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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 1927.
Harold Mac Gvath
Illustrated by Henry Jay Lee
Copyright ty Harold Mac Graih - iUlaajed tKru Autocastar Serviof
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Jeanne Beaufort, beautiful daugh
ter of a Virginia planter, has lost her
father and two brothers in the Civil
War. (The year 1811.) She swears to
Mri. Wetmore, her aunt, that she
will carry out the Biblical Injunc
tion for vengeance "an eye for an
eye!" While at Richmond she meets
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nenry morgan, a debonair young
omcer, who tails in love ivith her.
She repels his advances. She ia en
gaged as a spy for the Confederate
government and urged to uie all (hi
wneb and power of her sex to find one
Parson Kennedy and bring him
within the Southern lines. It is plan
ned to have her make headquarters
with a family of southern sympathy
in Washington. Jeanne learns tele
graphy and other technioal branches
of her new calling. And clad as a
boy often in the Blue of the North,
Bhe makes her way through the lines.
She learns of an organization of el
even Union spies and of their meet
ing place in a Richmond loft. As
she overhears the leader address the
masked men seated about a table,
Jeanne is discovered and dragged into
the room. The leader unmasks as he
threatens her with death, but is dis
suaded from shooting her by the sug
gestion from one of the men that
one of their number marry her. She
consents and when one of the masked
men volunteers to marry she refuses
and claims the right to choose.
She rejects the volunteer and se
lects the one who suggested the mar
riage. Him she names "Irony." To
her surprise the leader is no other
than Parson John Kennedy. He per
forms the ceremony. "Irony" says
r.is name is among those who sign as
witnesses, (just before they leave
her bound), in the following code
John Kennedy, D.D.
Later Jeanne learns that Morgan is
To her surprise she receives a let
ter bearing the curious device she
had seen tatooed on her husband's
arm. The letter, ironical in its tone,
shows that her unknown husband is
still in Richmond and knows the name
and identity of his wife! She cuts
her hair, stains her face and, going
to Baltimore, assumes the name of
Alice Trent, not knowing such a
person lived in Baltimore.
An intoxicated man accosts Jeanne
and she is rescued by
Captain John Armitage, a young
Union officer whom she tells her as
Jeanne tells Morgan of the tattoo
mark and at her request he agrees
to abduct Parson Kennedy so that she
can question him about the names on
the marriuge certificate. Kennedy
had, with the authority of a Secret
Service officeT, directed that Armit
age watch him (Kennedy). Kennedy
in carried away and bound, but as
Jeanne is questioning him, Armitage
rescues him. Jeanne escapes.
The Parson and Armitage lay quiet
ly in the thicket for fully half an
hour, when they rose and plodded off
toward the city.
Evidently the abductors had con
vinced themselves that a lone man
would not have attempted the rescue
of Parson Kennedy; and they too
chose the path of discretion over
that of valor.
"Do you know where we are?" ask
'Yes about five miles below the
city. That's the Potomac over there.
I had mighty hard work hanging onto
the back of that hack. All told, there
were five of them. The girl must
have arrived on horseback before
they did. It strikes me we'll see more
of that cabin."
What was the man at the door?"
I don't know. He had a handker
chief over his nose and mouth. Then
"Ran and left the woman; h'mph!"
"She seemed able to take care of
herself. You said that I freed the
viper. Who put poison into her
fangs? You did. From a lawful
enemy you turned her into a personal
"Was I alone in that? Who sug
gested marriage to save her?"
"You showed your face that night
you told her your name."
"I did so, believing that she was
about to die."
"Well, you had a good look at her
"Not very. The dodger rends that
Jeanne Beaufort is very pale; this
girl had the color of a Creole."
"I cun muke a Creole by using the
juice of a wulnut-shell. She's clip
led her hair short. Whenever you
bee Henry Morgan talking to a man
or a woman you don't know, follow
and find out who and what they are."
