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with terror and with the mark of a foul
blow oer her eye and down her cheek
Ve got her up and brought her to only
to End Hazeltlne gone T was no place
foi us and so on her advice and deem
ing the open method wisest we betook
ourselves to the Star and Garter
boarding house kept by Mrs Hodges at
the Battery down below Clintons man
sion and over against old Fort George
There we stayed all day working out
partly from our window view partly
from onr Information the lay of tho
land back of Arnolds house Just above
the commander-in-chiefs mansion Only
once I went out to find a man named
Low who had been mentioned to me
as a brave patriot of the Sons of Liber
ty Ihing under the stigma of Toryism
to serve his country by staying In the
city a doctor chirurgeon I went
down Wall Street by the hosts of
shops bat had laces and sill s and
satins In their windows and rare fruits
and met ladles daintily picking their
way from carriages through the muddy
streets full of pitfalls and holes and
filthy gutters where the drains ran
Four times in that hour I met carts
with canvases over them but net so
tompletely as to prevent one from see
ing half a dozen dead bodies lying
one on the other beneath the covering
going so a shop keeper told me to the
trenches up aboie the city where they
were thrown to rot in the sun and
rain Many of them were my com
patriots who had lain in the Sugar
Hcuse or Bridewell Prison for many
thousands of our poor fellows lay here
still since the day more than three
3 cars ago when I had marched north
with Putnam for my life Low I found
at last and a good man and true he nas
to rie Somehow he knew of my com
ing nnd we arranged a plan for an at
tack at the foot of Arnolds garden two
days hence
Then I left Acton telling him more
tharae be It to me that I was going
to sup In order that I might get word
of Arnolds habits And yet what came
of that fllnnei would htve made me
btop a bit had I foreseen It And so
1 was ushered into the drawing room
in tho finest coat and breets I could
buy in tho shops and a tie ard lace
front that made me feel like a gaudy
popinjay from some sickly European
tourt The baroness came In a mo
ment and kindly bade me sit sayirg the
others would be there in a few mo
ments Indeed I found the custom pre
vailed to arrive half an hour late
vhlch seemed to ine then and doei
still to be a foolish bit of Inane fashion
Do you know said she with genu
ine tears in her ejes that ti have
jLst hear of our friend Major Andres
horrible sentence Did you know him
Mr Mcrton
I never taw him but he was a good
nnd true gentleman I answered
These are terrible days I cannot
sleep onights for thinking that my
little dnushtcrs may catch this terrible
plague Only this afternoon my hus
band told mo that twenty seven of the
poor prisoners died of it jesterday on
the prison ships in the harbor I wish
I might do something to aid them but
beautiful as our house is we baio hard
labor to get wood and food such U the
price of all neceiaricB
JI better self warmed to the lady
and I toll her she had a good heart
and that I too could not keep my
thoughts from the wretched prisoners
Governor Tryon and General Pat
terson the commandant of Uw tonn
arc goodness Itself to me said she
Tlut tis a terrible time and often I
j earn and ions for my o vn dear Bruns
TIs Indeed a tcrrlblo time maam
but it all tho women had but such
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sent a thrill of Joy through my body
and made me iaugh in spite of myself
for there stood Mistress Fhilipsc with as
surprised a pout on her pretty lips as
ever was seen Did sho think I was
paying court to another God be thanked
if she did
But there was co time for more than
a greeting and a friendly kiss from the
hostess when in ramo the governor of
the town Trjon with his wife and
daughter Major Sproat a Lieutenant
General Patterson and a man
they called Captain Atnerton who
seemed to me at the moment to look
strangely familiar Then as wo sat
about the room I maere note that every
cno rose and turning to the door saw a
young man hardly more than a
ntcr talking easilj with hin companion
i h to recapture Andre and while performing and nodding here ail J there as he walked
it Italfort fnds Dclicrab who sales his life nipr In tho 1 nrnnrcc nnd T i iiesir1
mmml 314 1 IhmAj J Ai R It I SiihJlf itl I 9
uuiiui u iuiii JVVTrcuiiit uu -
which required lnm to k to Tapiian Halfort
is pursued hy some of UazcitincV men whom
he escapes It a ruc and b Mine umx
pected lucL lUlfort sees arfuncton nnd U
pieii the mifislon t capture AmoM Ic U
supplied ix i tli passes for three which h iifrti
for lumelf unci Ins two fricmK Lieutenants
