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THE WEALTH MAKERS
February 28, 1895
Copyright, 1801, bj imtrieu Prw
A guerrilla's home.
"A dispatch for yon, general "
An aid-de-camp entered, followed by
tall, bronzed Confederate cavalryman
With very muddy boots and a southern
sombrero on his head. In his hand he
carried a sealed envelope, on the left
band corner of which was printed,
"Why not bring it yourself?" asked
the general, evidently pnt out at being
Interrupted at dinner.
"The messenger says that he was In
truoted to deliver it to no one but your
elf. It is from general headquarters. "
The man stalked in, his acoouter
ments rattling as he did so, and remov
log his hat handed the goneral the oom
munication. He opened it, and seeing
that it was in cipher handed it to a
member of his staff who possessed the
key and directed him to unravel it It
toad as follows:
'SaADQCARTKHS ABUT Of TlNMKfWRB, I
June 27, 180& I
To General , Commanding Cavalry on Ex
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Scarcely had the general given the
dispatch over for interpretation when
another from the same source, which
had come by telegraph, was handed
him also, evidently an inextricable
jumble of letters. This, too, was taken
up by the cipher officer. In the course
of half an hour he handed interpreta
tions of both to his chief. The first read
The enemy having taken the gaps, I will
abandon my present line. Be ready to form
rear guard to troopa retreating by University.
Move south at onoe.
Here is the second:
Enemy's telegram In cipher received. Can
not Miss Baggs secure information of the en
emy's intentions as to following this army
across the Tennessee? Such information would
enable us to be prepared if he attacks in con
centrated form or cut him up in detail if he
The genera gave the two messages a
few minutes' consideration, and then,
dismissing the aid who had interpreted
them, directed him to inform Miss Baggs
that he would like to see her.
When she entered, the genoral handed
her the interpreted copies of the two
"Here is a more important work for
you than any you have yet attempted, "
She read both the dispatches and then
thought a few minutes.
"I am ready to undertake it, gen
eral," she said, "but without muoh
hope of suocess. I must first suooeed in
taking off a message in which the plan
of the Yankees is given or hinted at so
clearly as to be inferred, and then it
must be interpreted, for it will surely
be in cipher."
"If you could suooeed In both, you
would Insure us victory in the west,
and that would be half the battle to the
"I will undertake it"
"You will be exposed to a frightful
"You know, general, that I have de
Toted my life to this work. I consider
that as already sacrificed."
"We move from here at once, as you
see by the order just received."
"I will go with you a part of the way
and watch an opportunity to slip back
behind the Union lines. "
With that Miss Baggs went out, and
the general began his preparations to
cover the retreat of the right of the
No further attention was paid to
Farmer Slack and his family. Evident
ly there was business of greater impor
tance on hand. They went out on to the
doorstep, where they stood wondering
What was going on about them. Every
one was stirring. An orderly dashed up
to the door leading an officer's horse
addled and bridled. An aid ran out of
the house, and mounting in hot haste
rode away. A man from an upper win
dow called out to him:
"They've secured the gaps. "
"Liberty and Hoover's. All of 'em. "
"Well, what of it?"
"What of it? It means retreat" And
before the last word was spoken he was
out of sight
In a few minutes a bugle was heard.
Its tones had scarcely died away before
the camp was alive with men preparing
The farmer determined to get his
children into the wagon as soon as pos
sible. He had been given his pass,
which, for the present at least, was
likely to be of little use, as he would
imply follow the army. The party lost
no time in getting to the wagon and
into it and drove down the road. But
they were too late. The way was choked
with horsemen and wagons, and they
were soon brought to a halt The gen
eral dashed past, with his staff, and
Who should be by his side, her striped
dress covered with a gray riding skirt,
sombrero on her head, with a jaunty
sock's feather encircling its crown, but
Miss Baggs. Seeing the farmer's wagon
waiting by the roadside, she reined in
Bobby Lee beside Souri and took her
"Goodby, my dear. I trust that your
innocent heart will not have to suffer
snore than the rest of us during the con
tinuance of this fearful struggle. You
know we are all being tried in a fiery
furnace. We'll meet again. I know it
If yon ever need any help or protection
when our army is near, hunt up Betsy
"Whar's th chicken coop?" called
Jakey as she rode away.
"What chicken coop?"
"Th one on wheels,"
"Oh, the buggy, " she said, smiling.
"I left that for the Yankees to pick up
when they come along. "
, "Rats'll be ridin inter it, I reckon."
"If he can find it, he's welcome to
it," and with a laugh she dashed after
Farmer Slack only succeeded in get
ting a few miles on the way before
nightfall. Then, coming to a small vil
lage, he made up his mind that it would
be better to sleep there than attempt to
go on through a country being abandon
ed by one force to be immediately occu
nfnil fiv nnnfhnr TTa lrnAW wall fha
' crowded condition of the roads and the !
perils of night travel. So singling out
a house beside the road, which was the
main street of the place, and seeing a
woman standing in the door, he asked
if she would give him and his party a
"Reckon I kin keep you nns, but
hain't got no stablin fo' the critters. "
"Oh, I kin find a place fo' them
nns, " said Slack, and handing out his
daughter she went into the house with
Jakey, while the farmer drove off to
find shelter for the horses. Jakey wish
ed to go with him, but his father bade
him stay with Souri
The woman of the house was depress
ed. She was not strong, and the contin
ued successive occupation of the country
by Union and Confederate troops for
more than a year had completely worn
And now another shifting was at
hand. At first she had spoken her sen
timents freely. They were with the
Confederacy, but lately she had come to
endeavoring to find out the sentiments of
strangers before betraying her own.
