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THE COLONEL’S WIFE
BY
WARREN EDWARDS
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His quick eye took in the situation.
If he could dodge behind certain
logs that were conveniently at hand
he would have a good chance to give
them the slip.
He managed to drop behind the
logs, though it was with some mlsgiv
ings lest one or more of the rapidly
approaching Confederates might have
seen his figure, and be impelled by
curiosity if nothing more to Institute
a search.
This would soon be settled, how
ever.
They were coming up fast.
As yet the tumult and confusion
within the old house had not ceased.
Wounds had been given freely, and
the recipients of the same had by
this time been worked up to such a
pitch of frenzied excitement that they
eared little whether they struck
friend or foe in their reckless shoot
ing—indeed, under such peculiar con
ditions, all men must be looked upon
as foes.
So far as they were concerned It
would seem that the fugitive had little
or nothing to fear.
All he hoped was that the advanc
ing forces would pass by his place of
concealment.
Those in the lead did so.
Luck appeared to he In his favor.
He was even congratulating himself
on this fact, and feeling less of a
strain on his min 1. when the whole
fabric or Ills hopes was knocked down.
Three men came to a halt.
They were not more than ten feet
away from the man in hiding.
Thus he was enabled to hear
every word they uttered,-in spite of
i lie furious sounds coming from the
direction of the house, which, it
faintly struck him. were now united
in terror.
“Are you sartln. Cooney?” said one.
‘‘Just ns sure as that I've got a
head Ho dodged in among these
logs whoever or whatever it was” de
clared a second and very positive
voice.
“Might have been a dog.”
‘Or a bar.”
At this there arose a protest.
"Thar isn't no bars around this sec
tion. Pete comes from the back
wools whar they’re at hum. Now. If
I was asked my opinion I'd say ’twant
no dog nor yet a bar. but a black nig
ger in tho woodpile: you’ve heard
that said, I reckon.” with a laugh.
"No matter who or what it am. let’s
get it out. Perhaps thar’s some con
nection atween tills here thing as we
•don't know its natur. and the lovely
rumpus in the house yonder.”
There spoke a wise man.
He had one auditor, however, who
was not likely to applaud his verdict.
This was the seir-same party desig
nated under the general term of a
‘‘thing." who crouched In the midst o f
the wood pile and awaited the coming
investigation in anything but a pleas
ant frame of mind.
Escape seemed hopeless.
All around him the enemy appeared,
and now they were about to probe al!
tho dark spots connected with the big
pile of wood.
In another minute or two he might
expect to find these worthies stabbing
each center of gloom most viciously
with saber or bayonet,
\Jgh! tho prospect was not very in
viting.
What made It worse was the fact
that he had so poor a chance of de
tense.
His weapon was empty.
Besides that he had nothing with
which he could protect himself save
his good right arm.
This being the case, the dismay that
seized upon our soldier hero may be
readily appreciated.
He had made the most desperate
;bld for liberty, but it began to look as
though fortune frowned upon ills ef
forts.
It was as welcome as unexpected to
him.
The three Confederates had reach
ed the wood pile, and were already
engaged in cutting the air with the
weapons they held.
As they industriously labored in
this manner, they laughed and Joked
in a cold-blooded way ns to how they
would carve the black rascal when
by good fortune they discovered him.
This was all very fine fun for the
hoys, as in the fable, but death to the
frog.
They drew near his hiding place.
In another minute. Colonel John
would be obliged to spring out and
show himself unless he cared to be
spitted on a saber like a fowl.
He gripped his revolver, which
could only be used now as a billet.
What chance would he have If he
suddenly sprang out and ran?
Would the men pursue?
He was fairly light of foot and
under ordinary conditions might hope
to elude them, several things being In
his favor, such as the fact of darkness
surrounding them.
There waa one thing, however, that
aaftde the colonel hesitate.
He knew full well these men cared
little or nothing about human life.
Whether- the} - still labored under
the impression that the figure thus
springing into view was that of a
wretched darky, or recognizing him
as a soldier belonging to the hostile
army, it was all the same.
Before the hunted fugitive had gone
4-n paces three guns would have
belched out their contents.
At such a short distance he could
not hope to evade the shower of lead,
and in all probability, before the
echoes of the volley had ceased to
sound he would be lying there, dead.
It was a terrible position.
Try as he would Colonel John
found little from which to make a
choice.
