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jii 8YNOP3I3. The story opens ln-& Confederate tent at a critical stage of the Civil War. Gen. Lee imparts to Capt Wayne an Important message to Longstreet Accompanied by Sergrt. Craig, an old army scout. Wayne starts on his mission. They' get within the lines of the enemy and in the dark ness Wayne Is taken for a Federal of ficer and a young lady on horseback is given in his charge. She Is a northern Lady of the North are left alone. They •®ek shelter In a hut and entering It in the dark a.huge mastiff attacks Wayne The girl shoots the brute Just In time. The owner of the hut, Jed Bungay, and nis wife appear and soon a party of Horsemen approach. They are led by a man claiming to be Red Cowrie, but who Proves to be MaJ. Brennan, a Federal officer whom the Union girl recognizes. He orders the arrest of Wayne as a spy and he Is brought before Sheridan, who threatens him with death unless he re peals the secret message. Wayne believes Edith Brennan to be the wife of MaJ. Brennan. He Is rescued by Jed Bungay, who starts to reach Gen. Lee, while Wayne in disguise penetrates to the ball room, beneath which he had been im PjJsoned- He is introduced to a Mi*s Minor and barely escapes being unmask ed. Edith Brennan recognizing Wayne, ??ys 85e wl" save him. Securing a pass through the lines, they are confronted by Brennan, who is knocked senseless. Then, Wading Edith adieu, Wayne makes a dash for liberty. He encounters Bungay they reach the Lee camp and are sent with reinforcements to Join Early. In the battle of Shenandoah 'the regiment is overwhelmed, and Wayne, while in the hospital. is visited by Edith Brennan. Wayne and Bungay are sent on a scout ing detail, and arriving at the Minor place, Wayne meets Miss Minor and Mrs. Bungay, and later Edith appears. Waynefa detachment Is besieged by guer rillas. Brennan and his men arrive and aid In repelling the Invaders until a res cuing party of bluecoats reach the scene. Brennan challenges Wayne to a duel. CHAPTER XXXIV.—Continued. "Well, I suppose I shall be compelled to let you and Beelzebub go, but It will prove a serious loss to the cause "of the South," I said, my thoughts ln Btantly turned by mention of the mule to matters of more Importance. "I ex pect there will be lively times up your way." "Ye kin jist bet thar will," en thusiastically. "It'll be nip and tuck, I reckon, but I'm mighty hopeful o' Maria*. Thet dern muel be needs ter be took down a peg." "Sergeant," I said, "did you send out a party to bring in our horses and the "It vos all done already der horses vos found und der swords." "How many men have we lost?" "Der vos five kilt, Captain dot vos It. I vos hit mlt der ear off Sands is goin' to die", und maybe Elliott vill not get some better some odders vos hurted."' "How many men does that leave us fit for duty?" I asked decisively, push ing back my plate and rising from the table. "Dere vos twelve, Captain, mit me." "That will do," I said. "In half an hour from now have the men ready for the road," and I turned'and left the room. We must depart at once. More than ever now I realized the necenlty for haste. I hoped to meet the officer com' manding the Federal detachment who had come to our aid, pay him the cus tomary marks of respect, and get away without again coming in contact with Major Brennan. I felt myself pledged to this course of action. A sentry stationed in the lower hall way informed me the officers were messing together in the front parlor, and I at once headed that way. paused, however, to visit the wounded for a moment, spoke cheerily to my own men, and then, opening the door quietly, entered the room which I had last, left in possession of the guer rillas. With the exception of broken windows and bullet-scarred walls lit tle evidence remained of that contest which had raged here with such fury but a few hours previously. There were numerous dark stains upon the carpet, but much of the furniture had been restored to place, while a cheer ful wood fire crackled in the opeii grate. Before it three men were sit ting smoking, while upon a small table close it their elbows rested a flat bot tle, fanked by several glasses. A single (fiance sufficed to tell me they ..were Federal cavalrymen, one being the r*2-faced lieutenant whom I had alrsady met. *1 am seeking th9 commander of this detachment." explained, as they glanced at me in surprise at my entrance unannounced. "1 am Cap tain Wayne, in charge of the Confed erate troop which was engaged in de fense of this house." A portly man with a strong face, and wearing a closely clipped gray beard, arose from a comfortable armchair and advanced with hand extended. "I am Captain Moorehouse, in com mand," he answered, cordially, "and am very glad to meet you. Will you not jolh us? My second lieutenant, who has positive genius in that line, has unearthed a few bottles of rather choice