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llJUO I IU1I IVIIO LHirCtllUil I. VVILLItlTMVJW
?fohelow SioKf or A Gray Jacket
Tlio story opens In a Confcdcrato tnnt
at a critical atago of tlie Civil War. Don.
Leo Impurts to Capt. Wayno an Important
mcBHOKO to IotiKStrect. Accompanied by
Rorgt. CralK, an old army scout, Wnyns
starts on lita mission. They est within
tho lines of tho enemy and In the dark
ness Wayno Is taken for a Federal of
llcer and a younK lady on horsuback Is
Klven In his chargo. Slio la a northern
f:lrl and attempts to escape. One of the
inrses succumbs and Crnljr rocs throuch
with tho dispatches, wlillo wayno and My
Lady of tho North are left alone. They
seek shelter In a hut and entering It In
tho dark a hugo mastiff attacks Wayno
Tho Rlrl shoots tho bruto Just In tlmo.
Tho owner of tho hut, Jed Uurway, and
nls wlfo appear and soon a party of
horsemen approach. They aro ld by a
man claiming to be nwl Lowrlc, but who
proves to bo MaJ. Bronnan, a Federal
officer whom tho Union rlrl recoa-nlzos.
Ho orders the arrest of wayno as a spy
and he Is brought beforo Sheridan, who
threatens him with death unless lie ro
YStii? ,l. ocru' message. Wayno bellovcs
Ldlth llrennan to bo tho wlfo of MaJ.
Bronnan. Ho Is rescued by Jed Hiincny
who starts to roach den. Lee, wlillo
Wayno In dlsgulso penetrates to the ball
room, beneath which ho had been Im
prlHoned. Ho Is Introduced to a Miss
Jli WW? V4lre,y escapes belnir unmask,
ed. Kdlth Dronnan, recopnlzlnff Wayno,
?..Hl,",..w,11.,Bavo l,,"- Securing a pf.ss
through tho lines, thoy are confronted by
hM,i!5IlnwWilJ? " ,!u,ocked senseless. Then,
KSi'm? Edith adlou, Wayno makos a doa
ill. "tltyr Uo encountors nungay: they
infniL0 r.camp nnd aro sent with ro'
wi,m ranao5n,.,tll regiment Is ovr
nuimi. '. ta?.A WQyno- while In tho hos
Pltol, is visited by Edith Drcnnan.
CHAPTER XXIV Continued.
Then a hand thrust nultlb tho can
van, nnd a fnco peered ln. I caught
n faint Bllmmer of stare, but could
distinguish llttlo olso.
"Uoyo." sulci tho leader, kindly, "1
wish 1 might glvo you bottor transpor
tation, but this Is tho only form of vo
hlclo wo can find. I reckon you'll get
pretty badly bumped ovor tho road
you are going, but I'm furnishing you
all the chnnco to get away In my pow
er. Wo shall guard you as long as
nocoeoary, and thon must leavo you
to (ho kindly ministrations of tho
Ho reached ln, leaning down from
hlB Baddlo to do bo, drow tho blanlcot
nomowhnt closor about mo, and was
gono. I caught tho words of a sharp,
ahort ordor, and tho heavy wagon
lurched forwnrd, Its wheels bumping
ovor tho Irregularities In tho road,
each Jolt sending a froah apaBtn of
pain through my tortured body.
May tho merciful Clod ovor protect
mo from such a ride again! II Boomed
Intormlnoblo, whilo each long tnllo
wo travolod brought with It now nnd
greater agony of mind and body.
Tho hours that followed wero nil
but ondloss, 1 know wo hnd reached
tho lower vnlloy, for tho road bocamo
more levol, yet tho slightest Jolting
now was aufflclont to render mo
crazed with pain, and I had lost nil
power of restraint. My torturod
norvea throbbod; tho fovor gripped
mo, and my mind began to wander.
