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Tlllfl BURLINGTON KRKE PKIfSS : THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 1002.
9 a o war s ore 05 x tr?:- o o o o c o 1 Q OO0OO Ot OQitO00 11 i N :: If is By JOHN HABBERTON, Author of "Helen's Babies," "George Washington," Etc. cnpruidiir, mt, ;ir jotrx u.innr.nray oo o o .: o : o oo -o-OfOio x ojiOvO onoo. o) ooOv-oooo ooo-y-ooooo 'to-sn "X!0&m'Aiwzz$&' n CHAPTER XIV. WO Johnnies cot Into tlin bout, putting twe of us, still bound. In the stern, and crossed 1 1 io river; then one brought the boat bad) and took over the re mainder of thu party liist stowing our car bines in the bow under the logs of a limn who held a double barreled pun rmdy for use. When all had crossed, tl i boat was hauled up into tho bushes J t ns we had found It on the other mi!.'. Thru wo were inarrhed nboull 1 alf a inilo from the river to a big log hut. "X w, hoys," said my old ncrpinlnt aiui, "u'll make you feel as much nl b i e i s v. c can without belli' unsafe, A i II enUi'i-r1 one of you at a time, so ij i cm stretch your arms aji' eat, nn' w- il send word to our camp soon oa we e.'in fur somebody to come uu' take yuti 'lohg to Kichmuiid." "Wo'ie lu no hurry to get there, I'm nun ," said 1. He looked nt rue sharply a moment und roplh d: MeMie tliey nln't as well fixed thai lis y d mis m Fort Monroe, where tbe.v tu-k us when we got ketched, bill t! '.'ll do the best they ran for you. luMdt'j). you'll be exchanged 'fore long Just as we was." It wib real kind of him to say this, ' 1 1 told him so, but my heart grew 1 a ler and heavier. What would fa Iher and mother think? Who would w.'te them about my disappearance! hut would the writer say? Could there bo any possible way of pettlno von) home from Richmond? I asked ii. y old aeiiialniance this question and told him I was afraid my disappear lip-o would kill my parents unless thej k it w what had happened. "Ti nt's so, my friend," said he. 'Musi you write a scrap to some friend ol yours In your cunip, an' I'll see il rea.'hes him In a week. Nuthin' else though, mind, except that you'ro cap tured." "How will you get it there?" I asked, with natural curiosity. "Ask me no (uestlons. an' I'll tell you no l.es," said he. "You give me coffee one time, don't you remember? Well, that's enough." As It happened that just then was my turn to be unbound, I got some letters ut of my breast pocket and found a blank half sheet of paper, on which J penciled: Pear I'sml'.ton We were ciptureJ by the civ cr . Tell tny fither niit to worry. Our captorl tjy we 11 Lu cxi hanged pretty buon. Jack Fhost. My old acquaintance looked over m5 51. uM r while I wrote. When 1 had finished, be said: "l'i;t in a little more. Say 'The man tl at I gavo coffee to when ho was la v-1. id Is the man that's got me, an' lu sa.s ru be well treated or his nanii a n'tl hj Hllly.-ird.' That ourht to make 'tin feel easier to home, oughtn't It?" "I in sure it would if they knort y .u," sa d I. "I wrote them a lomj It' tor nf'or that scout in which yov. iwe captured, about how you fixed fried bacon and hoecake fjr us thai night and how you showed me how tc parch corn lu bacon fat I wrote how nwfully hungry I whs on that trip, too and my not her wrote back that she'd piviy fjr you every night of her llf( for be tig kind Io her boy." '.Sli i' ou RU out! Is that so though?" said my particular Johnny, l Itli a sheepish look. "Well, mothers io .ill alike, 1 s'pose." Then he and one of Ins party began to prepare a meal jf bacon and hoecake, for it was now marly dark. The aroma of the Oooklng diverted my thoughts from the situation, for wo had stuu-d near noon and lu such Imsto that we had forgotten to bring our hnvcrsieks. The Johnnies evident. ly Int "tided to feed us, for Ihey were preparing an immense quantity of food. "Hay, Fargo," remarked my friend to the large, quiet man who seemed to be the leader of the party, "these boys raj n t eat with their arms tied. .S'pose we tie thilr legs Instead. They'll bo l. fe ng'ln ruunln' uway, uu' they'll bo more comfortable." The sergeant muttered assent. The chat-ge was made, and then, as wo sat on u long, low bench against one wall, we were bountifully fed. We chatted f tcly, our captors being quite willing to converse, and the conversation ran ns entirely to farming methods as If "III uitnt, ynn xairit" thoro was no war or other special sub ject of Interest. Two or three bourn after dark the sergeant said to us: "Now, gentlemen, any of you thut tries to get away 'II be shot like n dog, but If you behave yourselves y in can Bleep lis comfortable ns- If you was at home. Just lie down on tho lloor whoro Jin 'hi sfo o C JTer t cr b x o -if o o e o . i 0000000(0Oy-Q-,:-Q.Ot 0-- O' BOYS Ol-t WERE MEN c ii-0' o SiO o. I'M, ov iti n ooo - o .oo. o-x-oo 00000 mum m 1 1 ecu it jta r J on a.o -.v. . , yo ' ' o. or sit up. Ptll keep to tiia' s de ot the room. We I) keep to this side. If you even put your hands to your feet you'll be shot, so don't do It." I said something to the effect that we weren't fools. Meanwhile my friend and the tlilid man dropped upon the tloor. with their guns nnd our car bines, while the sergeant sat down upon a bos In front of the fire, cocked a double barreled shotgun and kept his eyes upon us. t 'on versa Hon languish ed after that. It Is hard to talk to a man whom yon know Is ready to take your llfo on su!?icient provocation. Wc exchanged remarks