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DAIUY CAPITAL JOURNAL, 8ALEH1, OREGON, 8ATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1B04.
wvcjmcvi $ia '' HMjHgl. CopyritfW, WOO. by ht W - - (Continued.) f CHAPTER XIX. j the attack. ! 'T has already been mentioned OLnt Imll us urrlrlng singly or In miumlH to report at Hamilton's headquarters worn In the hiult l nf firing their gum before cnturlii:; iho town or the fort, not onlv mh n hI. Mvtf&tW'i" H ALI t- t'o'ST Mr JB. A 1 AAA. rc tplMlrfM4kbw4MMlCMlW2f!SKbttA4fcAjl aT-irMjr"rvrpwvij-M-SH nal of their approach, but In order to n"a ,ts uddou gun and slipply of am rid their weapons of their charges pip-J nuiiItIon desplto tho order to disarm ilmlnnry to cleaning them before not- ,8,netl by Hamilton. Thero was n ting out upon another scalp hunting ,ul8tI1B to bring these forth, which expedition. A shot, thurefore, or even I wns accompanied with n guarded yet a volley, heard on the outskirts or tho village was not u noticeable Incident fn the daily and nightly experience of the garrison. Still, for Home reason, Governor Hamilton started violently when Just after nightfall flvo or nix rllles cracked sharply u short distance from the stockade. He and Helm, with two other oDictrs, were hi the midst of n gnme of cavJs, while a kottle, swinging on a envno In the ample llrephico, sang n shrill prom ise of hot applejack toddy. "By Jove!" exclaimed Fnrusworth, who, although not In the game, was amusing himself with looking on, "j-ou Jump like a fine ladyl I almost fancied I lien nl n bullet hit you." "Yon may all Jump while you can." remarked Holm. "Thnt's Clark, rind your tlme'H short. He'll havo this fort tumbling on your heads before day light of tomorrow morning comes." ' As he spoke ho arose from his nr-itt at the card table and went to look after tho toddy which, as nn expert, he had under supervision. Hamilton frowned. The mention of Clark was disturbing. Ever since the Btrango disappearance of Lleutennnt Barlow he had nursed tho fear that possibly Clark's scouts had captured him and that tho Aincrlcnn fonvs might be much nearer than Knsknskla. Besides, his nerves wore unruly, as they had been ever since tho encounter with Father Beret, and his vision per sisted In turning back upon the ac cusing cold face of Alice, lying In the moonlight. One little detail of that scono almost muddoncd him at times. It was n sheeny, crinkled wisp of warm looking hair looped across the cheek In which he had often seen a Haucy dimple dance when Alice spoke or smiled. He was bad enough, but not wholly bud, and the thought of having darkened those merry eyes ruid Btlllcjl those sweet dimples tore through him with u cold and rasping pan;,'. "Just ns hcoii as this toddy Is prop erly mixed and tempered," said flclm with a magnetic Jocosity beaming from his gonial face. "I'm going to propose! n toast to the banner of Alice Rous Billon, which u whole garrison of Brit ish braves has bepn unablo to taker "If you do I'll blow a holo through you," said Hamilton In a volco fairly Bhukon (o n husky quaver with rage. "You may do a great many insulting things, but not that." Helm was In a half stooping atti tude with a ladle In one hand, a cup in the other. He had mot Hamilton's glowering look with a peculiarly Inno cent smile, as If to say: "What in tho world Is tho matter now? I never felt in a better humor In nil my life. Can't you take n Joke, I wonder?" Ho did not speak, however, for a rattling vol ley of imukot and rltlu shots bit iho top of tho clay daubed chlmuey, send down Into the toddy a shower of Boot and dirt. In a wink every man was on his feot and staring. "GuutlcniQii," Bald Helm, with an im pressive oath, "that 1h Clark's Boldicrs, mid they will tako your fort, but they ought not to have spoiled thin apple toddy." "Oh, the devil!" said Hamilton, forci bly resuming a calm countonance. "It la only a squad of drunken Indians coming in. We'll forego excitement. There's no buttle on hand, gentlemen." "I'm glad you think bo, Governor Hamilton," Helm, responded, "but I should Imagine that I ought to know the crack of a Kentucky rifle. I've heard one occasionally in my life. Be sides, I got a whiff of freedom Juit now." "Captain Helm