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Mil . III
MY LAPY W
- II l vm m m
KiM. "1 merely 1'iuue over to take ,
j bail; that Yankee prisoner to camp.
Liil you count the blue bellies?"
"No; hut there tire alioiit twenty vt
them. I reekon. and they must have
hot! led up (lie colonel or he'd tinve
been out here with us before this.
Those fellars enii sh.iot, tn, betier'n
any troopers 1 ever roine up against
before." Me paused, thinking. "Didn't
you say awhile no. lieutenant, tlmf
you knew a way leadin' Into the b:!se
tlint would let us take 'em In the
"Yes. I did. iHnld. but there's no use
trying to turn that trick until we get
more men. If Thellen reaches here
lv davlisht we'll gobble up that wlu.'e
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MOMENT Colonel Donnld ap
peared to hesitate, then his ex
pression became more natural
and ho made a weak effort to
"King-King? Oh, certainly. 1 re
member now. Your men came, and
I" He stopped, evidently struggling
to recall what had occurred to him
after the arrival of the troopers.
"It wa3 a troop of Federal cavalry
dispatched to my aid. Colonel Donald.
I Bent Miss Denslow up the stairs. In
tending you: should thus huvo an op
portunity for escape, and was still par
leying with the fellows on the front
porch when a squad of concealed Con
federates poured a volley into us.
They hit a few, but the remainder
made the house and drove the others
fcack when they attempted to rush us.
Ve'vc been defending the house ever
since, and I made n search for this
secret passage. I found my way into
R at last and discovered you lying here
apparently dead, with a wound In your
throat Just as those others had."
Ho put his band up to the gash aa
tf Just made aware of it
'I am afraid I cannot help you very
much, lleutennnt," he said slowly, evi
dently striving to remember. "I left
out great effort lifted the door, turning
it silently hack until it rested securely
against some obstacle. I cou'd per
ceive little outside the narrow zone of
light radiating from below, yet the
small room Into which my head pro
jected appeared unoccupied. Satlstied
n to this. 1 returned below, consid
erably puzzled us to how Donald was
to be got up the ladder. Water from
the canteen applied externally, with
the last dregs of the brandy flask as
inward stimulant, brought the Injured
man once again to his feet. I buckled
the sling strap of the carbine beneath
his arum and led the way, O'l'rlen
boosting sturdily from below, and thus,
aided a little by his own efforts, we
succeeded In dragging his almost inert
body up the short reach of ladder and
out upon the floor above. The mm
fainted as his head fell back upon the
planks, and he lay limp and scarcely
My own exhaustion, comp'e'.c as If
was temporarily, was not lasting. !
held the lantern before Donald's face.
bending dowu to make certain hn still
breathed, and then began searching
for the door of the cabin. We were nl
rectly to the rear of the house, another
small cabin standing between us and
the kitchen ell. Some ten or fifteen
feet away I made out the black out
lines of a well curb with a sweep above
"VeTl. come on; 1 il mww youlo-th
pe.th. You could follow that with your
I had forgotten the way myself, or.
r'.t'ier. the niu'ht confused me as to
the po'ilts of niini, yet as he start
ed o T to the right 1 followed, perfectly
satisfied so long as every step took us
farther away from the immediate
vicinity of the bouse. We had trav
ersed tV orchard and were upon the
edge of the weed patch when he came
to a sharp halt.
"Here's where the path begins lend
ing dnwn to the creek. It's not verv
straight, but you can't lose It, for the
growth Is solid on both sides."
I "It all looks the same to me," staring
beyond him. "Where did you say the
( entrance was?"
j "IMght here In front," half angrily,
i "What is the matter with your eyes?
I'll lead yon into It. and then, perhaps,
yon can follow your nose."
He gripped my sleeve, forcing me
forward. The next instant I had my
leg twined about his. I never had an
easier job at taming a man, and be
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yon with Jean, intending to search this jt nn(j iK.yond that rose the trunk or
tinnel. I had opened the fireplace and n rjj0 tree. This comprised about all
was lighting the lantern when your j j distinguish with nny certainty,
men came, and I stole bck as far as j cauori f0 O'Brien In a whisper.
ie head of the stairs to learn what was f Voti can fill vour canteen
happening. Then Jean came up with tlpre nt u,,, Well without making a
ynur message, and I decided to escape
to my own men as quickly as possible.
Having no longer any thought of
enrch and knowing the way perfectly,
I blew out the light and came dowu
the ladder In the dark. I have made
Ac trip In that manner a dozen times
and felt no fear. I must have advanced
through the tunnel for a hundred feet
or more, one hand touching the wall
to keep the direction, when somethlug
truck me so unexpectedly that I
wieied backward and?eTT. 1 have uo
recollection of seeing anything: only
of feeling the blow nnd realizing I was
falling. The next I remember is look
. ing up Into your face, wondering where
The man was far too weak and dazed
to be questioned at nny length; in his
. present state It would be useless to
describe the woman's face we bad
seen or Mlsj Jean's effort to hold us
prisoners. Here was an explanation of
why no attack had thus ftir been made
upon us from the renr; either no one
outside knew of this passage, or else
Bnnn, if he present and In cotn
nntud, lacked the wrve necessary for
directing such an assaultlug party,
blchever was the cause. I desired to
or else (the Idea coming to me as an
Inspiration) lead a sortie through It,
tifitl thus take the unronsclous be
rtifgers in the rear.
