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THE RED ACORN. BY JOHÏÏ H'ELUOY, Author of "Anlcrsonvillc," Ftc. (Obpyrighteil by Notional Tribune rublisliin:: Co, and published by airangemcut with them.] "Heavens, I'm n bigger coward tbau ever," ho said bitterly, ami turning himself pain* fully in bed, ho fixed his eyes upon the wall. "I was led to believe," he continued, ''that after I hod once been under fire, I would ccosq toclrcad it. ICo\v t it serins to mo more dreadful than I ever imagined it to If." Aunt Hobby's wheel hummed and droned still louder, but lier pleasant tones rode on tho cadences like an yEolian harp in a rising wind: Mini may trouM ! aad distress inc, T will but drive ir- Thy breast; Life with trials liarJ may press me; Heaven will biiojï me sweeter rest. O, *tts nut In Brief to harm me, While Thy love Ir. left to me. Cl, 't were not In joy to charm me. Were that joy unmixed with Thee. Ho wondered weakly why there were no monasteries in this land and age to servo us hnrlmrs cf refuge for those who shrank from the fearfuhicss of war. Ho turned over again wearily, and Aunt Dcbby, looking fowanl him, encountered his wide open eyes. "Yrr awako, air ye?" she said kindly'. "Hope 1 didn't disturb you. I wuz tryin' ter tuako er, litt I*: noise cz possible." "So, you didn't rouso me. J t's hard for mo loslecp in daylight, even when fatigued, us I run." "Ef yo want U r git up now," h!ii> said, stop ping tho whirl liy pressing a stick against a .poke and laying Urn "roll" in her hand upon tho wheel head, "I'iihov soino lircakfast fur yo in a jiffy. Yo kin riso an' dress while I run down ter tlm spring artcr a fresh bucket o' water." ,S!io covered lier head with a "slat f un bon net," which she took from a peg in tho wall, lifted a cedar waterpail from a shelf sup ported by other long l^gs, poured its con tents into a largo cast-iron teakettle swinging over tho fire, and whisked out of tho door. Presently the, notes of her hymn mingled in plaintive harmony with tho sparkling but no sweeter song of a robin redbreast, twit tering hi.i delight in tho warm sunshine amid tho crimson apples of the tree that overhung tho spring. "V, r ill yo bev a fresh drink}" she asked Harry o:i her return. Haloid: the gotmlful of dear, eool water which she oliered him and drunk heartily. "Thot lies the namo o' bein' the best spring in these parts," she said, pleased w ith hi > up predation. "Alt' hit's a never failin' spring, too. Wo'vo plenty o' water the dryest times, when every body olso's goes dry." "That i.ïde.i iu; water," said Harry. ''An' now 1*1! git yo ycr breakfast in a rninnit. Tho tea kittle's n-biliu', tho coffee's ground, the pone's dune, un' when I fry a littlu ham everything wid bo ready." Au lier culinary put hods uir.l ufenfils dif fered wholly from anything Harry had ever seen, ho studied them with an ink rest sharp ened not a little by a growing nppetito for brea!:fast. Tho dnr.isy iron teakelDo swung o:t a hook at tbo end of a chain fastened t.ome where in tho throat of l.lio chimney. On tho rough stones forming t ho hearth were a haif dozen "ovens" und "skidita"—circular, east iron vessels standing on legs, high enough to allow u layer of live coals to bo placed be neath them. They were covered by a lid with a ledge around it, to retain tho roars of eoals heaped on top. Tho cook's scepter was a wooden hook, with which she moved the kettles and ovens and lifted lids, while the re lentless (ire scorched her arms und laeo rud dier than a c!r. rry. It wr., a primitive way and so wasteful of wood that, it required a tree to furnish fuel enough to prepare breakfast, but under tho hands of a skillful woman those ovens and skillets turned out viands with a flavor that no modern appliance can equal. 