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MY LADY OP THE NORTH
(Continued from page 2) questioned incredulously, as tne wnoie scene and Its dread possibilities un rolled before my mental vision. “Ther nigger I held up hed a de spatch fer Heintzelman over on tber left, an' then Marlar she sorter pumped a young fule staff officer far ther rest o’ It,” he replied promptly. “Oh, It’s a sure go. Cap, an' I reckon a i how maybe Lee's whole army hangs on one of us glttln’ out o’ yere ter nlght.” That he meant every word he spoke I felt convinced, and his enthusiasm was contagious. My blood leaped within me at this call to action; all lethargy fled, and with It every dead ening thought of her who had so sud denly woven about me the meshes of her power. False or true, maid, wife, or widow, my duty as a soldier to my commander and the army to which I belonged, blotted out all else. Even as this new rush of determination swept over ms, above us there sounded clearly the dashing music of a military band In the strains of a Strauss’s waltz, and we could dis tinguish the muffled shuffling of many feet on the oaken floo.* overhead. Caton's chance remark about the great ball to be given that evening by offi cers of the headquarters staff recur red to my memory. “That dancing up there will help us. Jed." I said quickly, my mind now active to grasp every detail. "You say there is a chance for escape from your cell? Then give me your hand, and help me to crawl through that hole." It was a narrow squeeze for a man of my size, yet I crept through with out great difficulty, and found myself In the dense darkness of a room which, as I Judged hastily from feel ing about me. waa similar in shape and extent to the one in which I had been confined. Bungay, however, per mltted me little time for exploration. Grasping me firmly by the arm. and feeling his way along the wall, be groped across to the other side "There's a mighty big stone chlmbly comes down yere. Cap," he whispered "An’ ther openin' ter take out soot an' ashes Is up thar. Jlst b’low thsr fluer. It’s a sheet-iron pan, I reckon, ther way It feels; an' It must be thar they put a nigger In ter clean ther chlmbly whin it gits stuffed up. I could git up thar alone, but I couldn’t do no work, but thet thar pan ought ter cum out all light Dew ye think ye cud hoi’ me up. Cap? I’m purty durn heavy.” I smiled In the darkness at the lit tie fellow’s egotism, and lifting him as I might a child, poised him lightly upon my shoulder. He struggled u moment to steady himself against the wall, and then I could feel him tug ging eagerly at something which ap peared to yield slowly to his efforts As he worked, a dense shower of dust and soot caused me to close my eyes. "She’s a cornin' all right,” he said, cheerfully, puffing with his exertions, "but 1 reckon as how this chlmbly ain’t bln cleaned out since ther war begun. Hold up yer right ban'. Cap, an’ git a blame good grip on her, fer she’s almighty full, an’U wanter go down sorter easy like ” I did as he suggested, bracing my self to meet his movements, as he stood straining on my shoulders, and in another moment 1 had succeeded In lowering the large sbeet-lron pan silently to the floor. "Room ’nough yere fer two men ter oncet," chuckled my companion, in rare delight " ‘The chief In silence strode before.’ Yere goes.” His weight left my shoulders; there was a slight scramble, another shower of dirt, then the sound of his voice once more. "Lift up yer ban’s. Cap; dig In yer toes on ther stones, an’ we'll begin our vTge " He grasped my wrists with a strength which I had no conception the little fellow possessed There was a moment's breathless struggle, and 1 squirmed through the opening, and lay panting on the flat slabs which composed the foot of the great funnel. To afford me more room Bungay had gone up a little, finding foot-lodgment upon the uneven stones of which the chimney was constructed For a mo ment we rested thus motionless, both breathing heavily and listening to the music and shuffling of feet now almost upon a level with our heads. The noise, which was strong and continuous, rendered discovery from any misstep highly Improbable, and as delay was dangerous neither of us was disposed to linger long “Be ye all ready. Cap?" questioned Bungay, bending bis head down. “Fer If ye be. I'm a goln' up." "All right,” I answered, struggling to my knees In the narrow space; "only take It slow. Jed. I’m a trifle bigger man than you, and this Is rather close quarters.” "Wal, yes, maybe a matter of a poun' er two," he retorted, and the next moment I could hear him scraping his way upward, feeling for foothold upon the irregular layers of stone I followed, pressing my knees firmly against the rough wall, and trusting more to my bands than feet for se curity against falling. There was evidently a fireplace of some kind on rw* Meat flnor with a ooaalderabla opening leading from it Into the chim ney we were scaling, for n* .Ted slow ly passed, I could perceive a sudden gleam of light streaming across his face from tfce glare of the lumps with