"So Morgan is the man! I sus
"And his life wouldn't be worth a
puff of smoke but for one thing; he
is going to take my hand and put it
on Jeanne Beaufort's shoulder. And
'he fop thinks he's hoodwinking us
"But what about Senator X, whom
"We have warned him as much as
we dare. But the Senator is a thick
headed mule. He stakes his life on
Morgan's integrity. And until we get
Jeanne Beaufort, we can't lay the
facts before him plainly."
In rushing from the cabin Jeanne
had gone straight to her tethered
horse and ridden away. Armitage!
She had heard Parson Kennedy roar
out that name.
Armitage with Parson Kennedy!
Armitage one of the eleven? It was
riot possible. There had been nothing
in his attitude to suggest that he had
recognized her. She was dressed al
most exactly as she had been that
night in Richmond.
Armitage was purely an outsider;
and this conviction afforded her great
That Parson Kennedy had spoken
her name did not alarm her. She
knew that he had but taken a chance
shot in the dark.
Why should he hate her whom he
She entered Washington. She had
sworn to run these men down.
Two days later Armitage called up
on Alice Trent. They were to go
out riding. It was a glorious Sep
tember day, mild and sunny.
"How is it that you are not with
those beloved troopers of yours?"
"Oh, for the present I am aide to
one of the chiefs. It is my business
to tee that fresh troops are promptly
entrained, that the recruiting officers
are not permitted to get into the dol
drums; and sometimes I draw or copy
maps. By the way, aid you witness
the riots in Baltimore at the begin
ning of the war?"
"No, I was not there at the time
How wonderful those elms are! Is
General Armitage your father, by any
chance t" ,
"He is and the finest old ehap in
the world, too. He's just a man, but
something of a martinet; and to tell
the truth, I'm rather afraid of him.
You see, my company is among his
troops, in the old regiment he was
in command of before his promotion
and he's an idea that, when I'm
around, I should do double turn so
that no one could accuse him of
showing favoritism. The boys in irony
call me the old man s pet. Lord, how.
he makes me grind. But I like it."
'And so you draw mapj?"
"Of a kind. To the uninitiated my
maps would suggest Chinese charac
ters. Have you any Men-folk at the
'My father died at Manassas and
my brothers at Ge -tysburg," she an
swered, staring actoa the fields.
I beg your pardj.i! I'm sorry."
"Why shouldn't you ask me? Put
"A spy, sor. I caught him
in the tillygraph poles, sor,
an' have brought him in."
I'd rather not talk of them."
Armitage had unvitr.-n-'y opened
the secret door. She was Janno
Beaufort once more, with a thousand
dollar reward for her, "dead or alive."
What was it? Why coulu she not
play with this Yankee m sha had
'plajed with others? Wh.it subtle
barrier was it that blockel each im
pulse as it was forming'.' Was it te
cause he was virile, good to look at,
frank and pleasant? Or was it be
cause the heat of her hatred for
Northerners had abated, anl thu he,
naturally honest and direct, despising
hypocrisy, was beginning to weary of
this game in which hypocrisy was the
chief essential? She was greying m
a blind alley.
After the ride she gavj him tea;
but the sest had gone out of every
thing. She hated herself, Morgan,
Armitage hated the world.
Armitage returned to his rooms in
a thoughtful and analytical frame of
mind. He must not see this lovely
girl often. She drew him too closely.
On the following morning he was
ordered to report to his regiment and
remain with it until it was necessary
to recall him. He wrote a note to
Alice Trent, regretting that he would
not be able to see her before he left.
She saved that letter; but she was
glad that he had gone from town.
She had a human heart also, and it
was just as wonderfully made as his.
She went about her affairs as usual.
Twice she visited the house with the
secret door and left her information
in the drawer of the deal table in the
attic. There was no sign "To rent"
upon this house; yet it was vacant.
No one was ever seen to enter it
in the daytime. The house belonged
tc the Confederate Government, sub
rosa. If Jeanne found the candle out
of the bottle, it signified that there
were orders in the drawer for her.
Thus, on the second visit after Cap
tain Armitage's departure, she learned
with delight that she was to be given
active service again.
A certain general, who was one
of the few great strategists left in
the Confederate Army, was in danger
of annihilation, and only an exact
knowledge of his enemy's plans of
campaigns would permit him to slip
out of the net.