1 lie joists of the house were thickly hung with tho small delicious hams of tho country —hunts mado from young and tender bogs, which had lived and fattened upon tho acorns, flagrant hickory nuts and dainty I •each nuts of tho abundant "mast" of tho forest, until they were sent rated with their delicti'a, nutty flavor. Th.it was farther en riched by a piquancy gained from the smoke of tho burning hickory and out:, with wl.i h they were cured, and the absorption of odors from tlie scented herbs t.i the rooms where they were drying. Many have sung tho praises of Kentucky's horses, whisky and women, but no poet, has tuned ins lyre to the more fruitful theme of Ke:itue';>'s mast-fed, smoke-cured, lirri>-stvnted Ir.ar.s. For such a man waits a crown of enduring keys. • Slices of ;hix savory lum, fried is a skillet —-ttie trat li of history torers Du» rehietaufc confession that tho march of progress had not yi t brought tho gridiron and i;s virtues to the mountain..;—a hot pone of gulden yel low meal, whoso steaming sweetness hud not Uvn allowed to distill 'off, but had been forced back into the loaf by the hot oven lid; coffee as black und strong ns tho virile in fusions which cheer Du» hearts of the true lw Movers in tho tents of the Turk, and « team from cows that cropped tho odorous and juicy grasses of mountain meadows, made a breakla t that, could not have Uvu more ap petizing if composed l>y a French chef, ami garnished by a poly got bill of fare. Moved thereto by the hospitable ttrgings of Aunt Hobby mul his own appetite, Harry ato heartily. Under the influence of the com fortable tncai, the choerfui sunshine and tho reusing of the energies that follow a change frein u recumbent to an erect posture, bis spirits rose to a manlier pitch. As he could ire» reî| l «\.'. Utl i lm > lt ' !' ;l , in '3 l lL> his seat in a .* - Domed chair by tho sulo of the hearth, and Aunt Debbv, knitting in hand, oreupieii a low rocker nearly <>p|Htsito. "1 » lien s Mr. l ortner.'" asked ilarry. "Jim got up s-.rly, an'artcr cat In'a snack, aid lu-'il g»> out. an' take a look around—inch ho ho tnout ,v.i ez fur «»a the ford." A., it to O'vninpatn Harrys iu-tin tive tti-itii't over ti«.. po'-loiatirs attending tho "erne; flunk ;l ivl; «tie ot Fort.u r .; prowlin, '!li •eii'.'r's army, the harp lit i !e ex ir t'irev ; are. »nil the lire shot off »!«'■ ions, e i.ei >d love it r. «; his e;i.d vio» 'iutv, and is lonfusiou bj e-siduou* ok.r. to* ho wants of tho alter the battle "' Duller Visty In; coal'll I j,, Æ i, a twit; sir.ip withouteri his heart poppr * at tention with tho |x "2 ! fire. ' Aunt, Debby regaitleuhim with gentle com 1 passion. j • Vcr -ill shuck up uy tlrs hap|xmin's yester !fby,"s!;o said with tueh tactful sympathy ! (hat hi* «eiisitivo mcttlo was notoffended. ; '-Tii natural yo should lx*. Hit's aliorsso ! Folies l.-iii say what they please, but fouler. 's i terrible try in* to t!io narvus, no matter who i .loos bit. My husband wuz in tho Mexican ! war. an' ha's often tola me that fur weeks liuncr Visty he eoaldn ! right up inter Ids mouth, ami hit wit» well everybody else, much ez they trid ter piny t ff tute.-»in anted like." •'All, i-.-.-dlv," sai l Harry, deeply interested in nil that cotrvnied this woman, who-n re markable qualities were impressing tiiem selves upon Ids recognition. "What part of (he nrniv di l your hnshand belong to}" "He wuz in the Kentucky rigiment com inniided by Kunnel Henry Clay, son o' the great Henry Clay, who wuz killed thar. My husband was promoted to a leftenunt fur his brav'rv in the battle. "Then this «« not your first experience with war ".Vo, indeed," said she, with just a trace of pride swelling in tho temple's delicate net work of lilac veins. "Tho Fortners an'the Ill-ills air soljor families, an' ther young men bev shouldered liter guns whenever tho country needed fouten men. Oient gran fnt.licni IIriil an' Fortner come inter tho state along with Don'l Boone nigh on ter a hun dred years ago, nnd scnce then them un' ther descendants hov lit Injuns, Brittishers an' M.