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ALBANY KEf rlsTElt.
A Narrow Harape.
BY CI I AWES p. WILKIN.
For a while after the close of the
war. my office was just opposite Cap
tain II- 's. and it was with great
I ilea Hire that I nsed to go over to the
captain's, after business hours, and
listen to his - war yarns." as lie called
tlm. Me seldom' spoke of himself,
but the following he told me of his
own personal experience, which I give
in his own wmds.
1 Miring the war I did considerable
duty a a spy. and o:i one occasion I
dime near loosing my life.
Just after one n onr fleh Imttles.
particular information was needed con
cerning the conStlon of tlie reliel
troops qaartered in our section. 1 was
fully aware of the risk I incurred, nor
was 1 ignorant of tlie. fate awaiting
me if I was suspected and taken.
I had reconnoitred pretty thoroughly,
gained about all the information neces
sary, and was lx-ginning to think of
returning, when the following inci
dent decided me.
While walking along, musing upon
the exciting events which were then
transpiring, t was met by a rebel pri
" Helton, old bov ! you're going the
wrong way," cried the fellow in an
animated tone of voice.
" I guess not," 1 replied carelessly.
Wei1. I 'sjiose you know best : but
you'd betHer go back with me to the
camp. I'm going to get a description
of the chap that's been playing the
spy," added the fellow, familiarly.
What aoout him? Its all news i
to me." I replied with as little out
ward appearance of concern as possi
ble, though my pulse beat a little
quicker than usual at the man's words.
You must he deaf. then, torevcry
Imdy is talking about him to-day."
he continued. " His name is Tom
Jones und he's been skulking round
here, listening to what tlie officers say.
pumping tlie men and trying to tind
out what the next move is to be. But
they're on his track. There's a bounty
ou his head, and he's as good as a dead
Good enough for him ! " I exclaim
ed, maintaining the same indifferent
demeanor. " His life isn't worth
much, tliat's a fact, lint I say, com
rade," I said, slapping him familiarly
on tlie shoulder. " isn t hansrliur a lit-
on the slwulder. hurt hanging a lit
tie too gcod for the rascal "
The man replied with a coarse laugh
and an oath, and then passed on his 1
way, leaving me in no enviable state i
of iniud. liad tlie fellow been ac- i
luainteu with me, detection would
liave been certain. V lien t left tlie
rebel barracks in the morning. 1 no
ticed nothing unusual ; but my abseuce.
added to other cireu instances, awaken
ed suspicion. Not u moment was to
lie lost; my life depended upon instant
concealment, as flight at tiiat hour (it
U'iiigtheu four in the afternoon would
lie attended with extreme danger.
Without further delay, I entered a
thick growth of trees near by ami
looked about for some place of con
cealment. I conid discover nothing
but a large brush heap, but as no bet
ter could be found, 1 concealed myself
beneath it as well a possible,
1 was none too soon, for in a short
time I heard the tramp of horses' feet,
and the voices of men. Without bait
ing tliey passed the spot where I lay,
I breathed more freeley wlien tbrir
-bouts were lost in the distance, in
my hiding-place time dragged slowly.
The ground jyas cokl and very damp
front the effects of a recent rain, which
did not ad much to the pleasantness
of my situation. I dared not Mir for
fear of attracting the attention of some
liersou who might be lurking in the
For several days I had not felt well,
owing to the effects of tlie long march
1 luufemlured before undertaking this
business, and I felt that I was rapidly
becoming wane. Cold chills ran over
me, my head was hot ami aclied Imdly,
and a general languor pervaded my
It was now evening ; the moon shone
brightly. What should I do? 1 fear
ed helng seen if 1 attempted to leave
my covert. - But if it was dangerous
to go. it wasequallyaoto remain. For
Three hours had I lain there, benuined
with cold and growing more feeble
At this juncture I remembered latv
iug seen a small eahin at a short dis
t.iiice. I determined to seek it, throw
myself upo the merer of theiuniates
a i id ask assistance and protection.
Pushing ashle tlie brush cautiously,
and glancing from aide to side, I crept
hurriedly a-lltlle ways uKn toy bauds
and knees.' ilnd tlieu gradually raised
myself to an 'upright po-itioii. This
was not accomplished without severe
effort; niy'-'linibs were weak and
cratuped. and i could hardly walk for
the pain it give hie. My head was
so Ihjltf. and dizzy that it was some
riiinates before I could recollect in
what directiou tlie cabin was. But at
longth my senses returned and I moved
slowly forward. Guided by the light
wnien shone from the window, I ap
proached the cabin, but paused at
hearing the sound of voices. Taking
a fear wore noiseless steps I was en-
. a Med to glance tlirongli the rude win
dow. Two men ami two women were
I eonlil hear their voices plainly from
! where I stood, and I listened U see if
I could not gain some cine to the char
acter of iIk- inmate.