In his desperation he even decided
that his best plan was attack instead
of fight—that if he could suddenly
leap upon the nearest of ills persist
ent enemies, knock him down, seize
uron his gun, and open fire on the
others, there might be at least a, fair
measure of hope for him.
Before he had been forced into ac
cepting these desperate chances the
sudden change In the tide came about.
The first John knew of it was
when one of the men gave vent to a
shout:
“I.ook! the old rookery’s ablaze!”
Of course he meant the house In
which the Federal colonel had been
taken by his enemies, and where he
had defied them—the house they had
Intended should be the scene of his
execution, but which, strangely
enough now, gave promise of proving
a funeral pyre to some of their num
| her.
I Involuntarily even Colonel John
lien; his startled gaze in that quarter.
It was no false alarm.
Flames were already bursting out
| of the windows, showing what a fire
i trap the rookery was.
How the fire had started was no
1 mystery, since the reckless bombard
ment within had continued up to the
j very moment when the flames made
i their appearance.
Then It ceased.
Pt rhans the ammunition of the
combatants within had been exhaust
ed. or It might be they were now
awakened to the deadly danger men
acing them from another quarter.
At any rate, tho fact of the house
being on file served John a good turn.
The three men ceased their labor
and turned their attention toward the
house.
Even as they looked there came
a flying figure through one of the win
dows.
The iaan did not wait to raise the
sush.
He was In too big a hurry.
Ah he sprang he carried the whole
sash with him. and there was the
greatest kind of a jingling as the shat
tered glass rattled on the ground.
The cause of this worthy's extreme
haste was made evident as soon as
he appeared.
He was on fire.
The sight of a man with his cloth
ing üblaze. thus leaping from the win
dow. was enough in itself to startle
the spectators.
As soon as he landed on the ground
he began to roll over and over, with
considerable presence of mind, acting
under the belief that the cool earth
would extinguish the flames.
All shc while, however, he was bel
lowing madly for assistance, though
no one was In a position to lend him
much of a helping hand.
Even in this fleeting glimpse which
John had obtained of the man he be
lieved ho recognized him as Major
Worden.
It cannot be said that he felt much
sympathy for his rival and foe. since
the man had acted toward him in
such a merciless manner.
After all. It looked like a Just pun
Ishment.
As he dealt to others so Heaven
meted out punishment to him.
Other figures appeared.
These, however, came through the
doorway.
They staggered like drunken men—
perhaps this was In part due to their
wounds, and In addition the pungent
smoke which, filling the Interior, had
weakened them.
After them they dragged a comrade
too far gone to help himself.
ft was a strange sight.
No wonder Colonel John gazed upon
it with considerable emotion.
He was the direct cause of the
whole affair.
It made his breast heave at the very
thought.
They had stood a dozen men
against one. and yet he could claim
the victory.
Gurely that was something to be
proud of.
He had no further need of worry
concerning the trio of fellows who
had been so Industriously examining
the precincts of the wood pile.
Tsie spectacle presented by the
I Mazing house, and the sight of men,
' leaving It in such mad haste, had
appealed to their curiosity.
They even forgot what had latterly
engaged their attention, und started
on a run for the house.
This was John's chance.
Life was just as precious to him as
to any other man who ever breathed,
though in the heat of battle he did
show a reckless disregard of It that
could be set down to Ills ardor and
patriotism.
When, therefore, lie found the
coast apparently clear, he lost no
time in leaving his place of hiding.
In one sense It had served him
well.
Still, should he continue to cling to
ills quarters he might soon have occa
sion to regret it. for the three men,
finding tho excitement of the fire to
pall upon their senses, might present
ly return to resume their play at the
wood pile.
On the whole, the opportunity was
too good to be lost, since a kind for
tune had paved the way.
He again sought the open ground
and began to run for the shelter of
the woods.
Some evil fortune caused one of the.
men to turn and look over his shoul
der when half way to the burning
house.
Colonel John had by this time got
ten such a start that under ordinary
conditions he might have been safe
from discovery.
It chanced, however, that the very
thing which had served him so well
in drawing his foes away now played
him an evil turn.
This was the fire.
As the flames burst out of various
windows and began to lick up the dry
wood so eagerly, they dissipated the
semi-darkness that had heretofore
wrapped the surrounding territory in
its mantle.
Thus, this Confederate trooper
looking back without any definite rea
son, discovered tho fleeing figure oil
the Federal colonel, making for the
woods.
The idea came that It must be the
fellow whom they had sought in the
wood pile.
If that was the case he deserved
death.
So the trooper swung his gun
around and with as good an aim as
the conditions allowed let fly.
