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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1886. The Daily Abgtjs. JOHN W POTTER. Fhtday, December 31, 1886. THE BED ACORN. BY JOHN M'ELHOY, Author of "AnderaonvMej Etc (Ooprrifrtited by NadonaJ Tribune Publishing Oa, and pubnaoed try mmngemm witn uwmj (CONTIWUED.) CHAPTER X. THE MOrVTAlNSES'S BEVESGE. Harry Glen's lirst foeling when hn found the battle was really over, was that or elation that tho crisis to which be bad looked for ward with so miirh apprehension, had passed without his receiving any bodily harm. This was soon replaced by regret that the long- coveted opportunity had been suffered to pass unimproved, and still another strong senti mentthat keen sense of disappointment which comes when we hare braced ourselves up to encounter an emergency, and it van ishes. There is the feeling of waste of valu able accumulated energy, which is as painful as that of energy misapplied. Still further, he felt sadly that tho day of his vindication had been again postponed over another weary period of probation. All around was intense enthusiasm, grow ing stronger every instant. It was the first battle that the victors had been engaged in, and they felt the tumultuous joy that the first triumph brings to young soldiers. It was the first encounter upon the soil of Ken tacky; it was the first victory between the Cumberland mountains and the Mississippi river, and the loss of the victors was insig nificant compared with that of tho van quished. The cold drench from the skies, the dreary mudeven the dead and wounded were for gotten in the jubilation at the sight of the lately insolent foe flying in confusion down the mountain side, recking for nothing so much as for personal safety. The band continued to pHy patriotic airs and the cannon to thunder long after tho last Confederate bad disappeared in the thick woods at tho bottom of the gloomy gorge. A detail of men and some wagons were scut back after the regiment1 baggage, and the rest of the boys, after a few minutes' survey of the battlefield, were set to work building fires, cooking rations and preparing from tlie branches and brush such shelter as could be made to do substitute duty for the tents left behind. Little as was B arry's normal inclination to mwnnfti labor, it was less than ever now, with tiww emotions struggling In bis mind, and leaving his comrades hard at work, bo wan dered off to where Hoosier Knob, a command ing eminence on the left of the battlefield, seemed to offer the best view of the retreat of the forces of Zollicoffer. Arriving there, be pushed on down tho slope to where the . enemy's line had stood, and where now were groups of men in blue uniforms; searching for trophies of the fight In one place a mus ket would be found ; in another a cap with a silver star, or a canteen quaintly fashioned from alternate staves of red and white cedar. Each 'find" was proclaimed by the discoverer, and hi- was immediately surrounded by a group to earnestly inspect and dismiss it. It was still the first year of the war; the next year "trophies" were left to rot unnoticed on the battlefields they covered. Harry took no interest in the relic hunting, but walked onward toward another promi nence that gave hopes of a good view of the Confederates. The glimpses he gained from this of the surging mass of fugitives inflamed him with the excitement of the chase of the most exciting of chases, a man hunt He forgot his fears, forgot how far behind he was leaving all the others, and became eager only to see more of this fascinating sight Before be was aware of it. he was three or fonr miles from the gap. Here a point ran boldly down from the mountain into tho valley, and ended in a bare knob that overlooked the narrow creek bottom, along which the beaten host was forging its way. Harry unhesitatingly de scended to this, and stood gazing at the swarming horde below. It was a sight to rivet the attention. The narrow level bpace through which the creek meandered between two parallel ranges of heights was crowded as far as he could sec with an army wbi-h defeat bad degraded to a demoralized mob. All semblance of military organization hail well-nigh disappeared. Horsemen and foot men, infantry, cavalry and artillery, officers and privates, ambulances creaking under their lead of wounded and dying, ponderous artillery forges, wagons loaded with food, ! wagons loaded with ammunition, and wagons loaded with luxuries for the delectation of the higher officersall huddled and crowded together, and struggled forward with fover-! ish haste over the logs, rocks, gullies and the deep waters of the swollen stream, and un its slippery banks, through the quicksands ana quagmires wmc& every passu..? foot and wheel beat into a still more grievous obstacle ior ttiose that followed. Hopelessly fagged nurses leu ior me last time under the merei- Jem blows of their frightened masters, and added their great bulks to the impediments of the road. The men were sullen and depressed cast down by the wretchedness of earth and sky, and embittered against their officers and each other for the blood uselessly shed oppressed with hunger and weariness, and momentarily fearful that new misfortunes were about to descend upon them. Ia brief, it was one of the saddest spectacles that human history can present: that of a beaten and disorgan ized army in full retreat, and an army so new to soldiership and discipline as to be able to make nothing but the worst out of so great a calamity it was a rout after a repulse. Nearly all the pawing thousands were too mucn engrossed in the miseries of their toil some progress to notice the blue-coated figure on the bare knob almve the road. But the rear 01 tne fugitives was brought un hvn squad of men moving much more leisurely mh wwiw nuuw oi omer. lacy did not plunge into tho mass of men md animals and vehicles, and straggle with them in the morass wrucn the road had now iw but deliberately picked their sides of the valley, where the walking was easier. They saw Harry, and understood as soon as they saw, who he was. Two or three responded to their first impulse, and raising , lm.ir snoiiiners. tired at him. A bullet slapped against the roek upon which uo ..us, puniaiiy leaning, and fell at his feet .....v-.ut.. lw,l.