is right," observed Farnsworth. "That is an attack." Another volley, this time nearer and more concentrated, convinced Hamil ton that he was indeed at tho opening of a light. Kvon whllo ho waa giving Bomo hurried orders to his officers, a man waa wouuded at one of tho port holes. Then came a series of yells, an swered by a ripple of aympothetlc French shouting that ran throughout tho town. Tho patrol guard camo straggling In, breathless with exclto mont. They sworo to having scon a thousand mou marching across the water covered moadowB, Hamilton wa- brave. The approach of danger stirred hfm llko a trumpet strain. His lighting blood roso to full tide, and he gave his orders with the stoadlness nnd commanding force of a born soldier. The officers hastened to their rospeetlvo positions. On all sides sounds Indicative of rapid preparations for tho fight mingled into a confuted strain of military onorgy. Men march, ed to thelrplaees. oanuon ware wheeled Into position, and soon enough the fir ing began, in good earnest ?tHW4M4nagimj-'.LJ ........ ' 44-HMjiijco3jnrrrrT,f rrrrm JCE of orn ii NCENNES 1 w A By MAURICE THOMPSON ! BOWEN-MERKILL COMPANY JHH"H.NHMAAJAJAAA.fcAAX.l fr - 1 - i444.tXUJ Lute , lh0 nftornoon rumor of Clark's approach had roup nbroad through tho vlllntfp, but not a French "D breathed It to a friend of tho Brit- lBn' Tl,e Creoles were loyal to the cnuso ot freedom; moreover, they cor- ainy hated Hamilton, and their hearts neat high at the prospect of a change In masters at tho fort. Every cabin rreprcssmie euauering, delightfully French and infinitely volatile. "Tiens, Je vals frotter mon fusil! Jnl vu un singe!" said Jacques Bourclcr to his daughter, the pretty Adricnue, who was coming out of the room in which Alice lay. "I saw n monkey Just now. I must rub up my gun!" Ho could not be solemn, not he. The thought of nn op portunity to get even with Hamilton was like wluc hi his blood. If you hutT seen those hardy and sinewy Frenchmen gliding in the dusk of evening from cottage to cottage, passing the word that the Americans had arrived, saying airy things nnd pinching one another as they met and hurried on, you would havo thought something very amusing and wholly locuud was in preparation for tho peo ple of Vlnccuncs. There war) a current belief in the town that Gnspard Rousslllon never missed a good thing and always some how got the lion's share. He went out with the ebb to return on tho flood. Nobody was surprised, therefore when ho suddenly appeared in tho midst of his friends, armed to tho teoth and emotionally wurllko to suit tho occa sion. Of course he took charge of ev erybody nnd everything. You could havo hoard him whisper a bow Bhot away. "Talsons!" ho hissed whonovcr ho met an acquaintance. "Wo will sur prlso tho fort and scalp tho wbolo gar rison. Auz armes! Les Amcrlcalns vlennent d'nrrivcrl" At his own house ho knocked and called in vnln. He shook the door vio lently, for ho was thinking of tho stores under the floor, of the grimy bottles, of the fragrant bordeaux. Ah, his throat, how it throbbed! But where was Mine. Rousslllon? Whcro was Alice? "Jean! Jean!" ho cried, forget ting all precaution. "Corao here, you scamp, and let mo in this nilnuto!" A profoundly Impresslvo silence gave him to understand that his homo was deserted. "Chliri Frightened and gone to stay with Mine. Gbdcro, I suppose, nnd I so thirsty! Bah! Hum, bum! Aprcs la vin la batalllc. Zlff!" He kicked in tho door and groped bis way to the liquors. Whllo ho hastily Bwlggcd nnd smacked he hcurd the flrlng begin with a crackling, desultory volley. Ho laughed Jovially there in tho dark, between drufta and deep elghs of enjoyment. "Et mol ausol," ho murmured, llko tho vast murmur of the sea, "I want to bo in that dance! Pardonnez mes sieurs. Mol, Je veux danscr, s'll vous plait" And when be bad filled himself he plunged out and rushed away, wrought up to tho cxtremo fighting pitch of temper. Diablo! If ho could but come across that Lieutenant Barlow, how he would smash blin nnd manglo html In magnifying his prowess with tho lens of imagination he swelled nnd puffed as ho lumbered along, Tho firing sounded as If it wero be- tweeu the fort and tho river, but pres ently when ouo of