One detonation more or less mat
tered little.
The fleeing figure threw up both
arms and fell in a heap upon the
ground.
(To be continued.)
COST OF AUTOMOBILE OUTFIT.
Best Part of Thousand Dollars Need
ed for Woman’s Costume.
“It costs an even SSOO for a wom
an’s automobile outfit,” was the re
mark made by a woman who owns
and runs her own auto. “And this
docs not Include extras, such as foot
warmers.
"For Instance, a fur suit of Chlts«e
mink, coat and skirt, will cost $350,
to begin with. A pair of natural seal
boots will add another $75. a pair of
fur gauntlets sls more, a mink hat
$75, if of the best quality, and a lap
robe, which, though not actually a gar
ment, Is a positive necessity, will
make the to'al exceod SSOO.
“Then if a woman wants to include
summer things and extras there is a
leather Jacket for $35, a Jacket of
fancy suede leather for SSO. n satin
gum coat for about SIOO, a pongee
dust coat at SSO, a pongee hood for
$5.50, and last, but not least, an auto
veil for from $5 up, all of which
makes the outfit cost something like
S7OO.
“And this Isn't a circumstance to
what men spend on their clothes.
Everything considered, I think women
are quite economical at the sport.”—
Nqw York Sun.
Give Your Horse More Water.
Water should bo before horses at
all times when indoors, and at least
no meal should ever be offered and
no night lights ever turned out until
every animal lias had his chance at
aa many brimming buckets as he will
take, sajs the Outing magazine for
March. The shy drinker may be
tempted by many artifices, like mixing
a little molasses, or salt, or oatmeal,
or flaxseed Jelly, or bran, etc., etc.,
with the water, and constantly vary
ing the flavor. Horses may even have
all they want right after feeding, pro
vided they have not been deprived
of water for some time previous. Many
shy drinkers, like shy feeders, who
are generally nervous, take all nour
ishment best at night when It is dark
and quiet, and morning finds the
empty manger and bucket which it
had seemed, by day, almost nauseated
them.
Jury Charge by Judge Peters.
Here is one laid at the door uf
Judge Peters of Maine. Having lis
tened for some days to a long, tedious
case, the outcome of which hinged en
tirely upon the unsupported evidence
of the two principals In the case, the
plaintiff baring testified to one thing
and the defendant to the exact oppo
site. it became Judge Peters’ duty to
charge the Jury. He sat for some
moments In deep thought, and then
began:
“Gentlemen of the Jury, if you be
lieve the testimony as offered by the
plaintiff, you will find for the plain
tiff; if you believe the testimony as
offered by the defendant, you will find
for the defendant: but If you are like
me. and don’t believe either of them, I
don't know what in h—l you will find."
Didn’t Recognize It.
A West Philadelphia family was at
supper the other night talking about
the engagement of one of the daugh
ters whose wedding was soon to be
Tho negro servant, who acted ns wait
ress. laundress, etc., had Just brought
into the dining-room the dessert, when
one of the girls asked:
‘•Virginia, have you seen Edith's
fiance?”
“T.p.ws! I doan know - , honey," she re
plied. “hit ain't been in de wash yit
Cruel Man.
Bacon —“They say one can now
learn a foreign language by means
of a talking machine."
Egbert —“That’s nothing nev, I
learned 7rench from my wife.”
COTTONY SCALE
PEST THAT INJURES SOFT MAPLE
TREES.
BEST TREATED IN WINTER
Directions Issued by Colorado Experi
ment Btation- Best Treatment Is
By Use of Kerosene, Soap and
Water Emulsion.
The cottony maple scale Is a rather
common pest on soft maple and somo
other trees, especially those which are
planted in parka and along the streets
for shado and ornamental purposes.
It belongs to a group of very much spe
cialized insects whi<-li have a habit of
spending a very lan portion of their
lives attached to on»- place on tho plant
on which they live. During tho greater
portion of their exist* m e they are cov
ered with a shell of greater or less
hardness, which oft. resembles very
closely the surface the food plant.
Owing to these characteristics and tho
fact that they look <> little like in.
sects, they are commonly overlooked
by all except those who are making a
specialty of studying them. Tho In
jury - is done while tin- insect is taking
its food. To do this thrusts hairliku
bristles from its mouth into the plant
tissues and draws out the sap.
