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SYNOPSIS Tha atory open. In a OmMmIi tant ft rtooml stoga of th Civil Wiir. Qen 10 Impart to Cspt. Wayne an Important fpasauge to Lonmtraet. Accompanied by ny scout. JT- iiiwpibm. i no iwc Willi ride, act within the llnea rhe two, after IP, 1 n tk E?a ..ln " darkness. Wnynt li taken vi a rnuurui oin'-or WHO to keep an appointment. CHAPTER III ntinued. The lady! Heavens! What odd turn of fortune's wheel was this? The lady. I heard .Craig'B smothered ehuokle, but before I had sufficiently" regained control over my own feel lngB to venture upon a suitable reply, the entire party had drawn forward, the leader pressing no close to my side that I felt safer with my face well haded. "Where Is your eiicort, major?" he asked, und tho- gruffness of his tone put me Instantly on defense. "Just behind us," I returned, with Booted carelessnnss, and determined Bow to play out the (tame, lady or no lady. I was extremely Borry for her, but the cause outweighed her comfort. . The sergeant and I rode out ahead when we heard you coming. Where la the lady?" He glanced around at the group huddled behind him. "Third on the left." "All right, then. Nothing else. I believe;" for I was eager to get way. "Sergeant. Just ride In there and lead out her hone. We will have to be moving, gentlemen, for It Is a rough road and a dark night" "Beastly." assented the other, heart Br. I fairly hold my breath as Craig ode forward. If one of them should ettaoe to strike a match to light a pipe, or any false movement of Craig's Should excite suspicion! If he should ven speak, his Boft Bouthern drawl would mean Instant betrayal. And how coolly he went at It; with a harp touch of the spur, causing his jaded horse to oxhtblt such sudden restlessness ns to keep the escort wall to one aide, while I ranged close tip to our unwelcome klip, t and lay tug Arm hnnd upon her noise's bit. let rorth to where I waited. It was quick ! . nobly done, and I could have hugged the fellow. "Well, good luck to you, major, and a pleasant ride. Remember me to Brennnn. Deuced queer, though, why he failed to show up on such an oc casion as this." "He was unfortunate enough to-te ant out In the other direction with 41spetcb.es- goodnight, gentlemen." It was sweet muBlo to me to listen to their hoof-beats dying rapidly away behind us as we turned back down the ark road, the sergeant still riding with his one hand grasping the stranger's rein. I endeavored to scan her figure In the blackness, but found the effort useless, as little more than shallow was visible. Vet It was Im pressed upon me that she sat strslght and firm In the saddle, so I conoluded he must be young. "Madam," I began, seeking to feel ay way with caution into her confl uence, "I fear you must be quite wearied by your long ride." She turned slightly at sound of my voice. "Not at all, sir; I sm merely eoger bo push on. Besides, my ride has not been a long one. as we merely came from General Slgel'a headquarters." The voice was pleasantly modulnted and refined. "Ah. yes, certainly," I stammered, 'earful lest I had made a grave mis take. "Hut really I had supposed General Slgel w as at Coulterrllle " "He advanced to Dear creek yes terday," sho returned quietly. "Bo you see we had covered scarcely more than three miles when we met. How much farther is It to where Major Brennnn Is stationed?" I fear I was guilty of hesitancy, but tt was only for a moment "I am unable to tell exactly, for, as tt chances, I have never yet been In the camp, but I should Judge that .7ro hours' riding will cover the uisiance " "Why," In s tone of sudden surprise, "Captain Hale certainly told me It was all of twenty miles!" "From Bear creek?" 1 questioned eagerly, for It was my turn to feel Urtled now. "The map barely makes B ten." "It Is but ten. and scarcely that, by the, direct White Briar road; or, at at least, so I beard some of the younger effloers say; but It seems the Confederate pickets are postad so close to the White Brlsr that my friends decided It would be unsafe to proceed that way." i This waa news Indeed news so un expected and startling that I forgot ail caution "Then what read do they call this?" She laughed at my evident Igno rance as well as the eagerness of my tone. "Really, you are a most peculiar guide." she exclaimed gayly. "You al- Kat convince me that you are lost rtunately, sir, out of my vast knowl edge of this mysterious region, I ant able to enlighten you to some extent We are now riding due southward Jons the Allan town pike." l it W M f m I I IAi JULIA 3? n W i ghclowSTQiofOFAGiMor lutliorof When WirBEPmw Craig leaned forward so as to look across her horse's neck to where I rode on the opposite side. "May I speak a word, sir?" he asked, cnutiously. "Certainly, sergeant; do you make anything out of all this?" "Yes, sir," he answered eagerly. "1 know now exactly how we missed It. and where we are. The cut-off to thl White Ilrlnr I spoke to you about this afternoon cannot be