1 am nhke confident that we shall
succeed."' said one.
The reward is worth trying for,
anyway." returned the other.
IVfiat will be done with him If lie
should he caught ? "asked the younger
of the two females.
" No matter! they won't he likely
to let him go again," said the elder
man. with a significant shrug of the
"He'll lie treated as spies usually
are. urohahly.'' remarked the middle
aged woman who had not he-tore spok
en. The younger shuddered and looked
thought All. " I wish there was no
such thing as w ar ; it so brutali.es hu
man nature." she said earnestly, after
"The sooner the Yanks is conquered
the quicker it will be ended," said tlie
youngest man. "So yon see its our
duty to catch this fellow who is said
to be very cunning and useful in his
way. He can't Ih' a great ways off
and the sooner we get started after
htnl. the sooner we shall hunt him
The other gave his hearty assent to
this propositi, and after talking over
their plans together, both men left tlw
cabin and pasjed so near where I stood,
that by raising my liaud I could have
touched them. But fortne favored me.
and the darkness w hich succeeded the
moon's departure, hid me from their
Waiting until they were out of liear
lu& 1 stepped to the cabin door and
r.i: : . ... .
t he latcii was niscii. ami a voice
demanded. " Who's there ? "
A friend ; one. at least, who
not the lower to harm you." I replied. I
The door opened wider, and tlie wo- i
man scrutinized me closely,
I am sick, hungry and sorely
pressed by enemies ; I tun the spy for
whom the reward is offered. I am in
distress. You can save me or deliver
me into the hands of your husband, or
those who have gone in pursuitof me." j
Tlie mother and daughter exchanged
glances but neither spoke, and anx- j
iously I awaited the decision.
The woman who oiened the door,
motioned lite to enter. I did so. and j
a seat was placed for me by the daugh
ter, whose sympathies were obviously
We can give yon food, but our I
protection will aviiil but little after
my husband's return." said the wo- i
(.'mi vou not conceal me ? " 1 asked .
Heaven will surely re- j
: W;ir,i vou
The mother looked at her daughter
and they conversed together in a low
We will do what we can." said
tlie former, briefly, as she placed food
and drink before me and signed me to
"Do not stop to talk." she added,
quickly, as I endeavored to express
my gratitude. There is no time to
lose, and food will do you more good
than anything else."
I did not wail for a secoiHl bidding,
and the nutritious W-verage soon liad
the effect to renew my strength and
inspire fresh courage. My head felt
les giddy, the cheerful fire warmed
lUV stiffened limbs, ami 1 woukl cer
tainly have fallen asleep in my chair
had not a feeling of dread lest tlie men
should suddenlv return, caused me to
look often anxiously towards the win
dow. v'Fhev will lie gone two liours,"
said the youngest, as if to reassure me
ou that point.
I signified my thanks and looked at
the fair speaker so attentively that a
crimson glow stole over her counten
ance, making her look still more in
teresting, I forgot for the moment
my illness, the danger I had incurred,
the risk I now raw. everything in con
templating her symmetrical figure,
regularity of features, and the heiievo
leilt kindness that beamed from Iter
elopieut eyes. My rapture was of
short duration, the barking of a dog.
and tlie exclamation of uiy deliverer
You are lost " brought me to my
Father must In; near, for that is his
dog." 1 started to my feet ami looked
hurriedly about for some means of
escape besides the door which I enter
ed. The girl shook her liead. and tlie
color fled from her cheeks by reason of
her terror. I knew t hat discovery was
inevitable if I remained where I was,
and that tlie result would lie equally
fatal if I ventured to leave tlie cabin.
The voices of the men came nearer
and nearer. The young girl stood
spell-bound (or an instant, then sprung
towards a door which opeued into a
"Go in. quick," she whispered,
"and hide yourself behind the clothes."
I obeyed, and the door was quickly
closed and fastened upon me, while
my deliverer, with uncommon self
possession, (as I afterward learned)
placed herself in the chair 1 had Just
vacated, drew up to the table on which
food bad been placed, and very delib
erately commenced eating. She had
hardly done so when her father and
his companion entered the cabin, hoi h
looking somewhat ill-humored and
" Wliat are you up and eating for.
at this hour. Nellie? " asked the form
er, regarding the young lady with a
look of astonishment and displeasure.