The adult form of the Insect is most
easily recognized during May and June
when it secretes a white cottony mass
of wax about the size <>f a pea from un
der the scale. Thes. masses appear on
the twigs and small limbs. They may
range in numbers from a few scatter
ing individuals to where the under
sides of the limbs an- nearly covered
with them. The mass* s at this time
fire more commonly found on the lower
limbs and most often cm tho under
sides of these. In the center of the
fluffy masses the insects lay several
hundred tiny oval m arly white eggs
and then die. The egg laying contin
ues with different Insects from the lat
ter part of May till about the first of
July. The eggs hatch In June and
July and tho tiny young soon find their
way to the leaves and begin to feed.
Most often they settle on the under
sides near the veins, but they are some
times found on the upper sides and
even the young changing their posi
tion. It is during this season that the
injury is done to th« N aves. The old
deserted cottony masses still cling to
the limbs and are sometimes to be
round there for more than a year after
they were formed. They, of course,
do no injury. In August and Septem
ber the male scales develop into tiny
winged insects, but they soon after
ward die.
The females remain on the leaves
until October and then migrate back to
the twice and limbs. At this time they
are a Tittle over a sixteenth or an Inch
in length. They fatten themselves for
the last time, usual I > lengthwise tho
twig, and more often than not on the
under side of It. During this fall mi
gration a great many are lost by cling
ing to the falling leaves and otherwise
failing to secure good hibernating
places.
Throughout the winter the sealer,
may he found In this position ami dur
ing this time they take but little if
any nourishment.
Ab soon as tho sap begins to flow In
the soring they begin to grow. Their
rolor is almost oxnctly that of the bark
and they escape unnoticed. Bv the lat
ter part of May or early in June they
are full grown and measure about
three-sixteenths of an Inch across. The
waxy mass is secreted from the? under
sides and this gradually raises the In
sect until it stands at an angle of sixty
degrees or more to the twig on which
it rests.
As already seated the Insect does
most Injury to soft maple treep, but It
Is also sometimes very abundant on
black locust and Virginia creeper.
Nearly fifty food plants are known,
hut commonly onl> the ones m< ntioned
will l»e so badly infested as to need
treatment
Remedies. —The scale Is so well pro
tected at most stares of its life that it
Is very hard to kill without Injury to
file tree. The best time Is during the
winter while the trees are in a dor
mant condition An insecticide can
then he used which is strong enough
to kill without Injury to the tree. All
parts of the tree can be reached, which
cannot ho done wh n they are In foil
age. The amount of insecticide re
oulred is very much less than in sum
mer.
The insecticide most commonly used
's kcros r ne emulsion. This 1b a mix
ture of kerosene and water accom
plished through the use of soap and
made according t'» the following for
mula :
Kerosene 2 gal.
Soap % gal.
Water 1 gal.
Dissolve the soap In boiling water
and while still boiling remove from
•he fire and add the kerosene. Then
with the foree pump, pump the liquid
back on itself for five or ten minutes
until the mixture assumes a creamy
consistency and no free oil rises to the
surface when the emulsion Is permitted
to stand a few minutes. This makes
•lie stock solution. If the oil refuses to
mulslfy after confederate agitation,
the mixture may he put over the fire
and warmed somewhat. If this is don*-.
•»reat rare must be taken that the oil
does not boil over or serious results
may follow, if the soap Is first dis
solved in two gallons of water the re
sulting mixture will be warmer and
more apt to emulsify readily.
Common laundry soap is moßt read
ily obtained, but tiny brand will an
swer. Whale-oil soap will do equally
well. If the water is hard or nlkalied
it will be necessary to use a larger
nortion of soap, or to treat the water
>n away to soften It. Soft naphtha
snap Is sold by which a good emulsion
may be made cold or by only slightly
warming tho water. It is necessary to
use fifty per cent, more of the soap
when used in this way. This is a good
method where large quantities of thq
emulsion are to be used and the task
-f heating the water is a serious proh
lem.
For use on this scale the original
stock solution must be diluted until
there are four gallons of wafer to every
"allon of kerosene. That Is. the oric
•nul slock solution given above wP)
make ten gallons of emulsion ready to
spray on the trees.
The application is made by use of n
spray apparatus using a fine misty
spray. The nature of the equipment
will depend largely on the amount o|
work to be don*-. For a few- trees a
small bucket pump will probably be all
•hat is required. In applying the emul
sion, the secret of success is in tho
thoroughness of the work. It will bo
necessary to go over each limb from
two sides and beneath, and spray until
the emulsion drips. After this tho
tree should be examined and all the
missed spots retouched.