more than a bun dred yards below hero." ing, aneau carerully then, and see. Ing to whnt I Colt was doubtless the If you can locate It Ho cautious, wiser course, and mechanically grasp there may be a picket stationed thore j Ing the roln he held out to me, "go Wo will halt where we are until you j ahead. But be careful, and don't "turn." ! waste any time If Wl hoar the sound He swung forward his carbine j of a, ehot we Bhall ride forward under wnere it would De handy for Instiin errlos and trotted ahead Into the darkness The Woman's borBe. being comparatively fresh nnd rent less, danced a little In an effort to follow, but I restrained him with n light hand on the bit, and we sat waiting In si lence. I was eager to be off. to make up by hard riding the tedlouB delay of this night's work, and constantly lis tening In dread for some sounds of strugglo down tho roadway. Hut all remained silent until 1 could dimly distinguish the returning hoof-beats of tho sergeant's horse; and so anx ious was I to economize time that I was already urging our mounts for- KViUMMj-o tS Lsylng Firm Hand Upon Her Horse's ward when his shadow grew black In trout, and ho wheeled In at my side. "No picket, sir." very wen, sergeant; when we come to the turn you are to ride a tew rods In advance of us, and will set a good pace, for we must make up for all this lost time. "Very well, sir; here Is the turn to your right." I could dimly distinguish the open ing designated, and aa we wheeled Into It he at once clapped spurs to bis horse and forged ahead. In another moment he had totally disappeared, and aa I urged our reluctant mounts to more rapid speed all sound of his progress wss Instantly lost In the pounding of our own hoofs on the hard road. CHAPTER IV. A Woman With a Temper. I think we must have been fully an hour at it. riding at no mean pace, and with utter disregard of danger. Although I knew little of wbere we were, and nothing aa to the condition of the path we traversed, yet so com plete was my confidence In Craig that I felt no hesitancy In blindly following the pace be set Then a black shape loomed up before us so suddenly that It waa only by a quick effort I pre vented a collision. Even as I held my borBe poised half in sir, I per ceived It was Craig hjmaelf who blocked the way "What Is it. sergeant?" "A picket, air. at the end of the road," ho said, quietly "I k'nder reck oned they'd hev some sort o' guard Ihnr, so I crept up on tbe quiet ter be sure. The feller helped me out a bit by atrlkln' a matoh tsr see what time 'twas, or I reckon I'd a walked over blm in ther dark." "Had we bettor rids him down?" I asked, thinking only how rnpldly the night hours were speeding and of tbe Importance oi the duty pressing upon IIIIICTniTimiC nv imui in t urn 1 1 ILLUSTRATIONS BMrxTOUfcTWILUA! "Not with thor woman, sir," he an swered In a low, reproachful voice. Besides we never could git through without a shot, an' If by any dern luck it should turn out to be a cavalry out post an' 1 sorter reckon that's what It is why, our horses are In no shape for a bard run. You una better wait here, sir, an' let me tend ter that soger man quiet like, an' then p'raps we uns kin all slip by without a stlrrln' up thcr patrol." "Well.' I snld, reluctantly, yield spur. , "All right, sir. but there'll be no fusB, ter I know Just wbtir titer feller Is." Time seems criminally long when tie Is compelled to watt In helpless uncertainty, every nervo on strain. "Hold yourself ready for a sudden I start," I raid, warnlngly to my com j panlon. "If there Is any noise of a j struggle yonder I shall drive In the ! spurs. As 1 spoke I swung the sergeant's horse around to my side, where I could control him more readily. There was no reply from the wom an, but I noticed she endeavored to ' draw together the Mapping cape of Bit, Led Forth to Whsrs I Wsltsd. her cloak, as though ahe felt chilled by the wind and her figure seemed to atlffen iu the saddle. It came at last not tho sharp Hash of a musket cleaving the night In twain, but merely the tall Hgure of the sergeant, stealing silently out of the gloom like a black ghost, and Blandlng at our very horses' beads. "All clear, sir," be reported In a matter oi-fact tone. "But we shall hev ter move mighty quiet, fer ther main picket post ain't more nor a hundred yards ter the right o' ther crossln'." He did not remount, but with reins flung loosely over his arm. led the way slowly forward, and carefully wo followed him. What bad become of the sentinel I did not know, respecting Crslg's evi dent desire for silence; but as we drew nearer the Wblte Briar road 1 sought In vain to pierce the dense gloom and note some sign of a Strug gle, some darker shadow where a body might be lying. There was noth ing visible to tell the story. The sergeant walked without the least hesitation across the open space, directly into tbo deep shadowa oppo site, where the cross-road continued to hold way. Crouching low In the saddle, we followed him aa silently aa though we were but spirits ol tbe night I'p the road I caught the red gleam of a Are almost spent, and a black figure crossed us. casting nn odd shadow against the lace of the rock where It was lighted by the flickering red blase. It was all over In a mo ment, a mere glimpse, but It formed one of those sudden pictures which paint themselves on the brain and can never after be effaced. I recall yet the long shade cast by the man's gun, the grotesque shape of hla flap ping army overcoat, the quick change In the silhouette as be wheeled to re trace his beat But there was no noise, not even the sound of bla foot- reaching us. Even aa 1 Jacket " Wa,v Kiwivu uwv ." 