Hamilton's cannon spoke M. Rousslllon saw tho yellow eplko of fl'nnio from its rauzzlo leap directly toward tho church, and ho thought it best to maktf a wide detour to avoid going betweon tho flrlng lines. Onco or twlco ho heard tho wbtno of a stray bullet high overhead. Bcforo ho had gono very far ho met a man hurt-vine toward tho fort. It was Captain Francis Malsonville, ono of Hamilton's chief scouts, who had been out on a reconnolssanco and, cut off from his party by oomo of Clark's, forces, was trying to make his way to the main gate of the stockado. M. Rousslllon know Malsonville as a somewhat desperate character, a lead er of Ipdian forays and a trader in human scalps. Surely the fellow was legitimate proy. "Zlff! Diablo do gredlnl" ho snarled, and leaping upon him choked him to the ground. "Je vais vous scplper Im medlatementl" Clark's plan of approach showed masterly strategy. Lieutenant Bailey, with fourteen regulars, mudo'a show of attack on the east, whllo Major Bowman led a company through tho town, on a lino near where Main street in Vincennes is now located, to a point north of tho stockade. Charlevllle, a bravo creole, who was at the head of some daring fellows, by a brilliant dash got position under cover of a- nat ural terrace at tho edge of tho prairie opposite tho forf s southwestern angle. Lieutenant Beverley, in whom tho com mander placed highest confidence, was ..! tn irmk- fnr r buhdIv of ammuni tion and to gather up all the French-! anu io wuw-1--- ""." men In tne town wno wuueu w juu .. - ,-",. " ,.' t4u .li the attack, Onole Jazon ond ten other night-long- fired shot for available men went with him. They all made" a great noise when they felt that the place was completely invented. Nor enn wo deny, tnuch as I we would llko to, tho strong desire for ! vnntrnnnnn tohlMl rnlaril ttlogft BhOUtlnZ voices and nerved thoso sternly hearts to do or die in an undertaking which certainly had a desperate look. The thought was tremendously stimulat ing. Beverley, with tho aid of Onclo Ja son, was ablo to lead his llttlo company ns far as tho church bcforo the enemy Baw him. Here a volley from the near est nngle of tho stockade had to be an swered, nnd pretty soon n cannon bo gan to play upon the position. "Wo kin do bettor some'rs else," was Onclo Jazou's laconic remark, flung back over his Bhoulder as ho moved briskly nwoy from tho epot Just swept by n 0 pounder. Como this ycr way, lieutenant. I hycr somo o' tho fellers n-tn'lkln' loud Jcs' beynut Legraco's place. Thoy nln't no sort o' senso o.-try-in' to hit anything a-shootin' in the dark nohow." When they reached tho thick of the town there was a strungo stir In the dusky streets. Mon woro slipping from houso to house, arming themselves nnd Joining their neighbors. Clark hud sent nn order earlier In tho evenlm; forbidding any street demonstration by tho inhabitants, but ho might as well havo ordered the wind not to blow or tho river to stand still. Onclo Jnr.on knew every man whoso outlines he could see or whose volco ho heard. He called each ono by name: " "Here, Roger, fall in! Come, Louts, Alphonse, Victor, Octave venez lei, hero's the American army, come with mol" His rapid French phrases leaped forth as if shot from a pistol, and his shrill volco, familiar to ovcry ear In Vincennes, drew tho creolo mllltlnmou to him, and soon Boverley's company had doubled its numbers, while at the same tlmo its enthusiasm and ability to make n nolso hnd increased in a far greater proportion. In accordance with an order from Clark they now took pe tition near tho northeast corner of the Ktockndo and began flrlng, although in tho darkness tLcre was but little op portunity for marksmanship. Onclo Jnzon had found Citizens Le graco and Bosseron, nnd through them Clark's men wero supplied with am munition, of which thoy stood grently In need, their powder having got wet during their long watery march. By 0 o'clock tho fort was completely surrounded, nud from ovcry direction tho riflemen nnd musketeers were pouring In volley after volley. Bev erley with his men took tho cover of a fence nnd somo houses sixty yards Laiylny vpon him, he choked htm to the grouna. from tho Htockndc. Here to their sur prise they found themselves