Acton aid Cunib llr rjle Ttartlett a
Uostcn nit n hant Italfort dec ci pj e ax lm
comrades The meet at Holts UIiijh
ihrc the placu is attacked Tue tt ick f fie
marauders U aluirtly resisted One of tli
Boosts of the taicm Is killed and from his
bodv Italfort reeoen papers of preat alue
to him Balfort and Acton leave together
Curtis rcmainm behind Tlicv arc pursued
and then fall in villi a platoon of Hritfcli
Hal forts paper enable him to iwsi liimlt
off as Captain tlazeltfne who lead- the pur
euitUlTer reach ew lork and Sjlfort again
meets Deborah J
A T the stroke of six the next night
I fitood before the fine mansion
rightly that twas the joung Prince
Henry whose coming had reached even
our Connecticut cars rinally with
much fuss of chariot and horses outside
rup drove the decrepit old peacock Mme
De Lancy
And vhy should I not be out cried
she in 1 venomou3 voice to the host who
had but congratulated himself on her
being there Do vou think I am too old
to get out of my bed
Gott verbar maam rid thp biron
You grow jounger every dayv
TIs a wonder I live at all Can
vou not give us a stick of wood to cook
by major cried she turning on Sproat
who stood near Here have I today paid
eight pound for a pitiful cord
Maam said the major with apology
in his tone we arc every hour send
ing parties to Long Island to get it as
A Redeselbest xhe can
which the Baroness
Stuff and
occupied with a foreboding
and to tell good truth a bit of a flut
tering in my insides We Acton and I
bad late In the night slipped back into
the ruined house and found the old wo
man lying in the back room nearly dead
nonsense cried the old
dame her face twitching like a play
actors Why do ye not cut down thi
trees out here In the street I wish
the rebels were all gone tothe devil
and she hobbled off on the arm of an
officer to a beautiful mahogany chair
that never was made In our land
We were now a goodly company ft
twenty at least and supper being an
nounced bj a factotum all powdcrel
like the rest I stood at one side till
the baroness passing me said Go and
take Deborah Then looking at me
with a friendly smile but a sad face
Be good and kind to her tonight for
she is In a great trouble
Trouble What could be the trouble
I thought as I passed over to her and
gave her my arm
There was some difficulty In getting
the proper place in line for each ofUccr
u st go In as his rank dictated and
so led by the voung prince and the
baroness we marched Into the banquet
room with swish of silken gowns and
tinkle of spurred boots
After the saying of a grace ail were
talking at the long table at orre nnd
the murmur of V5icc3 kept me from
hearing many words except those on
cither side and immediately next to me
Vnd indeed the dinhes that loaded the
board and were each moment set be
fore us by five or six men servants
were by a good half unknown to me
Beef I coull fll but tncre wen others
built up high with pasty and mired In
with colored sauces the like of which I
had not seen before
Blessed with a good appetite I tated
all the menu passed to me and found
them palatable Talk ran on current
things cf the recent fight in Staten
Island of Andres coming execution and
an thing that ca nc up until In the
midst of a foolish remark of her ovu
Invention and with a laugh on her fate
heard Mistress Philirse saying In a
low voice as if it came from some one
I have much to say to you two
things Have a care of jour countenance
and let no one read In jour face whit
you hear
ror a moment I was at 1 loss her face
so belled her words Thtn taking up a
glass of wins I dd as I had seen others
learned from my father tonight that a
famous famous agent of Sir Henrys
vas found gagged and bound in the top
of a burned house at the foot of Broad
way last night your face man jour
face 3he laughed suddenly
Tcil us of the Joke Mlitress Phii
ipse called Captain Atherton across
the table
Ah t Is a secret captain said
she brightly between Mr Merton and
myself We are plotting the ruin of
some one Then turning to me still
with a smile on her lips but a strange
pleading In her eyes I do nof know
what Is being done But he Is a secret
agent whom no one knows so that it
must bo kept quiet Lut but they are
bcarching with all the forces and power
at their command to find the man who
did It All that noise outside last night
wac the attack being made to eapture
him They may they maj lirl him
Aid if they do
They will kill him without trial or
the knur ledge of any one but them
I knew It well and had all day Yet
I is not in me to deny that a cold ahlver
ran up mj spine as I stood up w ith tho
others and drank at tho barons call
the health of their gracious Majesties
the King and Queen and I took what
