn't mean to trouble a
peaceable man with my compliments,
hut on the contrary, as the preacher
says, I went on my way rejoicing:."
"You were very considerate, sergeant;
I entirely approve of your modsratlon.
As you are a brave man, and
have a natural liking for danger, this
was a night that doubtless, afforded
you great satisfaction."
"When danger stares you In the
face," replied Horse Shoe, "the best
way Is not to see It. It is only In not
seeing of It, that a brave man differs
from a coward: that's my opinion. Well,
ifter that I had a hard time of It. I
was afraid to keep up the Neck road,
upon account of the sodgers that was
upon It; so I determined to cross the
Ashley, and make for the Orangeburg
ilstrlet. When I came to the ferry, I
was a little dubious about taking one i
jf the skiffs that was hauled up, for i
ftar of making a noise; so I slipped
iff my shoe that had your letter, and i
put It bftwlxt my teeth and swum the
river. I must have made some splashing
In the water?although I tried to i
nuffle my oars, too, for first, I heard a I
rhallenge from the ferryhouse, and then t
:he crack of a musket; but It was so i
lark you couldn't see an egg on your
nvn nose. There was a little flustering i
if lights on the shore, and a turn out
)f the guard maybe; but, I suppose,
:hey thought It was a sturgeon, or some 1
iuch beast, and so made no more of It <
ind I got safe to the other bank."
"Faithfully and bravely, sergeant!"
"For the first three or four days the i
phances were all against me. The i
whole country was full of Tories, and
it wasn't safe to meet a man on the
*oad; you couldn't tell whether he was i
friend or enemy. I dursn't show my face
in the daytime at all, but lay close In
the swamps: and when it began to
jrow dark, I stole out, like a wolf, and
traveled across the fields, and along
:he byways."
"You had a good stomach to bear it,
sergeant." I
"A good stomach enough, but not
much In it. I'll tell you another observation
I made; when a man travels all
light long on an empty stomach, he l
3Ught either to fill It next morning
ar make it smaller."
"And how is that to be managed,
friend Horse Shoe?" 1
"Indian fashion" replied the ser- I
feant. "Buckle youl belt a little tighter
every two or three hours. A man
may shrivel his guts up to the size of i
i pipe stem. But I found a better way
to get aiong man oy wining m
belt?"
"Now, for another stratagem!"
"I commonly, about dark, crept as
near to a farmhouse as I mought venture
to go; and, putting on a poor
mouth, told the folks I had a touch of
the small-pox, and was dying for a little
food. They were Christians enough
to give me a dish of bread and milk,
or something of that sort, and cowards
enough to keep so much out of the
way, Is not to get a change to look me
?l
the ground, and then walked away i
while I came up to get them. Though
I didn't think much of the fashion I
was waited on, and had sometimes to
quarrel with the bulldog for my supper,
I don't believe I ever ate with a i
better appetite In my life. The first i
bread of freedom, no matter how
coarse, a man eats after His escape
from prison Is the sweetest morsel In
nature. And I do think It Is a little
pleasanter when he eats it at the risk
of his life."
Butler nodded his head.
"Well, after this," continued Horse
Shoe, "I had like to have lost all by
another mishap. My course was for the
upper country, because the nearer I
grot to my own home the better I was
acquainted with the people. That
scrummaging character, Tarleton, you
may have hearn, scrampered oft as
soon as ever Charlestown was taken,
after Colonel Abraham Buford, who
was on his way down to the city when
the news was fotch him of our surrender.
Buford accordingly came to the
right about, to get out of harm's way
as fast as he could, and Tarleton followed
close on his heels. Think of that
devil, major, trying to catch a man a
hundred miles away! It was a brazen
hearted thing! considering, besides,
that Buford had a good regiment with
him. When nobody thought It anything
more than a brag, sure enough,
he overhauls Buford yonder at the
Waxhaws?onawares, you may say?
and there he tore him all to pieces.
They say It was a bloody cruel sight.
to see how these English troopers did
mangle the poor fellows. I doubt there
wasn't fair play. But, major, that
Tarleton rides well and Is a proper soldier.
take him man to man. It so happened
that as I was making along towards
Catawba, who should I come
plump upon, but Tarleton and his lads,
with their prisoners, all halting beside
a little run to get water!"
"Again In trouble, sergeant! Truly
you have had full measure of adventures!"
"I was pretty near nonplushed, major,"
said Horse Shoe, with a broad
laugh, "but I thought of a stratagem.
1 let fall my under Jaw, and sot my eyes
as wild as a madman, and twisted my
whole face out of Joint?and began to
clap my hands, and hurra for the red
coats, like a natural fool. So, when
Tarleton and two or three of his people
came to take notice of me, they put
me down for a poor Idiot that had been
turned adrift."
"Did they hold any discourse with
you ?'
