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"I mean to say that the existence of
confederate spy. between 'ibiscemp
and the division headquarters is sum-
ciently weli known to ui to justify the
"And pray, how can that affect ui?"
aid Lagrange, haughtily.
"I need not inform so old a eoldierma
Col. Lagrange that the aiding, abetting,
and even receiving information from a
spy or traitor within one's lines is at
equally dangerous service." v " '
"Perhaps yon would like to satisfy
-yourself, general,'' said Col. Lagrange,
with an ironical laugh. "Fray do not
hesitate on account of our uniform I
Search us if you like." ' 1
"Not on entering my lines,olonel,"
replied Brant, with quiet significance.
Lagrange's cheek flushed. But he re
covered himself quickly, and with a
formal bow, said: "You will then per
haps let me know your pleasure?"
"My duty, colonel, is to keep yon
both close prisoners here until I have
an opportunity to forward you to the
division commander With ft Tenors of
the circumstances of your arrest. That
I propose to do. How soon I may have
that opportunity or if I am ever to
have it" continued Brant, filing his
clear eyes significantly on Lagrange,
"depends upon the chances of War,
which yon probably understand as well
"We should never think of making
any calculation on the action of an
officer of such infinite resources as Gen.
Brant," said Lagrange, politely.
"You -will no doubt have an op
portunity of stating your own case
to the division commander," continued
Brant, with an unmoved face. "And";
he continued, turning for the first time
to Cant Faulkner, "when you tall the
commander , what I believe to be the
fact from your name and resemblance
-that yon are a relation of the young
lady who for the last three weeks has
been an inmate of this house under a
pass from Washington you . will, I
have no doubt, favorably explain your
own propinquity to my lines." ...
"My sister, Time," ssid the jonngo ;
fleer, impulsively. "But she is no longer
here. She passed through the lines
back to Washington yesterday. No,"
he added.with a light laugh, "I'm afraid
that excuse won't count for to-day."
A sudden frown upon the face of the
elder officer, added to the perfect in
genuousness of Faulkner's speech, sat
isfied Brant that he had not unly
elicited the. truth, but that Miss Faulk-1,
ner had been successful! Nor did he'
doubt that his suggestion that her re
lationship to the young officer would
incline the division commander to look
leniently upon his fault and he felt a
lingular satisfaction in thus being able
to serve her. Of the real object of the
two men before him he was convinced;
they were "the friends" of his wife who'
were waiting for her outside the lines!
Chance alone had saved her from
being rrested with them, with the con
sequent exposure of her treachery be"-'
fore his own men who as yet hid no
proof of ber guilt, nor any suspicion of -her
actual identity. Nor was his own
chance of conveying her with saftty
beyond his lines affected by this; the
prisoners dare not reveal what they
knew of her, and it was with a grim
triumph that he thought of compassing
her escape without their aid. Nothing
of this, however-Was. visible'Jn, bis
face, which the younger man watched
with a kind of boyish, curiosity, iwhUe
Col. Lagrange regarded the.celUng With
a politely-repressed yawn. ' "I regret," '
concluded Brant, as he summoned the
officer of the guard, "that I shall have
to deprive you of each other's company
during the time that you are hare-Ant
I shall see that you, separately, want
for nothing in your confine meat," '(,
"If this is with a view to separate in
terroeatory, genera, I can retire now."
said Lagrange, rising with ironical po- J
-I believe I have all-the information
I require," returned Brant, with undis
turbed composure. .Giving th neoesj
sary orders to his subaltern, he ac.
knowledged with equal calm the formal
salutes of the two prisoners as they
were led away and retyirned qulikly to
bis bedroom above. He paused instinct
ively for a moment befoK the. closed
door and listened. There war no sound
from within. Us unlocked the door and
Bo quiet was the interior that for an
instant, without glancing at the bed,
he caat-a-quiek -took -at the window,
which, till then, he bad forgotten, and
which he remembered gave egress upon
theverandaroof. But it was still closed,
and as. he approached thebednesawiii
wife still lying there in the attitude in
which he had left her. But her eyes
were ringed and slightly filmed, as if
with recent tears. ..' i J
It wua, perhaps, this circumstance
that softened bis voice, still harsh with
command, as unsaid: v"'
"I supposeyou know those two men?"