In. He glanced anxiously that way. but did not pause In his steady climb upward. A moment later 1 came opposite that tame beam of radiance, and cautiously peered down the sloped opening that led to the disused fire place. All I could perceive was a pair of legs, evidently those of a cav alry offlcor, judging from the broad yellow stripe down the seam of the light-blue trousers, and the high boots ornamented with rowel spurs. He stood leaning carelessly against the mantel, talking with some one just beyond the range of my vision. At that moment the music ceased suddenly, and afraid to proceed until It should strike up again, I braced myself securely on a projecting stone and bent my head over the orifice un til I could catch a portion of the con versation being carried on by my un conscious neighbors. "No,” said the cavalryman, gruffly, and apparently In r >ply to some prevl ous question, "the fellow was most devilish obstinate; wouldn’t tell the first thing; even a threat of treat ing him as a spy and hanging him outright proved of no avail. Hut Sheridan’s theory Is that Lee has or dered Longstreet to hit our rear, while he makes a direct attack In front. That’s why the ’old man' pro poses to get In his work first, and we march at daylight to form con nection with Hancock. By Jove, Chesley. but that woman In black over there with Pollanst ee Is the handsom est picture I've seen south of the line. Mark how her eyes sparkle, and how prettily the light gleams In her hair. Who Is ahe. do you chance to know?” "Yes,” lisped the other, languidly, “met her at breakfast, headquarters, this morning. Deuced pretty and all that, mighty good style, too, but taken, old man She's Brennan's.” "What! not Major Brennan?" In sur prise. "Why. he's always posed as a bachelor among our fellows.” “Don’t know anything about that, dear boy,” indifferently, “but the lady came In with him yesterday, was In troduced to the crowd of us as Mrs. Brennan, and he called her Edith. Deuced nice name. Edith. As Bren nan has shown such poor taste as to be absent to-night, I am inclined to give a little of my time to his lady. Far and away the prettiest thing heze. Well, so long. Somers; see you tn the morning. I’m going to give the fair Edith a whirl." The cavalry legs shifted their posi tion; the band resumed Its functions, and In the renewed activity and noise 1 began again the toilsome climb, my mtr.d now a bewildered chaos between my plain duty to Lee and my nearly uncontrollable desire to meet once more the woman who waa dancing In the room below. The little mountaineer, as active as a cat. and not especially hampered by lack of room in which to work, was well above me by this time. The chimney, acting as a tube, brought down to me from time to time the slight noise of his climbing, varied by an occasional exclamation or com ment. but 1 could perceive no other evidence of his presence. Above, all was as black as the grave. "Holy smoke!" he ejaculated, prob ably unaware that he waa giving utter ance to his thoughts. "That waa a sharp rock! Durn If thar’s a Inch o’ skin left on my knee. Ough! stop thet! who’s got hold o’ m/ fut?" “Hush your racket, you little fool." I said angrily. "Do you want the whole Yankee army to trap ua here like rata? 1 cannot get up this chim ney any further; It la growing too small to permit my body to pass.’’ "Is thet so. Cap?" he asked anxious ly. "Whut be ye goin’ ter dew 'bout It?" 1 made no answer for a moment; 1 was groping about In the darkness of our narrow quarters to see l f I could determine exactly where we were. "How high Is this house. Jed, do you know?” "Three stories an' attic.” "How far up are we?” “ ’Bout halfway 'long ther third story, I reckon; must be Jlst b’low whar ye are thet I stuck my fut down an openin' Reckon’t was 'noth er fireplace, like thet one on ther first flure.” I lowered myself silently, and felt along the stones until 1 located the opening, and roughly measured Its dimensions. "I shall have to risk crawling out here. Jed," I said finally, "for I shall surely stick fast lf I go up another ten feet. Do you suppose you can squeeze through to the top?" “I reckon 1 kin,” he returned calm ly. "But hadn't we better stick ter gether. Cap?” "No,” 1 answered firmly. "You go on. and one of us must get through to Lee. Don't mind me at all; get down from the roof as best you can. If 1 am caught It will be all the more Important that you should succeed.” ”’T is done —‘I thank thee. Roderick, for the word; It nerves my heart, 1* steels my sword.’ ” (Continued next week) TWENTY YEARS AGO Notes From Lamar Register of October 24. 1891 The Lamar Milling and Elevator Co. filed its articles «»f Incorpora tion suid entered Into si contract with the citizens of Lamar and vi cinity to <on»fru< t a milll* at la inar with a capacity of S00 bar. relss per day, the second largest in, the state. Meetings were called by both county chairmen for the purpose ’of instructing the voters in the Australian ballot which was to be used here for the first time. B. F. 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