-1i;u mlm i lm raPp an(( n,,w away, singing viciously. i uic reports the fear-harassed mob shuddered and surged forward through its entire lengtn. The companions of those who fired seemed reproaco tnem with anerv eestures. noint. ing to tho effect noon the nanickv Then the whole squad rushed forward toward tnemiL Deadly fear clutched Harry Glen's heart as me angry notes of the bnlietg iarred nn his senses. Then pride and the animal in stinct, of fighting for life flamed upward. So swiftly that he was scarcely conscious of wnat ne was doing ho snatched a cartridge , mj.u uk uui. lore lis cue Between his teeth, and rammed it home. Ho replaced tho ram rod in its thimbes with ono quick thrust, and as ho raised his eyes from the nipplo upon which he had placed the cap, he saw that the Confederate squad had gained the foot of e Knoll and started un its side. He sun to fire, but as he did so he heard a uub1 nm from behind him: ae.itenthar! Bkeet outen thar! Come up bean, qufct nIIir31rtlrth,'dire''tionof " voice. - 7 J?"' blk haired man tand'ngm thewooju tbe the cleared space. He v-Hressed to buW nut Jeans, and looked so nm.. jyf0 Q(mm federate in front that Harry U.,chfc ho WQ one of them. The stranger notiu mdfr dsion, and called out again still n-, per etnptorily: - "Skeet "outen thar. I tell yel Bkeet otiH I'nA war: tomo up nean. im a mena 'fiis rifle came to hi face at the same In stam and Harry tew the flame and white smoke puff from it, and the sickening thought athim.audtbattewouJd feel fee deadIybU pierce his body. Before be could more than formulate this be heard the bullet pass him with a screech and strike somewhere with plainly sharp slap. Turning his head he saw tho leading Confederate stagger and fail. Harry threw bis gun up, with the readiness acquired in old hunting days, and fired at the next of his foes, who also fell. The other Confederates, as they came up, gathered around their fallen comrades. Harry ran back to where the stranger was as rapidly as tho clinging mud and the steep hillside would permit him. Tnrty faV shot that," said the stranger, setting down tho heavy rifle he was carefully reloading and ejrteridmg his hand cordially as Harrrcame panting up. "That's what I call raoutv neat shooting knock ver mi over .at 150 yards, down lull, with that ole smoothbore, and without no rest. The oldest ban' at the business couldn't Ve done no bet ter. w Harry was too much agitated to heed the compliment to bis markmanship. Hu looked back anxiously and asked: Are they coming on yet? Skacelv they hain't." said the stranger, with a very obvious sneer. Skacely they hain't comin on no more. They Ve hed enufr, they hev. Two of their best men dropt inter blue blazes on the first jump will take all tho aidge off ther appetite for larks. I know 'em." "But they will come on. They'll pursue us. They'll never let us go now," said Hurry, re loading bis gun with hands trembling from the exertion and excitement He was yet too young a soldier to under stand that b enemy's fright might be greater than bis own TXary a time they wont," said the stranger derisively. I hem fellers are lest like Injuns : they're red hot till ono or two gets knocked over, an then they cool down mouty suddent Why, me an' two others stopt the wholo of ZoUicoffer's army for two days by shootin' the officer in command of the advance guard jest ez Hiey war a comin1 up the hill this sido of Barboursville. Fact! They'd a' been at Wildcat last Friday ef we herln't skeered 'em so. They stopt an' hunted the whole country round for bushwhackers afore they'd move ary other step." "Rut who are youT asked Harry, looking again at his companions butternut garb. 1 m called Iong J lm Fortner, an I ve tho name o' beiir the pizenest Union man in the Rockassel mountains. Thar's a good s'tifikit o' my p'liiical principles (pointing with his thumb to where lay the men who had fallen under their bullets). Harry looked again in that diret'tion. 1'ait of the squad were look- apprehensively toward him, as if thev reared a volley tmm bushwhackers concealed near him, and others were taking from the bodies of the dead the weapons, belts and other articles which it was not best to leave for the pursuers, and still others were point ing to the rapidly growing distance between them and the main body, apparently adjur ing haste in following. 1 he great mental and bodily strain Harrv bad undergone since he had first heard the sound of cannon in the morning at the foot of v udcat should have made bim desperately weary. But the sight of the man falling be fore his gun had termented in his blood nerce intoxication, as unknown, as unsus pected before as the passion of love had been before its first keen transports thrilled his heart. Like that ecstacy, this fever now con sumed him. All fear of harm to himself van ished in its flame. He bad actually slain one enemv. hv not another? He raised his muk?t. The mountaineer laid his hand upon it "Xo." he said, "that's not the game to hunt They'll do when thar's nothin' better to 1 hed, but now powder an1 lead kin be used to more advantage. Besides they're outen range o your smooth bore now. Come. As Fortner threw his rifle across his shoul der Harry looked at it curiously. It had a long, heavy, six-sided barrel, with a large bore, double triggers and a gayly striped hick ory ramrod in its thimbles. The stock, of ine, curly rock maple, was ornamented w ith silver stars and crescents, and in the breech were cunning little receptacles for tow and patches ami other rifle necessaries, each closed by a polished silver cover that shut with snap. It was evidently the triumph of some renowned Kentucbv gunsmith's skill. The mountaineer s foot was on the soil he bad trodden since childhood, and Harry found it quite diflla.lt to keep pace with his strong, quick stride. His step landed firm and sure on the sloping surfaces, where Harry siipwed or shambled. Clinging vines and snarp oners were avoided without an