"And' (hat I hsvve put It eirt of their,
power to help you 7" ,
There was something so strangely
submissive in her voice that he again
looked suspiciously at her, But he was
shocked tn - that she was qUiUi pale
now, ni ' ' the fire bed goue-ont of
" . a. Jvou my own and
ir "She is here."
- ."Herer : -
"Bow do you know ltr he asked, in
"She was not to leave this place until
she knew I was safe within our line
I have some friends who are faithful k
me." After a pause she added i "She
has been already." ' "
. He looked at her, startled. "Impos-eible-I-"
"You locked the door. Yes, but she
has a second key. And even if she had
not there is another entrance from that
closet You do not know this house;
you have been here two weeks; I spent
two years of my life, as a girl, In this
An indescribable sensation came over
him; he remembered how he had felt
when he first occupied it; this was fol
lowed by a keen sense of shame on re
flecting that he had been, ever since,
but: helpless puppet in the power of
his enemies, and that she could have
escaped if she would, ever now. ft I. .
"Perhaps," he said, grimly, "you have
already arranged your plans."
She looked at him with a singular re-
proachf illness even in her submission.
"I have only told her to be ready to
change clothes with me and help me
color my face and hands at the time
appointed. I have left the rest to you;
"Then this iemy plan. I have changed
only, a detail. You and she must both
leave this house at the same time, ny
different exits, and one of them must be
nrivate and unknown to my men. Do
you know of such a one?"
yes," she earn, '-nenae the .negro
quarter.'', v . ; . y I 1
"Good"." no replied." "That will be
your way out She will leave here pub
licly, through the quarters, armed with
a pass from me. She will-be--over1
hauled and challenged by the first sen
try, near the guard house, below the
wall. She will be subjected to some de
lay and scrutiny, which she wiU,how:J
ever, be able to pass better than you
would This will create the momentary
diversion that werequire. In the mean
time, you will have left the house by
the wing, and you will then keep in the
ahadow of the hedge until you can drop
down along the run, where it empties
into the swamp. That," he continued,
fixing his keen eyes upon her, "is the
weak point in the position of this place,.
that is neither over!ooked-nor defended.
But, perhaps," he added again, grimly.
?you already knawltr' -"It
is the marsh where the flowerr
grow, near the path where you met
alias Faulkner. I had -crossed . AhcA
msrsh to give her a letter, she said,
A bitter smile came over Brant s face.
but passed as quickly. -
Enough," he said, quietly, "1 will
meet you beside the run and cross the
marsh with you until you. are within
hailing distance of your lines. I will
be hi plain clothes, Alice," he went ou,
slowly, "for it will not be the com
mander of this force who accompanies
you, but your husband, and, without
disgracing his uniform, he will-at least
be your equal, for the instant he passes
his own lines, in disguise, be will be
come like you, a spy, and amenable to
Her eyes seemed suddenly to leap up
to his with that strange look of awaken
ing and enthusiasm which he had noted
before. And in' its complete preposses
sion iff all her instincts she rose from
the bed unheeding her bared arms and
shoulders and loosened hair, and stood
upright before him. For an instant,
husband and wife stood beside each
other as unreservedly aa in the nuptial
chamber of iiobles. ,
"When shall Igor
He rlaneed through the window, al
ready growing lighter with the coming
dawn. The relief would pass in a few
momenta; the time seemed propitious.
"At once," he said. "I will send Hose
to you." i ? ' ft'1
But she had already passed into the
closet, and was tapping upon some in
ner door. He heard the sound of hinges
turning and the rustling of garments.
She reappeared, holding the curtains of
the. closet together, with her hand and
said: "Co! When she tomes to yow
office for the pass, Jro will know that 1
He turned away. "Stop!" she said
He turned back. Her expression had
again changed, Her face was deadly
pole;' a strange remqf seemed to have
taken possession of her. She dropped
the curtain. Her beautiful arms moved
slightly forward; It seemed to him that
she would in tie next moment haveex
tended both her hands, uuteventnen
she said hurriedly: "Go! Go!" and
slipped ogaili behind the curtain.