Wondering whether she was harboring
Unionists or secessionists, she began to
"Reckon you uns live nigh 'bout
hyar, don't y boy?"
"Nigh onter th'.Sequaoh. "
"Let me fill that kettle for yon, "
said Souri, seeing the woman about to
take up a wooden bucket she was soaroe
ly able to lift The woman suffered her
and went on making inquiries of Jakey.
"Thur mixed over thar'. Some's Un
ion, 'n some's seoesh. Which air yer
Waal, I ben tor skule a year, 'n paw
he mought 'a' changed senoe I went
"Don't say 'mought,' Jakey, dear,"
The woman looked at Jakey inquir
ingly. "Y couldn't 'a' l'arned muoh at
skule ef y' reckon a man's goin ter
change sides in this hyar fight Th' git
wusser 'n wusser. Still ef ye'd ben hyar
ye'd l'arned thet Reokon y ben no'th
"We have been north in Ohio,"
said Souri as she put the kettle on the
It was midnight at the little frame
house where slept the Slack family.
Farmer Slack was awakened by a pound
ing at the front door. Then he heard
the woman by whom they were shelter
ed get up, and going to the door let
some one in. The partition was thin,
and every word that was said could be
"Lordy, Ben, whar did y' come
from?" asked the woman.
"Whar y' goin ter?" .
"Up inter the mountings. "
"Ter lay low till the armies move on
south. Then we uns 're goin ter hang
in the tailens of the Yanks. Thur's bet
ter feed in than thur is behind Confeder
ates." "Oh, Ben, I wish you'd stop this
business. Go 'n jine one o' the armies,
I don't keer which. Only stop this kind
"Polly, you know I've been driv to
't What have they left us? Nothin but
this house. Ef I didn't rake among the
refuse that the Yankees leave behind
'em, whar w'd you 'n th' children be?"
"But why air y' leavin now, Ben?
What does 't all mean, the men goin
south? Hain't th' goin ter fight at Tul
lyhomy?" "Ther gittin outen Tullyhomy this
"How d'ye know?"
"I kern from thar this afternoon.
The trains were goin outen the place
loaded with supplies. What's them
things doin thar?"
He pointed to some of the belongings
of the Slack family. The farmer could
hear the woman caution her husband to
speak low, but by that time Slack's ear
was at a crack.
"Ther's a family hyar stayin all
night," she whispered.
"Two, but I don't want y' ter take
'em, Ben. It's onnateraL Thur's a
sweet young gal ez helped me git sup
per, 'n I wouldn't hev nothin happen
to her fur the world. "
"I won't take thur critters tel after
y' git me somep'n ter eat Come, be
lively, my dear. I hevn't bed a squar'
meal in two days. "
"Whar's the gang?"
"I left 'em a mile t'other side o' th'
town. We got ter git inter th' moun
tings afore th' Federals come along.
Whar air the young uns?"
The farmer could see the man go
into a room into which the candle from
the one adjoining cast a dim light The
father bent over the sleeping little ones,
put his lean face down beside the round.
Warm cheek of a child and groaned.
"Jakey," whispered Farmer Slack.
Jakey awakened, but could not make
it known, because his father had clap
ped his hand over his month.
"Be still, my boy, till I git yer
clothes. Don't yer make no sound fo'
yer life. Thur's guerrillas in th' house. ' '
The farmer got Jakey's clothes and
bis own. They put them on, using all
possible caution. Then the farmer took
his son's hand and led him on tiptoe to
the open window. Onoe there, he took
him up in his arms, and passing him
through it dropped him on the ground
a few feet below. Then Slack got
through himself and dropped beside
"Now for the stable, my son. "
Going across some vacant lots, they
reached the stable and took out both
"Jake," said the father, "I'm goin
to the headquarters of the Federals.
want yer to stay 'n take keer o' yer sis
"Souri don't need no one ter take
keer o' her. "
The farmer went back into the sta
ble, leaving Jakey to hold the horses,
and brought out a saddle and bridle.
"Waal, Jake," he said presently,
"she's a gal n may need y. "
"What yer goin fo'?"
"T tell 'em the southern men air
gittin outen Tullyhomy. 'T may make
a lot o' differ ter th' causa "
"Why can't I go 'n do thet?"
The farmer made no reply. He went
on equipping the horse for a ride, but
he was thinking. After all, wouldn't a
boy have a better chance to get through
than a man? He had great confidence
in Jakey's abilities in this direction,
"Jakey," whispered Farmer Slack.
for they had been tested long before
near the beginning of the war. Then he
disliked to leave his daughter without
protection in a lawless territory.
"Jake," he asked at last, "do y
think y o'd do 't?"
"I kin put y' on th' road 't Manches
ter. Thar or before y' git tliar y'll
find Yankees. But yer powerful little
fo' siuh a job. " And the farmer looked
at his son undecidedly.
"Do y' think I'm a babby ter be rock
ed in a cradle?"
"No, Jakey. Yer a 'markable 11
chap. Thur's not 'nother boy o y .'
age livin I'd trust to carry this mess. .
I reokon I'll let y' try it "
Slack took Jakey up in his arms ai.d
sat him on the horse. Then he shorten
ed the stirrups till all the holes in the
straps were exhausted, when he out
new ones, making the length a proper
one for Jakey's little lega
"Now, Jake," said his father In a
tone that bespoke a desire to put resolu
tion into himself and the boy at the
same time, "tell th' Federal general
that a guerrilla kern to the house whar
we war sleepin and tole his wife thet
the southern men air gittin outen Tul
lyhomy. He kem from thar this after
noon. 'N, my boy, ez I often tole y'
afore, remember yer a Unioner 'n hain't
afraid o' nothin. Thar's th' road. "
"Tom, you git"
to be continued.
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