occasionally with ono another, but they weren't at all hilarious. I was Just dropping asleep, still sitting 011 the bench, when lirulu a rd whispered: "Any water in jour canteen, .Tack?" 1 hadn't tlioPirht before of the cap tain's canteen of whNky. Would It be safe to tell Charley in the hearing ot the guard that the canteen across my shoulder was full of whisky? Suppose the Johnnies should learn of It, drink it and get fighting mad and 'kill us? I answered Rralnaid, "No." Then, remembering some jar Inscrip tions that he and 1 had spelled out to gether In our village drug store and persuaded the drucgNt to translate, I continued, trusting the sergeant did not uhdersinnct I-atlu. ".Splritus fru mentl." The surprise that gleamed through Ilr.ilnard's eyes would have startled the sergeant had hu seen it. Hefore 1 dropped asleip again the guard was changed by the sergeant rousing the man of the three who seemed tc amount to least. IIo was a thin, rath er feeble looking fellow, with a stupid face, the lower half of which had been left unfinished soon after It was be gun, lie threw fresh wood on the fire to as to keep the room alight, then lu sat down with the gun and yawned sc fearfully that I feared he might fall asleep with his hand on the trigger and rouse the house, perhaps to our serious injury. Finally, however, he got en tirely awiiUe, and then ho seemed to feel dismal amid so much silence, so lie tried to chat with us. He was a pom talker, but lirauiard helped him alon? to the best of his ability. They drawl ed along for an hour, and under the soothing influence of their monotones, the snoring of the sergeant and the wheezing of the other Johnny I began to drop asleep again just as the guard was explaining a lot of bad feelings he had from time to time. "I could cure you. I think. If you wouldn't get me iuto trouble," said lirainard. "Kf you've got' any medicine of any kind, stranger," said Uie guard, "fo' thu Lawd's sake, gimme some. 1 don't Ueer what It is. 1 know it'll do me good some way." "Wouldn't whisky be the very best medicine you could have?" lirainard asL'ed, The man's face looked liken beatified saint in a fourteenth century picture as he placed 11 hand on his waist and murmured "Oh!" "If 1 find you some right licre with out stirring, will you promise to leave me a little of it?" asked lirainard. "Of co'se I will," said the guard soft ly. "Hut how Sho! Quit your fool in'." "I'm not fooling," said Pralnard. "You promise, too, not to wake youi friends to help drink It all? I don't be lieve in whisky except for sickness, and your friends don't look or act as if they Nad any bad feellmrs." "Stranger." said tin- guaid hoarsely, "I'd promise anything, excep' to bo a Yank or to lot vou git out. fo' ouo drink of whisky." "All right." said lirainard, taking thu captain's canteen from my neck, draw ing the cork and holding It out to tho guard. What lirainard was up to I could not Imagine, nnd I closed my eyes us the guard stopped toward him. I fear ed Charley had some desperate idea of seizing tho man's gun as he passed the canteen. In such case discretion would be the better part of valor for the rest of us. Hut there was no scene. Tin.' guard quickly resumed ids Beat, and out of a mere silt of my eye I could see- he had his gun ready for us with ono hand while he raised the can teen to his mouth with the other. "All I want, you said?" ho whisper, od after he had ascertained that tt really was whisky. "All you want," was the reply, "so you leave mo n llttlo in case of sick ness." How that canteen did gurgle for a full minute! When the drinker was compelled to stop for breath, ho held tho canteen lu front of him with a "you have saved my life" expression of countenance that was really touching, Then ho began fi'ialn nnd drank for a full minute longer, it seemed to inc. As he breathed a long sigh of content he placed tho canteen at his feet nnd said: "Stranger, you'ro a gentleman. No body ever done mo so much good b fo'." "I'm glad to hnvo been of service," Ftild Hialnard. "My friend hero helped your friend there to n good drink of coffee about three months ago, und I'm glad to be about even with him," "You'ro a gentleman. I say it again an' I'll say It ahvuys." Evidently whisky really was the medicine hu needed, for he began to )n quite happy, though quiet. Then he fixed his eye on something on the tloor He appeared to go Into a brown study Finally he closed his eyes and loosened his grasp on his gun, which fell softly ncross his knees. I looked toward Hrnlnard to wink, but to my horror 1 saw lilm loosening the strap at his feet and motioning me to do likewise. Then he rose softly, took the gunrd'H gun, handed it W ue uwi WM'eedi-d to tie tho fellow's fe d. Thou I understood what Charley wns up to, and, although I was so frighten ed that I was afraid 1 would drop the gun, 1 covered the sergeant and my rebel friend with It. 1 wnsnt going to bo outdone In appearance of bravery by any live foot ex-student of theology allvo, even If ho happened to be my particular friend. Nevertheless ns I stood there with that gun I devoutly prayed that the slumbers of tho re cumbent Jolirinlcs might continue to be very sweet. Meanwhile Hrnlnnrd carefully un bound the two other men of our own party. I wondered why he didn't wake them and tell them to loosen thorn selves, but 1 offered no suggestions. I don't believe I could havu spoken hnd I tried. With the