whisky which we will divide most gladly." "I thank you," I replied, anxious to jmeet him as pleasantly as possible, "but I am eager to get away upon my duty as early as may be, and have merely intruded upon you tq explain my purpose." "Nonsense," he insisted. "Duty Is never quite so urgent as to require a waste of good liquor. Captain Wayne, permit me to present mjr officers— Lieutenants Warren and Starr, Sec ond New Hampshire Cavalry." The wenstant haunting fear of the Major's possible entrance at any mo ment rendered me extremely uneasy, and anxious to be away. Undoubtedly this feeling exhibited Itself in my man ner, for Captain Moorehouse said finally "I realize your natural anxiety t6 be off, Captain Wayne, and while we should be very glad to keep you with us indefinitely, yet I trust you will feel perfectly free in the matter." "I thank you greatly," I answered, rising as I spoke. "My duty Is of such a nature, and has already been so long neglected that I feel every mo ment of unnecessary delay to be a crime. I wish you a pleasant return within your own lines, and an early cessation of hostilities. I had shaken hands with them all, and turned toward the door, congratu lating myself on escaping thus easily, when a new voice broke suddenly in upon my self-satisfaction "I trust Captain Wayne Is not in tending to depart without at least a word with me?" It was Brennan. He had entered unobserved from the second parlor. "Frankly," I responded, "I hoped I might." 'Have you forgotten, then, our com pact, or do you simply elect to ig nore it?" I saw the others exchange quick glances of amazement, but I answered coolly: "The latter supposition is more nearly the truth, Major Brennan. felt that after what we have Just passed through together we could both afford to ignore the past, and consequently was hoping to escape without again, encountering you." "Indeed!" he exclaimed, sarcastic ally. "But I might have expected it. Gentlemen," and he turned to ward the expectant group, "this man and I have a personal grievance of long standing unsettled. I have sought him for months in vain. When he came last night to our assistance, before I even consented to accept his services I insisted that no occurrence of. the defense should prevent our meeting, if we both qprvlved. Now he endeavors to sneak away like a whipped cur. I demand satisfaction at his hands, and if it is, refused I shall denounce him in both armies." My cheeks burned, but before I could control myself sufficiently for answer, Moorehouse spoke. ""But, Brennan, see here," he said anxiously, "surely Captain Wayne has served you well. Is this trouble be tween you so serious that no We stood for ar moment in utter si lence, eye to eye, and I knew there was no help for It. These words, pub licly spoken, left me no choice. "I am at your service. Major Bren nan," I returned sternly, "now or at & "I Brand You Here and Now as Sneak and Liar Now Will You Fight?" any time. But I am unfortunate here in having no officer of my army pres ent, and hence c»n name no sec ond." "Doubtless one.of these gentlemen will consent to serve," he i. MKUDKOIa. JSLWLOVT STOW OFAGMIF JACKET amendB are possible?" "None, short of a personal meet ing." "Captain," and the perplexed fed eral commander turned toward, me, "have you any word of explanation in this unfortunate affair?" "Very little," I answered. "I am not even aware that I have done in jury to Major Brennan, purposely or otherwise. He has not so much as honored me writh information as to his cause of complaint. However, I care very little what it may be. As he has seen fit to denounce me be fore officers of my own corps, I should be extremely glad to meet him upon that ground alone but after what we have just passed through together, I felt" ready to blot out these past dif ferences. Whatever they may have been, they are not liable to occur again, nor we to meet." "They have occurred again sln6e you have been in this house!" Brennan broke forth excitedly. "You are.not a cyoward, but I brand you here and now as -a sneak and liar! Now will you fight?" Baid, «, fyJZAjmitt PAxws/r his face brightening at my rejoinder. Some one hastily pushed a way to the front, and Lieutenant Caton, pale but determined, stood at my shoulder. ''It will afford me pleasure to act UIHOR OF WHEN WILDERNESS WA^ KING"^ ILLUSTRATIONS BMKItlURTWlLUAMSOW. CQjRxen^jrjsyACM^ cziaeo &ccx .SAWe&ArjlAZXME&j&rr. trwnar for Captain Wayne," he said clearly, "if he will accept my services. More over," he added, with a significant glance at Brennan. "I do this as a friend, and with full confidence that I am upon the right side in the quar rel." For a moment no one spoke, Bren nan biting his mustache to keep back the words he durst not utter. Then Caton turned to me. "If you will: retire to the library, Wayne, I will arrange this matter with whoever may represent Major Bren nan." With a slight formal