"flow far are we from the entrance?"
ot over fifty feet. I should say.
Yen pass out through a trap door Into
a log storehouse."
"Could you manage to walk that
He held on to O'Brien and the wall,
Wins succeeding lit lifting hlm-"lf until
lit' filood ercst. but his movements were
so uncertain that 1 grasped him also,
lit this manner we advanced slowly
along the passage. Twice we perml
U?d him to lie back oil the packed earth
floor to rest. He was swaying dizzily
wlien we finally attained the foot of a
short ladder leading upward. The trap
was dosed, yet as I held the lantern
higher 1 could perceive the outlines of
Hs the trap locked?"
His eyes opened slightly, staring
deeply at the lantern flnme.
"Vio; nil you need do is push against
1 climbed the few utcps of the lad
dftftjeaving the ly-tit below, and wh
noise." and I pointed toward the
I clung watchfully to tho doorway
until the hoy came safely back.
"There was wather In the pall,
sor," he explained, letting me feel
the wet canteen, "an' there' two or
three fellows nil tin' there on the back
"Well, you go Inside and remnla
with Colonel Donald. Don't permit
him any opportunity to get away or
ouud an alarm."
I crept cautiously forth, moving
slowly backward down the short lino
of negro Cabins, until I attained the
edge of a email grove. Under this
concealment I circled to the right,
purposing to advance through the
weeds along the east of tho grape
arbor. I felt convinced that the
force of attacking Confederates
would be drawn as closo in to the
house as the shelter would permit.
I began worming my way In toward
the grape nrbor, discovering nothing
to obstruct progress. The thickness
of the vines finally prevented further
advance in this direction, and I con
sequently turned more toward the
front of the house, heading directly
toward a great tree, at the north end
of tho arbor. The spreading branches
cast so black a shadow that I wni
almost within arm's length of the
trunk before becoming aware that
two men were standtug there to
gether, their backs toward me. The
s.itind of a volco first awakened me
to the peril of the position In which
I had unwittingly placed mynelf.
"Tin Hen certainly will be here by
daylight, and then we shall have
enough men to turn tho trick. That
wa i his messenger who Just left."
"How much of a force will ho
bring?'' It was Calvert Dunn who
asked tlio question.
"He should have a hundred men,
with my fellows picked up on the way.
lie win sent over to Bitter Creek to
waylay a Yankee foraging party."
There was a pause; Dunn kicked
restlessly nt the root of the tree.
"Well, It can't bo more than nu
hour now until daylight," ho paid at
last, "and altogether that will give
us about 1(V. won't It?"
"That or more; my fellows hnve
been dropping In here all night nnd
you brought five with you."
"I didn't expect to fall Into this sort
otfLP affair,;' jjja tone of evident djs-
WE'LL GOUUI.E t'l' THAT YANK! V.i U .1 IT.
Yankee outfit easy, but It's better to
wait and make a clean job. As things
are they can't possibly get away."
"Some of 'cm will sure get hurt if
they ever try It. Well. I'm goin" round
the lines again, lieutenant. Maybe
you better wait here, where I can find
you easy. Besides, this Is about where
Thellen will strike for when he comes.
He'll follow that path up from the
creek most likely "
The guerrilla sauntered off. gun
across his shoulder. Dunn remained
quiet a moment and then moved slow
ly round behind the tree trunk, t
heard him scratching a match. A
window of the house spit flame to the
sharp crack of a carbine, the ball tear
ing along the bark of the tree. My
rascals within evidently were awake,
nnd the startled lieutenant dropped
the blazing match rts though It had
burnt his fingers. Another carbine
spoke from a window farther to the
left, tho missile whistling through the
air between t:s. Then everything he
came si! ml and black again.
So Dunn Intended to resort to tho
secret passage us soon ns he had galh- ! nol)rs ngo,
ered men enough to safely risk tho j Ho rw.0K,,izwi ,no t,Mli ail(i die sud
attempt, and !:; was the , ::'y nu In i de Kst )if n,m(r ov,.rnun M ,.
the party who was aware of its ex- dom,(l v,,,linB Mm vo,.e. h,. i,rst
Istenre. Then my work was cut on' forth ,', vol)ey of oat,,H
for mo-1 must take rare of Dunn j .f,(( ,,,.. lfi words ,u 1)UliPts,
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I KRVKH HAD AN KASIKIt J0I1T TAMINO.
