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Quoten nt Ccmntij îlefmbticmi. t VOLUME I RATIIDRUM, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JUNE 0, 1899 NUMBER 4 —•'im. ! I ! ; EL US. vSf -ûBvd irTiA-r iflna^RV : CdPYRlOHX IQ99. BY THE AUTHOR ; * £ m-' m >D :?:l ■A BY EIMkAVD as VJ . .. "tilvc my thanks and comp îmnts Miss Eldridge and tel er a, s as Captain Trenholm expressed ; B ! y . * the risk of offending* F ier j ? «food » moment in silence with hand holding tho bit of the superb * T».sbe2;atchedthat nLtof it. Then he scratched tnat part 01 er own which showed through the ning in his hat 'I knows, boss, dat yo' hab said sum hut de debbil himself can't make de meanin ob it." jieutenant Oakman was too much in nest to smile. He simplified his lan ige and made it clear that he de- 1 icd to make use of Miss Eldridge's , for reasons explicitly set forth, j etenodded his head and grunted. de angry by his own meanness, the er turned about and strode off with- , se. < another word. He bad gone but s le way, when Pete called to him. j 'Well, what isitV" demanded Oak n, turning impatiently around. T forgot to tole yo' snmfin. " 'Be quick about itt" 'When dat Union army marched igli Jawgy, it luff behind do all fired fool dat eber come out ob Yankee i! Goodnight, bossl" ; ; CHAPTER XI. A HALT AT THE ROADSIDE. Chen Lientenant Oakman had walk hundred yards farther, he slacken is pace and looked back. The oolor- ; ian, leading the horse, was juatfad frum view in the moonlight He's right. I am a fool, but I lldn't accept any favor from her, if life depended on it. " or a man traversing a highway to fii"t time, tlie Union officer revealed low ledge which, to say the least, was ular A half mile from the planta of General Eldridge he came to a ■ing of the ways. I am to turn to the right," be re :ed, scanning his surroundings, "and than a mile farther I will find the se where I am to halt and await ' I road, open fields stretched on the t and left. At intervals the old, ; ny mansions of the planters appear all standing well back from the I way and surrounded by shade trees, ! i the negro quarters near at hand. ► aad then the starlike point of light Qkltag among the shadows showed I arth. It came from the rear and dily grew more distinct, proving a party of horsemen were in pur °f him. They are the men who had plotted tsit the home of General Eldridge to give me the 'witch's parole.' tain Trenholm might have tried to «■nt it but it would have availed ung. Even if he did try prohably it W have been all pretense," bitterly ™ l h ® lieutenant. "How I could n at these fellows if I was in the He of that horse which —that is, if everything goes rs it. some one was astir despite the ness of the hour, but as yet the tive had not seen a living person leavimr Pete, the slave, at standing at the parting of the s, peering about and listening, he d a startling sound. It was the bmic beating of herses' hoofs on a - # Pete offered And yet if he were here I would refuse. ^questionably the young n nnrwsonable mood and gave an l he jnstice of the opinion by the slave. meirTT ° aknian ,elt be had done JL act of bis life in sending aif'snage to Miss Eldridge. She had * an honest effort to befriend him r 'he tender ministration of herself "il a d he had re P plled ^ with proffer with him ° f . BCCC I ,tin * ta his profoundest grati man was perhaps he did not comprehend ! —of his own heart When S 7 *« 1»« ÄSe aïïn thing, hia to furth^Tn^M whtah *ul account to T _ ..ci I '••fcwrd but wSS e might have a second onnoTtuni l** ^ «norT^ÄTan J?. gentle hand helninaiv ex ^ to him. P ST V th * L *-cf beat, increasM in dis ^ n *n were approaching ~ ««Piner gallop over the main If they followed the same him. h« must * on V* over- ' _Whiie there were no woods on -V ta?nïi e h r . tha . t ah ® Ini ^ ht "offend Denholm. " „ ho expressed it ltd tho ,J e °, n - v woa ld offend him hsart Pardon, how i joyi 4be fngitive would leap ; eitner sido or th« rnno ^ escaping detection l.v nil ml n rail fence a,ul lvimr flat on Prudence demanded that ho should do this at once, but he was too impa tient to throw away any time. Hein creased his pace, continually listening and often pausing to glance to the t s fa m - u 10 uw ' , " 4he fKmt ) ds indicated that the horsemen were close to the fork of the road, Oakman vaulted over tho foru*« and stood in the attitude of intense at tenticn. The