"A good deal; and, Just to try me,
they flogged me with the flats of their
swords; but I laughed and made merry
when they hurt me worst, and told
them I thanked them for their politeness.
There were some of our people
amongst the prisoners, that I knew,
and I was mortally afeard they would
let on, but they didn't. Especially,
there was Seth Cuthbej-t, from Tryon,
who had both of his hands chopped oft
in the fray at the Waxhaws; he was
riding double behind a trooper, and he
held up the stumps Just to let me see
how barbarously he was mangled. I
was dubious they would see that he
knowed me, but he took care of that.
Bless your soul, major! he saw my drift
In the first shot of his eye. Thinking
that they mought take It Into their
noddles to carry me along with them
back, I played the quarest trick that
I suppose ever a man thought of; It
makes me laugh now to tell it. I made
a spring that fetched me right upon
the crupper of Colonel Tarleton's
horse, which sot him to kicking and
flirting at a merry rate; and, whilst the
creature was floundering as if a hornet
had stung him, I took the colonel's cap
and put It upon my own head, and
gave him mine. And after I had vagarled
In this sort of way for a little
while, I let the horse fling me on the
ground. You would have thought the
devils would have died laughing. And
the colonel himself, although at first he
was very angry, couldn't help laughing
likewise. He said that I was as
strange a fool as he ever saw, and
that It would be a pity to hurt me. So
he threw me a shilling, and whilst they
were all In good-humor, I trudged
away.
"It was a bold experiment, and
might be practised a thousand times
without success. If I did not know
you. Robinson, to be a man of truth,
as well as courage, I should scarce believe
this tale. If any one, hereafter,
should tell your story, he will be accounted
a fiction-monger."
"I do not boast. Major Butler; and,
as to my story, I care very little who
tells It. Every trick is good in war.
I can change my face and voice both,
so that my best friends shouldn't know
me: and In these times, I am willing
to change everything but my coat, and
even that. If I have a witness to my
heart and It will serve a turn to help
the country. Am I not right?"
"No man ever blames another for
that, sergeant, and if ever you should
. - - A i.i ?l, /.Inn/la
be put to tne trial you win mm incuuo
enough to vouch for your honesty."
"When I got away from Tarleton it
wasn't long before I reached my own
cabin. There I mustered my horse and
gun. and some decent clothes; and after
a good sleep, and a belly full of
food, I started for the north, as fast
as I could, with my letter. I put it
Into your own hands, and you know
the rest."
"This will be a good tale for a winter
night," said Butler, "to be told
hereafter, in a snug chimney corner, to
your wife and children, when peace, as
I trust it may, will make you happy
In the possession of both. Your embassy
has had marvellous good luck so
far. I hope it may prove a happy omen
for our future enterprise. Now it is
my turn, Galbraith, to tell you something
of our plans. Colonel Plnckney
has apprised me of the state of things
In the upper country. Our good friend
Clarke there meditates an attempt to
regain Augusta and Ninety-six; and
we have reason to believe that some
levies will be made by our confederates
in Virginia and elsewhere. My
business Is to co-operate in this undertaking;
and, as it was essential I should
have the guidance of some man acquainted
with that country?some good
soldier, true and trusty?the colonel
has selected you to accompany me.
Thwp red-coats have already got pos
session of all the strongholds; and the
Tories, you know, swarm In the country,
like the locusts of Egypt. I stand
In need, sergeant, of a friend with a
discreet head and a strong arm. I
could not have picked out of the army
a better man than Sergeant Qalbralth
added, putting his hand gently upon
the sergeant's shoulder, "old acquaintance
has bred an affection between
us."
"I am a man that can eat my allowance,
major" said Robinson, with an
awkward diffidence at hearing the encomium
Just passed upon him, "and
that's a matter that doesn't turn to
much profit in an empty country. But
I think I may make bold to promise,
that you are not like to suffer, if a
word or a blow from me would do you
any good."
"Your belt may be serviceable in
two ways in this expedition. Horse
HW- It mav ha hiirlrlMl Hnntr In want
times, and will carry a sword In dangerous
ones."
"May I ask, major," Inquired Horse
Shoe, "since you have not got to talking
business, what has brought us so
high up the country, along here? It
seems to me thht the lower road would
have been nearer.".
"Suppose I say, Oalbralthreplied
Butler, with animation, "that there Is
a bird nestles In these woods, I was
fond of hearing sing, would it be unsoldlerllke,
think you, to make a harder
ride and a larger circuit for that
gratification?"
"Oh! I understand,' major," said
Horse Shoe, laughing, "whether It be
peace or whether It be, war, these women
keep the upper hand of us men.
For my part, I think It more natural
to think of them in war than In peace.