-xlkhw ev'ry tinio an inimy raised a sword agin the country." "Many of them lose their live 1 -?" "Yes; ev'ry war heat cost tho families some member. Gran'fathcrs Brill an' Fortner war both on'em killed at the Injun ambush at Clue Licks. I wuz on'y a baby when my father wuz killed at tho massacre of Win chester's men at tho River Raisin. My brother" "Father of the man I was with yester day ?" "Ho; Ins father wuz my oldest brother. My youngest brother-—tho'baby' of the fam ily—win mortally wounded by a copper ball in the charge on the bishop's palace at. tho takin' o' Monterey." "And your husband—ho went through the war safely, di.l he?" The pleasant, mobile lines upon the woman's face congealed into stony hardness. At tho moment of Harry's question she was lieg in ning to count tho stitches in her work for some feminine Aystcry of "narrowing" or ' "turning." She stopped, und hands and knit ting dropped into her lap. "My husband," she said slowly and hit tcrly, "wuz spared by the Mexikins tliet ho lit. but not by his own countrymen an' neighbors, amongst whom ho,wuz lining up. His blood wuz not poured out on tbo soil ho invaded, hut wuz drunk by tho land his forefathers an' kinsmen lied died fur. The godless greasers on the Hier Grande war kinder ter him nor tho Christian gentlemen on the Uoekas.se!." The intensity anil bitterness of the utter ance revealed a long conning of tho expres sion of bitter truths. "lie lost his life, then," said Harry, par lially comprehending, "in some of tho troubles around here ?" "lie wuz killed lx-kase he wouldn't help break down what hit lied cost so much ter hitiid up. He wuz killed bekoso he thot a (lore man's life wulti moon a rich man's nig ger. He wuz killed bekase he b'lioved flits whole country belonged ter tho men who'll lit fur hit an' made hit what hit is, an' thet hit wnzu't a plantation fur a passe 1 *>' slave drivers tor boss an' divide up jess or. bit suited 'em." "Why, l thought all you Kentuckians v.fro strongly in favor of keeping the negroes in slavery," said Ilarry in amazement. "K'.s pin' th" niggers ez slaves ain't the question at nil. Wo folks air ez fur from 1 icin' Abolitionists ez ennybody. Hit's a battle now with a lot uv 'ristocrats who'll take our rights away." "I don't quite understand your position," said Harry. "Ilit'u U'kaso ye don't understand tho country. The people «lown heah air divided into three classes. Fustthur's tho few very fielt fiuu'Ues tliet hov big farms over in the Blue Grass wit h lots o' niggers ter work Vm. Then thar's the middle class—like the Fort ners an'the Brills—the}'hov small farms in tho creek rallies, an' wharevor tlmr's gocnl land on t'.ie mounting sides, who hov no nig gers, an' win» try ter lead God-l'eariu', liant workin' lives, an' support their famTies do rent ly. Lastly, thar's the pore white trash, thet lives'way up iu tho hollers an'on t he w ul bless lumlxuixjut the head water*. They've little patches o' corn ter make lnor bread stuff, an' dojicnd on huntin', lullin', an' ite.-ilni' (nr liio rest o' ther viitlcs. T'hcy'vo liait' .a dozen gnus in every cabin, but nary a ho-; they've more y idler dogs than tho rest it' tu; Iicv sheep, uu' they find hit a good ,k-:it handier ter kill other folks' hogs than ter rai ;e tin t own pork." '•Hardly desirable neighbors, I should think," ventured Harry. "llil s war all the time between our kind u' people nil* them other kinds. Both on Viu haies us like i ir. -n, an' o:i our sidi-— w« II, wo air Christiuus, luit we ns ko.i thot when Ckri.d. tolo us ter love our inimios, an' «io g"« "I ter them ez despitefully ustd us, ho reukki t hev lied no idee hmv mean peoplo would git ter be long urU'f he left the aiiTb." Ilarry eould not help smiling at this new adaptai ion of a Scriptural mandate. " 1 ho low down whites hates us bekase wo amt mean an' ornery ez they air, tin' hold ourselves ubovo 'em. Tho bigliugs hates us bekase we won't knuckle down ter 'em, ez I her niggers uu' the pore whites do. So hit's rat nit'«log all tho time. Wo don't belong ter the same parlies, we don't jine the same ehurihes, an' tliar's more «ir less troublo agv.ine on bet wren us an' them coiiliunerly." "Then when