thero was in my glass
I am sorrj for tho man whoever he
God guard him whispered tho girl
under lier breath with a white face
Pinch you cheeks mistress said I
- -
i i - - - - - - - t
smiling for I think the captain fears
the Joke is but a poor one
Her face lit with a quick natural
was not jou then was it Tell
nither tell Major Sproat on jour
right the pith of the Joke said I and
I took to mjself tho rest of tho bur
gundy for the wine was good for the
nerves and before we were done there
were five kinds set before us
In a moment or two she turned again
to me again
That was a capital story I said
Tell me the nthtr you mentioned
Ah t v Ill be lss amusing I can see
from our sorrowful face But the
girl that 1 had seen stand up before five
rufKans in the fcul tavern was as gtme
here as there She changed the expro3
sion of her face but she coud not altr
tho look In her cjes For a moment
she crumbled a bit of bread at her plate
looking at ad then
There Is not much of a story and
what thcro Is of it is but an old and
common talc
Yet I would hear It If I may I an
There was once a young girl a fool
ish vench who was bidden b her par
ent to a good marriage
Ah said I Tis a fairy tale And
why as the wench a foolish wench
A fairy tale Indeed she answered
but this foolish wench would none of
this good marriage because the man
was a mean and cowardly wretch and
and she hod turned to me a little
her hand still crumbling the bread ona
white arm resting on the cloth the
other hand in her lap quivering on her
silken dress and her fair white besom
rose and fell quickly as If It would
burst her bodice but Aiding that too
strong would escape above it and she
was forced to do this thing this dread
ful thing by her fathers wish
And said I suddenly she ran
away to escape It
And was brought tack to It she
added giving me a long look that stirred
the very soul in me was brought back
to it because the good man of the good
marriage held the fortunes of her father
In the palm of his hand
Thy face is a beautiful but an open
book Ml3trcss Deborah said I inter
rupting her and there bo those here
that can read I feaf So That close
the volume partly for sho had
straightened up a bit and a little piti
ful smile struggled nt the corners of
her mouth God knows I could have
taken her In my arms there before them
all had I dared and comforted her in
her loneliness and trouble and bade her
have no fear But I only said between
mv teeth
What did this good man to her
He threatened her always and tried
to force her to It and held ud the ruin
of her famlb he has indeed time and
Curse the coward said I softly
And and she had co one to help
her in this fairy tale until she saw
some one
Aye dear heart he is found said I
What shall ho do
If he would meet her and let her
Where and when
Tomorrow night beyond the Vauxhall
Gardens a few rods by a clump of four
great trees
He will be there And staj let the
princess In the fairy tale have the good
man meet her there too Ave do as I
bid girl I added as a frightened look
came into her eyc3
You arc a good friend Merton Mr
Jicrton salu she softly as her head
bent for a moment And there
under the table my foot touching hers
I put mine upon it and gave the only
pressure of sympathy vouchsafed to me
Up over her face to her white forehead
and on Into her hair went a sweet flush
that spemed to draw a smile after it
playing about her lips and Into her
beautiful eves
Strange that Ju3t then I c ught a
warning look in the baroness face as
she talked en to the Prince But I did
sec It and not knowing what to do
drank off agiin at a gulp another glass
of wine
The little shoe fluttered under my
boot but did not withdraw and for a
morfent we sat there quiet in tho midst
of that hustling laughing gossiplrg
room full with glasses clinking and
tnncfa ptnnlnw itn nnrf Irtt n Vi VnnwA
dii alreadj held it toward her bowed
lAnd as the hostess rose and all
uiiiixt u luu naiu iuweu uusur -a i
lowed her
am llstenlrg and dr ins part of the
Good said she Well then I
example I caught a strange
look In joung Athertons eyes where
the fiend had I seen that face before
that at this moment wes enough to set
me on fire ns I stepped back to hand my
supper parti t to tho door of the draw
irg room There I gave her to the fair
joung baroness and saw them lock
arms affectionately and walk on Into
the other room close together but snj
Ing not n word
Draw up to this end of the table
jccntlcmcn erlcd the host cheerfully
Let us give the health of Ills Rojal
Highness Ani so we stood and drank
again and In good truth what with mj
strango conversation and tho two great
pieces of news I Ind heard within an
hour I found I had linl enough for one