annar- cnt effort, where every one grasped Harry or lore uis race ana bands. The instinct of the wolf or the panther semea toieaa tanner oy tne shortest courses through the pathless woods to where he came uiierceived dose upon the flank of the mass of harassed fugitives. Then creeping behind a convenient tree with the supple lightness of tne leopard crouching for a spring, he scanned with enger eyes the mounted officers within range, Selecting his prey he muttered: Tuin't him. but he'll hev to do. this time. The weapon rang out sharply. The stricken officer threw up hissword arm, his bridle arm clutched his saddle pommel, as if resisting the attempt of death to unhorse him. Then the muscles all relaxed, and he fell into the arms of those who had hurried to him. Harry fired into tho mass the next instant; a few random shots replied, and another im petus of fear spurred tho mob onward. Fortner and Harry sped awav to an other point of interception, where tho same scone was repeated, and then to another, and then to a third, Fortner muttering after each shot his disappointment at not finding the one wtiom ne anxiously sought When they burned away the third time tney were comiielled to make a wide circuit for the little valley suddenly broadened out into a considerable plain. Upon this the long cirawn out lineot fugitives gathered in a com pact, turmoiling mass. That's Little Kockael ford," said Fort ner, pointing with his left hand to the base of the mountain that rose steeply above the farther side of the commotion, "That's Rockassel mountain runnin' up thar inter the clouds. The Little Rockassel river runs round lute foot That's what's a-stoppin' 'em. They'll hev a tumble time jrittin1 across hit Hit's mouty hard crossin' at enny time, but hits awful now, fur the Rockassel's boomitf. The big rains hev sent her up kitin', an hits now breast deep thar in the ford. We'll git round whar we kin see hit alL" Another wide detour to keep themselves in the concealment of tho woods brought Fort ner and Harry out upon an acclivity that almost overhung the ford and those gathered around it. The two Unionists crawled cau tiously through the cedars and laurel to the very edge of the cliff and looked down upon tncir enemies, i aey were so near that every thing was plainly visible and the hum of con versation readied their ears. Thev could even lwar the commands of the officers vainly trying to restore order, the curses of the teamsters upon their jaded animals, the ribald songs of the few whose canteens furnished tliein with forgetful ness of defeat, and con tempt for the surrounding misery. AH the flooding showers which bad been falling upon hundreds of square miles of pre- cipifcius mountain sides were now gorging lurougn tne crooKed, narrow throat of the Little Rockcastle, The torrent filled tho ragged banks to the brim, and in ite greedy swirl undermined and tore from there logs, great irees ana even rocks. This was the barrier that stayed the flight of the fugitive throng, and it was this that they strove to put between them and the pre sumed revenger ul victors. On the bank field and line officers labored to calm their men and restore organization. xt was an vain that ther pointed oat that there had been no pursuit thus far and the unlikelihood of there being one. When did Panic yield to Reason? In those demoralized ears the thunder of the cannon at Wildcat, the crash of the bursting shells and the dead ly whistle of bullets still rang loader than an words officers could speak. The worst frightened crowded into the stream in a frenzy and struggled wildly with the current that swept their feet off thi slimy limestone of the bottom, with thoijogs and trees dashing along like so many catapult bolte, and with the horses and teams urged on men more fear stricken stilt Un the steep V nn Ka nrkar crista rrlimmnraH nnmrwlKl nf ! o-"8 where those who were lucky enough tO get SW,, wttwni-mincr anil rfrvinrr tTirnit. Judder, "if ourS cannon shot would make half these men drown themselves in trying to got away." Fortner heeded him not The mountaineer's eyes were fixed upon a tall, imperious looking man, whose collar bore the silver stars of a colonel. "He has found his man at last," said Harry, noticing his companion's attitude, and picking up his owu guu in readiness for what might come. Foitiier half -cocked his rifle, tout frcm its nipple the cap that had been there an hour and flung it away. He picked the powder out of the tube, replaced it with fresh from bis born, selected another cap carefully, fitted it on the nipple and let tho hammer down with tbe faintest snap to force it to its place. His eyes had the look of the rattlesnake's when it coils for a spring, and his breast swelled out as if be was summoning all his strength. He stepped forward to a tree so lightly that there came no rustle from the dead leaves he ti-od upon, Harry took his place on the other side of the tree and cocked bis musket So close were thev to hundreds of Confed erates with arms in their hands that it seemed simply an invitation to death to call their at tention. Fortner turned and waved Harry back as he heard him approach, bnt Glen had appar ently exhausted all his capacity for fearing in the march upon W ildcat, and he was now calmly desperate. The colonel rode out from the throng to ward the level spot at the base of the ledge upon wtnch the two were concealed. The horse he bestrode was a magnificent thorough bred, w hose line action could not be concealed, even by his great fatigue. "Go and find Mars," said the colonel to an orderly, "and tell him to build a fire against that rock there and make us some coffee. We will not 1 able to get across the ford be fore midnight." The orderly rode off, and the colonel dismounted and walked forward with the cramped gait of a man who had been long m tho saddle. Still louder yells arose from the ford. A powerful horse, ridden by an officer who was trying to force his way across, had slipped on the river's glassy bed stones, in the midst of a compact throng, and carried many with it down into the deep water below the cross ing. The colonel's lip