" Waiting for you so long made me
hungry," was the unhesitating reply.
"Wel, ami so are we hungry, girl :
so get us something quick, tor we've
?;ot to ride a dozen miles yet : that Is.
f the fellow don't disappoint us again.
Confound bim ! we might have been
on tlie right track by this time if the
horses liad lieen round in time." he
muttered, as Nellie busied herself In
placing food before them.
In the meantime, the mother, who
had left the eahin before the men re
turned, had entered an nut-building,
and wn preparing a comfortable dace
hi which I could conceal myself lielore
her husband's return.
Before the men finished eating she
returned, but started back In alarm at
perceiving what a change in affairs
the last twenty minutes liad wrought.
Nellie, caught her eye and a warning
glance recalled her usual presence of
" Well ? " she said, interrogatively,
approaching the table.
We've had to wait tor horses, and
the rascal will give us the slip if we
don't make butter time," returned her
1 say. Dim." he added, with an
impatient gesture, "haven't you most
" Shouldn't wonder." replied Dan.
pushing back his chair and buttoning
tils coat. "I'm ready."
We'll go. then, as soon as I get
my other hat from the closet." And
approaching my place of coneeahnciir.
the speaker stepped in and commenced
searching for Ids hat. I crouched be
hind a pile of bedding, trembling lest
a sudden movement of the man should
expose my person I was certain that
my heartbeat loud enough to be beard,
and when I felt tlai clothes move lie
fore me 1 gave up all for lost.
The girl's emotions were none the
less intense. Her face became pale,
her feet seemed bound to the floor,
and her heart almost stopped beating
as her eye marked each emotion of heir
father. As he approached the corner
where she knew I was, she placed her
liauds over her eyes and sank into a
But he did not discover me. The
hat was found at length, and Nellie
raised her eyes. Her lather stood
without tlie closet while his compan
ion was assuring him that if lie did
not hurry all would lx- lost.
" Where is he? " inquired the wo
man, when tliey were gone.
, "In there." 'replied the daughter,
pointing toward the closet.
" It is Providence, indeed ! " was
the exclamation of the mother, as she
comprehended tlie narrow escape
I lost no time in getting to the out
building mentioned. It was an old
affair and used but seldom, mid being
so near tlaj Confederate camp, would
not tie likely to lie subjected to a very
thorough search by my pursuers, who
believed me to be much farther off.
in this place I remained several
days, receiving the best of care from
both mother and daughter, who visited
me as often as tliey could without at
When my strength returned, and I
was able to travel, my generous pro
tectors furnished me with disguises,
and during the husband's absence,
were enabled to assist me considerable
ou my perilous journey.
1 encountered but few difficulties,
however, and iassed the Confederate
lines in safety.
By the way," said the Captain,
looking at his watch. " you must take
tea with me this evening. No ex
cuses,"lie continued, as he saw me
about to speak. " I want to introduce
you to tlie heroine of my story ; she is
iny wife now." 0r b ittsith k'rUnd,
The Ten Hnnqiietera.
Half a score of years ago Airs. Big
elow kept a large and fashionable
boarding house at 03 Great Jones
street Among her boarders were ten
gentlemen who had lived together for
many years, and with whom the bonds
of friendship had become cemented.
Tliey often dined togetlier, and in (tur
tles of three or four visited places of
amusement, (lie whole party congre
gating in tlie sitting room liefore bed
time and comparing notes of the day's
business and tlie evening's amusement.
The breaking out of the war ot the
rebellion clianged the current of life of
several of this social party, and a num
ber of them expressed their determin
ation to join the Union ranks. Many
were the regrets at the dissolution of
their fraternal society, and it was de
cided that they should liave a farewell
dinner ou the evening of September
10, 1H62. Arrangements were made
accordingly by their amiable hostess,
and at eight o'clock pi'eclsely on the
evening named the ten gentlemen en
tered the dining-room and took their
seats at the table. Each and every
one ot them was full ot life and hope
and the future prospects of each were
the subject of an animated conversa
tion during the early progress ot the
meal. Speeches were made, songs
sung, and toasts drank, mid It was not
till two o'clock in the morning thtrt
the party abandoned the festive board
and sought their rooms.