bow to those present I quitted the room. CHAPTER XXXV. The Last Resort of Gentlemen. I found the library deserted, and paced the floor for fully half an hour before Caton appeared. Stung as I had been by Brennan's harsh, uncall ed-for words, I yet shrank from the thought that I must now meet him in deadly combat. It was no fear of personal injury that troubled me In deed I do not recall giving this the slightest consideration, for my mind was altogether concentrated upon what V-*,, such a meeting must necessarily mean to Edith Brennan, and how it would affect our future relationship. This was the thought that swayed and mas tered me. I had pledged myself to avoid him, and indeed had used every means possible to that end. The time was none too long, yet my mind once thoroughly settled as to my duty to her, became calm again, and confi dent in the outcome. When Caton entered, flushed and visibly excited from what had evidently proven an ac rimonious controversy, I greeted him with a smile. "You appear to have experienced dif ficulties in regard to details," I said curiously. "There was much unnecessary talk," he admitted, "but matters have been at last arranged to the satisfaction of all concerned. You are to meet at once, in the rear of the big tobacco shed, a spot entirely removed, from ob servation. I have been compelled to accept pistols as the weapons, as we have nothing else here at all suitable for the purpose—cavalry sabers being far too cumbersome. Lieutenant Starr chances to possess two derringers ex actly alike, which we have mutually agreed upon. I hope this Is satisfac tory to you, Wayne?" "I am not precisely an expert, but that does not greatly matter. Who acts for Brennan?" "Captain Moorehouse, rather against his will, I think." "Very well,'Caton I am perfectly satisfied, and am. Indeed, greatly obliged to you yet before we go out I desire to speak a word or two with the utmost frankness." I stood facing him, my hand resting lightly upon the writing table, my eyes reading his expressive face. 'As my second I wish you to comprehend fully, my actions, and the motives that inspire them. If they are in any way unsatisfactory to your Aind you may feel at perfect lib erty to withhold your services. I am now. and always have been, opposed to dueling I believe it wrong in prin ciple, and a travesty upon justice buj it is a custom of the South,. a require-' ment among officers of our army, and after what has just occurred between Major Brennan and myself 1 cannot honorably refuse any longer to go out. Major Brennan has deliberately placed me in a position where I cannot'avoid meeting film without losing all stand ing in my "corps. I sought to escape, but was prevented by accident now I simply yield to the Inevitable. I feel confident you will not misconstrue these words you surely know me suf ficiently well so as not to attribute them to cowardice. I shall face him ex actly in accordance with your ar rangements, asking nothing upon my part, yielding him every satisfaction he can possibly desire—but I shall fire in the air." He stared at me incredulously, his face a perfect picture of amazement. "But, Wayne," he stammered, "are you aware that Major Brennan is an ex pert with the pistol? that he holds the Sixth Corps trophy? Do you realize that he goes out deliberately intending to kill you?" "I was not posted as to the first fact you mention, but have never enter tained the slightest doubt as to the other. However, they do not in the least affect my decision. Y$t I do not desire you to suppose that I am at all quixotic in this—there is a personal reason why I am perfectly willing to "Brennan Hurled His Yet Smoking Derringer at His Feet With an Oath." risk my life rather than Injure Major Brennan." His troubled eyes studied me intent ly, and then his. face suddenly bright ened with a new thought. "Wayne," he asked, placing his hand upon my arm familiarly, "is it Mrs. Brennan?" For an Instant I hesitated, but his manly, honest countenance reassured me. "Between us ,only, it is," I an swered gravely "but not the slightest blame attaches to her." "I do not wholly understand," he said at last, "yet I do not doubt you may be perfectly right in your de cision." He extended his hand im pulsively. "I know you to be a good soldier and a true gentleman I will stand by you, Wayne, but I pledge this —if he taftes advantage treacherous ly, and you fall (as God forbid!) I will face him myself and when 1 do, there will be no firing in the air." I do not remember that we spoke, save once, while we- passed out through the orchard field where the big tobacco shed stood. Not until we turned the corner of the great ram shackle building, which in other and more prosperous days had been dedi cated to the curing of the leaf, did we perceive any signs of the presence of our antagonists. They were stand ing upon the further side, directly op posite the door, afld