curled with contempt as ho continued his walk. A sharp little click sounded from Fortner's rifle. He had set the hair trigger. He stepped out clear of the tree, and gavo a peculiar whistle. The colonel started as he heard the sound, looked up, saw who uttered it, and instinctively reached his hand back to the holster fr a revolver. Iown would scarcely have been ruffled by Former's light touch upon the trigger. Fire flamed from the rifle's muzzle. I 7,7 Fortner had found his man. The colonel's haughty eyes liecame sterner than ever. The holster was torn as he wrenched the revolver out. A clutch at the mane, and he fell forward on the wet brown leaves dead ! Dumb amazement filled the horse's great eyes; be stretched out his neck and smelled his lifeless master inquiringly. A shot from Harrv s musket, ftftv from tbe astounded Confederates and the two Unionists sped away unhurt into the cover of the dark cedars. CHAPTER XI. THKOlfiH THE MOfVTAIXS AST THE NIGHT. Fortner and Glen were soon so far awav from the ford that the only reminder of its neighborhood were occasional glimpses. caugut through nfti m the forest of the lofty slope of Rockcastle icountain, now outlined in the gathering darkness by twinkling fires, which increased in number, and climbed higher towards the clouds as fast as the fugi tives succeeded in struggling across the river. "lhat s a wonderful sight, said Harrv, as they paused on a summit to rest and catch breath. "It reminds me of some of the w ar scenes in Scott or the Iliad." 'Hit looks ter me like a gineral coon hunt" said Fortner. on'y over thar bit's the coons, an' not the hunters, that hev the torches. u ell," continued Fortner, meditatively, "Ole Rockassel's gittin' a glut tonight She'd orten't ter need no more now fur a hundred yrahs." l,I don't understand you " said Harry. "Why. they say tbet the Rockasne hez ter hev a man every spring an' fall The Injins believed hit, an' hit's bin so ever sence tho white folks come inter the country. Last spring it war the turn o' the Fortner kin to gi n her a man. an' she levied on a first cousin o' mine a son o' Aunt Debby Brilt But less jog on; we've got a good piece fur ter go." It was now night black and starless, and the dense woods through which they were traveling made the darkness thick and im penetrable. But no check in Fortner's speed hinted at any ignorance of the course or en countering of obstacles. Ho continued to stride forward with the same swift, certain step as in the day time. But for Harry, who could see nothing but bis leader's bead and shoulders, and whose every effort was re quired to keep these in sight, the journey was full of painful toil. The relaxation from the intense strain manifested itself in proportion as they seemed to recede from the presence of tne enemy, and his spirits flagged continually. At lengtn r ortner slackened bis pace, and began to move with caution. "Are we coming upon tho enemy .againr asked Harry, in a loud whisper, which had yet a perceptible quaver in it rto," answered Fortner; "but we're a-com- iii' ter what is every bit an groin ez danger some. Heah's whar the path winds round Blacksnake clift, an1 ye II hev ter be ez keer- f ul o' your footin' ez ef ye war treadin' the slippery ways o' sin. The path's no wider'n a boss's back, an' no better ter walk on. On tho right hand sido hit's several rods down ter whar the creek's tenrin' 'long like a mad dog. Heah hit now, cant yer For some timcthe roar of the torrent sweeii- ing the gorge had filled Harry's ears. "e want ter walk slow," continued Fort ner, nn' feel teerfuily with yer foot every time afore yo sot hit squar'ly down. Keep yer left hand n-feclin'tho rocks above yar, so's ter mulio Ghoro all the time thot ye're close ter 'em. 'Bout half way thar's a big break in the path. Hit's jess one step acrost hit Take one step arter 1 say thit Tm acrost; then feel keerfully with yer left foot fur the aidge o' the break, an1 then step out ez long ez ye kin with yer right That'll bring yo over. Be shore o' yer feet, an yell be all right" Harry trembled more than at any time be fore. They were already on tbe path around the steep cliff. The darkness was inky, he roar of the waters below rose loudly angnTy. The wails of the wildcats behind, overhead and in front of them, made it seem as if the sighing pines and cedars were inhabited with lost spirits shrieking warnings of impending Disaster. Harry's foot came down upon a bowlder which turned under his weight He regained his balance with a start, but the stone top pled over. He listened. There were scores of heart beats before it splashed in the water below. "Not so much as a twig between here and eternity," be said to himself, with a shudder. Then aloud: "Cant we stay here, some place, and not go along there to-night?" Tbe roar of the water drowned his yoke before it reached Fortner's ears, and Harrv. obeying the instinct to accept leadership, fol lowed tne mountaineer tremblingly. in a little wnue be felt more than saw Fortner stop, adjust his feet, and make a long stride forward with one of them. Glen collected himself for the same effort He had , need of all bis resolution, for the many nar vy& awl vui Wis row escapes which he had made from slip ping into tbe hungry torrent had shaken every nerve. "I'm over," called out Fortner. faYe try hit now." Harry balanced bis gnu so as to embarrass him tbe least and carefully felt wiih his left foot for tho edge of the chasm. The cata- monnt announced his renewed presence by a vindictive scream. The clouds parted just t enough to let through a rift of gray light, uux u leu not upon ine nnK oi tne oiacK gap in the path. It showed for an instant the whirlpool, with fragments of tree trunks, of ghastly likeness to drowned human bodies i :i ii .... .. . i. t i.t eddying dizzily aroiuid. "Come on," called out Fortner. impatiently. Hairy stepped out desperately. For mental eternity he hung in air. His hands relaxed and his gun dropped with a crash and a splash. Then his foot touched the other side with nervous doubtfulness. It slipped and he felt himself falling falling into all that he feared. 