tho war broke «*ut you t«»ok iliffereut sidt*s, ns usual?" "Of course! of course! The big nigger awners an' the ornery whites, who air jest i z ! mu h ther Slavic ea i f they'd been bot un ! paid fur with Dur own money, became red hot Giaes-i.iners, while our jieople stuck ter . Led allers Uv« I« mUrs agi.t tho other pröplo" au'noiv tho Confederates hiss-d their whito tho Union. Tbo very old satan lusseif soonted ter take iiovsossion ov Y-ui mid stir 'em up ter do all niunuer o'cruelty ter conquer us inter jteùip in with 'em. The Brills an'Fortners »laves outer our men, ez one sets «logs outer stivva in the corn. Tho chief man among era wits Kuuttel Bdl Pennington,'' Harry l««».;. «! up aitli a start. es. the same i ne u ho got. Ins reward yes terday, ' rite eoiflinued, interpreting the ex pression id lii; eye . "The IVntthr.tons air the richest family this side o' Banville, i no. an' the Brills an' tho Fortners hev idlers been mortal enemies. Thar's bin blood shed m ev'ry gineration. Kunnel Bill's lather Inept ter his grave on Vonut of a bullet in his hip, which wuz lodged ilmr soon after Fd flungon tho floor a $10 gold piece he'd crowded inter mv hand at a dance, where lied come it-iout ary invite. The bullet was from the ride ot a young man named David Brill, thet I niai ri«<t tue next day, jestez he wuz y :! Ai" _lez Mexico, lie volunteered a little aiidier then he'd intended, fur his father's wheat wuz not nearly all harvested, laut hit wuz thot best ter git himself out o' tho way o' the Penning tons. who wuz a mouty revengeful family, ; an' besides they then bed the law on ther side. E.: Mion er. he comeback from t he war Ole j Kunnel I'.iil, an'Young Kunnel i -■ il, an' all I iJjm m;t o' tin* JVuiiidgtou t onnec : t jnn lr;;ari waterhiu' i'ur a chance tor £it even j with Ini:t. The Ole Kunnel used ter vow an' ! swat* thet he'd never leave the uirth ontil Dave fb ill wuz under the clods o' the valley, j But lie hod tor go last year, spite o' hissclf, ' an' leave David Brill 'live an' well an' bocom ' in' more an' more lookt up ter ev'ry day by ! ; i ! I 1 ! the verv upple of our eyes, who wuz growin' i I up. jest like his father——" ! The quaver of an ill-repressed sob blurred j I the tones. She closed her eyes firmly, as if to choke back the brimming tears, mid then rising from her seat busied herself brushing , the coals nnd ashes back into the fire. j "Thot walnut pops so awfully," she said, 1 " thet a bmly hez to sweep nearly ev'ry rninnit ! ter keep tho luvrth at all clean. j "Tho death of his father made no change In | tho younger Uok Pennington ? He kept up : the quand tho same as ever, did lie?" asked j Ilarry, deeply interested in the narrative. the people, while the Penningtons war gittin' wuss ami wuss hated. IVe lied a son, too, "Wessen ever ! W ussen ever ! 1 Io got l)it terer ev'ry day. He laid In's defeat when ho wnz rsnnin' fur tho legislator at our door. IIo hied bullies ter git inter a quarrel with David, at public getherin's, an' kill him in seeh a way ez ter hev a plea o'self-defense ter d'tr themselves on; but David tuk too good keen o' hisself ter get ket.ehed that a-way, an' he hurt one o' the bullies so bad thet in; ttiver quite got over hit. Ho and Kuimr! Pennington leveled their weapons on each other at. a barbecue near London lost fall, hut the bystanders interfered an' pre vonlal bloodshed fur a time. "When tho war broke out we never be lieved lilt. would reach us. Thar incut be trouble in Louisville nnd Cincinnati—some even thot hit lik.-lv that that* would be fouten' in Lexington—but'way up in the ' ire '»flings we'd lie peaeeablo on' safe allers. (; ; young men formed tbeirsclve* inter a company of homo gyards, an elected my lu."b;.. 