man more than enough for one who had
not been blessed with a hard head that
paid little heed to the fumes of wine
T wns evident that some of tho others
had fared worse and drunk more Try
on who took the chair next the Prince
as wc sat down on cither side of him
let out tho buttons of his waistcoat and
sat back puffing out his cheeks between
bis words as if the purple veins had
more than they could well carry
Baron puffed he in gruff voice
Where got yo this One old Burgundy
T is a rare bottle as Im damned
Have je not found It to your Hlghnesss
taste turning to the young prince
Indeed I have Said the latter
Theres itone better In London Ill be
TIs but Just come In the Inst pack
et replied the baron And Sir Henry
would not hear but I should take some
of it
1 I Copj right 100 hy Kraik V Mursey
4 i shadow of War
Tis helped by the v 05 age indeed it
is puffed the governor again What s
this vie hear of the rebel Washington
silly trick with Rochambcau
Mr Mcrton could tell us much If he
would answered Major Purdy I was In
the act of lighting my clay pipe when
this startling answer froze me as I sat
with tho taper In my hand and then 1
took a long breath as he vent on He
Just come from Newport Is It not so
Oh aje cried the governor iou
are the messenger that saw Sir Henry
last night ch
The French are safe and sound in
Newport said I And like to stay
Let cm be safe In hell as soon as
they will said the general and all tho
rest of the frog eating traitors
A health to the governor cried
Major Sproat getting heavily to his foot
And damnation and confusion to the
rebels all May the whole lot rot in
prison soon Dovn went more wine
and whether twas the drink in me or
the thought of tomorrow night I was
near up at him for his cursed British
toast I moved my chair to Join some
of the younger men and found mjself
close to Atherton who was droning a
song through his tipsy lips
Aje said he good TIs a propsr
sentiment To hell with them all But
Ill give ye another Ill bid ye drink to
the brightest pair of eyes in the town
that were but Just now not a hundred
yards from our friend here
Good Good cried Prince Henry
and they drank what I and all knew to
be a toast to Mistress Phiiipse
They say her cousin Pendletons case
goes by hard roads said a joung fellow
in a big red coat and that shell none
of him In spite of her father
I would I had his chance mumbled
Atherton Id win by fair or foul
means and that soon too For thelrs
no finer bit of female flesh in the col
I cursed the drunken beast under my
breath and held to my chair to keep
myself from driving his words down his
Hell win her yet said Sproat
Ther tell me Sir Henry is none too sure
of the fathers lojalty and some of the
faniilj so tis whispered are starving
with the rebels at this moment At
this I pricked up ears and the
strange fleeting resemblance she bore lo
Rob Curtis came to my mind
I heard today too laughed a oun
subaltern trat a reconnolssance was
foiled nt the Judges country house iip
above Gowans Ferry but a week ago
and s8mc good fellows lost T is ru
mored the oil man knew somewhat of
how t was doae
The sweat came out in beads on my
forehead Had I perhaps made her lot
the harder frr my work Curse these
scandal mongers for fools
Tut tut laughed Atherton lean
ing forward aud leering at the company
Theres mors behind that little episode
than SVr Herry knows
What Is I man cried one or two
drawing toward him
The little girls will have their flln
eh jour Highness And she is no saint
they say ani a reconnolssance may not
always be to study the
The crew laughed out and cried io
know the story
Nay boys you should not hear it
Twill take jour thoughts from the
cause said Atherton leaning back and
looking over the company with a patron
ising air
But they cried out for it and with
my breath coming quick and short I
Ieanead forward too
He slowly drank another glass and
looked about him Then lowering his
voice he said
The hous is In neutral countrj and
emptj nnd he lady has been on a little
visit a little visit jou understand
somewhere and a well known coach vva3
found bard by broken I saw It myself
for I was up thcro on speciil duty And
my little wench could spend a day or
two in peace and quiet with her cava
T Is a foul lie I cried striking the
table wita my fist till the glasses
Jumped about and rising I stood over
him scario realizing what I had done
For I knew hm now well Twas the
Jolly gocd fellow of Gowans Tavern
They were all on their fet t In an in
stant eveepting Atherton who looked at
me with a cool smile on his face
And what pup ore you my colonial
squire thnt trot about telling gentlemen
they lie
Do not burden jour dull brain to
learn who I am TIs but a cowardly