1 ortner grasinil ms collar with strong hand and dragged him up against the rocky wall of t he pal h. "Thar, yer all right," he said, panting with the exertion, "but hit wuz a mouty loud call fur ye. Gabriel's bon couldn't 've made a much mo' powerful one." Tve lost my gun," said Harry, regretfully, as soon as he could compose himself. Cuss-an'-burn the blasted ole smooth boce," said Fortner, outemptuously. "Don't waste no tears on tbet olo kick-out-behind. We'll go 'long twoen Wildcat an' tho Ford an' pick up a wagon load uv ez good shooters ez tbet clumsy chunk o' pot-metal wuz. Shake your self together. We'vo on'y got a mile or so ter go now." In Harry's condition the "nule or so" seemed to be stretching out a long ways around the globe, and he began to ask himself how near he was to the much referred to "heart of the southern Confederacy." At length a little fading toward gray of the thick blackness told that they had emerged trom the heavy woods into more open coun try. Harry thought they were come to fields, but he could see nothing, and ithout remark plodded on painfully niter his leader. Suddenly a tack of dogs immediately in front of them broke the stillness with a start ling diapason, ranging from the deep bass of the mastiff to the ringing lark of tbe fox hounds. Mingled with this was the sound of the whole pack rushing fiercely forward. Fortner stopped in bis tracks so abruptly that Glen stumbled against him. The mountaineer gave the peculiar whistle he had uttered at the ford. The rush ceased instantly. The deep growls of tho mastiffs and bulldogs stopped likewise; only tho bounds and the shrill voiced young dogs continued barking. 1 he darkness was rent by a long narrow lane of light. A door had teen opened in a tightly closed house just beyond the dogs. Down, 1 lge? Git out, Beauty!" said Fort ner, imperiously. "Lay down, Watch! Vniet, Bmnol" Iho clamors of the gang changed to little yelps of welcome. Is that you, J lm ; inquired a high pitched but not unpleasant voice from the door. "ies, Aunt Debby" answered Fortner, ''an' I hev some one with me." As the two approached, surrounded by the fawning dogs, a slender, erect woman ap peared in the doorway, holding above her head, by its nail and chant, one of the rude iron lamps common in the houses of the mountains. Everything all right. Aunt IVhhv f asked Fortner, as, after entering, he turned from firmly securmgthe door by placing across it a strong wooden bar that resu-d in the tim bers on either side. "Yes, thank God she sai l with quiet fer vor. She stepiwd with graceful treedom over the floor, and hung the lamp up by tlirusting the nail into a crack m one of the logs form ing the walls of the room. "An' how is hit with ye!" she asked, facing Fortner, with her largo gray eyes cloojicnt with solicitude. "O, ez fur me, I m jes ez sound ez when I leftheah last week, '.vpt tbet I'm tiredcr'n a plow mule at night, an' hungrier nor a b'ar thet's lived all winter by Rick in' hite paws.". ' isposey air tired an' bongrv; re look hit," said the woman, with a compassionate glance at Harry, who hail sank limply into a chair before the glowing wood fire that filled up a large part of the end of the room. "Set down by tbe fire," she continued, "an' I'll git ye some pone an milk. Thar's nothin' better ter start in on when yer rale empty." She went to a rude cupboard in tho further port of the room, w hence the note of collid ing crockerj' soon gave information that she was busy. Fortner took a bunch of tow from his pouch and with it wiped off every particle of dampness from the outside of his rifle, after which he laid the gun on two wooden hooks above the fireplace, and bung the accouter ments on deer horns at its breech. "Pull off yer shoes an' teat yer feet," be said to Harry. "The Hre'll draw the tiredness right out" Harry's relaxed fingers fumbled vainly with the wet and olistiuate shoestrings. Aunt Debby came up with a large howl of miik in each hand, and a great circular loaf of corn bread under her arm. She placed her burden upon the floor, and with quick, deft ringers loosened the stubborn knots without an ap parent effort, drew off the muddy shoes and set them in a dark comer near the fireplace before Harry fairly realized that he had let a woman do this bumble office for bim. The sight and smell of food aroused him from the torpor of intense fatigue, and he devoured the homely fare set before him with a relish that he bad never before felt for victuals. As he ate his senses awakened so that he studied his hostess with interest Hair which the ad vancing years, while bleaching to a snowy white bad still been unable to rob of the curling waves of girlhood, rippled over a broad white brow, sober hut scarcely wrinkled; large, serious but gentle gray eyes, and a small, firm mouth, tilled with even white teeth, woro the salient features of a face at once resolute, refuted and womanly. Long, slender hands, small feet, covered with coarse but well-fitting shoes, a slight, erect figure, suggestive of nervous strength, and clad in a shapely homespun gown stamped her as a superior specimen of the class of mountaineer women to which she belonged. Heah's 'nuther pone, honey," she said to Fortner, as she handed both of them seg ments of another disk of com bread, to re place that which they had ravenously de voured. "An' le'me fill yer bowls agin. Hit takes a powerful sight o' bread an' milk ter do when one's ralo hongry. But 'tain't like meat vittels. Yo can't eat 'uuff ter do ye barm." She took f rem its place behind the rough stones that formed the jam of Mxs fireplace a rude broom, made by shtiifflng down to near Its end long slender strips from a stick of pliant greeu hickoiy, then turning these over the end and confining them by a land into an exaggerated mop or brush. W ith this she swept back from the hearth of uneven stones the live coals Hung out by tbe fire. "Thar's some walnut sticks amongst- thct wood," she said as she replaced the hearth broom, 'an they pojis awful." From a pouu liko basket, made of skil fully interwoven hickory strips, and hanging against tlie wall, she, tooli a Imlf ilitLTied stocking