7 lying i p horse, . i n at full length upon my had crossed tho open, and a peril i tangle of low bushes hid us as con ; i.-tely as if we bad entered the PKWntng mouth of a cavern. A hundred yards or more of sharply rurv. road densely lined with shrub bery on either band, and then Craig swung Into saddle and again gave pur to his horse. "We must rldo for It now," be said, tersely When thet patrol makes their round, them fellers will be after us hot I urged my tired horse to s gallop, presslt.K upon Craig's heels as closely as 1 dared; nor did 1 glance back, tor I knew ell that a dead picket was lying li mewhero by the cross roads, nnd thai tils comrades would be heard from to'ore dawn. We were moving bravely now; for the road under foot grew t l iter as we advanced, and gave back the dull thud of soft earth In stead of the rattling clang of the rocks a had been so long accustomed to. Than, suddenly, my horse was Jerkeo liniost to n tundstlll. the hand upon bis lilt seemingly as hard ns my own. and I wheeled In the saddle, pressing mj knees tightly to prevent being thrown, only to perceive the wtnunn lugging desperately at the lines. "What now?" I asked sharply, and In sudden anger I forced her to re lease her grasp. "We must ride, and ride hard, madam, to be out of this cordon by daylight." "Ride where?" She fared me stiffly, and there was a slight sting In her voice. I felt "Where?" I repeated; then partially gathering my scattered wits: "Why, to tbo camp we are saeklng, of course." I was conscious that her eyes were striving anxiously to see my race In the darkness that her suspicions were now fully aroused; yet her quick retort surprised me. "You lie!" she said, coldly. "That was a Federal picket he killed." It was no time for argument, and I knew It. Craig, noting our pause, had ridden back, and reined In beside us without a word. "You are right," I aald, tersely "In one sense of the word you are a pris oner, for the time being, at least, but not through any wish of mine. We do not make war on women, and your being In this situation Is altogether an acciaeuL However, he that aa it may, we must, first of all, protect ourselves I I would very gladly leave you with j your friends. If possible, but aa things hnvo shaped themselves there remains but one alternative you must ride as 1 order." "You you are not Major Hrennan s friend then? You were not sent by Flunk to meet me?" Tbe questions burst from her Hps bo rapidly that I scarcely caught their Import. "I am Captain Phillip Wayue, th Virginia cavalry, at your service, madam," ; said, calmly, "and to the best of my knowledge I have not tbe pleasure of Major Hrennan'a acquaint ance." She auddenly lifted the heavy rid ing nblp that was clenched In ber right band, struck me with It rull across the face, and then, aa I quick ly fluug up my own arm to ward off a second blow, she sent tbe lash swirling down upon the flank of her horse With one bound the maddened animal wrenched the reins from out my hands, nearly dragging me from tbe saddle, and swerving aharply to the left There was a ahock, a smoth ered oath, a momaut'a fierce atruggle In the darkness, tbe sharp ping of the whip aa It came down once, twice then silence, brokon only by deep breathing. "I've got her, captain," chuckled tho set grant, softly, 'b'ut dog gone If I know what to do with her." There was small sentiment of mercy In my heart as I drew up toward them, for my cheek burned where the lash had struck as though scorched with Are; but when I saw ber lean ing helplessly forward on her horse's neck, all bravado gone, her hands pin ioned behind her In the Iron grasp of the sergeant, my fierce resentment died awsy within mo. "Let her hands go, Craig," I com manded, briefly. She lifted her body slightly from Its cramped, uncomfortable posture, but ber head remained bowed. "Madam," I spoke aternly, for mo menta were of valuo now "listen to wbat I aay. We are Confederate aol dlers passing through the Federal lines with dispatches. In order to save o ii selves from discovery and capture we were compelled to take you In charge. It was tho fortune of war. If now we could honorably leave you here we would most gladly do so, for having you with us adds vastly to our own danger; but these mountains are simply overrun with wandering guerrlllaa who would show you neither respect