gentleman as j 011 call yourself who
would blacten the fair name of a woman
over his cups Therefore I tell je je
lie The girl Is as pure as snow
Slowly he got upon his feet as the
whole company stood dumbfounded for
a moment and with a savagei look in his
eje made a step toward me and lightly
slapped me on the cheek before 1 could
move I had him by the throat lu an
Instant and would have choked tho wind
out of him had not the whole company
Jumped between us and pullid us apart
Let me alcne cried he with a while
fice as half a dozen held him the
Silence roared tho governor What
in hells name do jo mean here In the
presence of jour superior officers Pat
terson eried he- turning to the com
mandant yotid betted commit em
both Why damme do jou think joure
in a tavern with a lot of low pimps
Have ye no respect for a Prince of the
Blood And jou sir whoever ye be
continued he getting more red and furi
ous at each word as he turned to me
do vo thnk vc can bring vour clown
ish colonial manners hero and tell peo
ple they Ho
Twas a foul He against a fair
name said I looking him In tho ejo
Whj God a mercy jelled the old
fellow fairly Jumping up and down
The man tells me I Be too
But General Patterson and the baron
stepped forward the ono coming up to
By HAMBLEN SEARS owfe ran tT Dodj nd
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SYNOPSIS OF THE PRECEDING hearts a- jours the suffering would be
Lieut ilcrlon Iialfort a brave jft v Bcio
iutionirj soldier while an an important com
luision tor Ueueral Putnam to dcnersl Nafcli
injton rescues lJeliorah 1Jiiliji e from her car
riage which had 1 roKen down on a muuMi road
Thcj so to a taicrn where the find liuli
waymco In protecting his unlootcd for
charge italfort SliU killing his opponent The
i gbj crowd in the tavirn then gathers threat
cningly around joung Italfort 3iid DtborAli
Mjc to excuse their presence there together
declares thej are tlopiiiff sweethearts where
upon uothms will do bjt the must he mar
ried at once lliblc is produced and one
Marvin claiming to 1 a prcicher U called m
a ceremoni pcrio mcd ard n certintate ciun
Tlicn both Halfort and Deborah are lelicved of
all their mocej as a foe One of the drunken
men arouses rnd a sight of him causes tranze
fripht to Deborah A room is secured for her
and she rests In the early nio nmg ItuUort
escorts her to her home paadni through a
Tilbce on the wajllc leave her and pro
ceeds on hi mission roming across John Acton
whom he avcs from three assailanu Iiter
while rrstinir in i thicket he is awakened be
voices ard learn of vrnold s compact witit
Andre Then Italfort dashes ahead to warn
Washington and is arrested ly a sentinel Hal
forts trial jroecs n farce and end in ins be
ing ordered to Colon 1 Tmngstnn but not be
fore he had made the acquaintance of Licjtcn
ant Curtis Colonel tivincton order iiini
taken to General Arnold and wlue on the way
he outwits his guards and then begin a Ion
hard tedious ride to find Washington
after miay misl ans he cues his dj
patches to the Commanedcr in Clilef and is or
dered to hold himself in readiness for a mis
sion Tins mission turns out to be an as
signment to forest ill an attempt b the lrit
irfinltclj less
She gave mo a smile though there
were teais in her ryes and held out her
hand to me
Wo can do so Tittle and dare not
attempt an opinion she said
I stooped over her -white fingers and
Kissed them Just as some one entered
the room Looking up I caught a
glance from a pair of dark ejes that
me and the other taking the governor
by the arm
Mr Merton said the commandant
slowly but coolly to me and you
captain shako hands
We both hesitated
Shake hands this moment and sit
down or you will be In Irons In ten
minutes Well will ye or not he
continued his voice rising and a dark
look coming into his face And thn
Atherton broke from hiu friends laugh
ing a forced laugh ani held out ais
hand I could do naught but accept It
though my heart was bitter at the
Nov offer your apologies to Ba on
RIedcsel commanded the general And
we did so and sat down glum as dor
mice But Prince Henry Eaved tho day
and I thanked him Inwardly for his high
sense of honor as well as his tact for
he stood up and said as the others were
Governor Trjon I ask jou and the
ethers to drink the health of Mlstres3
Deborah Phiiipse
Well said your highness cried old
Tj ron nnd we drank But the party
was killed for that night and as vc rose
to go Into the drawing room Atherton
came by me and said slo ly
Do jou carry a little steel tool my
joung merchant
I nodded
And can yo play with It at times
I can try
Capital1 said he laughing When
thall we play together
The sooner the better said I
Tut tut So hot said he Jocosely