below tho lino of Hamilton s cannon, which, uc lng planted on the second floor of tho fort, could not bo sufficiently depressed to boar upon them. A well directed muskot flro. however, fell from the loopholos of tho blockhouses, tho bul lets rattling merrily against tho cover behind which tho attacking forces lay. Clark. In passing hurriedly from com pany to compnny around tho line, Rtnnnod for a llttlo whllo WliCIl he found Boverley. "Havo you plenty of ammunition?" was his first inquiry. "A mighty sight more n wo kin sen to shoot with." snoko up Onclo Jazon "It's a right buiart o' dad bum foollHh ness to bo wnetln' It on uothln'; seems llko to mo 'nt we'd hotter sot tho dusted fort iillro un' sinoko the skuuks out!"' "Sponk when yoil nro spoken to, my man." sold the colonel a trifle hotly, and trying by a sharp scrutiny to mako him out In tho gloom whero w crouched. "Ventrebleul I'm not askln' you, Colonol Clark, nor no other man, when I shlll spank. I talks whenever I gits ready, nn 1 shoots Jos' tho same way. So ye'd hotter go on 'bout yer business llko a whlto man! Close up yor own whopper Jawed mouth ef yo want any thing shot up!" "Oho, Is that you. Jazon? You're so little I didn't know you! Certainly, talk your wholo under Jaw off for all I care," Clark replied, assuming a Jo- cose tone. Then, turning again to Bev- erley: "Keep up the flrlng and tho noise. The fort will bo ours in tho morning." "What's the use of waiting till morn ingV Beverley demanded with lmpa tlonce. "We can tear that stockade to pleceo with our hands In half an hour." "I don't think so. lloutonnnt. it is better to play for tho sure thing. Keep up the racket, nnd bo ready for Vin if they rush oitt. We must not fall to capture the lialr buyer general." Bevorley submitted to Clark's pian ,, ,:.. tia,io, ho could, and all nest ruieinen in his squad. It was a fatiguing performance, with apparent ly little result beyond forcing tho garri son now nnd again to close the em brasures, thus periodically silencing the cannon. Toward the close of tho night a relaxation showed Itself in tlie shouting nnd firing nil round tho line. Boverley's men, especially tho Creoles, held out bravely in the matter of noise. but even they flagged at length, their volatility Blmmcrlng down to desultory bubbling and half sleepy chattering nnd chaffing. Beverley loaned upon a rude fence and for a time neglected to reload his hot rifle. Of course he was thinking of Alice ho really could not think In any other direction; but it gavo him a shock ' nnd a start when he nresently heard her numo mentioned by a llttlo French man near him on tho left. "Thero 'II never be another such n girl in Post Vincennes os Alice Roussll ton," the fellow said in tho soft creole atols. "And to think of her being shot ilke a dog I" "And by a man who calls himself' a fovernor, too," said another. "Ah, as for myself, I'm In favor of burning him nllvo when we capture him. That's me." "Et mol nusst," chimed in a third volco. "That poor girl must bo aveng ed. The mnu who Bhot her must die. Holy Virgin, but if Gnspard Rousslllon were only herol" "But he is here. I saw him Just of tci dark. He was In great fighting temper that terrible man. Ouf, but I should not like to be Colonel Hamilton nnt fall In the way of that Gaspard Rous slllon!" "Morbleu! I should 'say not "You may lenvc me out of a chanco like that shouldn't mind seeing GaBpard handle the govornor though. Ah, that would be too good! He'd pay him up for shooting Mile. Alice." Beverley could scarcely hold hlmsulf erect by tho fence. The smoky, foggy landscape swam round him heavy nnd strange. He uttered a groan, which brought Oncle Jnr.on to bin sldo in a hurry. "Qu' avez-vous? What's tho matter?? the old man demanded with quick sym pathy. "Her they bit yo? Lieutenant air yo hurt much?" Bovcrley did not hear the old man's words, did not feel his kindly touch. "Alice, Alice!" he murmured. "Dead, dead!" "Ya-as," drawled Oncle Jazon. "I hcarn about It soon ns I got inter town. It's a sorry thing, n mighty aorry thing. But uicbby I won't do a little somopln' to that" Beverley straightened himself and lifted his kuu, forgetting that ho had not reloaded it sluce flrlng last no levoled It tit the fort nud touched tho trigger. Simultaneously with his movement mi embrasure opened and u cannon flushed, Its roar flunked on ci ther Blilu by a crackling of British mus kets. Some bullets struck tho fence and flung splinters into Onclo Jason's face. A cannon ball knocked a ridge pole from the roof of a house hard by and sent It whirling through the air. 