belts taken from our boys lirainard softly bound, or hob tiled, the feet of thu sleeping grnycoats. Then lie cut the sling strap from our captain's canteen and bound theit hands also. They became somewhat restive under this operation, nnd the sergeant suddenly opened his eyes. The tiro that shot from those eyes when tho sergeant saw 1110 with his gun nt a point mail tne tremble, and when he strained at his bonds I recall ed the story of Samson. "We're nwfully sorry, sergeant," said lirainard. "that It had to bo done, but duty Is duty, you know." The sergeant was speechless. Per haps 'twas just as well, for I learned afterward that ho was a member of the church. He did, however, arouse tnr old acquaintance by nudging him with his tied feet, lint when that matter of fact fellow grasped tho situation he ejaculated, "Well. I'll bo ." Charley took one of our boys and went out of the hut. They came back la about half an hour nud said they had the boat ready. In the Intervul my old acquaintance had exclaimed about once in five minutes nnd each time ap parently after profound thought, "Well, I'll be ." I finally told him I hoped not. and It wasn't his fault we had turned the tables on him. "Jest tell me how you done It all," said he, "an' 1 won't ask no more." "We didn't do It." said I. thinking to get off a practical temperance lecture that might bo repeated after the war. "We didn't do It: whisky did It." Then I nodded suggestively toward the guard who had wanted medicine. "Whisky?" exclaimed the questioner, with a wide eyed look. "An' you didn't offer mo a toothful?" Then he look ed reproachfully and remarked, "I wouldn't hev thought It of you." This made me feel so bad that I hastened to say: "1 didn't do It. 1 never thought of the whisky. 'Twas given to me to use In case we got a soaking. 1 wouldn't have thought of It again. I haven't tasted whisky three times In my life." The poor fellow looked at me search Ingly and finally said: "I've got to b'lleve you. 1 do b'lleve you. But, say, wbar was you brung up?" "Score one for the north," snid I to myself, us 1 shortly answered, "York btate." "Now, gentlemen," said Dr.ilnard, "we'd hotter move before any of your friends drop along nnd upset our plans. Two of us will tirst take the sergeant and the firearms across the 'Iver." As the sergeant didn't demur lirain ard loosened his feet and took him down to the skill, the oilier boys stag gering under all the weapons except the gun. which I held. In about 15 minutes one came back with the boat, and the lemaimler of us crossed, the di.-embarl.atioii being covered In tho starlight b. Urnluard ami u Confeder ate double barreled gun. Then we sat. or -dood, on that river bank until dawn began to hivak, Drain aril hinllig wliKpeied to me that it would not be safe to approach camp in the dark. We did not dare to make a fire, and as we had not worn our over coats when we started tho morning be fore we were chilled to thu bone. 1 sug gested we should try to warm our 1 elves with single sips of the whisky, If liny was left, but lirainard objected, saying It was no time for experiments. As for the Johnnies, they dr6pped upon the ground and slept as peacefully as If nothing unusual had occurred. At the first streak of dawn lirainard ordered the prisoners Into the boat, two of them In tho stern and ouo In the bow, wlille ho sat amidships nnd row ed, first cautioning our two boys to keep along the bank abreast of him nnd fire on any prisoner who chanced to change Ids position. He suggested that I, being the commander of the expedi tion, should hurry on In advance and report, so that the prisoners should not bo fired at on suspicion that they were coming on a business errand. I acted upon his suggestion, nnd as I hurried along It occurred to mo that al though I olllclally was in command lirainard had been doing all the plan ning and work. Why hadn't I Instead of hu thought to get that stupid follow drunk and thus prepare the wny for our escape, Instead of accepting our falo and dropping unquestionlngly to bleep? IJralnard'b head bad been alert, mine In a daze. That wns the only dif ference, but It was enough to make me feel uncomfortable. Still, "honor to whom honor is duo," I would see to t that Charley got full credit I could be glad, too, that the man who had been smarter than I wns my dearest friend, 1 entered tho camp without being fired at, and the captain was as glad to see me and hear the story as If I had been his own son. I told everybody tho news, got them nil on the river bank as n reception committee and got Hamilton to propose "three cheers for lirainard." Charley himself loosed the bonds of the Johnnies ns our boys crowded around. My own special John ny no sooner found his hands frco than ho whispered something to lirainard. "Yes: certainly. Tbnnk yon for re minding me." Then ho shook the cup tain's canteen Inquiringly nud handed it to tlie prisoner, who swallowed some of Its contents nnd passed tho remain der to tho sergeant, saying ns he polut cd Indignantly to the third prisoner: "Don't leuve none for 111 m, durn hluil" "You've done handsomely, corporal," said thu captalu to Iliuinard. " 'Twasn't I, captain," Charley ro plied, with a salute; "'twas your whis ky that did the business." There was at least ono duty of the expedition remaining In which Hrnln nrd shouldn't gel ahead of me. 1 took those pilsouer.s under guard down to tho brush hut whom our company