1 their «'apting. Kunnel Pennington gaihcnd together'bout a iiundrcd o'tho IMwrest, orneriost shakes on the headwaters au' tuck them off ter jine Eidney Johnson, an' drive the Yankees 'way from I,on is ville. Everybody said hit wuz the liest riddance o' bad rubbish the country'll ever k no wed, and wlien they wuz gouo our clmnccs fur peace eeemed bettsr'n ever. —l AS Jfrf wkà fern ''Thot wlnut pops so mrfullt /. she saht. "All the flurry mad«» by ther gwitic 'way hed diisl down, an'cz we lieeivd nothin' fiuin 'em or the war, pisipte's tnimls got quiet ag in, un' they sot 'bout liurryin' up their spring work. "One bright, sweet mornin' in May I wuz at mv work in the yard with Fortner—tliet wuz my sim's name—Usin' up the kittles ter «lye some yarn fur a coat fur him. Hus band'«! «eut ter tho other side <>' the hill, "bar the new terbaeker gi'imn«l wuz, ter cut out some t fees that shaded the plants. Tho skies wuz ez bright, uu' la'r ez the Good 1 ,nrd ever «undo 'em. I eould lieah tho ringin'o' David's ax ez lie chopped away, an* hit seemed ter he rayin'U t me ehoerfuliy all tlm time; 'lieah I am hanl at win k.' The smoke front sente brush piles thet. he'd set afire riz up slowly an'gently, fur thar wuz »:<» wind a-stirriii". The birds sung gayly 'bout their work o' liest bniliiin', an' I. eouidn't bel(> ringin' about mine. I lelt the« kittles fur n minuit to run ! j j i i ! j ' I I j j I j j j ! down the gya .'den w dk, t VI so * hew nv, bed o jiiiik ; w ;rc. «»min' '»it. an l suiirr ez 1 run. "J't tli"ii » passe 1 o men <■«»»'»'.' strincin' ! up t ho i <>::<11 t Die ■nr Vi, *v l«»v«kvil like o Dnni that 1« unnel ik iir.In^Jon tuck way with turn, but they rid H-tler critters then titty o them o\er heil. :ui ttiov wore « I rosso 1 in a • «arler soljor «doze, an' all o' Vm toted guns. "Something sent a chill ter mv very heart tho moment I laid eyes on Vm.' Hit a'inont stopped Isxt: hr when 1 see Kunnel Bill IVn ningtoii n lilt lo ways lioiiiiul eni.w uli a feath er in his hat an' sword mi' pistols in hi.s belt. When they waited at tho bars rut- him ter conto up, l knowed instantly what they were urter. "'Fortner,* I said t«-r my son, tryin' tor FlK'i'.k cz low cz possible, 'Fortner, honey, slip back through t he bushes cz quiek ez the Lord'll ltd yo, uu' teil vor daddy thet Bill lVnnmgton an' his gang air heah artcr him. Sneak away, but when yo air out o' sight, run fur ycr life honey.' • Ilo turned ter go, but at that minuit Bill Pennington shouted out: 'Stop thar! Don't ye send thet boy away! Ef he moves a step I'll put a buffet through hi.s brain:' "Fortner would'vo mu iu spite o' him, but I wuz so sheerer I u «.r him tliet 1 jumped ter his side an' la tolled his arm. i " 'Ivt\j> qui«.!, honey,' I sai l. 'Likelv they I wou'f thul yer daddy at all.' I T , '.".I' 1 '-z I spoke, the sound o' ; DaMdsr.x ntngout clearly and steadily. The i cannons at \\ iideat, yesterday, iliiln't sound j no ion! 1er 1er ine. I eould even tell lint lie j wuz <'heppi;»'a IkwIi tivo. Tb" liekswas <-z I a-s.iarp an ringiu ez ef the ax struck iron, j "Bid Pennington lit offen bis beast, an' ; w-alk- d toward me, w itb Iris sword a-elatt'erin' j his spn.-.s a- jinglin'. • • When's ti .t Yankeefied scalawag of a • , "'Par's Dave Brill V he husband o' your ire ' said Ktvagely. stn.ke front „Ti-, ... ...... 1 1 1 ••• me mat ere O h '* - •' at V " • i nkiirlv ex tongue could I tried ter gam. tmie mi 1 «• -ii,• -.tailed Ihi fet-Mt. V. : * in' thet I • dont dar st01 ' : ï- , p, - „i,.'s a lie,' said Jake Jo!m 'iUiui/d, Ut, Davo Briii'.-, ça., wk.o known I us. « •' , l'oûn Molly ov: r tl.a:. ir. t'« - " 'An' ti.i- : iiuin't ei.ari' d.ay m Mt.\anc.i, lieith-r.' l aid r"ol!r:r., ^ ^ . pîa( . (l . , Kai.l Kutnii i Bill, of vo teil me liai: o so-.iv. > m...... ntoruin' on IH un Mid } ... 1 court,' I said, know liositato ter make up -• Wtt: •il: ï !:;:o»v you -, ; ..a nsis mommy ü be much better fur .... ........ )," is. Hit'll r.t least save ycr house I ront bein' so: afire. , . "Hing! ting! v.tut Bavin« »=, ,L w; ;|. a C u.r.pet, aLeutin* ter the wl'oie world, 'II« ah i am. Como over lieah;' "•Yo kin burn our hous«-- cf ycr thot big a. villain,' I said; 'Hut I can't teil yo no c.i - feront.' , . . "'Kunnel, thef's him n-fh«'.ppin ovci 'h-r, 'said .Lake Joimsou. 