and a ball of yam. Drawing alow rocking chair up into the liht. she seated herself and began knitting. As he neared the last of his s;xond bowl of milk Fortner bethought himself, and glanced at Aunt Debby. Her worn hud fallen from her nervous hands and lay id ly in her lap, while her great eyes were fixed hungrily upon him. "They've bin f outen over ter Wildcat to day," he said, answering their inquiry, with out waiting to empty his mouth. "Yes, I beared the cannons," she said with such gentle voice as made her dialect seem quaint and sweet "I dim up on Bald Rock at the top o' tho mounting an' lissened. I could see the smoke raisin', but I couidnt tell nothin1. Much uv a font?" , "Awful big un. Biggest an sence Buner Vister. Ole Zollicoffer pitched bis whole army outer Kunnel Garrard's rijimint Some other rijimints cum up ter help Kunnel Garrard, on1 both sides fit like devils fur three or four hours, an the dead jess lay in winrows, an' " The demands of Fortner's nnappeased ap petite here rose superior to his desire to im part information. He stopped to munch tbe last bit of corn bread cuid drain his bowl to the bottom. Yes," said Aunt Debby, inhospitably dia iarding the exhaustion of the provender, and speaking a little more quickly than her wont, "but which side whiptr" "Oor'n, in course, said Fortner, with nettled surprise at the question. BOur'n,ln course, Ole Zollicoffer got ez bad a lickin' ez ever Gineral Zach Taylor gi n the Mexicans, "Rayallyr she said. Gratification showed itself in little lines that coursed abunther mouth, and her eyes illumined as when a tight shines through a window. "Yes," answered Fortner. "Like hounds, and run clean ter the ford, whar they're now a-fouten on' strugglin' to git acrost, and drowndin' Use so many stampeded cattle. n "Glory! Thank God!" said Aunt Debbv. Her earnestness expressed itself more by the intensity or tne tone tnan its rise. "Evidently a tolerable regular attendant at Methodist camp meetings," thought Harry, rousing a little from the torpor into which he was falling. Her faded cbeek flushed with a little confu sion at having suffered this outburst, and pick ing up her knitting she nervously resumed wort. Fortner looked wistfully at the bottom of his emptied bowL Aunt Debby took it away and speedily returned with it filled. She came back with an air of eager expectancy that Fortner would continue his narrativa But unsatisfied hunger still dominated him, and no bad thoughts and mouth only for food. She sat down and resumed her knitting with an apparent effort at composing herself. For a full minute the needles clicked indus triously. Then they stopped; tbe long, slen der fingers clenched themselves about the ball of yarn; sho faced Fortner, her eyes shining with a less brilliant but intenser light "Jim Fortner," she said with low, measured distinctness, "why don't ye go on! Is thar somethin' thet ye're afeered to tell me? What hez happened ter our folks? Don't flinch from tellin' me the wust I'm aliens willin' ter bow ter the will o' the Lord without a murmur. On'y let mo know what hit is." "Why, Aunt Debby, thar hain't been nothin' happened ter 'em, said Fortner, deeply surprised. "Thar ain't nothin' to tell ye 'bout 'em. They're all sofa They're in Kunnel Garrard's rijiment, ez ye know, an' hit tit behind breastworks, an1 didn't lose no body, ska'cely leastwise none of our kin." She rose quickly from her chir. The ball of yarn fell from her lap and rolled unheeded toward the glowing coals under the forelog. Vt ith arms outstretched, hands clasped, and eyes directed upward in fervent appeal, there was much to recall that Deborah from whom she took her name that prophetess and priestess who, standing under the waving palm trees of Baai-Tamar, inspired her coun trymen to go forth and overthrow and destroy their Canaanitish oppressors. "O God!" she said, in low, thrilling tones, Thou'st aforetimes gi'n me much ter le tbankfid fur, as well ez much tor dumbly bar when Thy rod smote me fur reasons thct I couldn't understand. Thou knows how gladly Fd've g'in not on'y my pore, nigh spent life, but also those o' my kinsmen. which I prize much higher, fur sech a vict'rv ez this over the inimies of Thee an' Thy peo ple. But Thou'st g'in hit free ez Thy marcy, without axin' blood sacrifice from any on us. I kin on'y praise Thee an' Thy goodness all my days." Fortner rose and listened with bowed bead while sho spoke. When she finished be snatched up the ball of shrivehng yarn ami quenched its smoking with his hand. Look ing fixedly at this he said softly: "Aunt Debby, honey, I hain't tole ye all yit." "?o, JimP "No," said he, slowlv winding up the viu u; "arter tho fouten wuz thm with at the Gap 1 slipt down the mounting, an' come in on the r'ar uv these fellers, an' mo an' this ere man lrapt two on "em." "I kinder 'sipcted ye would do something uv thet sort " 'Then we tuk a short cut an" overtuk 'em agin, an' we drapt another." Aunt Debby s eyes expressed surprise at tliis continued good fortune. "An' then we tuk 'nuther short cut, an' saved 'nuther one." Aunt Debby waited for bim to continue. "At last jess ez thev come tor tho ford I seed vnr man." Seed Kunnel Bill Pennington r The great gray eyes were blazing now. es." Fortner s speech was the spiritless drawl of tbe mountains, and it bad now be come so languid that it seemed doubtful if. after the enunciation of each word, w hether vitality enough remained to evolve a Fucces- sor. es, he repeated with a yawn, as he stuck tbe ball of yarn upon the needles and gave tbe whole a toss which landed it in tho wall basket "an I got him, tew." "O, just God! Air ye shore r "Jew ez shore ez in tbe last great dav tharll be some un settin in judgment at ween him an me. I wanted him ter lie jess ez shore alMut mo. I came out in plain sight, and drawed his attention. He knowed me at tho fust glimpse, and pulled his revolver. I kiv- ered his heart with the sights an' teteht the trigger. 