For, you see, the creatures are so
helpless, that If a man don't take care
of them, who would? And then when
a woman's frightened, as she must be
In these times, she clings so naturally
to a man! It stands to reason!"
"You will keep my counsel, Oalbralth,"
Interrupted Butler, "I have a
reason which, perhaps, you may know
by and by. why you should not speak of
anything you may see or hear. And
now as we have spent a good hour In
refreshment, sergeant, make our horses
ready. We'll take the road again."
Robinson promised caution In all
matters that might be committed to
his charge, and now set himself about
saddling the horses for the journey.
Whilst he was encaged in this occupa
tion, Butler wai startled to hear the
sergeant abruptly cry out?"You devil.
Captain Peter Clinch! what are you
about?" and, looking hastily around,
saw no one but the trusty squire himself,
who was now sedately Intent upon
thrusting the bit Into his horse's
mouth?a liberty which the animal
seemed to resent by sundry manifestations
of waywardness.
"To whom are you talking, Oalbralth?"
"Only to this here contrary, obstropolous
beast, major."
"What name did you call him by?"
Inquired Butler.
"Ha, ha, ha! was It that you was
listening too?" said- Horse Shoe. "I
have christened him Captain Peter?
sometimes Captain Peter Clinch. I'll
tell you why. I am a little malicious
touching the name of my horse. After
the surrender of ChavieeSsssa, our regt- j
ment was put in the charge of a provost
marshal, by the name of Captain
Clinch, and his first name was Peter.
He was a rough, ugly, wiry-haired fellow,
with no better bowels than a barrel
of vinegar. He gave us all sorts of
ill usage, knowing that we wa'n't allowed
to give him the kind of payment
that such an oncomfortable fellow deserved
to get. If ever I had met him
again major, setters parbus?as Lieutenant
Hopkins used to say?which is
lingo, I take it, for a fair field, I
would'a cudgelled his pate for him, to
the satisfaction of all good fellowa
Well, when I got home, I gave his
name to my beast, just for the pleasure
of thinking of that hang-gallows thief,
every time I had occasion to give the
creature a dig In the ribs, or lay a
blow across his withers! And yet he
Is a most excellent horse, major, and
a hundred times more of a gentleman
than his namesake?though he Is a little
hard-headed too?but that he larnt
from Yne. It really seems to me that the
dumb beast thinks his name a disgrace,
as he has good right, but has got used
to it. Ana oesiaes i near mm uie
cross-grained growling dog of a captain
has been killed In a scuffle since I
left Charlestown, so now I consider my
horse a sort of tombstone with the
ugly sinner's name on it; and as I
straddle It every day you see, that's another
satisfaction."
"Well, sergeant, there are few men
enjoy their revenge more good-humoredly
than you. So, come, straddle your
tombstone again, and make the bones
beneath a jog."
In good glee, our travelers now betook
themselves once more to the road.
TO BE OONTTNTJXD.
Ncrr Much or a Fiohtsr.?President-making
Is getting along bravely
in Republican circles. There Is a fine
lot of candidates and today it Is anybody's
race. On the Democratic side
of the hedge they axe waiting for Mr.
Bryan to get back to tell them what .
to do. When Mr. Bryan went off to foreign
parts he turned the party over to
Roosevelt, and It Is very evident that
that gentleman will find something for
It to do before the winter Is over. This
letter was written In advance of the
president's message, and I made the
prediction that If Mr. Roosevelt was
spoiling for a fight, and they say he
was born mat way. he could get it
out of the Republican side of the senate.
As for me, I don't believe the president
Is much of a fighter. Certainly
he Is not half the fighter Cleveland
woo PlpvAlnnd had a row with his
party about 16 to 1. He fought and
won. Roosevelt disagreed with his
party on the subject of the tariff. He
surrendered and lost. And I'll say
right here that If the president puts
up no better fight against the railroads
than he did against the stand-patters
he would better give up his gun.?
Savoyard In Washington Post.
A Gamblejr's Superstition.?They
were playing a quiet rubber of whist
and had called for a new deck of
cards. One of the players was an old
timer, a card player of years of experience.
and he took up the old wornout
cards and put them on the window
sill. "Throw them In the fire," said
the young man who was his partner.
"What!" said the elder. "Throw a
pack of cards in the fire? Young man,
you don't know what you are talking
about. I wouldn't do that for $1,000."
"Why not?" "Superstition," was the
answer. "Burn a pack of cards and
they'll never give you another hand
and will mock you to the last. They're
bad enough at best, but you never saw
a gambler curse the cards or abuse
them or burn them or otherwise 111
treat them. He doesn't dare to. I
know a 'successful' card player who
did It. He was dwelling on velvet
then. In a year he was a beggar, and
he never won a game worth mentioning
forever after. It's a whim, but
the gentlemen of the cloth of green
respect It. They won't burn a pack of
cards."

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