Before their departure, however,
each arose in Ins place and made a sol
emn vow that if lie was living tell
years hence he would meet the .rest of
I his companions in tlie same place and
! dine with them as they liad dined that
night. Each one was to occupy the
same seat, and as nearly as possible
they were to have the same kind of a
I dinner. Since then the bouse lias be
come the Maltbv House, nuclei- the
: proprietorship or Mr. J. 11, Smith.
Some days ago Mr. .Smith was request
ed by Mr. Edward Winshlp, broker,
i U Broad street, to paqiare a dinner
for ten gentlemen on the evening of
I September 10, is72. Mr. Winshlp
briefly narrated the circumstances ut
; the contract ami that, being the eldest
of tlie party of ten. he Iwd been a
I minted on tlie evening of theirdiuiiig
' in lSd2. as the Chairman.
! At precisely eight o'clock last Tues
day evening' Mr. Winshlp, the sole
j survivor of the party, entered the diu
; ing room of the Malt-by House, and
; the doors were quickly closed behind
! him. No one was there excent Geo.
j Beuly, the head waiter, and one or
two otlier colored waiters. The rooms
and tables were arranged precisely as
they were ten years before, and Mr.
! Winshlp, with bead bowed and a sad
i dened expression of countenance, took
I tlie same seat he had occupied ten
I years before. All around were empty
j chairs and empty plates and unfilled
I The meal was begun and the solitary
i banqueter was served with the requir
ed courses, Mr. Winshlp occasionally
! passing a word with the head waiter,
i " Poor boys ! They're all gone," said
he. " One went down in tlie Monitor
in Mobile liay ; another was drowned
in the same waters; two were shot in
Mobile ; one lost both legs by a ball
atld another was pierced through the
heart ; another died in Philadelphia,
and a sixth died in New York." He
said that as he was walking tip Broad
way one evening in February last, lie
felt a tap on the shoulder and a voice
asked him if he knew Mr. . " 1
do." replied Mr. Winshlp. " He died
at 4 o clock to-day," said the voice.
Though Mr. Winshlp tarned quickly
upon feeling tlie tap and hearing the
voice he was unable to nsee.tain who
it was that had addressed him. He
afterwards learned that one of the
party ot ten liad died tlint day and at
the hour indicated. Mr. Winshlp said
that tlie oldest of the party, next to
himself, was only 2'.'. .W York Tri-
A Ji'itUiim Husband' Mrvt-iig '
A terrible tragedy has recently been
enacted in Brazil. It appears that a
noble of the empire, a man of large
possessions and great influence, mar
ried at mature age a young and most
lovely woman. For some time all
went pleasantly. Among the constant
visitors ot the nobleman s villa was an
officer ot the Brazilian army, whose
attentions to the nobleman's lady soon
became very marked. Although every
one else observed the growing intima
cy between the two. the husband, him
self appeared utterly nnobservaut of
the fact. . .
At length the truth was thrust upon
him. ana he was obliged, much against
his will, to admit that the intimacy
between his voting wife and the hand
some officer had been criminal.
He was a man of strong feelings, but
of great selt-possessiou and determina
tion. After the fact ot his wife's infi
delity liad been placed beyond doubt,
he apparently soon resolved on the
course that he would pursue, 'tlie of
ficer was a gnestat his villa. After
breakfast one morning, the marquis
informed the officer that he Wished a
few moments' conversation with him.
Tliey retired to tlie library; whence,
after a short interview, they came,
arm in arm. and apparently tlrt' best
of friends. They passed into the
grounds and waved an adieu to the
ladies who occupied one of tlie balcon
ies, Shortly after mid-day the marquise,
who sat in her laiudoir. was startled
by a sharp knock at the door. She
languidly bade the visitor enter. A
terrible surprise awaited her.
The door opened; she recognized
the tread of her husband and turned
her head. Horror of horrors! The
marquis advanced with the bloody
bead of her lover, on a dish ! He held
the dreadful offering before his guilty
and shuddering wife, and said :
"Madam, the colonel sends yon this,
and regrets that he cannot present it
The horrified woman gazed with un
utterable anguish on the awful specta
cle. Tlie marquis deliberately drew
his revolver, placed it 10 his wife's ear
and blew out her brains. He then
shot himself through the heart.
It is supposed that the marquis and
tlai colonel Imd fought with swords,
as the letter's body, pierced through
the heart, was found in an adjoining
wood, and that the nobleman liaving
slain his adversary Iwd ent off his
head, and then finished Uie dreadful
tragedy as already described.
In a certain locality of Houston
county, Georgia, it is said to be the
custom to hand around quinine pills
instead of fruit.
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