1 m sorry now thet I didn't shoot him thru tbe belly, so tbet he'd been a week a-dyin an' every minnit he'd remember what he wuz killed fur. But I wuz so afeered thet I would not kill him ef I bit him some place clse'n tbe heart thet's a way all pizen var mints hev thet I didnt da'r risk hit I wuz detannined ter git him, too, cf I had ter fol ler bim clean ter Cumlerland Gap." o none txods vengeance, said Aunt Debby sternly. "An' yit bit wuz very soon ter expect hit." She clasped her hands upon her forehead and rocked back and forth, gaz ing fixedly into the ma8 of incandesceil coals. anit3gwineto da'r up tor-morrow said Fortner, returning from nn inflection of the sky at the door. "Iet's potter off tor bed, he continued, rousing Harry. They removed their outer garments and crawled into one of the comfortable beds in the room. Later in tiie night a sharp rain in one of Harry's overstrained logs awoke bim out of his deep slumber for a few minutes. Aunt Debby was st ill seated lief ore the fire in her chair, rocking lack and forth, and singing softly: Thy snintf in all this glorious war Shall conquer ere tlx-v die. They see the triumph from afar By faith they bring hit nich. Sure I must suffer ef I would reign; Iiktpqmh my courage. Lord, I'll bear the toil, endure the pain." He went to sleep again, with the sweet strains ringing in his ears, as if in some way a part oft lie marvelous happenings of that most eventful day. (To be continued.) Uumbolt. in his Cosmos, thought he showed up the world. Suppose he had lived to know Dr. Bull's cough syrup. Bui ne aian t. aiasi Flood s stone house in S n Francisco cost $2,000,000. The cost of Stanford's wooden house is estimated at $1,000,000 A MEBCHAVI'B 0PIRI0N Mr. B. F. Nourse, General Western agent Royal Baking Powder Co., writes "I have never found so great results from physicians' prescriptions and attendance upon our children, as I have after a few day's use of Papillon (extract of flax) Skin Cure. I cannot describe to you medically what it has done for us, but can say that years of treatment have not been accomplished what rapillon has done after a few applications." Large bottles only $1-00 at Drug store. It is reported that last tear more than 100,000 emigrants went to the Argentine Republic, most of them from Italy. Delicate persons, and all whose sys tems have become debilitated, should bear in mind that Simmons Liver Regit- ator is not a drastic, purging medicine, does not weaken or deplete the system as other purgatives do, but acts gently. It will invigorate like a glass of wine, but is no intoxicating beverage to lead to in temperance; will promote digestion, dis sipate headache, and generally tone up the system. Hon. Alex. H. Stsphens, of Ga says: Simmons Liver regulator is mild and suits me better than more active remedies.' The restoration to health of our child wo considered uncertain. When two weeks old she caught cold. For 18 months was not able to breathe through her nos trils. Upon uselog Ely's Cream Balm her difficulty is removed ; she breathes natural ly. Mr. A. Mrs. i. m. Bmttn, uswego, N. T. An Item from Texas. Kildare, Tex., Dec 3L At Bryan's mill, twenty miles from here, Monroe Eitel arid Billy Russell, two white msarengaged in a combat without arms, ffeth seemed satisfied for a time, bnt later in tbe day they met in a crowd and renewed hostilities with blood in HmivDN in thpti hands tucu cjrpo auix inui Eitel was shot by Russell and will probably die. W. R, Harkey, a by-stander, was fatally stabbed by Dr. J. W. Henderson, who sided with Russell Russell also re ceived what will probably prove a fatal knife wound. Killed His Sister's Betrayer. Fultov, Ky., Die. SL On Christmas morning William Dove, who resides a few miles south of this place, a saulted Hiram Nance with a stick of cord-wood, killing him with one blow. Nance was the betrayer un der promise of marriage of Dove's sister, and declined to fulfill his promise, whereupon Dove killed him. The sympathy of the com munity is with Dove, who escaped into Ten nessee. An Alliance Uetweeti Germany and Russia. Lokdo.y, Dec. SI. Tbe Times' Paris corre spondent in a dispatch to that paper affirm? that he has learned from undoubted Bource that a direct alliance was signed a fortnight ago between Germ my and Russia, and that tbe czar decided on this course because of the attitude of Count Kalnoky, the Austrian premier, on the Bulgarian question, and the expectancy that M. Fioquet would have been : entrusted with tbe premiership of France at the time of the resignation of the Freycinet cabinet This, the correspondent adds, shows that the statemert of a probable alli ance between France and Russia was a mere hiinera. The President Much Ret ter. Washington City. D. 31. The presi dent's health is improving daily. He sat in his private room Thursday morning and busied him self with some matters of legisla tion and executive papers. In the afternoon a cabinet meeting was held, during which the president occupied an easy chair. Co!. Lamont has no doubt of tbe president's ability to hold the usual New Year's recep tion, and says that it is hw desire to attend Gen. Logan's funeral if tha weather is pro pitious and his ailment does not increase in severity. Death of a Veteran Kill tor. New York, Dec. 30. James A. McMaster, the veteran editor of Tbe New York Five- man's Journal, died Weduesdav morning in St. Mary's hospital, Brooklyn, from a com plication brought on by a fall sustained some weeks ago. Mr. McMaster was admittedly the leading Catholic journalist of America in years and ability. He was born in Duanes- burg, N. Y., in 18,0, and his father, the Rev. Gilbert McMaster, was a Protestant minister, who came here from Scotland. 