T Is after midnight now Shall we
say at 6 oclock In the morning and
waive formalities
Up In the Celds by Corlears Hook
Have ye a friend In the town
I have and we will be ready at 6
He laughed again and walked Jauntily
off saying
So man you carry It well for a civ
ilian Go now and say thy prayers
HEN I got back to Mrs
Hodges I fcund our room
empty It was then near
upon 1 oclock at night and
what might have taken Acton forth I
did not know And so I sat me down to
wait his coming
My thoughts were none of the bright
est and our case was hourly becoming
more serious And yet the thought of
that touch of a small slipper was more
than enough to overbalence the danger
of our situation and the chance of tho
wrecking of everything In the perhaps
foolish duel I had brought on my own
So they had set a marriage for
her father and Id be sworn the old
aristocratic witch too if truth were
known The thought of it made me get
up and walk around the room Indeed I
had not known It till then till I heard
of this danger to her but twas true
I could not live my life without her I
could not see a without that face
by me belonging to me to protect and
comfort and serve fcs I would my own
life aye far morn Would she have
told me of her trouble would she
have trusted me with it and asked
my help If she had not cared
Could she I tried to think could she
ask a man to save her if she did not
think of him more than of others
It could not be In spite of her knowl
edge of my duty to my country in spite
of the fact that she belonged to the
other side in spite of all the impossible
difficulties she trusted me believed In
me Could she lave me Aye was It
not fair to suppose so I got up again
and shook the chair as if it had been
the hand of a friend Sho could not
Sho could not God would not deceive
a man so And If that were true then
let come what would I was joung and
strong and I would win her to mys lf
I would I would A man cannot be
asked to write down the dark thoughts
that will crop up Into his brain I could
think of none but her Let the cause be
what it would she shorld be mine
though the soulless recks and hills of
the land v ere ruled by king or presi
dent Could I not live in Joy and hap
piness jtll the days of my life even n
the depths of hell if she were by my
side And what could it be to me
whether th edicts came from this side
of the water or the other Nothing
Nothing She was my love and I cared
little of what might become of aught
else What did I care for Arnold Ho
was a wretched traitor to his country
Let him live or die I cared not a whit
What was the flend Hazeltlne Nothing
to me Let him do his worst live or
die I had not know it I had not
guessed it in myself till this night I
loved her I loved her because she was
beautiful because of her high and fear
less looit that told of a fearless heart
Sho would do what she would let no
man guess otherwise I loved her be
cause of her own dear self as she sat
In that little gown with her arras and
throat shaming the whiteness of the
cloth beneath the glasses end with
Gods good help she should know it
soon and Arton came in and sat down
and looked at me
How long have you been here
friend asked he
But a moment
line aught happened Any one come
Then there will be one hero soon
Theyre hunting us close said be
I care not a tinkers dam
What alls thee man asked lie
leaning forward in his chair and looking
at me closely
Well lets to bed Theres nuch to
do tomorrow We must take the boards
from Arnold3 fence by the water to
morrow evening
I do not kiyiw that we can
He turned quickly on me looking at
mo with his great honest blue eyes and
then walking up to me he put his two
big hands on my shoulders towering
over me and said again
What ails thee man
Mertcn said he in his boyish way
do ye forget man that theres hun
dreds perhaps thousands of our mens
lives depending on the capture of this
I do not much care
He stood looking at me In wonder for
a moment and then gripping me with
his strong hand3 he said
I do not Inow thee Merton What
would Rob Curtis tay to thy mood
Hast forgotten thy honor and lot it
sleep Wake up friend and remember
the trust the great Washington has put
in jou I do not know all you have to
do You have not told me But vhats
to be done must be done quickly or
you and I and Curtis will be dead and
nothing done
I am a crazy fool I muttered
That ye are not Mcrton said he
with a kindly smile But 3omcthn3
has happened and you shall tell me
And he cat down and drew out of me
the llo I gave Atherton over the wine
and the sequel that was coming in the
morning at elx At that he laughed a
free laugh and cried
Why man Ive seen ye in worse
places than that and never knew you to
