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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1927.
Illustrated by Henry Jay Lee
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Jeanne Beaufort, beautiful daugh
ter of a Virginia tobacoo planter,
brave and daring, haa lost her father
and two brothers in the Civil War.
She swears to get revenge. At the
time she is living with her Aunt.
Mra. Wetmore, in the South. Jeanne
lays her plans and goes to her Aunt
Delier's in Richmond. Va.
She manages to meet the President
and she is assigned duties as a spy,
Her first mission is to go to Washing
ton and find a man by the name of
parson Kennedy and bring him into
the Southern lines.
She is introduced to
Henry Morgan, a young officer, who
falls in love with her at sight. She
repudiates his love making, and he
disappears for a while.
Jeanne, disguised as a boy, has had
horrible adventure. She has a
document with code names on it.
John Kennedy, D.D.
J-WG-A - F-BN-S
The organization is composed of
young men with the exception of one,
and they are spies who work for the
There are eleven in number. For
weeks they have been in Virginia.
Jeanne has sworn to track them down,
one by one.
This time the game she was play
ing began to bring forth results.
She applied herself to the practical
arts of war telegraphy, signaling
and things like that; she perfected
herself in swimming and running and
shooting; she even went so far as to
inure herself to privations.
She became as sound and hard as
a maple sapling. It became more and
more difficult to get through those
blue lines, but she always juccecded
and often as a boy in the uniform
Sometimes she would spend three
or four days at the plantation. And
oddly enough, it was during one of
these visits that she stumbled upon
the secret which was seriously worry
ing the Confederate leaders. Rich
mond always knew what was going
on in Washington, but Washington
was now getting some truths about
No one will deny that there exists
such a thing as servant's news.
Beaufort, some time before the
war, had given freedom to one of his
slaves. The youth had gone to Rich
mond, and once a year he would re
turn to his people.
The story he told came to Jeanne
through the garrulity of her old dar
ky mammy. A loft in a deserted
warehouse, meetings held late at
night by men in full mask, who came
singly and departed singly; this was
sufficient to rouse something more
than idle curiosity in Jeanne.
She instructed the old mammy to
get the name and locality of this
warehouse of mystery. When she se
cured these two facts, she returned
The Cleghorn warehouse occupied
a third of a block, and was flanked
by two bulidings whose ground floors
were tenanted. It was unguarded.
The lighting was bad; here and there
a dim beacon told one which way the
The big warehouse was one story
higher than its neighbors. The east
side was blank; three windows faced
he west, looking out upon the roof
of the adjoining building; the panes
of glass were cobwebby, dust-and-rain
splashed, and all them cracked
In the center of the loft, which in
cluded the whole floor, stood an or
dinary deal table. It was night out
side. Jabbed into this table was a
single bayonet. In the lock of this
was stuck a lighted candle, which
flickered or burned steadily as the
night draughts waxed or waned.
Seated about this table, on empty
crates and boxes, were eleven men.
The night was hot, and most of them
l.ad thrown aside their coats. They
wore masks the kind that hides chin
and mouth under a limp curtain.
This not noly concealed the facu
effectually but disguised the voice as
The man seated at the table was
evidently the chief; he was also the
oldest. His head was peppered with
"Our business in Richmond is
done. You have all been of great
assistance to me; but I have this day
myself discovered the things wo
sought. I know the number of men,
aims, rounds of ammunition, and
food supplies. In other words, we
now have our fingers on the pulse of
the enemy; we can feel it growing
feebler and feebler. I shall no longer
be your chief after tonight. We shall
each of us go on our own again. We
leave tonight. The horses are ready
at Moriarty's stables three blocks
away. We ride west first. Then we
turn toward Maryland. No main
pikes until we are near the boundary.
In the sealed envelope I have just
given each of you are facts and in
formation. Some one of us will reach
Washington. And gentlemen, wo all
leave together, eleven of us, all of
us." He put peculiar emphasis upon
these words. "Any man who palters,
hesitates, offers excuses Well, I'm a
rough Boldier; you are all familiar
with my ways. The man who hesi
One of their number sprang to
his feet and dashed toward the win
dow. The gray man's revolver flashed
in the candlelight.
"Quick!" cried the man who had
caused this agitation. "Some one on
They followed him pell-mell
through the window. Crouched close
to the wall was a form. They pounc
ed upon it roughly, hustled it to the
window, and those yet inside hauled
the offender into the loft.
"I saw a hand flash across the window-space,
in the act of throwing
something. A boy!"
The gray man shook the boy vio
lently. The hat fell off.
"Good Lord, a woman!" cried some
"Hold her!" said the "chief. He ran
downstairs to the street, searched
doorways, cellar-window pits, but
found no one; nor could he discover
a runner, east or west. He ascended
to the loft again.