VIslorin of dollrlum camo, and I
dreamed dreams too torrlblo for roe
ord: demons danced on tho drifting
clouds beforo mo, while whirling sav
ages chanting In horrid discord stuck
my fronzlod body full of blazing
brands. At tlmoo I was awako, call
ing In vain for wator to quouch a
thirst- which grow maddonlng, thon 1
lapsed Into a seml-consclouonoss that
drovo mo wild with Its delirious fan
cIob. I know vaguely that tho Major
had crept back through tho darkness
nnd paBBod his ctrong arm gently be
nonth ray head, I hoard him shouting
In his deop voice to tho drlvor for
something to drink, but was unawnro
of any rosponso. AH bocamo blurred,
confused, bowtldorlng. I thought It
was my mother comforting me. Tho
faint gray daylight stolo ln at last
through the cracks of tho wagon
cover; I could dimly dlatlngulsh n
Jnrk face bonding ovor mo, framed by
a heavy gray board, and thou, merciful
unconsciousness camo, and I routed
as ono dead.
A Lost Regiment.
It waB a bright, Buimhlny any in
early spring. Birds wero awoetly sing
ing In tho trcos lining tho road I wub
traveling. I must have shown my lato
Illness greatly, for tho fow I mot, ns
1 tramped slowly onward, mostly bo.
dlers, gazed at mo curiously, as If thoy
mistook mo for tho ghost of some
dead comrado; and I doubt not my
pao face, yet bearing tho doep imprint
of pain, with tho long, uutrlmmed hnlr
framing it, and tho blood-atatnod,
ragged uulform, tho anmo I woro that
florco day of buttlo, rendered mo an
object of wonder.
All through thoso long, woary win
ter wcoks I had beon hovering bo
tween Ufa and death ln an obscure
hospital at Richmond. Tho momont
tho door was oponod to permit of my
pasalng forth Into tho world ngaln, 1
sought eagerly to dlscovor tho prosont
station of my old comrades in arms,
yot could learn only that tho cavalry
brigade with which I bad formorly
served was In camp aomowhoro nenr
Appomattox Court House. On foot
and moneyless, I set off alone, my nolo
anxiety to be once more with friends;
and now, at tho beginning of tho bog
ond day, I was already beyond Peters
burg , and sturdily pushing wentward.
As tho road swerved Bllghtly to tho
left, passing through a grove of hand
some treea, I came suddenly opposite
a large house of Imposing aspect. A
group of Confedornto orricorB stood in
converso bcsldo tho gato leading Into
tho open drlvoway, and as 1 paused a
monicnt. gazing at them and wonder
ing whom I had hotter address for 1
recognized nono of tho faces fronting
mo ono among tho group turned sud
denly, and took a hurried stop ln my
direction, ns though despatched upon
an errand of Importance. Ho was a
tall, nlondor man, wearing a long gray
moustncho, and I no sooner viewed
his face than I rocognlzed him as
having been ono of those officers pres
ent In Gonernl Leo's tent tho day 1
was sont out with dispatches. Ho
glanced at mo curiously, yet with no
sign of recognition, but beforo ho
could pass I accostod him.
"Colonol Maltland," I said, "you
doubtless remember mo. I am Book
ing my old command; would you kind
ly Inform me whero It may bo found?"
Ho stopped Instantly nt sound of my
volco, nnd Btnrod at ttn In odd bo
wlldcrfnont; but my wordB had nl
rondy reached tho oars of tho othors,
nnd beforo he had found an answer
nnothor volco spoko stornly "What 18
all this? Who aro you, sir? What
masquerade puts you into that parody
of n captain's unlform7"
I turned nnd lookod Into tho flush
ed, Indignant face of Qonoral Leo.
"It Is no masquerade, sir," I an
owored, Instantly romovlng my hnt;
"It is tho rightful uniform of my rank,
greatly as I regret Its present condi
tion." "Whore aro you from?"
"I was discharged from St. Mary'a
Hospital ln Richmond day beforo yes
terday, and am now seeking to rejoin
"Suroly," ho said gravoly, "I have
Been your faco beforo. To what regl
mont wero you attached?"
"The th Virginia Cavalry."
Tho buzzing of volcos about mo In
atnntly censed, and Qonoral Leo took
a stop nearer.
"Tho th Virginia? You wero a
captain 7 Suroly this la not Philip
So deeply surprised was his tone, bo
uncertain his recognition, I scarcely
know what to answer. Had I lost my
very ldontlty? waB thlB all n dream?
"I nm Captain Wayno, Troop D, th
Ho graspod my hand warmly bo
tweon both his own, nnd his kindly
face lit up instantly with a raro smile.