' He quickly descended the stairs as
the sound of trampling feet on the road
and . the hurried word of command an
nounced the return eff the scouting par
ty. The offcer hod little report to
make, .beyond, the fact that a morning
inisW creeping a)ongthe ivailey, .pre
vented any further observation, and
bads fair to Interrupt their own com
munications -with the camp. Every
thing was quiet in the west, although
the enemy's lines, along the ridge
Brant' had ltotcpefl impatiently, for a
new idi.il had seined bim, Hooker was
of the party, ami wath one man in
once made his way to the commissary
Wngons, one of which he knew Hooker
used us a tent Hastily telling bim that
be wished to visit the pickets without
recognition, he induced him to lend
'4. him his slouched hat and frock coat,
leaving with him his own distinguish
ing tiuiic, hat and sword. Tie resisted
have forced upon Mm. An hu loft, the
wagon he was half amusedly conscious
that his old companion was character
istically exuniining the garments he
had left behind with mingled admira
tion and envy. But be did not know,
oa he slipped out of the camp, that Mr.
Hooker was quietly trying them on, be
fore, a broken mirror in the wagon
The gray light of that summer morn
ing was already so strong that to avoid
i detection he quickly dropped into the
SIISOOW Ol uie kuiiy iiwv biu(icu i'
wardstherun. Thchotniistv ;Mi -iw
scouts had seen was now lyiiifc'JiU ;
tranquil sea between him and tin- i:i
ets of the enemy's rear guard, ii,;.ii it
seemed to submerge, and was cllujr:!;;
in moist tenuous swathes like dni.-.n
out cotton wool along the ridge, half
obliterating its face. From the valley
In the rear it was already stealing in
a thin white line up the slope like the
advance of a ghostly column, with a
stealthlness that, in spite of himself,
touched him with suiierstitious sipnin
cance. A warm perfume, languid and
treacherous, as from the swamp mag
nolia seemed to rise from the. half hid
den marsh, An ominouB silence that ap
peared to i be a part of this veiling of
all things under the clear, opal tinted
sky-above was so little like thehush of
rest and peace that he half yearned for
the outburst of musketry and tumult of
attack that might dispel It All that he
had ever heard br dreamed of the in
sidious south, with its languid aubleties,
of climate, and of race, seemed to en:,
compass bim here,
But the next moment he saw the
fl.Tures he was waiting for stealing
towards him from the ahadow of the
gully beneath the negro quarters, ,
Even in that uncertain light there
was no mistaking the tall figure, the'
gaudily striped, clinging gown andtur-'
bancil heud. And then n strange revul
sion of feeling, quite characteristic of
the emotional; side of bis singularitem
perameut, overcame bim. He was tak
ing leave of his wife- the dream of his
youth perhaps forever! It should be
no parting in . anger as at lioules; it
iliould be with n tenderness that would
blot Out their post in their separate
memories Godknowsl ltmight heaven
a parting that at that moment was a
joining of them in eternity; In his mo
mentary exaltation it even struck him
that It was n duty, no less sacred, no
less unselfish than the one to which he
had devoted his life. The light was
growing stronger; he could hearToices
iu the nearest picket line, and the
sound of a cough in the invading mist.
He made a hurried sign to the oncom
ing figure to follow him, ran ahead and
baited at last in the cover of a hack-ma-tack
bush. Still gosing forward
over the marsh, he steadily held out
his hand behind him, as the rustling
skirt carae nearer. At last his band
was touched buteven at that touch
he started, and turned quickly.
It was not bis wife, but Kosel her
mulatto doublet Her face was rigid
with fright, her beady eyes staring in
their china sockets; her white teeth
"Hush! " he said, clutching her hand,
in a fierce whisper. "Not a word I" She
was holding something white in her
fingers; he snatched Itquickly. It was
a note from his wife not in the dis
guised band of her first warning, but,
in one that he remembered aa if it were
a voice from their past.
"Forgive my disobeying yon to save
you from capture, disgrace or death
which would have some to you where
you were going! I have token Rose's
pass. You need not fear that your
honor will suffer by it, for if I am
stopped I shall eonfess that ! took It
from her. Think no more of me, Clar
ence, but only for yourself. You are in
danger." ,. , ., . ..... f.. ... . ,
He crushed the letter in his hand.
"Tell me," he said. In a fierce whisper,
seising her arm, "and speak low. When
'did you leave her?" ' ; -
"Sho'ly just now!" gasped the
He flung her aside. T(iere might be
still time to overtake' and save her be
fore she -reached the picket line. He
ran up the gully and out on to theslope
towards the first guard post. Butftfa-
miliar challenge reached his ear, and
his heart stopped beatingv
Yvnogdes iuerer' .