ground was dry to th, LaLmandL the stiUness the hoofs stillness the noofs fang out with unusual clearness. There; were several moments when he wnseer- j tain the party had turned to the right ; and would soon pass the spot, secreting himself he meant to wait nn- : til be could see the foremost horsemen. But they did not appear, and the re- j ceding sounds proved that they had rid- ! den past the fork and were galloping up the main highway with unabated speed. "How long will they keep at it?" he Before ! asked himself, climbing back into the j road. "I don't see how they can expect 1 to capture me when they must know I ; am sure to discover their approach, i Perhaps they mean to get in front, I 'raise a hue and cry, and by rousing the ! country head me off." Lieutenant Oakman 's danger was real, and he knew it. He had nothing ; to fear from the regular Confederate forces, for he was in uniform and car ; ried with him tho proof that he was a regularly exchanged prisoner, entitled to n suffi randnet thmnr-h thn i* tj . " - lines. But there were hovenng nn the outskirts of the Union and Confederate ; , , . , . . .. , ' k«™ed of his Presence at the home of ^ and bad arranged to I ^rit the p!a^ and summarily "remove " , H ® fled f nst in t " n ®. to . eaca f®' or ; P° y a P 8 o pos pone a g wi cm. . e con-tinuecl is journey Hire a man Î? whom the country was unfamiliar. ! ?° Wû if alert, and had not gone * ar ' ? deemed that for which lie , waa 1 ° okln « 1 . ad welling on the ! e " f hone a ' lght ' l [* rays piercing the trees and reaching the highway, from which it was separated by a long I lane, inclosed by tall trees, whose tops appeared almost to meet. The lieutenant hurried his pace and, turning through the open gate, entered the avenue that recalled many he had seen in bis native state and for the mo ment caused a touch of homesicknesi Tta half expected to hear the baying of B do fb but the place, like General El dridge's, seemed to be unprovided with *be convenient nuisances. The house and grounds were similar to those he bad left a short time before, but of armies troopsof irregular cavalry, tech nicully known ns guerrillas, who dis regarded the laws of civilized warfare. The reproach of tho existence of such men belongs in a greater or less degree to both sides during the war. The belief of Lieutenant Oakman was that a party of these freo riders had f mi T* " 4 P 11 - 11 * 11 * 4 This dwelling, it may as well be stated, was the residence of two slstos, one of whom was a widow and the oth er unmarried, both in middle life. They were the only occupants, with the ex ception of a number of colored servants, some of whom dwelt in a small wing of the building and the others in their regular quarters. j Without hesitation, the lieutenant stepped upon the porch and was m the act of reaching up to sound the big brass knocker, when the door was drawn inward and a woman, tall, slim, severe "Is this Mrs. Benware?" asked the a „ . feature and plainly dressed, stood vealed by the light of a candie on a table at lli e side of the broad ball. re HOT QUARTERS Lieutenant Oakman ' followed Mrs. Benware into the spacious but scantily sitting worn, where she ! placed the candle on the circular stand in the middle of the apartment A Mck<S "«1 «rs wa, burn,ng on the „„ I avffnsed its cheerful warmth to the farthest corner of the _ _ n_„ „f .u« evidences of the pov ^bXV/ raSm^wJ thaTui ma'nv such families candles took the placjsf the lamps to which they had been accustomed. »eoond lad v followed the officer, stepping so lightly that he did not sus pect her presence nntil Mrs. Benware introduced her sister. Miss Davis The ladies were of nearly the same ng« and showed a striking similarity of features, The lieutenant remained standing until officer, cap in band. "It is. And you are Lieutenant Oak man?" , „ "At your service, madam. "You are expected. Come In. * CHAPTER XII. IDAHO, SJÄK ^Ma^h.t" e "adK i ?h t ^ e i"" d1 *' Thn nnmarri ^ i ' i d ,' e e * der l ! ^ y lady drew a folded paper from tho tioanm of her dress, nnd Z^'L**?