1 I'APTAIVS FUBTtNATK IllSCOVt H V . Cupt. Coleman, echr. Weymouth, plv mg oeiween Atlantic Lily ana a. 1., liml been troubled with a cougb so that be was unable to sleep, and was induced to try Dr. King's New Discovery for cons sumption. It not only tnve mm instant relief, but allayed tbe extreme soreness in bis breast. His cuildreu were similarly affected and a single dose bad tlie same happy effect. Dr. King's New Discovery is now tbe standard remedy in the Cole man household and on board the schnooner. Free trial bottles of this standard remedy at Hartz & BMiiusen's drug Btorc. A check for f6, issued to a pensioner by tension Agent (Jhnk, of Kansas Citv, was raised to $3,000, and a Kansas bank casbfd it. Anoihst Life Saved. About two years ago, a uromienntciti- ren of Chicago was told by bis physicians that he must die. They said his system was so dttbilitated that there was nothing left to build on. He made up his mind to try "new departure." He got some of Dr. 1'ierce a "Golden Medical Discov ery"' and took it according to directions He began to improve at once. He kept up ine treatment tor some months, and is today a well man. He says the "Dis covery saved his life. More than tif ty colored men hold clerk ships in the departments at Washington at salaries ranging from SI, 00(1 to $1,000 per year. The average IcItii n lite is on the in crease. The science of imdicmc has made great progress; many diseases are now controlled that wore formerly thought in curable The greatest discovery is Dr. Higelow's Cure, which cures consump tion in stages that oilier remedies hre of no benefit. Coughs, colds, croup, whoop ing cough, bronchitis, and all throat and lung diseases speedily and safely. Trice, 50 cents and f 1, of druggists F. W. Kennie, of San Francisco, savs that city has 800 young women who are heiresses t3 $500,000 or more each, and all are unmarried. BUCKLER'S ARNICA SALVB. The greatest medical wonder of the world Warranted to speedily cure burns, bruises, cuts, ulcers, salt rheum, fever sores, can cers, piles, chilblains, corns, tetter, chap pea Hands, ana all sKin eruptions, guaran teed to cure in every instance, or monev refunded. 25 cents per box For sale bv Bartx A Rahnsen The 1,600 convicts in Sing Sing prison oat twenty -one barrels of flour dailv. I was troubled with Chronic Catarrh and gathering in my head, was very deaf at times, had discharges from mv ears. and was unable to breathe through my nose- isetore the second bottle of Ely's Cream Balm was exausted I was cured, and lo-dav enjoy sound bealh. C. J. Corbin, 923 Chestnut street. Field Man ager, 1'hiladelphia Pub. House, Pa. The people of paris eat 2,000,000 larks every year. The habitual use of pills is a sure means of ultimately undermining health and lay ing the foundation for some of lite most distressing cases of chronic maladies. Use Dr. Jones Kcd Clover Tonic, a purely blood tonic. It cures all diseases of the stomacb.liver, blood and kidneys. Can be taken by the most delicate. 5(1 cents, of druggists. iWl! p;3i.i.i.l;v?v ROYAL KHStt r.7 Absolutely Pure. IXVfV A marvel of purltj strength and wholewmeneM ; mora economic. ;i!vsf.2"l,.7.',"l,.,l'I wetgnt alorn or phosphate powder.. uoM ml KewfTodl'"' ''""D" , Me Wall 8. POWDER Clothing 115 and 117 DAVEN P O IiT, IA.; I liave now opened the most complete stock of FINE CLOTH, ING and GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS that was ever shown in this market, and GUAR AN TEE PRICES against all Robert E I have also opened a Special Department for closing out Odds and Ends, wherein you can find good wearing goods for Men, Boys and Children, in all sizes. All these goods are re duced one-fourth to one-half of the original price, and marked in plain figures. Blankets, Blankets, Blankets, IN ENDLESS VARIETY. Ear HANDSOME WEDDING, BIRTHDAY OR HOLIDAY PRESENT. THE WONDERFUL LUBUR mroinning mrlor, ' ' ' ' f All tTini It'll With :,i i,uh. i. ui " THE LU8URC MANF'C CO.. ty Spti-lal am-nticu paid lo line Cur torn Work E. WILCOX, DEALER IN FLOUR AND FEED, Cor. Fourth Ave., and Twenty-fourth St., Kroger's Old SUnd. PRICES LOW Goods delivered free to any part of the city. THE CASINOJ A. HILDEBRANDT, Proprietor, Corner Third Avenue and Twenty-fourth Street. One of the finest tilted Sample Room in the wen. A Kwrlaltjr of Imported good. Wtauieta!. and retail Liquor dealer. At the Davenoort f Book I Rapid Calculation, I f-ONMEKClAL Law. !.,., 1 TyPB WltlTlNB, TSI ERAPHT. New Advertisements. Shorthand Writing Tausht hy mail. Voiine mtn Lave onlr to learn shorthand to tnnkf it a nun- f tree of i-mflt : wnd tam Tor mn,( hlft and specimen. W. W. HI L Tu.V. Pitteburt:, Pa. ADVERTISKliShyaiUirefciriiiiEo. 1. Howell A" Co. 10 Spruce Sf. New York, in dd faith. vumin an neruoil irilormutiiii anoui any pru ptijwd lineot advertising: in Aaieitmn m-Wfiiaucr IB tntiy be fornix aa Hi at GEO P. KOWELL&'.'O'S Kewspapcii ADVEitrosriso Bttbuit (10 Bpraoe fctreet). where adver tising oootracta may liEVYORK. CAMDEN MILLS MILAN, ILLS. Joseph Fitzpatrick Takcffpieapnrelnannonn"imMlAthe ha leased the well known Camden MilU for a term of yeara and hae opened them for the receipt of ciuom worn ana general milling. Rye Flour a Specialty. HT"Proinptnea and aativlaction will he the rule. ansJg dwty S. T. WATKINS, (Sacoemor to W ATKINS HILL,) Dealer to Dry and Green Wood. Will alao attend to Haolii.g of all ainda OWce at yards, corner of 47th street oa Moltne nenae. Telephone No, 197: ordcra may be leftateitherp.a?, oct-ta-dtf mpormm 9 West 2nd St other dealers rnus6i l.thmry. Smoking, Running or Invalid KwK, ll..(,or UI1 H. f'r ataluaof . prt or thr world. Q iiiSHSii CHILDREN'S CARRIAGES th iHlnnallf Tn..!, I, , . .. .. ..... :.. ..r- i I'l mention carriaes. 145 ii. nth St.. Philada.. Pa. FIRST-CLASS SHOE SHOP lEitliliinlli Siuct under Hcrk IflandSnt. Bank. JOHN O. FREED, Proprietor. . Repairing done neatly and promi.tlj. Business College, Kesnko DUNCAN A HAW'Kii, Prop'trt ANCHOR LINE. U. S. MAIL STEAMERS. SAIL EVERY SATURDAY from New York to (iLASUOW AND LONHONDEHRY. Rates of passage to or from New York. GIbsjjow. Liverpool, Londoo derrv or Belfast, Cabins, (45 and 55 Second Class. (30. steerage, outward or prepaid, (20. nchor Line Drafts issued at lowest rates are paid free of charges In Knglantl, Scotland, and Ireland, For Books of Trairs. Tickets, or other Informa tion, ai.ply to HKNUKKSllN BKOTHKHS, Chi cago, or Jf F. KOBINSON". Hock Island 111. AUCTION AMHXJMMISSION W. H. LTJNDY, UCTIONEEGty WtLL Attend Sales in nniis CITY OR COUNTRY, at moderate charges, or ReceiveConsignment and make prompt relnrna. 4 tooDd Annu BOCK IILAV T W. ROSS ARCHITEC ' AMD Superintendent of Buildings, EldndgeBlook. Cor. J and Perry St., . DAVBHF0BT, IOVi . - . .