cook had been Installed and I provided them with a big brenklast. To my de light, they enjoyed our white bread and cold corned beef ns heartily as I had enjoyed their bncou and com bread three mouths before. As to coffco, they nenrly cmptlod the half kettle that had been standing since our own boys had been served half an hour before. When he conld drink no more, tny own spe cial prisoner caressed the place where ho hnd put the coffee, gazed contem platively nt the kettle nnd remarked: "There's always some good luck can be dug out of trouble of you'll look nt it right. Here 1 am a prisoner ag'ln! but, on t'other hand, I'll have genuine, suro 'nough coffee twice a day till I'm exchanged ag'ln. Um-m-ml" CIIAPTF-n XV. ON PICKET. FTEIt maturo dollbcfa Uon upon samples of all sorts of military servlco that falls to tho lot of cavalry boI dlors wo recruits agreed that picket duty suited us better than anything else. To be an actual picket was not pleusant when one's turn of duty came during n driv ing rnln or In the middle of a dark night, but in ordinary weather and at decent hours it was quite pleasant to sit on horseback at crossroads, look about the country and chat with such farmers as had passes enabling them to visit the town. Northern and south ern farmers were radically unlike eacb other In some respects during the war. hut they were exactly alike In theii willingness to rein up and have a ion? chat with n stranger. I found the aver age Virginia farmer had quite ns large a bump of curiosity as his northern brother, and generally ho was nble tc absorb all the family history that a Yankee soldier might care to unload. It was great fun for me to be 011 post on a prominent road nt daybreak, for the chances were that a large de tachment of fugitive slaves would come lu. How these people managed to travel ,10 or -10 miles without bolus seen and hounded back by the ene my's scouts I never could understand for Instead of coming singly they would j travel In large bodies, all the men, wo men and children leaving a plantation together aud not separating during tlu ' trip. Any one would imagine thejl would be discovered, for they always (lro"od In their best when they started 1 toward us, and the colors of some ol their clothing were ns startling as th plumage. of a tropical bird, besides be Ing more variegated, but they nevot complained of having been nnnoyoa while en route. Another mystery was their knowledge as to where to lint1 our lines and just whore to halt U wait for daylight. They were not til ways received In the spirit of the email clpation proclamation. Some of 0111 fellows were In mortal fear of "nlggei equality," so they would order the fu gitives to return to their masters. "Yas'r," would be the usual replj, wil the entire gang would retrace their sieps until they reached a friendly si reen of trees. No sooner would tin man on post be changed than the crowd would come plodding back. As one old leader told me one day: "We'se ben tole ter keep n-tryln, 'cause some sojer or udder would let us In some time or udder." There was nothing funny about these colored people unless It was their ex treme gravity. They weren't even ex citable. They didn't throw up their hands and thank the Lord that at last they were on freedom's soli. They sel dom laughed, and as for Joking, ono could get as mueh response from an oak stump as from the brightest of them. They apparently knew Jut where to come and Just what to ex pect. In fact, I afterward learned from one of them that for 50 miles around us the slaves wero thoroughly Inform ed about each post and Its treatment of contrabands. They said there were plenty of colored uews carriers and "Old) Confcdrrafc Hp can ever touch mine." guides "de woods was full of 'ein" yet in nearly a year of prowling about the woods between the lines I never once saw n colored man except 011 11 plantation. To this day their ways are as mysterious to me as the traditional "underground railway" was to the slave hunters of old. The special delight of picket service, however, was the privilege of visiting tho few white natives who lived near by. All of them professed to be Union ists; all, I believe, were earnest Con federates, but It wns policy for them not to ullow any harm to befall a Union soldier who visited them. So we never feared that we would be cap tured by skulking Confederates, much less shot while in a native's house. To tell the truth, 1 think most of us weru nbout us welcome as we would havo been lu any farming community at tho north. Wo could generally tell them about much that was going on lu thu world, thanks to our steady supply of newspapers; wo could give them nn occasional book or magazine, but had we only our presence to offer It was gratlfytug to tho people, nearly ull of whoso own men were in the Confed- ernte army and whoso women did not daru to oxchangu visits over roads where they might at any time en counter marching troops. At most of the natlvu houses thero wero girls, and each girl had about 500 adorer lu our regiment alone, as well as 1111 equal number lu uthor cavalry regiments at our post. There was little or no lovomuklng. No man dared ub sent himself long enough from tho picket reserve to attend to business of so serious a nature, nor could he easily find opportunity to speak to a dams I e-TTV, alone. If father or mother or grand parents chanced to be out of thu loom for n moment, some other trooper