"Captain Wayno, I cannot tell you
how greatly I rojolce at your sofa re
turn. Wo certainly owo you an apol
ogy for this poor recoption, but you
woro roportod as klllod in notion
many months ngo. I doubt not Colo
nol Mnltlnnd truly boliovod ho lookod
upon a ghost wbon you first accosted
For tho momont I was unablo to
speak, so deoply did his words afToct
"I fear, Cnptulu Wayno," ho con
tinued gravoly, yet retaining my hund
within his own, "that I must bring
you Bad nowa."
"Sad news?" Instantly thoro camo
to mo tho thought of my widowed
mother. "Not from homo. I trust,
"No," with great tenderness, "your
mothor, I bollovo, remains well; yot
tho words I must spenk aro novortho
loaa and ones, and must provo a sovcro
Bhock to you. Thoro Is no th Vir
ginia." "No th Virginia?" I echoed, scarce
nblo to comprehend his moaning, "no
th Vlrglnln? I bog you to explain,
sir; Btiroly" and I looked about mo
upou tho vnrlous uniforms of tho sorv
Ico prosont "tho war has not yot
ceased wo havo not surrendered 7"
"No, my boy," nnd tho old horo
reverently bnred his gray head In tho
"Surely This Is Not Philip Wayne?"
sunlight, "but tho th Virginia gavo
ltsolf to tho South that day In the
I must have grown very whlto, for
a young aldo sprang hastily forward
and passed his arm about mo. Yot I
scarcely realized the action, for my
whole thought was with tho dead.
"Do you moan thoy aro all gouo?" I
questioned, tremblingly, hardly able
to -grasp the full droad Import of such
ghastly tidings. "Surely, Qenoral Leo,
some among thorn must havo come
"So few," ho responded soberly, his
hat BtMl retained In his band, "bo few
that wo could only scatter them ln
other commands. But you havo not
yot fully recovered your strength.
You must not remain longor standing
horo. Major Holmes, will you kindly
conduct Captain Wnyno to my head
qnartors, and boo that ho la furnished
with n uniform sultnblo to his rank.
For tho prcsont ho will servo as extra
nldo upon my porsonnl staff."
I turned away, the Major leading mo
as If I had been a child. I walked aa
a man stunned by Bomo sudden, unxo
pected blow. When I finally Joined
tho mess upon tho following day, clad
now in fit uniform, I had regained no
small meaauro of sclf-reotralnt, and
with It camo likewise renewnl of tho
military spirit. My welcome proved
oxtromely cordial, and tho conversa
tion of tho others proscnt soon placed
ln my poBsosslon whatever of Incident
had occurred since that disastrous day
of battle in tho vnlloy. No nttompt
wns mndo to conceal our weaknoss,
nor to dlsgulao tho fact that wo woro
making a last dcaporato stand. It wns
evident to nil that nothing now re
mained but to fold our tattered battle
flags with honor.
Directly oppoalto mo, nt tho long
ond rathor scantily furnished moss
table, was seated a captain of Infan
try, qulto forolgn In appearance a
tall, slender man, woaring a light-colored
moustacho nnd goateo. His
MM IURm 1
"I Was Upon My
name, ns I gathered from tho conver
sation, wns Carlson, and I was con
siderably surprised nt tho fixedness
with which his oyes woro fastenod
upon mo during tho enrllor part of tho
meal. Thinking wo might have mot
somewhere beforo, I ransacked my
momory In vain for any rocollcctfon
which would servo to account for hla
evident Interest In mo. Finally, I ven
tured to usk, as pleasantly as poasl
bio: "Captain Carlson, do I remind you
of soiiio one, Binco you regard me bo
Tho man InBtnutly flushed all ovor
hla fair face at this direct Inquiry.
"It vas not dat" (ho almost stain
raored In suddon confusion, speaking
qulto brokonly), "bot, salr, It hnt como
to mo dnt you vos an Insulter of worn
ona, an had refuse to light mil mens.
1 know not; It seems not bo."
I was on ray feot ln nn Instnnt,
scarcoly crediting my own ears, yot
on fire with lndlgnntlon.