* h f nd 't 14 40 4ho " fficpr ' who. knowing its character, flashed Si^ST 4 "* 1,h • -ww «»» wun your permission, he said, ™dw?th° tUni ' They nodded ' r , f «rther ceremony ho an roiaea tne single sheet of pai>er and proceeded to examine it with an in v • of interest that could not have been intensified, tho women meanwhile watching bis countenance with an in tprt ' at almo * t as great. They saw his °- yes expand with wonder, while a low. Platte came from between eràl Sherman w nil,.' * 1*0 non * Q f n iX^iauds^nYl'iMt''" * 10 ' 000 to lay Thn nTtnvmnni nD „*• ranted for that xheotT tl<m wasw f r ' edn '/ï I t. paper contain ed a list of all tho forces gathering to dispute the advance of Sherman, with the names of tho officers and the exact strength of every regiment Included in a tuto,n „ 111 ,,, inf«»mu»tir n • " t ef l n ^ 1 y valuable h l CnVttl r y an , d nrtl1 ; anumberof minof matters. Finallyon the back of the . . ... docnin ® nt w ere written in a hand a and le / ,b ] e as copperplate minute directions for Lieutenant Oakman him self directions which if followed would ' . , " V "J: ''""V llB '* Hli* rnian rt ;t< ii»*n SaviuiiiHK "So the old man is going to Savan nah !" muttered tho delighted officer. "He wouldn't let ns know, and we guessed all sorts of places. pride to myself that 1 stuck to Havan nah" ■J ? j . fc-; V WW Sv \\\ : v mm Lij i\ in tho d nniform of Confederate I c^iryxnen stepped into the room. Each held a revolver, and the foremost, j ,witii a deftness born of long practice, jgveled his weapon at tho astounded Union officer. | with your hands, Yank! We time for any fooling!" BTiat a prize!" he muttered. I take some As softly as the moving figure over the screen tho door leading from the hall was shoved inward and two moi; Never was the lieutenant caught so completely at fault. These horsemen, turning back on their own trail, hud followed him to the house, tied their animals and entered the building with out attracting notice. By wliat possible means could they have gained their in formation? Oakman did a daredevil thing. Dear or to him than his life was the safety of that document in his hand, to its capture meant death toothers besides himself. Ho would have flung it into the flames hail ho not known that his cap tors would snatch it forth before it was more than scorched. He attempted a piece of strategy whose audacity could not have been surpassed. "I gurrender under protest. " he said. r j s j ng f rom his chair, but instead of e j e vating his hands he coolly folded the p a p <<r aljd „hoved it into his inner p ocket . "What are you doing?" thundered tb0 u)an w ith leveled weapon. "Merely putting away a letter. That done, up go my hands'" With which he laughed and reached ( oward the ceiling. "What is in that letter?" "Would vou like to see it?" j "Trot it out." The lieutenant shoved hia hand under his shoulder and brought forth the let tçr wr jtten by Captain Wager Tren holm. "At your service. It will interest only one in his possession, thus robbing him of this trick, he would have whip pell out his revolver and fought the bat tie then and there to the end. The cavalryman gingerly unfolded the letter. "Here, Bill " he said gruffly to his companion, "I never could re^d writ ing. Out with it while I keep the T ank covered. Oakman wondered that they did not disarm b*n. but when three more griz »led troopete tram nod through «fco ball and entered the apartment ho saw the little need of dm. g so The one who held the letter leaned sideways to the candle for a minute or two and then picked up the light the b*>tter to read the writing Hiscompan- i jons looked on attentively while wait ing to him to speak. Finally be ernit ted an oath after glcucing at the signa tm. you. " Had the other document been the v '\ m b, T d! " h t ° ,,Do 1 " H ^ W Bhould 'we kLv'wa, the ! Ipprnpriuto question that followed. • -Why. Captain Wage Trenholm." "Read it o«t " ' The man complied, while the others ' ptood u . won ,i.. rinH , T i. m ÄÄ23Ä. tion that Lieutenant Ledyard Oakman was a Union officer for whom Cantata ' Trenholm had been exchanged and 1 that he was entitled to conrteons treatment and a safe conduct to thn Union linen When the group had somewhat re covered from their shock, the one who Bti „ h oldtbe document in his hand tanked nt it «.ruin "I woudtr if tiio captain did write that jjj Harrimau vou know hie Üng " ' 7 k "° W " 8 , Lo. directly behind Lieutenant Oak man stood Miss Marian Harrimau, whose detestation of the Union officer a ' fortnight before brought so scathing a rebuke frolu M rs. Eldridge ami her danuhter , "Heavens vou herel" he exclaimed faci " h U r exclaimed. .