was almost suro to be present. This was misery for Beutlmentnl young men of the class that regards loremnklng as an absoluto necessity of dally life. U was great fun, however, for tho girls. Not one of them would have married a Yankee had he been Apollo and Croesus combined, but It wasn't unploasing to get an adoring, heart broken glance from one not unhand some fellow after another and to real ize that all the sufferers wero from thu enemy's ranks. I used to Imagine, probably correctly, that tho southern girls looked prettier and more vivacious when wo appeared than they possibly could do at the humdrum routine of housework. Most of them had lost their slaves, in the usual manner, be fore our town became a military post, and they would remind ns of this when anything In the house seemed to them to lack proper attention or when they Invited us to sit down with the family to a dinner or supper, which they as sured us was not what they would have given us In other days. They got so many compliments, however some awkward, but all honest on the skill of pretty hands nud heads that I don't doubt one of them told the truth when 6he said to me In a burst of confidence thnt she was more than half glad that the house servants bad run away and given her and her mother a chance to have things just as they wanted them. Some of those southern girls asked in numerable questions nbout the duties and diversions of our mothers and sis ters, and they heard enough to make them open their pretty eyes In wonder. Iiut all this had nothing to do with love. As was natural to stippose.and as we afterward learned, each of the girls wns already engaged to some good or bad fellow In the Confederate army. Their hearts were already disposed of, so they ctfuld laugh at all would be suitors nnd break hearts cheerily with tho sublime consolation that they wen; weakening the enemy In one of Ids most vulnerable points. Their manner wns as proper as that of any northerr girl, as the more Impudent of our fel lows discovered when they proposed a Iss at the door. The experience of one of these fellows was quite Inter- estlng to every one but himself. Hi' 1 wns so handsome that he had madi great havoc among feminine hearts at home and had come to regard himself as irresistible. He asked a little Vir ginian, pretty enough to break the heart of au anchorite, for a kiss, but she replied: "Only Confederate Hps can evertoucu mine." One day when this man had been on post the relief found his place vacant, although tnere was no sign of blood shed or a struggle. As soon as this was reported at the reserve a squad was sent out to look for him. Inquiry was made at every house on j the road, and at one we learned from tin- luartbteakJng beauty just referred to that lie had stopped there two hours before and announced that he was de serting to the Confederacy. Almost half n year afterward the rear guard of ouo of our scouting par- tles was harassed for the hist two miles of Its return by shots from a small mounted force, which scattered , and took to the woods whenever we turned and attempted to charge them. Our commander arranged a strong am buscade of the advance, with n view to capturing the entire party, nnd this hidden force suddenly surrounded them when they were directly In front of the house In which the little beauty lived. There were only a dozen of the enemy, and they quickly saw tli.it their game was up. As we approached them they recognized the Inevitable and ceased lighting, but one man In gray suddenly drew a revolver, fired three shots In rapid succession at the house, then pointed the weapon at his own breast, fired and fell from his saddle. Wu were upon them In a moment, und un der the cap of the man upon the ground we saw the face of our handsome de serter. He gasped before he died that lie was as loyal as over. He had do sertetl in a wild desire to kiss Unit girl. Now, seeing her at the window, ho had fired to kill her and hoped he had suc ceeded. Then he had killed himself rather than be shot ns a traitor. He bad missed thu pretty murk bo hnd alined at. Tho girl was unhurt ex cipt from 11 severe scare. We had lost more than 'JO men most unaccountably 1 from that post, nil of thorn violent ad mirers of that very girl. Somehow her father's house was burned to the ground that very night I hope the pretty girl escaped, but wo wero told she did not. Not one of us attended thu funer.il. It would bo hard to tell how many lives on both sides were lost thereafter as tho result of those two deaths. "War Is hell!'' CHAPTER XVL. SOME NEW NUIQIIIlOltS. NE morning there camo to a picket station where I bad charge of six men an old colored woman, bent, twisted, , perspiring nnd wild eyed, who exclaimed. "Good Luwd, boss, (ley's two strings of rob sojers ober yander. Dey's so long dat you can't see neither end of 'em." The old woman seemed so earnest Unit I was half Inclined to believe her, so I asked, "Whero lire they, uuuty? How far?" "Jos' beyan' de woods, boss. Dey's Jos' millions of 'cm." I know the road for miles beyond tho station. It was so straight that a man could seo a long way ahead. I had a horse fast enough to get mo out of trouble should I suddenly find myrelf within rifle rnnge. and ho needed ex ercise, so I mounted nnd gnlloped out to reconnolter. I passed the woods without seeing any one. and from 11 llttlo hill 1 could seo that thero was no one in the fields beyond, so I