Christmas in
Bethlehem
How the Glad Holiday Is
Celebrated in Christ’s
Natal Town.
The little city of Bethlehem is set
niton a bill which Is crowned by the
Church of the Nativity, writes Marlon
Harland. The Grotto, which all sects
of believers have agreed upon as the
birthplace of our Lord. Is directly un
der the church and entirely dependent
for light upon artificial means. A sil
ver star Is let Into the pavement of a
tenil-clrcular niche, above which Is an
altar adorned with the usual cliurchly
symbols. By the light of 15 colored
lamps suspended under the altar we
read the Inscription In Latin:
“Here Jesus Christ Was Born
of the Virgin Mary."
The long line of pilgrims prostrated
themselves, one by one, and kissed the
star, some with dropping tears —all.
silently—solemnized beyond the range
of speech. It did not add to our sol
emnity to be shown the mangrr. deco
rated with lace and un embroidered
altar-cloth.
The really Impressive thlnr3 were
occasional glimpses of the rou.jh stono
walls and roof of the ancient stable,
visible here and there between the
gaudy decorations.
The service of Christmas Eve be
gan at half-past ten at night and con
eluded at half-past two In the morn
ing. A*t midnight a lullaby from the
organ preluded the supreme moment
of the occasion—the sudden folding
back of a curtain Above the altar, re
vealing a manger-cradle and a box wax
doll. The exultant outburst of organ
and choir In a magnificent Gloria In
Kxcelsls accompanied the stately pro
cessional of the entire staff of priests
and acolytes, chanting and swinging
censers while they bore up one aisle
and down another, hack to the high
altar, the same doll, dressed In cam
bric and lace, and nestling In ‘he em
brace of the richly appareled bishop.
Every Incident of our last night In
lamal’s camp In Bethlehem recurs to
me with peculiar distinctness. How.
as the darkness deepened, the red.
blinking eyes of the charcoal craters
WISE GIRL.
Ethel—lf you’re not going to accept
•fr. Koyne, why don’t you tall- him to
stop calling on you.
Clarice —J am, right after CbrMaaa
MADONNA AND CHILD.
of the wonderful portable stove pro- 1 i
-tided over by our accomplished chef ; i
In the door or the kitchen tent —the <
night being breezeless —shone upon i
the under side of the olive boughs j t
over our heads, while our quiet talk ! ;
went on of what bad happened In the <
old town behind us.
We spoke longest of David’s Great- j
eat Son. and of the Birth that was to
draw the ayos and thoughts of all
nations to the little city on the hilltop '
in the land of Juda.
At midnight, kept wakeful by the «
gS J1 Christmas Carol ySgpj
Sri Tt came upon the mlflnlgM clear. S&JZM {
fffej] Trom angels bending o’erthe earth oMjwff
to touch their harps of gold.
" Peace on the earth, good-will to men,
Tvy Trcra heaven’s all-gracious King.”
Che world In solemn stillness lay
jh&jfc for lo! the days are hastening on
When with the ever-clrclln9 years
When peace shall over all the earth
find the whole world give back the song
THE LESSON OF THE PASS
ING YEARS.
The days slip away like wa
ter in a running stream. Time’s
great clock never loses. Relent
lessly, surely the moments pass,
and our eager hands are not
able to detain them. We can
not keep back the flying
but we can and should keep
the blessings they bring. Hold
fast the lessons they have
taught. Keep the memory of
their joys. Enrich every day
of life with the garnered wealth
of the days behind. The years
pass, but they leave their
treasure with us, if our hands
and heart are open to receive
them.
Under the Mistletoe.
"I will look for ycu under the mint cto-V*
He wrote, ar«d she then and there.
For fear of any mistake, you know
Put the mistletoe In her hair.
—lrwan-' W. Sheldon, in Judse.
rush and burden of thought, ! arose
to look from the tent do»#r upon the
watchful stars that hero have a con
scious majesty I had never recognized
elsewhere, and wondered anew where,
amidst the glittering hosts “marshaled
on the nightly plain” had hashed the
| Star of Bethlehem. For the last time
j in our eventful series of Journeyingt
I we saw the dawn redden the moun
tains of Moab, t'jo thin crescent of
the waning moon dying. while we
gazed, before tbu brightness of the
coming sun.
AFTER CHRISTMAS.
Soldier —Haven’t seen much of you
lately. Been staying at home pretty
close?
Jack-In-Cox—Oh, no; I’ve been la
aq 1 out a good deal.

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