take on so I3 he so marvelous a
I could not tell him the truth and
thought best to let lilm think so and ho
thereupon began to talk to me in an em
barrassed fashion telling me I had too
gooda hand to lose In such a childs
play and more and more till I must
needs smile at his Ill concealed desire to
bring me out of my supposed dread or
fear to meet this man And so wc
talked softly together through the night
as men talk but seldom In a life time
as no one could write down on paper
of home and friendship and chivalry to
ones God and encs commander And I
learned in thoae few hours something u
the soul of a great honest man awk
ward when hj got upon such subjects
but with as high a view of life and honor
and the lovo of good women as It has
pleased God to let me hear from the lips
of any one or see in the eyes of any
human being save only one and that
Heaven be thanked no man And in
those few horrs croppcU up a friendship
of man to man between us two that
through many a trial has tested on 10
tbis day am will till the death of us
loth and alter
And so it ctme to five In the morning
a sultry autumn morning still dark
when we went down 3eaver Street and
through Princes to Queen Street aud
thence down Cherry Street to the ship-
jards by Ae breastworks at Rutgers
and to the hill and fields at Corlears
Hook We had not gauged the distance
well and were a bit late In arriving
that it was striking six in the barracks
hard by when we came into the fields
above tho tide that flows between Lon
Island and Manhattan The place wa
rolling country dotted with trees and
undergrowth and I had begun to think
wc should not And the others when I
heard a hfll and saw the party In a
small hollcw below us and nearer the
river There was r soft mist hanging
in the bottom like that of an August
morning and we cculd make out half a
dozen figures looming up as we came
down to them
Here they are ft last said a voice
that made me start for I recognized it
as that of Dr Low the chirurgcen who
had laid out with me not twenty four
hours befoie the plan of abducting Ar
nold Then stepped up Prince Henry
Major Sproit and Lieutenant Purdy and
last came Captain Atherton
We have come to see fair play done
sir said the young prince And to be
in sufficient force to prevent any Inter
ruption from the authorities should suh
occur You know all here but Dr Low
I think
What name was it asked the doc
tor shaking hands in a businesv Hke
as If he me for the first tinm
Mr Merton and Mr Roberts raid
Major Sproat presenting us
Well gentlemen if you insist on
this t is time t was over said Low
and the major and Acton then raess
ured my sword and Athertons Finding
them practically tho same length they
led us to the bcttom of a hollow im jjto
an open bit surrounded by trees and Just
as the light wai fairly full grown for an
other day we vre
Acton was in bis element He talked
In an offhand v ay with the others noped
Atherton was a good hand as hl3 friend
there was no fool and asked
Whats the rules
The first serious draw of blood set
tles the affair Dr Low deciding said
the prince If you will agree
friend Is ulte at your disposal
gentlemen said Acton bowing while
I walked up and down by myself I hjd
had so little time to think en the affair
that the ccrious nature of it had not oc
curred to me atttl now for the flrft
time I began to think of what might
happen to myself If a stroke found
me home and did for me I did not math
care But I had a horror of a serious
wound so that I should live on here and
fall in my work Mj death was nothing
to any one but General Washington and
he alone would know of my falling away
from hl3 commands
Well gentlemen is all ready said
tho doctor
We stepped out and drew The twj
blades crossed holding there for a mo
ment as each cf us took a good look at
the othr I was to do a3 I had donp
many times before iu open fights upoii a
skirmish wait to feel the strength of
his wrist He tried to db the
but becoming irritated he made three
quick passes at me and though his
blade did not leave mlno once I knew I
had a strong band that had been in a
long and n good school
Just as the third thrust came and I
parried I swung my point down turned
It under his blade and swaysd his point
----- it i - - -- ifr
out to the Wc of me It would have been
my first thrust en quatre had noi a
voice cried out
Stop where you are gentlemen In
the Kings name
We both stopped turned and saw
three men coming down tho sops abov
us They were In our midst In u mo
Gentlemen I come with the warrant
for tho arrest of that man and I took
a sudden breath as I saw Hazcltino
standing there pointing at mo and
this man here pointing to Acton
Acton laughed In his face
What Is this sir cried Prince