returned to the stutlon nnd rebuked the old woman for lying. "It's true as do Bible, boss, whut I tolu you," she replied earnestly. "Poy dun tuck my two shotcs 'long wld 'cm. You t'lnk debt' olu eyes cayn't seo? Yns'r, dey kin dat." As It was about tlmo for us to be re lieved I told her to go back home and take another look and return. A few hours after wo readied camn we were startled by the bugle blowing "L I t. v Ul t PIT nntplory alarm known In tho cavalry service. As wo hurried to tho stables we heard tho "long roll" sounded in the Infantry camp near us. Ity the time tho "nssembly" sounded, tho word had gone through camp that the out posts on every road, on a circuit ot ton or more miles, had been driven lu or captured. As wo rode out at a trot wo could see Infantry moving Into the works on ev ery side, light batteries taking posi tions behind breastworks and men nt the heavy guns In tho forts, whllo to ward a series of roads different from that which we were approaching anoth er cavalry regiment was moving. In the town wo divided so as to rcconnoltcr three roads to find out who nnd where tho enemy wns. It did not take long to get thu desired Information. A Con federate gun or two on each road sent a shell or two to lot us know where they were, nnd a dash of skirmishers nt tho gallop yielded two or threu pris oners, who told us that the troops who had caused thu alarm were two corps of Lee's army. Well, wo had gained tho Information for which we had gone In search, but It didn't please us at all. It foreshad owed a change of habit for us. Up to that time wo had been able with a sin gle battalion to send flying back to , their camps any force that had np- proaehed the town. We could scarcely expect to do so wl h the newcomers. ,1 sn.giu voiiu-ueiaii: tuioa uumueieu more than 20,000 men! the entire force at our post numbered less than 8,000. j There was nothing to Joke about. Men spoke to one another about the situa tion nnd reasoned nbout It. but In sen tences no longer or more sensible than those above, livery one seemed labor-1 Ing under a sense of persoual affront affront which lie wns unable to resent. 1 We went to enmp, aud the enemy wnt to fortifying, as we soon nf for ward learned when on ono recounols- sauce ornnother we stumbled upon forts mill nreastworus wnero once nau neon erybody except tho cavalry. We In clear roadway nnd fields. Weeks alt- du-ed In nn occasional reconnolssancc erwnrd we learned from Richmond pa- jnst t0 et tlle cnemy know we hadn't pers that Longstreet had been In our vt ,own mt hoped he had. For the neighborhood for forage nnd food for rPt 0f t,e tmCi however, we enjoyed Lee's army. Had (ieneral Longstreet more leisure than wo could have had at " "is innpuM- iu m-n u ' " K'liu "n """- ' oee. spa.eu. u .u.g.u, .I.-I-. I... . - 1 IT-.- I,av l ,l,", m ,m") ,m" l"L wisdom displayed In tho selection of tho territory, for the country round nbout us was fertile nnd well tilled aud hnd not boon laid under contribution by soldiers, except perhaps to the ex tent of n few sweet potatoes, chicken 1 nnd turkeys. Ily driving In our pick ets Longstreet got possession of two railroad lines which gave him free com-1 munieatlon. barring the few miles with- In our lines, between Richmond aud , North ( nrollna. Hut none of these things did General, Longstreet explain to us. Whatever , may hnvo been his own Intentions a-: u. meandered from farm to farm for corn and bacon, his men acted as it, they would like to draw forage from, tho commissary department of our own post and get anything else the town might hold, ourselves Included. If :) 1 man doesn't nt peaceable Intentions misconstrued, he shouldn't intrust them to thousands of fellows with cutis Iu Uleir bunds. Such men always get things mixed. Of one thing we felt assured the en emy could not cut our line ot retreat. which also was the route of our sup-1 plies, for this was over causeways through tho Dismal Swamp, a dark, deep, but friendly ally, which could have swallowed an army like Long- tho surprise wc had caused nnd prepar street's without more than whetting 1 cd to make It permanent. Then somo Its own appetite. The swamp was not of our light artillery took n hand. We exactly mud. hut almost any part of, struck tho enemy's line near its center It could bo turned to mud In n few mln utes by tho tramp of a few men. And such mud! A rich, black ooze of de cayed vegetation, Into which, except In midsummer or midwinter, tho foot would sink as Into moss, while right under the surface was a tangle of roots which never tired of playing boot jack for the pedestrian. To have one's boot pulled olf without warning Is amazing. To afterward drag the same boot fiom a net full of ooze into which thu other boot is slowly sinking is still wor.e. One of Longstreet's men got through the swamp to the railroad track and captured one of our pickets, but be admitted thnt he wns sorry ho did It lie had trouble enough In re turning to wish bo had only himself to think of. To get enough men through to destroy our railroad track would have been Impossible. So we could run away If tho post be came too hot to hold us. and wo couldn't be starved. After thinking thlB over tho situation didn't seem so bad as at first. We wished that Gen eral Lee bad sent us cavalry instead of Infantry to fight. We were not accus tomed to meeting Infantry nnd might make mistakes. Still,- tliors was a chance of Improving our