Then was a pause, a rattle oi arms.
voices, another pause and Brant-stood
rooted tothe spot 'Then the voice rose
again, Slowly and -clearly ; "Pass, the
mulatto -woman 1"
Thank God! she wassaved!: But the
thought bad scarcelv' Crossed hi mind
before it seemed to him that a blinding
crackle of sparks bunt out alon the
whole slope below the wall, a charac
teristic yell, which be knew too well,
rang in his ears, -and an undulating
line of dusty soldiers came leaping like
gray wolves out of themutt upon his
pivqra, n ooara tae Shouts of his
lutm Alitor talk M JU flreai
rvlng to their posts, and knew that be
v. as hopelessly surprised and sur
rounded. " He ran forward among ,hls disorgan
ized men. To his consternation no one
Kecuied to heed bim I Then the remcm-
urance or nis disguise flashed upon
hjm. But be had only time to throw
:vay his hat and snatch n, sword from
ii fulling lieutenant before a scorching
flash seemed to pass before his eves
I mid burn through his hair, and he
uruppeo nne a log oeaiae nis subaltern.
An aching under tlie bandsge around
his head, where the spent bullet had
grased his scalp, and the sound of im
possible voices tin his ears were all he
knew as he struggled slowly back to
consciousness again. Even then It still
teniPd a delusion, for he wn; lying In
tin" hospital of the 'headquarters, with
oii o'i'H of thedlvisionsbtrT around him,
mid the division conimundcr himself
Standing by his cot, and rcgunlisgjilm
with uu air of grave, but not unkindly
concern. Hut the wounded man felt in
stinctively that it was not the effect
of his physical condition, and a sense
of shame came suddenly over him.
which was not dissipated by bis supe
rior s worus. ror, motioning the
others aside; the major general leaned
over his cot, and said: ' ' '"
' "Until a few month ago the report
wis that yon had been captured in the
.'lint rush of the rear guard, which we
vre rolling up for your attack, and
when'yoii were picked up, Just now, In
plain clothes on the slope, you were not
recognized. The one thing seemed to
be as improbable aa the other," he
The miserable truth' flashed across
Brant's mind. Hooker must have been
captured In his clothes perhaps in
some extravagant aally-Muid had not
been recognized in the confusion by
his pwn officers. Nevertheless he raised
his eyes to his superior.
"You got my note?" " '" "'
The general's brow darkened. "Yes,"
he said, slowly, "but finding you thus
unprepared I had been thinking just
now that you had been deceived by
that woman or by others and thnt.it
was a clumsy forgery. He stopped,
and seeing the hostess bewilderment
in the face of the wounded man, added,
more kindly: "Hut we will not tulk of
that In your present condition. . The
doctor says a few hours will put you
straight again. Get i strong fori' J
want yon to lose no time for your
own sake to report yourself at Wash
"Report myself at Washington!''
rqiented Brant, slowly. ..
"That was last night's order," aatd
the commander; with military curt
iiuss, Then he burst out: "I dou't un
derstand it, Urantl , I believe you have
lieen misunderstood, misrepresented,
iwrhaps maligned and I shall moke It
my business to see the thing through
but these are the department orders.
And for the present I am sorry to say
you are relieved of your command,"
He turned away, and Brant closed
hiseyes. With it it seemed to him that
lie closed his career. No one would ever
understand his explanation even bad
he been tempted to give it, and lie
knew he never would. Everything was
over now, Even this wretched bullet
had not struck him fairly, and culmi
nated his fata aa it might For an in
stant he recalled his wife's last offer
to fir with him bevond the seas be
yond this Scruel injustice but even
he recalled it he knew that flight
meant the worst of all a half confes
sion. But she had escaped. Thank
Mod for thatl Again and again, In his
hopeless perplexity, this comfort re
turned to him. He had saved bar; He
had done his duty. And harping upon
this in bis strauge fatalism, it at last
seemed to him that this was for what
he bad lived,, for what he had suffered,
for what he had fitly ended his career.
Perhaps it was left for him now to pass
bis remaining yean in forgotten exile,
even as his father had, his father his
breath came quickly at the thought
God knows, perhaps as wrongfully
accused. It may have been a provi
dence that she had borne no child, to
whom this dreadful heritage could be
(To bo continued.) ,
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