'I know he's enired some now ground fur terbacker on thet an hillside. .... , «-.pi i;.» " 'I emu a rninnit. Parket, jo a .' J t over thar an git him, wmlo com-o the o' yc look 'bout the static nlt thar. Mind my orders, an seo thet they an carried out.' "Mis manner nmdo ins tear ovet j ui«.». a thought ike lied inter niy tnind. - aar wui: thet horn thaU'-IIan-y followed her eyes with his and saw hanging on tooi-s a„at..s. the wall one of the long tin horns used m the south to call tiio men loll» of tn?) j"™ 3 , J® their meals. It was crushed and battered to uselessness—"I thought I'd blow hit an' n«. tract his attention. Ho niout then see them a-coir.m' nn«l git away. I ran inter the house an' snatched the hern down, hut aloro l could put hit ter my lips L'iil Pennington jerked hit 'way from me an' stamped on hit, " 'Deb Brill,' said he, with a mortally hate ful look, 'ycr peart, an' sassy an' bold, uu' hev allers been so, au'so's yer Yankeefied hus band. Ye've lied yer own way offen— too offen. Now I'll hov mine an' wipe out some long stnmlin' scores. Dave Brill hez capped a lifetime ci' plague an'disturbance tor his betters by bocomin'a traitor ter his country an'inducin'others ter be traitors. lie must bo quieted. Como out an' listen.' "lie pulled me out. inter Urn yard. Davo wuz still ehopphi* away. Fur nearly every day fur nigh thirty years tho sound o' his ax hed been musie in my ears. I had larncd to know hit, even afore wo wuz lovers, fur his fathor's land jilted my father'.--., nif hit seems ter me thet I could tell the nota o' bis ax from thet o' everybody else, a'tna>t ez airly ez I could tell a robin's rang from a blackbird's. Girl, woman, wife an' mother, 1 hed listened to hit while I knit, wove or spun, every stroke minglin' with the sounds o'my wheel or loom an' the song o'the birds, nil'tollin' me whar lie wuz, an' thet he wuz toiiin' cheerfully fur tue an' mine, "Now, fur the fust time iu ail these years hits steady, strong beat brought niis'ry 1er my cars. Hit wuz cz the tollin' of a bed fur some one not yit dead. My heart o'ny beat ez fast ez lie chopped. Hit would give a great jump when tho sound o' tho blow readied me, un' then stand still until the next one came. "At last came a long—O, so long a pan e. " 'They've got thar,' said Bill Pennitlgt onj cranin' forward his head ter ketch the fust sound, 'lie's seed 'em an' is tryin' tor git 'way. But ho kin never do hit. I know tho men I sent ter do tho job.' "Two rifle shots sounded ahnest together, an' then immediately artcr wuz a couple o' boastful Injun-like yells, "Thar, IV.i, heah thot? YoY a widder now. Be thankful thet 1 let ye off no cony. I ought by rights ter burn yer house an' put tliet boy o' your'n whar he'll do t o harm. But this'll «lo fur an example ter Ursa mounting trai tors. They've lost, liter loader, an' t her lmin't no one ter take his place. They'll know now thet we ro in dead aimed. Boys, go inter tho hnus'j an' git all tho guns thar is thar, an' what vittlos an' blankets yo want; bat make haste, fur wo must git away from heah in a hurry.' • "1 run i z fast ez my teet'd carry me to whar David lay done deuil. Fortner saddled h )3 coltan galloped off ter his cousin Jim Fort nm's, tor rouso tho homo gynrd. Thu colt iva> hed Jim's house, bekase hits mammy wuz thar: but my son never did. in takin' tho sln.i lest mai ho hed ter cross the dangrrous i'st ford on the Itoekxssel. Tin- young beast v. nz skeerc'.l nigh tor death, an' bits rider wuz dlioviicd." length a iv . a« in the I'm Di. - the pu CHAPTER XI!!. At: Am,!: JACK It AID. Ti.e morning after t he bau le, Kent E«! wanh; was strolling around the camp at Wildcat, ".'.hades of my lmt-throated ancos tor.s, wh ».swallowed revcrallluo farms by the tmaborfid. haw thirsty I tint!" he said iit ■ltV.no wonder these Kentuckians lmisl drinkers. There's something If «sphere Dint makes mo drier Dio e ailvauee into the Date. Maybe u of glory ims>oroc!tliingdesiccating in a At i "f t, off tire warriors 1 ever heard ot seemed <mii.jios.