"So, a young woman!" He laid
his revolver on the table. "What
ere you doing there by that win
She did not answer. In reaching
her point of vantage outside that
window she had been forced to crawl
through cellars, worm her way over
bales of cotton, through grime and
dust. What with the dust and the
sweat of her exertions, she looked
like the urchin she pretended to be.
"How did you find our presence
here?" demanded the gray man.
"You refuse to answer questions?
Your life dependB upon it."
"Well, then, you must pay the pen
alty. You must die."
Then she spoke. "And who among
; ou shall bt so brave as to do the
"I," said the gray man. To her
jars there was something terrible in
.hat cold, unemotional tone. He whip
ped the mask from his face suddenly.
"I will let you look upon my face to
prove to you that I will never let you
leave this loft alive, unconditionally."
It was the face of a fanatic. She
had only to look into those metallic
blue eyes to know that he would keep
:.is word. She sent a roving glance
among the other masks.
"Will you permit such a thing?"
"Does an oath mean anything to
you?" asked her grim questioner
"Yes!" with proud, uplifted chin.
"Will you take an oath to reveal
nothing you have heard?"
"No. I have given my oath, heart
and soul to the south. Either let me
n'e go or shoot me if you can!"
"Wait a moment, Parson," pleaded
the young man to whom she owed her
capture. "I have an idea. Wo cun't
renlly pprmit you to shoot her."
"Her? She ha3 no sex," said the
leader placidly. "We can't be bother
ed with a prisoner at this hour."
"We can tie her up and leave her
here. But this is my idea. I'll han
dle this pretty viper. No doubt she's
pretty under that smudge," he added,
"Pull my fangs if you can," she re
The gray man frowned thought
fully. She had courage.
Said the young man: "You say you
i.i e bound heart and soul to the
South. Well, your body shall never
belong to it."
She stepped back her first sign of
"Come, come," warned the chief,
"none of that. Better let me take the
burden upon these shoulders. It is
one thing to shoot a spy; it is an
other thing to "
"You haven't' heard me through,"
interposed the young man. "What I
.mean is, her body shall be bound to
'By marriage to one of us."
One of the number gave a start of
surprise at the suggestion.
The gray man smiled for the first
time.- Marry her to one of these mad
young cockerels, bind her and leave
"But if by chance I should already
bo married?" she inquired, her cour
"If you wish to commit bigamy,
that's no concern of ours." With a
swift, unexpected gesture the young
man caught her hands. The fingers
were ringless. He laughed and flung
aside the hands.
"Who's for this fool adventure?"
demanded the gray man. His com
rades stirred uneasily. "Make up
your minds; it is death or marriage.
I stand ready for the ceremony."
She wanted time, time, time! It
would take her confederate fully an
hour to rt-turn with men. She had
written in code enough to condemn
them all to the wall or the noose.
Wrapped around a pebble, it had
jcen flung into the street. She had
aot known that these desperate men
would really be here; she had put
hardly any faith at all in the darky's
And noW to play with them, to
hold them until aid arrived. They
would all be dead ir the morning
o what mattered it if she went
nrough with the farce?
"And what of the man who mar
ries me: All tins memit time.
"Oh," aid her tormentor, "he shall
call it a sacrifice to the altur of war.
You will serve the South, but by the
Lord Harry, you'll belong to the
North. We'll punish yoa with doubt,
ilcubt and fear; always you'll be won
e'ering who and what this man is who
n ames you. Of course we are still
ready to take your oatn."
"I have declined to give it."
"Very well. Line up, comrades,
and she shall choose among us,
woman's ancient perogative, so it
can never be said that we forced
'arselves upon her. Death or mar
riage mass or the Bastile!"
"I consent," she said. "I am young;
I do not want to die."'
Already a quarter of an hour had
been consumed. If only she could
hold them long enough! She stared
speculatively at the circle of flashing
"There is, then, a minister of the
gospel among you?" she asked, in
credulously. "Yes. 1 am he." The gray man
Each hair at the base of her neck
stirred at the sound of that laughter.
But these comrades demurred. It
was one thing to risk one's life, for
one might risk it and still save it;
but it waB another thing to marry an
unknown woman, simply to save her
life, a woman they might never see
The gray man took up his revol
ver. "I will shoot her." The man who
spoke was he who had, a little while
earlier given her the start of surprise.
"I thought I was to choose," she
3aid, looking at the stern-visaged man
fingering the revolver. More time
closer and closer the net was draw
"And choose you shall. Trust me;
your marrige shall be as legal as
:hough performed in a cathedral.
(Continued next week.)
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