"I know not what you may mean," I
said, white with angor. "But I hold
you personally accountable for those
words, and you shall discover that 1
will fight 'mlt monB "
Ho pushed his chatr hastily back,
hla face fairly crimson, and began to
stammer nn explanation; but Malt
"What dooB all thla moan, CarlBon?"
be exclaimed, sternly, "Sit down,
Wayno thoro is somo strnngo mis
1 resumed my chair, wondering It
thoy had nil gono crazy, yot resolved
upon taking Instant action it somo sat
isfactory explanation wore not nt onco
"Como, Carlson, what do you mean
by nddrossing such language to Cap
"Veil," said the Swedo, so agitated
by tho oxcltoraent about htm ho could
scarcoly find EngUtm In which to ex
press himself Intelligibly, "It vos dls
vay. I vould not insult Captain
Vane; oh, no, bot It vos told to mo, an'
I vould haf him to know how It all
vos. It vos two monthB ago l go rait
do flag of truce Into do Fcdoral linos
at Mlnorsvlllo. You know dat time?
1 vos valtln' for answer ven a Yankee
rides oop, an' looks mo all ofor llko I
vos a hog. 'Vol,' I say, plain llko, 'vot
you vant?' Ho Bay, 'I heard dor vob
Rob officer como ln dor lines, an' I
rides down to see if ho ros dor hound
vot I vanted to horaovlp.' 'Vol,' I say,
for It mado mo much mad, 'maybe you
llko to horsovlp me?" 'No ho says,
laughing, 'It vos a damn pup In dor
th Virginia cavalry, named Vayne, I
am after.' I say, 'Vot has ho done?'
Ho says, 'Ho Insult a voman, an' vould
not fight mlt mo.'"
He looked about him anxiously to
ego If wo comprehended his words.
"And what did you say 7" from a
dozen oager voices.
Tho Swodo gazed at them In mani
"I say I knowed nottlng about dor
voman, but If ho say dnt an omcor of
dor th Virginia cavalry vould not
light mlt him he vos a damned liar. I
vould havo hit him, but I vos undor
dor flag of truce." .-
I reached out my hnnd to him across
"I thank you, Captain Carlson," I
said, "for both your mdssage and your
answer. What' did this man look
Feet In an Instant."
"Ho vos a pig vellow, mlt a black
moustache and gray eyes."
"Do you know him?" questioned
"Hla name la Brennnn," I answered
slowly, "a major In tho Federal serv
ice. Wo havo already mot twice ln
rough nnd turablo contests, but tbo
next tlmo It will bo with stool."
"Gentlemen," aald Maltland at last,
graVely, "this Is evldontly a personal
mnttor with which wo havo no direct
concern. Captain Wayne's reputation
Is not ono to bo questioned, either ns
regards his chivalry toward women or
hla bravery ln arms. I pledge you
his early meeting with this major."
Thoy drank tho toast standing, and
1 read In each faco beforo mo a frank,
Eoldlorly confidence nnd comradeship
which caused my heart to glow.
The Scouting Detail.
This premeditated Insult. which
Bronnan evldontly dispatched broad
cast In hope that through somo un
known channel It might reach mo,
changed my entire relationship with
the man. I have nevor felt that Bren
nnn was at hoart a bad man; ho was
hard, stern, revongoful, yet I havo no
doubt undor different circumstances
I might oven havo valued him highly
ns a comrado or a friend. There Is
no demon llko Jealousy; and his early
distrust of mo, fostered by that mad
dlacaso had apparently warped his
entire nature. Yot not oven Tor love
could I consent to leave my honor un
defended, and after thoso hateful
words thero could bo no rest for me
until our differences wore settled by
"tho stern arbitrament of tho nakod
blado. All prudonco to tho winds, no
opportunity of meeting him should
now to bo cast aside. ..
Tho coming day was barely gray In
tho oast when I was nwakoned by a
heavy pounding upon tho door, a
Bmart-looklng orderly stood without.
"Coptaln Wayno?" ho asked.
"That Is my name What have you,
"Compllmonts of Colonel Maltland,
chief of staff, sir," ho said, handing
mo a folded paper.
"Dear Wayne:" tho private note
read, "Bollovlng you would bo glad
to havo tho detail I have just ar
ranged to send you at onco upon some
active service. Plcaso report at thoso
quarters immediately, fully equipped
ror tho field."