«d of day that required as nioisieinng as unslaked lime. I will to the hill of frankincense and tho mciuitum of myrrh; in others words, pa - 0 "ant 'n» ,, C ' V! ' f> * s ' lln<l " hat in tho He found his satiu nine eomra.lo Eitting on w h'«•h ' ffk^ 1 * l V)''" ta! | U i i 11 .''' ,V:stori »K buttons * *'' ll " -soldiers, had become "inksin- bv reason ot exigencies of the campaign." ° ^ tiuteli hie me Abe had stuck his needle down into tho log 1 N, '» r "°'c -ho buttons ho had ^ei on of us pocket and he was laboring w ith iium-v lingers and rising temper at tm obdurate tmea h of thread. 1 sai.lu louki,, S OVir the tk-'al," s a*'* »si i.l, as ho eatno up. A eontemptuous snort answcreil him A on ought to* vo been a Ion- j ' saw „ great many interesting things." * .irère,'}**' 1 fl°. se - Awful hi'icrcstitfr Lot as i- q- ,* Ï '' ; l V n ," a,oul " 1 il1 ,fw »iu«.!. 'Bout -• -e-lm a , 1 »hould say, ns a stiell o' -i t ilenth.'' l,orQ "uyboily else to Abe the twfleh. v.ideh onlv nm.V i»s Wlwus. and he iJok-d as if st« «ot T '' C ' t" threw it into the the. '" ' V that'**irri'ia: D* thread e,",| ulVtft "U>read's wlitiv v. .t ». i ,n *' ' i ro:» 5*0«. m« ir. ' 5«u'll get any hour * ! v.mr..(. , k V u '!-'many an ■remv in uv.raveiin S its i j i I j : ! j ! « — !■»«■ — I [« ■ ■ ■■■ ér-tl— S MSUSS -- r , , I 1 ^, , fantastic convolutions with your taper fi n . ' "Lor;:! Lord!" said Abe with an expression of deep weariness, but without looking j n Kent'«direr!ion, "who's puilcil the -siring^* t,clack mill and set. it to going? When it •gets atari«.*' d once it rolls out big words lik B patthiits «lreppinfî out o'Die tail of a \vag 0n going «!> Lüh And there's no way o'stop, ping it, either. You ve just got to wait till it runs down." "Tho Proverbs -say ».»litlingly that 'A f, ;o j delightofu not in wise iii;-;tructio:i, ,! ' Kent, :< « he stepped around to Die eth-.r skfe of tho lire. Ilia foot; fell upon a projectin'» twig, tho other end of which flow up !ln q landed a very iiot coal on i.ho La; 1: of Abo's hand. Alto's action followed that of tb« twig, in tho suddenness of b.is upspringing lie buvk il an oath nnd n. firebrand ot i,g comrade. "This is really becoming domestic," said Kent as h«> laughingly «lodged. " The gentle ameniiier. <<m!«l not cinder more thickly around our iiresiile, even if weweruntatTied.'' When Abe resumed his seat ho di«l not con io down exactly upon tho spot from which be had arisen. It was a littlo farther to the right, where ho had stuck the needle. u 0 had forgotten all about it, but bo rose with a howl when it keenly reminded him that like tho star spangled banner, it " was still there." " Don't riso on my account, I bog," said Kent with a deprecatory wave of tho hand, as ho hurried off to where Ito could laugh with safety. A saucy drummer boy, who neglected this precaution, received aetiff from Abo's heavy hand that thrilled the rest of the drum corps with delight. When Abo's wrath subsided from this ebul lient, stage back to its customary one of sim mer, Kent ventured to return. "Bay," said he, pulling over the coats and blankets near tho fire, " where's that can teen ?" " There it is by tho cups. Can't you see it ! If it was a snafco it',l bite you." "It's dona that already, several times, or i rather its contents have. You know what j the Bible says, 'Biteih like n serpent and i stingeth like an adder;' Ah, here it is. But I gloomy forebodings seize mo; it is sucpic j iously light. Paradoxically, its lightness in : duces gravity in me. But that pun isen ! tirely too fine-drawn for camp atmosphere." j IIo shook tlio canteen near his ear. ''Alas! ! no gurgle respond.