military edu cation under so nble a tutor an Long street For tho next few days our principal duty wns to find out whero the enemy was. We always succeeded. We had only to go n mile or two outside our own lines to bo loudly nssured that It wns uot necessary to go farther, nnd tho mounted skirmishers who dashed iu the direction of the first shots nl ways saw gray figures lying down In shallow rifle pits, with breastworks far In the rear. Sometimes wu would take some Infantry with us enough to en gage the euemy smartly after wo had found them nnd fallen buck. Itut this When comp'ired with that concoction became unpopular so far os wo troop-j Knc'w" """" evily hash, ers wero concerned. We always had to 01,, the hush served at those breakfasts stand by as a reserve, near enough to would have 1 leas d the nods, they say, protect the "doughboys" In case theyi'ho on lofty old Olympus used to whim wero charged by the enemy. To sit still nnd bo fired at or even to be with- III range of guns fired at somo ono else and not bo allowed to reply Is thu most depressing experience a soldier can possibly have. It was new to us, and we didn't like It. Wo preferred our own old wny of fighting the dash, the chase, tho battle perhaps, but no standing around under flru after wo were done shooting. Within n few days this sort of duty became unnecessary. The enemy re lieved ns of It by themselves reporting their whereabouts. They wore contin ually building new forts, nnd whenev er they finished one and got a heavy gun mounted In It they sent a shell or two over us to let us know nbout It In tho meantime ro-enforeeiuents and siege guns came pouring In upon us by rail, and some double ended gunboats ciimo up tho river In search of rebels and clory. They found tho former without the least trouble and deserved a good deal of glory for fighting thelt bouts nt much closer rnngu than wan common nt that day with ships engag ing forts. One Confederate artillery 4'. Lying down in slmUow rljtc pita. who was captum,( Ral(1 ,i10 boat3 amo so c,0,0 thnt hg sheU fuspi, m, , ,mvo bppn Mcd nnJ ,he shcUs t,lum. h th b , t, , no,..,1(,, hnrrp ,,f tile run. Wo found places for sonic now forts of our own, and as somo of them con structed on the river bank crushed through tho crumbling soil and fell In to the river tho work had to be done over nsnln. Tho brldgo crossing tho river had been burned just In time to prevent a dash of Confederate cavalry into town tho day of the surprise, but now we needed it again, and timber for It had to bo cut within easy range of the enemy's guns. Oh, there was plenty of work for ev- i,olno. it nccamo tiresome; tnen it tie- came absolutely wearing. Alter tne wonts on notn sines nan keen making faces nt each other for i-everal weeks, and n great lot of pow der had been burned without hurting many people, and thousands of men had been kept awake at night when they wanted to be asleep, tho word was pass ed through our camp one evening that General Longstreet wns to bo made to feel very sick next morning nnd that we were to assist nt tho operation. He- tween dark and dawn the brldgo wns secretly repaired, right under the on emy's military nose. Tho most dilti. cult part of tho work, that of repairing thu frame, was done silently. Then an armv of contrabands went down in couples, each couple carrying a young pine log to be used as planking. When these had been laid, other contrabands packed the cracks with straw, and still others carried out bags and boxes of! dirt and strewed over all, so the bridge should be noiseless under footfall of , man and horse. Eight hundred Afrl- cans were kent awake all night bv that Job. and I do not believe the occasion would have boon favorable in which to ' interview them on the blessings of freedom. Just before dawn several companies of our regiment passed over and learned that the enemy had uot expected them. Close behind camo a large body of Infantry, w hich prolonged und behaved so disagreebly to the John tiles that General Longstreet tooU them back to General Lee. TO 1 1H CUNTINUHD. HANNA'P HHAVKNLY HASH. The , uriu'il-heof liiish which was the feat, lire of hrtakfnsts Riven it .Senator lfannii's h'ime 01 ishiiiRion to I'resnleiit Koope velt ami other magnates was greatly rel ished by the rip .t.s, and has become fam ous. The recipe for jneparing It is as fol. Ions: ldiunl parts of bulled prime ctrn d be. f and petatues are prepaied. The beef is chopped as tine as poesille, and the soft, inealy pointops are ei t into tiny cubes. A small onion is mlnred to add flavor and th-j bottoms of the dishes are rubbed with a head of garlic. Another Kiirlh head Is wra li ed in a pi-re of fat and thrown Into the. centre of the mas. The whole ts then mixed thet'OiiKhty and nicely browned In a blK jklllet or frying p.m. During this oper ation disks of itertnudn onions eut so that .u h loiind shows every line of the onion lire Hit own Into .1 deep dish of pure lard and In owned dellialely. When these disks are cusp they aie used to R.indsh the nine of the platter, and Uie hnh is served Kur nlshed with parsley ur herbs, and a squeeze of a lemon. There Is lobster n la Newburs, which some people thltd; Is great. And terrapin's a dainty for tho cultured eater's plate; Tln-rc .ire many pleasant dishes for the man who has the cash, Hut there s nothing that quite equals Han- lia't, famous coin-hoof hash. We have heard of old Lucullus, who was famous