nor mercy. We simply dare not. as honorable men, leave you here unprotected,- and consequently you must continue to ride In our com pany Now answer me plainly, will you proceed quietly, or ahall we be compelled to tie you to your horse? I knew aha waa crying; bat with an effort aha succeeded bs steadying her voice sufficient to reply: I "I will go." she said. "Thank you." and I graveiy llfteo my bat as I spoke. "You have saved me a most unpleasant duty. You may ride on, sergeant ; this lady and I will follow, as before." She scarcely changed her posture as I spurred forward, riding now so close to her side that I could foal the Hup of her saddle rise and fall against my knee Whatever of evil she may have thought of us. I felt that sho was sorry enough now for her hasty' action, and I forgot the pain that yet stung me. und longed, without well knowing how, to tell her so. CHAPTER V. A Disaster on the Road. To me she was merely n wrninn whom it had become my duty to pro-' tect, and Whatever of chivalrous feel ing I may bare held toward her was based upon nothing deeper than this know ledge She had come to OS unde- slred and In darkness, her form ens veloped In a cavalry cloak, her lace 1 shrouded by the night. As to wheth er sho was young or old I had scarce 1 menus of knowing, saving only that the tone of her voice and the graceful manner of her riding made me confi- ' dent that she had not lost the nglllty of youth. Hut beyond thlu vague Im I presslon (It was little more), and fleeting gleam of Die starlight In her eyes as she need me In anger, 1 was bs totally unaware -of how she really looked as though we had never met Her very name was unknown to me Who was this Major Hrennan? Was he father, brother or husband? and waa her name Hrennan also? For iiomo reason this last possibility was repugnant to me. Yet I knew not why. "You ride as though born to the sa die," I said pleasantly; nnd althou 1 I spoke low, we were so close to gather that my voice carried distinctly to her ears. Wo have been suffl clently conceited to sunnose that to pe aD accomplishment peculiar to our Southern women." "I have been accustomed to ride since childhood. alia renlUd rathar shortly, and I was conscious of a re- wo ara J""' wel1 educated and Just stralnt In her manner far from pleas- 1 " Intelligent as those who adhere to Ing. Yet I ventured upon one more I ,h nii9r school. OBteopathy, eclectt effort at conversation. clam, and half a dozen other methode "la Major Brennan an officer on of prsctlco are certainly not loalng Hherldan't ataff?" j ground Beyond (hem Is the vaet and "I was not aware" and I could not ' Increasing army of those who may be mistake the accent of vlndlctlvenesa claaed under the general and vague In ber voice "that prisoners were name of mental healers. Those who obliged to converse against their Hr" addicted to any of these forma of will." i unorthodoxy need have no doubt sa "I ask your psrdon, I am sure," I to ,ne purposes of tho federal health returned aoberly. "But my queatlon waa not altogether an Idle one. I hnve chanced to meet aeveral of General Sherldan'a staff, and thought possibly Major Brennan might have been of their number. Seeing that wo must associate for a time, 1 nat- Orally fait It would prove pleasnnter for both of us If we might discover Bomu mutual tie There waa no reaponac. Tho road we were following here took a audden trend downward, and wo could tell from the sharper ring of tbe hoofs, and the spitting of flinty sparks beneath us, that we were among rocks once more. Then our bones suddenly splashed Into water, snd I held them up long enough to drink. I felt thirst strongly myself, and slipping out of tbe saddle filled my canteen. "Would you care for a drink?" I asked, stemming tbe stream to reach j her aide, and holding the vessel with- j In easy graap of her band. I actually believe her first impulse was to refuse haughtily tills proffered civility from an enemy of her coun try, but the deep aenae of need con quered her to accept the offering. An other hill followed, and then another, and finally we awept swiftly down a long slope densely bordored by trees and with Irregular piles of rock up renrlng ugly heads on either band. 1 caught a swift glimpse of a rough log hotiBo on the right, so set back among trees that 1 halt doubted Its tsal existence, when there waa a .slip, the crunching of a atone, a long atumble forward that fairly wrenched my hand loose from tbe woman's rein, and then, hopelessly struggling to re gain his feet my horse went down with a crash, bead under, and 1 waa hurled heavily forward upon my face. Craig, startled at the sudden crash be hind blm, spurred back to learn the full extent of my disaster By this time I bad regained my feet "I'm all right, I think, sergeant," I, aald hustily, "but the sorrel has brok en ber neck." He began to swear at our 111 luck, but I stopped blm with a gesture be knew better than to Ignore "Enough of that," I commanded, sternly. "Bad fortune la seldom hefc. tered by hard words. First of all, help me to drag this dead body out at alght " (TO BR CONTINtJKT).) Hspplneaa In Employment. Tbs wis prove, (be foolish confesa by th.ir conduct that a Ufa ot sssh ployment la the only Ufa worth iaasV, ! ing.