Glad I It waB tho very mcdlclno I
most needed, and within twenty min
utes of my receipt of this communi
cation I was with Maltland, thanking
him warmly for hla thoughfulness.
"Not another word, Wayno," ho In
sisted. "It la not much, a mere scout
ing detail over neutral territory, and
will provo dull enough. I only hopo It
may help to divert your mind a trlllo.
Now llBten you aro to proceed with
twonty mounted men or the escort
west as far as tho foot-hills, and are
expected to note carefully thrco
thlnga: First, tbo condition of for
ngo for tho sustonanco of a wagon
trnln; second, whnt forces of Feder
al troops, If nny, nro nlong the Honey
well; and third, tho gathorlng of nil In
formation obtalnablo as to tho report
ed consolidation of guerillas for pur
poses of plunder between tho lines. If
time suffice, -you might cross ovor Into
the valloy of tho Cowskln and learn
tho condition of forago thero aa well.
A guide will accompany your party,
and you aro to avoid contact with the
enemy as far as possible. Your men
carry flvo days' rations. You under
"1 do, sir; I prosumo I am to start
"Your squad, under command of
Sergeant Ebers, Is already waiting out
"Are you all ready, sergeant?" 1
asked of tho rather heavy-weight Gor
man who stood fronting mo, his broad,
red Taco as Impnsslve as though carved
"Ve vos, captain."
"Whore 1b tho guide?" -
"Dot Ib him, mlt der mulo, ain't It?"
he answered, pointing, with ono huge
hand down tho road.
"Very well, wo will pick him up
then as wo go."
I cared so llttlo ns to whether or not
ho accompanied us at all, that wo had
advanced somo distance beforo tho
thought of blm again occurred to me.
1 know tho gentry fairly well, and had
experienced In tho past so many evi
dences of their stupidity, if not actual
dlsloynlty, ns to prefer my own knowl
edge of tho country to theirs. My
thought, indeed, for soveral miles was
not at all with tho llttlo party of
troopers Jogging steadily at my heels,
nor, ln truth, was It greatly concerned
with tho fate of tho expedition. That
wns but servlco routine, nnd I rode
forward carelessly enough, nover
dreaming that every hour of progrcsa
was bearing mo toward tho most Im
portant adventure of my life. It wns
tho German sergeant who recalled mo
to tho responsibilities of command.
"Captain," he exclaimed apologet
ically, riding up to my side and wiping
his round, perspiring face with great
energy, "ve are riding too hard, ain't
ve? Mcln Gott, but der horses will
glvo out ontlroly, already."
"Is that so?" I asked ln surprlso at
his words. A alnglo Bwlft glanco
around convinced mo he was correct,
for tho mounts wero exceedingly-soft,
nnd already looked nenrly played out
from our sharp pace. "Very well,
wo will halt hero."
With a elgh of relief ho drew back,
and ns ho did so ray eyes fell for tho
first tlmo upon the guldo. As I live,
It wns Jed Bungay, and when I stared
at him ln sudden nmnzoment he broke
into n broad grin.
"Durn If I didn't begin tor think ns
how ye'd gono nn' clnr forgot mo,
"Not a bit of It. Jed," and I rodo up
to him and extended my hand. "But
how came you horo? Are you tho
"Sure thing, cap; know thla ycre
klntry llko a buk. 'Jaded horsomon
from tho west, nt ovonlng to tho castle
pressed.' By gum, you put Beelzebub
nn' me through a blamed hard Jolt of
It to fur."
"Ye bet, tber mulo; I reckon as how
yo atn't gone an' fergot him, hov ye?"
"Bungay, what has become of Ma
ria?" Tho little man's eyes suddenly tilled
"I Jlst don't know, cap," he answered
mournfully. "Whin I got hum ther
ol' cabin bed bin plum burnt down,
nary stick o" It left, by gum! nn' Ma
rlar she wuz clean gone. Hnln't seed
nolthor hldo nor hnlr o' her since,
thet's n fnc'. An' I sortor drifted back
tor you uiib 'cause I didn't hov uowhnr
else tor go."
"Did you hunt for her among the old
plantations along tho valley?" I asked,
deeply touched by his evident feeling.
"She very likely sought retugo In
somo of thoso houses."
T0 DC CONTINUED.)
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