-5? m u ^ ! "\ee, she said, with a sneering ßn nle. "I am here, and I rather suspect ; you wish you were somewhere else. " "l u iways«l„ when in your presence." She had on her hat and hold a riding whip in her hand, as if she had just ridden up with tho party. Could it bo that it was she who had conducted them to this house that she might be tray him to his death V She ignored the slur and, taking tho letter from the hand of the soldier, who held tho candle for her, examined it fore cannot be regarded as a spy. un 1, ' KS ~ "I nb'ss wtiat ?" asked two of the i"„„„ rr ini„ .i.„ . .. K " ,,rrl "' ,M that he is acting as a spy Why not boys!" with the utmost care from the begin ning to tho signature at the bottom. "You know," she said in conclusion, "that the captain never loses tho oppor tunity Vi visit Ilie heme of General El dridge. I am familiar with hie hand j writing, and, therefore, lunch as 1 re grot it. I am compelled to say that this . letter was written by him. " "No doubt about it, Miss Harriman?" j asked one of the disappointed group. "Not a particle. I suppose it will hardly be safe to disregard what he says, or rather what he has written. This prisoner is in nniform, and there npon the group. They wero from Mrs. Benware, who moved backward a step, as if to recoil from tho impending tragedy. "You seem interested in tho prison er, " was the cutting comment of Miss "Tiler« are papers on him to «how search him so as to make sure?" "Good idea! You've got moro wit than all of us! Go through the Yunk, CHAPTER XIII. A BREAK FOR LIBERTY A deep sigh and partly suppreaaed moan broke the sudden silence that fell i 1 . Ilurrimun. but tho woman addressed gave no answer. She and her aister, who soetned equally affected, but in better oentro! of her nerves, moved to ward the-door leading into the hall. Their action suggested to the other woman tlie propriety of all withdraw ing to a brief while, and they passed out of the room into the wide hall. Lieutenant Oakman, without any evidence of emotion except a slight paling of his countenance, said to tho leader of tho party : "Search me if you choose. I shall offer no resistance. " I "It links littlo difference whether a you do or not, " grimly replied the Con federate, who without ceremony began tho work, which was simple in its ua- j tim». From the inner pocket of the prison er'B coat he drew forth several letters and folded documents. They included two missives from his mother, another from an army friend with General Grant in Virginia, and that was all. Every other part of his clothing was search'd, including his cap and cavalry boots, which he wae compelled to draw off There was nothing contraband in them, and the heels of his boots, which j were tapped and examined, gave evi- j dence of being solid and devoid of any secret receptacles. Of course his revoir eT was confiscated. it would have gone ill with the lieu tenant had that document which he re- ] ceived from the hands of Mrs. Benware ; been found, bnt. sträng« as it may seem, it had vanished, tho thorough search of bis captors making it impossi Me for it to remain hidden about his person. j It would appear that, tfassrarch of tfcc prisoner having re«ulted as stated, bis peril had disappeared. Such would bave been the fact had he been in the custody of a company of regular Confederates. - but. unfortunately, these men were ir regulars, known as Wilkins cavalry, who did not consider themselves bound by tho usages of civilized warfare. ' "Well. Yank. " lly remarked the leader, "you seem tobe what you claim and Mm Harriman says thattbis letter (handing it back to him) was writt«; by Captain Trenholm, bnt it happens that the captain doesn't command our i company." : . "Ido not see what that has to do with my case.'' replied the lieutenant, quite certain of; < who. nevertheless, was the drift of the words. . I 1 the er. ' tl,e **>**■ WUile wo re doiu « *>. ?<** can withdraw. Hwy with the women, »• *»*• s.»'