fore he got his scattered senses to
gether I pressed n revolver barrel
agnlust his temple, threatening instant
death if he so much as moved. What
ever other ambitions Lieutenant Cal
vert Dunn may have possessed, depar
ture -from life surely was not included,
and I doubt if he winked an eyelash
while I stripped him of weapons and
tightly buckled his waistbelt about his
arms, binding them helplessly against
"Sorry to be compelled to treat yoil
In this manner," I remarked coolly,
i'but it seems to be your luck to get in
my way constantly. Besides, I believe
you advocated hanging me only a fev
e bri:f l!:n'. !.: : . tl(l .j,, of mv ,mml shutting otT his
V the play, with both dayPg!:' I wIn(, 1)((k) V(Mir fe ,n 0,e
Theilen! Why, if nurse, n report c'
his approach would throw Dunn oT
his guard, and I might Inveigle the
fellow far enough back from the line:!
to make an open attack possible. Here,
nt least, win the only course which
seemed to promise success. I tore off
my jacket, turning It inside out to hide
tho gleam of buttons; ripped off tho In
elgnln from the front of my slouch hat
and pulled the wide brim low over my
eyes. There would be nothing natty
about Tbellen'g irregulars, nnd the
color of my clothes could not be easily
guessed at in the gloom. All else was
sheer luck and audacity. 1 was with
in five feet of the fellow before he
even saw me. Before he could draw
his wenpon,.l asked hurriedly:
"Is this Captain Dodd?"
"N-no; I am an officer of Johnston's
toff," peering forward In a vain en
deavor to decipher my face. "Who are
you? What do you want?"
"1 have been sent forward by Cap
tain Thellen. lie wants to know where
be Is to bring his men."
The lieutenant stiffened up, the
Blight faltering of his voice wanlshed
In an effort at command.
"Oh. I sec! Well, I am technically
In command here, being of the regular
en-Ice. Where is Thellen?"
"Back yonder on tho creek. lie's
wnltln' for orders nn' n guide."
"Well, hurry bnck and bring him up.
You know the way, don't you?"
I stared off Into the black night, ns
though It hid a thousand mysteries.
"Well, I don't exactly know," 1 con
fessed unwillingly. "I got liere all
right be siuse. the firing from the house
sorter guided me. but them weeds Is
mighty confusln.' nn' I reckon It will
take nie u right smart while to find my
way back again. You couldn't go
along, could you?"
There was nothing In the request to
nrouso suspicion, yet he hesitated, np
paretitly at first Inclined to refuse,
perhaps considering such n service be-
nenth his dignity.
"Maybe If you got me as far the
head of that path 1 might make the
rest all right," I suggested doubtfully.
It wns plain enough he would prefer
remaining where ho wns, but anxiety
to hnve these welcome re-enforcenienU
hurried forward caused him grudging
ly to consent.
"How lnrge a force hnve you?"
"A few over a hundred, I reckon."
ITe squirmed under the pressure of
II..- A'ltn barrel, b-'t coinprelrMidrd the
ne.es cty for an Iwmcdlnte answer.
"All Pmald's guerrillas?"
"K.vepi the small squad 1 brought
"How are they posted?"
TMvi.- or ho In front of the h use.
pa-haps a doxen nt the renr, the others
scattered so as to watch the side win
dows." "No patrols thrown out to protect the
"Not so far as I know. There may
be a picket ou the main rond. We had
no reason to expect any Yanks from
There was no occasion to doubt the
truth of his replies, and they coincided
exactly with my own conception of the
situation. These were Irregulars and
not disciplined soldiers, trained mere
ly ns raiders and naturally careless as
to gunrd lines. Besides, tbey had ev
ery reason to suppose the small body
of Federal cavalry opposing them wero
without supports and securely bottled
up within the house. All they hnd to
do was to await re-enforcements and
then force surrender. The situation
was to my liking, but what could I do
with Dunn? The only feasible method
was to take tho lieutenant with me
back to the hut, where O'Brien could
stand guard over him, while I gathered
together our men for a sortie. With
this In view I gripped him by the col
lar. "Now, Dui'ii. keep exactly cue step
ahead of lue nlong the edge of then?
weeds until you reach the on-hard.
Yes, I know where we are going, and
effort to break away or auy uolse
will ptiT you Tteyoiid rescue. Step out
lively now, only be quiet about it."
I heard him swearing fiercely under
bis breath, but he pushed on ns I or
dered. We slipped within the shelter
of the cabin, where O'Brien promptly
held us up with leveled carbine.
(To Ho Continued.)
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CHARLES V. BOEDEKER, ET AL.,
Notice is hereby civen, That by virtue of an order entered in the fore
going entitled cause on the 4th day of December 1911, by the District
Court of the County of Cass, Nebraska, I the undersigned, sole Referee ap
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9th Day of February, 1912,
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in the city of Plattsinouth, in Cass County, Nebraska, offer for sale to the
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the North West Quarter of the North West Quarter of Section Thirty-Five
(35), oil in Township Twelve (12) North, in Range Eleven (11), East of
the Gth P. M., in the County of Cass, Nebraska, excepting the right of way
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Boedeker farm, lying South of Louisville, in said County, containing 200
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Dated: Plattsmouth, Neb., January 4, 1912.
KtiSZZ. At'" JOHN U. LETOA, Referee
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