In his day For thi spreads he gave the Romans they; Wirt woiderful, tiny say; Hut the daintiest dish he never gavo his grateful guests to share, For he didn't havo the ilanna hash upon blll-of-fare. Tho prince with pampered palate loves his bottle aud his blid. Ity the frog thal's phued before him the gray rienihmnns heart is stirred; Tho derman likes his w iener wurst, but nil these things nre trash I tin tlmo away Tho heavenly hash, tho llunna hash, tho hash bevond compare Who knows'' Perhaps 'twill yet bo on the bite House bill nf-faie. -Si. 1:. Klser, In Leslie's Weekly, poiNTF.n PAttAartAPiis. Most women are afraid of a loose dog or a tight man. In trying to get his rights many a man goes nt It the wrong way. Milk of human kindness Is usually of a poor uualitv ana nine 111 tne can. Wise l the man who can give a woman advice without incurring her enmity. Talk Is ih'iip: jet some people will give up a dollar to hear n tiresome lecture, if poveity Is ever abolished cwrj luieho lor will either have to many or act as his own servant It Isn t until after a boy has celebrated '.Is iglHh blith-lay minivers. irv that he hi gins to not 01 Ills father liMt'tratii e l-li exldi d'v had im d - In for lUMe Intne He wis In a pot Won to win out is 11 ir muf 1 tur r 01 profane hlstors-but h dldn t (. ak.ig'J Niwii, An t'ricrnt Cnsp. When the doctor'fi telephone ralg late one night he wtit to the instru ment himself, and received an urgent nppenl from two fellow prnet Itlonors to come down to the club for a quiet game, "Kmlly, dear," he snld, turnlnp to his wife, "I tun called out again, and it appears to be a very serious rase, for there are two doctors. already in attendance." N. Y. Times. Tli C'lmnlPnl Cnnnllinl. "Ilttt why," (i-skcd the subchief of the Cannibal Isles, "do you Insist upon having the man who fell while leading the charge against us served up at the banquet this evening. He seems to be hnrd as nails." "Huh!" answered the. chief of the Cannibal Isles. "I read In a book of poetry left by our last meal that 'tin liravcit, are the tenderest. "Haiti more American. Alnn! Yon, Full m.iny a flower la born to blush unseen And watr. it? ? wepfnPS!on the desert air, And many a sorlal bud fo fref h and smj Will watte her sweetness on a. million' dire. -Philadelphia Press. II A MHC.tr PCD. V "George Wash'ton must 'a had f blamed n'ght better hatchet dan dil dinky t'ing. er eUe a smaller treel" N". Y. World. Ilnpiij'. .Nvorthplpm. Oh. he ff.11 a trusted emplnyn. With a life in obscurity spent. Ht found 'twas hln lot To bo wholly forgot, Cnusp he r.-vpr embeziled 1 cent. Washington Star. A DntiKPr Slicniil. "I'm sorry, but 1 shal have to Jar slst that your bond with the guan antce company be doubled." "I - I what is the matter, sir?" "Well, it has just come to m5 knowledge that your neighbors out in Subtirbanville call you 'Honest John" N. Y. Press. Wliprpln Hp DlrTrrpJ. Clara So you are really oing to bi married to Mr. Commoner? Maude Yes; I am; because he is to unlike the men we meet in society. flnra Naturally. The mere fact that he proposed to you proves it. Chicago Daily News. Sof tleigh "I nevah pwetend to knoTi things 1 don't know. When I don't know a thing I always say: "I don't know." Mis Cutting Quite right, Mr. Soft leigh; but how very monotonous your conversation must be. Chicago Daily News. The Kimpbuil. I found a rosebud yesterday, Its tints were rich and soft and rar; Though balmy June ts far away, I found a rosrbud yesterday It was her miuth she let me lay My Hps upon the petals 'here I found a rosebud yesterday, Its tints were rich and soft and rare. Chicago Record-Herald, Only One Didn't Kiiotv, Bilkins (suffering from a heavy cold) I met 45 different acquain tances tliib morning, and just 44 of them told me of some cure for a cold. Wife Didn't the forty-fifth offer any advice? liilkins No; he had a cold himself, N. Y. Weekly. the hugs. See the manv, many bugs Buggy Hugs! How they tliuter through the. twilight. causing us excited shrugs: How tin y rustle, rustle rustlo. In the dreamy ilr of night; Flipping, Happing on the highway, lllooining. hurzinc on tho byway, Fiider oiu h tin trio light. How they dip, dip. clip! How thoy zip, zip, zip! Till thev whisk about our whiskers and go nincgtne at our mugs! oh, the bugs, bugs, bugs! Oh, the bugs, bugs, bugs, bug.-, bugs, bugs, hugs: Oh, the night Is two shades darker from tho uugs. All sorts and kinds of bugs! Fuzzy bugs! Hugs that humbly beg your pardon; bugs Unit proudly throw on lugs: How c tlutter. flutter, flutter. Till pome lady gives a shriek; Till she clutches at her bonnet Shouting that n bug's upon It. For slu- felt it ellmb her check. How they wing, wing, wing! How they sing, sing, sing! The luoMiultof s and tho beetles and each buzy, buggy tiling. Oh. the hugs, hugs, bugs! Oh, the hugs, bugs, bugs, bugn, bugs, bugs, bugs! There's a million miles ot breeze containing bugs. There nre Juno nnd lady bugsl Whiskered bugs! There are bats nnd fleas and locusts; thera are moths lu search of rugs Hugs that hurdle like a missile! Hugs that roar nnd bugs that whlatlo; Pugs In many colors tinted; Hod--(let that one be but hinted). Hugs with facps like a pug! And they hold a Wg convention under each eleitrlc light Oh the bugs, bugs, bugs' Oh. tin I ops Vugs bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, 1m ,s' What a buzzy, buggy, bumping bunch of buss' The lSaltlinoro American, ;;L IM ,