'Ventrebleu-et anres? What nextl1 Better knock n feller's eyes out!" tfie old man cried. "I ain't n-doln' notliln' to yo!" Ho enperod around rubbing his lonthory faco after the manner of a scalded monkey. Beverley was struck 111 the bruast by a flattened and spent ball that glanced from a feuco picket. Tho shock, caused him to stagger and drop his gun, but he quickly picked it up mull turned to his companion. "Arc, you hurt, Onulo Jazon?" he In quired. "Are you hurt?" "Not n bit; Jes' skeert moa' Into a duck fit Thought a cannon ball bad knocked my whole dang faco down xny throat! Notbln' but a handful & eplinters in my poo'ty countenance, inakln' my bond, feel like a porc'plrw. But L sort o' thought I heard aomepln' give you n dlff." "Something did hit me," said Bever ley, laying a hand on his breast "but I don't think it was a bullet Thoy seem to bo getting our raugo at last Tell tho mon to keep well under cover. They must not oxposo themselves until wo arc ready to charge." The shock had brought him back to bis duty as a leader of bis llttlo com pnny, mid with the funorul bell of all his life a happiness tolling in his ago nlzed heart he turned nfrosh to direct-, . ... t. iug the tire upon tho blockhouse, About this time u runner came from Clark with an order to cease tiring and let n returning pnrty of British scouts under Captain Lnuiotho reenter the fort unharmed. A strange order It seemed to both officers aud men, but it was implicitly obeyed. Clark's genius i here mado another Hno strategic flash He knew that unless ho let (ho scouts go back Into tho stockado they would escape by running away, and might possibly orgunlzo mi army of Indians with which to succor Hamilton. But If they wero permitted to go Inside thoy could he captured with tho rest of Iho garrUon. Honco his order. A fow minutes passed In dead si lence. Then Captain Lnmotho ami h party marched closo by where Bever ley's sjjuad was lying concealed. It was a difficult tnsk to restrain the Cre oles, for some of them hated Lnmotho. Oncle Jnston squirmed llko a snake while they filed past all unaware that an enemy lurked so near. When they reached the fort, ladders wore put down for thorn and they began to ilamber over Uio wall, crowding and pushing ono another n wild haste. uncie jawm couiu ijoiu iu iw ib-- "Ya! Va! Ya!" ho yelled "Look out! The ladder is a-fullln' wi' yo!" Thon all the lurking crowd Hhouted as que man. and, sure enough, down jamo n luddor mon and all in a crash ing houp. "Stlepcel Silence!" Beverley com. manded,but be could not check the wild Jeering and lauKhliuc whlj b- bruised and frlgOtened scouts hastily erected their ladder again, fairly tum bling over one another In their haste, to ascend, and so cleared the 'wall, fall ing into the stockade to Join the gar rison. "Ventrebleul" shrieked Onclo Jnzon. They've gone to bed, but "we'll wnko 'em up at the crack o' dny an' givo em a brcakfaa' o' hot lcadl" Now the fighting was resumed with redoubled spirit and noise, and when morning came, affording sufficient light to bring out tho bead sights on the Kentucky rifles, tho matchless marks men in Clark's band forced the British to close tho embrasures nnd entirely cease trying to use their cannon, but the fight with small arras went merrily on until the middle of the forenoon. Meantime Gnspard Rousslllon had' tied Francis Mnlsouvllle'B hands fast and hard with the strap of his bullet, pouch. "Now, I'll scalp you," ho said in a rumbling; tone terrlblo to hear. And' with his words out camo his hunting knife from Its sheath. "Oh, have mercy, my denr M. Rous clllon!" cried the punting captive. "Havo morcyP "Mercy I Yos, llko your colonel's; that's what you'll got You stand by that forban, that soelorat, that bandit, and help him. Oh, yea, you'll get mer cy 1 Yes, tho same mercy that he showed to my poor llttlo Alice! Yourr icalp, monsieur, If you