both bowed slight ly as we approached. The Captain came toward us slowly. "It is to be greatly regretted, gen tlemen," he said, with ceremonious po liteness, "that we have no surgeon with us. However, neither contestant has any advantage in this respect. Lieutenant Caton, may I ask if the ar rangements as already completed have proven satisfactory to your princi pal?" "Entirely so." "Then If you will kindly step this way a moment we will confer as to certain details." Brennan was leaning in negligent attitude againBt the side of the build ing, his eyes fastened upon, the ground, the blue smoke of a cigar' curled laz ily above his head. I glanced toward hlmj» and then sought to amuse myself watching the queer antics of a gray squirrel on the fence rail beyond. I •OMCssaa felt no desire for further thought, only an intense anxiety for them to hurry the preliminaries, and have the affqir settled as speedily as possible. I was aroused by Moorehouse'B rather nasal voice. "Gentlemen, will you please take your positions. Major Brennan, you will stand three paces to the right of that sapling, facing directly south. Captain Wayne, kindly walk straight wfest from the shed door until you come opposite the Major's position." I noted Brennan throw away the stump of his cigar, and then I walked slowly forward until I reached the point assigned me. My heart was beat ing fast new, for I fully realized the probabilities of the next few minutes and felt little doubt that serious in jury, if not death, was to be my por tion. Yet my trained nerves did not fall me, and outwardly I appeared fully as cool and deliberate as my op ponent Years of constant exposure to peril in every form had yielded me a grim philosophy of fatalism that now stood me in most excellent stead. In deed, I doubt not, had I chosen to put it to the test, my hand would have proven the steadier of the two, for Brennan's face was flushed, and he plainly exhibited the intense animos ity with which he confronted me. How peculiar the mind often op erates in such-moments of exciting suspense. I recall remarking a very slight stoop In Brennan's shoulders which I had never perceived before, I remember wondering where Moore house bad ever discovered a tailor to give so shocking a fit to his coat, and finally I grew almost interested in two birds perched upon the limb of a tree opposite where 1 stood. I even smiled to myself over a jest one of the young officers bad made an hour before. Yet with it all I remained keenly observant and fully aware of each movement made by the others on the fleld. I saw Caton accept the der ringer handed him and test it care fully, the long, slim, blue barrel look ing deadly enough as he held It up be tween me and the sky. Thdn Moore house approached Brennan with its fellow In his grasp, and the Lieutenant crossed over, and stood beside me. "Here is the gun, Wayne," he side, "and I sincerely hope you have changed your decision. There Is no mercy In Brennan's eyes." "So I notice," I answered, taking the derringer from him, and examining it with some curiosity, "but I shall do as I said, nevertheless. It is not any sentiment of mercy I feel which spares him, but a duty that appeals, to me even more strongly than hate." "By Heaven, I wish It were pther wise." "Who gives the word?" I questioned. "I do are you ready?" "Perfectly." I held out my hand, and his Angers closed upon It with warm, friendly grip. The next moment Brennan and I stood, seemingly alone, facing each other, as motionless as two statues. His coat was buttoned to the throat, his cap-vlsor pulled low over his eyes, his pistol hand hanging straight down at his side, his gaze never wavering from me. I knew he was coolly, de liberately measuring the distance be tween us with as deadly a purpose as any murderer. The almost painful stillness was broken by Caton, and I marked the tremor in his voice. "Are you both ready, gentlemen?" "I am," said Brennan. "Ready," I replied. "The word will be one, two, three— fire with a slight pause, after the three. A report from either pistol be fore the final word is spoken I shall take personally. Be prepared now." "Ready!" said the voice once more and as I saw Brennan's arm slowly rise, 1 lifted mine also, and covered him, noting, as I did so, almost In won der, with what steadiness of nerve and wrist I held the slender gauge just beneath the visor of his cap. De liberately, as though he dreaded the necessity, Caton counted: "One two three—fire!" My pistol exploded, the charge strik ing the limb above him, and I stag gered backward, my hat torn from my head, a white line cut through my hair and a thin trickle of blood upon my temple. I saw Caton rushing toward me, his face filled with anxiety, and then Brennan hurled his yet smoking derringer Into the dirt at his feet with an oath. (TO BE CONTINUED.) When Beecher "Hollered." 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