-; to my fond caress»;:;: Canteen, Mavoumcen, O, why art thou silent. Thou voice of my heart» it is—woe is me—it is empty." "Of course it is—yen were tho lust person at it." "I hurl that foul imputation back into thy teeth, base knave. Thou thyself art a very daughter of a horse leech with a canteen of whisky." Abe looked at him inquiringly. "You nmst'vo found some, some place," ho said, "or you wouldn't be so awfully glib. It's taken 'bout half a pint lo loosen your tonga«» so that it'd run tliis way. I know you." "No, I've not found a spoonful. The e-!o queucc of thirst is tho only inspiration I have at present. I fain would stay its cravings by quailing a beaker of mountain distilled hair curler. Mayhap this humble receptacle eon tains yet a few drops which escaped thy rav enous thirst." Kent turned the canteen upside down, and placed ite mouth upon his tongue. "No," ho said, with deep dejection, "all that delicious fluid of yesterday is now like t he Fat her of iiis Country." "Eh?" said Abe, puzzled. "Because it is no more—it is no more. It belongs to tho mirctuniing past." "I say," ho continued after a moment's pause, "leg's go out and hunt for some. There must be plenty in this neighborhood. Naturo never makes a want without providing some thing to supply it. Therefore 1 , judging from my thirst, this country ought to be full of distilleries. They buckled on their belts, picked up their Pins and started out, directing th«Mr steps to the front. In spite of the sunshine tho walk through I he battlefield was depressing. Scattered over tho mountain sido were fatigue parties en gaged in hunting up the dead au«l burying Diem in shallow graves hastily dug in clay so red that it seemed as if saturated with tho Hood shed the day before. Tho binders thrust their hands into tho pockets of tho dead with <ho flinching, nauseated air of men touching liitlt, and took from tho garments seeping w;:h water and blood, watches, ! alors, ant bivtypcs, money and trinkets, some of which they studi d to gain a clew to the dead man's ideality, .«me retained ns souvenirs, but tbrow tho most Lack into tin: grave with au .tir » f loathing. The faces of tho «Had, with llr ir staring eyes and open mouths and long, lank hair, cloyed with tho sand and mudthro«n up by tho beating rain, looked indescribably repulsive. i'lio buriers found il; better to begin their work by l overing tho feature's with n cap er abroad brimmed hat. It was «tiül.nit for tlto coarsest of them to fling u spadeful of dank clay directly upon tho wide-open eyes and seem;:;; iy-speaking month. "fhoso fedowa' i.ouli," said Kent, regarding the «»orpscs, "scorn to havo left their earl lily heures in such haste that they forgot to elmo the doors und windows after them. Gome* "'here 1 havo read of a snpor.»tiUou that bo«Uiy tenements lett in this way wore liable to be entered and occupied by evil spirits,and liom tni.; rose the eus:.oui of piously closing tiio eyes and mouths of deceased friends." "No worse spirit's likely to get into them than was shot out of'em," growled Abe. "A Confederate with a gun is as bad an evil spirit as l ever expect to meet. But let's go on. II s another kind of an evil spirit that we are interested in just now—one t hat'll enter int« and occupy our empty canteen." "You're right. It's the enemy Fuat my friend Shakespeare says wo 'put Into our mouths to steal away our brains.' By the way, what a weary hunt he must have m your cranium for a loaii worth stealing." "Thoro goes that clack mill again Great Casar! if the boys only had legs as lively R* y*nir tongue, what a racer the regiment would be! Cavalry '«1 lie nowhere." They walked on rapidly for a couple or three hours, without finding much encour agement in their search. The rugged |,K,UH " tain siil 's were but thinly peopled, and the few poor cabins they saw in the distance they decided were not promising enough of results to justify clambering up to where they «vre perched. At hut, nlnm. t wi'arieil out, th«'y halted for a little while to rest and wan tin» interminable v. rives of summits «liât siret « et before them. "A '»,'" said Ke!;!', ri-icg :.u«Ide:ily, ''k'ts g' 1 on. Hope «lawns at last. I siuell npph's Ti rut's a jK-rfume my i:«.:o novel* mistakes. Y.'u'ro near an crehani. Where there's an orchard there's likely tobe ft pr«»*v g ,1lK '