« m *». "Kreeable. Bill, go nlong and keep an «T® on him all the time, remembering that, if lie hasn't any weapons except i»w sword, tho fact won't hinder him from ranning, if he gets the chanoe. " The soldier addressed as "BUI" mo ,ioned to ° aklMan to follow him into U,P '"* U Th ° prisoner did so. the two joining the three women, who were 8eHt °d near the stand or table npon hie which was the candle, with their arms 8 , folded, grim, silent and waiting. They not a w°rd was spoken by any one. All the chairs were occupied, and the a j"«* kept their feet. BUI wished to foi a low the debate thatwas going on in the her next room and placed himself near the , dwor th,4t *»e might catch the words spoken, an easy thing to do, since there i ^ Uttlo or no uttc*inpt at secracy by i ! the other« 1 rri ' ^ . ... VA >hi le i posted thus the soldier motion- | pd ^rOakman to take his place in ^ont, that he might; observe his every ; movement the guard meanwhile keep IU ? Urt Lanâ on the revolver at his hip. bo LfÄS \ , n " V ». , f 4n ?, 408 , idl ' r 11 fH ' y( ' :l , ni ra, *R from Miss Harrimau, nnd tho «totlod company in the adjoining room dashed into •'the hall to leurn its cause. : She was in her chair, gasping and strug gling, with a frightful attack of hys terics; Mrs. Bepware and her sister, as white as death, sat silent, upright and evidently on the point of swooning; Bill, tho cavalryman, was stretched on his back, to all appearances as dead as dead oonld bo. The open front door left no doubt whither the prisoner had gone, and with licroo imprecations tho raiders streamed outside and made to'their "toon'll be likely to see pretty soon, ' was the significant remark of the lead "These are not tho times to show much consideration to the like of you. I'll own that the question isn't dear in bit mind. I'll have to talk it over with tho it the not El he horses. Not a minute was to be lost, for in the vivid moonlight he wus seen in tho act of swinging himsulf into tho saddle of oun of the onimuls that had been tied at the side of the lmue, fully alive to tho fact that his life depended upon usiut, every second at his command. Not doubt mg wlmt tho verdict of the non would ta-. Lieu tenant Oakman, while in the ball with his jailer, detar- j mimai to discount it. Th« fact that his guard did not suspect any such wild | purjiosc increased the chance« of the officer. Without hia motive being dis trusted by the man whose attention was centered npon the discussion in the adjoining room the lieutenant stepped up near him. Tho noxt instant ho was throttled with snch lightninglike quickness that lie sank to the floor and ' collât*««! without being able to make fell an outcry. i Lieutenant Oakman would have 1 strangled tho life ont of him without any compnuction had ho dared to linger to that purpose, but the door at his sido was likely to open any moment, when it would b« all over with him. Ah it was he came near shutting off the wind of the follow to good, bnt, aiming b j, u ^nsoleas, he snatched away his re in V olver. rose from his feet and tiptoed to- hurriiidly ont of the door. q j,,, whole thing was begun and end ed m q„j c kiy timt tho daring f«Uow a( , c , In< .,] to bo gone en? the-women tin derstood what it all meant. Then n mo ment passod before they did anything, any an ,j t j u , f orn i ou tho floor had tiegun to a j, ow signs of returning animation, tho w j, Hn Miss Harriman uttered her pene trating scream, tho party crowded Into the halli ,, nd witbont pausing to aak I questions, made for the fleeing prisoner, Lieutenant Oakman was as cool as he waa active. There was no time in which to select tlie best horse, and he untied ua- j tb e one nearest at hand. They were partly in moonlight and partly in shad ow hut he saw the old building die gorging its terrible contents, as be turned thn head of his animal down the lane toward »b« highway, and he knew th 0 battle to life was on. Tfcere would all. be no surrender or quarter sfipwn in was this business. The instant the animal broke into hie g a u 0 p i u the middle of the lane Oak in evi- j any I ! ; «j J i 'I re- ] ; his j tfcc bis - ir ' the . , Th€ nc-ttMtànt he wa* throttled. our man flung himself forward on bis neck, : as he did when beset by Tim Masters to I * . do and Jim Ackers, in their sageru««! to < check the fugitive fully half the men > of; fired from the porch of the dwelliug. . < halting for breath, while scrambling! I nipping of two of thou «»they grand his clothing. -■ neck he peered from under his cap and jammed the spur on his boot into the flanks of thn boast, which mast have been mystified by the carious turn of events. The situation was too hbt to the lientenant to seek to guide the home, and. knowing so little of the country, helot the reins lie loose, while be de voted his owu energies to getting all the speed he could out of the animal, whioTbeing uncontrolled, noon 4* the left This, it wiU be