pleaso. A small- matter; It won't; hurt muohl" "But, for the sako of old friendship, Gaspard, for the sake" "Zlff 1 Poor HtUe Alicel" "But I swear to you that I'' "Tout dc memo, monsieur, Je vald' toub Bcalpor malntcnant" In fact he had taken off a part of Mnisonvlllc's scalp when a party 'of soldiers, among whom was Malson- j Tine's brothor, a bravo fellow and loy al to tho American cause, were 'at ' tractcd by his cries aud came to his rescue. M. Rousslllon struggled savagely, In- j slating upon completing his cruel per formance, but ho was at last ovorpow- I cred, partly by bruto force and partly 1 by the pleading of Malsonvlllo'a broth er, nnd mndo to desist Tho big man 1 wept with rago when ho saw the bleeding prisonor protected. "Eh blent I'll keep what I'va got," ho roared, "and I'll take tho rest of it next time." Ho shook the tuft of hair at Mabton vllle and glared llko a mad bull. Two or three other members of La mothe's band were captured about tho samo tlmo by somo of tho French mill tinmen, nnd Clnrk when on his round cheering nnd directing his forces dis covered that these prisoners wero being used as shields. Home young Creoles, gay with drink nud the stimulating ef fect of fight, had bound the poor fel lows and were llriug-from bohlnd them. Of course the counnunder promptly put nn end to this cruelty, but they consid ered it exquisite fun while it lasted. ' It was in broajl daylight, and thoy knew that the English in tho fort could nee what they wero doing. "If a shameful to trent prisoners in this way." said Clark. "I will not per- mit It. Shoot tho next man that offers I to do such n thing." One of tho Creole youths, a hand some, swartuy auoiiis m uucitHUin, tossed his Hhnpely head with n deb onair smile nnd said: "To bo sure, mon colonel. But what have they boon doing to us? Wo have amused them all winter. It's but fair that they should give us a little fun now." Clark shrugged Ids broad shoulders and passed on. He understood perfect ly what the pooplo of Vincennes had suffered under Hamilton's brutal ad ministration. At 0 o'clock an order was paeutd to cease, flrlng, and a nag of truce was seen going from Clark's headquarters to tho fort It was a peremptory de mand fgr unconditional surrender. Hamilton refusod, and fighting was fiercely resumed from behind rude breastworks meantime erected. Every loophole and opening of whatever sort waa the focus into which the unerring backwoods rifles sent their deadly bul lets. Men began to fall in tho fort and every moment Hamilton expected an assault In force on all sides of the stockade. This, If successful, would mean Inevitable massacro. Clark had I WMMtdil tilrn tf 4lw fAPr litis pnnflJk warned him pf tho terrible conse- quencenof holding out until the worat should come. "For," said he In his note to tho governor, "If I am obliged to storm, you may depend upon such treatment os is Justly due to a tuun dercr." Historians have wondored why Ham' ilton becamo-so excited and acted o strangely after receiving the note. The phrase Justly duo to a murderer" is the key to tho mystery. When-he read it his heart sank and a terrlblo four seized him. "Justly duo to a murder erl" Ah, that calm, white, beautiful girlish face, dead In tho moonlight with the wisp of shining hair across ltl Such treatmont as la justly duo to a murderer!" Cold drops of sweat broke out on his forehead and a shiver wont through his body. During the Unco Clark's weary yet still enthusiastic besiegers enjoyed a good breakfast prepared for them by the loyal dames of Vincennes, Little , Adrlenno Bourcler was one of toe biimlinatdpiig of tho occasion, one broacut t0 uoverlcy's squad a basket, ft,moflt M larff! ng nereeift heapcd ulgn wltu ronBted UucJc nnd warm wjieuten bread. wl,ll another ctrl horo two , huge Jugs of coffee, fragrant and Steaming hot The men cheered them lustily and complimented them with out reserve, so that beforo their serv Ico was over their faces were glowing with delight. And yet AdrlennetsJieurt iwas.nneflsjr Bnd'.tu!l, of longing. to hear something of iaene aRenylUe. SwolVaoiif ?