-rair. A FEDERAL HEALTH BOARD. tt in gratifying to note that t'i bill for the creation of a federal health board will not be allowed to pass with out a protest Reports of organised resistance come from all parts of the country, and It may be that tbe oppo sition will anon bo HufhYloiitly solid!- ! Oed to defeat a project that promises I Infinite mischief for the community, j and Buffering and Injustice for the la ; divide!. Tbe proposal Is based upon those ' specious claims that are notoriously bard to controvert. If a federal health ' board were to confine Its activities to ; the promulgation of salutary advice I upon hygienic matters, to the abate j mont of quackery, and to tho purity of , drugv. It might be possible to say I much In Its favor, although tt would. 1 still be difficult to say that such an 1 organization Is needed. But we know ! that It will attempt to do far more) : than this, aeolug that Its adherents ! have loudly proclaimed tbelr Inten i Hons. Indeed, there Ij no secreoy j about them. It la confidently expected) ; that the board will consist of advo cates of one school of medicine only ; and that the methods of that school will be not only recommended, but enforced upon the nation. Indeed ft board that was In any way represents I tlve of the medical profession as m whole would he stultified by Its own disagreements. Outside the domain of simple hygiene, for which we need) no federal board at all. there Is no single point of medical practice upon which allopaths, bomeopaths, oclectlos) and osteopaths could be In unlaon- Any bourd that could bo devised by tho wit of man must be coinpoaed of repreaentalives of one school only, and this means Hint nil other school aro branded as of an Inferior caste, even though nothing worse huppeued) to them. And something worse would happen to them. If wo are to establish a ach.-.ol f medicine If we are to es se th. the government of the Unit ed Stater, favors one variety of prac tice more than others, why not estab lish alao a sect of religion and be stow special authorities upon Bnp tlats, Metbndlita and Episcopalians An established school of religious conjecture seems somowhat leas ob jectionable than an established sect of paeurio-aclcntlflc coujecture. Tboke who suppose that a federal ooard of health would have no concern with Individual rights are likely to find themselves undeceived. It la for the purpose of Interfering with Indi vidual rights that tho proposal ban neon made We need no special knowledge of conditions to be aware that what ma.- be called unnrthodoa methods of healing have made sad In i r""118 nasa tne nrtnnnox. nomcopatny claims a vast number of adherents bonrd Those purposes are to make It difficult for them to follow tbslr particular fads and fancies, to lead them, and If necessary to drive them, from medical unorthodoxy to medical orthodoxy. Now the Argonaut Jolda no brlsl for any of tho excesses and the super stltlons connected with the care of th body In which this age la ao rife. But It doos fvol concerned tor tbe preser vation of human liberty and for th rights of the Individual to doctor hlm aelf In any way he pleases so long aa he does not Indubitably threuten the health of the community. He may take large doses or small ones, or no doses at all; he may be masaaged, anointed with oil, or prayed over, Juab aa the whim of the moment may dlo tale, nnd prohnbly It makes no par ticle of difference which bo does But be bus thu right lo choose, Just aa ha chooses tho color of his necktie or the character o-f his underclothing. It la not a matter in which any wise gov ernment will soek to lnterefere. Thle Is precisely the liberty tbat the health) board Intends to take from him. Orthodox medicine conscious of Its losses, Is trying to buttress Itself by federal statute, to exalt allopathy to the status of a privileged caste, and to create an eatabllahed school ol medicine Jual aa some other countries have allowed themselves to crests an sstabllshed school of religion It la for the common sense of tbe commu nity to rebuke that effort and to re pel nn unwarranted Invasion upon ele mentary human rights. San Fresv eitco Argonaut. Waiting. "Have you named your baby yet?" "No." "Ile a getting pretty old to be with out a name, lan'reae?" "Yea; but my wife wishes to call him Perrlval. and we're waiting to find out whether he'a going to have s Hap." Stung. "You call this cake angel food." said the hurah huahand. "Yes, dear," said the timid wife, "but If tho diet doesn't seem exactly what you want, here are some devibed crabs." Wushlngioa euar. Sounds PIsusiLle. "Why do people speak of a 'eoor million?" "1 don l know, unless it's because a man with a million dollars can keep cool, -o matu. huw uigh the cost of UVia scare.