These plans were at this moment
in the tent of General Armitage, hav
ing been carried to him by Captain
Armitage himself. So Senator X had
secretly written to some friends in
Illinois. Of course, Morgan had un
sealed this letter, read its contents
and resealed it, as he did with most
of the Senator's correspondence. She,
Jeanne, must act immediately.
A mile south of Armitage's troops,
n the hollow of a blazed rotten oak,
weie hidden batteries and telegraphic
nstruments. The lower wire was to
be tapped. Communications here had
not yet been destroyed.
Each night at nine the receiver
would be at his post. The mobility
of the troops would not make it ad
visable for her to attempt to commu
nicate in person; hence the telegraph.
All she had to do was to get the
nformation lequired and telegraph
"All I have to do!" she mused, with
a crooked little smiie. All she had to
do was to steal into an army of for
midable numbers, go straight to Gen
eral Armitage's tent, glance at the
ftlans and telegraph them! She
laughed with sudden ironic laughter.
But there was a glow of pride in her
heart. She was given this hazardous
exploit as casually as if she had been
asked to tea. It meant that her abil
ity, her cunning and resource, were
highly prized. She would make the
attempt; she would prove definitely
to her insurgent heart that there wa
nothing but the Cause.
The cloth dodgers were growing
dingy on the trees and fences. "Dead
or Alive." To cook your hare ycu
had to catch it.
The camp lay in the Virginia hills
It was early in October, and the night
air was chill. The men were gath
ered in groups about the fires.
In General Armitage's tent he and
his staff were discussing the final de
tails of the campaign which was to
e set in motion the following niht
and end in the scattering of the rt-bel
forces. Success meant that they
would be in Richmond by Christmas.
Trooper Murphy, whose picket-duty
lay between the stream and the tenth
telegraph pole to the south, ijlt the
need of extending his line of march.
He was disobeying stringent orders.
He determined to go ten telegrap i
poles beyond his allotment. Jo, when
he reached the end of his beat, which
twisted westward, he paused, count
ed the poles and rubbed his eyes.
There was still a tint of lemon in the
west, enough to throw out in distinct
relief each pole. Now, if his- eyes
weren't deceiving him, something was
moving up that tenth pole, nearly a
thousand feet away. It stopped at
the cross-bars, twisted itself abou
he lower one, and seemed perfectly
content to remain there.
Private Murphy knew now what
this meant espionage; and some
frowsy butternut was sending Morse.
"Come down out av that, Johnny,
or I'll cook yer potaties in saltpeter!"
A quarter of an hour later the
orderly outside of General Armitage's
tent stuck his head inside the flap.
"Private Murphy, sir, to report with
The General and his staff looked
up from the maps.
"Anything unusual?" demanded the
"The officer of the day sent him
directly to you, sir."
Bring him in."
Captain Armitage, however, did not
"What's this about?"
"A spy, sor, I caught him in the
tillygraph poles, sor, an' brought him
General Armitage turned his flash
ing eyes upon the prisoner. "Have
you anything to say?"
"How long have you been in this
"Two days, sir."
"What troop do you belong to?"
"You were sending a message?"
"I was, sir."
There was a pause. "You knew
the penalty of such action, coupled
with the wearing of a blue uniform,
and that neither youth nor age mat
"You were sending information to
the enemy. What information?"
"The information which will pre
vent the springing of tha trap."
There was something in the sound
of this sentence that caused the man
bending over ths maps to look up.
"God!" he murmured, as he saw the
face. Jeanne Beaufort! Suddenly
the dark eyes met his, and their
fiance bit into his soul like acid.
"Search him," said General Armi
tage. "And be quick about it."
"It will not be necessary, sir, until
after I am dead." There was not
t'ie slightest tremor in the tones.
"What I took away from this tent, sir,
I took mentally."
General Armitage ran his fingers
through his beard. "Very well, then;
I'll grant you that much. Take him
away, Private Jfurphy. Orderly;
Take this message to Crompton Sun
rise. Tie his hands and feet."
(Continued next week.)
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