Henry over to Hazeltlne Do
you not see jou Interrupt an important
Your Highness I am obliged to fol
low the orders of Sir Henry These men
are being searched for all over thU
town It Is a matter of gn at military
And can you not cheese a better
time then asked the young man In tho
first tcne of voice I had heard him usa
that shoyrl me he was accustomed to
issue rather than receive orders
I cannot Jo it your Hlghnes3 said
Hazeltlne doggedly and none too po
Frsnk cried Atherton at this tis
an Ill selected moment What matters
half an hour
It matters much said the other hot
ly They must come now
Must said Sproat In a questioning
Certainly major
Then my friend laid the Prince
quietly listen to me The military de
mands have nothing to do with this
We will go on with our affair lherc
fore leave U3 alore ard arrest your man
later as you can And he started to
turn on his heel
I shall be obliged to use force cried
Hazeltlne The young Prince turned
about as It the speaker had touched a
sprirg In his mechauicism But before
he could speak Dr Low said softly
If you attempt anything of the sort
jou will simply teci me our prisoners
These two gentlemen have come hero
relying on our honor They no sooner
arrive than they an arrested May it
not appear to them that this is an am
In fact some sicb thing migbt stray
Into our brains aid Acton blandly
Therefore said the Prince our
own honor is here at stake and we will
with your permission or in fact without
it continue our alilr and deliver these
gentlemen where1 lhcy came from in
safety or my nSnv is not Guelph
Hazeltlne glared Around him for a mo
ment and put hb aand on a pistol but
the- movcirent started the others and
before he could drtw six men surround
ed his three and stood ready for any
Tis a piece f treachery to your
Highness august father cried the man
Ill look out for that said the
Prince haughtily
You know not what yon do It will
cost yoti your commissions gentlemen
and by Gcd Ill do my duty And he
turred to his men and pointed at me
Atherton stepped in front of me ns
did the doctor and for an instant we all
thought a short but serious affair was
begirnlng Sprout put hi3 hand on Haz
eltlnes shoulder as If to say something
But the other threw it off fiercely and
the dark hatred the man bore me showed
in his face as he turned to me and cried
Have another half hau you foolt
Ill see you hanged before night mark
me there and he started to move off-
Staj man said the doctor You
must remain till this is over And you
two men continued he stand tfccio
before Major Jprcat and Lieutenant
Purdy and do you sir remain by me
Now gentlemen I think we can begin
I had less taste for It than ever
after tho quick action of Atherton when
he thought I was to be attacked But
we were socn at it and as I ot into
the work and my head cooled down the
thought of her against whom ths rapn3
Jest had been directed stiffened my
wrist and set me hard at nim
He played- hs rarier well aftr U13
orthodox fashli n of duelling and twico
touched me bit not through the skin
Then seeing fiit I stood on the defen
sive still Jie began to grow red in the
face and his ejeii lit up with anger Not
a sornd came from the others as ws
cirlcled arcunl one another nor did I
3ay a word ui til he began to press ma
hard forward and back forward and
back each tlnn a different stroke Tlvn
I exclaimed in iiurprise unconsciously
for he seemed t be a new man My
breath came tnrd and fast and I began
to take tha offensive Twice thrics
four times hn parried and then on a
sudden on he came and I felt a stnj
In left ami Juit at the biceps
Dr Low called a halt and rlDped up
my sleeve In spite of my cries that
twas nothing
Leave me alone cried I Do yoa
net see tis but a stra3e Come sir do
not waste ycut time And I broke
away and mfde at him with my temper
half gone We went it hot after that
nor do I remember anywhere such work
Once I as dovn on my knees Twiea
he saved hli life by a prodigious side
Jump And then then I saw him com
at me from bclrw Ills point up and
falllrg as he rose himself
T was a stroke a gasp for I could da
naught but strike his point down and
then put all ray strength of arm wrist
and body to turn my blade under his I
did so God knows 1 ow but In nn Instant
I felt my point at his hilt nnd with a
wrench his rapier Jumped twenty feet
away By the force of the twist he was
3wuns half round sideways to me and
tripping over his on feet he fell to
ward me t was all so cuick 1 could not
tell how t happened but I suddenly felt
my sword touch his left side under tha
arm and Instinctively I Jumped back
and drew my Male away Down ha
went Hat on his side with one foot
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