remembered, took him in the direction of the home 0 f General EWridgo. which thefngitive had left earlier in thoevening. Itseetn ed to his rider that this was a mistake nn hill nar . bnt it WBH U t« to sor i rcct it i a. 0 a mcjatterin» vollov th« l 0rst «c^tteirlnK volley, t^e foavalrymen ceased firing, and ran with | a jj speed for their horns. Accustomed tl) ^ fitirring Work they wer« in th« ; , n H twinkling^«nd tearing down the lauo l ik „ H whirlwind. Of neceseityone of the men had t*-staylit tho rear, since there was no animal to j,j UJ| HU( ] R was a singular coincidence tliat the steed thus taken was the per : nuer tneir nones, mejr were suarp shooters, every one of them, and had the circumstances been slightly more favorable they must have made a sieve bf their target. As it was, he heard the whis of the bullets and felt the vicious With his head still on the hors»'a ponal property of the dazed Bill, trying to rouso himself to a sens« of things in the hall of tho house left behind. Another coincidence was disquieting. Bill's horse was tho poorest of the whole group. CHAPTER XIV. A FHIKXD IN NKK1). Lieutenant Oakman was too skilled s horseman to remain long in ignorance of thn woeful mistake he had made. He had taken tho worst horse of the whole lot, and one of the Inevitable oeKalutlea of the immediate future waa that he would be lteuton in hia flight to-free dom. him and noting that they wvre surely gaining, the fugitive psrforce did ««M j h* r< l thinking. "This can't go on much longer. I | d °u't think they will need a court mar tial next time to decide what to do with me." • Glancing over his shoulder lit the party dashing down tin« highway after The pursuers were- close enough Ac tumble Oakinau from tlm saddle, but he knew they would not do that, ainee by waiting awhile he must fall into th8,r ba««*". while there was danger ' that in tiring they might wouud the horse. Even though ho wns the least valuable of the lot, the party were not willing to lose him. Oakman glanced keenly to the right and left, in the bo|ie of discovering something thst might be turned to ac count in his flight. Th« open character of tho oonntxy was disrnnraging. but herrvcallod tadistinrlly an mail «tretet* woods through which he passed when »foot, which he thonght might serve bis purpose. It soon loomed to view in the moon light, and he again pricked the flank of hia horse, who Was unable to increase 'his paco by a single hoof beat, "It's door die," was ills thought Then a moment later he added with the wonderful coolness that had tntrk everything thus far done by him, "And I gness it's die." Tho timber was not only less exten e>vo than ho had supposed, bnt was so open that if he «honld leap from the back of bin burse nnd dart among the trees, even when favored by thorglootc, he would lie scarcely out of sight. More <>* er * bis pursuers so desired they c f,nld readily surround the wood and take him at their leisnre. It wns a shock to the officer an be <T''d with arrowy swiftness through the darkened lane wiilioRt Slackening Ah« speed of his animal and speedily de bonched again into the unobstructed moonlight. The one thing upon whioh be hud pinned his hope was gene and bis immediate future could not hare looked darker, Glancing to the rear again, a notice able change struck ftiin '-The party hud drifted back a-few rodt, .«u if their ani mals were growing tired or they hdd agreed upon somevicw strategical move. That tliu latter was th«' fact was prob able because one of tbs pursuers was well in advance of his companions and bearing steadily down on the fngitivei Ho had most likely asked and receiv ed the privilege of running to earth the f officer who bad played so clever » trick I -on them. "If f were sure ' th<*e other fellows |Wonld show fair play, " muttered tbs ! lieutenant. "1 should wait forthat gen ; tleinan and hn'Ve At out with him. -I i don't know whether he snspœta I have » the revolver of the man iu tks-iiall, but 4 he is in u fair way to loars«ttipaetty ^oon. " (Cont ilium] ou Tourt li I* ««.) UrAeVitft^ffAktâat la la«la. Shortly after ber arrivai la India«« young worn«« missionary was allowed to order breakfast for tbs household ta order to test her progress in the lan B na K*- She intended to, ask for fresh < eg g ,, but used the wrong words, saying > to tho astonished cook. "You may bring . q,, this morning, an old. blind - ni«elv boiled!"