& of her friends must know something About him. Ah, there was Oncle Jazoal Doubtless he could tell her ail that she wanted to know. She lingered after the food was distributed, and shyly Inquired. "Hain't seed tho scamp," said Oncle Jnzon, only he used tho patois most familiar to tho girl's car. "Killed an Bcelped long ago, I reckon." Ills mouth was so full that ho spoke mumbllngly and with utmost difficulty. Nor did ho glanco at Adrlenno, wjwse face took on as great pallor as. hoc brown complexion could show. Beverley nte but little of the food, lie sat apart on a plcco of timber ihi projected from tho rou?h breastwork and gave himself over to Infinite mls- "HTiat's the mattcrt Uev thev Mi v1" try of spirit, which was trebltd when be took Alice's lockot from his bosom only to, discover that the bullet w,hldi Struck him had almost entire)?, de stroyed tho faco of tho miniature. He gripped the dented and twisted caso and goxod. at It with tho stare o,f a blind mnn. nis hoart almost coasfjl to beat and his breath had. tho rnstUok sound wo hoar when a strong man dtefl ot a sudden- wound. Somehow the. de facement of the portrait was tnkqw W his soul as the final touch of tAtfi, .aJLfr nlfylng that Alice was forever md completely obliterated from &ls Ue. Hq felt a bju,r pass, over his. mind. He tried lu vain to recall tho j(aco. nnp form, sp dene to him,; -he tried; to Imagine her voice; but the wMJbOfUnl vcrso was a vast hollow nlJencq. For a long, whllo Jae was, cold, staring, Cbd. Thcu tho lnoyltablo collapse. camo,,anjl he wept as only, a strong man can. who is hurt to dentlv, yet cannot diA Adrlonne approached him, thinking to sneak, to. him about Rune, tut he, did not notice hor, and sho went her wajf, leaving, basule him a liberal u,ppjj -of food. t CHAPTER XX. AUCK'U XXA.O. GOVERNOR HAMILTON reced ed the note sent him1 by Colo nel Clark nnd replied to, it with curt dignity, but his heart, ws quaking. As u soldier ho was true to tho mlllttu-y tradition, and noUilng could have Induced him to purre&dfr his command with dishonor, "Lieutenant Governor, Hamilton," h,o wrote, to Clnrk, "begn leave, to acquaint OoioiiQl Clnrk Unjt lie and his garrison are not dlsposd to be awed lata ojuy acUou unworthy of British subjects," "Very Uravo words," said Holm when Hamilton reud (he note to Jiiw, "hut you'll slug a milder tune bafore many minutes or you and your whole, gar rison will perish lu i bloody heap. Listen to those wild yells! Clark has enough men to eat you all up for break fast You'd better be rpominable i and prudent It's not bravery to court 'mas sacre," Hamilton tumed away without a word and sunt tho mossage, but Helm saw that im waa excited aud cqukbhe still further wrought up. "You aro playing into tho handa of your blttcmit puuinles, the frog e er," he went on. "These, Creoles, pxpr whom you'vo held a hot poker all win ter, are crazy to bo turned loose upon you, nnd you know that they've sot good cuuao to feel lku giving you tho flxtremo pquaRy, Theytll giro U to you without a illnch If they ,et ,tt chanco. Youo done enough." Hamilton whirled, about end. glared ferociously. "Helm, what do- jrmii raeAnf ' be .de manded in a yoloe sa hollow aitwfl full pt tlpiperat? pAWlon.' The genial captain laughed as If iho hd heard at good Joke, "You won't; catvJi any AU If you awoar, and ypu look blaspberaqua," iho said with the lg)(tflfi9 of humor char acteristic of him at all times. '(You'd bettor sajr a prayer or two. Just re flect n inoment upon the awful sins ypu, havo commlttsd a.pd.1' A crush of coulesclug volleys from Qvery direction broke pff his lerity. Curk was sending )us response -to Ilatnlltpn's lajty note. Tb gumj qf freedom reus out ft PJonhPOT tt tri umph, uqd the bluing bullets clucked sharply as tliey epterod the eolUl logs pf the walls or whisked through " nperfuro apd. bowled over A wan. TJU,e British muHkoeters returned the fire a,s best they could, wlrh a courage ond a stubborn coo.ln8, which Helm ppen ly admired, although he could net hide his satisfaction whenever ono pf them was disabled, "Lainotbe and .his men are, refusing to obey orders," said Kawsworth a llt tlo later, hastily approaching Hamil ton, bis facu flushed and a gleam at hot anger in his efiL "They're Jn nasty mood- I can d nothing -with them. Tboy.bnve not Bred t, aot" iMuiinyl" Hamilton, demanded. 'Jtfpj jnsj (hat ffbsjr tjr thS M